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nathan chen is only 17 and he was the first to ever land five clean quads in a free skate - please watch this, his skating is truly awe inspiring 

What I say: I’m fine.

What I mean: Have you seen Nathan Chen’s free skate performance for the 2017 US figure skating championships?? Literally the definition of grace and beauty. Expressive and artful choreography. Striking sequences and spins. When he landed the fifth quad, i stopped breathing. 

Be still my heart.

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2017 US Figure Skating Championships - Men’s Free Skate - Nathan Chen

Here it is you guys. Here it is - the routine that changed the sport, tonight. 

I know we’re all very fond of oblivious heartbreaker Yuuri, but can we consider a situation where no-one has ever expressed interest in Yuuri before because they all think he’s out of their league?

Like:

“What? Talk to Katsuki Yuuri? So he can reject me and I can die of embarrassment, no thanks?”

“Is that Katsuki Yuuri coming our way? Dude, let’s take the long way please, I AM NOT FIT TO WALK IN THE SAME CORRIDOR.”

“Today Katsuki Yuuri smiled at me, and I ran away screeching because HOLY SHIT.”

“Oh my god Katsuki Yuuri is in our class???? How can we avoid being noticed ohmygod I AM SO NERVOUS?”

“What do you mean he’ll like me? HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? He’s a national figure skating champion and I barely managed to put on pants today.”

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Frozen Lake Bled, Slovenia. With skaters. Apparently currently only freezes like once every decade at this point.

A little rant

I know how it is to fight depression (and other mental illnesses), from my own experience. But why exactly is Gracie Gold depressed ? Sure, being first after SP at worlds and finishing off the podium is hard, but there are worse things in life.

Gracie should be thankful for everything she has, for the opportunities, support, health, youth. But i guess she just doesn’t have the character of a champion.

Look at some other examples.

After her win in Sochi, Adelina doesn't get much love. Only hate and death threats, she is bullied, not only from people out there but from biased media and its fake news and accusations, that can destroy her reputation and career. She doesn’t get much support world wide, she has to support her family and her sick sister, but still, she hasn’t lost her smile and joy.

Does Gracie really think her life is that hard?

But let us talk about Yuzuru Hanyu. When he became the rising star in his country, he didn’t get much love.  When he won his first national title and was on the top of the podium, he was fighting back the tears because the audience wasn’t that happy about the result. Even now he is blamed for a lot of things.

In Japan, figure skating is much more popular than in the US, so the pressure and expectations are bigger. It was hard for him to lose two world titles in a row, after everyone expected him to win, but after every failure, he comes back stronger. He knows that many people in his country  hate him (i heard something about a petition against his participation at worlds 2017) and it doesn’t matter what he is doing or not, he will  always be bashed. That’s why he is so often competing injured-  otherwise he would be blamed for being lazy, or a diva or whatever. He is fighting injuries, pain, expectations, asthma, haters and younger generations. But he is not losing hope, or the joy in life, or his fighting spirit.

Or how about Satoko Miyahara? She is pretty much ignored in Japan and isn’t really accepted in the figure skating world because of her small jumps. She can work as hard as she wants, but people just can’t wait to replace her with  a younger girl with bigger jumps. Some people call her “Cheatako” and when she wins a medal, she “doesn’t deserve it”. But she is still doing her job and is fighting for every point she can get from the judges.

 

The point of my rant is, Gracie is not "depressed".  She is suffering from self-pity, she can’t deal with failure and that’s her biggest problem. Too many people claim they are "depressed", as long as there is no official diagnosis from  a doctor, i don’t believe that she is “depressed”. 

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     Nathan Chen at 2017 U.S. Figure Skating National                             Championships Smucker’s Exhibition Show

The Exhibition shows are where it’s at, people. These guys get to let their hair down and have FUN.  

Update: US and Canadian Nationals have me like

So asks might be a little slow while the Nats finish up and I recover from them. But feel free to scream at me about the competition in my askbox.

I am so proud of the Shibutanis and my girl Karen Chen and Mirai and I am rooting for Nathan and praying for no more hip injuries. Good luck guys for the Men’s free skate.