See here a screenshot from episode 10 where Viktor is shown with his medals
Hmm, that one in the centre seems to be quite prominent from the rest.. I wonder…
YUP THAT IS INDEED THE 2006 WINTER OLYMPICS GOLDEN MEDAL
Having figured out the dates, Viktor would have been freshly eighteen years old right here (the men’s finals took place at the start of February). So we can take the assumption that this was his first Olympics. And that boy won gold. And with the way it’s displayed, prominent and at the centre of his chest, it appears to be the one he’s most proud of? How adorable???
(also I’m now assuming that he won gold at both Vancouver and Sochi - considering how he was at the height of his career during this time)
(canon three time Olympic gold medallist confirmed)
[Partly translation + My opinion] Shizuka’s role in Yuzuru’s career
I can never imagine how different everything will turn out today if Mao was qualified for 2006 Turino Olympics (she was 15, too young at that time for it). Because with her talent at that time, there’s chance that she might get gold at Turino.
Anyway, it’s just my guess, and anything can happen, but I still sometimes wonder like that because Shizuka, and especially because she is the 2006 Turino Olympic champion, plays such a huge role in Yuzuru’s career. Beside the inspiration Yuzuru got from an Olympic champion also from Sendai, Shizuka also helped him so much with his training.
In this video, they show that after winning Turino, in the PC, Shizuka was concerned with the young skaters in Sendai because the ice rink she has been training in Sendai was closed down. The significance of the only Olympic gold medal made it possible for the government of Miyagi and Sendai to support the re-opening of Ice Rink Sendai and Shizuka gave a skating lesson there a year later, which Yuzuru participated in :D
According to Aoi Hono, due to the close down of the rink, Yuzuru initially thought that he would have to give up skating for at least 2-3 years. Keeping skating skills without on-ice training is difficult, and Yuzuru has the kind of body that loses muscle mass very quickly (for example, he didn’t have practice for 10 days after 3/11, and he couldn’t do any jumps because his thigh muscles were weakened so much), so I think it would be very hard for him to be competitive if Ice Rink Sendai is closed for any longer.
Also, after 3/11, Shizuka also supported Yuzuru financially so that he can get his training, and it was such an important year in his senior career.
For these two occasion, I’m very grateful for Shizuka, and to the fact that she won the Olympics so that she could do what she did. And with Yuzuru winning Sochi Olympics and donated all the profit of his autobiographies to Ice Rink Sendai, I wonder whose talent will be nurtured from this place? :3
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
This fic is for kazliin, who is an incomparable goddess and responsible for the amazing Until My Feet Bleed and My Heart Aches, one of the best yuri on ice fanfics. It’s been a wild ride these past few months, and everything you gave us, we want to give back, in as many ways as we can. I hope you like this, and everything else we’ve made you <3 <3 <3
i wrote this in between Chapter 13 and 14, so a lot of it got spectacularly jossed. but by the time chapter 14 came out i had already written 4k of it OTL. it seems a shame not to put it out, if only to show kaz that her fic has been pushing us to create and produce even before UMFB officially ended.
EDIT: it’s kazliin’s birthday today, and i only found out! happy birthday kaz and thanks for everything in the rivals verse you are a gift.
a quiet life, a lonely life, a loving life
Summary: Morooka has been following Yuuri’s career. He doesn’t plan to stop.
Okay so I’ve seen quite a few interesting theories about this. I’m going to take an influence for a few here. Basically, I see three major options, and I’m going to list them from least to most likely not inc: luding a viktuuri wedding as much as we all want it I highly doubt it will happen. For a quick read, skip to number three
1 - least likely) Movie will focus on the rest of the season, following directly from the GPF in Barcelona. In all fairness, I did actually think this was going to be the movie at first. It would definitely give the viewers some great content such as nationals in different countries, Viktor struggling to balance coaching and skating, the two moving to St Petersburg together etc.
However, I don’t think it’s going to happen. Not only would all the routines and costumes be the same, which isn’t that interesting really to the audience who have seen them all plenty of times. It also wouldn’t perhaps be the best structure for a movie, as it would have to involve very fast paced time jumps. Finally,
Sayo Yamamoto said in an interview she was inspired by episode 10 with an idea, and I don’t see how this really fits with that.
2) Movie will focus on the Winter Olympics. This I list for a few reasons, and will either become more or less likely when a release date is given. However, based on a few parts of information, such as hearing Kubo was still working on a manuscript etc., and the fact we have no trailer, a release of earlier 2018 seems accurate? That would be from six to eight months, which I feel is around the time needed for a beautifully animated release, plus marketing time and all sorts put into perspective. This would perfectly coincide with the Winter Olympics, much like how season one coincided with the Grand Prix.
Again, I don’t really see how exactly this would fit into the episode ten inspiration idea, though we do see Viktor pictured with an Olympic medal within the episode, so it could be that?
3 - most likely) Movie will be Viktor central including a backstory in flashback form mixed with real time drama. Now hear me out here, because I’ve convinced myself this is what’s going to happen. This would perfectly fit with Yamamoto’s reveal that she was inspired by episode ten.
Why? It’s the only episode narrated by Viktor. And fully focuses on:
“I’ve been neglecting both for almost twenty years.”
As a character with very little back story other than ‘by age sixteen he was on top of the world’, it’s definitely mysterious. We know nothing about Viktor before the age of twenty seven, other than he’s a good skater and likes poodles. In contrast, we’ve had enough clips here and there from Yuuri and Yurio to at least piece together a good idea of their pasts.
Another thing we get is
I made a whole post ages ago explaining that the centre medal is from the 2006 Winter Olympics. Other than that, the others aren’t really year specific, and nothing we didn’t already know Viktor had won.
So, surely, this episode could easily inspire questions into what exactly was Viktor’s life.
This next section is entirely speculation, but this is what I could see the plot being
Viktor and Yuuri are in their apartment in St Petersburg as talk - possibly have an argument about something
Viktor leaves the apartment and starts to wander around St Petersburg (which was visited by Kubo and others recently)
As he walks around, certain sights trigger off memories of his past, and backstory is revealed
These backstory flashbacks are mashed up with thoughts of Yuuri and little segments like that too
Perhaps at some point he visits the practice rink, and we get a few interactions with the other skaters, see how they’re doing
(how cool would it be to see Viktor imagining he’s skating with past, younger versions of himself or something???)
Eventually he returns home and he and Yuuri sort out whatever they were talking about, and we’re reminded that they’re soulmates
My only query would be ‘is it enough skating?’, but honestly, I think it could be. We’d have younger!Viktor skating, maybe a few recounts of past competitions. They could even include Yuuri when he flopped at Sochi.
But that’s just a theory, a yoi theory… we’ll see soon enough if I was right or wrong
HIS HAND IS THE SWAN’S BEAK, I yelled at whoever was present back in 2006, having never seen Johnny Weir before. It was love at first sight.
It’s just so creative! And campy, but obviously that is not a negative in my book. Also please note the feathers falling from the torso downward, because this isn’t just a gimmick, this is genuinely really artistic.
See? Feathers! Without actually shedding feathers onto the ice.
Even for Johnny Weir, this is top of the tops in my book. Arguably one of his greatest all time costumes!
i’m glad disk and merch sales seem to indicate that we’re on track for getting more of this show for a lot of reasons, and a big one is exploring Viktor’s character in greater depth. it’s pretty clear that he has A Secret of some sort - his blood type (used in a similar manner as a star sign in Japan) is kept private in his official character bio, his hair covers one of his eyes, and in several of his more emotional scenes we don’t see his eyes at all. and throughout season 1, we didn’t really get any indication of what that secret might be. I really am curious to find out more.
I think he’s probably estranged from at least one of his parents, or they are no longer alive. By the time of the Rostelecom cup, Viktor has been away from Russia for almost six months, but we’re given no indication that he had planned to swing by St. Petersburg and visit home, or meet his family in Moscow, before the Makkachin situation changed his plans. Additionally, he doesn’t mention his family to Yuuri at all despite being fairly forward about many other aspects of himself, and despite literally living in Yuuri’s house with Yuuri’s family, and despite being engaged, which is normally something you tell your family about! You’d think the subject would have come up if it was something Viktor wanted to discuss.
I’m also getting the feeling that Something Big happened to Viktor, probably around 2010. Both in eastern cultures and here, cutting one’s hair is often symbolic of a turning point for a character, and we know that Viktor cut his off at some unspecified point in the past. (I hope we get a flashback to it in season 2, if for no other reason than because I live for haircutting scenes dubbed to the appropriate part of the Mulan soundtrack, lol.) If you pay attention to the clues in the show, you can see Viktor has a medal from the Torino (2006) Olympics and a jacket from the Sochi (2014) Olympics, but I haven’t seen anything indicating that he was on the team for Vancouver (2010). Additionally, his five year streak, if it ended with the 2015-16 season, would have started with the 2011-12 season, ie. shortly after Vancouver. Viktor tells Yuuri one of the reasons for Yuuri’s stamina is that Yuuri hasn’t had any major injuries, implying that Viktor has had one.
So my guess is that Viktor had an injury that forced him to miss the Vancouver Olympics, and after that things continued to go downhill for him for the next year or so - he struggled upon his comeback to be as competitive as he was before the injury. (If there is something up with his family life, it’s possible it came to a head in this period as well.) He finally hit a point where something had to change; he cut his hair, made a fresh start, and came back the next season winning everything again and never looked back. Maybe we’ll find out next season how accurate this is and maybe we won’t, but until we’re told otherwise this is the gist of Viktor’s Tragic Backstory™ IMO.
2006 Olympic Champion Shizuka Arakawa talked about Yuzuru:
"Hanyu has the most beautiful axis and flow going into and out of his jumps in the world, and he is fastidious about these things. He is not only technical adept, but is also an artist. He has everything figure skating requires.“ From https://twitter.com/Iron_Klaus/status/859288901965553664
I love that she fought back the Nagoya group’s attack on Yuzuru with such little effort. She only needs to tell the truth. Lol
2004: Wins junior worlds at sixteen. Also wins first Russian nationals at the senior level.
2005: First European championship at seventeen
2006: First Olympics (Torino) at eighteen (did he medal? undecided I’m putting him down as no or bronze because he’s not World Champion level until after Vancouver)
2006-2010: He’s near the top of the skating world but not at the very top. Lots of silvers and bronzes, but he’s not the world champion. Someone or a couple dominant skaters here. I’m guessing after Vancouver a couple skaters retire.
2010: Second Olympics (Vancouver) at 22 (silver medal).
2010-2014: Five consecutive GPF titles go here. This spans from ages 22-26.
2014: Third Olympics (Sochi) at twenty-six, Victor wins Olympic gold.
2011-2015: Five consecutive world titles go here. This spans from ages 23-27
2015: Leaves skating to coach Yuuri Katsuki for the 2015-2016 season at age 27
2016: Returns to skating, while still coaching Yuuri Katsuki, at age 28
2016: After skating a ‘full round of competitions’ (nationals- gold, Europeans- gold, Worlds- silver, Grand Prix Series, and Grand Prix Final- silver), retires from competitive skating to full time coach Yuuri Katsuki at 29. Does a lot of show skating still.
He retires with five grand prix golds, five world titles, an Olympic gold medal, and an Olympic silver medal. Maybe a bronze medal too! I’m guessing he also has a medal in the team event from Sochi. If it follows our reality, he has a gold. :)
1991: Born November 29
2008: Wins Junior Grand Prix Final at seventeen
2009: Places second at junior worlds at seventeen
2010: After advancing to senior level, moves to Detroit to train with Celestino.
2011-2014: A few placements on the Grand Prix circuit, a couple of medals at Four Continents. All in all Yuuri is a top skater who never manages to break through to the very highest tier, as we know.
2011: At age 20 Yuuri wins Japanese nationals for the first time.
2014: At age 22 Yuuri represents Japan in the Sochi Olympics. He places a respectable eighth.
2014: Bronze at Skate America and silver at NHK Trophy net 22 year old Yuuri a spot in the Grand Prix final.
2014: Yuuri, having just turned 23, bombs the Grand Prix final, then subsequently Japanese Nationals.
2015: Yuuri leaves Detroit, comes home, the series happens.
2015: At 24, Yuuri takes silver at the Grand Prix final with Victor Nikiforov as his coach and promises to stay in skating for at least five more years.
2015: Yuuri takes his Japanese national title back. It is his fourth Japanese national championship. He moves to St. Petersburg to train with Victor Nikiforov.
2016: At 24, Yuuri Katsuki wins his first world title. Victor Nikiforov takes silver.
2016: At 25, Yuuri Katsuki wins his first Grand Prix Final. Victor Nikiforov takes silver and retires to be his coach full time.
2017: 25 year old Yuuri wins his second world title. Victor and Yuuri get married that summer. They’ve both never been happier. Now that Victor has retired, the pair move back to Hasetsu and buy a house together. They train at Ice Castle.
2017: Yuuri, along with a couple other skaters, take off the Grand Prix events to focus on preparing for the Olympics. Instead he participates in just Japanese nationals and another more lowkey test event.
2018: At 26 Yuuri wins Olympic gold in Pyeongchang. He follows that up with his third world title.
2019: An injury causes Yuuri to miss the 2018 GP series, and many wonder if he’s over. He is 27 now after all. But no one is more stubborn than him. He has to miss nationals due to the injury but is given a bye to worlds. He comes back and wins his fourth world title, and also Four Continents to put a cherry on top.
2019: Yuuri knows retirement is looming, but he’s not done a GP series for a couple of years, so he decides go for it. He takes the GP final, although it is a close one this year. He’s just turned 28 when he wins the GP final.
2020: Fifth world title at 28. He’s tied with Victor Nikiforov. He still loves skating, and no one can doubt he’s Japan’s living legend (though Yuuri has A LOT of trouble admitting that to himself), but he knows he’s winding down.
2021: This season will be his last, and he knows it. It’s his swan song. He’s 29. He’s old for this sport. He’s skipped the Grand Prix, electing to do just Japanese Nationals and World Championships. If he doesn’t win, that’s okay, but damn if he isn’t going to try. Yuuri wins his sixth world title. Victor cries for like 10 hours.
He retires with six world titles, an Olympic gold medal, eight national titles, and two Grand Prix final titles.
Not mentioned: European championships: Probably like, a ton (something like 10 lol), especially considering he won at seventeen. That means there’s a good chance those dominant skaters from 2005-2010 were from North America or Asia?? Grand Prix events. Probably ten or eleven Russian national titles, considering the longevity of his career!
Not mentioned for Yuuri: Four Continent titles. I’m not sure how many! Sometimes top skaters also don’t participate in this event. Grand Prix events.
WHY 2015?: Because during the Cup of China, the banner in the background specifically identifies it as the ‘2015 Cup of China’ which sets the series during the 2015-2016 Skating Season.
If you are familiar with Jamaica , I can probably bet you (and win) you never knew half of these interesting facts on Jamaica . I myself was even surprised at some of these findings. Here you go!
Had electricity before the United States
Had running water before the United States
Had phone cards before the United States
Their phone system was so sophisticated it was copied by AT&T
Jamaica has the most “churches” per square mile of any country in the world. Source-Guinness Book of World Records. Over 1,600 “churches” all over Jamaica . That number is growing.
Jamaica was the first country in the Western world to construct a railway, even before the United States ! This was only 18 years after Britain !
Jamaica is the first Caribbean Country to gain Independence .
Jamaica is the first team from the English-speaking Caribbean to qualify for the Football (Soccer) World Cup. This was the 1998 championship.
Jamaica stands strong in 3rd place on the list of countries to win the Miss World titles the most! [Hmmm!]
The only countries to have won it more than Jamaica is India , Venezuela and the UK , but considering the size of Jamaica , you have to say that this achievement is monumental!
On his second voyage to the New World in 1494, the tip of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica was the first land sighted by Christopher Columbus.
Jamaica was the first commercial producer of bananas in the Western Hemisphere .
Jamaica also was the first island in the Caribbean to produce rum on a commercial basis.
The Manchester Golf Club in Jamaica , established in 1868, is the oldest in the western hemisphere!.
Apart from the United States , Jamaica has won the most world and Olympic medals.
2006-2007: World Fastest man and woman- you bet, are Jamaicans [Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson].
2008/2009 - Olympic/World fastest man and woman - Usain Bolt and Shelley-Ann Fraser
Jamaica has more multiple (two or more) live births than anywhere else in the world.
Jamaica was the first country to impose economic sanctions against the apartheid regime of South Africa .
Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean .
Jamaica was the first Caribbean island to enact legislation, “The Motion Picture Industry (Encouragement) Act” to promote the making of films.
Jamaica is the first country to sign a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant agreement.
Jamaica was the first tropical country to enter the IOC Winter Olympics. The bob sleigh team’s efforts inspired the film ‘Cool Runnings’.
Jamaica was the first colony England acquired by conquest. This was in the year 1655 when the Spanish were driven from the island.
They have the second largest butterfly in the world? (The Giant Swallowtail).
Another of the interesting facts on Jamaica is that it was the first British colonial territory to establish a postal service (in 1688).
Jamaica was the first Caricom country to liberalize the telecommunications sector. Since then, other Caricom countries have opened up to competition.
Another one I found to be one of the most interesting facts on Jamaica is that Jamaica was the first country in the Caribbean region to launch a web site, jamaicatravel.com. This was in 1994!
And if you know none of the above, (which is fine) I expect you at least know that Jamaica is the birth place of Robert (“Bob”) Marley [smile]
that the Jamaican Flag is the ONLY flag in the world, that doesn’t share any of the colors of the American flag?
Now my friend, get out and share you new found knowledge of Jamaica
Life is short, Break the rules,
Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly,
Love Truly, Laugh uncontrollably, and
NEVER regret anything that made you smile
marniemc2: Watching champions at work in Montreal. Always love chatting w @tessavirtue & @scottmoir In our 3rd Olympic cycle: started as mentor now trusted friends. Great to also catch up with their coaches MarieFrance and Patrice; they were part of my 1st Winter Olympic experience in 2006. Thanks for letting me hang around for the day.
Fuck I’m trying to figure out exactly which medals Victor is wearing in Episode 10 in the pool
I’m so confused because it SHOULD be his 5 grand Prix Final medals…. or maybe his 5 world championship gold medals…
The blue one with the little person on it appears to be from the 2013-2014 GPF. Which would make sense, because theoretically, this would have been where Victor won his 5th GPF gold. Maybe 2014-2015 since the locations don’t match up, but still close.
THE MIDDLE RED ONE WITH A HOLE IN IT LOOKS LIKE ITS FROM THE 2006 TORINO OLYMPICS?????? The fanfic writer in me (my precanon in universe fanfiction) says that’s not possible, but I mean I guess he would be like 19… I guess it’s possible to get a gold medal at 19…
The red white and blue one should be from the 2010-2011 Grand Prix Final.
And the striped one is just one of his many (5) World Championships of Figure Skating gold medals. OR one of his Thousands of European medals, SINCE THEY LOOK THE SAME.
AND I STILL CANT FIND WHAT THE BLACK/PURPLE ONE IS!!!