[ENG SUB & TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu & Shizuka Arakawa – Post FS Interview – 20220210

JPN Transcript: @ballade_one, @_1142cla_ra5685, @moonright_yuzu, @aoyuzu205
Translation: @axelsandwich
Proofreading: @smpkyk
Subbing: @jwwmochi

The mixed zone exchange was reported also in this article (first published 10 February 2022), including parts that did not air in the TV segment. We have therefore translated the article as well, including additional parts not covered in the video.

荒川さんが、「お疲れ様でした。北京五輪までの道のり色々な思いがあっての…」と話すと、羽生選手は、「あ~、ちょっと待って」といい壁に寄りかかります。

When Arakawa said, “You’ve worked hard. The road to this Olympics must be filled with various thoughts–”, Hanyu replied, “Ah… sorry, please wait…” and turned to face the wall. 

「し~ちゃん(荒川さん)の顔みたらいけなかったな」と、数秒涙をこらえた後、「よっしゃ!はい!」といってインタビューに応じました。

Saying, “I shouldn’t have looked at Shi-chan’s* face…”, he held back his tears and resumed the interview saying, “Okay! Yes!”

――色々な思いがあってのこの五輪だったと思います。どんな思いで戦いましたか?

S: I think this must be an Olympics filled with many feelings. What kind of feelings did you take up this fight with?

「いや~正直悔しいですよ、それは。なんで報われないのだろうなと思いながらこの3日間過ごしていました。すごく努力したし、苦しかったし、その苦しさがここで報われたかどうかはわからないですけど、正直。でも勝敗としては自分が目標としていたものではまったくないですし、正直何も残せなかったと、ちょっと思っていますけど。でもみなさんのなかで勝敗関係なくやっぱ羽生結弦のスケートよかったなと、ちょっとでも思ってもらえる瞬間があったら、それだけで今日頑張って滑った意味があるのかなって思っています」

Y: Ahh… to be honest, I’m kuyashii. I’ve spent these 3 days wondering why my efforts weren’t rewarded. I really tried so hard, suffered, though honestly, I didn’t know whether that suffering has been rewarded here or not. But regarding the results of the competition, it’s not the one I had aimed for, and truthfully I could not leave anything here at all. But if, unrelated to victory or loss, everyone felt a moment in their hearts that ‘ah, Yuzuru Hanyu’s skating was good’, I think there might be meaning to trying hard and skating today, in that alone.

――守るものがたくさんある中、挑戦という形でのこの五輪。4回転アクセル練習見ていたなかでも一番いいんじゃないかなっていうものが試合で出たように思いますが、トリプル4回転アクセルに関しての挑戦はいかがですか?

S: Within all the things you wanted to protect, this was an Olympics themed around a challenge. Within all the 4A attempts we saw in practice, I felt the best one was the one you put out in competition, but how was the challenge in regards to your quadruple Axel?

「本当に、やっぱり試合たのしいなって思いますね。アドレナリンがすごく出ていたし、もちろん、もう右足の感覚ない状態でやっていましたけど、でもだからこそ出来たのかなって思いますし、本当に体のケアも含めて色々な方に力を頂いてそしてたぶん色々神様にもお力を頂いて、やっと僕のあの演技があったと思うので、本当みなさんに感謝したいです」

Y: Truly… I thought ah, competitions are fun. You get a huge adrenaline rush, and of course, I did it without feeling any sensation in my right foot, but I think it’s precisely because of that that I put out [that performance]. I truly relied on various people’s strength, including those caring for my body. I probably also drew on the power of various gods, and it finally resulted in my performance today, so I’m really thankful to everyone.

――最後までこん身の演技でした。思いを注ぎ込むことできましたか?

S: It was an all-out performance until the end. Were you able to put your heart and soul into it?

「あのふたつの失敗があってあの4回転半(4回転アクセル)があってだからこその「天と地と」なのかなって思っています。最後までぼろぼろじゃなくてちゃんと滑りきって全部の気持ちを全部の物語を演じ切れたなって思っています」

Y: I feel like that ‘Ten to Chi to’ existed precisely because there were those two mistakes and that quad Axel. I think, instead of coming undone, I was able to properly skate and show all the emotions and the entire story until the end. 

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最後に、荒川さんが「この大きな挑戦、ぜひ自分のことを褒めてあげてください」と話すと、羽生選手は大きな笑顔を見せました。

At the end, when Arakawa told Hanyu, “In such a huge battle, please absolutely give yourself some praise”, we saw a huge smile on Hanyu’s face. 

そして「自分では褒められないけど誰かに褒めてもらいたい」と、さらに大きな笑顔を見せた羽生選手。“笑って”取材を終えました。

And then he replied, with an even bigger smile, “I can’t give myself praise but I would like to receive praise from someone else!”

Laughing, the interview ended.

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