grand prix final 2012

The men of figure skating: heading into the 2017-2018 season

Once upon a time, in a frosty February day in 2010, Evgeni Plushenko was standing unimpressed on the second step of the podium. He had come to win his second consecutive Olympic gold and become the first figure skater to do so since Dick Button. But as he was standing on the second step of the podium, an orange bro whose name was Evan came and sh00k his hand and climbed on the highest step. Little did the orange bro know that his stunt at that competition (not attempting any quads at all due to a stress fracture sustained in the previous season) would give birth to what we call today the quad generation. Evgeni would have probably sold his soul to Putin the devil just so he could finally play with the kids he’s been looking for all his life. So here we are in the eve of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, the top 6 men can execute at least two different types of quads and Yuzuru Hanyu will probably never retire unless he lands the 4A in competition, the only quad (4 and a half revolutions) that has never been landed before and will probably never continue to be landed on a regular basis due to the difficulty and increased injury risk. Unlike the ladies field, the men have the “big 6″ who are very likely to lock the first 6 positions at the Olympics and then there’s the rest. I will focus on these 6 skaters under the cut and make a list of other skaters to look out for because ice is slippery and you never know. 

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A compilation of all the skater cameos in Yuri!!! on Ice:

These little shoutouts to the real figure skating world amused me greatly while watching the anime, so I’ve decided to mash them all into one post:

Yuzuru Hanyu - Sochi 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2014 World Champion, four time Grand Prix Final Champion (2013-16), two-time Four Continents silver medalist (2011, 2013), four time Japanese National Champion (2013-2016), current world record holder for highest short program, free skate, and combined score. 

Stephane Lambiel - two-time World Champion (2005–2006), the 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Champion (2005, 2007), and a nine-time Swiss national champion (2001–08, 2010).

Nobunari Oda -  2006 Four Continents Champion, a four-time Grand Prix Final medalist (silver in 2009 and 2010; bronze in 2006 and 2013), 2008 Japanese National Champion. Now works as a professional skater and TV commentator, and also specifically requested to appear on Yuri!!! on Ice (I’m still laughing, what a dork) 

Evgeni Plushenko - four-time Olympic Medalist (2006 gold, 2014 team gold, 2002 & 2010 silver), three time World Champion (2001, 2003, 2004), a seven-time European Champion (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012), a four-time Grand Prix Final Champion (1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05), and a ten-time Russian National Champion (1999–2002, 2004–2006, 2010, 2012–2013)

Florent Amodio - 2011 European Champion, a four-time French National champion (2010, 2013-2015), and the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion

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YoI Movie: Speculation

So we’re getting a movie. I have thought long and hard over this, speculating on what it is going to be about since this is all new information and not just a retelling of the show.

Many of us believe YoI takes place in 2012, because the Sochi Grand Prix Final irl, also took place in 2012. Add the fact that the GPF symbol for the YOI Barcelona GPF mimics the 2013 symbol, and it just adds to our belief.(In fanfic I prefer to keep them up to current time thanks to better technology, but I’m still on the 2012 belief as far as canon goes.)

Now, if the in-show universe did in fact begin in 2012, we have a timeline.

Starts in the 2012-13 Grand Prix Circuit.

December 2012 Sochi GPF- Yuuri is in 6th.

December 2012 Japan Nationals- Yuuri fails even further.

January 2013 European Championships - assumed Victor went and won gold.

February 2013 Four Continents Championship- Yuuri didn’t qualify or he didn’t go.

March 2013 World Championships-  Yuuri couldn’t go and Victor wins again!

April 2013- Victor flies across the world for Yuuri.

May-August- Training.

September 2013 Regionals- Yuuri wins with a new SP high score.

October 2013 GPF Qualifying Round in China - Yuuri places Second with silver, and a new SP score.

November 2013 GPF Qualifying Round in Russia- Yuuri places Fourth and squeaks into the Barcelona GPF.

December 2013 Barcelona GPF- Yuuri places Second, he and Victor skate together, both decide to continue skating, and both are the only skaters capable of a Quad Flip.

So now that the possible timeline is established, the big event that comes next isn’t the 4CC or the EC or even Worlds.

In February of 2014, the Winter Olympics take place in Russia. Sochi to be precise. And as we know from the end of Season 1, Yuuri is currently training in Russia with Victor and Yurio.

So comes my wild and barely plausible theory that the movie might be about the Olympics. Imagine the drama that could go down with them competing for different countries and the fact that Yuuri’s coach would also probably be competing. 

And if the show actually began in 2016 and ran through 2017 in-show, then they would have the 2018 Winter Olympics to face.

Anyway, these are just my thoughts. It would be pretty cool to see Yuuri win Olympic gold after all his hard work.

Victuuri Prompts [1]

CANON/POST-CANON/CANON-DIVERGENT:

  1. Despite appearances Victor is really unapproachable…which is why it comes as such a shock to this fans/the media that he’s so tactile with one Katsuki Yuuri.
  2. Yuuri desperately wants to be a medal-winning skater. So what does he do? Why, he summons a demon to help him out, of course! (To be fair, he hadn’t actually thought the ritual would work…)
  3. After several successful years as a figure skater, Victor decides to enter the world of pair skating. Luckily Katsuki Yuuri’s “Stay Close to Me” video goes viral shortly after he makes the decision, cutting down on the time it would’ve taken him to find the perfect partner.
  4. Yuuri gets a head injury after the Grand Prix Final. When he wakes up he thinks it’s December 2012 and he’s just suffered a tremendous loss at the Japanese Nationals. He has absolutely no memory of the past two years…and more importantly, why Victor Nikiforov, his idol, would be sitting beside his hospital bed. 
  5. Yuuri has a prodigal twin brother/sister that, as far as he’s concerned, he will never measure up to.
  6. Yuuri and Victor meet and fall in love over social media. The world watches. 
  7. Victor is a god on the ice, but off of it? He’s barely-functioning disaster in human form and it’s honestly a miracle he’s managed to live this long.
  8. After the GPF, Yuuri meets Victor’s family. He’s not impressed. 
  9. Public knowledge: Yuuri and Victor are rivals. Not-So Public Knowledge: They’re exes, too.
  10. Yuuri makes a wish on a shooting star that he could be just like Victor Nikiforov. The next morning he wakes up in Victor’s body. Let him state for the record that this was not what he had meant.
  11. To strengthen his core, Victor decides to take pole dancing classes (Chris swears by it). His instructor is an unassuming man named Katsuki Yuuri.
  12. Yuuri has a secret admirer. 
  13. Everyone who meets Yuuri falls a little bit in love with him. Victor is absolutely not jealous. 
  14. Victor gains something he’d always told himself he didn’t need–a family. 
  15. They have sex after the banquet, but when Yuuri wakes up the next morning, Victor is gone. Four weeks later he’s sinking to the floor in horror, his eyes frozen on a pink plastic tube. It’s positive. Or, the A/B/O fic where Yuuri gets knocked up by Victor during a one-night stand. The same Victor who he’s idolized since he was a child. The same Victor who’s known for being a flighty, commitment-fearing playboy who never sleeps with the same person twice. 
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Bits from Aoi Hono II (Yuzuru’s 2nd autobiography) 

Scene 3 (2012 nationals 1st victory)

‘Parisienne Walkways’ was a programme that kept making new world records   [my note: 1st time was at Skate America, Oct 2012, SP score of 95.07. Then it broke records 3 more times, the last one being 101.45 at Sochi Olympics in 2014.]   It was choreographed by Jeffrey Buttle in Canada. ‘When we hear this music, we think of Yuzuru Hanyu’, ‘when you say Yuzuru Hanyu, it’s this music’, this was said among the Japanese people later on. 

Hanyu said this about his first impressions of it.
“At first, I felt it was a ‘Jeff-like’ programme; I thought it would be better that Jeff himself did it. (laughs)  But as I skated it more, a lot of my own choreography also came out.”

{my thought:  I’m so glad he did not seriously ask Jeff to skate it himself!}

Scene 4  -A painful battle- 
(late 2012-2013 season)

[some parts are summarised]
Dec 2012 Grand Prix Final was in Sochi, Russia.  Final results, Hanyu was 2nd. (my note: 1st Daisuke Takahashi, 3rd Patrick Chan).
After GPF, he was hit by bouts of ill health.

Soon after GPF free programme, he had fever and vomiting. He could not attend the interviews the next day nor perform at the exhibition.
13 days later, it was Japan Championships in Sapporo, Hokkaido. He had not yet returned to top form but he managed to give a steady performance. He was 1st in SP, 2nd in FP, and overall, he was 1st. This was his 1st win at the nationals in senior level.
(my note: 2nd was Daisuke Takahashi. 3rd Takahito Mura. 4th Nobunari Oda.)

2013 Feb 8-11 was Four Continents Championships in Osaka. He was in 2nd place. (1st Kevin Reynolds. 3rd Yan Han.)  After this, he intended to prepare for World Championships which would be in a month’s time (March 10-17).

However, upon returning to Toronto, he became ill with influenza. He had high fever and could not practise at all for 10 days. When he could finally get on the ice again, it was end February. Trying to make up for his lack of practice, and in the absence of Coach Orser who was at Junior Worlds, Hanyu practised desperately and this resulted in him injuring his left knee. He had to rest it for 7 days. When he could return to the rink, it was March 6, only one more week to Worlds.

March 13, short programme at World Championships in Canada, London. He fell on the 4T and made another mistake in the combination jump. His 'Parisienne Walkways’ which had broken world records twice this season (95.07 at Skate America and 95.32 at NHK Trophy) was given only 75.94 points and he was in 9th place. The gap in score from 1st place Patrick Chan was 22.43 points.

After the SP, Coach Orser revealed that Hanyu had a left knee injury. When reporters asked Hanyu about it, he did not want to elaborate. “Can we talk about that after the free skate?” he said.

After SP, there was a free day before the FP. During official practice in the morning, the old injury in his right ankle which was sprained during Worlds one year ago flared up. Most likely it was because he was trying to protect the left knee and put more burden on the right leg.

So now both legs had problems. Without painkillers, he could not perform. But using painkillers, some of the delicate feelings in the steps and jumps would be lost too. Hanyu decided to take just enough painkillers for the feeling to remain in his legs. He endured the pain and faced the rink.

“With my left leg injury, I was feeling hopeless. 'Why did it turn out like that?’ I really cried after my short programme. But I don’t think it was shown on TV. (laughs) But, because it was I myself who had decided to compete, and also for Japan, I wanted to give it my best efforts, and I psyched myself up for the free programme.”

FP, he was number 13 to skate, in the 3rd group, 1st to go. He landed the 4T and also the 4S although it was under-rotated. He continued to land the rest of the jumps. When he finished, he let out a loud yell and crumpled to the ice on his knees. His FP was 169.05, 3rd place. Overall, he rose up to be 4th (from 9th place after the short).

Daisuke Takahashi was 6th, Takahito Mura was 8th. For the Japanese skaters in this competition, they carried on their shoulders the quota of '3’ for Sochi Olympics men’s singles and they achieved it.

“There was quite a lot of pain but thanks to the painkillers, I could do it. […]
About the injury, Brian and Tracy spoke about it, but I really wanted to keep it hidden until the end. […]
I could not help feeling anxious. Brian was giving me various advice but I was so nervous, I didn’t hear much of his words. […]
As the Japanese national champion, I had a responsibility (to secure spots for the Olympics), but what I had done to reach here became like nothing, so it was a very tough situation. [….]
I thought, if I don’t do it now, I will regret forever, and so 'no matter what it takes, I will do my jumps’, 'I will give all I have to challenge it’. Withdrawing from the competition or avoiding quads were not in my vision field at all. 'I will definitely make it’, that was all I was thinking.”

Before the competition, Coach Orser suggested to Hanyu to do 2 quad toeloops instead of one quad toe and one salchow. Because his 4T was much more stable than his 4S, it would lessen the burden on his (injured) body and on his mind. But Hanyu refused. Because his aim this season was to skate with 2 types of quads. Once he has skated to a programme, he does not want to skate to a layout that is lower than that.

“Without lowering the layout, I tried my best and skated right to the end, and so I am satisfied. Practice is really important. What I have done for one year does not disappear after I rest for one month. (Because of ill health and injury) I could only practise properly in the 4 days before coming here (to Worlds).  2 days I was just skating for one hour, then the remaining 2 days I was skating and going through the programmes with no jumps and then doing light jumps. I did not do quads. […] Just as Brian said, what I have accumulated over one year, it will all come together right at the very end.”

Hanyu had to decline participation in the gala exhibition. He flew back to Japan for a thorough medical examination. He also had to miss World Team Trophy in April.
[next chapter: 2013 summer]

-my sharing; NOT a proper translation, many parts are left out.  Pics from internet (thanks to original owners).

A fanmade video that I really like, showing Yuzu at Worlds 2013:  Here’s to Your Amazing Season

Victor Nikiforov’s Competive Skating Career... Where do we go from Weir?

Some insights into Victor’s Skating Career because Kubo-san is the best and follows the IRL Skating schedules and events.  *See previous meta post!*

At the age of 16, Victor wins Gold at the Junior World championships in Bulgaria : 

If we look at the schedule of events below, and using the information we already have that ages Victor at 27 in 2014, this lines up perfectly with the 2001 Junior World Championships in 2001. 

I think the timing is important and it’s no coincidence that Victor and Johnny Weir have a lot in common. I’m not sure where I saw the information, but I remember seeing something about Kubo-san admitting to using Johnny Weir as inspiration for Victor’s skating career. 

1) Weir is openly gay (The English Dub version has Victor talking about ‘lovers’, not specifically girlfriends, and it is suggested that the proper interpretation of the Japanese Victor uses suggests non-gender specific terms such as ‘lover’. So he could easily be Bi, too but I think the hints are pretty strong for Victor’s sexuality to lean more toward strictly attracted to males. Whatever the truth may be, he’s got his heart set on Yuuri in the end.) 

2) Both Victor and Weir won gold at the Junior World Championships at the age of 16. 

3) Weir was praised for bringing ‘flash’ into a sport that was seen as boring - and was further praised for his artistry and interpretation. He was the rock-star on ice of his time, like Victor is in YOI. 

4) Weir was a self professed Russiophile and learned to speak the language fluently. He dated and married (and eventually divorced) a Russian named… take a while guess. That’s right! Victor. In addition, later in his career he was coached by Victor Petrenkov, the world renowned skater and partner to Weir’s skating Idol, Oksana Baiul. It’s no mistake our boy is named Victor, and not just because it means ‘winner’. 

5) Weir participated in the 2014 Sochi Olympics and we can infer through the clues left by Kubo-san that Victor did, too. 

  • Victor competed in and won the 2012-2013 season Grand Prix Final, where Yuuri had qualified for the GPF for the first time in Sochi. The Sochi GPF was a test event for the Sochi Olympics and was held from Dec 5-8, 2013. 2012
  • The Sochi Winter Olympics were held Feb. 7-23, 2014 only a few months later. 
  • We see Victor wearing the Sochi Winter Olympics Uniform during the 2012-2013 GPF in Sochi, so we can infer that he was on the Olympic Athletic Team warming up for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. His wearing the Uniform was a big publicity stunt and advertisement for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. 

I think there is little doubt that he actually participated in the Olympics. 

If we take all the information we have - Victor 16 at the Sofia, Bulgaria Junior World Championships and 27 at the Grand Prix Final, we can follow this logic and we arrive at this: 

**NOTE: Someone brought it to my attention I was a little off. I’ve edited to fix it! Sorry if this ruins your day b/c you no longer share a birth year!!** 

Victor’s Birthday is Dec. 25, 1985.  OOPS YOU GUYS. Victor’s late birthday threw me off. His birth year is actually 1984. 

And if Yuuri is 4 years younger, his is November 29, 1989. DOUBLE OOPS!! which makes Yuuri’s 1988! 

((I hope this makes all the astrology geeks happy. Go to town with this info, my friends. I know I will. ))

Since Victor’s career seems to be modeled heavily on Johnny Weir’s, it doesn’t surprise me that Victor suggests to Yuuri, during practice, that Yuuri’s stamina is probably in part to not having any major injuries (and being younger).  If we know that Weir’s career was fraught with major injuries, and we know the parallels between Victor’s career and Weir’s - we can also infer that Victor has likely suffered several major injuries in the past that might limit his physical abilities. 

  1. He’ll also be pushing 29 years old (nearly 30) in the next Grand Prix final. That’s old for most competitive figure skaters - and Yakov isn’t joking when he worries that if Victor takes time off he won’t be able to get back in. Victor’s at the tail end of his competitive career. 

I expect when we see him retire, he’ll take up coaching and choreographing - perhaps following Weir even further and becoming a judge and commentator for competitive skating in the future as well as having a prolific career as a professional exhibition skater. 

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well then, catch me if you can ||  misc. sizeable point gaps in int'l comps by select skaters of asian descent
mao asada } 2013 nhk trophy (15.78 pts.)
daisuke takahashi } 2012 world team trophy (16.26 pts.)
pang/tong } 2011 four continents championships (17.66 pts.)
shen/zhao } 2009 skate america (29.58 pts.)
patrick chan } 2013 trophee eric bompard (31.68 pts.)
yuzuru hanyu } 2014 grand prix final (34.26 pts.)
yuna kim } 2012 nrw trophy (42.60 pts.)
So I was just thinking about everything Yuzuru, Javier & Nam have achieved since training with Brian Orser

Yuzuru: A Four Continents Silver Medal (2013), a Grand Prix Final Silver Medal (2012), 3 National Championships (2012, 2013, 2014), 2 Grand Prix Final Titles (2013, 2014), a Winter Olympic Games Gold Medal (2014), a World Championship Title (2014), a World Championship Silver Medal (2015).

Javier: 3 European Championships (2013, 2014, 2015), a Grand Prix Final Bronze (2011) and Silver (2014) Medal, 4 National Championships (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), 2 World Championships Bronze Medals (2013, 2014), A World Championship Title (2015).

Nam: A World Junior Championship (2014), A National Championship (2015).

So the award for best coach ever goes to…

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countdown to sochi:

浅田 真央/asada  mao/ noun. (1/?)

1. a japanese figure skater

2. olympic silver medalist (2010), two-time world champion (2008, 2010), three-time four continents champion (2008, 2010, 2013), three-time grand prix final champion (2005-2006, 2008-2009, 2012-2013)

3. badass triple axel queen (first junior girl to land the triple axel, first woman to land three triple axel jumps in the same competition)

4. the first singles skater to win all seven of the current events on the grand prix circuit

5. a flawless princess aka perfection on earth

6. possessor of the most precious smile ever

7. a badass competitor and fighter 

2016 Grand Prix Final: Men & Ice Dance Preview

Get ready, because the Grand Prix Final starts in only two days! Here’s our preview of the senior men’s and ice dance fields. Featuring both decorated champions on the comeback trail and talented young newcomers, these competitions are definitely not ones to miss. Also check out our previews of the junior men and ladies and senior ladies and pairs!

TV and streaming information for the Grand Prix Final is available here.

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Yuzuru Hanyu, Sochi 2014 Olympic Competitor

2012 World bronze medalist, 2013 Grand Prix Final champion, 2010 World Junior champion, and the 2013 & 2014 Japanese national champion.