i love that brenna must have a nervous and/or comfort habit of pulling her leo away by the front around her belly button to readjust. in nearly every meet since the beginning of time, at some point, bren gets a nice white chalk line right where her belly button is. it’s almost always there and it almost never goes away. heh. :’’)
oh brenna. one of the many goofy things i adore about you. :’D
Hanyu talks about his path of growth [part 1: from childhood to junior]
~Encounter with figure skating~
The trigger for starting to
skate was because my elder sister was doing it. At that time, whatever
my sister did, I followed. I imitated everything. In that way, I
joined the skating lessons that my sister was taking. For
4 year-old me, my sister who is 4 years older was definitely someone I
looked up to, and at the same time, I also saw her as my rival, and I kept
thinking that someday I shall surpass her! My sister thought nothing of
it though. While trying to catch up with my sister, I think I was
naturally drawn in (to skating).
was absorbed in practising, and somehow I had already noticed the
charms of skating. It is something extraordinary, the speed is faster
than normal walking, and you can do jumps and spins, movements that are
unthinkable on land. And precisely because it was difficult to do, I
became obsessed with it.
In any case, I am a sore loser.
Actually, from that time, I was already telling my mother, “I will take
part in the Olympic Games twice and win the gold twice!” Mother would
look a little shocked and say, “Why do you have such confidence???” I
am also the type that likes to be the main character in a school play.
That is why, I hated training but I loved competitions where everyone
would be looking at me. Having the rink all to myself, the feeling of
tension when all eyes are on me, I really loved that.
I was a child, I hated training. It was basically monotonous and I got
scolded, and because I cried when I got scolded, I was often expelled
from the rink. It was almost like I never did the training right to the end. Moreover, when I became an elementary
school student, there were hardly any boys doing figure skating. They
were all doing baseball or soccer. Because my father played baseball, I
often thought of playing baseball too and I was constantly saying that I
wanted to quit (skating).
When I told my parents, “I want to
stop skating,” they always said easily, “Well, it’s ok to stop”, "it’s
ok to play baseball". It was never sarcastic, but because I hated to
lose, I did not give it up. Moreover, my parents did not press on me
something that I disliked; instead they respected my feelings, whether I
liked it or not, whether I wanted to do it or not. This was the best
support, I think. Because I always had those words, I did not quit. So
I think it was because I really did like skating after all.
course, if I did not have the day-to-day support from my parents, I
would not have been able to continue. My mother took me to and fro
almost everyday, and when the neighbourhood rink closed and I had to
travel far, my father also did the drop-off and pick-up. My mother made
my costumes. All the way from the 1st competition to senior 1st year.
She had not learned dress-making but she used paper patterns to make
them for me. At that time, I felt it was so troublesome when she made
me sit still for tacking (temporary stitches), but now when I think of
it, what enormous support she gave me. So now, although there is a
figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, nonetheless as an individual person, there
is a ‘Yuzuru born in the Hanyu family" and I want to continue to
~Outside of the rink, the real face of childhood~ I
think I was very active. As for studying, I’m the type that once I
start, I will be totally absorbed. But I was poor at National Language
(Japanese as a subject). I liked subjects like History, Science and
Mathematics. Only Japanese, I couldn’t obtain the marks that I was
convinced I could get. [laugh] After school, I went straight to the
rink, carrying my school backpack. Because of that, during break time
like morning or lunch break, I would play dodgeball and play to the maximum that I could; I have memories of that. It feels like I played
in school. [laugh]
Steps and growth in junior days:
1998- 4 years old -Starts skating due to sister’s influence 2000- 6 years old -First victory in the “Daiei cup” of Chiba 2004- 10 years old -Closure of nearby home rink due to financial difficulties 2008- 13 years old -All Japan Junior Championship, first win 2009- 14 years old -All Japan Junior Championship, 2nd consecutive win 2010- 15 years old -World Junior Championship win, senior debut