I'm curious to hear your thoughts on something I've been mulling over: Victor is, for the most part, friendly or ambivalent towards the other competitors in the GPF with one notable exception - J.J. He is uncharacteristically icy towards him, and other than J.J. being a bit obnoxious, I'm wondering what your thoughts are on why else that may be.
At the Rostelecom Cup Short Program, we do indeed see Victor being rather icy with JJ.
Just look at Victor’s face in that screencap. It’s very rare to see him react like that to anyone.
But let’s put this into perspective of what just happened at Yuuri’s last competition in China.
Victor remembers Yuuri’s struggles at the Cup of China. He forced Yuuri not to listen to the cheering for the other competitors because of how much it got to him.
Now think about what JJ is saying to Yuuri at the Rostelecom Cup. “Hey, take those earplugs out. Did you HEAR that?? Your fellow competitor just landed a quad loop.”
Now, I don’t think JJ is doing this maliciously, but Victor isn’t going to care.
He’s going to care about how Yuuri will react to JJ drawing his attention to the success of other competitors.
JJ doesn’t catch on. He keeps going by drawing more and more attention to a jump that Yuuri can’t even do himself. (He can do a quad toe loop but not a quad loop.)
Victor shuts JJ down here. He downplays his own ability to do a jump that Yuuri can’t and discourages further conversation on the subject.