[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu SharePractice – 20220810

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 10 August 2022

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Translation:ย AFT
Proofreading:ย @tsukihoshi14, @axelsandwich

Part 1

ใ€€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆ็”ทๅญใง14ๅนดใ‚ฝใƒใ€18ๅนดๅนณๆ˜Œใงไบ”่ผช้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใ‚’้”ๆˆใ—ใ€ใƒ—ใƒญ่ปขๅ‘ใ—ใŸ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใ•ใ‚“๏ผˆ27๏ผ‰ใŒ10ๆ—ฅใ€ไป™ๅฐๅธ‚ใฎใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏไป™ๅฐใงๅ…ฌ้–‹็ทด็ฟ’ใ€ŒSharePracticeใ€ใ‚’่กŒใฃใŸใ€‚

On August 10th, Yuzuru Hanyu (27), who turned professional having won two Olympics back to back at Sochi in 2014 and Pyeongchang in 2018 for Men’s figure skating, and turned to pro held an open practice called โ€œSharePracticeโ€ at Ice Rink Sendai in Sendai City.

็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆง˜ๅญใฏใ€ๅ…ฌๅผYouTubeใƒใƒฃใƒณใƒใƒซใ€ŒHANYUใ€€YUZURUใ€ใงใƒฉใ‚คใƒ–้…ไฟกใ€‚ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆไบบ็”Ÿใฎ็ฌฌ2็ซ ใŒๅง‹ใพใฃใŸใ€‚

There was a live stream to share the practice session on his official YouTube channel, โ€œHANYU YUZURUโ€. The second chapter of his skating life has started.

็ทด็ฟ’ๅพŒใฎไธ€ๅ•ไธ€็ญ”ใฏไปฅไธ‹ใฎ้€šใ‚Šใ€‚

Q&As after the practice are as follows. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅ›žใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ๅ…ฌ้–‹ใฎๆ„ๅ›ณใฏใ€‚

Q: What is your intention of sharing the practice session this time?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€‚ใพใšใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใจใ—ใฆๆดปๅ‹•ใ—ใฆใ„ใใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใชใ‚“ใ‹็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๅ…‰ๆ™ฏใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซใคใ„ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ›ใ‚‹ๆฉŸไผšใฃใฆใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚

Well, first of all, as I start to do the activities as a professional (athlete) from now on, I think there are scarce chances to show my practice sessions, or my challenge for the quad Axel.

ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚„ใฃใฑ่ฆ‹ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ๆ–นใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚‰ใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ไธญใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ€ใใฎใ‚ขใ‚นใƒชใƒผใƒˆใ‚‰ใ—ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๆ นๆœฌ็š„ใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใ•ใ‚‰ใซ่ฟฝๆฑ‚ใ—็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ๅงฟใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ๆฉŸไผšใซใชใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ๅ…ฌ้–‹ใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚คใƒ™ใƒณใƒˆใ‚’ใคใใฃใฆใฟใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

However, there are people who want to watch my practices. In that situation, I thought it would be nice if I could create an opportunity for them to watch my athleticism, or should I say, my attitude of continuously pursuing things, which I fundamentally have in myself. Thatโ€™s why I created this event of sharing my practice session.

ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๆ€ฅใใ‚‡ใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆผ”็›ฎใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ๆŽ›ใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆ›ฒใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Š้™ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸไธญใงใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใจๅŒใ˜ๆง‹ๆˆใฎใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใจๅŒใ˜ๆง‹ๆˆใฎSEIMEIใ‚’ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใ™ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒไปŠๅ›žใฎ็›ฎๆจ™ใงใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ†ใพใ„ใ‚“ใ ใฃใฆใ„ใ†่จผๆ˜Žใ—ใŸใ„ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใใ†ใ„ใ†ๅผทใ„ๆ„ๅฟ—ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๆป‘ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

Since it has been decided hastily, the programs that I can perform and the music that I can play were quite limited, I think. However, skating clean to SEIMEI with the same layout I did at the Olympics, I mean PyeongChang Olympics, was my goal this time.

And also I find myself having a strong resolution of wanting to prove that I am better than I was at that time. So today, I skated that program until the end.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ€ŒSEIMEIใ€ใ‚’้ธใ‚“ใ ็†็”ฑใฏใ€‚

Q: Why did you choose โ€œSEIMEIโ€ for this practice session?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใฎSEIMEIใฎใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Šๅผทใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใ€ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใ—ใใ‚ŒใŸใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใƒชใ‚ซใƒใƒชใƒผใจใ‹ใ†ใพใใ„ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ†็‚นใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใซๆœฌๆฅใ—ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸๆผ”ๆŠ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š่ถณ้ฆ–ใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚

ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใพใ ใ€ใใ“ใพใง็ขบ็Ž‡ใŒ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ไปŠๅ›žใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใจใ—ใฆใฏใ‚ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๆˆ้•ทใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒไธ€็•ชๅผทใ‹ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Actually, people probably have a strong impression of the SEIMEI program that I skated at the PyeongChang Olympics. However, I could not skate it clean at that time, and although there were of course other parts that probably made up for it, I must admit that, given the conditions of my ankle and other things, I could hardly give a performance that I had wanted to do back then.

At that time, the probability of my being able to skate that program clean was not that high, so this time, what I wanted the most is to show that I have become better than myself at that time – that would be the strongest point.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•๏ผˆSEIMEIใ‚’๏ผ‰3ๅ›žใ‚‚็ถšใ‘ใฆใ‚„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใซ็พฝ็”Ÿใ•ใ‚“ใ‚‰ใ—ใ•ใŒ่ฆ‹ใˆใŸใ€‚

Q: You continuously did (SEIMEI) 3 times, and that made us think it is very unique to Hanyu-san.

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„๏ฝžใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๆœฌๆฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ‚‚3ๅ›ž็ถšใ‘ใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจ้–“ใฎใƒˆใƒฉใƒณใ‚ธใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใจใ‹ๆŠœใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ—ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใ€3ๅ›ž็ถšใ‘ใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ๅ…‰ๆ™ฏใซใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่ฟ‘ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใพใ‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใฏ3ๅ›žใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใจใ‹ใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจไปŠๆ—ฅใฏๆฐ—ๅˆๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ™ใŽใฆ็ฉบๅ›žใฃใฆใ„ใŸ้ƒจๅˆ†ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Well, actually in my usual practices, I could do it 3 times consecutively. Of course, for example, I would omit some more transitions in between, but I do practice it 3 times in a row, so it was a little closer to what you can see at my usual practice. Well, in fact, I can skate it clean 3 times (laugh). I think there was a part where I was spinning wheels since I was too excited. 

โ€•โ€•YouTubeใงใฏ10ไธ‡ไบบ่ถ…ใŒ่ฆ–่ดใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚

Q: There were more than 100,000 people watching.

ใ€Œใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ„ใ‚„ใƒผใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใฎใƒผโ€ฆๅฎŸ้š›ใฎ่ฉฑใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ€้…ไฟกใจใ‹ใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆฅฝๆ›ฒใ‚’ไฝฟใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใŠ้‡‘ใŒใ‹ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฏ็„กๆ–™ใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใ‚‚ๆ€ใฃใฆใ€็„กๆ–™ใงๅ…ฌ้–‹ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

Thank you. Well, frankly speaking, regarding the live streaming, I do not use my own music pieces, one thing is that it costs a lot. However, this time, I also wanted to allow everyone to watch for free, so I shared it for free.

ใˆใƒผใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไฝฟใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ๆฅฝๆ›ฒใจใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€็”ณ่ซ‹ใจใ‹ใ—ใฆใ„ใใจๆ€ใ†ใจใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจ่ŽซๅคงใชใŠ้‡‘ใŒใ‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใฉใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€ใใฎใƒใƒฃใƒณใƒใƒซ่‡ชไฝ“ใฎๆดปๅ‹•ใ‚‚ใฉใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่€ƒใˆใฆใฏใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚

In fact, when I think about applying (for the rights to use) the music pieces that I want to use and various other things as well, I think it might cost a much more huge amount of money, so Iโ€™ve been thinking a little about what I should do from now on, or how I can do the activities on my channel itself.

ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซโ€œ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฃใฆๆ นๆœฌ็š„ใซใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ โ€ใจใ‹ใ€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ‡„ใ„่ฏใ‚„ใ‹ใชใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ„ใ‚„ใ€ใใฎไธญใซใ“ใ‚“ใชใซๆณฅ่‡ญใ„ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใ‚ใฎๅฟ…ๆญปใงใ‚‚ใŒใ„ใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ๅงฟใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใซ่ˆˆๅ‘ณใชใ„ๆ–นใงใ‚‚่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ…ฌ้–‹ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

But I wanted people to know how Yuzuru Hanyu would basically practice, or, people might have a very brilliant image of figure skating. I want them to see that behind such an image, there is me who looks unrefined and is desperately struggling while practicing. I thought Iโ€™d like people who have no interest in figure skating to watch it even a little, and this is the reason I shared my practice session.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ€Œใƒ›ใƒผใƒ—๏ผ†ใƒฌใ‚ฌใ‚ทใƒผใ€ใฎๅ†’้ ญใง4ๅ›ž่ปขใƒซใƒผใƒ—โ€•3ๅ›ž่ปขใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚’่ทณใ‚“ใงใ„ใŸใ€‚็ทด็ฟ’ใงใฏ่ฆ‹ใŸใ“ใจใ‚ใ‚‹ใŒใ€ๆœฌ็•ชใงใฏใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ€‚ไปŠๆ—ฅ่ทณใ‚“ใ ็†็”ฑใฏใ€‚

Q: You jumped a 4Lo-3T at the beginning of Hope & Legacy. We saw it at the practice, but you havenโ€™t done it in actual competitions. Why did you jump it today?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใฏใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใƒˆใƒผใซใ™ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซใ™ใ‚‹ใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆ‚ฉใ‚“ใ ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ไปŠๅ›žใฏSEIMEIใ‚’ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒ็›ฎๆจ™ใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใƒˆใƒผใใ‚‰ใ„ใซใ—ใจใ“ใ†ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

Well, actually, I wondered which one I should jump, such as a 4Lo, 4Lo-3T, or 4Lo-3A and so on. But this time, my goal was to skate SEIMEI cleanly, so I thought Iโ€™d choose somewhere around a 4Lo-3T.

ๅฎŸ้š›ใฏใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใฎใ‚ณใƒณใƒ“ใƒใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใฆใ€ๆœฌ็•ชใง็ต„ใฟ่พผใ‚ใ‚‹ใปใฉใฎ็ขบ็Ž‡ใฎ้ซ˜ใ•ใชใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ๆดปๅ‹•ใฎไธญใงใใ‚“ใชใ€ใใฎ้›ฃๆ˜“ๅบฆใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚‹ๅฟ…่ฆใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ใจใ€ๅพ—็‚น็š„ใซใ‚‚ใŠใ„ใ—ใใชใ„ใ—ใชใจใ‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใ†ใจใ€ใ‚„ใ‚‹ๅฟ…่ฆใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใƒใƒ†ใƒณใ‚ทใƒฃใƒซใจใ—ใฆใ“ใ“ใพใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใžใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ€

In fact, Iโ€™ve been steadily practicing combination jumps with the (quad) Loop, and when I think about whether they have high enough success rate to be put into actual performances, or if I need to do such difficult things in the activities that Iโ€™d like to do in future, (I think) I might not need to do them since they are not even beneficial in terms of scores, but I just wanted to show that I have a potential to this level.

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไป™ๅฐใงใฎใƒ›ใƒผใƒ ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใธใฎๆ€ใ„ใฏใ€‚

What are your thoughts on your home rink in Sendai?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ“ใ“ใฎๅพŒใ‚ใงๆ€ใ„ใฃๅˆ‡ใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใฆใ€ใ‚ใฃใกใ‚ƒ่ปขใณใพใใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ„ใ‚„ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€โ€œใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ›ž่ปข่ถณใ‚Šใชใชใใฆใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ“ใ‘ใกใ‚ƒใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆโ€ใจใ‹่จ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎๆ‡ใ‹ใ—ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ“ใ“ใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ็‰นๅˆฅใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๆ˜”ใฟใŸใ„ใซใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใช้ธๆ‰‹ใŸใกใจไธ€็ท’ใซ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฉŸไผšใฏใชใใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅœฐๅ…ƒใ‚’้›ขใ‚Œใšใซใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๅœฐๅ…ƒใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚’้ซ˜ใ‚ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฎ็‰นๅˆฅใชๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใพใ‚ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใ“ใ“ใงๆˆ้•ทใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใคใคใ‚‚ใ€ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใใฎๅœฐๅ…ƒใซ่ฒข็Œฎใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๅคงๅฅฝใใชๆ•…้ƒทใ‚’ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ๆ”ฏๆดใ—ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆดปๅ‹•ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Well, actually, I used to practice quadruple toe loop (in this rink) right behind me, over there, and fell a lot of times. And Iโ€™m nostalgic remembering that I used to explain โ€œit falls short of rotation since I do like this, then I fall this way.โ€ In fact, being able to practice here is something special. Of course, I no longer have the chance to practice together with various skaters now. Yet, I still have a special feeling for the fact that I do not have to leave this town and Iโ€™m able to continuously brush up my skills by practicing at my home rink. While I want to keep growing here, Iโ€™d also like to contribute to this city, and work hard to do many things to support my beloved hometown, even if only a little. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅๆ•ฐๅนดๅ‰ใซใ“ใ“ใงใ€ๅญใฉใ‚‚ใฎๆ™‚ใซใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผใงใ€Œ้‡‘ใƒกใƒ€ใƒซใ‚’็ฒใ‚‹ใ€ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒ2ๅบฆใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใฎๅ ดใงๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆใฟใฆใ€‚

More than ten years ago, here (at this rink), when you were a small child, you said โ€œI will get a gold medalโ€. And you did it twice. Looking back, what do you think about it now?

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญโ€ฆใพใ‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚„ใฃใจใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใซ็ซ‹ใฆใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ‰ใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใจใ—ใฆๅˆใ‚ใฆใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใ‚ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ๆŠซ้œฒใ™ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใงใใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใŸใใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๆœ€ๅˆใฎใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใฎใจใ“ใ‚ใงSEIMEIใ‚’ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใ™ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใซใ‚‚ใ€ใพใŸใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใ‚‚ๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ฝใƒใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚‚ใ€ๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚‚ใ€ๅŒ—ไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚‚ใ€‚ใ‹ใ‘ใŒใˆใฎใชใ„่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่จ˜ๆ†ถใงใ™ใ—ใ€็ตŒ้จ“ใซใชใฃใฆใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚‰ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจไปŠใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใƒฉใ‚คใƒณใซ็ซ‹ใฃใฆใ€โ€œใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ•ใ‚‰ใซใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ โ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใˆใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ ใพใ ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ๅฟœๆดใ‚’ใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Wellโ€ฆI just came to think that finally Iโ€™m standing at the starting line. Now, in front of everyone, for the first time as a professional (athlete), Iโ€™m able to show my skating. Then among other things, I think that thereโ€™s some meaning as well in the fact that I could skate SEIMEI clean at this very beginning. Of course, Sochi Olympics, PyeongChang Olympics, and Beijing Olympics, all of them are my irreplaceable memories, and have become my experiences as well. Exactly because they were there, now Iโ€™m finally at the starting line, and can think that โ€œIโ€™ll be able to become better and better from now onโ€. So please let me ask for your continuing support.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚‚ใ†ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใจๆ€ใ†ไบบใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‚ใ†ใจใ„ใ†ไธญใงใ€ใ‚ใˆใฆ4Aใƒใƒฃใƒฌใƒณใ‚ธใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€‚

While some people might say you donโ€™t need to continue challenging the 4A, but you dare to do it. Why?

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ„ใ‚„ใƒผใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใ€ๅคœไธญใซ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€ใ ใ„ใŸใ„ใ€‚ๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซไฝ“ๅ‹•ใ‹ใชใใฆใ€ๅ‡„ใ„ๆ‚”ใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใพใŸใ€ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็ตถๅฏพใซ4A้™ใ‚Šใ‚‹ๅงฟใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจใ€ๆญปใซใ‚‚ใฎใใ‚‹ใ„ใง้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€

Well, I usually practice at midnight. So my body did not move as I intended*, and that made me really regretful, but I will practice it more and more, and I absolutely want to show my landing of the 4A. I will continuously work hard for it, as if I bet my life on it. Please support me.

*T/N: According to Nikkan Sportsโ€™ article (https://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/202208100000580.html), this part would mean that โ€œI could not land a 4A today during the day time since I usually practise it at midnight and my body did not move as I intended.โ€

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅพŒใ€ๅฎฎๅŸŽ็œŒใงใฎๆดปๅ‹•ใชใฉ่จˆ็”ปใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ€‚

Is there any activity that you are planning to do in Miyagi prefecture?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใš็ทด็ฟ’ๆ‹ ็‚นใจใ—ใฆใฏใพใ‚ใ€ใ“ใ“ใŒใƒกใ‚คใƒณใชใฎใ‹ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎๅฎŸ้š›ใซ็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆ™‚ใซใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆฅใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆ–ฝ่จญใฎๆ–นใ€…ใซใ”่ฟทๆƒ‘ใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใฆใ—ใพใ†ใฎใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ”ๅ”ๅŠ›ใ‚’ใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ“ใ“ใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏใ‚ใฎใ€ไป™ๅฐใจใ‹ๅฎฎๅŸŽใฎไธญใงใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใŒใงใใ‚Œใฐใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€

At this point, I think this place would be my primary training base. Nevertheless, if people would come here when Iโ€™m actually practicing, that might cause trouble for the facility staff, so I beg everyone for your understanding and cooperation especially on that matter. I want to continue practicing here from now on, and above all, if possible, I think I want to do ice shows in Sendai or in Miyagi prefecture. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅฎฎๅŸŽ็œŒๆฐ‘ใธใƒกใƒƒใ‚ปใƒผใ‚ธใ‚’ใ€‚

Please give a message to the people of Miyagi.

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใฎใ€ใ„ใคใ‚‚ๅฟœๆดใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใจใ€ใ‚ใจใ‚ใฎๅŒ—ไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใ‚‚็ขบใ‹ใซ4AใฏๆˆๅŠŸใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใƒกใƒ€ใƒซใ‚‚็ฒใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅฟœๆดใ‚’็ถšใ‘ใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ๅงฟใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใฃใจใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจๆˆๅŠŸใ•ใ›ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจใ‹ใ€็ตๆžœๅ–ใ‚ŠใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ๆญฃ็›ด็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅฃฐใ‚’่žใ„ใฆๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใพใŸใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ‚ใฎใ€็ตๆžœใจใ†ใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใซใ‚‚่ฒชๆฌฒใซใ“ใ ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ‰ใงๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ™ใ‚‹ๆฉŸไผšใ‚‚ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ใคใใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆฅฝใ—ใฟใซใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Thank you very much for always supporting me. In addition, regarding the Beijing Olympics, actually I could not land the 4A and could not get a medal either, but yet I saw that everyone kept cheering for me, and while hearing everyoneโ€™s voice, honestly, I myself wanted to succeed more and more or wanted to get a result. From now on, I want to have an insatiable appetite for โ€œresultsโ€ again, including the 4A. I also want to create more opportunities to show my performance in front of everyone, so Iโ€™d appreciate it if you are looking forward to it. Thank you.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ…ฃใ‚Œ่ฆชใ—ใ‚“ใ ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ‚’้ธใ‚“ใ ็†็”ฑใจใ€ใ“ใฎใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใงใฎๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใฏใ€‚

Why did you choose this rink which is familiar to you, and what are some memories from this  rink? 

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ“ใ“ใฏใƒชใƒ‹ใƒฅใƒผใ‚ขใƒซใ™ใ‚‹ๅ‰ใซใ‚ใฎใ€้•ใ†ไผš็คพใ ใฃใจใฏๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใŒใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ๅง‹ใ‚ใŸๅ ดๆ‰€ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€ไปŠใ‚‚ใƒกใ‚คใƒณใงใ“ใ“ใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆดปๅ‹•ๆ‹ ็‚นใงใ™ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚‚่พผใ‚ใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ“ใ“ใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๅงฟใ‚’ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใŸใฎใจใ€ใ‚ใจใฏใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅƒ•ไป™ๅฐๅ‡„ใ„ๅฅฝใใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใซ็ทด็ฟ’ๆ‹ ็‚นใ‚’็งปใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šไป™ๅฐ้›ขใ‚ŒใŸใใชใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆณฃใใชใŒใ‚‰่กŒใฃใŸใŸใปใฉไป™ๅฐใฏๅฅฝใใชใฎใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ŠไปŠใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆไป™ๅฐใงๆป‘ใ‚Œใฆใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ไปŠๅพŒใฎๆดปๅ‹•ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ‚ใฎใ€ไป™ๅฐใงใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใงใใŸใ‚‰ใชใใชใ‚“ใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ไป™ๅฐใฎ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใจใจใ‚‚ใซๆญฉใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

OK. Well, this place isโ€ฆ I think probably a different company owned it, and before it was renewed, I started figure skating here. And still now, this is the base of my activities and I mostly practice here. With that in mind, I thought I want to show everyone my practice here. And above all, I love Sendai very much. Honestly, when I moved my practice base to Canada, I went there crying and feeling that I didnโ€™t want to leave Sendai – I love Sendai to that level. So now that I can skate in Sendai, Iโ€™m happy. Additionally, Iโ€™m thinking of doing various things in Sendai, including my future activities. So Iโ€™d like to continue on, together with the people of Sendai.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅฎฎๅŸŽใฎๅญใฉใ‚‚ใŸใกใธใ€‚

To the children in Miyagi prefecture.

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šไป™ๅฐใ€ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใŒใ‚ใฎ้€šๅนดใงใงใใ‚‹ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใŒไธ€ใคใ—ใ‹ใชใใฆใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚ใใ—ใฆใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใƒ›ใƒƒใ‚ฑใƒผใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚นใƒ”ใƒผใƒ‰ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใƒˆใƒฉใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚‚ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็ทด็ฟ’็’ฐๅขƒใจใ—ใฆใฏๅŽณใ—ใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅคงๅค‰ใชไธญใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใ“ใ“ใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ‚ˆใๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ๅคงๅค‰ใชไธญใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅธธใซใ†ใพใใชใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๅ‘ไธŠๅฟƒใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ€ใใ—ใฆใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใ“ใฎใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใงใ€ใ„ใพใ ใซใ†ใพใใชใ‚Œใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใ‚‚ใใฃใจๅŒใ˜ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใงๆป‘ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€็ตถๅฏพใ†ใพใใชใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅธŒๆœ›ใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ€็†ๆƒณใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚’ๆใใชใŒใ‚‰้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใปใ—ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Honestly, after all, in Sendai, there is only one rink available all through the year. For figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating as well as short track, the practice environment can be said to be severe. I believe youโ€™ve been practicing under such hard conditions – I know well about it since Iโ€™ve been practicing here too – in such a harsh environment. Nevertheless, please keep your ambition of getting better and better. Iโ€™m also continuously becoming better and better here. You also are skating on the same rink (as me) so Iโ€™m sure you can be better. Please have hope, and work hard while envisioning the ideal image of yourselves. Thank you very much.

Part 3

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅพŒใฎๆ–น้‡ใฏๆฑบใพใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚4Aใฏใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎไธญใง่ฆ‹ใ›ใฆใใ‚Œใ‚‹๏ผŸ

Have you decided your future plans? Are you going to show the 4A in a program?

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใพใšใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใฃใ‘ใ€‚ไปŠๅพŒใฎไบˆๅฎšใ‹ใ€‚ไปŠๅพŒใฎไบˆๅฎšใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹็จ‹ๅบฆๅนดๅ†…ใฎๆ–นใŒใ‚ใฉใŒ็ซ‹ใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใซใˆใƒผใ€ๅนดๅ†…ใงใ“ใ‚Œใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคๆฑบใพใฃใฆใฏใใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใใ‚ŒใฎใŸใ‚ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใพใ‚ๅ‘Š็Ÿฅใ™ใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใฏใพใŸๆ”นใ‚ใฆๅ‘Š็Ÿฅใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ“ใ†ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใพใ ๅ†…็ท’ใงใ™ใ€‚ใˆใธใธใธใฃใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅนดๅ†…ใฎๆดปๅ‹•ใฏใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšไปŠๆฑบใพใ‚Šใใ†ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใˆใฃใจใ€ไผš่ฆ‹ใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰้€ฒใฟๅง‹ใ‚ใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใงใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใ“ใฎๅ…ฌ้–‹็ทด็ฟ’ใฎใ‚คใƒ™ใƒณใƒˆใฎSharePracticeใ‚‚ไผš่ฆ‹ใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใจใ€ๅ‹•ใๅง‹ใ‚ใŸใจใ“ใ‚ใชใฎใงใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใใกใ‚ƒใƒใ‚ฟใƒใ‚ฟใ—ใฆใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅคงๅค‰ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ใชใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ€ๅฏใ‚‹ๆ™‚้–“ใ‚’ๅ‰Šใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใงใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใพใŸๆฅฝใ—ใฟใซใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‰ใŸใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚

OK, well, what was to say first? Yes, my future plans. Regarding my future plans, I have more concrete visions for the things that I plan to do within this year to some degree. Actually, there are a few things that I have decided to do, this or that, within this year. And Iโ€™m practicing for them now. However, Iโ€™m thinking of announcing it at a different time, so itโ€™s still a secret. Hehehe. Yes. About the activities to do within this year, I have a feeling that they will soon  be decided, and they have been put into motion after the press conference so honestly Iโ€™m very busy and find it hard to do. Well, as Iโ€™d like to work hard on various things even if I have to cut down on my sleep, please look forward to it. 

ใจใ€4Aใฏใงใใ‚Œใฐใ‚„ใฃใฑใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎไธญใง่ทณใถๆฉŸไผšใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใชใใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใ ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†็ขบ็Ž‡ใซใ‚‚ใชใฃใฆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆญฃ็›ดไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใพใ ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใพใ ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎ้ ƒใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใใ‚‰ใ„ใซใ—ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎ่ถณ้ฆ–ใฎๆ–นใจใ€ใพใ‚ๅทฆ่ถณใฎ่ฒ ๆ‹…ใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ‹ใ‹ใ‚‹ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใชใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏใˆใƒผใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎ้ ƒใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๅทฆ่ถณใ‚‚่‰ฏใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๅณ่ถณ้ฆ–ใ‚‚ใ ใ„ใถใ‚ˆใใชใฃใฆใใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใฆใใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใพใŸใ•ใ‚‰ใซๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใงใฎ็ตŒ้จ“ใ ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ‚ŒใพใงๅŸนใฃใฆใใŸ็ตŒ้จ“ใ ใจใ‹ใ€ๅญฆใ‚“ใงใใŸใ“ใจใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’็”Ÿใ‹ใ—ใฆใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ†ใพใใชใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€

And then about the 4A, I think it would be great if Iโ€™d have a chance to jump it in a program if possible. However, its success rate has not reached that level yet, and honestly speaking, I did it today but the level of the 4 and a half rotation now has reached only the same level as what I did at the Japanese National Championships [in 2021]. But considering my ankle condition, since it is a jump that would put a huge load on my left ankle, in that sense my left ankle has been in a better condition compared to the Japanese Nationals, and also my right ankle has recovered to some degree, so that I can challenge it like this. From now on, I will leverage my experiences from the (Beijing)* Olympics or the experiences as well as the knowledge that I had accumulated by then, so that I will be able to become much better. Thank you.


*T/N: Multiple outlets (Sports Hochi, Nikkan) have reported that Yuzuru says Pyeongchang here but based on the context of what heโ€™s talking about (the 4A) and the fact he corrected himself on a similar mistake a few times in post-presscon media, we believe he meant to say Beijing.

โ€•โ€•ไปŠๆ—ฅใงๅŒ—ไบฌใฎใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‹ใ‚‰ๅŠๅนดใ€‚ใƒ—ใƒญใจใ—ใฆใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใ—ใฆๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฎ้•ใ„ใชใฉใฏ๏ผŸ

Today, It is half a year after the free skate at the Beijing Olympics. Starting as a professional athlete, what is the difference you feel between them?

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใจใ—ใฆๆดปๅ‹•ใ—ใฆใ„ใๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€็ซถๆŠ€ใจใฏ้•ใ†ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ†็‚นใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ไพ‹ใˆใฐใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€6ๅˆ†้–“็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆ1ๆœฌใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆ็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€‚็‚นๆ•ฐใ‚’ใคใ‘ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ†ใŸใ‚ใ ใ‘ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ‚Œใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚นใ‚ขใƒซใƒ•ใ‚กใงๅƒ•ใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏใใฎ็ซถๆŠ€ใจๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ€็ซถๆŠ€ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ•ใ‚‰ใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใฎSEIMEIใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€็ซถๆŠ€ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ•ใ‚‰ใซๆฎต้šŽใ‚’ไธŠใ’ใŸใ€ใ‚ฎใ‚ขใ‚’ไธ€ใคไธŠใ’ใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซไปŠๆ—ฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’่ฆ‹ใฆใฆๆ€ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎใ‚‚ใฃใจใใคใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใตใตใตใฃใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใœใฒใœใฒใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใใคใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใใฎๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใ‚’็ต„ใฟ็ซ‹ใฆใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ—ใฆใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใ‚‚ใ€ใใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใฎใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใใคใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใ‚’่ฝใจใ™ใ“ใจใชใใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงใ‚„ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใœใฒใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใฎใ‹ใŸใกใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใฎ็žฌ็™บๅŠ›็š„ใชใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใฎ้ซ˜ใ•ใ‚‚ๆœŸๅพ…ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Well, after all, while I do the activities as a professional athlete, there are some points that I find different from the competitions. Let me see.. How can I put itโ€ฆFor example, itโ€™s not just doing a 6 minute warmup and then doing one program and finishing up. Itโ€™s not only skating for the sake of getting scores, but of course, there is the need to put out a program that everyone would be willing to watch. For me, in addition to that, I think I have to give a performance like SEIMEI which I did today, namely the program that has the same quality, or even higher quality than the ones for the competitions, the performance where I step up a gear. Well, you might have thought while watching my todayโ€™s practices, it is much tougher. Hehehe. It is really hard, and, honestly speaking, when Iโ€™m trying to build up the structure of my new show* and practicing for it, Iโ€™m doing it while feeling that itโ€™s truly tough. But even in such a situation, I want to carry it through until the end without dropping the level (of my performance). So Iโ€™d appreciate it if you could look forward to both the style of the coming show and expect an even higher level of explosive power from me. 

*T/N: โ€œNew show” would mean the ice shows he is now working on, potentially the ones in Sendai or Miyagi that he referred to in Part 2 of this article series. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ…ˆใปใฉใ€ŒๆณฃใใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใซ่กŒใฃใŸใ€ใจใ„ใ†่ฉฑใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ€‚12ๅนดใ‹ใ‚‰10ๅนด้–“ใ€ใƒˆใƒญใƒณใƒˆใงใŠไธ–่ฉฑใซใชใฃใŸๅ…ˆ็”Ÿๆ–นใ‚‚ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚’ๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚

Earlier, you said โ€œI went to Canada while cryingโ€. For 10 years starting from 2012, your coaches in Toronto who have been taking care of you also supported you becoming a professional athlete.   

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใฏๆ—ฉใใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๅƒ•ใŒ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใŸใƒใƒผใƒ ใฎใ‚‚ใจใซ1ๅ›žๅธฐใฃใฆใ‚ใ„ใ•ใคใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ„ใ‚„ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ…ˆใปใฉใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชไผ็”ปใ‚’็ซ‹ใฆใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใ‚ใ€YouTubeใ‚‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใง็ทจ้›†ใ—ใŸใ‚Šๆ’ฎๅฝฑใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ—ใฆใฆใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใฉ็ด ไบบใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใคใใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใ—ใใฆใ„ใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ‚‚ๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใƒใ‚ฟใƒใ‚ฟใจใ—ใฆใฆใ€ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใ‚ใ„ใ•ใค่กŒใ‘ใชใใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅฟƒ่‹ฆใ—ใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚‚ใ‚ธใ‚นใƒฉใƒณใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒกใƒผใƒซๆฅใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎโ€œ่ฆ‹ใฆใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใญโ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ€ใƒกใƒผใƒซๆฅใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใฎใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‚ใฎ่ฆ‹ๅฑŠใ‘ใฆใใ‚Œใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ—ใฆใ‚‹ๅงฟๅ‹ขใ ใจใ‹ใ€ใพใŸๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚ขใƒ‰ใƒใ‚คใ‚นใ‚’้ ใใ‹ใ‚‰ใงใ‚‚ใ„ใคใ‚‚้€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆ—ฉใ็›ดๆŽฅใ‚ใ„ใ•ใคใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€‚

Oh, in fact I really want to quickly go back to my team Iโ€™ve trained and show my appreciation to them. However, as I said earlier, Iโ€™m now building up a lot of different plans, or Iโ€™ve been shooting and editing YouTube videos. They are really like beginner’s works, but I also think they feel like mine. In that sense, Iโ€™ve been kind of running around all over the place and can hardly have a chance to go and meet them, which makes me feel apologetic. Having said that, I received an email from Ghislain again this morning, and he was like โ€œIโ€™m watching you!โ€. Thinking of their attitudes of trying to watch me until the very end or really sending me various pieces of advice from afar, I really want to go to see them quickly to show my appreciation. 

ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ธใ‚นใƒฉใƒณใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใ‚ธใ‚นใƒฉใƒณใ‚‚ใƒˆใƒฌใ‚คใ‚ทใƒผใ‚‚ใƒ–ใƒฉใ‚คใ‚ขใƒณใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซไผšใˆใฆใชใ„ๆœŸ้–“ใŒๅ‡„ใ้•ทใ„ใฎใงใ€ๆ—ฉใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚ณใƒผใƒใŸใกใซใ‚‚โ€œใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸโ€ใจโ€œใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ„ใŸใ—ใพใ™โ€ใจใ€ใ‚ใ„ใ•ใคใซใฏ่กŒใใŸใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎไป™ๅฐใซใ“ใ“ใ‚’ๆ‹ ็‚นใซใ—ใฆใ‚‹ๅฅˆใ€…็พŽๅ…ˆ็”Ÿใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏ็ทๅธๅ…ˆ็”Ÿใ‚‚ใใ†ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใจใˆใƒผใ€็œŸๅฎŸๅ…ˆ็”Ÿใซใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใจใ€้ƒฝ็ฏ‰ๅ…ˆ็”Ÿใซใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใ„ใ•ใค่กŒใๆฉŸไผšใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใชใใชใ‚“ใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใ„ใ•ใคใ—ใŸใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‹ใ—ใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใพใ‚็›ดๆŽฅ่กŒใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’ๅฑŠใ‘ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใตใตใตใ€‚ใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใ€ไผšใ„ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Ghislain, yes – Ghislain and Tracy and Brian.. I havenโ€™t been able to see them for a very long time, so I really want to go and see my coaches and tell them, โ€œThank you very muchโ€ and โ€œPlease support me from now onโ€. In addition to them, here in Sendai, there is Nanami-sensei who uses this rink as her home base, also Soji-sensei. And Iโ€™m wondering if I can get a chance to meet and show my appreciation to Mami-sensei as well as Tsuzuki-sensei. I really want to do so. I wonder if they would watch this (live streaming) video, but in reality, itโ€™s better if I am able to go to see them in person and convey my deep appreciation to them. Hehehe. Oh boy, I really want to see them.

Part 4

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไผš่ฆ‹ๅพŒใฎๅฟƒๅขƒใซใคใ„ใฆใจใ€ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใฎใ“ใ ใ‚ใ‚Šใฏใ€‚

Could you tell us a bit about your state of mind after the press conference and the thoughts behind your new jacket?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใพใšใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใฎใ“ใจใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๆ”นใ‚ใฆๅ‡บ็™บใ™ใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใซใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใ‚’ไฝœใ‚ใ†ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๆ€ฅใใ‚‡ๆฑบใพใฃใฆใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใ€ๆธกใ•ใ‚ŒใŸใฎใŒไปŠๆ—ฅใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšไปฎใฎๅฝขใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใพใŸๆ–ฐใŸใซใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ“ใ†ใ‹ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ ใ‚ใ‚Šใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจSEIMEIใ‚’ๅฝทๅฝฟใจใ•ใ›ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใช่‰ฒๅˆใ„ใ ใจใ‹ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅ–ใ‚Šๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€‚

Firstly, about my jacket: it was a sudden decision to create a new jacket for my new start, and actually, I received it just this morning. So this is a tentative style. From here, Iโ€™m thinking of doing various things in future. As for the thoughts behind it, well, I put in the idea of using colors that are a little bit reminiscent of SEIMEI. 

ใงใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใฃใ‘ใ€‚ไผš่ฆ‹็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‹ใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใšใฃใจไปŠๆ—ฅใพใง็ทŠๅผตใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰็”Ÿๆดปใ—ใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆดปๅ‹•ใ—ใฆใ„ใใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆใ€ใใฎใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใจใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใ€ใใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใจใ—ใฆใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ไปŠใพใงใฏไบบไปปใ›ใซใ—ใฆใใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰็Ž‡ๅ…ˆใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจ่€ƒใˆใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใ‘ใฃใ“ใ†ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใชใฎใงใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅคงๅค‰ใงใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใใ‚Œใ“ใใ€็ก็œ ๆ™‚้–“ใจใ‹ใ ใ„ใถๆธ›ใฃใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใชใจใ‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚

And the next question was.. oh yes, (my state of mind) after the press conference. Well, I’ll tell you that Iโ€™ve been spending my days being very nervous until today. Of course, while doing various activities, there are many things that I have to do by myself, I mean, do by myself as a professional athlete. Iโ€™ve also taken initiative in doing things that I used to let others do, as well as considering various things. Thereโ€™re quite a lot of things like that. So it was very hard and Iโ€™ve been doing them while thinking that I had to cut down on my sleep a lot. 

ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฎไธญใงใฏใ‚€ใ—ใ‚็ซถๆŠ€่€…ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใƒใƒผใƒ‰ใช็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใชใใ‚ƒใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ไปŠใพใงใฏ่ฉฆๅˆใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใซ่ฟฝใ‚ใ‚ŒใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ไปŠใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๆœŸๅพ…ใ‚’่ถ…ใˆใŸใ„ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ใตใฃใตใฃใตใ€ใใฃใกใฎใŒๆ–นใŒๅคงๅค‰ใ ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏๅ‡„ใๅ……ๅฎŸใ—ใŸๆ—ฅใ€…ใ‚’้€ใ‚Œใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใฎไธญใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใƒ—ใƒญใจใ—ใฆๅƒ•ใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็ซถๆŠ€่€…ใจใ—ใฆใฏใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใŒๅคšใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใƒ—ใƒญใซใชใฃใŸใ‚‰ๆฌ ๅ ดใจใ‹ใ‚‚่จฑใ•ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆฅฝใ—ใฟใซใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ‚‹ๆ–นใ€…ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’่ธใฟใซใ˜ใ‚ŠใŸใใชใ„ใชใฃใฆๅ‡„ใๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใƒ—ใƒญใฎใ‚ขใ‚นใƒชใƒผใƒˆใจใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใ‚’ใ—ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€‚ใงใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใๆฉŸไผšใ‚’ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅธธใซ้ซ˜ใ„ใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใง่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€

However, as for my feelings, I actually think that I even need to practice harder than when I was a competitive skater, and Iโ€™ve been actually doing it that way. So letโ€™s say I used to work hard being chased by the things called competitions, but now I feel like I want to go beyond everyoneโ€™s expectation. Hehehe. I think that would probably be much harder. But in fact, Iโ€™ve actually been able to have fulfilling days in my life. But in such an environment, as a professional athleteโ€ฆ as I have experienced many injuries as a competitor, and after all I cannot be allowed to cancel the event when I become a professional athlete,* and also I donโ€™t want to disappoint the expectations of everyone who is looking forward to watching me. So from now on, as a professional athlete, above all, I will try to avoid getting injured, and will work hard to let everyone watch me perform at a high level every time.

*T/N: It seems he thinks this way for himself. He is not referring to others.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ€ŒSharePracticeใ€ใจๅไป˜ใ‘ใŸ็†็”ฑใ‚„็ทด็ฟ’ๅพŒใซๅ€‹ๅˆฅใฎๅ–ๆใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใซใคใ„ใฆใ€‚ๅŒใ„ๅนดใฎๅคง่ฐทใฎใƒ™ใƒผใƒ–ใƒปใƒซใƒผใ‚นไปฅๆฅใจใชใ‚‹ๅ‰ๆฅญ้”ๆˆใซใคใ„ใฆใ€‚

Could you tell us about the reason you named it โ€œSharePracticeโ€, about the decision to take individual interviews (with the media) after the practice session, and also about Ohtani, who is your age and matched Babe Ruthโ€™s great achievement*.

*T/N: the day before this, Shohei Ohtani became the first baseball player after Babe Ruth (1918) in major league history to have at least 10 home runs and 10 wins in the same season.

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใพใšๅคง่ฐทใ•ใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ‚ชใƒผใƒซใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใฎใ€ใ‚ใฎๅ–ๆใฎๆ™‚ใซใ‚ใ–ใ‚ใ–่‡ชๅˆ†ใธใฎใ‚ณใƒกใƒณใƒˆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ๆ”นใ‚ใพใ—ใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซไปŠใฎๆ™‚ไปฃใงใฏใ‚ใ‚Šๅพ—ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๅ‰ๆฅญใ‚’้”ๆˆใ•ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€ๅƒ•ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใ€่ถณๅ…ƒใซใ‚‚ๅŠใฐใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ๅคง่ฐทไธ–ไปฃใฃใฆๅ‘ผใฐใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชไธ–ไปฃใซใ„ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅ…‰ๆ „ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ใฎใ€ใœใฒใœใฒใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€ๅคง่ฐทใ•ใ‚“ใ‚‰ใ—ใ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ†ใฎใจใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใจใƒ—ใƒญใฎ่ˆžๅฐใซไธŠใŒใ‚ŒใŸใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚็ฒพใ„ใฃใฑใ„้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆๅคง่ฐทใ•ใ‚“ใซ่ฟฝใ„ใคใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใถใ‚“ใ€ใงใใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‘ใฉโ€ฆ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใŠไผšใ„ใงใใŸใ‚‰ใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚

OK, so first of all, about Ohtani-san. I really appreciate that you gave a comment for me when you did an interview at the All-star Game. Once again, I think you have obtained an unattainably great achievement that seemed impossible in this era. Congratulations to you. I can hardly come close to you, and Iโ€™m really honored to be in this โ€œOhtani generationโ€*. Iโ€™d really like you to work hard as you have been doing, and as I have just stepped up onto the professional stage, Iโ€™ll do my best to be able to catch up with Ohtani san. Maybe I cannot, I guessโ€ฆ(laugh). Itโ€™d be my pleasure if we can meet again.

*T/N: As Shohei Ohtani and Yuzuru Hanyu were born in the same year (1994) and had remarkable achievements in their respective fields, the media came up with the terms โ€œHanyu generationโ€ and โ€œOhtani generationโ€ to show their significance compared to their peers. In interviews, Shohei and Yuzuru often exchanged compliments by acknowledging the other person as the representative of their generation, saying they are only a person living in the other personโ€™s generation.

ใฏใ„ใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใฃใ‘ใ€‚ใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใ€ใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผใ€ใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผใฎใ“ใจ๏ผใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผใฏๆญฃ็›ดใ€ไปŠใพใงๅ…ฌ้–‹็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่ฉฆๅˆใฎไธญใงๅ€‹ๅˆฅใฎใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็Ÿญใ„ๆ™‚้–“ใงใƒ‘ใƒ‘ใฃใฆใ“ใชใ™ใ“ใจใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใœใฒ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ€‹ๅˆฅใฎๅ–ๆใ‚’ใชใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ€็„ก็†็Ÿข็†ใงใ‚‚ๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ€ๆœฌๆฅใฏๅ…จ้ƒจๅ›ฒใฟใง่€ƒใˆใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€็„ก็†็Ÿข็†โ€œใ‚„ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใใ ใ•ใ„โ€ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใœใฒใ€ใใ‚Œใžใ‚Œใฎๅช’ไฝ“ใฎๅ„็คพใ•ใ‚“ใฎใ€ใใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆ›ธใ„ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

And then, what was next? Oh, yes, about the interviews, I remember! Regarding the interviews, honestly speaking, I could not receive them individually so often at open practices or during competitions. Well, I can only do the brief ones for each. But I thought I would definitely want to put individual interviews (into this practice session) however difficult it would be, so though originally I was thinking of doing all the interviews in the mixed zone, I insisted on it, saying โ€œplease let me do thatโ€, and so I did. I’d be really happy if people from each media company would take their time to write (their own article) about this person called Yuzuru Hanyu. 

ใงใ€SharePracticeใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ๅŠ่ง’ใ‚นใƒšใƒผใ‚นๅ…ฅใ‚Œใชใ„ใงSharePracticeใซใ—ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏไธ€ใคใฎๅ˜่ชžใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ€ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„้€ ่ชžใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใง่€ƒใˆใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๆœ€ๅˆโ€œๅ…ฌ้–‹็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ„ใ„ใ‹ใชโ€ใฃใฆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ŽOpenใ€€Practiceใ€ใจใ‹ใ€ŽOpenใ€€Trainingใ€ใจใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่€ƒใˆใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใจๅ…ฑๆœ‰ใ—ใฆใ€ใใ“ใงไธ€็ท’ใซ้—˜ใฃใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่€ƒใˆใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ŽShareใ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒไธ€็•ช่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใฏใ‚คใƒ™ใƒณใƒˆใงใ‚ใ‚Šใคใคใ‚‚ใ€ใใฎ้—˜ใ„ๆŠœใๅงฟใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใปใ—ใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Š่ถฃๆ—จใจใ—ใฆใ€ใƒ†ใƒผใƒžใจใ—ใฆๅคงใใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใจใ„ใ†ๅ˜่ชžใฏ็ตถๅฏพใซๅค–ใ•ใšใซใ€ŽSharePracticeใ€ใจใ„ใ†ๅๅ‰ใซๅƒ•ใŒๆฑบใ‚ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€‚ไปฅไธŠใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Also about the title, โ€œSharePracticeโ€, I decided not to put a space in between (the two words) and made it SharePractice. I think of it as one word, or a newly coined phrase. At first, I thought of โ€œOpen Practiceโ€, โ€œOpen Trainingโ€, and many other phrases. But when I thought about the things that I can own together with everyone and that we can go on fighting together in future, I thought โ€œShareโ€ would be the most suitable one for me. On the other hand, this is an event and at the same time, I want people to watch me fight it out until the end – which is the greatest purpose and theme of this event, so I decided myself to title it โ€œSharePracticeโ€ without omitting the word โ€œPracticeโ€. Thatโ€™s it. Thank you very much.

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

JPN Transcript: @ballade_one, @_1142cla_ra5685, @moonright_yuzu, @aoyuzu205
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Subbing: @jwwmochi

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

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

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

๏ผœๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใƒปใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ข๏ผžๅŒ—ไบฌๅ…ฅใ‚ŠๅพŒใ€ๅˆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ™ใ‚‹็พฝ็”Ÿ๏ผˆๆ’ฎๅฝฑใƒปๅฐๆตท้€”ใ€€่‰ฏๅนน๏ผ‰
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Article originally published 7 February 2022

Translation: @axelsandwich, @shinjistarxx
Proofreading: @tsukihoshi14

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅˆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆ

ใ€€ใ€ŒใŠใคใ‹ใ‚Œใ•ใพใงใ™ใฃ๏ผใˆใฃใจ๏ฝžใ€ใ™ใ”ใ้›†ไธญใ—ใฆใงใใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๆœ€ๅˆใฎๆ–นใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎ๏ฝžใ€ใพใ‚็ทŠๅผตๆ„Ÿใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ๆฐทใฎๆ„Ÿ่งฆใจใฎใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€่ชฟๆ•ดใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฎ่ชฟๆ•ดใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใฏ้›†ไธญใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰็ทด็ฟ’ใงใใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ„ใ„ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ ใฃใŸใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Q: Your first practice is over

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใ“ใพใง4Aใ‚’็ชใ่ฉฐใ‚ใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ—ใฆใใŸใฎใ‹

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ใฎ๏ฝžใ€ๆฏŽๆ—ฅใ‚ณใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใฏๅค‰ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ ใ€ใพใ‚ใ“ใ“ใซๆฅใฆ1ๅ›ž็›ฎใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใพใ ๆ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅฐ‘ใ—ใšใคใ€ใ“ใ“ใงใ‚‚ๆˆ้•ทใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใ“ใพใงๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใฆใใŸใ“ใจใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€4Aใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ‚„ใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š้›ฃใ—ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใฉใ†ใ—ใฆใ‚‚้”ๆˆใ—ใŸใ„็›ฎๆจ™ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใพใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใŒใ€ใ“ใฎใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใงไธŠใซ่กŒใใŸใ‚ใซใฏ็ตถๅฏพใซๅฟ…่ฆใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•3ๅบฆ็›ฎใฎไบ”่ผชใ€ไปŠใพใงใจใฎ้•ใ„ใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ไปŠใพใงใฎใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ€ใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใจใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใจใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€ไปŠใพใงใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š้™ใ‚ŠใฆใใŸใ‚‚ใฎใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅ‡บใ—ๅˆ‡ใ‚Œใฐๅ‹ใฆใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฏใพใ ๆˆ้•ทใ—ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹็Šถๆ…‹ใงใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใงใ‚‚ใใ†ใงใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฃใฆใ„ใ†่ˆžๅฐใงใฎ็ทŠๅผตๆ„Ÿใฏ็‰นๅˆฅใ ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Q: This being your third Olympics, whatโ€™s different from the past ones?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4AใฏๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใŸใฎใ‹

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚“ใฃใจ๏ฝžใ€ใพใ ๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใฆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใฃใกๆฅใฆๆ„Ÿ่งฆใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šๆตฎใใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใฎใ‹ใ‘ๆ–นใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใจใ‚„ใ‚Šใ‚„ใ™ใ„ใชใ‚ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใพใšใฏใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ—ใใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€

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

Y: Hm~ I havenโ€™t yet. Anyway, um, since Iโ€™ve come here Iโ€™ve been feeling pretty good, and today I was able to practice while feeling that my rotations were coming pretty easily. First and foremost, I want to rotate [the jump] fully.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ›ฃไฝ“ๆˆฆใฎๅˆบๆฟ€ใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใ‚ใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใจใ€ๅˆบๆฟ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏๅ‡„ใ่‰ฏใ•ใใ†ใ ใชใ‚ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅฎ‰ๅฟƒใ—ใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€

Q: What was motivating about the team competition?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•SPใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ

ใ€€ใ€ŒSP๏ผŸใตใตใตใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฏใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ๅ†ท้™ใซ่€ƒใˆใฆใ€4A*ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฏๅ‡„ใ„่€ƒใˆใฆใ—ใพใ†ใฏใ€ใ—ใพใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฏใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใๆ„›ๆƒ…ใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“โ€ฆใ€ใพใšใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’1ใคใšใค็ฉใฟ้‡ใญใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Q: Regarding the Short Program

Y: The Short Program? Hehehe. The Shortโ€ฆwell. Of course, Iโ€™m thinking rationally about it, and I end up thinking a lot about the 4A. But the Short Program is the Short Program. Iโ€™d like to really pour a lot of love into the Shortโ€ฆ umโ€ฆyes, one by one, Iโ€™d like to accumulate everything I can, heading into the Short Program

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•๏ผˆ่‹ฑ่ชžใง๏ผ‰ใ‚ชใƒผใ‚ตใƒผใŒใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ‚ตใ‚คใƒ‰ใซ็ซ‹ใŸใชใ„

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใƒผใ€ใˆใฃใจๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžใง็ญ”ใˆใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใƒ–ใƒฉใ‚คใ‚ขใƒณใ‚ณใƒผใƒใซใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ธใ‚นใƒฉใƒณใ‚ณใƒผใƒใซใ‚‚ใ€ใƒˆใƒฌใ‚ทใƒผใ‚ณใƒผใƒใซใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ‡„ใใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจ่ฆ‹ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ๅ‡„ใใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅฝผ่‡ช่บซใŒๅƒ•ใฎใƒซใƒผใƒ†ใ‚ฃใƒณใ‚’ไปŠๅ›žใ€ๅคงๅˆ‡ใซใ—ใฆใใ‚ŒใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๅฝขใงใ™ใ€

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

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

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

Photo by Naoki Nishimura, AfloSport

Article originally published 17 January 2021

Translation:ย @axelsandwich
Proofreading: @yuzuecoย &ย @smpkyk

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

็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใŒใ€ๅฒไธŠๅˆใฎ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎๆ‰‰ใธๆ‰‹ใ‚’ๆŽ›ใ‘ใŸใ€‚2021ๅนดๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงใ€่ฉฆๅˆใงๅˆใ‚ใฆๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ€‚ๅ›ž่ปขไธ่ถณใฎๅˆคๅฎšใจใชใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฎใ€โ€œๅ›ž่ปขใฎ็œŸๅฎŸโ€ใธใจ่‚‰่–„ใ—ใคใคใ‚ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’็คบใ—ใŸใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ†๏ผ‘ไบบใ€ใ“ใฎใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใ€ใฎไธ–็•ŒใซๆŒ‘ใ‚“ใ ไบบ็‰ฉใŒใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใ€Œใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใฎ็ฌฌไธ€ไบบ่€…ใงใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใ‚’ๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใŸไฝ“ๆ“ใฎ็™ฝไบ•ๅฅไธ‰ใ•ใ‚“ใ ใ€‚ใ€Œๅ›ž่ปขใ€ใฎ่ฆ–็‚นใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€็™ฝไบ•ใ•ใ‚“ใŒ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซใคใ„ใฆ่ชžใฃใŸใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใŒใ„ใพใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ€ใจใ„ใ†ไธ–็•ŒใซๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ€Œๅ›ž่ปขใ€ใจใ„ใ†่ฆ–็‚นใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๅฏ่ƒฝๆ€งใ‚’ใŠ่žใใงใใ‚Œใฐใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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

็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใธใฎๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใฏใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‹ใŸใšใ‚’้ฃฒใ‚“ใง่ฆ‹ๅฎˆใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ไฝ“ๆ“ใ‚‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚ใ€ใฒใญใ‚Š๏ผˆๆจชๅ›ž่ปข๏ผ‰ใ‚’ใฉใ†็”Ÿใฟๅ‡บใ—ใ€ใฉใ†ใ‚ณใƒณใƒˆใƒญใƒผใƒซใ™ใ‚‹ใ‹ใŒๅ…ฑ้€šใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€ไฝ“ๆ“ใฎ่ฆ–็‚นใ‹ใ‚‰่‰ฒใ€…ใชใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•็™ฝไบ•ใ•ใ‚“ใฏ็พๅฝนๆ™‚ไปฃใซใ€่‡ชใ‚‰ใฎๅใ€Œใ‚ทใƒฉใ‚คใ€ใŒใคใๆ–ฐๆŠ€ใ‚’๏ผ–็จฎ้กžใ‚‚ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚๏ผ“ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ€๏ผ”ๅ›žใฒใญใ‚Šใชใฉใ€ๅฝ“ๆ™‚ใฎๅธธ่ญ˜ใ‚’ใใคใŒใˆใ™้ซ˜้€Ÿๅ›ž่ปขใฎๆŠ€ใงใ™ใ€‚ไฝ“ๆ“็•Œใงใฏใ€ๆจชๅ›ž่ปขใฎใ“ใจใ‚’ใ€Œใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใจใ„ใ„ใพใ™ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใงใฎ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใจใฎๅ…ฑ้€š็‚นใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ‹๏ผŸ

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

ไฝ“ๆ“ใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏใ€็ธฆๅ›ž่ปขใจใฒใญใ‚Š๏ผˆๆจชๅ›ž่ปข๏ผ‰ใฎไธกๆ–นใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€่ปธ่ถณใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใ€่ปธๆ‰‹ใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ใ‚ณใƒณใƒˆใƒญใƒผใƒซใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฏๅŒใ˜ใงใ™ใ€‚ใพใŸๅ›ž่ปขใŒๅคšใใชใ‚‹ใปใฉใ€Œใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’่ตทใ“ใ™ใ‹ใ€ใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ไผผใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฎใฒใญใ‚Šใฏๅณๅ›ž่ปขใงใ€ๅณใŒ่ปธๆ‰‹ใ€‚็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใจใฏใกใ‚‡ใ†ใฉๅๅฏพๅ›žใ‚Šใงใ™ใ€‚ไฝ“ๆ“ใ‚‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚ใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใฎ็†่ซ–ใฏๅ…ฑ้€šใ™ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•็ฉบไธญๅงฟๅ‹ขใ‚‚ใ€็™ฝไบ•ใ•ใ‚“ใฏ่„šใ‚’็ต„ใ‚€ใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒ—ใงใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใจใปใจใ‚“ใฉๅŒใ˜ใงใ™ใญใ€‚็ฉบไธญๅงฟๅ‹ขใฏใ€ๆŠ€ใซใฉใ‚“ใชๅฝฑ้ŸฟใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ€‚

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

็ฉบไธญๅงฟๅ‹ขใ‚„่…•ใฎไฝ็ฝฎใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€้ธๆ‰‹ใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆ้•ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚่„šใฏ็ต„ใพใšใซๆƒใˆใ‚‹้ธๆ‰‹ใ‚‚ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚่…•ใ‚‚ใ€่ปธใ‚’็ดฐใใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ—ใฆ่‚˜ใ‚’็•ณใ‚€้ธๆ‰‹ใ‚‚ใ€่‚˜ใ‚’ๅผตใฃใฆใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚‹้ธๆ‰‹ใ‚‚ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚็ฉบไธญๅงฟๅ‹ขใฎๆ‰‹ใ‚„้ก”ใฎไฝ็ฝฎใฏใ€้ธๆ‰‹ใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆ้•ใ„ใพใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฏ่‚˜ใŒๅ‡บใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใฎใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใ‚’ใจใ‚‹ใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒ—ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ€‚่…•ใ‚’็•ณใ‚ใฐๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใฏ็ดฐใใชใ‚Šใพใ™ใŒใ€่ปธใฏใƒ–ใƒฌใ‚„ใ™ใใชใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ๅ›ž่ปข(้€Ÿๅบฆ)ใ‚’ใจใ‚‹ใ‹่ปธใ‚’ใจใ‚‹ใ‹ใงใ€้ธๆ‰‹ใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใŒ็•ฐใชใ‚‹ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฏใ€ใจใซใ‹ใๅ›ž่ปขใใฎใ‚‚ใฎใŒ็พŽใ—ใใ€ๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใŒใƒ–ใƒฌใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏ็ฉบไธญๅงฟๅ‹ขใงใ‚‚ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚

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

็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฏใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๅ‰ใซใ‹ใชใ‚Š้ก”ใ‚’ๆญขใ‚ใฆใ‹ใ‚‰่ทณใถใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ไฝ“ๆ“ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆŠ€ใŒ้€ฃ็ถšใ™ใ‚‹ใจใใซ้ ญใŒๅ‹•ใ„ใฆใ—ใพใ†ใจใ€็†ๆƒณ้€šใ‚Šใฎๅ›ž่ปขใซๅ…ฅใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ—ใพใ™ใ—ใ€้ ญใฎไฝ็ฝฎใฏๅคงๅˆ‡ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใ€ๆŠ€ใฎ้–‹ๅง‹ใ‹ใ‚‰็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใงใ€้ ญใฎไฝ็ฝฎใŒใ‚บใƒฌใชใ„ใฎใ‚’ๅผทใฟใซใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใพใงใฏใ€Œ้ก”ใ‚’ๅ‹•ใ‹ใ•ใชใ„ใ€ใŒใ‚ปใ‚ชใƒชใƒผใงใ™ใŒใ€๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚ŠใซๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ™ใ‚‹ใจใใฏใ€้ก”ใ‚’ๅ‹•ใ‹ใ™ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•ๅฎŸใฏใ€็™ฝไบ•ใ•ใ‚“ใฏ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใ‚’ๆˆๅŠŸใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žใฒใญใ‚Šใจใ€ใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใฏใ€ใฉใ‚“ใชๆŠ€่ก“ใฎ้•ใ„ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‹๏ผŸ

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

๏ผ”ๅ›žใฒใญใ‚Š๏ผˆ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปข๏ผ‰ใพใงใฏใ€ๅƒ•ใฏ่ปธใ‚’ๅคงๅˆ‡ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€้ก”ใ‚„ใ€ๅ…ˆ่กŒใ™ใ‚‹ๅณ่‚ฉใฏๅ‹•ใ‹ใ•ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚็€ๅœฐใ™ใ‚‹ใŸใ‚ใซใฏๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใŒๅคงไบ‹ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ๅนผๅฐ‘ๆœŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใใ†็ฟ’ใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ‚‚๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใซใชใฃใŸใจใใซใ€่ปธใ‚’ๅคงไบ‹ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆš‡ใŒใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่€็ฉบๆ™‚้–“ใฎใชใ‹ใซ4.5ๅ›žใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใซใ€ใใฎๅฏ†ๅบฆใ‚’่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ใจใ€ใฉใ†ใ—ใฆใ‚‚ๆ™‚้–“ใŒ่ถณใ‚Šใชใ„ใ€‚๏ผ”ๅ›žใฒใญใ‚Šใพใงใฏใ€่ทณใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใจใพใš่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใฃใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใฒใญใ‚Šใฏใ˜ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ™‚้–“ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ™ใŒใ€4.5ๅ›žใจใชใ‚‹ใจ่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใ‚‹ๆ™‚้–“ใ‚‚ๆฝฐใ•ใชใ„ใจ้–“ใซๅˆใ‚ใชใ„ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใงใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใŸใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใจใ€่ทณใ‚“ใ ็žฌ้–“ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ๅ…ˆ่กŒใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใปใ†ใฎๅณ่‚ฉใงๆ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใ‚Šใฒใญใ‚Šใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใฆใ€้ก”ใ‚‚๏ผˆๅ›ž่ปขๆ–นๅ‘ใซ๏ผ‰ๅ‹•ใ‹ใ—ใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•ๅนผๅฐ‘ๆœŸใ‹ใ‚‰็ฟ’ใฃใฆใใŸๆ–นๆณ•ใ‚’ๅค‰ใˆใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€็™บๆƒณใฎ่ปขๆ›ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใ€ๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใ‚‚ๅฟ…่ฆใงใ™ใญใ€‚

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

ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใใ†ใงใ™ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใซๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ—ใฆใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚„ใ‚Šๆ–นใงๅคฑๆ•—ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๆœ€ๅˆใฏใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žใพใ‚ใฃใŸๆœ€ๅพŒใซใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚นๅŠๅ›ž่ปขใ™ใ‚‹ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚„ใ‚Šๆ–นใงใ€่‰ฏใ„่ปธใซๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸใจใใซ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚ใ†ใจใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใŒใ€ใฉใ†ใ—ใฆใ‚‚ๅ›ž่ปขใŒ้–“ใซๅˆใ‚ใชใใฆ็€ๅœฐใงๆจชใซ่ปขใŒใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใงใ„ใ†ใ‚นใƒ†ใƒƒใƒ—ใ‚ขใ‚ฆใƒˆใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ—ใพใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใงใ€่ธใฟๅˆ‡ใ‚ŠใจๅŒๆ™‚ใซใพใ‚ใ‚Šๅง‹ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ๅ›ž่ปขใฎใ‹ใ‘ๆ–นใซๅค‰ใˆใฆใฟใŸใจใใซใ€ๅˆใ‚ใฆ็ซ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ไปŠใพใงๆŸ“ใฟใคใ„ใฆใใŸๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฉใŠใ‚Šใซใ€ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใใกใ‚ƒ่‰ฏใ„่นดใ‚ŠใŒๅ…ฅใฃใŸใจใ‹ใ€่‰ฏใ„่ปธใŒๅ–ใ‚ŒใŸใ€ใจๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‹ใจใใปใฉใ€ๆ–ฐใŸใชๆŠ€ใฏใงใใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใชใ‹ใงใ€Œใƒคใƒใ‚คใ€ใจๆ€ใ†ใใ‚‰ใ„ๅค‰ใชๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฎใจใใซใ€ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ๆŠ€ใŒๆˆๅŠŸใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•ใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใ€ใฏใ€Œใƒคใƒใ‚คใ€ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ™ใ‹๏ผˆ็ฌ‘๏ผ‰ใ€‚

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

ใ—ใ‹ใ‚‚๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ‚’ๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใŸใฎใฏใ€ใพใ ้ซ˜ๆ ก็”Ÿใง็ญ‹ๅŠ›ใŒใชใใ€ๅฎ™่ฟ”ใ‚Šใฎ้ซ˜ใ•ใŒใชใ„ๆ™‚ๆœŸใงใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ™ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€้ซ˜ใ•ใจใ‹่€็ฉบๆ™‚้–“ใ‚’ๅข—ใ‚„ใ—ใŸใฎใงใฏใชใใ€ใฉใ“ใพใงๅ›ž่ปขใฎๅฏ†ๅบฆใ‚’ๆฟƒใใ—ใฆใ„ใใ‹ใ€ใจใ„ใ†่€ƒใˆๆ–นใงๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“้ซ˜ใ•ใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใจๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใชใ„ๆŠ€ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€้ซ˜ใ•ใ‚„่€็ฉบๆ™‚้–“ใงใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใ€ใ‚’ๆฑ‚ใ‚ใชใใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Šๆ–นใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

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

ใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใฎไธ–็•Œใจใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ€ใŒ็น‹ใŒใ‚‹ๅฏ่ƒฝๆ€งใซใคใ„ใฆใŠ่žใใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใพใš็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏๅๅฏพๅ›žใ‚Šใชใฎใงใ€ๅทฆ่‚ฉใ‚’้–‹ใใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใงใ™ใญใ€‚

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

ไฝ“ๆ“ใจใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใฏๅ‰ๆใŒ้•ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใใพใงใ‚‚็ด ไบบใฎ็›ฎ็ทšใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎ่ฉฑใซใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ๅทฆ่‚ฉใ‚’้–‹ใ„ใฆใŠใ„ใฆใ€ๅณๆ‰‹ใงๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ๆ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใ‚Šใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใงใ™ใ€‚ใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฏใ€่ธใฟๅˆ‡ใ‚‹ใจใใซๅทฆ่‚ฉใฏ้–‹ใ‹ใšใ€ๅ‰ๆ–นใซๆŒฏใ‚ŠไธŠใ’ใŸๅณๆ‰‹ใซๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆ่ทณใ‚“ใงใ„ใพใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ๅณ่ถณใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚ŠไธŠใ’ใŸ็žฌ้–“ใซใ€ๅทฆ่‚ฉใ‚’้–‹ใ‹ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใงๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใ‚’ๅณๅดใซไฟใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ ใจๅณๆ‰‹ใ ใ‘ใงๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’่ตทใ“ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€ใงใ‚‚ใใ“ใงๅทฆ่‚ฉใ‚’้–‹ใ„ใฆใŠใ„ใฆใ€ใใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’็”Ÿใ‚€ใ“ใจใงใ€้€šๅธธไปฅไธŠใฎๅ›ž่ปขๅŠ›ใŒๅพ—ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใพใ™ใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•ๅทฆ่‚ฉใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’่ตทใ“ใ—ใŸใ‚‰ใ€ๅณๅดใฎๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใซ็งปใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใงใ™ใŒใ€ใ„ใ‹ใŒใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†๏ผŸ

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

ๅทฆ่‚ฉใฏๆœ€ๅˆใ ใ‘ไฝฟใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๆœ€ๅˆใซ้–‹ใ„ใฆใŠใ„ใฆใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใฎๅผทใ•ใ‚’็”Ÿใพใ›ใฆใŠใ„ใฆใ€่ทณใณใ‚ใŒใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰้–‹ใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ™‚้–“ใ‚’ใใ‚ใ‚ใฆ็Ÿญใใชใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใ™ใใซๅณ่‚ฉใŒๅทฆ่‚ฉใซ่ฟฝใ„ไป˜ใใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ€‚ๆœ€ๅˆใ‹ใ‚‰ๅณใซ่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ๅทฆ่‚ฉใงๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’่ตทใ“ใ—ใŸใ€ใใ“ใฎๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใซๅณ่‚ฉใŒๅ…ฅใฃใฆ่กŒใใจใ„ใ†ใ‚„ใ‚Šๆ–นใงใ™ใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•ๅผทใ„ๅ›ž่ปขใŒ็”Ÿใพใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใฏๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚่ปธใฎไฝœใ‚Šๆ–นใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Šๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใญใ€‚

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

ๅƒ•ใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏใ€ใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใ€ใฎใจใใฏใ€Œ่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใ‚Šใซใ„ใใ€ใจใ„ใ†่€ƒใˆๆ–นใงใฏใชใใ€ใ€ŒใใฎใจใไฝœใฃใŸ่ปธใ‚’ใ€็€ๅœฐใง็›ดใ™ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚็ฉบไธญใซๅ‡บใŸใ‚ใจใฏใ‚‚ใ†่ซฆใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใ†ใ€‚็ฉบไธญใงใ€Œ่ปธใŒใ“ใฃใกใซๆ›ฒใŒใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ€ใจๆ„Ÿใ˜ๅ–ใฃใฆใŠใ‘ใฐใ€็€ๅœฐใฎใจใใซใฉใฎ่„šใ‚’ใฉใฃใกใซๅ‡บใ™ใ‹ๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ€ๅฏพๅฟœใงใใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚็ฉบไธญใง่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€็›ดใ—ใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ€๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใพใ‚ใ‚‹ๅ›ž่ปข้€Ÿๅบฆใ‚’ๆ‹…ไฟใงใใพใ›ใ‚“ใงใ—ใŸ

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

โ€•โ€•ไฝ“ๆ“ใฏไธก่ถณ็€ๅœฐใงใ™ใŒใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฏ็‰‡่ถณ็€ๆฐทใชใฎใงใ€็€ๆฐทใง็›ดใ™้›ฃใ—ใ•ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚

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

็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏใ€่‚ก้–ข็ฏ€ใฎไฝฟใ„ๆ–นใŒใจใฆใ‚‚ไธŠๆ‰‹ใ„ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ๅนณๆ˜Œไบ”่ผชใฎใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎ๏ผ“ๅ›ž่ปขใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใ‚’ใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Š้ ญใŒไธ‹ใŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ‚‚็‰‡่ถณใง็€ๆฐทใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใจใฃใ•ใฎๅฏพๅฟœใฏใ€ไป–ใฎ้ธๆ‰‹ใซใงใใชใ„ใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎๅผทใฟใงใ™ใ€‚ใงใ™ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€Œ็€ๆฐทใ—ใŸ็žฌ้–“ใซใ‚ใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ๅน…ๅบƒใ„้™ใ‚Šๆ–นใงใ€็žฌๆ™‚ใซๅฏพๅฟœใงใใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹่‡ช่บซใŒๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚Œใฐใ€่ปธใซใ“ใ ใ‚ใ‚‹ๅ‰ฒๅˆใ‚’ๅฐ‘ใ—ๆธ›ใ‚‰ใ›ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ€Œ่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใ‚‰ใชใใ‚ƒใ€ใจใฐใ‹ใ‚Šๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฎใŒ้…ใใชใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€่ธใฟๅˆ‡ใ‚ŠใงๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ•ใพใ–ใพใชๅฝฑ้ŸฟใŒๅ‡บใฆใใ‚‹ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šๆ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใ‚Š่ทณใ‚“ใงใ€ๆ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใ‚Šๅ›žใ—ใฆใŠใ„ใฆใ€็€ๆฐทใฎ็žฌ้–“ใฎใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘่ปธใ‚’ๆˆปใ›ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€ใจ่€ƒใˆใŸใ‚‰ใ€้•ใ†ใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใŒ่ฆ‹ใคใ‹ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใ€ใจใ€‚ๅฝผใชใ‚‰ใฐใ€ใใฎๅฏพๅฟœ่ƒฝๅŠ›ใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•็†่ซ–็š„ใซใฏๅฏ่ƒฝใชๆฐ—ใŒใ—ใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎใ‚ปใ‚ชใƒชใƒผใจ้•ใ„ใ™ใŽใฆใ€้ฉšใใฎใ‚ขใ‚คใƒ‡ใ‚ขใงใ™ใ€‚

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

ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใงๅทฆ่‚ฉใ‚’้–‹ใ„ใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใฎใจๅŒใ˜ใงใ€ไฝ“ๆ“ใฎใฒใญใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ๅญไพ›ใซๆ•™ใˆใ‚‹ใชใ‚‰ใ€Œ่‚ฉใฏ้–‹ใ‹ใชใ„ใ€ใจๆ•™ใˆใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใฏไธ€่ˆฌ็š„ใซใ‚„ใฃใกใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใงใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚„ใ‚ใ†ใจใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใฏๆ™ฎ้€šใงใฏใชใ„ใ“ใจใ€‚ๆ™ฎ้€šใงใฏใชใ„ๆŠ€่ก“ใ‚’ไฝฟใ‚ใชใ„ใจใ€๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฏใŠใใ‚‰ใใงใใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ๆ•™็ง‘ๆ›ธ้€šใ‚Šใฎ่ทณใณๆ–นใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใŒใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฏใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฏๆ–ฐใŸใชๆ•™็ง‘ๆ›ธใ‚’ๆ›ธใ‹ใชใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใชใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ—ใ€ๆ›ธใ‘ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•ๆ™ฎ้€šใงใฏใชใ„ๆŠ€่ก“ใ€‚็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใชใ‚‰โ€œๆ™ฎ้€šโ€ใฎๆฆ‚ๅฟตใ‚’ใ†ใกใ‚„ใถใ‚‹ๅŠ›ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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

ใพใ ่ชฐใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใฎใชใ„ๆŠ€ใชใฎใงใ€ใฉใ‚“ใชใ‚„ใ‚Šใ‹ใŸใ‚‚ๆญฃ่งฃใงใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒขใƒŽใ‚ดใƒˆใฏใ‚‚ใฃใจ็ฐกๅ˜ใชใ“ใจใ€‚ใ™ใงใซ็š†ใŒใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆŠ€ใฏใ€ๅฏฉๅˆคใฎๅ…ˆ็”Ÿๆ–นใ‚‚ๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹็จ‹ๅบฆใ€Œๅฅฝใพใ‚Œใ‚‹ๅฎŸๆ–ฝใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ๆŠ€ใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใŸๆœฌไบบใŒๆญฃ่งฃใงใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎใ‚„ใฃใŸๅฎŸๆ–ฝใŒใ€๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๆญฃ่งฃใ€ใจใชใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚่ชฐใ‚‚ๅˆฐ้”ใ—ใŸใ“ใจใฎใชใ„ไธ–็•ŒใธใฎๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใงใ™ใ€‚ๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™๏ผ

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese Nationals Post-FS Interview โ€“ 20211226

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 26 December 2021

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

Part 1

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆ

Q: Please reflect on your free program.

ใ€€ใ€Œ็–ฒใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใŸใ 4A่พผใฟใงใ€ใˆใƒผใ€้€šใ™็ทด็ฟ’ใ€ใพใ‚ๅฎŒๅ…จใช้€šใ—ใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๆ˜จๅนดๅŒๆง˜ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹็จ‹ๅบฆใพใงใ€ใพใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏ6ๅ‰ฒ็จ‹ๅบฆใ€60๏ผ…ใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎใง้”ๆˆๅบฆใง็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใงใใฆใ“ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใฏใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€ใชใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๅฐ่ฑกใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใจใฏๆฏ”ในใ‚‚ใฎใซใชใ‚‰ใชใ„ใใ‚‰ใ„ใ€ไฝ“ๅŠ›ใฎๆถˆ่€—ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€

Yuzuru: I was tired. Um, with the 4A included, my run-through, well, even though it wasnโ€™t a complete run-through, I was able to practice to the same extent as last year, I think personally Iโ€™ve completed about 60% of the training, so I feel like it wasnโ€™t up to par. But as expected, [the 4A] puts a burden on the body to the point where you canโ€™t really compare it to the 4Lo. 

โ€•โ€•ๅˆใ‚ใฆ4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ—ใŸ

Q: You challenged the 4A for the first time

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ไปŠๆ—ฅใฎๆœใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ€ใพใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ€ๅ›žใ›ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆœŸๅพ…ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใชใใฆใ€‚ใจใซใ‹ใใ€ๆœฌ็•ชใŒไธ€็•ชๅคงไบ‹ใชใฎใงใ€‚ๆœฌ็•ชใซๅ›žใ—ใใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใพใ‚Šใซใ‚‚่ทณในใชใ•ใ™ใŽใฆใ€‚่‹ฅๅนฒใ€ๅคฑๆœ›ใ—ใฆใฆใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆœฌ็•ชใ„ใใพใงใซใ‹ใชใ‚Š็ฒพ็ฅžใŒใ‚ฐใ‚ธใƒฃใ‚ฐใ‚ธใƒฃใซใชใฃใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ€ใพใ ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใŒๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใใ‚Œใฆใชใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ๆœฌ็•ชใงไฝฟ็”จใ™ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ใ€ๆ”นใ‚ใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ•ใ›ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, in the morning practice, I wasnโ€™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 itโ€™s really difficult to be trying a jump in competition that I hadnโ€™t landed decisively yet.  

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅ›žใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎๅ‡บๆฅใฏ

Q: How good was the quad Axel this time?

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€้ ‘ๅผตใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅˆๆ—ฅใฎใ‚ใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ๅˆๆ—ฅใง่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใฆใ€ใ€Žใ‚ใ€็พฝ็”Ÿใ€ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใใกใ‚ƒใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซไธŠๆ‰‹ใซใชใฃใŸใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚“ใ€ใฃใฆๆ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใฎใŒใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใพใ ใ€ใ“ใ“2้€ฑ้–“ใใ‚‰ใ„ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใใ‚Œใพใงใฏใšใฃใจใ€ใถใฃ้ฃ›ใฐใ—ใฆ่ทณใ‚“ใงใฆใ€่ปธใŒใคใใ‚Œใชใใฆใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจ่ถณใ‚Šใชใใฆใ€‚ไฝ•ๅ›žใ‚‚ไฝ•ๅ›žใ‚‚ไฝ“ใ‚’ๆ‰“ใกใคใ‘ใฆใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซๆญปใซใซใ„ใใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ใšใฃใƒผใจใ—ใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจใ‚ใ‚ใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใชใ‚Šๅง‹ใ‚ใฆใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒๆฏŽๆ—ฅใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใŒใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎไธญใงใ€Žใ“ใ‚Œใฏ่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆญฃ็›ด็ตๆง‹ใพใ ใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใ‚ใใ“ใพใงใงใ‚‚ใ€‚่ปธใ‚’ใคใใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใ€ใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘ๅคงๅค‰ใชใฎใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใจใ€ใงใ€ใใฎ่ปธใ‚’ใคใใ‚Šใใ‚Œใ‚‹่‡ชไฟกใŒใงใใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใใฎ100๏ผ…ใงๅ›žใ—ใใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใจใƒ€ใƒกใชใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€่ฉฆๅˆใฎไธญใงใ‚ใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใงใใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใพใ ไปŠใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใจใฃใฆใฏใ€ๅฆฅๅ”ใงใใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใซใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๆ‚”ใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใญใ€

Y: Well, I think I did what I could. On the first day, when everyone saw that Axel, they were probably thinking โ€˜Ah, Hanyuโ€™s Axel has really improvedโ€™. 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, couldnโ€™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 itโ€™s not something I can do every day. Therefore, while I think everyone might be feeling something like โ€˜oh, heโ€™s almost landing it, isnโ€™t he?โ€™, the truth is that thereโ€™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 itโ€™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 Iโ€™m frustrated/kuyashii about it. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไบ”่ผชใงใ‚‚ๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใฏ็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

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

ใ€€ใ€Œๆญฃ็›ด่จ€ใฃใกใ‚ƒใ†ใจใ€NHKๆฏๅ‰ใซใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจๆ‚ชใ„ๅ‡บๆฅใงใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจ็ซ‹ใฆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใฎใŒNHKๅ‰ใงใ€‚ใงใ€็ซ‹ใฆใŸใชใจๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚‰ๆฌกใฎๆฌกใฎๆ—ฅใ‚ใŸใ‚ŠใซๆปๆŒซใ—ใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ๆปๆŒซใ—ใŸใ‚‰ใ‚นใƒˆใƒฌใ‚นใจใ‹ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆบœใพใฃใฆใ€้ฃŸ้“็‚Žใซใชใฃใฆ็†ฑใŒๅ‡บใฆใฟใŸใ„ใชใฎใŒใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚1ใ‚ซๆœˆๅ…จ็„ถใ€ไฝ•ใ‚‚ใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใฎๆ™‚็‚นใงใ€่พžใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใŠใ†ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ—ใ€‚ๅฝขใซใชใฃใŸใ—ใ€‚ใ“ใ‘ใชใใชใฃใŸใ—ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ“ใฎๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใซๆฅใ‚‹ใพใงใ‚‚ใ€ใพใ‚NHKๆฏใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใง่‰ฏใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใง่พžใ‚ใฆใ‚‚่‰ฏใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€

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 โ€˜oh, I can stand on itโ€™, 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. Iโ€™d gotten this far. It had taken form. I wasnโ€™t falling on it anymore. Therefore, even before arriving at these Japanese Nationals, although [the jump] got better than [before] the NHK Trophy,โ€ฆ 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. 

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใฎใ€ใ™ใ”ใใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใซใ€Ž็พฝ็”Ÿใ•ใ‚“ใซใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€ใจใ‹ใ€Ž็พฝ็”Ÿใชใ‚‰ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ€ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€ใ™ใ”ใใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ™ใ”ใ้™็•Œใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใงใ„ใ„ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ™ใ”ใ„ๆ‚ฉใ‚“ใงๆ‚ฉใ‚“ใง่‹ฆใ—ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ†ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ ใ‘ใ€ใ›ใฃใ‹ใใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅใŸใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ€Ž้™ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใ€ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใใกใ‚ƒใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใซ่ฟทๆƒ‘ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ ใ‘้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€

Y: Um, I was really happy to receive so many comments from everyone like โ€˜this is something only Hanyu can doโ€™ and โ€˜if itโ€™s Hanyu, he can do itโ€™, 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. Thereโ€™s a part of me that says โ€œJust a little moreโ€ฆ since Iโ€™ve come this far, I do want to land it!โ€™. So, well, I may cause a great deal of worry or bother for everyone, but I will push myself just a little bit more.

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

โ€•โ€•2้€ฑ้–“ๅ‰ใพใงใถใฃ้ฃ›ใฐใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅใ‚‹ใฎใซใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใ‹

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?

ใ€€ใ€Œ็ทด็ฟ’ๆ–นๆณ•ใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใค็ขบ็ซ‹ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ€‚ใงใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ใ“ใฎใŸใ‚ใซใฏใ“ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ™ใ‚‹ในใใชใ‚“ใ ใชใจใ‹ใ€ใ“ใฎใŸใ‚ใซใฏใ“ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ™ในใใชใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใงใใฆใใฆใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใจใ€ใใฎๅญใŸใกใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคๅฎŸใซใชใฃใฆใใŸใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใฑใฃใจใ‚„ใฃใฆใใ‚ŒใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š3AใจใฏใพใฃใŸใ้•ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจ็ฉใฟ้‡ใญใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Iโ€™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, itโ€™s not something you can do immediately, just like that. As I thought, itโ€™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 โ€œchildrenโ€ or โ€œlittle onesโ€ย 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•่พžใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใŠใ†ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใงๆˆปใฃใฆใใ‚‹ใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใฏ

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

ใ€€ใ€Œ้•ทใใชใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅคงไธˆๅคซใงใ™ใ‹๏ผŸ็Ÿญใ‚ใซ๏ผŸใพใ‚ๆญฃ็›ดใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ‚‚็ตๆง‹็„ฆใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๆ—ฉใ่ทณใฐใชใ„ใจไฝ“ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“่กฐใˆใฆใ„ใใฎใ‚‚ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่จญๅฎšใ—ใŸๆœŸ้™ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๆ˜Žใ‚‰ใ‹ใซ้…ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ไฝ•ใงใ“ใ‚“ใชใซ่ทณในใชใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใฃใฆใ„ใ†่‹ฆใ—ใ•ใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฎ่‹ฆใ—ใ•ใจใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ“ใ‚“ใชใซใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใซใงใใชใ„ใฎใซใ€ใ‚„ใ‚‹ๅฟ…่ฆใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใชใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹่ซฆใ‚ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใจใ‹ใ€ใ ใ„ใถๅ‡บใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใซๆฅใ‚‹ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎๆ—ฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใงๆœฌๆฐ—ใง็ท ใ‚ใฆใ€ใ€Žqใ€ๅˆคๅฎšใ•ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ€4็™บใใ‚‰ใ„ใ“ใ‘ใฆใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใใฎๆ™‚ใซใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่€ƒใˆใŸ็ตๆžœใ€ใ“ใฎๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใงใฏ่พžใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ใชใ€‚ใ›ใฃใ‹ใใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅใŸใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใฟใ‚“ใชใฎๅคขใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใŒๅƒ•ใซๆ‡ธใ‘ใฆใใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๅคขใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎใŸใ‚ใซใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใŸใ‚ใซใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎใŸใ‚ใซใ‚‚ใ€ใ‹ใชใˆใฆใ‚ใ’ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

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 thereโ€™s the fact that if I donโ€™t jump it soon, my body is going to decline gradually. But thereโ€™s no doubt Iโ€™m behind the time limit that I set for myself, so thereโ€™s also the pain of wondering why Iโ€™m this far from jumping it. And along with that kind of pain is the question of โ€˜well, if Iโ€™ve done this much and still canโ€™t do it, is there the need to do it?โ€™, 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 โ€˜qโ€™. At the time, after giving much consideration, I realized that I didnโ€™t want to give up on it at Nationals. Since Iโ€™ve come this far, since itโ€™s everyoneโ€™s dream, the dream that everyone is betting on me for, I thought I want to fulfil it for everyone โ€” well of course for myself, but also for everyone.ย 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆญปใซใซใ„ใใ‚ˆใ†ใช็ทด็ฟ’ใจใฏใ€ไปŠใฏใฉใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎๆœฌๆ•ฐใ‚’่ทณใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

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

ใ€€ใ€Œใฉใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„่ทณใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใง่€ƒใˆใŸใ“ใจใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€1ๆ—ฅใซไปŠใ€ๆœฌๆ•ฐๅˆถ้™ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซใƒˆใƒฉใ‚คใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ๆœฌๆ•ฐๅˆถ้™ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใงใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซ่กŒใ็€ใใŸใ‚ใฎใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ทใƒณใ‚ฐใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€ใพใ‚ไปŠๅ›žๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’ใงไฝ•ๅบฆใ‹ใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ใ„ใ†็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใฒใŸใ™ใ‚‰ใ€ไฝ•ๅๆœฌใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€็ฒพ็ฅž็š„ใซใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒๅผทใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€่ชฐใ‚‚่ทณใ‚“ใ ใ“ใจใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใงใ€่ชฐใ‚‚ใงใใ‚‹ๆฐ—ใŒใ—ใชใ„ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใพใงใฎ้Ž็จ‹ใฃใฆใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซใฒใŸใ™ใ‚‰ๆš—้—‡ใ‚’ๆญฉใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ๆฏŽๅ›žใ€้ ญๆ‰“ใฃใฆใ€่„ณใ—ใ‚“ใจใ†ใงๅ€’ใ‚Œใฆๆญปใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ†ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใจใ‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€ใฏใ„ใ€‚๏ผˆๅ–ๆใฎ้ †็•ชใ‚’ๅพ…ใฃใฆใ„ใŸๅฎ‡้‡Žใซ๏ผ‰ๆ˜Œ็ฃจใ€ใ”ใ‚ใ‚“ใญใ€

Y: I wonder how many. I havenโ€™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 Axelโ€ฆwell, I jumped them many times in the public practice this time. Iโ€™ve done those kinds of practices single-mindedly dozens of times. And thenโ€ฆ 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 youโ€™re walking intently alone in the dark. Therefore, each time, Iโ€™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]  โ€”  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; itโ€™s his way of describing the difficulty of training the 4A and a fear he had, rather than a real incident.

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[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 1ย |ย Part 2

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

PART 1

Towards the success of the 4A: โ€˜Without throwing away this dream and without giving up.โ€™

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซ็€ๆฐท๏ผˆๅพŒใงๆœฌไบบใŒๅ›ž่ปขไธ่ถณใ€ไธก่ถณ็€ๆฐทใจ่ชฌๆ˜Ž๏ผ‰ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€ๆ‰‹ๅฟœใˆใฏ

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

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ‚ใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใง่ปธไฝœใ‚ŠใŒไธ€็•ชๅคงไบ‹ใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใฏใใ‚“ใชใ‹ใ‘ใฆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใชใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚„ใ‚‹ในใใ“ใจใฏใ€ใ‚„ใ‚ŒใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ„ใคใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚„ใ‚‹ในใใ“ใจใ‚’ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎๆ„Ÿ่งฆใงใ™ใ€‚ใพใ ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ใ€ใ‚ใฎ10ๅ‰ฒใงใ‹ใ‘ใฆใ„ใ‚‹็Šถๆ…‹ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใจใซใ‹ใใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏๆฐทใฎๆ„Ÿ่งฆใ‚’็ขบใ‹ใ‚ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใ€ใ“ใฎๆฐทใงใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š่ปธใ‚’ใคใใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ“ใจใ‚’่ฉฆใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Yuzuru (Y): Ah well, trulyโ€ฆ today, I think the most important thing for today was to stabilise my axis. I wasnโ€™t focusing too much on my rotations. Thereforeโ€ฆwell, 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. Iโ€™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.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใ‚Œใพใงใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏใฉใ†ใ ใฃใŸใ‹

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

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฎ็€ๆฐทใซใชใ‚‹ๅ ดๅˆใจใ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใฏ่ปธใŒใ†ใพใใ„ใฃใŸใƒ‘ใ‚ฟใƒผใƒณใงใ€‚ใ‚ใจใ‚‚ใ†ไธ€ๅ€‹ใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’10ๅ‰ฒใงใ€ใพใ‚10ๅ‰ฒใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€11ๅ‰ฒใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚“ใชใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎๅŠ›ใงๅ›žใ—ใฆใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ขใƒณใƒ€ใƒผใ€ใŽใ‚Š1/4่ถณใ‚“ใชใ„ใ‹ใชใ€ใ€Žqใ€ใŒใคใใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใงใ“ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ“ใจใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใพใ ใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆฎต้šŽใงใฏไธกๆ–นใจใ‚‚ไธก็ซ‹ใ—ใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: U~mโ€ฆ 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, thatโ€™s something [I havenโ€™t mastered]… balancing both of them (axis and power) in practice is still difficult as expected, yes. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ทด็ฟ’ใงใฏใ‚ฏใƒชใƒผใƒณใชๆˆๅŠŸใฏ

Q: The number of Axels youโ€™ve landed clean in practice isโ€ฆ

ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใชใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: Uhm, none. Thatโ€™s right. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใธใฎๆ€ใ„ใฏ

Q: What are your thoughts towards the Beijing Olympics?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใใ†ใ€ใตใตใตใตใตใฃใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๆญฃ็›ด่จ€ใฃใฆใ€ไธ€ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใฎๆฎต้šŽใงใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใŒๆฑบใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใพใงใ€้ ‘ๅผตใ‚‹ใ—ใ‹ใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใฏใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใงใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ€ใ„ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ๅฝขใจใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ฏใƒชใƒผใƒณใชๅˆคๅฎšใงใฏใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€GOEใ‚‚ใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚นใคใ‹ใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ๅฝขใจใ—ใฆ4Aใซใฏใชใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ€Žใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ˆใ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„๏ผŸใ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€4Aใซๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆ3ๅนดใ€ใพใ‚็‰นใซใ“ใ“ใฎ2ๅนด้–“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Š็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ€ๅ‘ใๅˆใฃใฆใใŸไธญใงใ€ใ“ใฎใใ‚‰ใ„ใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ€Žใ‚‚ใ†ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„๏ผŸใ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆ™‚ใซใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใŽใ‚ŠใŽใ‚Šใพใง่ธใ‚“ๅผตใฃใฆ1ๆ™‚้–“ๅŠใใ‚‰ใ„ใšใฃใจใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’่ทณใ‚“ใ ไธŠใงใ€่ทณในใชใ‹ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚ใ‚ใ›ใฃใ‹ใใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅใŸใฎใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ€ใ„ใจใ€็–ฒใ‚ŒใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใจใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใใกใ‚ƒใใกใ‚ƒใซใชใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ„ใ‚„ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๅƒ•ใ ใ‘ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใ€่ทณใถใฎใฏๅƒ•ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚็ตๅฑ€ใ€่จ€ใ„ๅ‡บใ—ใŸใฎใ‚‚ๅƒ•ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใŒใ€ๅƒ•ใซใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ„ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅ…จใ†ใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใŒใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅƒ•ใฎไฝฟๅ‘ฝใชใฎใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: You seem happy fufufufufu. Um. Well. To be honest, the day before yesterday, I was [practising the 4A] thinking that if I couldnโ€™t land it, I would have to keep trying until the Olympics. The truth is, personally, Iโ€™ve thought that an Axel around this level should be okay. Well, in terms of the formโ€ฆ how do I put it? I donโ€™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 itโ€™s like โ€˜well, have you done your best?โ€™ Iโ€™ve been pursuing the 4A for 3 years already – well, Iโ€™ve focused on it especially for the last two years. Iโ€™ve really practised and faced it head-on, and itโ€™s gotten to this level. So I did feel like โ€˜isnโ€™t it already enough?โ€™. 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 couldnโ€™t do it, I was thinking โ€˜ah, Iโ€™ve come all this wayโ€™, โ€˜ah Iโ€™m tiredโ€™, and while really being all over the place in various waysโ€ฆ But, somehow, itโ€™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 everyoneโ€ฆif everyone is saying that itโ€™s only something that I can do, I thought of accomplishing it as a sort of mission.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™ใงใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹

Q: Is it okay to aim for the Olympics?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†ใ‚“ใจใƒผใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚“ใชใ„ใฃใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ“ใ“ใงใ€ใ“ใ“ใง้™ใ‚Šใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ๆบ€่ถณใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏ่ซฆใ‚ใฆใฏใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ“ใง้™ใ‚Šใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’่‡ชไฝ“ใ‚’ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚‚ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚„ใ‚‹ในใใ“ใจใ‚’็ฉใฟ้‡ใญใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใ€ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใฏใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใชใ‚“ใงใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹ๆฐ—ใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฎๅพŒใฎๆ—ฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ ใจใ‹ใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎๅฝ“ๆ—ฅใ ใจใ‹ใ€ๆœฌ็•ชใง้™ใ‚Šใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๆœ›ใฟใ‚’ๆจใฆใšใซใ€่ซฆใ‚ใšใซใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅปถ้•ท็ทšไธŠใซๅŒ—ไบฌใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’่…นใ‚’ใใใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: Um~ Well, I donโ€™t know. If I can land it here, maybe Iโ€™ll be satisfied. I havenโ€™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 donโ€™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. Iโ€™d like to attempt it properly without throwing away this dream and without giving up. But Iโ€™ve come here accepting that the Beijing Olympics may be the extension to this journey. Yes.

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Part 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏไธก่ถณใงใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚‚่‹ฅๅนฒ่ถณใ‚Šใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†่งฃ้‡ˆใงใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใ€‚4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

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?

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใ€ไธกๆ–นใจใ‚‚ใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€็ญ”ใˆใฏใ€Žใฏใ„ใ€ใงใ™ใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงๆ„Ÿ่งฆ็š„ใซ่ถณใ‚Šใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ไธก่ถณใงใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰้™ใ‚Šใฆใใฆใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใŸใ ใ€ใพใ‚ๅ…ˆใปใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๅ…ˆใปใฉใฎ่ณชๅ•ใซใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ๆ—ฅใงใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใงOKใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใงใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎๅ…ฅใ‚Šๆ–นใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆ›ฒใŒ้•ใฃใฆใ€ๆๅ‡บใ—ใŸ้ŸณๆบใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ้•ใฃใฆใฆๅพŒๅŠ้€”ไธญใงใ‚„ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ๅ‰ๅŠใ‚ใฎๅ…ฅใ‚Šๆ–นใงใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๅฝขใซใ—ใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Yes. Um, the answer to both questions is โ€˜yes.โ€™ 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 wasnโ€™t a day for me to work on rotation, personally. Thatโ€™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.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๆ—ฅใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซๅ…ฅใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใ€ใ‚นใƒ”ใƒผใƒ‰ใ‚’่‹ฅๅนฒ่ฝใจใ—ใฆๅ…ฅใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‹ใ€‚ใคใ‹ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ณใƒ„ใชใฉใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹

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?

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€็ตๅฑ€ใ€่ปธๅ–ใ‚Œใชใ„ใจๅ›ž่ปขใ‚‚ๆ—ฉใใชใ‚‰ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆˆฆ็•ฅใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใŸใ ใ‚ฌใƒ ใ‚ทใƒฃใƒฉใซใถใ‚“ๅ›žใ—ใฆ่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ใ€ๅŽปๅนดใฎใ†ใกใซ้™ใ‚Šใฆใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€่ฉณใ—ใ่ฉฑใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ไผใ‚ใ‚Šใใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ€ใฉใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‚‚ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆ„ๅ›ณใจใ—ใฆใฏใพใšใ€ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจ่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใ‚‹ใ€‚ใงใ€่ปธใŒใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๆ—ฉใไฝœใ‚Œใ‚Œใฐใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚‚ๆ—ฉใๅ›žใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ‰ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใฏ่ฝใจใ—ใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€


Y: Well, ultimately if you canโ€™t grasp the axis, the rotations wonโ€™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. Iโ€™ve thought about a lot of things, and well, how to put it, even if I talk about it in detail, I donโ€™t think what I want to say will come across, so thereโ€™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, itโ€™s more controlled now in speed compared to before (past 4A attempts).

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅณ่ถณ้ฆ–ใซไธๅฎ‰ใฏใชใ„๏ผŸ

Q: Are there no worries about your right ankle?

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: Yes, thatโ€™s correct.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•SPใฏไฝ•ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€้ธใ‚“ใ ็†็”ฑใฏใ€‚ๆ€ชๆˆ‘ใ—ใŸ็Šถๆณใ‚„็ตŒ้Žใฏ

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

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ใˆใฃใจ๏ฝžใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚‰่ฉฑใ›ใฐใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใ€‚ใ‚ใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใ‹ใ‚‰ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฎ้ธๆ›ฒใฎ็†็”ฑใฏใ€ใพใšใ‹ใชใ‚Šๆ‚ฉใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‚’่ฆšใˆใฆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ‰ๅ›žใ€ๅ‰ใ€…ๅ›žใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ๅ››ๅคง้™ธ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงๅ„ชๅ‹ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใƒใƒฉใƒผใƒ‰ใซๆˆปใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽๆ›ฒใ‚’ใ™ใ”ใๆŽขใ—ใฆใใฆใ€‚ใงใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใง็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฃใฝใ„่กจ็พใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใงใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ„่กจ็พใฎใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใŒใฉใ‚“ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใšใฃใจๆŽขใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ€ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š่ฆ‹ใคใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใใฆใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ ใชใฃใฆๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒ่ธŠใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒใชใ‹ใชใ‹่ฆ‹ใคใ‹ใ‚‰ใšใซใ€ใใฎใ†ใกใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆ˜”ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€Žใƒญใƒณใƒ‰ใƒปใ‚ซใƒ—ใƒชใƒใ‚ชใƒผใ‚ฝใ€ใฃใฆๆ›ฒใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅ‡บใฆใใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใใฎไธญใงใ€Žใ“ใ‚Œๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใ€ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽใฎใƒใƒผใ‚ธใƒงใƒณใงๆป‘ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ˆใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚‰ใ—ใใชใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใŸใ€ใใฎใ€ใŸใ ใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽใฎๆ™ฎ้€šใฎๆ—ขๅญ˜ใฎใƒใƒผใ‚ธใƒงใƒณใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใฏใชใใฆใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๅƒ•ใŒใใฎใ€ๅ…ˆใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ€ใ™ใ”ใ„ๅฟƒใŒๆŠ˜ใ‚Œใฆใคใ‚‰ใ‹ใฃใŸๆ™‚ๆœŸใซใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๆป‘ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซ็”Ÿใใ‚‹ๆดปๅŠ›ใจๆป‘ใ‚‹ๆดปๅŠ›ใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸๆธ…ๅกšใ•ใ‚“ใฎใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽใซใ—ใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚‚ๆฐ—ๆŒใก่‰ฏใๆป‘ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใงใฏใชใ„ใ‹ใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจๆฐ—ๆŒใก่‰ฏใใ€ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ๆธ…ๅกšใ•ใ‚“ใซ้ ผใ‚“ใงใ€ไฝœๆ›ฒใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใ€‚ไฝœๆ›ฒใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€็ทจๆ›ฒใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใ‚ธใƒŠใƒซใฎใƒใƒผใ‚ธใƒงใƒณใ‚’ไฝœใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: Umโ€ฆ umโ€ฆ What should I start with? Ah, letโ€™s start with the short program. The reason I picked the shortโ€ฆ First, I was quite troubled thinking about it. Um, I myself donโ€™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 โ€œYuzuru Hanyuโ€-like expression would be, and what would be something that only โ€œYuzuru Hanyuโ€ could convey. And, well, I couldnโ€™t really find anything for a while. I wasnโ€™t able to find something that I could say โ€œthatโ€™s it,โ€ something that would make my heart pound, and during that time, I came across โ€œRondo Capricciosoโ€, 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 โ€œme-like.โ€ 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. Kiyotsukaโ€™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. Kiyotsukaโ€™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 Iโ€™m using an original version of the piece.

*T/N: Referring to pianist Shinya Kiyotsuka, the artist of โ€œHaru Yo Koi,โ€ to which Yuzuru did an exhibition program previously

ใ€€ใ€Œใงใ€่ถณ้ฆ–ใฏใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎใˆใƒผใ€้€šใ—็ทด็ฟ’ใ‹ใชใ€‚ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎ้ ญใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใŸ้€šใ—็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆ™‚ใซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใงใ€ใใฎใพใพๆฌกใฎใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใซใ„ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚จใƒƒใ‚ธใŒๆฐทใซ็ตกใพใฃใฆใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใฆใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใ†ใฉใ€ใ‚จใƒƒใ‚ธใ‚’็ ”็ฃจใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใŸใฐใฃใ‹ใ ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใงใ€ๆ„Ÿ่ฆš้•ใ†ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใŒใชใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซใ‚จใƒƒใ‚ธใŒๆฐทใซใจใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ—ใพใฃใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ๆŠœใ‘ใ‚‹ใฏใšใ ใฃใŸใ‚“ใ ใ‘ใฉๆŠœใ‘ใชใใฆใ€ใƒใ‚ญใƒƒใฃใฆใ„ใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€็›ดๆŽฅ็š„ใช่ฆๅ› ใฏใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ˜็ด”ใซๅ˜็™บใฎใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใ‚’่ทณใถใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ๅ•้กŒใฏใชใใฆใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€4Aใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใจใ€ใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚นใ‚ขใƒซใƒ•ใ‚กใ€ใ‚จใƒƒใ‚ธใฎใƒกใƒณใƒ†ใƒŠใƒณใ‚นใ‚’ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจใ—ใใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใใ‚“ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ€‚็ตๆžœ็š„ใซๆปๆŒซใซใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: And then, as for my ankle, umโ€ฆ 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 couldnโ€™t be helped, the edge really was caught in the ice, and I should have been able to pull it out but I couldnโ€™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 wasnโ€™t keeping up with maintenance of my edges properly. Um, something like that, and as a result I ended up getting a sprain.

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็ตŒ้Žใฏใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ๆปๆŒซใ‚’ใ™ใ”ใ„ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ๅณ่ถณใฎๆปๆŒซใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏ็Ÿฅใ‚Šๅฐฝใใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใŸใ‚‰ๆ—ฉใๆฒปใ›ใ‚‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใฒใŸใ™ใ‚‰่€ƒใˆใคใคใ€ๅŠ ๅœงใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๅŠ ๅœงใงใ€ใพใ‚ๆฒป็™‚ไฟƒ้€ฒใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏ่ถ…้ŸณๆณขไฝฟใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ไฝŽๅ‘จๆณขไฝฟใฃใŸๅŠ ๅœงใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ไป™ๅฐใงใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏ้™ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใฏใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๆฒปใ—ใฆใ„ใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ™ใฟใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€้•ทใใชใฃใกใ‚ƒใฃใฆใ€

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 Iโ€™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 โ€œkaatsuโ€ which uses training bands to put pressure & restrict blood flow as a form of physical therapy and to help speed up recovery.

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸ๏ฝžใ€ใพใŸๆœฌ็•ชใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Thank you~ Iโ€™ll see you again during the actual event.

ใ€€โ€ปใใฎๅพŒใฎไปฃ่กจ่€…ใซใ‚ˆใ‚‹็ขบ่ชไฝœๆฅญใง

 โ€ปThe following is obtained through his representative confirming

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅŒ—ไบฌใฏ็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™ๆ˜Ž่จ€ใงใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹

Q: Is it a declaration that youโ€™re aiming for Beijing [Olympics]?

ใ€€ใ€Œ่…นใใใฃใŸใ€‚่ฆšๆ‚Ÿใฏใ—ใŸใ‚ˆใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ€‚็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™ๆ˜Ž่จ€ใงใ€‚ใ†ใ‚“ใ€

Y: I have made up my mind. I feel Iโ€™m ready for it. And so, yes, itโ€™s a declaration that Iโ€™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

ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆ็•Œใ‚’็‰ฝๅผ•ใ™ใ‚‹ใƒˆใƒƒใƒ—ใ‚ขใ‚นใƒชใƒผใƒˆใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใ•ใ‚“ใ€‚ๆ˜จไปŠใฎใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠ็ฆใงๆœฌๆ‹ ๅœฐใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใธใฏๆˆปใ‚Œใšใ€ใŸใ ไธ€ไบบใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใ‚’็ถšใ‘ใ€ๆ˜จๅนดๆœซใฎๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงใฏ5ๅนดใถใ‚Šใฎๅ„ชๅ‹ใ‚’้ฃพใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๅœงๅ€’็š„ใชๅผทใ•ใจ็พŽใ—ใ•ใ‚’ๆŒใกใ€ๅ‰้€ฒใ‚’็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใซไผšใ„ใซใ€ๆ–ฐ็ท‘ใ‚ใตใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆœใฎ้ƒฝใƒปไป™ๅฐใธๅ‘ใ‹ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

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.  

ใ‚นใƒใƒผใƒ„ใงใ‚ใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰็พŽใ—ใ•ใ‚’ๆฑ‚ใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹่Šธ่ก“็š„ใชๅด้ขใ‚’ๆŒใคใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ€‚ไธ€็•ชๅฟ…่ฆใชใฎใฏใ€ใ“ใ ใ‚ใ‚Šใจๆ„่ญ˜ใฎ้ซ˜ใ•ใ ใจ่ชžใ‚‹ใ€‚

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. 

ใ€ŒๆŠ€ใฎๅฎŒๆˆๅบฆใจ็พŽใ—ใ•ใ‚’็ซถใ†็ซถๆŠ€ใงใ™ใŒใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒƒใ‚ธใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใฏไบบ้–“ใชใฎใงใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชไพกๅ€ค่ฆณใฎไบบใซๅฑŠใๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงใชใใฆใฏใชใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ€‚ใ“ใ ใ‚ใ‚Šใจๆ„่ญ˜ใฎ้ซ˜ใ•ใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใๅŠชๅŠ›ใ‚’็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚’ๅฎข่ฆณ่ฆ–ใงใใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚้‡่ฆใงใ€่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ„ใ“ใจใ‚’ๅ„ชๅ…ˆใ™ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใงใฏ็‹ฌใ‚Šใ‚ˆใŒใ‚Šใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซใ—ใ‹ใชใ‚‰ใชใ„ใจๆ„Ÿใ˜ใพใ™ใ—ใ€่ฆ‹ใ‚‹ไบบใซไฝ•ใ‹ใŒไผใ‚ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใงๅˆใ‚ใฆใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใŒๅฎŒๆˆใ™ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใƒใƒƒใƒ”ใƒผใชใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใชใ‚‰ใ€่ฆ‹ใŸไบบใŒๆฌกใฎๆ—ฅใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚้ ‘ๅผตใ‚ŒใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅฟƒใŒๅ‰ใซๅ‹•ใใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใซใชใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใ€‚ๅˆ‡ใชใ„ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใชใ‚‰ใ€ใใฎไบบใฎ็—›ใฟใ‚„็ตŒ้จ“ใซๅฏ„ใ‚Šๆทปใˆใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใซใ—ใŸใ„ใ€‚ใพใ 26ๅนดใ—ใ‹็”Ÿใใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใชใ‚Šใฎใ‚นใƒˆใƒผใƒชใƒผใ‚„ๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใ‚’่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏ้ŽๅŽปใ ใ‘ใงใฏใชใใฆใ€ๆœชๆฅใธใฎๆ€ใ„ใ‚„ใ€็พๅœจ้€ฒ่กŒๅฝขใงๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆง˜ใ€…ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€

[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. Itโ€™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 itโ€™s important how objectively I can evaluate myself, if I just fixate on what I want to express, I feel Iโ€™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 itโ€™s a happy program, Iโ€™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 itโ€™s a sad program, Iโ€™d like it to be a way for the people watching to connect with their pain and experiences. Iโ€™ve only lived 26 years, but Iโ€™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 Iโ€™m experiencing currentlyโ€ฆ though itโ€™s very varied. 

ใ‚ชใƒ•ใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฎ็พๅœจใ‚‚็ทด็ฟ’ๅ ดใซ้€šใ†ๆฏŽๆ—ฅใ€‚ใƒขใƒใƒ™ใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใซใคใ„ใฆๅฐ‹ใญใ‚‹ใจใ€‚

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

ๅŠชๅŠ›ใฎ็ตๆžœใŒๅ…จใฆใ€‚ๆˆๆžœใŒๅ‡บใŸๆ™‚ใŒไธ€็•ชใฎใ”่ค’็พŽใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚้ ‘ๅผตใฃใŸใ‚‰ไฝ•ใŒ้ฃŸในใŸใ„ใจใ‹ใ€่ฒทใŠใ†ใจใ‹ใงใฏใชใ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘๏ผ‰ใ€้”ๆˆใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใฎๅ–œใณใ‚’ๅ‘ณใ‚ใ„ใŸใ„ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€‚ไบ›็ดฐใช็›ฎๆจ™ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆ—ฅใ€…ไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚Š้‚ใ’ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใญ

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

ๆ•ฐใ€…ใฎใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒˆใƒซใ‚’็ฒๅพ—ใ—ใฆใใŸใŒใ€ใƒกใƒณใ‚ฟใƒซใŒๅผทใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใŸใ“ใจใฏไธ€ๅบฆใ‚‚ใชใ„ใฎใ ใใ†ใ€‚

Weโ€™ve heard that though youโ€™ve secured countless titles, youโ€™ve never once thought that you were mentally strong?

ใ€Œ่ฉฆๅˆใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใงใ‚‚ๆฐ—ๆŒใกๆ‚ชใใชใ‚‹ใใ‚‰ใ„็ทŠๅผตใ—ใพใ™ใ—ใ€็œ ใ‚Œใชใ„ๅคœใ‚‚ใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใใ‚Œใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ็†ๆƒณใŒ้ซ˜ใ„ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ๅธธใซๆœ€ๅ–„ใ‚’ๅฐฝใใ™ใ—ใ‹ใชใ„ใ€‚็ทด็ฟ’ใ™ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใงใชใใ€ไผ‘ใ‚“ใ ใ‚Šใ€ๆ™‚ใซใฏไฝ•ใ‚‚่€ƒใˆใชใ„ใ“ใจใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไธ€็•ช่‰ฏใ„ใจๅˆคๆ–ญใ—ใŸ้ธๆŠžใ‚’็ฉใฟ้‡ใญใ‚‹ใ“ใจใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใ€ใŸใจใˆ็ตๆžœใŒใใฎๆ™‚ใซๅ‡บใชใใฆใ‚‚ใ€ๅฟ…ใšๅผทใใชใฃใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ€

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 canโ€™t sleep. But thatโ€™s because I have high ideals. So I can only give my everything. If I can live by the choice that Iโ€™ve judged as the best one, not only in practice but during times of rest and including occasionally when Iโ€™m not even thinking about anything, I think you will definitely become stronger, even if you donโ€™t get the results you wanted at the time. 

ใ€Œๆฌกใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใฏๅ‹ใกใพใ™๏ผใ€ใจใ„ใ†็™บ่จ€ใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใƒ—ใƒฌใƒƒใ‚ทใƒฃใƒผใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ๅคšใ„ใ€‚

Youโ€™ll often bring pressure onto yourself by saying things like โ€˜Iโ€™ll win the next competition!โ€™ 

ใ€Œใงใใ‚‹ใจไฟกใ˜ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€‚้ก˜ใ„ใ‚’่จ€่‘‰ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใงใ€่„ณใซใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ไฝœ็”จใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๆŠผใ—ๆฝฐใ•ใ‚Œใใ†ใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’ๅŽŸๅ‹•ๅŠ›ใซใ—ใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚‹ใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใ€‚ๅŠ›ใ‚“ใงใ—ใพใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใŠ่…นใŒ็—›ใใชใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใฎๅŠ›ใ‚’ใ„ใ„ๆ–นๅ‘ใซๅค‰ใˆใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใ‚Œใฐใ€‚็ทŠๅผตใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใไธๅฏงใซใ€้›†ไธญใ—ใฆๅ–ใ‚Š็ต„ใ‚€ใ“ใจใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ€

Itโ€™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 Iโ€™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. Itโ€™s because I get nervous that I can, single-mindedly, concentrate and tackle problems head on. 

่ฟ‘ๅนดใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใงใฏใ€Œๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใ€Œๆ–ฐใƒปๅนณๅฎถ็‰ฉ่ชžใ€ใ‚„ใ€ŒSEIMEIใ€ใชใฉๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‚’ใƒ†ใƒผใƒžใซใ—ใŸ้ธๆ›ฒใงใ‚‚็Ÿฅใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ€‚็พฝ็”Ÿใ•ใ‚“ใฏๆ—ฅๆœฌไบบใจใ—ใฆใฎใ‚ขใ‚คใƒ‡ใƒณใƒ†ใ‚ฃใƒ†ใ‚ฃใ‚’ใฉใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซ่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

In competitions in recent years, we know you have chosen music with Japanese themes like โ€˜Ten to chi toโ€™ and โ€˜SEIMEIโ€™. What do you think of your identity as a Japanese person? 

ใ€ŒๅฎŸใฏใใ‚“ใชใซๆ„่ญ˜ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใชใใฆใ€ใ‚€ใ—ใ‚ๆ—ฅๆœฌไบบใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ๅฟ่€ๅผทใ„ใจใ‹ใ€ไธๅฏงใ ใจใ‹ใ€ๅ›บๅฎš่ฆณๅฟตใซ็ธ›ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจ่‰ฏใใชใ„ใชใจๆ„Ÿใ˜ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใ‚ณใƒณใƒ—ใƒฌใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚นใซใชใ‚‹ไบบใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ€‚ใฟใ‚“ใชใใ‚Œใžใ‚Œ้•ใ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใฟใ‚“ใชใŒใ„ใ„ใ€‚ๅค–ๅ›ฝใฎ้ธๆ‰‹ใซไผšใ†ใจไพกๅ€ค่ฆณใŒ้•ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใซๅฏพใ™ใ‚‹ๆ…‹ๅบฆใ‚‚ไบบใใ‚Œใžใ‚Œใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’ไธ€็ท’ใซใ‚„ใ‚ใ†ใจใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ไธ€ใคใซใชใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒSDGsใŒๆŽฒใ’ใ‚‹ใƒ€ใ‚คใƒใƒผใ‚ทใƒ†ใ‚ฃใช็คพไผšใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ๅคงไบ‹ใชใ“ใจใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

To be honest, I wasnโ€™t thinking about it like that; on the contrary, I feel that itโ€™s not a good thing to be stereotyped as persevering and polite because weโ€™re Japanese. And I think there are people who have a complex against that. Itโ€™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 personโ€™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. 

ๆ˜จๅนด9ๆœˆใ€7ๅนด้–“ๅญฆใ‚“ใ ๆ—ฉ็จฒ็”ฐๅคงๅญฆใฎไบบ้–“็ง‘ๅญฆ้ƒจ้€šไฟกๆ•™่‚ฒ่ชฒ็จ‹ใ‚’ๅ’ๆฅญใ—ใŸใ€‚

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

ใ€Œใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚ๅ‹‰ๅผทใ‚‚ใ€็Ÿฅ่ญ˜ใฃใฆๅคงๅˆ‡ใ ใชใจใ€‚SDGsใฎๆดปๅ‹•ใซใคใ„ใฆใ‚‚ใ€่‡ช็„ถใฎไธญใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€้™ใ‚Šใ‚ใ‚‹่ณ‡ๆบใ‚’ๆŒ็ถšๅฏ่ƒฝใชใ‚‚ใฎใซใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ‚ใฎๅ‹‰ๅผทใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใƒ—ใƒญใƒ€ใ‚ฏใƒˆใ‚’้ธใถใ“ใจใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใ€‚ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใฏใ‚ดใƒŸใฎๅ•้กŒใŒๆฐ—ใซใชใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€็ทด็ฟ’ไธญใซใฏๅธธใซใƒžใ‚คใƒœใƒˆใƒซใ‚’ๆŒใกๆญฉใใฎใ‚’ๅฟƒใŒใ‘ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ•ใ•ใ‚„ใ‹ใงใ‚‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใซไฝ•ใŒใงใใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ‚’ๅ•ใ†ใ“ใจใฏไธ€ใคใฎๅ‰้€ฒใชใฎใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€

In skating and also in studying, knowledge is important. In regards to SDGsโ€™ 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]. Iโ€™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: โ€˜Simply, in order to winโ€™ – 210715

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Continue reading [ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu x Rikako Ikee – Special Talk: โ€˜Simply, in order to winโ€™ – 210715

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

Original article published August 2021.

Translation + Japanese transcript: @shinjistarxxย 
Proofreading:ย @axelsandwich

ๅญฆใณใฎใ‚ญใƒผใƒฏใƒผใƒ‰ใ€Œ้›†ไธญๅŠ›ใ€(ไบบ้–“็ง‘ๅญฆๆƒ…ๅ ฑ็ง‘ๅญฆ็ง‘) ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใ•ใ‚“

Learning Keyword: โ€œConcentrationโ€ (Department of Human Informatics Science), Yuzuru Hanyu

Interview with Professor Nishimura Shoji ่ฅฟๆ‘ๆ˜ญๆฒปๆ•™ๆŽˆย 

ๆœŸๅพ…ไปฅไธŠใซๅคšใใ‚’ๅญฆในใ‚‹ๅญฆ้š›็š„ใชไบบ้–“ๆƒ…ๅ ฑ็ง‘ๅญฆ็ง‘

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

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ใ€€ๆฑไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚’้–“่ฟ‘ใซๆŽงใˆใŸใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ—ฅใ€ๆฑไบฌใจไป™ๅฐใ‚’็ตใ‚“ใงใฎใƒ“ใƒƒใ‚ฐๅฏพ่ซ‡ใŒใ€้›‘่ชŒNumberใ€Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏ้–‹ๅน•็›ดๅ‰็‰น้›†ใ€ใงๅฎŸ็พใ—ใŸใ€‚

As we draw closer to the Tokyo Olympics, a โ€˜great exchangeโ€™ that connects Tokyo and Sendai took place in this special Pre-Olympics Numbers edition. 

ใ€€ไปŠๅคใ€ๅ†ใณ็ฅญๅ…ธใฎๅ ดใซๅงฟใ‚’็พใ™ๆฐดๆณณใฎ็”ณใ—ๅญใ€ๆฑ ๆฑŸ็’ƒ่Šฑๅญใจใ€ๅ†ฌใฎ็Ž‹่€…ใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฎๅˆ้ก”ๅˆใ‚ใ›ใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€‚

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.

ใ€€ใตใŸใ‚Šใซใฏใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒณใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจไปฅๅค–ใซใ‚‚ใ€ๅคงใใชๅ…ฑ้€š็‚นใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ€‚ใใ‚Œใซๆฐ—ใฅใ„ใฆใ„ใŸใฎใฏ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฎใปใ†ใ ใฃใŸใ€‚

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

ใ€€ๅฏพ่ซ‡ใฎๅ†’้ ญใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ๆฑ ๆฑŸใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใ€ใ€Œ่‹ฅใ„ใฎใซใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่ƒŒ่ฒ ใฃใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ‚‹ใชใจใšใฃใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ใ”่‡ช่บซใฎ็—…ๆฐ—ใฎใ“ใจใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ไป–ใฎ็—…ๆฐ—ใซใ‹ใ‹ใฃใŸไบบใ‚’ๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใฅใ‘ใŸใ„ใจใ‹ใ€ๅ…ƒๆฐ—ใซใชใฃใฆใปใ—ใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใพใงๅ…จ้ƒจใ€‚ใใ‚“ใชใซ่ƒŒ่ฒ ใ‚ใชใใฆใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใคใคใ€่ƒŒ่ฒ ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ๅผทใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใชใจใ‚‚ใ€ใจๆฐ—้ฃใ„ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸใ€‚

From the outset of the conversation, he showed his concern for Ikee, saying, โ€˜Iโ€™ve felt this whole time that though sheโ€™s young, sheโ€™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 doesnโ€™t have to bear all of that weight, itโ€™s perhaps because sheโ€™s carried these burdens that she is strong.โ€™

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

ใ€€ๆฑ ๆฑŸใฏใ€ใใ‚Œใซใ“ใ†็ญ”ใˆใ‚‹ใ€‚ใ€Œ็ขบใ‹ใซ่ƒŒ่ฒ ใ‚ใชใใฆใ„ใ„ใ“ใจใพใง่ƒŒ่ฒ ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆฐ—ใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅพฉๅธฐใ—ใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใฏใ€็—…ๆฐ—ใ—ใŸไบบไปฃ่กจใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ™ในใฆใฎใƒฌใƒผใ‚นใงๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Ikee replied: โ€˜Itโ€™s true that Iโ€™m carrying the knowledge that I shouldnโ€™t shoulder these burdens. After recovering, Iโ€™ve felt at all races that Iโ€™m almost like a representative for those who have been ill.โ€™

็พฝ็”Ÿใ€Œๅฝ“ๆ™‚ใฏใ™ใ”ใ้‡ใŸใๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€

ใ€€ๅคง็—…ใ‚’ๆ‚ฃใ„ใ€ๆ˜จๅนดๅพฉๅธฐใ€‚ใฟใ‚‹ใฟใ‚‹ใจ็ซถๆŠ€่€…ใจใ—ใฆใฎๅ›žๅพฉใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸๆฑ ๆฑŸใŒใ€ไบบ็Ÿฅใ‚Œใš่ƒŒ่ฒ ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ€‚็พฝ็”Ÿใฏ้ ใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅฏŸใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚ใชใœใชใ‚‰ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚‚้ฟใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ๅคฉๅ‘ฝใซใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ€ใ„ใพใ‚‚ใชใŠใ€้‡ใ‚Šใ‚’่ƒŒ่ฒ ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ ใ€‚

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. Itโ€™s because even now, he has also been shouldering a heavy weight that fate had laid upon him. 

ใ€Œๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใ€16ๆญณใฎๆ™‚ใซๆฑๆ—ฅๆœฌๅคง้œ‡็ฝใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ™ใ”ใใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่ƒŒ่ฒ ใ„ๅง‹ใ‚ใŸใชใจๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚

โ€œFor 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.”

ใ€€ไปŠใ‚‚ใ€ๆฑๆ—ฅๆœฌๅคง้œ‡็ฝใฎๆ”ฏๆดใ‚„ๅพฉ่ˆˆใซ้–ขใ™ใ‚‹ไพ้ ผใฏใชใ‚‹ในใๅ—ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ™ใŒใ€ๅฝ“ๆ™‚ใฏใ™ใ”ใ้‡ใŸใๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๅคง้œ‡็ฝใจใ„ใ†ๅคฉ็ฝใŒ่ตทใใฆใ€ๆ€ฅใซใ€่ขซ็ฝๅœฐใง้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ไบบ้–“ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰๏ผˆๆ—ฅๆœฌไปฃ่กจใซ๏ผ‰้ธใฐใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใซๆ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€ใ™ใ”ใๆ‚”ใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ€

“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.”

ใ€€ๅ†ฌๅญฃใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใง2้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹็พฝ็”Ÿใ‚’ๅ‰ใซใ€ๅฐ‘ใ—็ทŠๅผตๆฐ—ๅ‘ณใฎๆฑ ๆฑŸใ ใฃใŸใŒใ€ๅ„ชใ—ใ•ใจๆธฉใ‹ใ•ใ€ๆ™‚ใซๅผทใ•ใ‚’ไบคใˆใฆ่ชžใ‚Šใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹็Ž‹่€…ใซ่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ๅฟƒใ‚’้–‹ใ„ใฆใ„ใใ€‚

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 Hanyuโ€™s words to her, Ikee also was able to open up. 

ใ€€ใใ—ใฆ่ฉฑ้กŒใฏใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎๅฟƒๆง‹ใˆใ€ๆœ€่ฟ‘ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ๆ‚”ใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ€ไธ€ไบบใงๆณฃใใจใใ€ไปŠไน—ใ‚Š่ถŠใˆใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹่ชฒ้กŒใชใฉใ€ใƒˆใƒƒใƒ—ใ‚ขใ‚นใƒชใƒผใƒˆๅŒๅฃซใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใ่ชžใ‚Šๅˆใˆใ‚‹ๅ†…ๅฎนใซๅŠใ‚“ใงใ„ใโ€•โ€•ใ€‚

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. Itโ€™s because they are both top athletes that they could trade notes on all these topics. 

ใ€€ใ„ใคใพใงใ‚‚่žใ„ใฆใ„ใŸใ„ใ€็ ็Ž‰ใฎๅฏพ่ซ‡ใ ใฃใŸใ€‚

Itโ€™s a gem of a conversation youโ€™d want to listen to, anywhere and anytime.