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[004] Hanyu, Y.

“Skating is something that heavily depends on how you’re feeling and there’ll definitely be times when you feel like you absolutely hate it. When you do it well, it’s the greatest feeling in the world and when you don’t, it’s the single most frustrating thing ever and you start to think that maybe you don’t like it as much anymore. But you’ll always have the people who’d stand by you no matter what. When things don’t go your way, these are the people, people like your parents, or others around you like your coach, who’d tell you exactly what you need to hear (even if it’s not necessarily what you want to hear) and they’d be doing it because they know you can do better, so it’d be wise to listen. 

And as you grow older, you may find yourself going through rebellious phases and getting angry quite a lot, and you’d maybe think that all these people around you should just mind their own business and leave you alone, and that’s natural. But it’d be awesome if you could grow up to become someone who is able to understand where they’re coming from and cherish all the support that’s selflessly being given to you.”  

-Yuzuru HANYU, at the ISU World Championship 2014 Small Medal Ceremony, answering an 8 year-old skater’s question about what they (the skaters on stage) feel is most important to them when it comes to skating 

Source: Taken from 04:18~04:26 of [this video] for the little girl’s question and 00:00~01:32 of [this video] for the big boy’s answer.

(Note: He answered it after Tatsuki and Javi cos he wasn’t prepared to give one only to find out that he’s basically skipped his turn. I think they somehow let him say his piece later, though, cos he was looking really sulky and isn’t it a good thing that they did?)

anonymous asked:

Hello! I was trying to understand the world standings but... no, I didn't get it. Can you please explain a little about the numbers there?

ISU Communication 1629 explains how the ISU’s World Standing system works. (It also explains the Season’s World Ranking, which is similar but not the same thing.) Basically, skaters are awarded a certain number of points for their placement at certain competitions:

The Challenger Series was introduced in the 2014-15 season and gives out higher world standing points than “regular” international B competitions:

Points are counted over 3 seasons: the current season, the immediately preceding season, and the season before that. Points from the current and previous season are worth 100%. Points from two seasons ago are worth 70%.

The system does not count every competition that a skater participates in. Per season, it only counts 5 competitions at most: best result (by points) from the ISU Championships/Olympics, 2 best results from the Grand Prix Series (including the Final), and 2 best results from Challenger events or other international competitions (see Communication 1629 for criteria on what competitions are eligible). This means that if a skater wins both Euros/4CC and Worlds in one season, they don’t get points from both competitions, they only get the 1200 points from Worlds. If a skater placed 4th at Worlds (875 points) and won Euros/4CC (840 points), they would get the 875 points from Worlds. Same principle applies to the GP and other international competitions, except with the best 2 results.

Additionally, over the span of 3 seasons, only the best 2 point results from the ISU Championships/Olympics are counted, the best 4 point results from the GP, and the best 4 point results from Challenger/other competitions.

The current ladies’ world standings look like this:

Points from the 2016-17 and 2015-16 seasons count for 100% right now. Points from the 2014-15 season are 70% of the full values. The points that count towards each skater’s total are outlined in red.

For example: Anna won silver at 2017 Euros (756 points), bronze at 2016 GPF (648 points), and both of her GPs (400 points each, but only one is counted). She also earned 243 points from a Challenger event in the 2016-17 season. If she medals at 2017 Worlds, her 756 points from Euros will be replaced by the points from Worlds. In the 2015-16 season, she got 972 points for her World bronze medal, and in the 2014-15 season (which is worth 70%), 476 points from an ISU Championships. Only the top 2 point results over the span of 3 seasons (756 and 972) count for her total. Same principle applies for the Grand Prix and other competitions, with her 4 best results from each category counting towards her total.

Whether you believe it or not

In figure skating world:

1) Some federations have always been stronger than others. A Russian specialist once told me that, in this world, money does not matter as much as you think. It’s the power and politics that matter most in some cases. 

2) Many small federations follow bigger federations cause that’s how big powers use their influence in this world. Some powerful judges and coaches use their words to attack people they don’t like or to support people they want.

3) Figure skating is mostly about mastering the skills of controlling the blades, it is not just about the jumps.

4) If one does not understand what a counter or rocker is, do not take their comments on transitions seriously.

5) Many federations and judges still believe that the American market, and to a lesser extent, the European market, might help ISU save figure skating world from decline. Personally, I do not share the same belief with them. 

6) If you think judging has always been fair, good for you. Not my belief but whatever. 

7) Knowing all of that, I still stick to this sport, I still follow competitions, I still go to ISU seminars, I still support skaters I like. Because the beauty of figure skating can still stand alone regardless of the political games in the background. 

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Reasons why this video is perfect:

  1. Yuzuru’s “GO JAVI!”
  2. Javi’s program = ♥
  3. His face when he realises that he’s 1st.
  4. Yuzuru’s smile ^^