Yuri Drags a Hand Across the Ice
That’s it. He doesn’t crash or lose the validity of the quad. He drags a hand. Yes, there is a lot of questioning regarding the number of rotations and yes, he is disappointed in himself and his performance, but here’s the thing.
He didn’t give up.
Look at the Yuri we saw from last season, when he crashed on his jumps and ended up crying in a bathroom apologizing to his mother for messing up. He was beyond devastated he was destroyed. That one event made him question his entire participation in the sport that he loved so dearly.
And now think of the Yuri we saw today. He was disappointed but he wasn’t defeated. Not only did he get up and finish the program as best as he could, he went to find Victor and watch his fellow competitors.
This isn’t the sign of a failure despite the fact that he didn’t perform to the best of his ability. This is the sign of an athlete who is overcoming the struggles of everyday life both on and off the ice.
The real battle of the show isn’t winning the GPF. That’s a huge part of it yes, but it only plays into the real conflict, which is the anxiety that consumes Yuri. He’s getting stronger and more confident. And that’s what is really great about this show. Kubo doesn’t just give us a show with athletic conflicts to make a plot go along. She gives us characters who are growing so realistically that sometimes you don’t even notice it.