This is an unofficial fan translation from Japanese to English by the Axel with Wings team of a part of Yuzuru Hanyu’s thesis that was edited for an article in Waseda University’s Journal of Human Sciences for a special feature. We are not professional translators, though we have taken as much care as possible in ensuring the translation is accurate, and would therefore advise all readers to keep this in mind. Please send us a DM if you spot any errors.
The Axel with Wings team are very proud of Yuzuru’s research and believe that its significant contribution to figure skating academia should be shared with an international audience, who are currently limited by the language barrier. The translation source material is a free, publicly available excerpt of the thesis (here) and the translation has been done in that same spirit of sharing academic research and study.
We are aware that derivative works are generally subject to copyright law. However, we have made the translation available as an interim measure as we believe that it is unlikely there will be an authorised English translation and we are unable to contact the relevant copyright holders. We hope this translation will be taken in good faith and with the same spirit that allows fans of figure skating from all different countries to share news and information with each other that they would otherwise not have access to because of language barriers. If an official English translation becomes available or we are contacted by the copyright holder, we will remove access to this translation immediately and request all downloaded copies be deleted as well.
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