JJ’s Crossing Himself Isn’t Religious
I’ve seen a couple of things about how JJ might be Catholic because of this:
and I’ve also seen a couple of people say that it’s weird because most Catholics don’t cross over the bellybutton (except for Russian Catholics, apparently),
and the YOI staff probably messed something up there.
It’s not. A religion thing. Not this one. When I first saw him do this, my first thought was they did not just do that. The cross thing is actually a figure skating thing, although as far as I know, only one skater actually does it regularly.
That skater being none other than Yuzuru Hanyu, reigning Olympic and GPF champion, and the former World champion (current reigning Worlds Silver Medalist).
(watch the first couple of seconds)
yeah i know they’re both purple that’s just an unfortunate coincidence i swear
Anyways Yuzu does the cross thing as an axis reminder: keep your back straight, shoulders perpendicular, arms tucked. He was asked that in an interview once and he said:
“That’s not a sign of the cross. The first vertical line is to check my vertical body line. The two horizontal lines I draw across my body are to straighten out my upper body core…“
tld;r: The staff know what they’re doing and JJ is reminding himself to stay on axis during his jumps.