[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.

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[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Beijing Winter Olympics First Practice Interview – 20220207

ïŒœćŒ—äșŹäș”èŒȘăƒ»ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąïŒžćŒ—äșŹć…„ă‚ŠćŸŒă€ćˆç·Žçż’ă™ă‚‹çŸœç”ŸïŒˆæ’źćœ±ăƒ»ć°æ”·é€”ă€€è‰Żćčč
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Article originally published 7 February 2022

Translation: @axelsandwich, @shinjistarxx
Proofreading: @tsukihoshi14

ă€€â€•â€•ćˆç·Žçż’ă‚’ç”‚ăˆăŠ

ă€€ă€ŒăŠă€ă‹ă‚Œă•ăŸă§ă™ăŁïŒăˆăŁăšïœžă€ă™ă”ăé›†äž­ă—ăŠă§ăăŸăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“æœ€ćˆăźæ–čăŻă€ă‚ăźïœžă€ăŸă‚ç·ŠćŒ”æ„Ÿă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă—ă€ăˆïœžă€æ°·ăźæ„Ÿè§ŠăšăźăȘんか、èȘżæ•ŽăżăŸă„ăȘ。è‡Ș戆ぼ侭でぼèȘżæ•ŽăżăŸă„ăȘă‚‚ăźăŻăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«ăŻé›†äž­ă—ăȘăŒă‚‰ç·Žçż’ă§ăăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ă„ă„æ„ŸèŠšă ăŁăŸăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: Your first practice is over

A: Thank you for your hard work! U~m, I was really able to concentrate, I think. Of course, I was more nervous at the start, eh
 but I was kind of trying to adjust to the feel of the ice. I think I was able to internally adjust, little by little, and ultimately was able to focus while practising. I think it was a good feeling. 

ă€€â€•â€•ă“ă“ăŸă§4AをçȘăè©°ă‚ă‚ˆă†ăšă—ăŠăăŸăźă‹

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ă‚ăźïœžă€æŻŽæ—„ă‚łăƒłăƒ‡ă‚Łă‚·ăƒ§ăƒłăŻć€‰ă‚ăŁăŠă„ăăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ă‚ăźă€ăŸă ă€ăŸă‚ă“ă“ă«æ„ăŠ1ć›žç›źăźç·Žçż’ă ăŁăŸăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŠă€ăŸă æ€ă„ćˆ‡ăŁăŠă‚„ăŁăŠăȘいăȘăŁăŠă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ć°‘ă—ăšă€ă€ă“ă“ă§ă‚‚æˆé•·ă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŠă„ă‘ă‚Œă°ă„ă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: Were you able to get to the bottom of the 4A?

Y: Well, of course
 um, I think my condition changes every day, and also, this is the first practice after arriving so I feel like I’m not doing it with all my strength yet. But little by little, I hope I’ll make some improvements even here (at the Olympics).. 

ă€€â€•â€•ć…šæ—„æœŹă‹ă‚‰ă“ă“ăŸă§ćŠ›ă‚’ć…„ă‚ŒăŠăăŸă“ăšăŻ

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€4Aた緎習はかăȘă‚Šă‚„ăŁăŠăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šé›Łă—ă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă©ă†ă—ăŠă‚‚é”æˆă—ăŸă„ç›źæš™ă§ă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă€ăŸă‚è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ăŒă€ă“たă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă§äžŠă«èĄŒăăŸă‚ă«ăŻç”¶ćŻŸă«ćż…èŠă ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€

Q: What have you been putting your efforts into since the Japanese National Championships?

Y: Well, indeed, I’ve been practising the 4A. Well, I practised it while thinking that it’s really hard. However, it is, after all, the goal I want to achieve no matter what. Well, for me personally, I think it’s absolutely necessary for me to rise to the top at this Olympics. I’ll do my best. 

 ――3ćșŠç›źăźäș”èŒȘă€ä»ŠăŸă§ăšăźé•ă„ăŻ

 「そうですね。ăȘă‚“ă‹ä»ŠăŸă§ăźă‚ȘăƒȘンピックはè‡Șćˆ†ăŒă€ă†ïœžă‚“ăšă€ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăăŸă“ăšăšă‹ă€ăŸă‚ă€ăȘă‚“ă ă‚ă€ä»ŠăŸă§ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šé™ă‚ŠăŠăăŸă‚‚ăźăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’ăȘんかć‡șし戇れば拝どるみたいăȘæ„ŸèŠšă§ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€ä»Šć›žăŻăŸă æˆé•·ă—ăȘくどはいけăȘă„ăšă“ă‚ăŒă‚ă‚‹çŠ¶æ…‹ă§ăźè©ŠćˆăȘăźă§ă€‚ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă€ć…šæ—„æœŹă§ă‚‚ăă†ă§ă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚ŻăŁăŠă„ă†èˆžć°ă§ăźç·ŠćŒ”æ„ŸăŻç‰č戄だăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€

Q: This being your third Olympics, what’s different from the past ones?

Y: Well. In all the previous Olympics, I went in thinking something like if I just put out what I had been practising and doing up until then, I’d be able to win. But this time, I’m in a position where I still have to up my level. In a sense, it’s similar to [what I said] at Japanese Nationals but, I think the tension of a stage such as the Olympics is indeed something unique.

 ――4AăŻæˆćŠŸă—ăŸăźă‹

ă€€ă€Œă‚“ăŁăšïœžă€ăŸă æˆćŠŸă—ăŠăȘă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ă“ăŁăĄæ„ăŠæ„Ÿè§Šăšă—ăŠăŻă€ă‹ăȘă‚Šæ”źăă‚‚ă„ă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ć›žè»ąăźă‹ă‘æ–čもわりべやりやすいăȘă‚ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ä»Šæ—„ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸăźă§ă€‚ăŸăšăŻă€ć›žè»ąă—ăă‚ŠăŸă„ă§ă™ă€

Q: Have you succeeded [in landing] the 4A yet?

Y: Hm~ I haven’t yet. Anyway, um, since I’ve come here I’ve been feeling pretty good, and today I was able to practice while feeling that my rotations were coming pretty easily. First and foremost, I want to rotate [the jump] fully.

ă€€â€•â€•ć›Łäœ“æˆŠăźćˆșæż€ăŻ

ă€€ă€Œă‚ă‚ă€ă†ăƒŒă‚“ăšă€ćˆșæż€ăšă„ă†ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă€ăƒȘăƒłă‚Żć‡„ăè‰Żă•ăă†ă ăȘă‚ăšæ€ăŁăŠăĄă‚‡ăŁăšćź‰ćżƒă—ăŠăŸă—ăŸă€

Q: What was motivating about the team competition?

Y: Ah, um, well rather than encouraging, I felt relieved thinking that the rink seemed to be in good shape.

 ――SPに搑けお

 「SPïŒŸă”ă”ă”ă€‚ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăŻă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ă‚ăźă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ăźäž­ă§ă‚‚ć†·é™ă«è€ƒăˆăŠă€4A*ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŻć‡„ă„è€ƒăˆăŠă—ăŸă†ăŻă€ă—ăŸă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăŻă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăȘăźă§ă€‚ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆă«ă‚‚ć‡„ăæ„›æƒ…ă‚’æŒăŁăŠă€ă‚ăźă€ă†ăƒŒă‚“â€Šă€ăŸăšă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă§ăă‚‹ă“ăšă‚’1ă€ăšă€ç©ăżé‡ă­ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: Regarding the Short Program

Y: The Short Program? Hehehe. The Short
well. Of course, I’m thinking rationally about it, and I end up thinking a lot about the 4A. But the Short Program is the Short Program. I’d like to really pour a lot of love into the Short
 um
yes, one by one, I’d like to accumulate everything I can, heading into the Short Program

*T/N: The original article said 4A4A but we think it was a typo

ă€€â€•â€•ïŒˆè‹±èȘžă§ïŒ‰ă‚ȘăƒŒă‚”ăƒŒăŒăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă‚”ă‚€ăƒ‰ă«ç«‹ăŸăȘい

ă€€ă€Œă‚ăƒŒă€ăˆăŁăšæ—„æœŹèȘžă§ç­”ăˆăŸă™ă€‚ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăƒ–ăƒ©ă‚€ă‚ąăƒłă‚łăƒŒăƒă«ă‚‚ă€ă‚žă‚čăƒ©ăƒłă‚łăƒŒăƒă«ă‚‚ă€ăƒˆăƒŹă‚·ăƒŒă‚łăƒŒăƒă«ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźă€ć‡„ăăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăšèŠ‹ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚ć‡„ăă€ă‚ăźă€ćœŒè‡Șèș«ăŒćƒ•ăźăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ†ă‚Łăƒłă‚’ä»Šć›žă€ć€§ćˆ‡ă«ă—ăŠăă‚ŒăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ćœąă§ă™ă€

Q (In English): [Brian] Orser is not by the rink with you

Y: Ah – um, I will answer in Japanese. Um. Brain, Ghislain [Briand] and Tracy [Wilson] are properly watching over me. This time, they themselves said that they’d like to respect my routine.

[ENG TRANSLATION] The gateway to Yuzuru Hanyu’s Quad Axel – a message from Kenzo Shirai (Part 1)

Photo by Naoki Nishimura, AfloSport

Article originally published 17 January 2021

Translation: @axelsandwich
Proofreading: @yuzueco & @smpkyk

T/N: We have chosen to keep the suffix of ‘senshu’ as-is as it is the respectful way Kenzo and the interviewer refer to Yuzuru in the third person.

çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăŒă€ćČäžŠćˆăźïŒ”ć›žè»ąćŠăźæ‰‰ăžæ‰‹ă‚’æŽ›ă‘ăŸă€‚2021ćčŽć…šæ—„æœŹéžæ‰‹æš©ă§ă€è©Šćˆă§ćˆă‚ăŠæŒ‘æˆŠă€‚ć›žè»ąäžè¶łăźćˆ€ćźšăšăȘăŁăŸă‚‚ăźăźă€â€œć›žè»ąăźçœŸćźŸâ€ăžăšè‚‰è–„ă—ă€ă€ă‚ă‚‹ă“ăšă‚’ç€șă—ăŸă€‚ăă—ăŠă‚‚ă†ïŒ‘äșșă€ă“ăźă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠă€ăźäž–ç•Œă«æŒ‘ă‚“ă äșșç‰©ăŒă„ă‚‹ă€‚ă€ŒăČねり」ぼ第侀äșșè€…ă§ă€ç·Žçż’ă§ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă€ă‚’æˆćŠŸă—ăŸäœ“æ“ăźç™œäș•ć„äž‰ă•ă‚“ă ă€‚ă€Œć›žè»ąă€ăźèŠ–ç‚čă‹ă‚‰ă€ç™œäș•ă•ă‚“ăŒïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă«ă€ă„ăŠèȘžăŁăŸă€‚

Yuzuru Hanyu has his hand on the door of history’s first quadruple Axel. He challenged it for the first time in competition at the Japanese National Championships 2021. Though [the 4A] was judged to be of insufficient rotation, he showed that he was closing in on the ‘truth of rotations’. And then there is one other person, a human who has taken on this world of ‘4.5’. The person who is the leading expert on ‘twisting’, who has landed a 4.5 twist in practice, Kenzo Shirai. Shirai spoke about the 4A from the viewpoint of achieving such ‘rotations’. revolutions. 

â€•â€•çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăŒă„ăŸă€ŒïŒ”ć›žè»ąćŠă€ăšă„ă†äž–ç•Œă«æŒ‘æˆŠă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă€Œć›žè»ąă€ăšă„ă†èŠ–ç‚čă‹ă‚‰ă€ïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźćŻèƒœæ€§ă‚’ăŠèžăă§ăă‚Œă°ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

Hanyu-senshu is currently challenging the world of the quadruple Axel. I’d like to ask you about the possibility of the 4A through the angle of rotations 

çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăžăźæŒ‘æˆŠăŻă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă‹ăŸăšă‚’éŁČă‚“ă§èŠ‹ćźˆă‚‰ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚äœ“æ“ă‚‚ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚‚ă€ăČă­ă‚ŠïŒˆæšȘć›žè»ąïŒ‰ă‚’ă©ă†ç”Ÿăżć‡șă—ă€ă©ă†ă‚łăƒłăƒˆăƒ­ăƒŒăƒ«ă™ă‚‹ă‹ăŒć…±é€šă™ă‚‹ă‚‚ăźăŒă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€äœ“æ“ăźèŠ–ç‚čからè‰Č々ăȘă“ăšă‚’è€ƒăˆăȘăŒă‚‰èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚

I’m watching Hanyu-senshu’s 4A challenge with bated breath. What both gymnastics and figure skating have in common is the question of how you create the twist (horizontal rotation) and how you control it, so I’m thinking about various things from the perspective of a gymnast while watching.

――癜äș•ă•ă‚“ăŻçŸćœčæ™‚ä»Łă«ă€è‡Șă‚‰ăźćă€Œă‚·ăƒ©ă‚€ă€ăŒă€ăæ–°æŠ€ă‚’ïŒ–çšźéĄžă‚‚ă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ïŒ“ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă€ïŒ”ć›žăČねりăȘă©ă€ćœ“æ™‚ăźćžžè­˜ă‚’ăă€ăŒăˆă™é«˜é€Ÿć›žè»ąăźæŠ€ă§ă™ă€‚äœ“æ“ç•Œă§ăŻă€æšȘć›žè»ąăźă“ăšă‚’ă€ŒăČă­ă‚Šă€ăšă„ă„ăŸă™ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă§ăźïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăšăźć…±é€šç‚čăŻă‚ă‚‹ă§ă—ă‚‡ă†ă‹ïŒŸ

During your competitive days, you had 6 eponymous ‘Shirai’ skills. There was the 3.5 twist, the quad twist, which were all high speed rotation skills that overturned the common understanding at the time. In the world of gymnastics, horizontal rotation is known as ‘twisting’ but does it have points in common with figure skating’s quadruple jumps? 

äœ“æ“ăźć ŽćˆăŻă€çžŠć›žè»ąăšăČă­ă‚ŠïŒˆæšȘć›žè»ąïŒ‰ăźäžĄæ–čă‚’ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ăŒă€è»žè¶łăŒă‚ă‚Šă€è»žæ‰‹ăŒă‚ă‚Šă€ć›žè»ąă‚’ă‚łăƒłăƒˆăƒ­ăƒŒăƒ«ă™ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŻćŒă˜ă§ă™ă€‚ăŸăŸć›žè»ąăŒć€šăăȘă‚‹ă»ă©ă€Œă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠć›žè»ąă‚’è”·ă“ă™ă‹ă€ă‚’è€ƒăˆăŠă„ăăšă“ă‚ă‚‚äŒŒăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ćƒ•ăźăČă­ă‚ŠăŻćłć›žè»ąă§ă€ćłăŒè»žæ‰‹ă€‚çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăšăŻăĄă‚‡ă†ă©ććŻŸć›žă‚Šă§ă™ă€‚äœ“æ“ă‚‚ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚‚ă€ć›žè»ąăźç†è«–ăŻć…±é€šă™ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

In the case of gymnastics, we use both vertical rotation and twisting (horizontal rotation) but we have a leg and arm that establishes the axis and allows us to control rotations which is the same [as figure skating]. In addition, as the number of revolutions increases, I think the thinking around ‘how do we create more rotations’ is similar. I twist to the right (clockwise direction) so my right arm is my ‘axis’ arm. Hanyu-senshu’s jump just happens to go in the opposite direction. I think the theory behind rotation is something gymnastics and figure skating have in common. 

――ç©șäž­ć§żć‹ąă‚‚ă€ç™œäș•ă•ă‚“ăŻè„šă‚’ç”„ă‚€ă‚żă‚€ăƒ—ă§ă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăšă»ăšă‚“ă©ćŒă˜ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ç©șäž­ć§żć‹ąăŻă€æŠ€ă«ă©ă‚“ăȘćœ±éŸżăŒă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă—ă‚‡ă†ă€‚

Also in terms of the aerial position, your type is one where you cross your legs, which is very similar to skating. What kind of impact does the air position have on the skill?

ç©șäž­ć§żć‹ąă‚„è…•ăźäœçœźăšă„ă†ăźăŻă€éžæ‰‹ă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠé•ă„ăŸă™ă€‚è„šăŻç”„ăŸăšă«æƒăˆă‚‹éžæ‰‹ă‚‚ă„ăŸă™ă€‚è…•ă‚‚ă€è»žă‚’çŽ°ăă—ă‚ˆă†ăšă—ăŠè‚˜ă‚’ç•łă‚€éžæ‰‹ă‚‚ă€è‚˜ă‚’ćŒ”ăŁăŠăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čă‚’ć–ă‚‹éžæ‰‹ă‚‚ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚‚ç©șäž­ć§żć‹ąăźæ‰‹ă‚„éĄ”ăźäœçœźăŻă€éžæ‰‹ă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠé•ă„ăŸă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăŻè‚˜ăŒć‡șăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€ć›žè»ąè»žăźăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čă‚’ăšă‚‹ă‚żă‚€ăƒ—ă§ă—ă‚‡ă†ă€‚è…•ă‚’ç•łă‚ă°ć›žè»ąè»žăŻçŽ°ăăȘă‚ŠăŸă™ăŒă€è»žăŻăƒ–ăƒŹă‚„ă™ăăȘă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ć›žè»ą(速ćșŠ)ă‚’ăšă‚‹ă‹è»žă‚’ăšă‚‹ă‹ă§ă€éžæ‰‹ă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čが異ăȘるでしょう。

The air position and positioning of the arm varies depending on the athlete. Some athletes don’t cross their legs. There are athletes who bring in their elbows in order to narrow their axis and athletes who stretch their elbows out to help regain balance. The air position and positioning of the hands and face in figure skating is also different depending on the athlete. Hanyu-senshu jumps with his elbows spread outwards so he might be the type who does so to balance his rotational axis. If he draws in his arms, the rotational axis becomes narrower but the axis is more prone to instability. The balance between the speed of rotation and the axis differs between athletes.

â€•â€•çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăŻă€ăšă«ă‹ăć›žè»ąăăźă‚‚ăźăŒçŸŽă—ăă€ć›žè»ąè»žăŒăƒ–ăƒŹă‚‹ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŻç©ș侭槿拱でも戆かるんですね。

In any case with Hanyu-senshu, his rotation itself is beautiful and his axis isn’t shaky – that’s something you can tell even from his air position, isn’t it?

çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăŻă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźć‰ă«ă‹ăȘă‚ŠéĄ”ă‚’æ­ąă‚ăŠă‹ă‚‰è·łă¶ă€ăšă„ă†ă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăŒă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚äœ“æ“ă§ă‚‚ă€æŠ€ăŒé€Łç¶šă™ă‚‹ăšăă«é ­ăŒć‹•ă„ăŠă—ăŸă†ăšă€ç†æƒłé€šă‚Šăźć›žè»ąă«ć…„ă‚ŒăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚Šă—ăŸă™ă—ă€é ­ăźäœçœźăŻć€§ćˆ‡ă§ă—ă‚‡ă†ă€‚ćƒ•ă‚‚ă€æŠ€ăźé–‹ć§‹ă‹ă‚‰ç”‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă§ă€é ­ăźäœçœźăŒă‚șハăȘă„ăźă‚’ćŒ·ăżă«ă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸă ă€ïŒ”ć›žè»ąăŸă§ăŻă€ŒéĄ”ă‚’ć‹•ă‹ă•ăȘă„ă€ăŒă‚»ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒŒă§ă™ăŒă€ïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă«æŒ‘æˆŠă™ă‚‹ăšăăŻă€éĄ”ă‚’ć‹•ă‹ă™ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚

I have this impression that, before the Axel, Hanyu-senshu keeps his head still and then jumps. In gymnastics also, when you’re connecting skills, if your head moves, you may not be able to enter the rotations in an ideal way, so the positioning of the head is important. Maintaining the position of my head from the start to the end of the skill was my forte as well. Having said that, even though ‘you must not move your head’ is the theory up until doing quad (twists), when it comes to challenging the 4.5 twist, you are to move your head. 

â€•â€•ćźŸăŻă€ç™œäș•ă•ă‚“ăŻç·Žçż’ă§ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă€ă‚’æˆćŠŸă•ă›ăŠă„ă‚‹ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žăČă­ă‚Šăšă€ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă€ăŻă€ă©ă‚“ăȘæŠ€èĄ“ăźé•ă„ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‹ïŒŸ

Actually I heard you have succeeded at doing a 4.5 twist in practice. What kind of difference in technique exists between the quad twist and 4.5 twist?

ïŒ”ć›žăČă­ă‚ŠïŒˆïŒ”ć›žè»ąïŒ‰ăŸă§ăŻă€ćƒ•ăŻè»žă‚’ć€§ćˆ‡ă«ă™ă‚‹ăźă§ă€éĄ”ă‚„ă€ć…ˆèĄŒă™ă‚‹ćłè‚©ăŻć‹•ă‹ă•ăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ç€ćœ°ă™ă‚‹ăŸă‚ă«ăŻć›žè»ąè»žăŒć€§äș‹ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ćčŒć°‘æœŸă‹ă‚‰ăă†çż’ăŁăŠăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă§ă‚‚ïŒ”ć›žćŠă«ăȘăŁăŸăšăă«ă€è»žă‚’ć€§äș‹ă«ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹æš‡ăŒăȘかったんですよ。è‡Șćˆ†ăźè€ç©șæ™‚é–“ăźăȘかに4.5ć›žă‚’ć…„ă‚Œă‚‹ăźă«ă€ăăźćŻ†ćșŠă‚’è€ƒăˆă‚‹ăšă€ă©ă†ă—ăŠă‚‚æ™‚é–“ăŒè¶łă‚ŠăȘă„ă€‚ïŒ”ć›žăČă­ă‚ŠăŸă§ăŻă€è·łă‚“ă ă‚ăšăŸăšè»žă‚’äœœăŁăŠă€ăă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ăČă­ă‚ŠăŻă˜ă‚ă‚‹æ™‚é–“ăŒă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă™ăŒă€4.5曞べăȘă‚‹ăšè»žă‚’äœœă‚‹æ™‚é–“ă‚‚æœ°ă•ăȘă„ăšé–“ă«ćˆă‚ăȘă„ă€‚ăă‚Œă§ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŸă‹ăšă„ă†ăšă€è·łă‚“ă çžŹé–“ă‹ă‚‰ă€ć…ˆèĄŒă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă»ă†ăźćłè‚©ă§æ€ă„ćˆ‡ă‚ŠăČă­ă‚Šă‚’ă‹ă‘ăŠă€éĄ”ă‚‚ïŒˆć›žè»ąæ–čć‘ă«ïŒ‰ć‹•ă‹ă—ăĄă‚ƒăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚

Up to doing the quad twists, I tried not to move my head and the right shoulder that I was using to lead into the movement since I was focusing on the axis. I’ve learned since childhood to do it that way since the rotational axis is important for being able to land. But when it was time for the 4.5 twist, I didn’t have time to focus on my axis. When I put 4.5 revolutions in the air and then thought about how densely the movement was packed, there was not enough time no matter what I did. Up until the quad twist, first I’d establish an axis after jumping up and then have time to start twisting, but for the 4.5 twist, I couldn’t make it unless I condensed the time I took to establish the axis. And if I were to describe how I did it, it was that from the moment I jumped, I’d start twisting both my leading right shoulder and my head in the direction of rotation. 

――ćčŒć°‘æœŸă‹ă‚‰çż’ăŁăŠăăŸæ–čæł•ă‚’ć€‰ăˆă‚‹ăźăŻă€ç™șæƒłăźè»ąæ›ă§ă‚‚ă‚ă‚Šă€ć‹‡æ°—ă‚‚ćż…èŠă§ă™ă­ă€‚

To change the method of training that you were taught since childhood requires a change in thinking and courage doesn’t it?

ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ăă†ă§ă™ă€‚ćƒ•ăŻă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă€ă«æŒ‘æˆŠă—ăŠă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘやりæ–čă§ć€±æ•—ă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚æœ€ćˆăŻă€ŒïŒ”ć›žăŸă‚ăŁăŸæœ€ćŸŒă«ăƒ—ăƒ©ă‚čćŠć›žè»ąă™ă‚‹ă€ăšă„ă†ă‚„ă‚Šæ–čă§ă€è‰Żă„è»žă«ć…„ă‚ŒăŸăšăă«ïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚ă†ăšă™ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ăŒă€ă©ă†ă—ăŠă‚‚ć›žè»ąăŒé–“ă«ćˆă‚ăȘくど着朰でæšȘă«è»ąăŒăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă§ă„ă†ă‚čăƒ†ăƒƒăƒ—ă‚ąă‚Šăƒˆă‚’ă—ăŠă—ăŸă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ăă‚Œă§ă€èžăżćˆ‡ă‚ŠăšćŒæ™‚ă«ăŸă‚ă‚Šć§‹ă‚ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ć›žè»ąăźă‹ă‘æ–čă«ć€‰ăˆăŠăżăŸăšăă«ă€ćˆă‚ăŠç«‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ä»ŠăŸă§æŸ“ăżă€ă„ăŠăăŸæ„ŸèŠšă©ăŠă‚Šă«ă€ă‚ăĄă‚ƒăăĄă‚ƒè‰Żă„èčŽă‚ŠăŒć…„ăŁăŸăšă‹ă€è‰Żă„è»žăŒć–ă‚ŒăŸă€ăšæ„Ÿă˜ă‚‹ăšăă»ă©ă€æ–°ăŸăȘæŠ€ăŻă§ăăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšè‡Ș戆ぼăȘă‹ă§ă€Œăƒ€ăƒă‚€ă€ăšæ€ă†ăă‚‰ă„ć€‰ăȘæ„ŸèŠšăźăšăă«ă€æ–°ă—ă„æŠ€ăŒæˆćŠŸă™ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚

Of course. When I was taking on the 4.5 twist, I tried various things that failed. At first, I was trying the method of ‘rotating a quad and then adding a half rotation after’ but even when I established a good axis and tried rotating 4.5 times, I couldn’t complete the rotation in time no matter what I did and fell sideways on the landing. It was the equivalent of a step out in figure skating. It was when I changed the approach to start rotating the same moment I took off that I landed it for the first time. Based on what I’ve deeply felt in my experiences until now, the more you feel like you have a really good swing (on takeoff) or establish a good axis, the less you can achieve the new skill. You only succeed at it when the internal feeling is closer to an ‘oh shit’ level of strangeness. 

â€•â€•ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠă€ăŻă€Œăƒ€ăƒă‚€ă€æ„ŸèŠšă ăŁăŸăźă§ă™ă‹ïŒˆçŹ‘ïŒ‰ă€‚

The 4.5 twist is an ‘oh shit’ feeling? (Laughs)

ă—ă‹ă‚‚ïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă‚’æˆćŠŸă—ăŸăźăŻă€ăŸă é«˜æ Ąç”Ÿă§ç­‹ćŠ›ăŒăȘăă€ćź™èż”ă‚Šăźé«˜ă•ăŒăȘă„æ™‚æœŸă§ă—ăŸă€‚ă§ă™ă‹ă‚‰ă€é«˜ă•ăšă‹è€ç©șæ™‚é–“ă‚’ćą—ă‚„ă—ăŸăźă§ăŻăȘăă€ă©ă“ăŸă§ć›žè»ąăźćŻ†ćșŠă‚’æżƒăă—ăŠă„ăă‹ă€ăšă„ă†è€ƒăˆæ–čă§æˆćŠŸă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“é«˜ă•ă‚’ć‡șしどいかăȘă„ăšæˆćŠŸă—ăȘă„æŠ€ă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ăšăŻæ€ă„ăŸă™ăŒă€é«˜ă•ă‚„è€ç©șæ™‚é–“ă§ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠă€ă‚’æ±‚ă‚ăȘくども、やりæ–čがあるăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚

On top of that, I was still a high school student when I succeeded at the 4.5 twist so I didn’t have any muscles yet and had not increased the height of my somersault. Therefore, it wasn’t increasing the height or air time but thinking about how much I could compress the movements into my rotations that allowed me to succeed. Of course, I think you can’t succeed if you don’t get sufficient height, but I think there’s a way to succeed at “4.5” without having the height and airtime. 

ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă€ăźäž–ç•Œăšă€ŒïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă€ăŒçč‹ăŒă‚‹ćŻèƒœæ€§ă«ă€ă„ăŠăŠèžăă—ăŸă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăŸăšçŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźć ŽćˆăŻććŻŸć›žă‚ŠăȘăźă§ă€ć·Šè‚©ă‚’é–‹ăăšă„ă†ă“ăšă§ă™ă­ă€‚

I’d like to ask you about whether there’s a possibility the 4.5 twist and the 4A are connected. Firstly, in the case of Hanyu-senshu’s 4A, he’s rotating in the opposite direction so he needs to open his left shoulder, doesn’t he?

äœ“æ“ăšăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąăŻć‰æăŒé•ă†ăźă§ă€ă‚ăăŸă§ă‚‚çŽ äșșăźç›źç·šă‹ă‚‰ăźè©±ă«ăȘăŁăŠă—ăŸă„ăŸă™ăŒă€çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€ć·Šè‚©ă‚’é–‹ă„ăŠăŠă„ăŠă€ćłæ‰‹ă§ć›žè»ąă‚’æ€ă„ćˆ‡ă‚Šă‹ă‘ă‚‹ă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă§ă™ă€‚ăƒˆăƒȘăƒ—ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăŻă€èžăżćˆ‡ă‚‹ăšăă«ć·Šè‚©ăŻé–‹ă‹ăšă€ć‰æ–čă«æŒŻă‚ŠäžŠă’ăŸćłæ‰‹ă«ć‘ă‹ăŁăŠè·łă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ćłè¶łă‚’æŒŻă‚ŠäžŠă’ăŸçžŹé–“ă«ă€ć·Šè‚©ă‚’é–‹ă‹ăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă«ă™ă‚‹ă“ăšă§ć›žè»ąè»žă‚’ćłćŽă«äżăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ă“ă‚Œă ăšćłæ‰‹ă ă‘ă§ć›žè»ąă‚’è”·ă“ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ăŒă€ă§ă‚‚ăă“ă§ć·Šè‚©ă‚’é–‹ă„ăŠăŠă„ăŠă€ăă“ă‹ă‚‰ć›žè»ąă‚’ç”Ÿă‚€ă“ăšă§ă€é€šćžžä»„äžŠăźć›žè»ąćŠ›ăŒćŸ—ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă™ă€‚

The foundations of gymnastics and figure skating are different so this is talk from an amateur’s point of view, but for Hanyu-senshu, my impression is that he opens his left shoulder and leads the rotation with his right arm. For the triple axel, at the moment of takeoff, he doesn’t open his left shoulder and jumps towards his right arm, which he raises forward. The moment he raises his right leg, he keeps the rotational axis around his right side while trying not to open his left shoulder. With this method, he’s only creating the rotation using his right arm. However, if he opens his left shoulder and starts the rotation from there, he might be able to get more rotational power.

â€•â€•ć·Šè‚©ă‹ă‚‰ć›žè»ąă‚’è”·ă“ă—ăŸă‚‰ă€ćłćŽăźć›žè»ąè»žă«ç§»ă‚ŒăȘă„ă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă§ă™ăŒă€ă„ă‹ăŒă§ă—ă‚‡ă†ïŒŸ

If you start rotation from the left shoulder, there’s this feeling you won’t be able to shift to the right rotational axis – what do you think about that? 

ć·Šè‚©ăŻæœ€ćˆă ă‘äœżăˆă°ă„ă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚æœ€ćˆă«é–‹ă„ăŠăŠă„ăŠă€ć›žè»ąăźćŒ·ă•ă‚’ç”ŸăŸă›ăŠăŠă„ăŠă€è·łăłă‚ăŒăŁăŠă‹ă‚‰é–‹ă„ăŠă„ă‚‹æ™‚é–“ă‚’ăă‚ă‚ăŠçŸ­ăăȘă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă€ă™ăă«ćłè‚©ăŒć·Šè‚©ă«èżœă„ä»˜ăăšă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă€‚æœ€ćˆă‹ă‚‰ćłă«è»žă‚’äœœă‚‹ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€ć·Šè‚©ă§ć›žè»ąă‚’è”·ă“ă—ăŸă€ăă“ăźć›žè»ąè»žă«ćłè‚©ăŒć…„ăŁăŠèĄŒăăšă„ă†ă‚„ă‚Šæ–čです。

I think it’s fine if you only use the left shoulder at the start. Open it up at the start and create power for the rotation from there, try to shorten the time between takeoff and opening the shoulder and then catch up to your left shoulder with your right shoulder soon after. The method is that you’re not starting by creating an axis with your right side, but instead, you start rotating first with your left shoulder and add in the rotational axis with your right shoulder.

â€•â€•ćŒ·ă„ć›žè»ąăŒç”ŸăŸă‚Œă‚‹ă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăŻćˆ†ă‹ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚è»žăźäœœă‚Šæ–čがかăȘă‚Šć€‰ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă­ă€‚

I can picture how you can generate strong rotational strength. It does indeed change the method of how to create the axis. 

ćƒ•ăźć ŽćˆăŻă€ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠă€ăźăšăăŻă€Œè»žă‚’äœœă‚Šă«ă„ăă€ăšă„ă†è€ƒăˆæ–čではăȘăă€ă€ŒăăźăšăäœœăŁăŸè»žă‚’ă€ç€ćœ°ă§ç›Žă™ă€ăšă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă§ă—ăŸă€‚ç©ș䞭にć‡șăŸă‚ăšăŻă‚‚ă†è«Šă‚ăĄă‚ƒă†ă€‚ç©șäž­ă§ă€Œè»žăŒă“ăŁăĄă«æ›ČăŒăŁăŠă‚‹ă€ăšæ„Ÿă˜ć–ăŁăŠăŠă‘ă°ă€ç€ćœ°ăźăšăă«ă©ăźè„šă‚’ă©ăŁăĄă«ć‡șすかæ±șă‚ăŠă€ćŻŸćżœă§ăă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ç©șäž­ă§è»žă‚’äœœăŁăŸă‚Šă€ç›Žă—ăŸă‚Šă™ă‚‹ăšă€ïŒ”ć›žćŠăŸă‚ă‚‹ć›žè»ąé€ŸćșŠă‚’æ‹…äżă§ăăŸă›ă‚“ă§ă—ăŸ

In my case, when doing the “4.5”, my way of thinking was not ‘create an axis first’ but rather ‘fix the axis I created at the time at the point of landing’. After I’m in the air, I’ve already let it go. If, while in the air, I got the sense of ‘this is where my axis is’, then I was able to decide how to position my feet when I landed. If I created the axis in the air or tried to fix it, I couldn’t ensure I completed all 4.5 revolutions. 

â€•â€•äœ“æ“ăŻäžĄè¶łç€ćœ°ă§ă™ăŒă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăŻç‰‡è¶łç€æ°·ăȘăźă§ă€ç€æ°·ă§ç›Žă™é›Łă—ă•ă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚

You land on both feet in gymnastics but because you land on one foot in skating, fixing (the axis) on landing is difficult. 

çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźć ŽćˆăŻă€è‚Ąé–ąçŻ€ăźäœżă„æ–čăŒăšăŠă‚‚äžŠæ‰‹ă„ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ćčłæ˜Œäș”èŒȘぼフăƒȘăƒŒă€æœ€ćŸŒăźïŒ“ć›žè»ąăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ă‚’ă€ă‹ăȘă‚Šé ­ăŒäž‹ăŒăŁăŠă„ă‚‹çŠ¶æ…‹ă§ă‚‚ç‰‡è¶łă§ç€æ°·ă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ă‚“ăȘăšăŁă•ăźćŻŸćżœăŻă€ä»–ăźéžæ‰‹ă«ă§ăăȘă„ă€çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźćŒ·ăżă§ă™ă€‚ă§ă™ă‹ă‚‰ă€Œç€æ°·ă—ăŸçžŹé–“ă«ă‚ă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ćč…ćșƒă„é™ă‚Šæ–čă§ă€çžŹæ™‚ă«ćŻŸćżœă§ăă‚‹ă‚“ă ă€ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹è‡Șèș«ăŒćˆ†ă‹ăŁăŠă„ă‚Œă°ă€è»žă«ă“ă ă‚ă‚‹ć‰Čćˆă‚’ć°‘ă—æž›ă‚‰ă›ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ă€Œè»žă‚’äœœă‚‰ăȘăă‚ƒă€ăšă°ă‹ă‚Šæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă€ć›žè»ąă‚’ă‹ă‘ă‚‹ăźăŒé…ăăȘăŁăŸă‚Šă€èžăżćˆ‡ă‚Šă§ćŠ›ă‚’ć…„ă‚Œă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ă•ăŸă–ăŸăȘćœ±éŸżăŒć‡șăŠăă‚‹ă€‚ă‚„ăŻă‚Šæ€ă„ćˆ‡ă‚Šè·łă‚“ă§ă€æ€ă„ćˆ‡ă‚Šć›žă—ăŠăŠă„ăŠă€ç€æ°·ăźçžŹé–“ăźă©ă‚Œă ă‘è»žă‚’æˆ»ă›ă‚‹ă‹ă€ăšè€ƒăˆăŸă‚‰ă€é•ă†ăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čăŒèŠ‹ă€ă‹ă‚‹ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいかăȘă€ăšă€‚ćœŒăȘă‚‰ă°ă€ăăźćŻŸćżœèƒœćŠ›ăŒă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‹ă‚‰ă€‚

In Hanyu-senshu’s case, he’s very good at using his hip joint. In the Free Skate at the Pyeongchang Olympics, in the final 3Lz, he was able to land with one foot when his head was low. Being able to react like that in that instant is something other athletes can’t do and is Hanyu-senshu’s strength. Therefore, if Hanyu-senshu himself can understand this idea that ‘I can respond by landing in this wide variety of ways at the moment of touchdown’, I think he may be able to lighten the degree of focus on the axis. If you think only that you must establish the axis, you may be late to enter the rotation, or you can’t put enough power in the takeoff and there are various kinds of effects from that. If you think about just taking off and rotating as you imagine and then think about how you can recover the axis on landing, you may be able to find a different kind of balance. If it’s Hanyu, he definitely has the ability to respond that way. 

â€•â€•ç†è«–çš„ă«ăŻćŻèƒœăȘæ°—ăŒă—ăŠăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźă‚»ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒŒăšé•ă„ă™ăŽăŠă€é©šăăźă‚ąă‚€ăƒ‡ă‚ąă§ă™ă€‚

I feel that it’s possible theoretically but it’s so different from the theory for jumping the Axel that it’s a shocking idea. 

ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă§ć·Šè‚©ă‚’é–‹ă„ăŠăŻă„ă‘ăȘă„ăźăšćŒă˜ă§ă€äœ“æ“ăźăČă­ă‚Šă‚‚ă€ć­äŸ›ă«æ•™ăˆă‚‹ăȘă‚‰ă€Œè‚©ăŻé–‹ă‹ăȘă„ă€ăšæ•™ăˆăŸă™ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ăă‚ŒăŻäž€èˆŹçš„ă«ă‚„ăŁăĄă‚ƒă„ă‘ăȘă„ă“ăšă§ă‚ăŁăŠă€ă‚„ă‚ă†ăšă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźăŻæ™źé€šă§ăŻăȘă„ă“ăšă€‚æ™źé€šă§ăŻăȘă„æŠ€èĄ“ă‚’äœżă‚ăȘă„ăšă€ïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăŻăŠăă‚‰ăă§ăăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚æ•™ç§‘æ›žé€šă‚Šăźè·łăłæ–čだから、みăȘさんがトăƒȘăƒ—ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’ă§ăăŠă„ă‚‹ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăŻă€çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăŻæ–°ăŸăȘæ•™ç§‘æ›žă‚’æ›žă‹ăȘければăȘらăȘă„ă—ă€æ›žă‘ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

In the same way as you’re taught to not open your left shoulder going into the Axel, we’re also taught from childhood in gymnastics too that you should not open your shoulder when you do the twists. [Opening the shoulder] isn’t something you do normally, but what you’re attempting isn’t ordinary. I think if you don’t also do something out of the ordinary with your technique, you probably can’t achieve the 4A. Because there is a textbook way to jump, everyone can do the 3A. But for the 4A, Hanyu-senshu has to write a new textbook. I think he can do it. 

â€•â€•æ™źé€šă§ăŻăȘă„æŠ€èĄ“ă€‚çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăȘă‚‰â€œæ™źé€šâ€ăźæŠ‚ćż”ă‚’ă†ăĄă‚„ă¶ă‚‹ćŠ›ăŒă‚ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

A technique that is out of the ordinary. I think Hanyu-senshu has the power to overturn this concept of “the usual”.

ăŸă èȘ°ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁăŸă“ăšăźăȘă„æŠ€ăȘたで、どんăȘă‚„ă‚Šă‹ăŸă‚‚æ­Łè§Łă§ă™ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ăƒąăƒŽă‚ŽăƒˆăŻă‚‚ăŁăšç°Ąć˜ăȘă“ăšă€‚ă™ă§ă«çš†ăŒă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹æŠ€ăŻă€ćŻ©ćˆ€ăźć…ˆç”Ÿæ–čも戆かっどいるぼで、ある繋ćșŠă€Œć„œăŸă‚Œă‚‹ćźŸæ–œă€ăšă„ă†ăźăŒă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ă§ă‚‚æ–°ă—ă„æŠ€ăŻă€ă‚„ăŁăŸæœŹäșșăŒæ­Łè§Łă§ă™ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźă‚„ăŁăŸćźŸæ–œăŒă€ïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźæ­Łè§Łă€ăšăȘă‚ŠăŸă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚èȘ°ă‚‚ćˆ°é”ă—ăŸă“ăšăźăȘă„äž–ç•ŒăžăźæŒ‘æˆŠă§ă™ă€‚ćżœæŽă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ïŒ

It’s a skill no one has done before, so any method is the correct answer. Therefore it’s an even more simple principle. For techniques everyone can already do, judges/referees also understand it so, in a sense, they have a ‘preferred’ method of execution. But for new skills, the correct way is how the person who completes it does it. Therefore, the way Hanyu-senshu executes it would become the ‘correct’ way to do the 4A. He’s challenging a world no one has reached yet. I will cheer for him!

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese Nationals Post-FS Interview – 20211226

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 26 December 2021

Part 1 | Part 2

Translation & Proofreading: @axelsandwich, @shinjistarxx, @yuzueco & @tsukihoshi14

Part 1

 ――フăƒȘăƒŒă‚’æŒŻă‚Šèż”ăŁăŠ

Q: Please reflect on your free program.

 「ç–Čă‚ŒăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăŸă 4AèŸŒăżă§ă€ăˆăƒŒă€é€šă™ç·Žçż’ă€ăŸă‚ćźŒć…šăȘ通しではăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăˆăƒŒă€æ˜šćčŽćŒæ§˜ăźç·Žçż’ăŒă‚ă‚‹çš‹ćșŠăŸă§ă€ăŸă‚è‡Ș戆ぼ侭では6ć‰Č繋ćșŠă€60ïŒ…ăă‚‰ă„ăźă§é”æˆćșŠă§ç·Žçż’ăŻă§ăăŠă“ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠăŻă„ăŸăźă§ă€ăȘんべかもったかăȘっどいうようăȘć°è±Ąă§ă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ăšăŻæŻ”ăčもたにăȘらăȘă„ăă‚‰ă„ă€äœ“ćŠ›ăźæ¶ˆè€—ăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€

Yuzuru: I was tired. Um, with the 4A included, my run-through, well, even though it wasn’t a complete run-through, I was able to practice to the same extent as last year, I think personally I’ve completed about 60% of the training, so I feel like it wasn’t up to par. But as expected, [the 4A] puts a burden on the body to the point where you can’t really compare it to the 4Lo. 

――戝めど4ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă«æŒ‘æˆŠă—ăŸ

Q: You challenged the 4A for the first time

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ä»Šæ—„ăźæœăźç·Žçż’ă§ă€ăŸă‚è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻă€ć›žă›ă‚‹ă“ăšă‚’æœŸćŸ…ăŻă—ăŠă„ăȘăăŠă€‚ăšă«ă‹ăă€æœŹç•Șが侀ç•Ș性äș‹ăȘăźă§ă€‚æœŹç•Șă«ć›žă—ăă‚Œă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠç·Žçż’ăŻă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚ăŸă‚Šă«ă‚‚è·łăčăȘă•ă™ăŽăŠă€‚è‹„ćčČă€ć€±æœ›ă—ăŠăŠă€‚ă‚ăźă€æœŹç•Șă„ăăŸă§ă«ă‹ăȘりçČŸç„žăŒă‚°ă‚žăƒŁă‚°ă‚žăƒŁă«ăȘăŁăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ăă†ă„ă†ăšă“ă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Š4ć›žè»ąćŠă€ăŸă è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ăŒæˆćŠŸă—ăă‚ŒăŠăȘă„ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă‚’æœŹç•Șă§äœżç”šă™ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻă€ă†ăƒŒă‚“ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă“ăšă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠé›Łă—ă„ă‚“ă ăȘっどいうぼを、æ”čă‚ăŠæ„Ÿă˜ă•ă›ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăˆăŸăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Y: Well, in the morning practice, I wasn’t really expecting that I could rotate it. In any case, the actual competition was most important. I practised with the intent to rotate it properly there. However, I was really unable to jump it, so I was somewhat despairing. Um, up until the actual competition, I was really frazzled. Well, with all those things in mind, I felt once again that it’s really difficult to be trying a jump in competition that I hadn’t landed decisively yet.  

 ――今曞た4ć›žè»ąćŠăźć‡șæ„ăŻ

Q: How good was the quad Axel this time?

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŸăȘăŁăŠæ„Ÿă˜ă§ă™ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ćˆæ—„ăźă‚ăźă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’ă€çš†ă•ă‚“ćˆæ—„ă§èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŠă€ă€Žă‚ă€çŸœç”Ÿă€ă‚ăĄă‚ƒăăĄă‚ƒă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«äžŠæ‰‹ă«ăȘăŁăŸă˜ă‚ƒă‚“ă€ăŁăŠæ€ă‚ă‚ŒăŸăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŒăŒă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘăŁăŸăźăŒă€ă»ă‚“ăšăŸă ă€ă“ă“2é€±é–“ăă‚‰ă„ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŸă§ăŻăšăŁăšă€ă¶ăŁéŁ›ă°ă—ăŠè·łă‚“ă§ăŠă€è»žăŒă€ăă‚ŒăȘăăŠă€ć›žè»ąă‚‚ă‚‚ăŁăšă‚‚ăŁăšè¶łă‚ŠăȘăăŠă€‚äœ•ć›žă‚‚äœ•ć›žă‚‚äœ“ă‚’æ‰“ăĄă€ă‘ăŠă€ă»ă‚“ăšă«æ­»ă«ă«ă„ăă‚ˆă†ăȘă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă‚’ăšăŁăƒŒăšă—ăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăȘんか、やっずああいうごうにăȘă‚Šć§‹ă‚ăŠă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ăă‚ŒăŒæŻŽæ—„ă§ăă‚‹ă‚ă‘ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいんですね。だから、みăȘさんが、みăȘă•ă‚“ăźäž­ă§ă€Žă“ă‚ŒăŻè·łăčるんじゃăȘいか』みたいăȘæ„Ÿă˜ă§æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€æ­Łç›Žç”æ§‹ăŸă ă„ăŁă±ă„ă„ăŁă±ă„ă§ă™ă€ă‚ăă“ăŸă§ă§ă‚‚ă€‚è»žă‚’ă€ăă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšăŒă€ă©ă‚Œă ă‘ć€§ć€‰ăȘăźă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšăšă€ă§ă€ăăźè»žă‚’ă€ăă‚Šăă‚Œă‚‹è‡Ș信ができど、それからそぼ100ïŒ…ă§ć›žă—ăă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‹ăȘいべダメăȘăźă§ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€è©Šćˆăźäž­ă§ă‚ă‚Œă ă‘ă§ăăŸă‚‰ă€ăŸă ä»Šăźè‡Șćˆ†ă«ăšăŁăŠăŻă€ćŠ„ć”ă§ăă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ă«ă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいかăȘăšăŻæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚æ‚”ă—ă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă­ă€

Y: Well, I think I did what I could. On the first day, when everyone saw that Axel, they were probably thinking ‘Ah, Hanyu’s Axel has really improved’. Actually, it was only able to improve to that extent in the last two weeks. Until that point, I was just constantly throwing myself into it, couldn’t create my axis and the rotations were also getting more and more insufficient. I was slamming my body against the ice over and over again, and doing jumps that seemed like they were going to kill me. Somehow, the jump eventually came to take shape. But it’s not something I can do every day. Therefore, while I think everyone might be feeling something like ‘oh, he’s almost landing it, isn’t he?’, the truth is that there’s still a lot to do, even to get there. How tough it is to create the axis, to have the confidence to create the proper axis, then you know it’s impossible unless you rotate the thing 100%. Well, if I were to be able to do that in competition, right now, I think there are places I can compromise on [for those considerations]. Even though I’m frustrated/kuyashii about it. 

 ――äș”èŒȘă§ă‚‚æŒ‘æˆŠăŻç¶šă‘ă‚‹ăźă‹

Q: Will you continue to work on it for the Olympics?

ă€€ă€Œæ­Łç›Žèš€ăŁăĄă‚ƒă†ăšă€NHKæŻć‰ă«ă€ă“ă‚Œă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă‚‚ăŁăšæ‚Șいć‡șæ„ă§ă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€ă‚„ăŁăšç«‹ăŠă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘったぼがNHKć‰ă§ă€‚ă§ă€ç«‹ăŠăŸăȘăšæ€ăŁăŸă‚‰æŹĄăźæŹĄăźæ—„ă‚ăŸă‚Šă«æ»æŒ«ă—ăŠă€‚ă§ă€æ»æŒ«ă—ăŸă‚‰ă‚čトハă‚čべかいろいろæșœăŸăŁăŠă€éŁŸé“炎にăȘăŁăŠç†±ăŒć‡șどみたいăȘぼがいろいろあっど。1ă‚«æœˆć…šç„¶ă€äœ•ă‚‚ă§ăăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăăźæ™‚ç‚čă§ă€èŸžă‚ăĄă‚ƒăŠă†ă‹ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ă“ă“ăŸă§æ„ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă—ă€‚ćœąă«ăȘったし。こけăȘくăȘったしăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ă‚ăźă€ă“ăźć…šæ—„æœŹă«æ„ă‚‹ăŸă§ă‚‚ă€ăŸă‚NHKæŻă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă†ăŸăăȘăŁăŠă—ăŸăŁăŠă—ăŸă„ăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€ăȘă‚“ăŠèš€ăˆă°ă„ă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚æ­Łç›Žă€ă“ă‚Œă§è‰Żă„ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいかăȘăšæ€ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă€‚ă“ă‚Œă§èŸžă‚ăŠă‚‚è‰Żă„ă‹ăȘっど」

Y: To tell you the truth, the output was worse before the NHK Trophy, but I was finally able to land the jump without falling before the NHK Trophy. And then, just as I thought ‘oh, I can stand on it’, I sprained my ankle the next day. With the sprain, various kinds of stress piled up and then I developed esophagitis, a fever and various other things. I was truly unable to do anything at all for a whole month. During that time, I thought maybe I should give up. I’d gotten this far. It had taken form. I wasn’t falling on it anymore. Therefore, even before arriving at these Japanese Nationals, although [the jump] got better than [before] the NHK Trophy,
 how to best put it. Honestly, I thought this should probably be okay, that maybe it would be okay even if I gave up at this point. 

 「あぼ、すごくみăȘă•ă‚“ă«ă€ŽçŸœç”Ÿă•ă‚“ă«ă—ă‹ă§ăăȘă„ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€ăšă‹ă€ŽçŸœç”ŸăȘă‚‰ă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă€ăšèš€ăŁăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăˆă‚‹ăźăŻă€ă™ă”ăă†ă‚Œă—ă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă™ă”ăé™ç•Œă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ă†ă€ă“ă‚Œă§ă„ă„ă˜ă‚ƒă‚“ăšæ€ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă™ă”ă„æ‚©ă‚“ă§æ‚©ă‚“ă§è‹Šă—ă‚“ă§ă€‚ă‚‚ă†ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă ă‘ă€ă›ăŁă‹ăă“ă“ăŸă§æ„ăŸă‚“ă ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă€Žé™ă‚ŠăŸă„ă€ăŁăŠèš€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹è‡Șćˆ†ăŒă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ăĄă‚ƒăăĄă‚ƒăżăȘă•ă‚“ă«èż·æƒ‘ă‹ă‘ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚‚ă†ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă ă‘é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€

Y: Um, I was really happy to receive so many comments from everyone like ‘this is something only Hanyu can do’ and ‘if it’s Hanyu, he can do it’, but I really felt inside that I was at my limit. So I was feeling like well, this is fine as it is. I worried and agonised about it a lot. There’s a part of me that says “Just a little more
 since I’ve come this far, I do want to land it!’. So, well, I may cause a great deal of worry or bother for everyone, but I will push myself just a little bit more.

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

――2é€±é–“ć‰ăŸă§ă¶ăŁéŁ›ă°ă—ăŠă„ăŠă€ă“ă“ăŸă§æ„ă‚‹ăźă«ăăŁă‹ă‘ăŒă‚ăŁăŸăźă‹

Q: You were throwing yourself at the jump until about 2 weeks ago, did getting to this point serve as a catalyst in any way?

ă€€ă€Œç·Žçż’æ–čæł•ăŒăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€çąșç«‹ă•ă‚ŒăŠăăŠă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă€‚ă§ă€äœ•ă‹ă€ă“ăźăŸă‚ă«ăŻă“ăźç·Žçż’ă™ă‚‹ăčきăȘんだăȘăšă‹ă€ă“ăźăŸă‚ă«ăŻă“ăźç·Žçż’ă‚’ă™ăčきăȘんだăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŒă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă§ăăŠăăŠă€‚ă‚„ăŁăšă€ăăźć­ăŸăĄăŒăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ćźŸă«ăȘăŁăŠăăŸăŁăŠæ„Ÿă˜ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ćˆ†ă‹ăŁăŸăšă„ăŁăŠă€ă±ăŁăšă‚„ăŁăŠăă‚ŒăŒă§ăă‚‹ă‚ă‘ă§ăŻăȘいたで。やっぱり3AăšăŻăŸăŁăŸăé•ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‚‚ăŁăšă‚‚ăŁăšç©ăżé‡ă­ăŠă„ă‹ăȘいべいけăȘいăȘăŁăŠă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

Y: I’ve been establishing a training method little by little. I was able to do various things, for example: realizing I need to train a certain way for this particular purpose, and another way for a different purpose. I feel like finally, these little ones* are solidifying little by little. After all, even if you understand something, it’s not something you can do immediately, just like that. As I thought, it’s completely different from the 3A. I think I have to keep gathering more and more information, even from here on out. 

*T/N: Affectionate way he refers to his jumps as his “children” or “little ones” 

ă€€â€•â€•èŸžă‚ăĄă‚ƒăŠă†ăšæ€ăŁăŠă‹ă‚‰ă€ă“ă“ăŸă§æˆ»ăŁăŠăă‚‹ăăŁă‹ă‘ăŻ

Q: What was the thing that made you return from thoughts of quitting? 

ă€€ă€Œé•·ăăȘă‚ŠăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€ć€§äžˆć€«ă§ă™ă‹ïŒŸçŸ­ă‚ă«ïŒŸăŸă‚æ­Łç›Žă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă‚‚ç”æ§‹ç„ŠăŁăŠă„ăŠă€‚æ—©ăè·łă°ăȘă„ăšäœ“ă©ă‚“ă©ă‚“èĄ°ăˆăŠă„ăăźă‚‚ćˆ†ă‹ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă†ă‚“ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒèš­ćźšă—ăŸæœŸé™ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚æ˜Žă‚‰ă‹ă«é…ă‚ŒăŠă„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚äœ•ă§ă“ă‚“ăȘă«è·łăčăȘă„ă‚“ă ă‚ă†ăŁăŠă„ă†è‹Šă—ă•ăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ăă†ă„ă†æ„ć‘łă§ăźè‹Šă—ă•ăšă€è‡Ș戆ぼ侭でăȘんか、こんăȘă«ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă«ă§ăăȘă„ăźă«ă€ă‚„ă‚‹ćż…èŠă‚ă‚‹ăźă‹ăȘみたいăȘ。ăȘă‚“ă‹è«Šă‚ăżăŸă„ăȘもたずか、だいぶć‡șăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šć…šæ—„æœŹă«æ„ă‚‹æœ€ćŸŒăźæ—„ăźç·Žçż’ă§æœŹæ°—ă§ç· ă‚ăŠă€ă€Žqă€ćˆ€ćźšă•ă‚Œă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘべころで、4ç™șăă‚‰ă„ă“ă‘ăŠăŠă€‚ă§ă€ăăźæ™‚ă«ă„ă‚ă„ă‚è€ƒăˆăŸç”æžœă€ă“ăźć…šæ—„æœŹă§ăŻèŸžă‚ă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘいăȘă€‚ă›ăŁă‹ăă“ă“ăŸă§æ„ăŸă‚“ă ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€ăżă‚“ăȘた怹だから、みăȘă•ă‚“ăŒćƒ•ă«æ‡žă‘ăŠăă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ć€ąă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăżăȘă•ă‚“ăźăŸă‚ă«ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźăŸă‚ă«ă‚‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăżăȘă•ă‚“ăźăŸă‚ă«ă‚‚ă€ă‹ăȘえどあげたいăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Y: This will be a long answer, is that okay? Shall I shorten it? Well, to be honest, I am indeed a little frantic. I know there’s the fact that if I don’t jump it soon, my body is going to decline gradually. But there’s no doubt I’m behind the time limit that I set for myself, so there’s also the pain of wondering why I’m this far from jumping it. And along with that kind of pain is the question of ‘well, if I’ve done this much and still can’t do it, is there the need to do it?’, that kind of thing. There were definitely things that tempted me to give up. But ultimately, on the last day of training before coming to the Japanese Nationals, I jumped and fell on about 4 attempts that would be judged as ‘q’. At the time, after giving much consideration, I realized that I didn’t want to give up on it at Nationals. Since I’ve come this far, since it’s everyone’s dream, the dream that everyone is betting on me for, I thought I want to fulfil it for everyone — well of course for myself, but also for everyone. 

ă€€â€•â€•æ­»ă«ă«ă„ăă‚ˆă†ăȘç·Žçż’ăšăŻă€ä»ŠăŻă©ă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ăźæœŹæ•°ă‚’è·łă‚“ă§ă„ă‚‹ăźă‹

Q: When you speak of practice that feels like it’s going to kill you, how many jumps do you think you’ve attempted now? 

ă€€ă€Œă©ă‚Œăă‚‰ă„è·łă‚“ă§ă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚è‡Șćˆ†ă§è€ƒăˆăŸă“ăšăȘいですけど。でも、1æ—„ă«ä»Šă€æœŹæ•°ćˆ¶é™ăŻă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€4ć›žè»ąćŠă«ăƒˆăƒ©ă‚€ă™ă‚‹ăšă„ă†æœŹæ•°ćˆ¶é™ă‚’ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă ă‘ă§ă€4ć›žè»ąćŠă«èĄŒăç€ăăŸă‚ăźăƒˆăƒȘăƒ—ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ă‚·ăƒłă‚°ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă ăŁăŸă‚ŠăŁăŠă„ă†ă€ăŸă‚ä»Šć›žć…ŹćŒç·Žçż’ă§äœ•ćșŠă‹ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ă‚ă„ă†ç·Žçż’ă‚’ăČăŸă™ă‚‰ă€äœ•ćæœŹă‚‚ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ăˆăŁăšă€äœ•ă‹ă€çČŸç„žçš„ă«ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšăŒćŒ·ă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€èȘ°ă‚‚è·łă‚“ă ă“ăšăȘいんですよ。で、èȘ°ă‚‚ă§ăă‚‹æ°—ăŒă—ăȘă„ăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ăă‚Œă‚’ă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă™ă‚‹ăŸă§ăźéŽçš‹ăŁăŠă€ă»ă‚“ăšă«ăČăŸă™ă‚‰æš—é—‡ă‚’æ­©ă„ăŠă„ă‚‹ă ă‘ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€æŻŽć›žă€é ­æ‰“ăŁăŠă€è„łă—ă‚“ăšă†ă§ć€’ă‚ŒăŠæ­»ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒă†ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘă„ă‹ăšă‹ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ç·Žçż’ăŻă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€ăŻă„ă€‚ïŒˆć–æăźé †ç•Șă‚’ćŸ…ăŁăŠă„ăŸćź‡é‡Žă«ïŒ‰æ˜ŒçŁšă€ă”ă‚ă‚“ă­ă€

Y: I wonder how many. I haven’t thought about it myself. But I do currently limit my attempts per day. However, even though I limit the number of times I try the 4A, I jump the triple Axel and single Axel as practice for the quad Axel
well, I jumped them many times in the public practice this time. I’ve done those kinds of practices single-mindedly dozens of times. And then
 the mental aspect plays a huge part in this but no one has jumped this jump before, and you could also say it feels like no one is even capable of doing it. So in order to find the process to be able to accomplish it, it truly is like you’re walking intently alone in the dark. Therefore, each time, I’m practicing [so intensely] while thinking I might hit my head, fall over, and die from a concussion or something*, yes.

[To Shoma Uno who was waiting for his turn to be interviewed]  —  Shoma, sorry!

*T/N: Our interpretation is that this is Yuzu expanding on his answer in Part 1 where he was talking about the toll it took on him to be falling on the jump over and over again; it’s his way of describing the difficulty of training the 4A and a fear he had, rather than a real incident.

 

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese Nationals Open Practice – Towards the success of the 4A: Without throwing away this dream and without giving up – 20211223

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 23 December 2021

Part 1 | Part 2

Translation: @axelsandwich & @shinjistarxx
Proofreading: @yuzueco & @tsukihoshi14

PART 1

Towards the success of the 4A: ‘Without throwing away this dream and without giving up.’

 ――4ć›žè»ąćŠă«ç€æ°·ïŒˆćŸŒă§æœŹäșșăŒć›žè»ąäžè¶łă€äžĄè¶łç€æ°·ăšèȘŹæ˜ŽïŒ‰ă—ăŠă„ăŸăŒă€æ‰‹ćżœăˆăŻ

Q: You landed the 4A (Yuzuru himself later explained it was under-rotated and two-footed), what are your thoughts?

ă€€ă€Œă„ă‚„ă‚ă€ă»ă‚“ăšă€ăŸă‚ă€ä»Šæ—„ăŻè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§è»žäœœă‚ŠăŒäž€ç•Ș性äș‹ă ăšæ€ăŁăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ć›žè»ąăŻăă‚“ăȘかけどăȘいです。ăȘăźă§ă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ăźă€ä»Šæ—„ă‚„ă‚‹ăčきこべは、やれたかăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹ă„ă€ă‚‚èš€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€ä»Šæ—„ă‚„ă‚‹ăčきこべを、やっどたăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ăă‚‰ă„ăźæ„Ÿè§Šă§ă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻć›žè»ąă‚’ă€ă‚ăź10ć‰Čă§ă‹ă‘ăŠă„ă‚‹çŠ¶æ…‹ă§ăŻăȘă„ăźă§ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăšă«ă‹ăă€ä»Šæ—„ăŻæ°·ăźæ„Ÿè§Šă‚’çąșかめăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšă€ă“ăźæ°·ă§ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šè»žă‚’ă€ăă‚‹ăŁăŠă“ăšă‚’è©Šă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Yuzuru (Y): Ah well, truly
 today, I think the most important thing for today was to stabilise my axis. I wasn’t focusing too much on my rotations. Therefore
well, I think I was able to do what I needed to do today. Well, it seems like I always say this, but that’s how I’m feeling today. I’m still not in the condition to give 100% on my rotations. Nevertheless, I was able to properly stabilise my axis on ice while confirming the feel of the ice today.

ă€€â€•â€•ă“ă‚ŒăŸă§ăźç·Žçż’ă§ăŻ4ć›žè»ąćŠăŻă©ă†ă ăŁăŸă‹

Q: How has the 4A been in practice until now?

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ă‚“ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ăźç€æ°·ă«ăȘă‚‹ć Žćˆăšă€ă‚ă‚ŒăŻè»žăŒă†ăŸăă„ăŁăŸăƒ‘ă‚żăƒŒăƒłă§ă€‚ă‚ăšă‚‚ă†äž€ć€‹ăŻă€ă‚ăźă€ć›žè»ąă‚’10ć‰Čă§ă€ăŸă‚10ć‰Čっどいうか、11ć‰Čべいうか。そんăȘăă‚‰ă„ăźćŠ›ă§ć›žă—ăŠă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ąăƒłăƒ€ăƒŒă€ăŽă‚Š1/4è¶łă‚“ăȘいかăȘ、『qă€ăŒă€ăă‹ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ăă‚‰ă„ăźă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă§ă“ă‘ă‚‹ăżăŸă„ăȘă“ăšăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăŸă ă€ç·Žçż’ăźæź”éšŽă§ăŻäžĄæ–čăšă‚‚äžĄç«‹ă—ăŸă‚‚ăźăŻăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă€ă‚„ăŁă±é›Łă—ă„ă§ă™ă€ăŻă„ă€

Y: U~m
 well, the times where I was able to land with that feeling [today] are when I could maintain a good axis. The other thing is that there are times when I rotate with a lot of power, putting 100%, well perhaps 110% of my power into the rotation, I felt like falling on Axels that were around the ‘q’ mark (1/4 underrotated). After all, that’s something [I haven’t mastered]… balancing both of them (axis and power) in practice is still difficult as expected, yes. 

 ――緎習ではクăƒȘăƒŒăƒłăȘæˆćŠŸăŻ

Q: The number of Axels you’ve landed clean in practice is


「そうですね、ăȘいですね、はい」

Y: Uhm, none. That’s right. 

 ――挗äșŹäș”èŒȘăžăźæ€ă„ăŻ

Q: What are your thoughts towards the Beijing Olympics?

ă€€ă€Œă†ă‚Œă—ăă†ă€ă”ă”ă”ă”ă”ăŁă€‚ăˆăŁăšă€ăŸă‚ă€æ­Łç›Žèš€ăŁăŠă€äž€æ˜šæ—„ăźæź”éšŽă§ă€ăˆăƒŒă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăŒæ±șめられăȘかったら、もうă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚ŻăŸă§ă€é ‘ćŒ”ă‚‹ă—ă‹ăȘいぼかăȘăšă‹ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ăźă€ă»ă‚“ăšăŻă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă€ă“ă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ăźă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă§ă‚‚ă„ă„ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘă„ă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†æ€ă„ă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ćœąăšă—ăŠă€ă‚ăźă€ăŸă‚ă€ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ŻăƒȘăƒŒăƒłăȘćˆ€ćźšă§ăŻăȘă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€GOEă‚‚ăƒ—ăƒ©ă‚č぀かăȘいかもしれăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ćœąăšă—ăŠ4AにはăȘăŁăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ă€ŽăŸă‚ă€ă‚ˆăé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŸă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘă„ïŒŸă€ăŁăŠă€‚ă‚‚ă†ă€4Aに搑かっお3ćčŽă€ăŸă‚ç‰čにここた2ćčŽé–“ですかね、かăȘă‚Šç·Žçż’ă‚’ă—ăŠă€ć‘ăćˆăŁăŠăăŸäž­ă§ă€ă“ăźăă‚‰ă„ăȘぼで。だから、『もういいんじゃăȘă„ïŒŸă€ăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă†æ°—æŒăĄă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€æœ€ćŸŒăźç·Žçż’ăźæ™‚ă«ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ăŽă‚ŠăŽă‚ŠăŸă§èžă‚“ćŒ”ăŁăŠ1æ™‚é–“ćŠăă‚‰ă„ăšăŁăšă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’è·łă‚“ă äžŠă§ă€è·łăčăȘă‹ăŁăŸæ™‚ă«ă€ă‚ă‚ă›ăŁă‹ăă“ă“ăŸă§æ„ăŸăźă«ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†æ€ă„ăšă€ç–ČれたăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăšă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ăăĄă‚ƒăăĄă‚ƒă«ăȘりăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ă„ă‚„ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ă†ăƒŒă‚“ă€‚ăȘんか、惕だけぼゾャンプじゃăȘいăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ćƒ•ă€è·łă¶ăźăŻćƒ•ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ç”ć±€ă€èš€ă„ć‡șしたぼも惕ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€çš†ă•ă‚“ăŒă€ćƒ•ă«ă—ă‹ă§ăăȘă„ăŁăŠèš€ăŁăŠăă ă•ă‚‹ăźă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€ăă‚Œă‚’ć…šă†ă™ă‚‹ăźăŒă€ăȘă‚“ă‹ćƒ•ăźäœżć‘œăȘぼかăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Y: You seem happy fufufufufu. Um. Well. To be honest, the day before yesterday, I was [practising the 4A] thinking that if I couldn’t land it, I would have to keep trying until the Olympics. The truth is, personally, I’ve thought that an Axel around this level should be okay. Well, in terms of the form
 how do I put it? I don’t think it will be called clean and it may not get a positive GOE, but in its form, it has become a 4A. So it’s like ‘well, have you done your best?’ I’ve been pursuing the 4A for 3 years already – well, I’ve focused on it especially for the last two years. I’ve really practised and faced it head-on, and it’s gotten to this level. So I did feel like ‘isn’t it already enough?’. But in my last practice [before coming to JNats], I was just holding on, and jumping the Axel nonstop for one and a half hours. And when I couldn’t do it, I was thinking ‘ah, I’ve come all this way’, ‘ah I’m tired’, and while really being all over the place in various ways
 But, somehow, it’s not just my jump alone. Well, the person jumping [the 4A] is me, and indeed I was the one who said [I would do it]. But everyone
if everyone is saying that it’s only something that I can do, I thought of accomplishing it as a sort of mission.

ă€€â€•â€•ç›źæŒ‡ă™ă§ă„ă„ăźă‹

Q: Is it okay to aim for the Olympics?

ă€€ă€Œă†ă‚“ăšăƒŒă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ă‹ă‚“ăȘいっすよ。ここで、ここで降りちゃったら、æș€è¶łă™ă‚‹ăźă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŻè«Šă‚ăŠăŻăȘいんです。ここで降りるこべをè‡Șäœ“ă‚’ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ä»Šæ—„ă‚‚ă€ä»Šæ—„ă€ä»Šæ—„ă§ăă‚‹ă“ăšă€ä»Šæ—„ă‚„ă‚‹ăčăă“ăšă‚’ç©ăżé‡ă­ăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸăŸă€æ˜Žæ—„ă€æ˜Žæ—„ăŻă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăȘă‚“ă§ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźç·Žçż’ă‚’ă™ă‚‹æ°—ăŻăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸăŸă€ă‚ăźă€ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăźćŸŒăźæ—„ăźç·Žçż’ă ăšă‹ă€ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăźćœ“æ—„ă ăšă‹ă€æœŹç•Șで降りるかもしれăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚æœ›ăżă‚’æšăŠăšă«ă€è«Šă‚ăšă«ă€ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘăšăŻæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ć»¶é•·ç·šäžŠă«ćŒ—äșŹăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘいăȘっどいうこべをè…čă‚’ăăăŁăŠă€ă“ă“ăŸă§æ„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŻă„ă€

Y: Um~ Well, I don’t know. If I can land it here, maybe I’ll be satisfied. I haven’t given up on the thought of landing it here. Therefore, today as well, I tried to accumulate what I could and needed to do today. Tomorrow is the Short Program so I don’t have intentions of practising the Axel then. But in the practice the day after the SP, on the day of the FS, I may land it in my performance. I’d like to attempt it properly without throwing away this dream and without giving up. But I’ve come here accepting that the Beijing Olympics may be the extension to this journey. Yes.

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

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Q: Is it correct to say the last quad Axel you did was two-footed and slightly under-rotated? Are you going to do the quad Axel in your free program?

 「はい。えっべ、価æ–čăšă‚‚ă€ăˆăŁăšă€ç­”ăˆăŻă€ŽăŻă„ă€ă§ă™ă€‚ăˆăƒŒă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ć›žè»ąă‚‚è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§æ„Ÿè§Šçš„ă«è¶łă‚ŠăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăŸă‚äžĄè¶łă§ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šè»žă‚’äœœă‚ŠăȘがら降りどきどるっどいうようăȘæ„Ÿă˜ăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăŸă ă€ăŸă‚ć…ˆă»ă©ă‚‚ă€ăˆăƒŒă€ć…ˆă»ă©ăźèłȘć•ă«ă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŸă‚ˆă†ă«ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ä»Šæ—„ăŻć›žè»ąă‚’ă‹ă‘ă‚‹æ—„ă§ăŻăȘかったぼで。è‡Ș戆ぼ侭では。だから、あれでOKだăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ă‚ăšăŻă€ăˆăŁăšăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă§ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ăźć…„ă‚Šæ–čă€ä»Šæ—„ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšæ›ČăŒé•ăŁăŠă€æć‡șした音æșăŒăĄă‚‡ăŁăšé•ăŁăŠăŠćŸŒćŠé€”äž­ă§ă‚„ă‚ăĄă‚ƒăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăŸă‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźă€ăŸă‚ć‰ćŠă‚ăźć…„ă‚Šæ–čă§ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ć…„ă‚ŒăŠăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚ˆă†ăȘćœąă«ă—ăŸă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

Y: Yes. Um, the answer to both questions is ‘yes.’ Uhm, the rotations seemed lacking to me as well. Well, I do feel that I landed it with both feet while creating a proper axis. But, as I said in reply to the question just now, today wasn’t a day for me to work on rotation, personally. That’s why I think (what I did today) was ok. Also, as for putting it into the free, well, today the music was a little off, and the music I submitted was the wrong one, so I gave up on it halfway through the later half. But, well, I think I want to do it with the Axel in the first half of the program.

ă€€â€•â€•ä»Šæ—„ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă«ć…„ă‚‹æ™‚ă€ă‚čăƒ”ăƒŒăƒ‰ă‚’è‹„ćčČèœăšă—ăŠć…„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă‹ă€‚ă€ă‹ă‚“ă ă‚łăƒ„ăȘどはあるか

Q: Today, when you were going for the (quad) Axel, did you enter it by slowing down a little? Did you learn any sort of trick for it?

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ç”ć±€ă€è»žć–ă‚ŒăȘă„ăšć›žè»ąă‚‚æ—©ăăȘらăȘă„ăźă§ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘæˆŠç•„ăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăŸă ă‚Źăƒ ă‚·ăƒŁăƒ©ă«ă¶ă‚“ć›žă—ăŠè·łăčă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€ă‚‚ă†ă€ăŸă¶ă‚“ă€ćŽ»ćčŽăźă†ăĄă«é™ă‚ŠăŠă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă“ăšă‚’è€ƒăˆăŠă€ăŸă‚ă€ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€è©łă—ăè©±ă—ăŠă‚‚ă€ăŸă¶ă‚“äŒă‚ă‚Šăă‚‰ăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă€ă©ă†ă—ă‚ˆă†ă‚‚ăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźă€æ„ć›łăšă—ăŠăŻăŸăšă€ăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăšè»žă‚’äœœă‚‹ă€‚ă§ă€è»žăŒăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăšæ—©ăäœœă‚Œă‚Œă°ă€ć›žè»ąă‚‚æ—©ăć›žă‚Œă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚ˆă†ăȘæ„ć‘łă§ă€ă‚ăźă€ć‰ă‚ˆă‚ŠăŻèœăšă—ăŠăŸă™ă€‚ăŻă„ă€


Y: Well, ultimately if you can’t grasp the axis, the rotations won’t be fast either. Um, of course there are various strategies to it. Um, if it were as simple as going for the jump recklessly jumping and just rotating, well, maybe I could have landed it sometime last year. I’ve thought about a lot of things, and well, how to put it, even if I talk about it in detail, I don’t think what I want to say will come across, so there’s not much I can say. But, my intention is to first make an axis. Then, if I can grasp the axis quickly and properly, then I can do the rotations quickly as well, so in that sense, it’s more controlled now in speed compared to before (past 4A attempts).

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Q: Are there no worries about your right ankle?

 「そうですね。はい」

Y: Yes, that’s correct.

 ――SPăŻäœ•ă«ă™ă‚‹ăźă‹ă€éžă‚“ă ç†ç”±ăŻă€‚æ€Șæˆ‘ă—ăŸçŠ¶æłă‚„ç”ŒéŽăŻ

Q: What will you do for the SP, and why did you choose it? And what is the condition and progress on your injury?

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšă€ăˆăŁăšïœžă€äœ•ă‹ă‚‰è©±ă›ă°ă„ă„ăźă‹ăȘă€‚ă‚ă€ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆă‹ă‚‰ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăźéžæ›Čăźç†ç”±ăŻă€ăŸăšă‹ăȘă‚Šæ‚©ă‚“ă§ă€‚ăˆăŁăšă€è‡Șćˆ†ă§ă‚‚èš€ăŁăŸă“ăšă‚’èŠšăˆăŠăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚ăźă€ć‰ć›žă€ć‰ă€…ć›žă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€ć››ć€§é™žéžæ‰‹æš©ă§ć„Șć‹ă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŸæ™‚ă«ă€ăƒăƒ©ăƒŒăƒ‰ă«æˆ»ă—ăŸæ™‚ă«ă‚‚èš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăżăŸă„ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăƒ”ă‚ąăƒŽæ›Čă‚’ă™ă”ăæŽąă—ăŠăăŠă€‚ă§ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăŁăœă„èĄšçŸă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠă§ă—ă‹ă§ăăȘă„èĄšçŸăźă‚ă‚‹ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŒă©ă‚“ăȘもぼがあるぼかăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠăšăŁăšæŽąă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă§ă€ăȘかăȘă‹ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚ŠèŠ‹ă€ă‘ă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘくど。これだăȘăŁăŠæ°—æŒăĄăŒèžŠă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘもぼがăȘかăȘă‹èŠ‹ă€ă‹ă‚‰ăšă«ă€ăăźă†ăĄă«è‡Șćˆ†ăŒæ˜”ă‹ă‚‰ă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€Žăƒ­ăƒłăƒ‰ăƒ»ă‚«ăƒ—ăƒȘチă‚ȘăƒŒă‚œă€ăŁăŠæ›Čがちょっべć‡șăŠăăŠă€‚ă§ă€ăăźäž­ă§ă€Žă“ă‚Œæ»‘ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘă€ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€ăƒ”ă‚ąăƒŽăźăƒăƒŒă‚žăƒ§ăƒłă§æ»‘ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€ă‚ˆă‚Šè‡Ș戆らしくăȘるかăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă€‚ă§ă€ăŸăŸă€ăăźă€ăŸă ăƒ”ă‚ąăƒŽăźæ™źé€šăźæ—ąć­˜ăźăƒăƒŒă‚žăƒ§ăƒłă§ă‚„ă‚‹ăźă§ăŻăȘăăŠă€ăˆăƒŒă€ćƒ•ăŒăăźă€ć…ˆă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłă€ă™ă”ă„ćżƒăŒæŠ˜ă‚ŒăŠă€ă‚‰ă‹ăŁăŸæ™‚æœŸă«ă€ăˆăƒŒă€æ»‘ă‚‰ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă€ă»ă‚“ăšă«ç”Ÿăă‚‹æŽ»ćŠ›ăšæ»‘ă‚‹æŽ»ćŠ›ă‚’ă„ăŸă ă„ăŸæž…ćĄšă•ă‚“ăźăƒ”ă‚ąăƒŽă«ă—ăŸă‚‰ă€ă‚‚ăŁăšè‡Șćˆ†ă‚‚æ°—æŒăĄè‰Żăæ»‘ă‚Œă‚‹ăźă§ăŻăȘă„ă‹ă€ă‚‚ăŁăšæ°—æŒăĄè‰Żăă€æ°—æŒăĄă‚’èŸŒă‚ăŠæ»‘ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăă‚‹ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいかăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŸăźă§ă€æž…ćĄšă•ă‚“ă«é Œă‚“ă§ă€äœœæ›Čă—ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăŁăŠă€‚äœœæ›Čっおいうか、線æ›Čしどもらっど。で、ă‚ȘăƒȘă‚žăƒŠăƒ«ăźăƒăƒŒă‚žăƒ§ăƒłă‚’äœœăŁăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă€

Y: Um
 um
 What should I start with? Ah, let’s start with the short program. The reason I picked the short
 First, I was quite troubled thinking about it. Um, I myself don’t even remember what exactly I said last time, or rather, it was the time before that, but like I said when I won 4CC [2020] and when I returned to Ballade No.1, I have been seriously searching for a piano piece. And so, I was looking for a piece while constantly thinking about what a short program with a “Yuzuru Hanyu”-like expression would be, and what would be something that only “Yuzuru Hanyu” could convey. And, well, I couldn’t really find anything for a while. I wasn’t able to find something that I could say “that’s it,” something that would make my heart pound, and during that time, I came across “Rondo Capriccioso”, a song that I had wanted to try from way back. And so, I felt that if I wanted to skate to this, if I skated to the piano version, I thought it would perhaps become more “me-like.” But, instead of using the already existing regular piano version, I thought of how last season, during the time I was going through a really difficult period of being really down, skating with Mr. Kiyotsuka’s* music really gave me the energy to live on and keep skating, and so I thought that if I did my program this time to Mr. Kiyotsuka’s piano, maybe I would be able to skate it with better spirits as well, and I would perhaps be able to skate it with more of my emotion put into it. So I requested Mr. Kiyotsuka to compose the music this time. Not compose, but rather arrange. So I’m using an original version of the piece.

*T/N: Referring to pianist Shinya Kiyotsuka, the artist of “Haru Yo Koi,” to which Yuzuru did an exhibition program previously

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Y: And then, as for my ankle, um
 it happened during the run-through of the free program. During the run-through, from the beginning of the free program, I attempted a 4A, and when I went straight into the next Salchow, um, the edge (of the skate blade) got stuck in the ice. And I had just had the edges sharpened, so I was skating while thinking that something felt wrong. Um, well, I thought it couldn’t be helped, the edge really was caught in the ice, and I should have been able to pull it out but I couldn’t, and my ankle cracked. So, the direct cause of my sprained ankle was the Salchow, and if I had been jumping just the Salchow alone, there would have been no problem. Ultimately, I think it was because I was practicing the 4A as well, and plus the fact I wasn’t keeping up with maintenance of my edges properly. Um, something like that, and as a result I ended up getting a sprain.

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ă‚ăźă€ç”ŒéŽăŻăȘă‚“ăŠèš€ăˆă°ă„ă„ăźă‹ăȘă€‚ăŸă‚ă€æ»æŒ«ă‚’ă™ă”ă„ă‚‚ă†ă€ćłè¶łăźæ»æŒ«ă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻçŸ„ă‚Šć°œăă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŸă‚‰æ—©ăæȻせるかっおいうこずをăČăŸă™ă‚‰è€ƒăˆă€ă€ă€ćŠ ćœ§ăźăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ăšă„ă†ă‹ă€ćŠ ćœ§ă§ă€ăŸă‚æČ»ç™‚äżƒé€Čă—ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ă‚ăšăŻè¶…éŸłæłąäœżăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚äœŽć‘šæłąäœżăŁăŸćŠ ćœ§ăźăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ăšă„ă†ă‹ă€ă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă‚„ă‚ŠăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ăŸă‚ă€ä»™ć°ă§ă§ăă‚‹ă“ăšăŻè‡Ș戆ぼ侭では限られどはいるぼで、そうやっどæČ»ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŻă„ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă™ăżăŸă›ă‚“ă€é•·ăăȘっちゃっど」

Y: Um, what should I say about the progress. Well, since I already know a lot about sprains of the right foot, so I was intently thinking of just how to heal it quickly, and so I did things like KAATSU* training, using it to give pressure (to the muscle) to promote healing, and I also used ultrasounds, and low frequency waves, just a variety of things, since well, what I can do (while in) Sendai by myself is limited. So by doing all that, I worked towards healing it. Yes. Thank you, and I’m sorry this became so long.

*T/N: We are not 100% sure what kind of training and treatments he is speaking about in this answer, but this one seems to refer to a training called “kaatsu” which uses training bands to put pressure & restrict blood flow as a form of physical therapy and to help speed up recovery.

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Y: Thank you~ I’ll see you again during the actual event.

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 â€»The following is obtained through his representative confirming

 ――挗äșŹăŻç›źæŒ‡ă™æ˜Žèš€ă§ă„いたか

Q: Is it a declaration that you’re aiming for Beijing [Olympics]?

 「è…čăăăŁăŸă€‚èŠšæ‚ŸăŻă—ăŸă‚ˆăŁăŠæ„Ÿă˜ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă€‚ç›źæŒ‡ă™æ˜Žèš€ă§ă€‚ă†ă‚“ă€

Y: I have made up my mind. I feel I’m ready for it. And so, yes, it’s a declaration that I’m aiming for it.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu x FRAU Interview 211010

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Original article was first published 10 October 2021

Translation: @axelsandwich
Proofreading: @shinjistarxx

ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆç•Œă‚’ç‰œćŒ•ă™ă‚‹ăƒˆăƒƒăƒ—ă‚ąă‚čăƒȘăƒŒăƒˆă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠă•ă‚“ă€‚æ˜šä»Šăźă‚łăƒ­ăƒŠçŠă§æœŹæ‹ ćœ°ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ăžăŻæˆ»ă‚Œăšă€ăŸă äž€äșșăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ă‚’ç¶šă‘ă€æ˜šćčŽæœ«ăźć…šæ—„æœŹéžæ‰‹æš©ă§ăŻ5ćčŽă¶ă‚Šăźć„Șć‹ă‚’éŁŸă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ćœ§ć€’çš„ăȘćŒ·ă•ăšçŸŽă—ă•ă‚’æŒăĄă€ć‰é€Čă‚’ç¶šă‘ă‚‹çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ă«äŒšă„ă«ă€æ–°ç·‘ă‚ă”ă‚Œă‚‹æœăźéƒœăƒ»ä»™ć°ăžć‘ă‹ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚

Yuzuru Hanyu, the top athlete driving the figure skating world. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, he did not return to his training base in Canada but continued training all alone and marked his first victory in 5 years at the Japanese National Championships at the end of last year. In order to meet with Hanyu-senshu, who possesses extraordinary strength and artistry and is continuing to advance his craft, we travelled to Sendai, the city of forests overflowing with greenery.  

ă‚čăƒăƒŒăƒ„ă§ă‚ă‚ŠăȘăŒă‚‰çŸŽă—ă•ă‚’æ±‚ă‚ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹èŠžèĄ“çš„ăȘćŽéąă‚’æŒă€ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă€‚äž€ç•Șćż…èŠăȘăźăŻă€ă“ă ă‚ă‚Šăšæ„è­˜ăźé«˜ă•ă ăšèȘžă‚‹ă€‚

Figure skating is a sport that has an artistic facet that judges according to a standard of beauty. He spoke about how the most important things are high attention to detail and awareness. 

ă€ŒæŠ€ăźćźŒæˆćșŠăšçŸŽă—ă•ă‚’ç«¶ă†ç«¶æŠ€ă§ă™ăŒă€ă‚žăƒŁăƒƒă‚žă™ă‚‹ăźăŻäșș間ăȘぼで、いろんăȘäŸĄć€€èŠłăźäșșă«ć±ŠăæŒ”æŠ€ă§ăȘくどはăȘらăȘă„ă€‚ă“ă ă‚ă‚Šăšæ„è­˜ăźé«˜ă•ă‚’æŒăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăćŠȘćŠ›ă‚’ç¶šă‘ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ă©ă‚Œă ă‘è‡Șćˆ†ă‚’ćźąèŠłèŠ–ă§ăă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚é‡èŠă§ă€èĄšçŸă—ăŸă„ă“ăšă‚’ć„Șć…ˆă™ă‚‹ă ă‘ă§ăŻç‹Źă‚Šă‚ˆăŒă‚ŠăźæŒ”æŠ€ă«ă—ă‹ăȘらăȘă„ăšæ„Ÿă˜ăŸă™ă—ă€èŠ‹ă‚‹äșșă«äœ•ă‹ăŒäŒă‚ă‚‹ă“ăšă§ćˆă‚ăŠăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŒćźŒæˆă™ă‚‹ă€‚ăƒăƒƒăƒ”ăƒŒăȘăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăȘă‚‰ă€èŠ‹ăŸäșșăŒæŹĄăźæ—„ă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŒăŸă‚Šă€ćżƒăŒć‰ă«ć‹•ăăăŁă‹ă‘ă«ăȘればいいăȘăšæ€ă†ă€‚ćˆ‡ăȘă„ăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăȘら、そぼäșșăźç—›ăżă‚„ç”Œéš“ă«ćŻ„ă‚Šæ·»ăˆă‚‹ă‚‚ăźă«ă—ăŸă„ă€‚ăŸă 26ćčŽă—ă‹ç”ŸăăŠă„ăȘいですけど、è‡Ș戆ăȘりぼă‚čăƒˆăƒŒăƒȘăƒŒă‚„æ„Ÿæƒ…ă‚’èĄšçŸă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă†ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŻéŽćŽ»ă ă‘ă§ăŻăȘくど、æœȘæ„ăžăźæ€ă„ă‚„ă€çŸćœšé€ČèĄŒćœąă§æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ă‚‹ă“ăšă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€æ§˜ă€…ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€

[Figure skating] is a competition [judged] by the perfection and beauty of its moves/skills but, as you are judged by human beings, you have to put out performances that appeal to people with differing values. It’s because I have high standards for the details that I fixate on and am aware of [in my performance] that I can continue to give my all. Though it’s important how objectively I can evaluate myself, if I just fixate on what I want to express, I feel I’d only be able to put out self-centered performances, so a program can firstly only be complete if it can convey something to the audience. If it’s a happy program, I’d wish that the people watching could do their best the next day, and that it could prompt them to move forward in their hearts. If it’s a sad program, I’d like it to be a way for the people watching to connect with their pain and experiences. I’ve only lived 26 years, but I’d like to express my own story and feelings. Not only in relation to the past, but my feelings towards the future, and the things I’m experiencing currently
 though it’s very varied. 

ă‚Șăƒ•ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăźçŸćœšă‚‚ç·Žçż’ć Žă«é€šă†æŻŽæ—„ă€‚ăƒąăƒăƒ™ăƒŒă‚·ăƒ§ăƒłă«ă€ă„ăŠć°‹ă­ă‚‹ăšă€‚

Currently during your off-season, you are commuting every day to your practice rink. Can we ask you about your motivation?

ćŠȘćŠ›ăźç”æžœăŒć…šăŠă€‚æˆæžœăŒć‡șăŸæ™‚ăŒäž€ç•Șăźă”è€’çŸŽă ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŸă‚‰äœ•ăŒéŁŸăčたいべか、èȷおうずかではăȘăïŒˆçŹ‘ïŒ‰ă€é”æˆă—ăŸæ™‚ăźć–œăłă‚’ć‘łă‚ă„ăŸă„ă‹ă‚‰ă€‚äș›çŽ°ăȘç›źæš™ă§ă‚‚ă€æ—„ă€…äœ•ă‹ă‚’ă‚„ă‚Šé‚ă’ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŸă„ă§ă™ă­

The results of your hard work is everything. I think the number one happiness is the moment the results come. It’s not anything like ‘oh I’ll get to eat this or buy this if I work hard’ (laughs), it’s because I want to taste the happiness at that moment of accomplishment. Even if it’s a small goal, I try to follow through and accomplish something every day. 

æ•°ă€…ăźă‚żă‚€ăƒˆăƒ«ă‚’çČćŸ—ă—ăŠăăŸăŒă€ăƒĄăƒłă‚żăƒ«ăŒćŒ·ă„ăšæ€ăŁăŸă“ăšăŻäž€ćșŠă‚‚ăȘいぼだそう。

We’ve heard that though you’ve secured countless titles, you’ve never once thought that you were mentally strong?

ă€Œè©ŠćˆăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă§ă‚‚æ°—æŒăĄæ‚ȘくăȘă‚‹ăă‚‰ă„ç·ŠćŒ”ă—ăŸă™ă—ă€çœ ă‚ŒăȘă„ć€œă‚‚ăŸăă•ă‚“ă‚ă‚‹ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ăă‚ŒăŻè‡Șćˆ†ăźç†æƒłăŒé«˜ă„ă‹ă‚‰ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ćžžă«æœ€ć–„ă‚’ć°œăă™ă—ă‹ăȘい。緎習するだけでăȘăă€äŒ‘ă‚“ă ă‚Šă€æ™‚ă«ăŻäœ•ă‚‚è€ƒăˆăȘいこずも搫め、è‡Ș戆が侀ç•Șè‰Żă„ăšćˆ€æ–­ă—ăŸéžæŠžă‚’ç©ăżé‡ă­ă‚‹ă“ăšă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠă€ăŸăšăˆç”æžœăŒăăźæ™‚ă«ć‡șăȘăăŠă‚‚ă€ćż…ăšćŒ·ăăȘăŁăŠă„ăŁăŠă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă€

Of course this happens at competitions but even at ice shows, I get so nervous that I feel sick and there are many nights I can’t sleep. But that’s because I have high ideals. So I can only give my everything. If I can live by the choice that I’ve judged as the best one, not only in practice but during times of rest and including occasionally when I’m not even thinking about anything, I think you will definitely become stronger, even if you don’t get the results you wanted at the time. 

ă€ŒæŹĄăźè©ŠćˆăŻć‹ăĄăŸă™ïŒă€ăšă„ă†ç™șèš€ă§è‡Șćˆ†ă«ăƒ—ăƒŹăƒƒă‚·ăƒŁăƒŒă‚’ă‹ă‘ă‚‹ă“ăšă‚‚ć€šă„ă€‚

You’ll often bring pressure onto yourself by saying things like ‘I’ll win the next competition!’ 

ă€Œă§ăă‚‹ăšäżĄă˜ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă€‚éĄ˜ă„ă‚’èš€è‘‰ă«ă™ă‚‹ă“ăšă§ă€è„łă«ă‚‚ă„ă„äœœç”šăŒă‚ă‚‹ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚æŠŒă—æœ°ă•ă‚Œăă†ăȘæ°—æŒăĄă‚’ćŽŸć‹•ćŠ›ă«ă—ăŠé ‘ćŒ”ă‚‹ă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă€‚ćŠ›ă‚“ă§ă—ăŸăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăŠè…čが痛くăȘă‚‹ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăăźćŠ›ă‚’ă„ă„æ–čć‘ă«ć€‰ăˆă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăă‚Œă°ă€‚ç·ŠćŒ”ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăäžćŻ§ă«ă€é›†äž­ă—ăŠć–ă‚Šç”„ă‚€ă“ăšăŒă§ăă‚‹ă€

It’s because I believe I can do it. I think putting my wishes into words has a good impact on my mind. When I feel like I’m going to be crushed down, I change that to motivation and keep working hard. Though I do get overwhelmed and there are times my stomach hurts, I hope I can turn that power in a good direction. It’s because I get nervous that I can, single-mindedly, concentrate and tackle problems head on. 

èż‘ćčŽăźè©Šćˆă§ăŻă€Œć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ă€Œæ–°ăƒ»ćčłćź¶ç‰©èȘžă€ă‚„ă€ŒSEIMEI」ăȘă©æ—„æœŹă‚’ăƒ†ăƒŒăƒžă«ă—ăŸéžæ›Čă§ă‚‚çŸ„ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ă€‚çŸœç”Ÿă•ă‚“ăŻæ—„æœŹäșșăšă—ăŠăźă‚ąă‚€ăƒ‡ăƒłăƒ†ă‚Łăƒ†ă‚Łă‚’ă©ăźă‚ˆă†ă«è€ƒăˆăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‹ă€‚

In competitions in recent years, we know you have chosen music with Japanese themes like ‘Ten to chi to’ and ‘SEIMEI’. What do you think of your identity as a Japanese person? 

「漟はそんăȘă«æ„è­˜ă‚’ă—ăŠă„ăȘăăŠă€ă‚€ă—ă‚æ—„æœŹäșșă ă‹ă‚‰ćżè€ćŒ·ă„ăšă‹ă€äžćŻ§ă ăšă‹ă€ć›șćźšèŠłćż”ă«çž›ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ăšè‰ŻăăȘいăȘăšæ„Ÿă˜ăŸă™ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŒă‚łăƒłăƒ—ăƒŹăƒƒă‚Żă‚čにăȘるäșșă‚‚ă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă€‚ăżă‚“ăȘそれぞれ違うからこそ、みんăȘăŒă„ă„ă€‚ć€–ć›œăźéžæ‰‹ă«äŒšă†ăšäŸĄć€€èŠłăŒé•ă†ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă«ćŻŸă™ă‚‹æ…‹ćșŠă‚‚äșșăă‚Œăžă‚Œă€‚ă§ă‚‚æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«äœ•ă‹ă‚’äž€ç·’ă«ă‚„ă‚ă†ăšă—ăŸæ™‚ă«ă€äž€ă€ă«ăȘるこべができる。そういうこべがSDGsがæŽČă’ă‚‹ăƒ€ă‚€ăƒăƒŒă‚·ăƒ†ă‚ŁăȘç€ŸäŒšă ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ć€§äș‹ăȘă“ăšă ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about it like that; on the contrary, I feel that it’s not a good thing to be stereotyped as persevering and polite because we’re Japanese. And I think there are people who have a complex against that. It’s because everyone is different from each other that they are good. When I meet with foreign athletes, there are differences in our values and each person’s attitudes towards skating is varied. But ultimately, when it comes time to do something together, we can unite. That is the sort of diverse society that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stand for, and something I think is very important. 

昚ćčŽ9æœˆă€7ćčŽé–“ć­Šă‚“ă æ—©çšČ田性歊たäșșé–“ç§‘ć­Šéƒšé€šäżĄæ•™è‚ČèȘČçš‹ă‚’ć’æ„­ă—ăŸă€‚

Last September, you graduated from the Human Sciences e-School course at Waseda University after studying for 7 years. 

「ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚‚ć‹‰ćŒ·ă‚‚ă€çŸ„è­˜ăŁăŠć€§ćˆ‡ă ăȘべ。SDGsăźæŽ»ć‹•ă«ă€ă„ăŠă‚‚ă€è‡Șç„¶ăźäž­ă«ă‚ă‚‹ă€é™ă‚Šă‚ă‚‹èł‡æșă‚’æŒç¶šćŻèƒœăȘă‚‚ăźă«ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă‚ăźć‹‰ćŒ·ă‚’ă—ăŠă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ€ă‚Żăƒˆă‚’éžă¶ă“ăšă‚’ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ă€‚ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ăŻă‚ŽăƒŸăźć•éĄŒăŒæ°—にăȘă‚‹ăźă§ă€ç·Žçż’äž­ă«ăŻćžžă«ăƒžă‚€ăƒœăƒˆăƒ«ă‚’æŒăĄæ­©ăăźă‚’ćżƒăŒă‘ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă•ă•ă‚„ă‹ă§ă‚‚è‡Șćˆ†ă«äœ•ăŒă§ăă‚‹ăźă‹ă‚’ć•ă†ă“ăšăŻäž€ă€ăźć‰é€ČăȘぼかăȘăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă€

In skating and also in studying, knowledge is important. In regards to SDGs’ activities as well, I did research into items that attempt to keep the limited resources in our natural environment sustainable and I want to choose those kinds of products [to use]. I’m personally interested in the problem of rubbish, so I try to normally carry around reusable bottles in training. Even though it may be small, I think one way to keep moving forward is to ask myself what I can do. 

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Proofreading: @shinjistarxx

Continue reading [ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu x Rikako Ikee – Special Talk: ‘Simply, in order to win’ – 210715

[ENG TRANSLATION] Waseda e-Style Book Interview – 2108

Original article published August 2021.

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Proofreading: @axelsandwich

ć­Šăłăźă‚­ăƒŒăƒŻăƒŒăƒ‰ă€Œé›†äž­ćŠ›ă€(äșșé–“ç§‘ć­Šæƒ…ć ±ç§‘ć­Šç§‘) çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠă•ă‚“

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æœŸćŸ…ä»„äžŠă«ć€šăă‚’ć­Šăčる歩際的ăȘäșșé–“æƒ…ć ±ç§‘ć­Šç§‘

On learning more than his expectations in the interdisciplinary major, Human Informatics Science

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Preview article originally published 13 July 2021. Note that this is not the full article.

Source: https://number.bunshun.jp/articles/-/848840

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ă€€æ±äșŹă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă‚’é–“èż‘ă«æŽ§ăˆăŸă‚ă‚‹æ—„ă€æ±äșŹăšä»™ć°ă‚’ç”ă‚“ă§ăźăƒ“ăƒƒă‚°ćŻŸè«‡ăŒă€é›‘èȘŒNumber「ă‚ȘăƒȘンピック開ćč•ç›Žć‰ç‰čé›†ă€ă§ćźŸçŸă—ăŸă€‚

As we draw closer to the Tokyo Olympics, a ‘great exchange’ that connects Tokyo and Sendai took place in this special Pre-Olympics Numbers edition. 

ă€€ä»Šć€ă€ć†ăłç„­ć…žăźć Žă«ć§żă‚’çŸă™æ°Žæłłăźç”łă—ć­ă€æ± æ±Ÿç’ƒèŠ±ć­ăšă€ć†ŹăźçŽ‹è€…ă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăźćˆéĄ”ćˆă‚ă›ă§ă‚ă‚‹ă€‚

This is the first face-to-face meeting between the golden child of swimming, who has once more taken to the competitive stage, Rikako Ikee, and the champion of Winter, Yuzuru Hanyu.

ă€€ă”ăŸă‚Šă«ăŻă€ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ă‚ąăƒłă§ă‚ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšä»„ć€–ă«ă‚‚ă€ć€§ăăȘ慱通ç‚čăŒă‚ăŁăŸă€‚ăă‚Œă«æ°—ă„ă„ăŠă„ăŸăźăŻçŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăźă»ă†ă ăŁăŸă€‚

Besides both being Olympians, the two share another significant commonality. The one who noticed this was Yuzuru Hanyu.

ă€€ćŻŸè«‡ăźć†’é ­ă‹ă‚‰ă€æ± æ±Ÿă«ćŻŸă—ăŠă€ă€Œè‹„ă„ăźă«ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’èƒŒèČ ăŁăŠé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă‚‹ăȘăšăšăŁăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŠă€‚ă”è‡Șèș«ăźç—…æ°—ăźă“ăšăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ä»–ăźç—…æ°—ă«ă‹ă‹ăŁăŸäșșă‚’ć‹‡æ°—ă„ă‘ăŸă„ăšă‹ă€ć…ƒæ°—ă«ăȘăŁăŠă»ă—ă„ăšă„ă†ă‚‚ăźăŸă§ć…šéƒšă€‚ăă‚“ăȘă«èƒŒèȠわăȘくどもいいんじゃăȘいかăȘăšæ€ă„ă€ă€ă€èƒŒèČ ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ćŒ·ă„ă‚“ă ă‚ă†ăȘăšă‚‚ă€ăšæ°—éŁă„ă‚’èŠ‹ă›ăŸă€‚

From the outset of the conversation, he showed his concern for Ikee, saying, ‘I’ve felt this whole time that though she’s young, she’s had to shoulder the weight of various things and has worked really hard. Of course, there was dealing with her own illness*, but also wanting to give courage to others who were also sick and wanting to get better, all of those things. While I feel that she doesn’t have to bear all of that weight, it’s perhaps because she’s carried these burdens that she is strong.’

*Ikee was diagnosed with leukemia at 19yrs old in February 2019. 

ă€€æ± æ±ŸăŻă€ăă‚Œă«ă“ă†ç­”ăˆă‚‹ă€‚ă€Œçąșă‹ă«èƒŒèȠわăȘăăŠă„ă„ă“ăšăŸă§èƒŒèČ ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹æ°—ăŻè‡Șćˆ†ă§ă‚‚ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ćŸ©ćž°ă—ăŠă‹ă‚‰ăŻă€ç—…æ°—ă—ăŸäșșä»ŁèĄšăżăŸă„ăȘもぼをすăčăŠăźăƒŹăƒŒă‚čă§æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Ikee replied: ‘It’s true that I’m carrying the knowledge that I shouldn’t shoulder these burdens. After recovering, I’ve felt at all races that I’m almost like a representative for those who have been ill.’

çŸœç”Ÿă€Œćœ“æ™‚ăŻă™ă”ăé‡ăŸăæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€

ă€€ć€§ç—…ă‚’æ‚Łă„ă€æ˜šćčŽćŸ©ćž°ă€‚ăżă‚‹ăżă‚‹ăšç«¶æŠ€è€…ăšă—ăŠăźć›žćŸ©ă‚’èŠ‹ă›ăŸæ± æ±ŸăŒă€äșșçŸ„ă‚ŒăšèƒŒèČ ăŁăŠă„ăŸă‚‚ăźă€‚çŸœç”ŸăŻé ă„ăšă“ă‚ă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ăă‚Œă‚’ćŻŸă—ăŠă„ăŸă€‚ăȘぜăȘら、è‡Ș戆も避けられăȘă„ć€©ć‘œă«ă‚ˆă‚Šă€ă„ăŸă‚‚ăȘăŠă€é‡ă‚Šă‚’èƒŒèȠっどいるからだ。

Hanyu: “I think at the time, it weighed on me very heavily.”

The worry of the illness and the recovery last year. Ikee, who seemed to recover and return as a competitor in the blink of an eye, had been shouldering burdens unbeknownst to others. From afar, Hanyu could sympathise with this. It’s because even now, he has also been shouldering a heavy weight that fate had laid upon him. 

「惕も、16æ­łăźæ™‚ă«æ±æ—„æœŹć€§éœ‡çœăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă‚ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă™ă”ăă„ă‚ă„ă‚ăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’èƒŒèȠい構めたăȘăšæ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŠă€‚

“For me too, since the 3/11 disaster happened when I was sixteen, I feel that from that time, I had started to really shoulder these various things.”

ă€€ä»Šă‚‚ă€æ±æ—„æœŹć€§éœ‡çœăźæ”ŻæŽă‚„ćŸ©èˆˆă«é–ąă™ă‚‹äŸé ŒăŻăȘるăčăć—ă‘ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă™ăŒă€ćœ“æ™‚ăŻă™ă”ăé‡ăŸăæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ć€§éœ‡çœăšă„ă†ć€©çœăŒè”·ăăŠă€æ€„ă«ă€èą«çœćœ°ă§é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹äșșé–“ă ă‹ă‚‰ïŒˆæ—„æœŹä»ŁèĄšă«ïŒ‰éžă°ă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă ă€ăšă„ă†ă‚ˆă†ă«æ€ă‚ă‚Œă‚‹ăźăŻă€ă™ă”ăæ‚”ă—ă‹ăŁăŸă€

“Even now, I try wherever possible to accept requests to help out with [financial] support and recovery in the affected region, but at the time I thought of it as an incredibly heavy weight. The natural disaster suddenly happened and then when it was thought that I was chosen to be the representative of Japan [in figure skating] only because I was someone doing my best in the affected disaster area, I felt very frustrated.”

 憬正ă‚ȘăƒȘンピックで2é€ŁèŠ‡ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹çŸœç”Ÿă‚’ć‰ă«ă€ć°‘ă—ç·ŠćŒ”æ°—ć‘łăźæ± æ±Ÿă ăŁăŸăŒă€ć„Șă—ă•ăšæž©ă‹ă•ă€æ™‚ă«ćŒ·ă•ă‚’äș€ăˆăŠèȘžă‚Šă‹ă‘ă‚‹çŽ‹è€…ă«è‡Șèș«ă‚‚ćżƒă‚’é–‹ă„ăŠă„ăă€‚

Though she was initially a little tense and nervous in front of the two-time Winter Olympic champion, through a combination of the kindness, warmth and especially strength conveyed through Hanyu’s words to her, Ikee also was able to open up. 

ă€€ăă—ăŠè©±éĄŒăŻă€ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żăźćżƒæ§‹ăˆă€æœ€èż‘ă‚‚ăŁăšă‚‚æ‚”ă—ă‹ăŁăŸă“ăšă€äž€äșșă§æłŁăăšăă€ä»Šäč—ă‚Šè¶Šăˆă‚ˆă†ăšă—ăŠă„ă‚‹èȘČ題ăȘă©ă€ăƒˆăƒƒăƒ—ă‚ąă‚čăƒȘăƒŒăƒˆćŒćŁ«ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăèȘžă‚Šćˆăˆă‚‹ć†…ćźčă«ćŠă‚“ă§ă„ăâ€•â€•ă€‚

In addition, the conversation topics included how to prepare for the Olympics, recent and past frustrations and regrets, times when they cried alone, and how to overcome those difficulties now. It’s because they are both top athletes that they could trade notes on all these topics. 

ă€€ă„ă€ăŸă§ă‚‚èžă„ăŠă„ăŸă„ă€ç çŽ‰ăźćŻŸè«‡ă ăŁăŸă€‚

It’s a gem of a conversation you’d want to listen to, anywhere and anytime. 

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu, Dreams on Ice Day 1 Interview – 210709

Photo by Sponichi

All articles originally published 9 July 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 

Translation & proofreading: @shinjistarxx & @axelsandwich 

PART 1

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The ice show “Dreams on Ice” was held on the 9th at Kose Shin-Yokohama Skate Center in Yokohama. Sochi ‘14 and Pyeongchang ‘18 gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA) took part for the first time in six years, unveiling his program “Masquerade,” starting off a new season. The interview questions with him are as follows.

 ――6ćčŽă¶ă‚ŠăźDOIć‡șæŒ”ăšăȘった。

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšă€ă‚„ăŻă‚Šçš†ă•ă‚“ăźć‰ă§æ»‘ă‚ŠăŸă„æ€ă„ăŒćŒ·ăă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚æ˜šćčŽă€ă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăŒăȘăăŠă€ă‚‚ăŁăšçš†ă•ă‚“ăźć‰ă§æ»‘ă‚ŠăŸă‹ăŁăŸăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŸăźăšă€‚ă‚ăšă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒæ˜šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șン、è‡Șćˆ†ăŒè©Šćˆă«ć‡șă‚‹ăŸăłă«æ€ăŁăŸă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒæŒ”æŠ€ă™ă‚‹ă“ăšă§äœ•ă‹èȘ°ă‹ăźćœčă«ç«‹ă€ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘă„ă‹ăšă‹ă€‚äœ•ă‹ă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘă„ă‹ăšă‹ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă“ăšă‚’çš†ă•ă‚“ăźăŸă‚ă«ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚ă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠă€‚ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚ć€šăăźć Žæ‰€ă§ă€æ©ŸäŒšă§æ»‘ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă„ă€ä»Šć›žăƒ‰ăƒȘăƒŒăƒ ăƒ»ă‚Șăƒłăƒ»ă‚ąă‚€ă‚čにć‡șă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă€

― (Your thoughts on) This being your first appearance at DOI in six years.

Yuzuru: Um, well, I strongly felt that I wanted to skate in front of everyone. Last year there weren’t ice shows, and so I wanted to skate more in front of an audience. Also, last season when I participated in competitions, I thought that perhaps my performances could be useful for someone; that perhaps they could feel something from it. So with that in mind, I wanted to try for everyone’s sake. I want to take the opportunity to skate in as many places as possible, so I decided to participate in Dreams on Ice this time.

ă€€â€•â€•ćźŸéš›ă«ăƒ‘ăƒŻăƒŒă‚’ă‚‚ă‚‰ăˆăŸă‹ă€‚

 「もちろん惕è‡Șèș«ăŻăŸăă•ă‚“ă‚‚ă‚‰ăˆăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ćƒ•ăŻă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă€ăăźćŠ›ă‚’ăŸăŸæŒ”æŠ€ă«ć€‰ăˆăŠă€çš†ă•ă‚“ă«ăŸăŸé•ăŁăŸćœąă§æ©èż”ă—ă§ăăŸă‚‰ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ä»ŠăŻæ—ąă«1ć…ŹæŒ”ă§ăƒ˜ăƒˆăƒ˜ăƒˆă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚çš†ă•ă‚“ăźäœ•ă‹ăźæ„Ÿæƒ…ăźăăŁă‹ă‘ă«ăȘったらいいăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

― Did you actually receive power [through this?]

Y: Of course, I personally received a lot [of power]. I received it and then changed it into power for my performance, and maybe everyone watching will pass this on in turn in another form. I’m already exhausted after this one performance so I hope this may be the impetus for some sort of emotion in everyone. 

ă€€â€•â€•æœ€ć€§ăźç›źæš™ă§ăŻă‚‹4ć›žè»ąćŠăźçŠ¶æłăŻă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒăŸăšă“ăźăƒ‰ăƒȘăƒŒăƒ ăƒ»ă‚Șăƒłăƒ»ă‚ąă‚€ă‚č、惕ぼ侭ではäč…しぶりに1æ—„2ć…ŹæŒ”ă‚ă‚‹ă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă§ă™ăźă§ă€‚ă‹ăȘă‚Šäœ“ă‚’ă€ăăŁăŠă€ă“ăźă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă«ç„Šç‚čを甞っお緎習しăȘくどはいけăȘいăȘăšæ€ă„ă€‚ăă“ăŸă§4Aăźç·Žçż’ăŻă§ăăŠă„ăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚čă‚żăƒŒă‚ș・ă‚Șăƒłăƒ»ă‚ąă‚€ă‚čăŒç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠă€äœ“ăźăƒ€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă ăšă‹ă€‚æ˜šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠăăŸäœ“ă‚’ă„ăŸă‚ă‚Šă€ă€ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźćŸșç€Žăźç·Žçż’ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€1からè‡Șćˆ†ăŒäœœă‚Šç›Žă—ăŠă€4ć›žè»ąćŠă«ć‘ă‘ăŠäœœă‚Šç›Žă™äœœæ„­ă‚’ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă§ăăŸă‚‰ăšă„ă†ăźă§ă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă«ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłă«ć‘ă‘ăŠæœŹæ Œçš„ă«ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

― What is the current state of the quad Axel, which you cited as your ultimate goal right now?

Y: Firstly, Dreams on Ice is the first ice show in awhile where I’ve had to do two performances in one day. I thought that I must prepare my body and focus on this ice show so I haven’t been able to practise my quad Axel until now. After Stars on Ice, there was the toll that it took on my body, the need to take care of my body that had worked hard last season, there was practice on the foundations of the axel, and the need to do the work to properly rebuild my body for the quad Axel from square one; I’d like to start concretely practising for the season ahead from here on out. 

ă€€â€•â€•ä»Šć­Łăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă€SPはæ±șăŸăŁăŸă‹ă€‚

 「æ›Čはæ±șăŸăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă€‚ăŸă ă€ćźŸéš›ă«éŸłæșăŻă§ăăŠă„ăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ăŸă ç™șèĄšă§ăăŸă›ă‚“ă€

― Regarding next season’s programs, have you decided on your SP?

Y: The music is decided. But, the editing is not done, so I cannot announce it yet.

 ――フăƒȘăƒŒăŻç¶™ç¶šă‹ă€‚

 「はい、フăƒȘăƒŒăŻă€Žć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ă‚’ç¶™ç¶šă—ăŸă„ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

― Will the free program [from last season] continue on?

Y: Yes, I am thinking I want to keep the free (program) “Ten to Chi to”.

Photo by Sponichi

PART 2

――2正ぶりにGPă‚·ăƒȘăƒŒă‚șć‡ș栮をæ±șă‚ăŸç†ç”±ăŻă€‚

ă€€ă€Œè©Šćˆăźæ©ŸäŒšăŒăȘいべ、やはり4ć›žè»ąćŠæ±șă‚ăŠă‚‚æ„ć‘łăŒăȘă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚è©Šćˆă§æ±șめたいăȘăšă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŒćŒ·ăă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ăăźæ©ŸäŒšă‚’ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚æŒăŠăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă„ă€ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ—ăƒȘă‚·ăƒȘăƒŒă‚șにć‡ș栮するこべをæ±șă‚ăŸă—ăŸă€

― What is the reason you decided to compete in the GP Series again after two seasons?

Yuzuru: Without the chance to be in competition, I think even if I land the quad Axel, it’s pointless. I strongly feel I want to land it in competition. I thought that I should take as many opportunities as I can in that regard, and so I decided to participate in the Grand Prix series [this season]. 

 ――ć‡șć ŽNHKæŻă€ăƒ­ă‚·ă‚ąæŻă«æ±șăŸăŁăŸă€‚

 「NHKæŻăŒæ±șăŸăŁăŸæź”éšŽă§ă€ćż…ç„¶çš„ă«ăƒ­ă‚·ă‚ąă«ăȘă‚‹ă‹ă€ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ă«ăȘă‚‹ă‹ă€äž­ć›œă«ăȘるか、みたいăȘæ„Ÿă˜ăŒă‚ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ćƒ•ăŻäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©3äœăźäșș間ăȘぼで、æ±șćźšæš©ăŻç‰čにăȘかったです」

― You decided on NHK Trophy and Rostelecom Cup [for your GP competitions]

Y: When they decided I would compete at the NHK Trophy, I felt it would definitely be either Rostelecom Cup, Skate Canada or the Cup of China. I was 3rd at the World Championships so I didn’t have any particular say in it.  

 ――æ”čめど挗äșŹäș”èŒȘăžăźæ€ă„ăŻ

 「ćčłæ˜Œă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăżăŸăă€ç”¶ćŻŸă«é‡‘ăƒĄăƒ€ăƒ«çČă‚ŠăŸă„ăšă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŻç‰čă«ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăŸă ă€ćż…ăšä»Šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンで4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚’æ±șă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă ăšă„ă†ćŒ·ă„æ„ćż—ăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšă€ăăźæ„ćż—ă‚’ă€æ±șæ„ă‚’æŒăŁăŠä»Šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłæŒ‘ăżăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―Once again, what are your thoughts on the Beijing Olympics?

Y: I don’t particularly have the same feelings that I absolutely must get the gold medal like I did during the season of Pyeongchang (Olympics). However, I am very determined to definitely land the quad Axel this season. I will take up that challenge this season with that resolve and determination.

ă€€â€•â€•ăăźć…ˆă«ă‚ă‚‹ă‚‚ăźă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œé“ăźäž­ă«ă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă†ăƒŒă‚“ă€‚ă‚„ăŻă‚Šć…ˆă»ă©ă‚‚èš€ăŁăŸă‚ˆă†ă«ćčłæ˜Œă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ă‚œăƒă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€‚ăă†ăŁăŸæ™‚ăżăŸă„ăȘç†±é‡ăŻăȘいăȘずいうごうにè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

― Is [the Beijing Olympics] something beyond that goal?

Y: If it happens to be part of the journey [towards the 4A]. It’s just…hm. Like I said before, I feel I don’t have the same degree of passion or fervour that I did at the time of Sochi or Pyeongchang. 

 ――マă‚čă‚«ăƒŹă‚€ăƒ‰ă‚’æŒ”ă˜ăŸç†ç”±ăŻ

 「ăȘかăȘă‹ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’æŒ”ă˜ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹æ©ŸäŒšăŒăȘかったですし。ただ、ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ă‚ăźæ™‚ăšăŻé•ăŁăŠă€ă‚‚ăŁăšć€§äșșにăȘăŁăŠă€ă‚‚ăŁăšèĄšçŸă—ăŸă„ă‚‚ăźă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ă‚‚ăŁăšćźąèŠłçš„ă«æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăˆă‚‹ă‚‚ăźăŒă“ăźäž–ăźäž­ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăćą—ăˆăŸă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいかăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă„ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§æŒ”ă˜ăŸă„ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă«ă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă€

― What is the reason you performed “Masquerade” today?

Y: Well, I haven’t had many chances to perform this program. But also, since that time [I first did the program], I’ve become more of an adult, and I think there is more I want to express, and given the current state of the world, there is more I think that can be objectively felt from the program, so with those thoughts in mind, I wanted to perform it again, so I chose this program.

ă€€â€•â€•æ‹ ç‚čăŻć›œć†…ăȘぼか。

ă€€ă€ŒăŸăšă€ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ă«ă‹ăˆă‚‹ăŸă‚ă«ăŻć€§ć€‰ăȘæ‰‹ç¶šăăŒă‚ă‚‹ăźăšă€‚ćŻèƒœă‹äžćŻèƒœă‹è‡Ș戆ぼ侭でçąșèšŒăŻăȘいぼで戆からăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻæ˜šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăźç”Œéš“ă‚’èžăŸăˆăŠæ—„æœŹă§1äșșă§ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă‚‚æˆé•·ă§ăă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ä»Šăźăšă“ă‚ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ă«ćž°ă‚‹ă“ăšăŻè€ƒăˆăŠă„ăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăŸă ă€æŒŻä»˜ă«é–ąă—ăŠăƒȘăƒąăƒŒăƒˆă§ă€ăšè€ƒăˆăŠăŻă„ăŸă™ă€

― Will your training base this season be in Japan?

Y: First, in order to return to Canada now, there are many difficult procedures involved. I’m not certain whether it is even possible or not, but for the time being, based on my experiences from last season, I feel that I can grow even if training on my own, so I am not thinking of returning to Canada at the moment. However, I think with regards to the choreography, that it will be done with remote assistance [from Canada].

ă€€â€•â€•æ±äșŹäș”èŒȘăŒç„ĄèŠłćźąé–‹ć‚ŹăšăȘăŁăŸăŒă€ă©ă†æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œćƒ•ăŻéžæ‰‹ăźç«‹ć ŽăȘăźă§ă€‚ăŻăŁăă‚Šèš€ăŁăŠă—ăŸăˆă°ă€èŠłćźąăŒâ€ŠèŠłćźąăźæ–čă€…ăŒç›ŽæŽ„ćŁ°æŽă‚’é€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ăšă‹ă€è¶łă‚’é‹ă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ăšă‹ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă“ăšă«ćŁ°ă‚’äžŠă’ă‚‹ă“ăšăŻćƒ•ăŻă§ăăȘいんじゃăȘいかăȘăšă€‚ăŸă ă€éžæ‰‹ăźç«‹ć Žă‹ă‚‰èš€ă‚ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ăźă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚ŻăŻéžæ‰‹ă«ăšăŁăŠăźć€ąăźèˆžć°ă§ă‚ă‚Šă€ç«¶æŠ€ă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠăŻæœ€ćŸŒăźă€äž€ç•Șă»ă—ă„ć€ąăźèˆžć°ă ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăăźèˆžć°ă§äž€ç”Ÿæ‡žć‘œă‚„ă‚‹ă“ăšă«ăŻć€‰ă‚ă‚ŠăȘă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăȘんか、こんăȘæ™‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€ćƒ•ă‚‰ă ăŁăŸă‚‰æŒ”æŠ€ăŁăŠèš€ăŁăĄă‚ƒă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă“ă‚“ăȘæ™‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăăźăƒŹăƒŒă‚čであったり、こんăȘæ™‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăăźæ„Ÿć‹•ăŒç”ŸăŸă‚Œă‚‹ăźă§ăŻăȘいかăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

― The upcoming Tokyo Olympics has been decided to be held without spectators. How do you feel about this?

Y: I am coming from the standpoint of an athlete. To put it bluntly, the audience…in regards to whether the audience can convey their support or travel [to watch] in person, I can’t really speak to that. But if I can speak from an athlete’s standpoint, the Olympics are a dream stage for many athletes, I think the final dream stage they long for the most. I don’t think the fact they will give everything they have on that stage will change. It’s the fact that it’s during times like this – we [skaters] call it a ‘performance’ – but I think it’s precisely because it’s during these [difficult] times that [watching events like] races and whatnot can result in something touching and emotional.