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

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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.

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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

ă€€â€•â€•æœ€ćŸŒăź4ć›žè»ąćŠăŻäžĄè¶łă§ă€ć›žè»ąă‚‚è‹„ćčČè¶łă‚ŠăȘă‹ăŁăŸăšă„ă†è§Łé‡ˆă§ă„ă„ăźă‹ă€‚4ć›žè»ąćŠăŻăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă§ă‚„ă‚‹ăźă‹

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

ă€€ă€Œă§ă€è¶łéŠ–ăŻă€ăˆăŁăšă€ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăźăˆăƒŒă€é€šă—ç·Žçż’ă‹ăȘ。フăƒȘăƒŒăźé ­ă‹ă‚‰ă‚„ăŁăŸé€šă—ç·Žçż’ăźæ™‚ă«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă€4ć›žè»ąćŠăźă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠă€ă§ă€ăăźăŸăŸæŹĄăźă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒă«ă„ăŁăŸæ™‚ă«ă€ă‚ăźă€ă‚šăƒƒă‚žăŒæ°·ă«ç”ĄăŸăŁăŠăŁăŠă—ăŸăŁăŠă€‚ăĄă‚‡ă†ă©ă€ă‚šăƒƒă‚žă‚’ç ”çŁšă—ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăŁăŸă°ăŁă‹ă ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ă§ă€æ„ŸèŠšé•ă†ăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăŸă‚ă—ă‚‡ă†ăŒăȘă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠă‚„ăŁăŠăŠă€ă‚ăźă€ă»ă‚“ăšă«ă‚šăƒƒă‚žăŒæ°·ă«ăšă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă—ăŸăŁăŠă€æœŹćœ“ă ăŁăŸă‚‰æŠœă‘ă‚‹ăŻăšă ăŁăŸă‚“ă ă‘ă©æŠœă‘ăȘăăŠă€ăƒă‚­ăƒƒăŁăŠă„ăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ç›ŽæŽ„çš„ăȘèŠć› ăŻă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăŸă ă€ă‚ăźă€ć˜çŽ”ă«ć˜ç™șăźă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒă‚’è·łă¶ă‚“ă ăŁăŸă‚‰ć•éĄŒăŻăȘăăŠă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€4AăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšăšă€ăƒ—ăƒ©ă‚čă‚ąăƒ«ăƒ•ă‚Ąă€ă‚šăƒƒă‚žăźăƒĄăƒłăƒ†ăƒŠăƒłă‚čをちゃんべしきれăȘかったっどいうか。あぼ、そんăȘæ„Ÿă˜ă§ă€‚ç”æžœçš„ă«æ»æŒ«ă«ăȘăŁăŠă—ăŸă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

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.

ă€€ă€Œă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸïœžă€ăŸăŸæœŹç•ȘăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă™ă€

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

ă€€â€»ăăźćŸŒăźä»ŁèĄšè€…ă«ă‚ˆă‚‹çąșèȘäœœæ„­ă§

 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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Photo by Norio Kidera

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. 

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

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Translation: @axelsandwich
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.

Translation + Japanese transcript: @shinjistarxx 
Proofreading: @axelsandwich

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

Learning Keyword: “Concentration” (Department of Human Informatics Science), Yuzuru Hanyu

Interview with Professor Nishimura Shoji è„żæ‘æ˜­æČ»æ•™æŽˆÂ 

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

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] The first great conversation: Yuzuru Hanyu x Rikako Ikee article preview – 210713

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

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

Translation: @axelsandwich 
Proofreading: @shinjistarxx

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

ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăźă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă€Œăƒ‰ăƒȘăƒŒăƒ ăƒ»ă‚Șăƒłăƒ»ă‚ąă‚€ă‚č」が9æ—„ă€æšȘæ”œćž‚ăźKOSE新æšȘ攜ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚»ăƒłă‚żăƒŒă§èĄŒă‚ă‚Œă€ç”·ć­ă§14ćčŽă‚œăƒă€18ćčŽćčłæ˜Œäș”èŒȘé€ŁèŠ‡ăźçŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠïŒˆANAïŒ‰ăŒ6ćčŽă¶ă‚Šă«ć‡șæŒ”ă‚’æžœăŸă—ă€ă€Œăƒžă‚čă‚«ăƒŹă‚€ăƒ‰ă€ă‚’æŠ«éœČă€‚æ–°ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンをă‚čă‚żăƒŒăƒˆă•ă›ăŸă€‚ä»„äž‹ăŻă€ä»ŁèĄšć–æă«ă‚ˆă‚‹äž€ć•äž€ç­”ă€‚

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.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Exhibition Gala Interview, World Team Trophy – 210418

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 18 April 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Translation: @yuzueco & @axelsandwich 
Proofreading: @shinjistarxx

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Men’s single skater Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA) gave an online interview before his exhibition appearance. After his last competition of the season, he spoke for about 10 minutes and answered each question as follows.

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―What did you gain/learn this season? And what do you still need to work on now that the season is over?

Yuzuru: Hmm… this might become a little abstract. Well, the first time I came in third place at the World Championships was just about nine years ago now. Once again, I was thinking the same kind of things I thought at the time, as it is the 10 year anniversary of 3.11 now. The reason for this is that this time, there were things like the period of self-isolation [because of the pandemic], and also I withdrew from competitions. While I was doing those things, and watching the news, I felt how bad the COVID situation is, and I spent the time wondering about various things like, how we are supposed to confront it, and how people are each suffering in different ways during this time. Somehow, from there
 Hmm. I still think the best way to deal with it is to have zero cases if possible, after all. But, (since that’s not possible), we have to keep going, and we have to face and deal with many things. In a way, for me, it’s not about my 4A, but that I feel I need to challenge myself and that I need to put together the best plan of action. Ah, my answer is becoming a little hard to follow. Let me see… In this context, I think about when I was coming up with my own comments on the 10th anniversary of 3.11. How painful was it? What kind of pain was it? Or, how many really want to remember it? Surely there are those who don’t want to be reminded of it, and I was thinking about all these various things. And I thought to myself, “Isn’t this the same as the current situation with COVID?,” and so ultimately, I came to a conclusion, in the season that 3.11 happened, and the season after it as well. I was much, much younger at the time. I didn’t want to be a representative of the disaster-stricken area, and I didn’t want to be labelled as such because I was a member of the Japanese national team, and I had won the spot with my own abilities. I was thinking strongly then, that I wanted to win various things on my own. But in the end, I began to feel a great sense of gratitude, and I realized that I was the one who was being supported by the people, and that I was not in a position to support them, but rather they were supporting me. I was able to feel those things again this time. Somehow…hm. This became a bit of a rambling answer. As a result of everything, I felt that maybe it’s okay for me to keep skating. If I can find some kind of meaning in my skating, I think that’s a sign that it’s okay for me to exist.

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

――4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăźç·Žçż’ă‚’ă—ăŸæ„çŸ©ă‚„æ‰‹ćżœăˆ

ă€ŒăŠćźąă•ă‚“ć…„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšăŻć…šăæ€ăŁăŠăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăŒç”‚ă‚ăŁăŸæź”éšŽă§äœ“ăŒăă‚“ăȘにç–ČれどăȘă‹ăŁăŸăšă„ă†ăźă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŠă€‚è©Šćˆăźć Žæ‰€ă§ă‚„ă‚‹ă“ăšă«æ„çŸ©ăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‹ăȘăšă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă€ăŸăŸ1äșșで緎習するこずにăȘă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€ăă†ă„ă†äž­ă§ă‚„ăŁă±ćˆșæż€ăŒć°‘ăȘい侭でやるよりもćˆșæż€ăŒă‚ă‚‹ć‡„ă„äžŠæ‰‹ăȘéžæ‰‹ăŒă„ă‚‹äž­ă§ă‚„ăŁăŸæ–čがè‡Șćˆ†ăźă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă‚‚ć›șăŸă‚Šă‚„ă™ă„ă‹ăȘべいうようăȘæ„ć‘łă‚’æŒăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸă ă€ćźŸéš›ă‚„ăŁăŠăżăŸă‚‰ć…šç„¶ă€è‰Żă„æ™‚ăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă«ć…šç„¶ăȘらăȘăăŠă€éžćžžă«æ‚”ă—ă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚‚ăŁăšè‰Żă„ă§ă™ă€æœŹćœ“ăŻïŒæœŹćœ“ăŻă‚‚ăŁăšèż‘ăăȘăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ăŻăŁăă‚Šèš€ăŁăŠă€ă‚ăĄă‚ƒăăĄă‚ƒæ‚”ă—ă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă€è‰Żă„ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăŒć…šç„¶ă§ăăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă€‚ă“ăźæ‚”ă—ă•ă‚’ăƒăƒă«ă€è‹„ă„æ™‚ăżăŸă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ăŒă‚€ă—ă‚ƒă‚‰ă•ă‚‚ć‚™ăˆă€ă€ă€ć†·é™ă«ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă“ăšă‚’ćˆ†æžă—ăŠă€æœŹćœ“ă«è‡Șćˆ†ăźé™ç•Œă«æŒ‘ăżç¶šă‘ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―What was the significance of practising your 4A in practice and your response? 

Yuzuru: I totally didn’t expect the audience to be there. After the Free Skate, there was the fact my body wasn’t that tired. I thought maybe it would be worthwhile to do it at the competition venue. The other reason is that I think I’ll be going back to training alone and I think it’s easier to get a better mental picture jumping it when you’re motivated by the presence of other really talented athletes. But when I actually tried it, the jump was nowhere near my best attempts so I’m really frustrated. I have better ones, really! Truthfully I think I’m closer [that that]. But um, to tell you the truth I’m really really frustrated because I couldn’t do a good jump. So using that frustration as a springboard, though it looks like it’ll be a tough period ahead, I’ll really make intense preparations and analyse various things with a cooler head, and I want to keep pushing past my limits. 

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ă€€ă€Œă‚ăźă€æœ€ćˆă‹ă‚‰æ˜šæ—„æ”źă‹ăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă­ă€ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăŒă€‚ć…šç„¶ć›žè»ąăŒè¶łă‚ŠăȘかったぼで、è‡Șćˆ†ă«ăšăŁăŠăŻă‹ăȘă‚Šæ„Ÿè§Šăźæ‚Șい4ć›žè»ąă‚’ăšăŁăšè·łă‚“ă§ă„ăŠă€‚æœ€ćŸŒăƒ€ăƒ–ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă§ăƒ‘ăƒłă‚Żă‚ăŸă‚Šă‹ă‚‰ă€ă‚„ăŁăšæ°·ă‚’ă€ă‹ăżć§‹ă‚ăŸă‹ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€‚ă‚„ăŁăšé«˜ă•ăŒć‡șせ構めどいたぼで“それで曞せよ”っどいう。ăȘă‚“ă‹ă‚„ăŁă±é«˜ăăȘă‚‹ăšă€ćźŒć…šă«äœ“ăŒæ‹’ç”¶ććżœă‚’è”·ă“ă—ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻé«˜ă•ăšć›žă‚‹ă“ăšăźäžĄç«‹ăŒă‹ăȘり難しいゾャンプăȘぼで、それが、そういうç™șèš€ă«ă€ăȘăŒă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€

―During yesterday’s practice, when you two-footed the double Axel landing, you said, ‘That’s good.’

Y: From the beginning yesterday, my jumps didn’t [feel as] light. The rotations were totally insufficient and I kept jumping 4As that felt off to me. When I popped it into a double Axel at the end, I thought I was finally starting to get a feel of the ice. Finally I was getting the height so I told myself, ‘now rotate it’. After all, if it gets too high, your body instinctively tries to protect itself. It’s also a jump where it’s indeed difficult to balance both the height and rotation, so that comment I made was tied to that [fact] as well. 

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―Next season, your Free Skate Program will be ‘Ten to Chi to,’ but will you return to a piano piece for your Short Program?

Y: Ummm. To tell you the truth, I’m thinking about it. It’s not just about wanting to go back to a piano piece. I think this program [Let Me Entertain You] was created because of the current situation. You could say it was created precisely because I wanted to do this kind of program that suited the current circumstances. I have to consider how the circumstances will pan out and also how my own feelings will change with it. Also, beyond just doing the skating, I think I’ll pick the program thinking about what I want to express.

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito

Part 3

――4AăŻäœ“ă«èČ æ‹…ăŒă‹ă‹ă‚‹ăŒă€ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ă«èĄŒă‘ăȘă„äž­ă§ă©ă†ă‚±ă‚ąă—ăŠă„ăă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšă‚»ăƒ«ăƒ•ă‚±ă‚ąă‚’ćŸčćș•ă—ăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŁăŠă€‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ćŠ›ă‚’ăă‚Œă‚‹æ–čăŻă„ăŁă±ă„ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚æƒ…ć ±ăŻăƒăƒƒăƒˆäžŠă«ă‚‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚è»ąăŒăŁăŠăŻă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘçŸ„è­˜ăšă‹ă‚‚è“„ăˆăŠă€æœ€ć€§é™ă‚±ă‚ąă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

―The 4A is hard on your body, so how will you take care of it while you can’t go to Canada?

Yuzuru: Well, for the time being, I am thoroughly taking care of it myself. And there are a lot of people who can help me as well. There is also a lot of information available on the Internet. I’d like to take care of myself to the best of my ability by accumulating various kinds of knowledge.

ă€€â€•â€•æ„ć­ŁăŻă©ă†ă„ă†æ€ă„ă§è‡šă‚€ă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œæ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăŻæ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンでしか戆からăȘă„ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ïŒˆä»–ăźă“ăšăŒæ°—ă«ăȘă‚‹æ§˜ć­ă§ïŒ‰ăŸă ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€‚ăƒ•ăƒ•â€Šă€‚ă™ăżăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚æ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăŻæ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンでしか戆からăȘă„ăźă§ă€ă©ă†ă—ă‚ˆă†ă‚‚ăȘă„ăšă“ă‚ăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ă†ăƒŒă‚“ăšă€‚ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•â€Šăƒ€ăƒĄă ă€‚æ„è­˜ăŒăăŁăĄă„ăŁăŠă—ăŸăŁăŸă€äž€çžŹâ€Šă€‚ăˆăƒŒăŁăšă€‚ăăźæ™‚ăŻăăźæ™‚ă§è€ƒăˆăŸă™ă€‚ă”ă‚ă‚“ăȘă•ă„ïŒă€

―What are your thoughts on the next season?

Y: We’ll only know next season when next season comes. [Seems to be distracted by something else]. Just, um… hehe…. Sorry. We’ll only know about next season when it comes, so there’s nothing I can do about it. Um, well…. Hmmm… hehehe, I can’t. I got a little distracted, for a moment. Hmmm. I’ll think about [next season] when it’s time. I’m sorry!

ă€€â€•â€•ăăźæ™‚ăŻăŸăŸă€ăŠè©±ă„ăŸă ăæ©ŸäŒšă‚’èš­ă‘ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă„ă€‚

 「フフフフ、でも、そうですね。è‡Șćˆ†ăŒăŸăŸă€ăˆăƒŒă€è‡Ș戆ぼコメントがæŹČă—ă„ăšèš€ă‚ă‚ŒăŸæ™‚ă«ăŻé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠé ­ă‹ă‚‰ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘèš€è‘‰ă‚’ăČねりć‡șしど、ć‡șă—ăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŒäœ•ă‹â€Šă€‚ăŸă‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ćƒ•ăŻèš€è‘‰ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€ă©ăĄă‚‰ă‹ăšèš€ă†ăšă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă§èĄšçŸă—ăŸă„ăźă§ă€ă§ăă‚Œă°ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă§èĄšçŸă§ăă‚‹é“ăŒć–ă‚Œă‚Œă°ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

―At that time, we would like to have the opportunity to speak with you again.

Y: Hehehe… But yes, I will. When I’m asked for comments again, I’ll try my best to come up with different words from my head. That’s something…. Well, I’m not a professional with words and I’d rather express myself with skating, so I hope I can find a way to do that.

 ――ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăƒȘăƒłă‚Żăšćź¶ăźćŸ€ćŸ©ăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăŒă€ćź¶ă§ăŻă©ă†éŽă”ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăƒŒăŁăšă€‚ăă†ă§ă™ă­â€Šă€‚ćź¶ă«ă„ă‚‹æ™‚é–“ăŻâ€Šè”·ăăŠă€‚ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•â€Šă€‚æœè”·ăăŠă€ăˆăƒŒăŁăšă€‚æœè”·ăăŠă™ăæŽƒé™€ă‚’ă—ăŠă€‚ă§ă€ă”éŁŻăŒă§ăă‚‹ăŸă§ă«ă‚€ăƒĄăƒˆăƒŹăšă‚Œăƒ•ă‚©ăƒŒăƒ ăƒă‚§ăƒƒă‚Żăšă‹ă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă—ăŠă€‚ă”éŁŻă‚’éŁŸăčăŠă€äœ“ă‚’ă‚±ă‚ąă—ăŠă€‚ç·Žçż’èĄŒăŁăŠă€ćž°ăŁăŠăăŠă€ăŠéąšć‘‚ć…„ăŁăŠă€ă‚±ă‚ąă—ăŠă€ă”éŁŻéŁŸăčど毝るみたいăȘç”ŸæŽ»ă‚’ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―You said you go back and forth between the ice rink and the home, but how do you spend your time at home?

Y: Let’s see. Well… When I’m at home… (first thing) is waking up. Hehehe
 I wake up in the morning, um, and then immediately clean*. Then, until food is ready, I’ll do things like image training, checking my form, and so on. After eating, I do some care for my body. I go to practice, come home, take a bath, do some care, eat, then sleep
 that’s the kind of schedule I have.

*T/N: Probably referring to cleaning his room.

ă€€â€•â€•ćź¶ă§ăźćšŻæ„œăŻă€‚

 「あ、でもă‚ČăƒŒăƒ ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ä»Šăƒąăƒłă‚čă‚żăƒŒăƒăƒłă‚żăƒŒă«ăƒăƒžăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ïŒˆć‡șăŸă°ă‹ă‚Šăźă‚„ă€ïŒŸïŒ‰ăŻă„ă€ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă‚čăƒăƒŒăƒ„çŽ™ăŁăœă„ă“ăšèš€ăˆăŸă€‚ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•â€Šă€

ă€€ć–æăŻç”‚äș†ă€‚ă€Œă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸăŸă‚ˆă‚ă—ăăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă™ă€‚é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€

―What do you do for leisure while at home?

Y: Ah, I do play video games. I’m addicted to Monster Hunter right now. (The one that just came out?) Yes. Yes, I’m playing it. Thank you very much. I was able to say something a little like [what you’d find] in a sports magazine. Hehehe.

 (Interview over.)

Thank you very much. and I look forward to working with you again. I’ll do my best.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu – World Championships 2021 ‘Day After’ Interview – 210328

ïŒœäž–ç•Œăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąçŹŹ4æ—„ïŒžç”·ć­ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă€æŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă™ă‚‹çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠïŒˆæ’źćœ±ăƒ»ć°æ”·é€”ă€€è‰Żćčč
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 28 March 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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

PART ONE

――フăƒȘăƒŒă§ăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čă‚’ćŽ©ă—ăŸăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€ć–˜æŻăŒć‡șăŸăšă„ă†ć ±é“ă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŸăŒ

ă€€ă€Œć–˜æŻăźç™ș䜜è‡Șäœ“ăŻăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăźćŸŒă«ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšæ„Ÿă˜ăŸă‹ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠăżăŸă‚‰ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšè‹Šă—ă‹ăŁăŸăȘăšæ€ă†ăă‚‰ă„ă§ç‰čă«ăŸă‚äŒšć Žć…„ă‚ŠăŒé…ăăȘăŁăŸç†ç”±ăšă‹ă§ăŻăȘă„ă€‚ăŸă ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă—ăŸăƒˆăƒ©ăƒ–ăƒ«ăŒăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ç¶šă„ăŠă„ăŁăŠă€ăŸă‚ă€ćźŸéš›ă«6ćˆ†é–“ç·Žçż’ă§ăŻćœ±éŸżæ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«ă»ă‚“ăźăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăźă»ă“ă‚ăłăŒć…šéƒšă«ă€ăȘがったかăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ćŽŸć› ăŻă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă—ăŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‹ăšă„ăŁăŠă€ă˜ă‚ƒă‚ăă‚ŒăŒă€ă‚ăźă™ă”ă„ć€§ăăȘミă‚čă ăŁăŸă‹ăšèš€ă‚ă‚Œă‚Œă°ă€ç‚čæ•°ă»ă©ć€§ăăȘミă‚čではăȘă‹ăŁăŸăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚1ă€ăšă€ă»ă‚“ăźăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ăšă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ă ă‘ăȘたでè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰é †äœă ăšă‹ă€ç‚čæ•°ă ăšă‹ăă‚Œä»„äžŠă«è‡Ș戆ぼ侭ではやりきれたăȘăšă„ă†æ„Ÿè§Šă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€

―You said your inner balance fell apart in the free, but there were also reports that your asthma flared up?

Yuzuru: I think I felt the asthma attack itself a little bit after the free skate. But, after it ended, I thought it was a bit painful, but well, I wasn’t late to coming to the rink for that reason in particular. It’s rather, there were a few small troubles that kept stacking up. Well, in the 6 minute warm-up, I didn’t feel any effects from that, but ultimately, I think all those small things ended up making everything fall apart. In my mind, I’m certain of the cause. Having said that, if asked whether that was what led to that huge mistake [in the free program], I don’t think it was as big of a miss as it was in terms of the miss in the score. It’s just within myself, one by one, little by little, everything started to come apart. That’s why, even more so than things like the placements and scores was the feeling within myself that I had properly completed the program.

 ――挗äșŹäș”èŒȘă‚’ç›źæŒ‡ă™æ°—æŒăĄăŻ

ă€€ă€Œă†ïœžă‚“ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹çŸćœčやめるべかやめăȘいべかじゃăȘăăŠă€ăăźă€ă†ă‚“ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«è·łăčăȘいべæș€è¶łă§ăăȘいぼで侀生、ままま。もちろん、そぼ、ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€äž€æ™‚æœŸă€ă‚ă‚ćčŽă ăȘăšă‹äœ“ć‹•ă‹ăȘくăȘったăȘăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’æ€ă†æ—„ă€…ă‚‚ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ă§ă‚‚ä»Šă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŠæ„Ÿă˜ă‚‹ăźăŻă€ăŸă ăŸă è‡Șćˆ†ă€æˆé•·ă§ăă‚‹ăȘăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ăăźă€ăă‚Œè‡Șäœ“ăŒćźŒć…šă«ç”æžœă ăšă‹ă€ăŸă‚ă€ćƒ•ăźć ŽćˆăŻéŽćŽ»ăźæ „ć…‰ăšă‹ăȘă‚ŠæŻ”èŒƒă•ă‚Œă‚„ă™ă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€éŽćŽ»ăźæ „ć…‰ăšæŻ”èŒƒă—ăŠă‚‚ă€ă˜ă‚ƒă‚ăŸă äżăŠăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‹ăšèš€ă‚ă‚ŒăŸă‚‰ă€ăă‚ŒăŻé›Łă—ă„ăšă“ă‚ăŒă‚ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăŸă ă€çąșćźŸă«ăƒŹăƒ™ăƒ«ă‚ąăƒƒăƒ—ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€çąșćźŸă«ćčłæ˜Œă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żăźæ™‚ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă€ăƒ˜ăƒ«ă‚·ăƒłă‚­ăƒŻăƒŒăƒ«ăƒ‰ăźæ™‚ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ç”¶ćŻŸă†ăŸăăȘっどいるんでè‡Ș戆。だから、ăȘんか限界だăȘăŁăŠæ„Ÿă˜ăŻăȘいです。ただ、こぼ限界だăȘăŁăŠæ€ă†ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„æ™‚æœŸă‚’ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠäč—ă‚Šè¶ŠăˆăŠă„ăă‹ă€‚ăŸă‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ć›œćˆ„ă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŠă€ăŸă‚ć›œćˆ„ă‚’ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšä»Šé ­ă‹ă‚‰ć€–ă—ăŸçŠ¶æ…‹ă§ć–‹ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă‚ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンă‚Șăƒ•ăźçŠ¶æłăźäž­ă§ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ăă“ăšă«ăȘă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ăäž­ă§ă€ă‚ă‚è·łăčăȘいăȘăšă‹ç”¶æœ›æ„Ÿă‚’ăŸăŸć‘łă‚ăŁăŸæ™‚ă«ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠäč—ă‚Šè¶ŠăˆăŠă„ăă‹ă€‚ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠè‡Șćˆ†ă«é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ć ±é…ŹäžŽăˆăŠă‚ă’ă‚‹ă‹ă€‚ăă‚Œă‚’è‰Čă€…è€ƒăˆăȘăŒă‚‰ä»Šăźè‡Șćˆ†ăźçŸ„è­˜ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ç”Œéš“ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚’æŽ»ă‹ă—ăȘがらäč—ă‚Šè¶ŠăˆăŠă„ă‹ăȘいべいけăȘいăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ă§ă™ă€

— What are your feelings aiming towards the Beijing Olympics?

Y: Mmm. It’s not anything like whether or not I want to quit competing but it’s a bit like I’ll never be satisfied for my whole life if I don’t jump the 4A hehehe. Of course, there are days where, for a period, I’ll be thinking things about my age and the fact my physical fitness is diminishing, but right now, I’m proceeding with the feeling that I’m not done yet, that there are still ways I can grow and evolve. Of course, it’s easy to compare absolute results and well, in my instance, my previous glories or achievements. If you compare with my past accomplishments and ask whether I’m still holding onto them, that might be difficult to answer. However, there is no doubt I have improved and become better, definitely more than at the Pyeongchang Olympics [2018] and at the Helsinki World Championships [2017]. So I don’t feel like I’ve hit my limit yet. Rather, it’s a question of how I overcome moments in which I may feel like this is my limit. Well, from here on there’s the World Team Trophy though I’m saying this while the World Team Trophy isn’t on my mind right now. I’ve decided that I’ll be practising the 4A in the off season. And while practicing for the 4A, there will be questions like how to overcome the times where I feel like I can’t jump it or when I’m hitting a wall, how to give myself the morale boost to keep going. Right now, I feel like I must think about those things, and leverage the knowledge and experience I currently have in order to prevail. 

PART TWO

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―What about your training base going forward?

Yuzuru: Um, yesterday, after the competition ended I returned with Brian and after that I got some emails too. Well, there’s various things we can try. However, none of that is definitive. But, well, Brian and the others are looking forward to teaching me at the Cricket Club any time, and told me that they’d like to skate together with me again soon. However, things are still uncertain within my thoughts and I can’t decisively say I will return to Canada. After all, this season, I learned quite a lot from training by myself. I think it’s precisely because I trained alone that I was able to learn those things, and also I’m at a stage where I’m doing quite a lot of the quad Axel-related practice on my own, and I’ve learned various things in doing that. So, um, yes, for example, when training with other people, if I try to work on the quad Axel, there might be times where there are others in the trajectory of the jump, and it would distract me. Also, things like the condition of the ice. Those kinds of things, I don’t have to worry about when I train on my own. I can really concentrate on the jumps. Also, practicing along with the music is something unique about figure skating. There’s an order to that [in group settings], and a priority order in which the music tracks are played. For instance, there’s a rule that those who have a competition coming up can practice quite a bit [with the music], but those who don’t have a competition coming up yet cannot. I’ve been practicing now without all of that, and it’s really flexible in that I can practice what I want to, and according to a training plan I come up with. I think it’s a question of how to take that into account. Something also [to consider] is the condition of my body. Without a doubt, since coming back here, or rather, ever since I’ve returned to Japan which is indeed quite a long period of time, I haven’t visited the doctor* who helps me with [off-ice] care back in Toronto. I think, for sure, I am starting to wear out. And since I’m working on the quad Axel, I’m putting quite a lot of strain in various places, like my feet, legs, neck, etc. So I think I’ll have to weigh this up while thinking about my decision as well, so that’s why it’s difficult to say right now whether I’ll go back [to Canada], or stay in Japan.

*T/N: Unclear what kind of doctor, or possibly physio, etc.

 ――フăƒȘăƒŒăźăƒă‚§ăƒłăźæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’èŠ‹ăŠ

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―Your thoughts on Chen’s Free Skate?

Y: I didn’t have any feelings in particular, to be honest. Um
 of course, I think [Nathan] Chen is amazing and to be able to complete a program with all 5 highly difficult quads with that quality is no ordinary feat. I think these are the fruits of his hard work. However this time, the main thing I was feeling was preventing infection and―including the two weeks of quarantine we have to do when we return― about finishing the World Championships in good health. In any case, the situation in my hometown is not good so I have a strong desire to both not spread infection myself and not be infected. Precisely because that was my number one goal this time, in my mind, it wasn’t something as simple as going up against Nathan, and I didn’t really have something like any straightforward strategy. It was more like
 how do I put it, more than a competition against myself, there was an element of fighting the coronavirus this time. I’m not really concerned about it. More anything else, the number one thing I’m happy and relieved about is securing the 3 [Olympic] spots for Japan. Because I’m the Japanese National Champion, I had a strong sense of duty to fight for the Olympic spots, and it was a strong reason for competing here. The big thing was that I properly contributed to securing 3 spots for Japanese Men. I haven’t really thought about anything else.

PART THREE

ă€€â€•â€•äœ“èȘżăŻă©ă†ă‹ïŒŸ

ă€€ă€Œäœ“èȘżă€ć•éĄŒăȘいです。敏題ăȘいです、敏題ăȘă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăƒ†ăƒŹăƒ“ăźçš†ă•ă‚“ćżƒé…ă—ăŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚äœ“èȘżăŻć…šç„¶ć•éĄŒăȘいです」

―How is your physical condition?

Yuzuru: My condition is fine. Not a problem, not a problem. Everyone on TV was worried about me but my physical condition is 100% not an issue. 

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ă€€ă€Œă‚ăŻăŻă€‚ăƒ‰ç›Žçƒă«èžăăŸă™ă­ïŒă‚ăƒŒă€ă‚ă‹ă‚“ăȘă„ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ăăźă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«æ±șă‚ăŸăšèš€ăŁăŠă‚‚ă€ă©ă†æ±șăŸăŁăŸă‹ă«ă‚‚ă‚ˆă‚‹ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいですかね。ăȘんかè‡Șćˆ†ăŒçŽćŸ—ă§ăăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‹ă§ăăŠă„ăȘいぼかべか。4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚’ć‡„ă„é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă‹ć‡„ă„ăƒ•ă‚©ăƒŒă‚«ă‚čă—ăŠă€ç›źæš™ăšă—ăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ăźă‚‚ă€ç”ć±€ăŻè‡Ș戆ぼ濃がæș€è¶łă§ăă‚‹ă‹ă§ăăȘă„ăźă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŒăŸă¶ă‚“æ čæœŹă ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€4Aè·łă‚“ă ăšă—ăŠæș€è¶łă§ăă‚‹ăźă‹ăŁăŠă„う憅ćźčă ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€ă‚‚ă—ă‹ă—ăŸă‚‰è€ƒăˆă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ăŸă ă€ć…ˆă»ă©ăźć–æăźæ™‚ă«ă‚‚èš€ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚çąșćźŸă«ă†ăŸăăȘăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠă€‚ă”ă”ă€‚æ™źé€šă«ă†ăŸăăȘăŁăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€‚äŸ‹ăˆă°ă€ăƒ˜ăƒ«ă‚·ăƒłă‚­ăźăƒŻăƒŒăƒ«ăƒ‰ăźæ™‚ăšæ§‹æˆæŻ”ăčどみたら、çąșかに1æœŹă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ć°‘ăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ćŸŒćŠă«ă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠăƒˆăƒŒăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă«ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăƒŽăƒŒăƒŸă‚čできるçąșçŽ‡ăŁăŠă„ă†ă‹ă€ćŽ©ă‚ŒăȘくăȘăŁăŸćŒ·ă•ăšă‹ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźăŻă‚ăźé ƒă‚ˆă‚ŠäžŠă«ăȘăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻç‹™ăˆă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘăŁăŠăăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ă€‚ă‚ăźé ƒăŻăŸă ć¶ç„¶ă§ă€‚ă‚ŸăƒŒăƒłă«ć…„ăŁăŠăăŸăšă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă«ăȘăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚ä»ŠăŻç‹™ăˆă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘăŁăŠăăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€‚æœŹćœ“ă«ă†ăŸăăȘったăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€ćźŸăŻă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ä»Šç”æžœć‡șおăȘăăŠèŸ›ă„ăȘăšă‹ă€è‹Šă—ă„ăȘăšæ€ă†ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ăŁăĄă‚ƒă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ä»Šć›žăźæŒ”æŠ€ă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ç‚čæ•°ăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ć‡șăȘいゾャンプたちだたったし、ć‡șăȘă„æŒ”æŠ€ă ăŁăŸăšăŻæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ç‚čæ•°ä»„äžŠă«ă€ă‚ă‚ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ă‚’ă—ăŠăăŸă“ăšăŻé–“é•ăŁăŠăȘかったăȘăšă„ă†æ„Ÿè§Šă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹æŒ”æŠ€ă§ă—ăŸă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ă‚ăŸă‚Šă™ă”ă„é™ç•Œă ă‹ă‚‰èŸžă‚ă‚‹ă€ăżăŸă„ăȘæ„Ÿè§ŠăŻăȘいですね」

―You said you’ll think about the Beijing Olympics in the course of pursuing the quad Axel, but, in other words, if you land the (quad) Axel, are you going to retire?

Y: Hahaha. Asking so bluntly! Ahh, I don’t know. Well, even if I talk about when I land the (quad) Axel, it’ll depend on how that happens. Whether I myself am satisfied with it or not. The fact I’m working on the quad Axel with so much effort, with so much focus, and making it my goal, is also in the end, I think, based on whether I can be satisfied within my own heart or not. So, if I’ll be satisfied with having jumped it, perhaps I’ll think about it. However, as I said during the earlier interview as well, this Yuzuru Hanyu is, without a doubt, still improving. Hehe. Indeed getting better. For instance, if you compare my [current] elements to that of Helsinki Worlds, certainly, there was one jump less. And in the second half [of the program], instead of a [quad] Salchow, it was a [quad] Toe Loop. I think the probability of skating a clean program, or something like the strength to not fall apart, are better than they were then. Also, I’ve become able to aim [for these kinds of programs], whereas that time [in Helsinki] it was by chance; I felt like I had been able to get into the “zone”. Now, I’ve become able to aim for this, and I think I’m really improving in that regard, actually. Of course, there are times I can’t put out a [good] result and it’s difficult. Regarding my performances this time, yes, there were jumps that didn’t get [good] scores, and I think the performance didn’t either. But beyond scores, these were performances where I felt that ah, the training I did wasn’t wrong. That’s why, for me, there’s not really the feeling that I should quit because I’ve reached my limits or anything.

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ă€€ă€Œă•ăŁăăƒ•ă‚žă•ă‚“ăźć–æăźæ™‚ă«èš€ăŁăĄă‚ƒăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšă€è‡Ș戆ぼ頭ぼ侭では、ăȘんですけど。4AăŻă€Žć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ă«ć…„ă‚ŒăŸă„ăŁăŠă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŒă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ăăźæ°—æŒăĄă§ă€ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’ă€ăăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ăźă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăŸă çąș漚ではăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă€Žć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ăŻă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ă‹ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ć…šç„¶ăŸă ä»Šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłè©Šćˆç©ă‚ăŠăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŸăĄăšă€‚ă‚‚ăŁăšă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăźè‰Żă„ăšă“ă‚ă‚’èŠ‹ă›ăŸă„ăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸăŸă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ć…„ăŁăŸă‚‰ć…šç„¶ă€ć°è±ĄăŒć€‰ă‚ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸæ„ć‘łă§ă‚‚ă“ăźć­ă‚’ćźŒæˆă•ă›ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŒă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€

―Your programs for next season?

Y: I said this in Fuji TV’s interview earlier but in any case, this is just in my mind but I do want to put the 4A in ‘Ten to Chi to’. Well, I created this program with that desire. Therefore – though I haven’t completely decided yet – I feel that I want to skate ‘Ten to Chi to’. After all, I’ve barely had any competitions this season. I want to show more of the good parts of this program. And I think once the 4A is added, its impression will completely change. It’s for those reasons, I want to perfect this little one.*

*T/N: Yuzu is metaphorically referring to ‘Ten to Chi to’ as though it’s a child. 

ă€€â€•â€•ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăŻ1æ—„ă©ă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‹ă€‚ă©ăźçš‹ćșŠăŸă§ăăŠă„るたか。

 「えっべ、8戆ぼ1ć›žă‚Œă°ç«‹ăŠăŸă™ă­ă€é–“é•ă„ăȘăă€‚ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ‡ă‚Łăƒłă‚°ă§ăăŸă™ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăă“ăŸă§èĄŒăăŸă§ă«ă€ă‹ăȘă‚Šäœ“ă‚’é…·äœżă—ăŠă„ăŠă€ç—›ă‚€éƒšćˆ†ă ăšă‹ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ć‡șăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă‹ă€‚ăƒ€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăŻçąșćźŸă«æșœăŸăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăšă€‚ă‚ăšă€äœ•ćˆ†ă‹ă€‚ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ăˆăƒŒïŒˆä»„才ぼèłȘć•ă§ïŒ‰ă„ă€ăŸă§ă«ïŒˆä»Šć€§äŒšăźă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«æ–­ćż”ă‚’ïŒ‰æ±șă‚ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ïŒŸăżăŸă„ăȘă“ăšèš€ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€3æ—„ć‰ă§ă™ăŁăŠèš€ăŁăŸă‚„ă€ă§ă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ăźă€æœŹćœ“ă«è‡Ș戆ぼ侭ではăƒȘミットは2æœˆăźç”‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă§ă«é™ă‚ŠăȘă‘ă‚Œă°ć…„ă‚Œă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠăŠă€‚2æœˆăŸă§ă«é™ă‚ŠăŸă‚‰ć…„ă‚Œă‚‹ăšæ±șめどいたんですよ、1æœŹă§ă‚‚é™ă‚ŠăŸă‚‰ć…„ă‚Œă‚‹ăšæ±șă‚ăŠă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚2æœˆăŸă§ă«é™ă‚Šă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘăăŠă€ă§ă€ă“ă“ăŸă§ć»¶é•·ă—ăŠă—ăŸăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăă“ă‚‰ăžă‚“ăŻă‹ăȘă‚Šæ­»ăŹæ°—ă§ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸăźă§ă€‚ă»ă‹ăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—è·łă‚“ă§ăȘă„ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă—ă‹ă‚„ăŁăŠăȘい、べかあるぼで。2æ™‚é–“ă¶ăŁç¶šă‘ăšă‹ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“4ć›žè»ąćŠăšăŁăšă§ăŻăȘいですけど。2æ™‚é–“ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă°ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ç·Žçż’ă‚‚ç”æ§‹ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ćčłć‡ă—お45ćˆ†ăŻă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚çš†ă•ă‚“ă‚‚ä»Šć€§ć€‰ăżăŸă„ăȘăźă§ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸăŸăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă™ă€

―How often are you jumping the 4A in a day? How much of it can you do?

Y: Um, if I can just rotate about ⅛ more, I can get it, without doubt. I can land it. So until I can get there, I have been pushing my body and there have been points of pain that are appearing little by little. The damage is definitely accumulating. And then you asked how long I was training it? Let’s see…but
 there was a question before [in a past interview] about when I decided to abandon plans for the quad Axel in this competition, and I said three days. Truthfully, I had thought to myself that the limit was that I had to land it by the end of February or I couldn’t put it in. If I landed it by February, I decided I would add it; if I landed even just one, I decided I would put it in the program. But, I couldn’t land it by the end of February, and so I extended the deadline until now. Around that time, I was indeed working like hell. I didn’t jump any of the other jumps, just the Axel. For two hours on end. Of course, I wasn’t jumping the 4A the entire time, but there were indeed quite a few two hour sessions where I only jumped Axels. I think on average about 45 minutes. Thank you very much. It’s been a tough day for everyone. Thank you. I ask for your support again.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu – World Championships 2021 Post-FS Interviews – 210327

Post-FS video interview

Translation + transcript of interview

―フăƒȘăƒŒăźæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’æŒŻă‚Šèż”ăŁăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸă™ă‹

ă„ă‚„ăƒŒăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăȘă‚“ă‹ć…šéƒšæłąă«ă†ăŸăäč—ă‚ŒăȘă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă­ă€‚ăŸă ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăŸă€ć…šäœ“ăšă—ăŠă†ăŸăă„ăŁăŠăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăŸă‚ć€§ăăȘè»ąć€’ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€è‡Ș戆ぼ侭で侀ç•Șç‚čæ•°ă‚’ć–ă‚ŠăŸă„ăăźć‡șæ„æ „ăˆăźæ–čă§ăŻăŸăŁăŸăç‚čæ•°ăŻć–ă‚ŒăŠăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ăŸă ă‚ăźăƒŒć…šäœ“é€šă—ăŠă€ă‚ăźăƒŒçŽ°ă‹ă„ăƒŸă‚čă§ć…šăŠæŠ‘ăˆă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ăŻă€ă‚ăźăƒŒè‡Ș抛が侊がったんじゃăȘいかăȘăŁăŠă„ă†éąšă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚

―Could you please offer some thoughts on your free program performance?

Yuzuru: Ah, well, I kind of wasn’t able to get into the flow of things. However, um, as a whole it didn’t go well, but, um, I wasn’t able to get what I wanted the most at all, which was a (high) GOE. However, throughout the whole thing, I was able to manage everything as smaller mistakes, and I think maybe my ability to do that has improved.

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ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒć…šæ—„æœŹæ™‚ăšćŒă˜ă‚ˆă†ă«ă™ă”ăè‡Ș戆ぼ憅恮べ、あべ摹りぼç©șæ°—ă«ć§”ă­ăȘăŒă‚‰æ»‘ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚

―This was your first time revealing “Heaven and Earth and” to the world (an international competition). What kind of feelings did you put into the skate today?

Y: Yes, it is, um, in the same way as during Japanese Nationals, I think I was able to skate while really immersing myself in my inner world and also to the surrounding atmosphere.

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 â€•So this season has been truly an unusual one, and we think you must have had a hard time continuing to compete while on your own. The competition this time was also held with no audience present, so it’s different from usual competitions. What kind of World Championship is it for you?

Y: Well, to be honest, I’m frustrated but, um, I think it was a competition where I learned a lot, and really, I’d like to get back to skating right away, but
 I think if there is a next opportunity, I want to properly focus on doing a good performance then.

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―We are looking forward to then. So, this season there were very few competitions, but there are fans who are hoping there will be more competitions next season if the world situation gets better, and there are also many fans who are eagerly anticipating the quad Axel. So, if you could speak about your vision heading into next season, as much as you can.

Y: Well, heading to this competition, I intended to practice the quad Axel quite a lot. Well, it’s not like I landed it, but it’s at the point where there’s been a lot of instances where it’s finally become quite a “quad Axel-like” jump, so, heading into next season, I’d like to properly practice that. And also
 um, working on the quad Axel means you have to really overwork your body and whatnot, so I hope I can continue to evolve while properly taking care of myself so as not to get injured.

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Original article published 27 March 2021.

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What are your thoughts, looking back on your performance?

Well
 um, I was very tired. It was really like my balance was crumbling piece by piece. I did what I could to prevent myself from falling but well, one by one, uncharacteristic jumps kept continuing so it really was hard.

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What’s your goal for the next competition?

Hm, for now we don’t know what will happen at the next competition but, um, if there is time to do so I’d like to quickly practice my quad Axel – firstly land it, increase its degree of perfection and get it ready for competition – that’s my goal for now. 

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Were [the mistakes] on the 3A today influenced by 4A training? Your opening 4Lo was also off balance

Yes, the overall feeling wasn’t bad. There wasn’t really a trend or pattern like this in practice but well
 it felt like there was an instance where the balance within me collapsed all of a sudden. In terms of the Axel, there is the factor of the quad Axel there but mm, more than that it was more like what I just said about being in a state where that balance was crumbling very quickly. Um
 you could say it was my own sense of equilibrium or balance; it felt like I wasn’t able to grasp the axis of the jumps properly the entire time. However, I don’t think this is a huge problem, it was just feeling out of balance bit by bit so, well, I think I was able to do the things I had worked hard on in training and the things I was watching out for during practice.