[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Post-SP Interview, World Team Trophy – 210415

Photo by Sponichi

All articles originally published 15 April 2021

Part 1 | Part 2

Translation: @axelsandwich & @shinjistarxx 
Proofreading: @yuzueco

男子SPで今季自己ベストの107・12点をマークし、2位だった羽生結弦(ANA)は演技後、オンラインで取材に応じた。

Yuzuru Hanyu, attending his first WTT after sitting out of the last competition, secured second place with a season’s best of 107.12, and afterwards participated in an online interview.

 ――応援席にVサインもあった。

 「あの、やはり日本語のアナウンスだったので、自分の中であまり聞く気はなかったんですけど。え~、宇野選手の点数があまり良くなかったというのも聞こえてて。緊張しましたが、しっかり、彼はミスっちゃいましたけれども、彼の力とか魂とか、そういうものを受け取りながら頑張れたと思います」

―You did a peace sign to the supporting teammate area [after your performance]

Yuzuru: Um, well, the announcements are all happening in Japanese, so internally I wasn’t going to listen to them. Ah, but I ended up hearing that [teammate Shoma] Uno’s score wasn’t that good. I was nervous, and although he made some mistakes, I think that I was able to feel some sort of spirit or power from him which let me do my best.

 ――いつもとは違うSPの入りだったか。

 「あまり気にしないようにっていうことも思っていましたし。自分が一番貢献できることは、自分の演技にしっかりと入り込んで、自分のペースでやることだと思っているので。ただ、今日はほんとに最後の最後まで、なんか宇野選手とともに力を借りて滑らせていただいたなとって思っています」

―Was it a different start to the SP than usual?

Y: I was trying not to worry about it too much. I think that what I can do to contribute the most right now is to properly get into my performance and do it at my own pace. However, today, until the very end, I think I was able to skate by kind of borrowing some energy from alongside [Shoma] Uno.

 ――順位も確定した。

 「えっと~、まあ、自分はやれることやったと思っているので。あんまり順位とか気にしていないですけど。でも、あの、まずは自分のこととして、その、チーム競技なしとして、自分のこととしては、やっぱり前半のサルコーとトーループジャンプを初めてこのプログラムで試合できれいに決めることができたので、成長しているなって思えています」

―You also secured 2nd place [after the SP]

Y: Hmm~ Well, I think I did what I could. I’m not paying too much mind to the placements. But um, as for myself, not regarding the team competition aspect, it was the first time I was able to land a nice (quad) Salchow and (quad) toe loop [4T3T combination] jump in the first half of this program in competition, so I feel like I’ve made progress.

 ――フリーに向けて

 「え~、えっと。やはり世界選手権での悔しさみたいなものは少なからずあって、リベンジしたいっていう気持ちも少なからずあるんですけれども。その気持ちも認めて、それをプラスアルファ、きょうの演技のように自分が成長したなと思えるような演技をできるように、しっかり自分に集中したいと思います」

―What are your thoughts heading into the free program?

Y: Umm… well, I do have a considerable amount of what you could call feelings of frustration or the desire to redeem myself from the World Championships. I want to acknowledge those feelings and then on top of that, would like to concentrate properly on delivering a performance like I did today where I can really feel that I’ve grown.

Photo by Sponichi

Part 2

 ――世の前に地震があって、影響は

 「えっと。う~ん。まず3月の地震もそうでしたけれども、2月はもっと自分の住んでいるところはもっと揺れて。棚の物だったり棚自体はすごくずれたりとか、まあ食器が壊れたりとか、まあ、そのような被害がありました。ただ、幸いにもケガとか、また窓ガラスが破損したりとか、建物自体、まあちょっと、ヒビとか入っていたかもしれないですけど、自分の家自体は、え~、すごく大きな東日本大震災のようなことはなかったです。ただ、アイスリンク仙台の方はヒビ割れだったり、3・11の時に被害を受けていた壁がまた崩れていたりとか。いたるところに3・11の時のような傷跡がありました。え~、まあ幸いにも氷自体が壊れたりとか、冷却器が壊れたりとかはなかったんですけれども。アイスリンク仙台さんの特別な配慮をいただいて、なんとか、すぐにではなかったですけど、1日はできなかったですけど、その次の日から特別に補修工事をしながらでしたけど、少しだけ滑らせていただくことができました」

―There was an earthquake not too long ago [in Sendai], how did it affect you?

Y: Hm. Firstly there was the earthquake that happened in March, but the earthquake in February affected where I was living more. The things on our shelves and the shelves themselves were shaking really badly and well, tableware broke and there was damage like that around the house. But, fortunately, there weren’t injuries or damaged windows, or damage to the building itself ―though I suppose there may have been some cracks― and there wasn’t anything as severe as the 3/11 disaster. But Ice Rink Sendai did experience cracks [in the building] and the wall that had been damaged in the 3/11 disaster collapsed once again. There was damage everywhere, just like from 3/11. Fortunately the ice wasn’t broken, nor was the cooling system. Thanks to the special efforts and consideration of Ice Rink Sendai ―though it wasn’t immediately as they couldn’t do it in a day and it was while repairs were going on― I was able to skate just a little from the following day onwards.

 ――演技で何か残すことができると思うようになったきっかけは

 「えっと、一番大きかったことは、自分のスポンサーさんであるANAさんのフライトに、えっと、スウェーデンから日本に帰る時にほんとに誰も乗っていなくて。空港に行ってもほんと真っ暗で。海外の人にはゴーストタウンと言われているんだよ、というようなくらいの空港の状況を見たり。本来はゲートであったはずの乗り口だったはずのところが、え~、なんか病院の受付みたくなっていたりとか、そういった状況を見て、ほんとに自分自身は自粛することがすごく大切だと思ってましたし。自分が感染を広げないことと、自分がその感染を広げる人の移動のきっかけになってはいけないということをすごく感じてグランプリは棄権したのですが、今はもちろんその気持ちも持ちつつ、そういう職の普通のあり方がなくなっている方々、またはこういう状況の中で苦しんでいる方々、もちろんこうやって大会を開催してくれたり、運営していただいたり、またはここに来ているテレビの方々、記者の方々含め、ほんとに大変なことを痛感したので。僕は、そのお仕事という場に僕が身を寄せることによって、何かしらの、うん、力になれるんじゃないかというふうに思いました。そして、空港で案内してくださった、お世話してくださったANAの方が「おめでとうとは言えなかった」とは言っていたんですけど、「ほんとに勇気をもらいました」と「僕の演技で力がもらえました」と、そういう言葉をいただけたので。僕は、もちろんまだ複雑な気持ちはありますけど、両方とも持った上で出てもいいのかなと思って今回は決意しました。ありがとうございました。またよろしくお願いします」

―What was the motivation for making you think that you could leave behind something with your programs this time?

Y: Um, the most impactful thing for me was that when I was returning to Japan from Sweden on my sponsored ANA flight, there was really no one on board. The airport was also completely dark. I saw this state of the airport, and it’s what people overseas would be calling a “ghost town.” What was supposed to be a boarding gate had been turned into something like a… hospital reception area. When I saw these circumstances, I thought that it was really important for me to refrain from spreading the virus myself. I also strongly felt that I must not become a reason for others moving [travelling] and possibly spreading the virus, [and because of that] I sat out the Grand Prix series [last fall]. Of course I still hold those feelings, but I am also fully aware that there are those who have lost their usual means of work, those who are suffering during these circumstances, and of course, how difficult it is for those involved to organize and run a competition like this, which includes TV staff and reporters who came here. I thought that by bringing myself to this venue that [people depend on for] work, I could um, maybe help in someway. Also, the ANA staff who guided me at the airport and took care of me, I had said they couldn’t say congratulations to me, but rather they said things like “I really received courage [from you],” and that they felt empowered from my performances. Although of course I still have complicated feelings, it was based upon weighing these [conflicting stances] that I made my decision to appear [at WTT]. Thank you very much. I look forward to speaking again tomorrow.

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