best olympics ever

[008] Hanyu, Y.

“I was very nervous out there. I’m so, so, sorry. The Olympics sure is something else.”

–Yuzuru HANYU, Sochi 2014, the very first words he uttered to the Japanese media after the flower ceremony

…you’d think the kid missed the podium by a mile, if you didn’t know the results and just tuned in.

He was interviewed by the Russian media before it was the Japanese one’s turn and they asked him something along the lines of whether he thinks he deserved to win. The video I saw cut straight to the Japanese media’s turn right before we get to hear his answer. I would’ve loved to know what he answered, since the question was a pretty interesting, albeit incredibly loaded, one.

Poor kid. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have put your heart and soul out there, only to be made to feel guilty about being rewarded for it. The Japanese media at least, were kind and understanding about it, so I guess at least there’s that. Ultimately though, that flawed FS performance was one of the biggest factors that contributed towards all his jaw-dropping achievements after. So, as far as I’m concerned, his Olympic win was one of the best ones ever, even if it’s the least of all his achievements, of which we are still counting.

People will generally come to see that he is a different breed of champion in hindsight, while his fans are the people who have come to realize that he is different breed of human altogether.

Gold Medal T-Shirt (1/2)

Just a quick little one-shot based on a prompt by @fleurreads that I found in the FF tag. Inspired a bit by Hozzu’s husband’s reaction to her medal but mostly by Canadian speed skater couple Hamelin and St-Gelais at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics (which as a Canadian I firmly believe was the best Olympics ever). Check out the video of the inspiration here. Hope this was what you wanted! Read on ff here. Part 2 here.

No one spoke in the ready room. The only noises were the dull roar of the crowd outside the room on the pool deck stands, watching the race and the patter of nervous feet behind her, bouncing up and down. Tucked inside her long jacket Emma was warm, a necessary evil to keep her body ready, chin down the neck with her mouth worrying at the zipper. It was the only sign of anxiety she showed.

She was determined not to show nerves. Not when her rivals stood mere feet behind her. Not when there was a camera in her face broadcasting her to the entire country. Wearing the stars and stripes, especially since it was her wearing them, made the reporters pay closer attention and it was just a lot. Not for the first time Emma was thankful for the polarized lenses of her googles.

This wasn’t Emma’s first Olympics. Not by a long shot. She’d done two before, her first at sixteen in Bejing and then London. Her ability to act completely unfazed, completely blank, had earned her the nickname of Iceberg, right from her first race in China. Not because she was big, Emma was actually small for a swimmer. But because people thought she was made of ice.

This wasn’t her first Olympics. But it was going to be her last.

Emma was twenty-four. Not the oldest in the circuit by far. But she was done fighting constantly. Done of competing for survival in every aspect of her life. Going into her first Olympics Emma hadn’t thought she’d quit until her body had completely given out of her. Because swimming was the only thing she’d ever had.

Everyone knew the story. How Emma had grown up in the foster care system, swimming at the local gyms during free swims until she was adopted at age ten by Ingrid Arendelle. Ingrid recognized her love for swimming and her talent and enrolled her in proper swimming immediately after the adoption went through. Six years later she swam on the world stage with Ingrid watching and took a bronze medal in the two-hundred-meter butterfly. It was the first moment Emma had truly felt safe in her adoption with Ingrid. Emma had been given back once by the Swans, she always believed it could happen again. But standing on the podium, eyes finding Ingrid’s in the stand beside the pool deck, she knew she’d made her mother proud and was safe. Emma had gone for two years to Boston University while she trained for London before it became a decision of pursuing her education while swimming or pursuing a greater Olympic dream because she still made just a mediocre showing considering her talent- just two bronze medals. So Emma had quit university, supported by Ingrid like always, and started swimming full time.

Each competition she won more and more. This year alone, Emma had won the 200 butterfly at the Pan Am games, Olympic trials and then again at the Worlds. She’d silver medaled in the 100 butterfly at Olympic trials. This Olympics was to be the competition of a lifetime for her. Emma had four individual races and one relay and she was expected to come back to the United States with at least three medals. She’d already come in second in her 200 butterfly semi to get her to the final, holding back just enough to get there without exhausting herself.

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random gymternet questions
  • 1. dream floor music?
  • 2. fav combo on beam?
  • 3. beam queen. go!
  • 4. russian or chinese bars?
  • 5. gymnast you feel is constantly overlooked?
  • 6. ___________ were the best olympics ever
  • 7. ___________ was soo underscored
  • 8. front or back tumbling?
  • 9. should the one armed giant be upgraded?
  • 10. i wish __________ would come back already
  • 11. valentina rodionenko should be replaced by queen khorkina. agree or disagree?
  • 12. pavs for rio?
  • 13. 3 passes on floor or 4?
  • 14. __________ currently has the best choreo
  • 15. the ultimate question- mustafina or komova?
  • 16. petition to bring back aliya's markelov/khorkina? yes??
  • 17. simone biles to dominate at worlds?
  • 18. sheep jumps or double stags?
  • 19. hardest question ever- when will kyla upgrade?
  • 20. __________ will surprise us all at worlds
  • 21. illusion or semenova turns?
  • 22. nastia's or aliya's onodi?
  • 23. podium predictions for yog. go.
  • 24. piked or straddled tkatchevs?
  • 25. best patterson dismount you've seen so far?
  • 26. yes or no- aly will come back strong.
  • 27. who is a threat to simone right now (junior or senior)?
  • 28. asac's double arabian or ponor's double layout?
  • 29. will we see any skills named after gymnasts this worlds/yog?
  • 30. nationals and classics predictions.
  • 31. rule about layouts on beam being downgraded if they're too piked. yay or nay?
  • 32. kochetkovas or rufolvas?
  • 33. another hard question- pavs' floor choreo or afan's?
  • 34. commonwealth games predictions.
  • 35. who do you expect to dominate at yog?