Yuzuru’s Interview after SP AT WTT (20 April 2017)
“All my bad habits came out. I think I had too much feelings or put in too much thought. It’s a team competition and so there were also feelings of nervousness. And tomorrow is the death anniversary of Prince and I had also intended to put in those feelings and be focused but…… I am really very sorry about that.”
“I was not able to skate the SP well, even to the end like this. I want to get rid of this feeling of being bad at the SP and I will work on this over some time.”
–After the performance, you looked up and moved your mouth.
“I said ‘sorry’ (gomennasai). I apologised. I had too much strange pressure inside me. But even then, I thought I could do it. So in that sense, I have not grown at all, I was thinking that.”
–About the mistakes:
“Regarding the failure of the (quad) loop, there is nothing that needs to be fixed for that. In terms of feeling, it is a jump that I have been landing steadily, so if I jump properly, it would be fine. I have also corrected the salchow and it has been stable. I think something like the awareness that (my SP) has not been good in competition came out too strongly.”
–Your thoughts on the song?
“I feel I have no right to talk about it right now. If people saw the programme, heard it and enjoyed it, I am happy, and I am very grateful to the choreographer, Jeffrey Buttle.”
–Thoughts towards the FP?
“It’s not a competition that’s based on the total score for SP and FP. We compete for placing, and tomorrow is tomorrow and I will give my best for that without being affected by today.”
–After mistakes/failure, how do you switch, how do you protect the mental aspect?
“Feelings of frustration/regret will lead to growth. I think it’s ok not to switch. It’s precisely because of the feelings of regret that I can be excited/fired up about tomorrow.”
(translated by me) (original article: Yahoo News)
My heart aches to read his words but he is always so honest and he is not afraid to talk about his own vulnerabilities. Although it’s painful, the last 2 things he said here are very encouraging. And to say all these thoughts right after the performance, without much time to think or prepare, he is really strong and amazing. I just want to tell him: