olympics 2006

So, I noticed a thing about our favourite Russian

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…


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)

Bonus: Imagine fourteen year old Yuuri’s reaction


[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

Here’s some interesting related materials: 

1. Interview with young Yuzuru when they reopened Ice Rink Sendai

2. Interview from Shizuka’s lesson at Ice Rink Sendai, Yuzu was such a star of the show haha

OMG Look at how he still gracefully crossed his legs in that situation!!!!! Boy is extra since forever!! XD


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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a quiet life, a lonely life, a loving life

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.

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YOI Movie Predictions

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 

Johnny Weir, Torino Olympics 2006 (Short Program)

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!

Grade: A+++

Four skaters from Japan, Rika Hongo, Keiji Tanaka, Satoko Miyahara and Yuzuru Hanyu talked to us about their skating career before the ISU Four Continents Championships 2017.

Q = Interviewer Wei Xiong for ISU
RH = Rika Hongo
KT = Keiji Tanaka
SM= Satoko Miyahara
YH= Yuzuru Hanyu

Q: How did you get into figure skating?

RH: My mother is a figure skating coach. I followed her to work when I was three years old, and I played around the rink. When I was five, I told her that I want to learn figure skating, and that’s how I started.

KT: There was a skating rink near my home, so at the beginning I went there just for fun. It was during my first grade in elementary school. Then I enjoyed it so much that gradually I started to take regular skating classes, and before I realized, I was already a member of the skating club.

SM: I started skating when I was four. I lived in the U.S. for two years and a half when my parents were studying there. There was a skating rink inside a shopping mall, when I went there, I tried to skate for the first time and I really enjoyed it, so I started to skate.

YH: It was my elder sister who started to skate first. At that time I wasn’t particularly into figure skating, but I was just following my sister and skating with her.

Q: When did you decide to dedicate yourself to this sport and be an athlete?

RH: I was inspired by Shizuka Arakawa’s victory at the 2006 Olympics, since then I started to dream about competing at the Olympics, and I started to train hard to be a skater.

After she won the Olympics, there was a parade in her hometown Sendai, and you were the kid who accompanied her in the parade car. Do you still remember that day?

Yes, I remember I was sitting next to her, and I saw the shining gold medal at a close distance. I thought that was so cool and I was inspired.

KT: After I joined the skating club, I think being an athlete just became something very natural to me, and I never thought about quitting because training was tough.

SM: I kept skating and naturally began real training after I came back to Japan. When I was in third grade in elementary school, I competed at my first international competition. Ever since then I realized I would become an athlete.

YH: For me, an athlete equals to an Olympian, an Olympic gold medalist. When I was around five-years-old, I already seriously thought about winning the gold medal at the Olympics. But what made me want the Olympic title strongly was the battle between Yagudin and Plushenko at 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

Q: Did you already have the confidence that you were going to be a top skater in the world?

Tanaka: I still don’t think I am competitive on the international stage, but one thing that inspired me was when Yuzuru won the World Junior Championships. He is the same age as me, and the best among us. When he won the junior title, I thought it was really awesome, and I wanted to catch up with him. So I made up my mind and set my goal to be a competitive skater in the world. One year after, I won the silver medal at junior Worlds.

SM: I didn’t think about being a top skater at that time, but I strongly wanted to go to the Olympics.

YH: Yes! I remember I got the second place at my first ever competition since I started to skate, but soon I won my next competition. I was presented a trophy in that competition, and I lifted the trophy over my head, just trying to imitate what Plushenko and Yagudin always did. It was a small trophy like this size (he pointed to his beverage bottle), and I did it like this (he held up the bottle over his head). It was a small, domestic competition, I think I was five years old, or maybe first grade in elementary school.

Q: Being an athlete is tough, but is there anything even tougher that you hadn’t expected or imagined?

RH: All your time is occupied by skating, I train every day, and it is so difficult to find some time just to hang out with your friends. Also, I need to get up early in the morning, that’s also tough.

YH: The risk of injury is high, and there is no guarantee that the harder you train the better you become, so I think that’s really the difficult part. Also, I think this is unique in Japan, but figure skating is so popular here that I cannot go out easily, and there are paparazzi around, so this is something difficult to deal with too.

(Does training in Canada make things easier?)

Yes, I can get more of my own time in Canada.

Q: What’s your favorite element in figure skating and what gives you headache?

RH: I like the jumps the most. Among all types of jumps, I like toe the most, but I am not good at loop.

KT: I like doing footwork, especially when it fits the music, it feels really enjoyable. As for what I am not good at, compared to those best skaters in the world, I have a lot of work to do on my spins.

SM: I like all elements. But I am not good at twizzles, and I wish I could spin faster on flying camel spins.

Q: Could you share with us the stories or inspirations of your programs this season?

RH: My free skate this season is choreographed by Akiko Suzuki. I want to enhance my presentation, and I think I can learn a lot from her. Before she retired, we were skating in the same rink, and I was always amazed and inspired by her. It feels great that I can continue to learn from her now in this way.

KT: It is a new genre of music (“Federico Fellini Medley”) that I’ve never tried before, so it was really difficult at the beginning of the season, I just couldn’t catch the feeling of the program, and couldn’t show the right facial expression. When I made a mistake on the first few jumping passes, it felt very hard to concentrate on presentation, and hence couldn’t put the program together. But at the NHK Trophy, I did well with the first few jumps, so I carried the momentum to the rest of the program, kept the energy and paid attention to facial expressions. I finally felt I was able to perform this program well.

SM: Tom Dickson recommended the “Star Wars” music to me in the middle of last season, and we started to do the choreography right after the season ended. The music is something different from what I’ve skated to before, but I think it is so cool and I like it.

You are always shy off the ice, is it difficult to skate to something so “cool”?

Yes, I really need to pay a lot of attention to the movements and scale when I skate, and give much more strength than before.

YH: The music of my free skate was composed by a Japanese composer, if I go deep into the story behind the music, it was actually the opening song of 1998 Nagano Paralympics. My mom watched the Nagano Olympics and Paralympics, and then she wanted my elder sister to skate, so she took her to skating class. If you think about it, those Olympics were the starting point of my skating life, so I want to use this piece of music. Also, as I mentioned, it was composed by a Japanese composer, so I think I can continue to present something I’ve learned from “SEIMEI”.

The Olympics really is something special for you, isn’t it?

Yes. On one hand, when it comes to competing at a competition, like in Sochi, I treated it as a normal competition; but on the other hand, I am planning and preparing for the next Olympics, so I guess I have a special feeling for it. Of course, I want to win the gold medal again in Pyeongchang.

Your long program is called “Hope and Legacy”, and you talked about how skaters’ performances can remain as a legacy. Which performance of yours do you think is your legacy?

YH: It was my first novice national championships, which I won. I was very happy at that time, not only happy for the win, but also for my score. It was still under the 6.0 system, I watched competitions on TV a lot, so I knew only those very top skaters in the world could get over 5.5 points, but I got 5.2 for my presentation. I was so happy at that time, and my performance at that competition became my motivation of skating, and it still motivates me now.

Q: What’s your equity in Team Japan? For example, are you the one that laughs the most, or talks the most, or are you the one who likes to give advice and take care of rookies, or are you the one that doesn’t talk at all, etc.

RH: There are younger skaters coming up this season, but this is only my third year on the senior circuit and there are more experienced skaters than me, like Asada or Murakami, so I am the one who still tries to learn from the elders during competitions.

KT: I am the shy one and not good at talking. On the contrary, Yuzuru is very outgoing and really talks a lot, sometimes I cannot follow him.

YH: We are all teammates, but at the same time competitors. For example, I am at the same age with Ryuju Hino and Keiji Tanaka who also competed at NHK Trophy, we know each other since we were kids, we are really good friends off the ice, but on the ice, we are competitors.

Q: Yuzuru, Keiji just said you always talk so much that he sometimes cannot follow.

YH: I admit. I really talk a lot, but I am thankful that he is always willing to listen. Just like I said, we knew each other from long ago, so I feel like he can understand me.

Q: How about in the skating club? For Rika and Satoko, there are many younger girls in your rink, do you give them advice?

RH: I talk to them a lot, but we seldom talk about skating.

SM: I often practice with them, and I get stimulation from them, I enjoy skating with them. I don’t always do that, but sometimes I do give them advice. I also have things to learn from them, so I think it is a very good training environment.

Q: What do you like to do off the ice?

RH: I like sleeping and eating. I especially like ice cream, so whenever there is a limited edition or new flavor of ice cream, I will go get it and enjoy.

KT: I like watching movies. Recently I watch a lot of Japanese movies.

SM: I like reading books and sleeping, and I like cooking. I like something sweet, and I like Japanese food. I cook for my family when I have time.

Q: Yuzuru, you are taking university courses via e-school, right?

YH: Yes, but I am too busy training to keep up with my studies. Nevertheless my classes are very interesting. I am majoring in Human Science, it is very broad, and I study a lot about human, about computer science, etc. Recently I am really into Human Bioethics. I’ve thought a lot about “life” in my life so far, and I am also thinking about “life” when I perform “Hope and Legacy”, so studying Human Bioethics helps my skating. Given that I don’t really have much time, I try to take less courses, but study in depth and make every minute out of it count.

Q: One thing I have to ask Keiji, your name “Keiji” (which means “police” in Japanese) is so special. Who gave you the name?

KT: It was my father. He gave me this name because it is very unique, you can’t really find another person with the same name, and he wants me to be a person with strong sense of justice. He didn’t expect me to be a policeman, but I think this is really a good name, and I am glad that people can remember me by this name.

from isu.org

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.

Shizuka complimented Yuzuru

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

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.

I really regret the fact that I ever stopped watching skating. I was obsessed as a kid and even got to go to an ice show, but over time, I just kind of…didn’t watch. I watched ice dancing on TV during the Olympics (2006, I think), but other than that, not much. Skaters are incredible.

I have to say too as someone who danced for fifteen years that having a big, awkwardly-shaped boot on your foot while you basically dance across a treacherously slick surface is more than a little intimidating. 

Okay brief YOI timeline for self-

Victor Nikiforov:

  • 1987: Born December 25
  • 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. :) 

Yuuri Katsuki

  • 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. 

Fun facts about Jamaica 🇯🇲

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


Everyone knows Yuri Plisetsky’s fanclub Yuri’s Angels. So when you were wondering about the name “Yuri’s Angels” it renders homage to Johnny Weirs fans who always supported him 💗💗💗 I think that’s pretty awesome!
I just noticed the banner today when I was watching Johnny’s SP for the Olympic Games back in 2006 😍😍😍

rhunalith  asked:

Hi there! I'm trying to find the name of a figure skater that i used to love watching on TV as a kid. Sorry for bothering you but since you said you followed skating all your life i thought i'd ask if anyone comes to mind off the top of your head. He was a male champion (? so they say?) that probably competed in the ~2004 or ~2008 Olympics who caused an uproar when he kissed one (pecked on the cheek i think? LOL) of the judges at one of his performances.If nothing rings a bell then nvm. Thxs!

Hi friend!

So neither 2004 or 2008 had an Olympics–there was an Olympics in 2006, though! The gold medalist that year was Evgeni Plunshenko, a Russian, and behind him was the wonderful and talented Swiss, Stephane Lambiel of YOI Episode 12 fame. Lambiel could also be said to be a “Champion”, however, because although he did not win the Olympics he won the Grand Prix in 2005 and 2007 and also World’s in 2005 and 2006. He also won the Swiss Figure Skating Championships NINE TIMES.

Of the two of them, Lambiel is more likely to have done something like kiss a judge but I’m not sure it’s him you’re thinking of because you DEFINITELY would have been able to find him if you were looking for him–the fandom loves him. 

Those are the only two I can really think of? Weir was also skating at that time but he never won anything SUPER high on the world stage (He was the US Champion once in Juniors and three times in seniors, though!!) and he would DEFINITELY do something like kiss a judge but I don’t think he had a very good relationship with most of them because there was controversy surrounding some homophobic language used amongst the commentators and judges at the time because of his effeminate attire and flamboyant movements. Homophobia in the figure skating community is a big problem, and is probably one of the reasons why Weir wasn’t more successful–he had a LOT of prejudice to compete against and it’s broadly assumed that the officials didn’t see him as a ‘good representation of the sport’, whatever that means.

So yeah! I hope that helped! :)