Satoko Miyahara’s “Road to the Queen’s Survival” on HEROS (07/23)
[N = Narration, S = Satoko]
N: This month, half a year away from the Pyeongchang Olympics, Satoko Miyahara was working towards her aim for a full recovery from her injury, step by step, in Toronto, Canada.
S: I’m starting to feel back to myself again, and it’s been going very smooth as of now. (The Olympics) is the place I want to go to the most and it’s also my goal, so I would like to work hard and cherish each and every thing as I strive towards my goal.
N: Last December, Miyahara held back the youngsters leaping forward and won her third consecutive gold medal at the Japanese Nationals. However, as a consequence of her back to back wins, around this time, the small body was crying loudly. The effect of an immense amount of practicing and lack of nutritions: stress fracture. Her wish of competing at the World Championships was erased. In the spring…
S: I chopped it off for a mood change.
N: After getting a haircut, and overcoming over a month of rehabilitation, she was finally able to get back on the ice again. While other skaters were debuting their new programs one by one at ice shows, being a month behind her usual schedule, she began learning choreography. Feeling the happiness to be back skating again, her new free program is…
S: Madama Butterfly.
N: Madama Butterfly, a popular piece which has been used by many big skaters in the past. What must be expressed is a Japanese woman who lives a forward, balanced life, while enduring an everlasting love. About the piece, her choreographer, Tom Dickson says this is the perfect time for Miyahara to skate to this after overcoming a painful time.
S: In order to perform “Satoko Miyahara’s Madama Butterfly”, I will work hard.
N: And now, her biggest challenge is jumps. Even though she is practicing for less time than she did before, she is precisely confirming each and every one of her movements and getting back her jumps through her incredible consistency.
S: I’ve gotten back into my stride quite a bit, well, I still have a long way to go, like once I get into the music I still sometimes collapse, but I’m getting my movements back, one by one.
N: With the rise of talented youngsters, this road to the Olympics is very extreme. And the leading part of that journey, the queen of Japanese figure skating, will soon come back to the competing rink. The huge pride of the queen rooted inside such a small body…
S: Since I’ve been competing the longest out of all of the seniors, I hope to convey that experience in my skating.
You won’t let anyone take the seat of the queen from you?
I do not wish to.