[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Post Exhibition Gala Interview – 20220220

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 20 February 2022

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Translation:ย @yuzueco,ย @tsukihoshi14,
Proofreading:ย @smpkyk

Part 1

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใฉใ‚“ใชๆ€ใ„ใ‚’่พผใ‚ใŸใ‹๏ผŸ

Q: What thoughts did you put into your skate today?

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€‚ใˆใฃใจโ€ฆใพใ‚ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่ฉฐใ‚่พผใฟใ™ใŽใฆใ€ไฝ•ใŒใ€ใจใฏๅƒ•ใฎๅฃใ‹ใ‚‰่จ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ๅƒ•ใฏใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๆป‘ใฃใฆใ“ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ๅƒ•ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ใฎๆ„ๅ‘ณใŒ็”Ÿใพใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซๆ„Ÿ่ฌใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ€ไปŠใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, there are too many things Iโ€™ve packed in it, and I canโ€™t really say everything [Iโ€™m thinking], but truly, Iโ€™ve been able to skate precisely because everyone is watching like this. And I think some sort of meaning can be created because people watch my performance, so right now, Iโ€™d really like to thank everyone.ย 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใฎๅŒ—ไบฌใฏใฉใ‚“ใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงๆป‘ใฃใฆใ„ใŸ๏ผŸ

Q: How did you feel as you skated until the final moments of the Beijing Olympics?

ใ€€ใ€Œใจใซใ‹ใใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใ“ใจใ€ใใ—ใฆใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ไปŠใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใงใใ‚‹ๅ…จใฆใ‚’ใ€ใ“ใฎใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎๅœฐใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒๅผทใใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅนธใ›ใชๆ™‚้–“ใ ใฃใŸใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: I had the strong desire to do the things I wanted to do and all that I could do in this moment where it can be seen here at the Olympics. Trulyโ€ฆ I think it was truly a happy time.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ”นใ‚ใฆๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใฏใฉใ‚“ใช็ตŒ้จ“ใ€ๅคงไผšใซใชใฃใŸใ‹ใ€‚

Q: What kind of experience and competition were the Beijing Olympics for you?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ๆทฑใ่€ƒใˆใ•ใ›ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ไปŠใพใงๅƒ•ใฏโ€ฆใพใ‚ใ€ๅŠชๅŠ›ใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใฉใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‚‚ใชใ„ๆ™‚ๆœŸใฏใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎ่จ˜ๆ†ถใฎไธญใซใ‚ใ‚‹็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฏใ‚ฝใƒใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๅคšใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏใ“ใ“ใพใง็ซถๆŠ€ใ‚’็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใฎใฉใ‚“ๅบ•ใ‚’ไฝ•ๅ›žใ‚‚ไฝ•ๅ›žใ‚‚่ฆ‹ใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใ‚‚ใพใŸใ€ไปŠๅ›žใ€ๅคงไบบใซใชใฃใฆใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€ไบบ็”Ÿใฃใฆๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒๅ…จใฆใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‚“ใ ใชใ€ใจใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸไปŠใฏใ€ๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸไปŠใงใ€ๅนธใ›ใ ใชใจใ€‚ไธๆก็†ใชใ“ใจใฏใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ๅ‰ใ‚’ๅ‘ใ„ใฆๆญฉใ„ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: It made me think deeply about a lot of things. Until now, there have been many periods where I had put in all my effort but it was no use. The โ€˜Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™ in everyoneโ€™s memories, like at the Sochi and the Pyeongchang Olympics, may be mostly one of someone successful. But having competed up to this point, Iโ€™ve seen myself hit rock bottom many, many times. So in that sense, this time again, having grown upโ€ฆI think being rewarded isnโ€™t everything in life. But, right now, in this unrewarded present, Iโ€™m happy. There are a lot of unreasonable things, but Iโ€™ll work hard to be able to face forward and to keep walking, even just a little.ย 

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

โ€•โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใฎๆ„Ÿๆƒณใฏใ€‚

Q: How do you feel now that you have finished your performance?

ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ‚ใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฏใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใงใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใจใ‚‚ใซๅ…จๅŠ›ใงๅ‡บใ—ๅˆ‡ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ‚Œใฏ็ซถๆŠ€ใจใ—ใฆใ‚„ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆใ€‚4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใ‚ŒใŸใชใใฃใฆๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฎใ‚„ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใฃใŸใงใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏไปŠๆ—ฅใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใฎใ™ใ”ใ็ทŠๅผตใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๅ…จใฆใฎๆ€ใ„ใ‚’ใ€ๅ…จใฆใฎๅนธใ›ใ‚’ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซ่พผใ‚ใฆใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆไบบ็”Ÿใฎใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚‚่พผใ‚ใฆใ€‚ใ†ใ‚“ใ€‚่กจ็พใงใใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใ€

Y: Well, I gave it my all, I really did. I did my best for the free skate as well. Well, I think I gave it my all in both the short program and free skate, so I think I can say Iโ€™ve competed with all my might. When I say I gave it my all, I mean I gave it my all, including the 4A. Today is another day I was really nervous, but I put all my feelings, all my happiness into the performance. I think, somehow, Iโ€™ve been able to express various things of my skating life in this performance.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏๆฅฝใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‹ใ€‚

Q: Did you enjoy the practice sessions after the free skate?

ใ€€ใ€Œๆฅฝใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซ่ฆ‹ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใ‚‹ใฎใŒใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใญใ€

Y: I had fun, and more than anything, I was happy to be seen by everyone.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผๅพŒใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚ใ€Œๆฅฝใ—ใ„ใ€ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€ใใฎๆฅฝใ—ใ•ใฏๆœ€่ฟ‘ใฏ็ตŒ้จ“ใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

Q: You said that the practice after the free skate was “funโ€, was that โ€œfunโ€ something you hadn’t experienced recently?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚๏ฝžใ€‚ๅฎŸใฏๅ…ˆใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฎใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ€Žๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใŒใ€ใงใใ‚‹ใพใงใ€ไฝ“ๅŠ›ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใจใ—ใฆใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใจใ€ไปŠใพใงใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ€ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใงใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ใ€ๅ…จ้ƒจใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใงใ—ใฆใ„ใใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใงใ€ใใฎไธญใซใฏใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€2ๆ—ฅ็›ฎใซใ‚„ใฃใŸใ€Žใ‚ชใƒšใƒฉๅบงใฎๆ€ชไบบใ€ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใพใ‚ใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใ‚‰ใธใ‚“ใซใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใ€ŽใƒŽใƒผใƒˆใƒซใƒ€ใƒ ใƒปใƒ‰ใƒปใƒ‘ใƒชใ€ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎๅพŒๅŠใซ4ๅ›ž่ปขใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใ€ไธ€็•ชๆœ€ๅˆใซใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๆง‹ๆˆใฎใ€Žใƒใƒฉใƒผใƒ‰็ฌฌ1็•ชใ€ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€ๆถˆๅŒ–ใ—ๅˆ‡ใ‚ŒใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚†ใ‚‹่ฝใจใ—็‰ฉใ‚’ใ€ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๅ›žๅŽใ—ใฆใ€ๆฌกใซ้€ฒใ‚ใ‚‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ โ€ฆใใ‚Œใฏใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅทฑๆบ€่ถณใซใ—ใ‹ใ™ใŽใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹่€ƒใˆใฆใ€‚ใ›ใฃใ‹ใ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใใฎๅ ดใงใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๅƒ•ใŒ่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๅƒ•ใŒ่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใ€ใใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใŸใกใฎ่‰ฏใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ›ใฆใ‚ใ’ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆๆป‘ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅนธใ›ใ ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅƒ•ใฏ่ฆ‹ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆป‘ใ‚‹ใฎใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅฅฝใใชใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ€‚ๅŽŸ็‚นใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๆ”นใ‚ใฆ็ซ‹ใก่ฟ”ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: Ahhh. Actually, last season, until the free program “Ten to Chi to” was ready, as a form of physical training, I tried to skate cleanly all of the programs that I couldn’t do so before.

I skated “The Phantom of the Opera” on the second day of the practice, “Notre Dame de Paris” near the end of the practice session, and the “Ballade No.1” layout in which the 4T was in the second half and 3A was the first jump. There were such a variety of programs, and somehow, in a way, I had digested them all. I was thinking that I could take back what I had left behind and move on. Butโ€ฆ I wondered if that was just a form of self-complacency.

I thought that if there would be people watching me skate, then at that rink, I wanted to properly show them the good parts of those programs that I had wanted to show. That’s why I was happy. I realised that I really like having others watch me while I skate. It’s my origin, but I went back to it and thought about it again.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฏ่ถณๆฌก็ฌฌใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใŒใ€ใฉใ†ใ‹ใ€‚

Q: I guess the World Championships will depend on your ankle ?

ใ€€ใ€ŒไปŠใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใ€‚ใ†ใ‚“ใจใƒผใ€ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใพใงใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใฏใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ๆ™ฎ้€šใฏ1้Œ ใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’4้Œ ใใ‚‰ใ„้ฃฒใ‚“ใงใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ฎใƒชใ‚ฎใƒชใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใใ“ใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎๅณ่ถณใ‚’ไฝฟใ‚ใชใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒƒใƒ—ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ„ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใƒฉใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใƒณใ‚ฐใฏใชใ‚“ใจใ‹่€ใˆใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ๆฅฝใ—ใ•ใจใ‚ขใƒ‰ใƒฌใƒŠใƒชใƒณใงใชใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ไปŠๆ—ฅใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใ‚ชใƒผใƒ—ใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใƒ•ใ‚ฃใƒŠใƒผใƒฌใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใพใ‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใƒŠใƒผใƒฌใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใƒŠใƒผใƒฌใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใซไปŠๆ—ฅใ€1ๅ€‹ใ—ใ‹้ฃฒใ‚“ใงใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใฉใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ€่ฉฆใ—ใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใใฃใกใ‚ƒ็—›ใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใตใตใตใตใ€‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚‚ใƒ•ใƒƒใƒชใƒ—ใ‚‚่ฉฆใ—ใฆโ€œใ‚ใ‚ใ“ใ‚Œใƒ€ใƒกใ โ€ใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ไปŠใ‚‚ใญใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใพใŸใ€ๅˆ่จˆใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใง6้Œ ใใ‚‰ใ„้ฃฒใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใฃใฆใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†็Šถๆณใชใฎใงใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ€่ถณ้ฆ–ใฏใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจไผ‘ใพใ›ใฆใ‚ใ’ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šโ€ฆใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€ๆ™ฎ้€šใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰่ถณ้ฆ–ใ ใ‘ใงๆธˆใ‚€ๅ•้กŒใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅฝใ—ใพใ›ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ไธญใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€่ถณ้ฆ–ใ‚’ใ‹ใฐใ†ๅ‹•ใใฏๅฟ…ใšใ—ใ‚‚ๅ‡บใฆใฆใ€ไฝ“ใฎใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Šๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใจใ“ใ‚ใŒ็—›ใใชใฃใฆใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚่ทณใฐใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจไผ‘ใพใ›ใฆใ‚ใ’ใฆใ€ใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใฉใ“ใพใงๆˆปใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฎไปŠๅพŒใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใพใ ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ใŒใคใ„ใฆใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰็ทๅˆ็š„ใซๅˆคๆ–ญใ—ใฆใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฏๆฑบใ‚ใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Now, yes, what can I say? Well for the practices until yesterday, I’ve been taking, let’s see, about four painkillers where I normally take one.

So, well, I was skating on the edge of my limit, thinking that if I didn’t do jumps that use my right foot such as the loop, flip or lutz (*), well, then,.. I could survive the landing! The rest, I managed with fun and adrenaline.

Today, we had a practice for the opening, or finale, well, the finale. So, when I practised my parts , I only took one painkiller today. I wondered how far I can bear with just one dose, so I tried it, and well, it hurt like hell. Hehehe. I could only jump Axels. I tried loops and flips, and then I thought, “Oh, this is no good,” so I could only do Axel,

I’ve taken about six painkillers today, So I think I’ll give my ankle a proper rest… I don’t know, normally it might be just a problem with my ankle, but since I’ve been enjoying myself so much, I’m sure I’ve been making a lot of moves to protect my ankle (**), and my body has lost its balance, and I’m sure it’s probably hurting in various places.I’m sure it hurts in many parts of my body by just attempting jumps. So, I’m going to give myself a proper rest, although I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to recover from that.

For me, I still haven’t made up my mind clearly about anything, including my future.I’ll think about a lot of things and make an overall decision before deciding on the World Championships.

(*) T/N: we think this might have been a typo or Yuzuru misspoke here. The original text would mean โ€œIf I didnโ€™t do jumps that donโ€™t use my right foot such as the loop, flip, or lutzโ€. Weโ€™ve edited the translation so that it fits the logic of what heโ€™s saying more. He also didnโ€™t attempt the loop, flip and lutz that much at post-competition practice sessions.

(**) T/N: โ€œprotectโ€ here means he was unconsciously trying to cover the movement originally using his right ankle, with other parts of his body.

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 3

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็พๅฝนใซใคใ„ใฆใ€‚ใ€Œ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ๆฅตใ‚ใŸใ„ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€็ซถๆŠ€่€…ใจใ—ใฆๆฅๅญฃใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„่ถฃๆ—จใชใฎใ‹ใ€ใใ‚Œใจใ‚‚้•ใ†ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

Q: About skating competitively. By โ€œI want to carry Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™s skating to the endโ€ (in an earlier interview), do you mean you will continue to do so next season as a competitive skater, or is it something different?

ใ€Œใ†ใ‚“ใจใƒผใ€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใƒผใƒซใƒ‰ใฏๅ•ใ‚ใชใ„ใฃใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใ†ใ‚“ใ€‚ใ›ใฃใ‹ใใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใฎ็ŸฅๅๅบฆใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ไธญใงใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใใ•ใ‚“โ€ฆใพใ‚ใ€้œ€่ฆใฃใฆ่จ€ใ†ใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใกใ‚‡ใจๅค‰ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŒใ—ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใใ•ใ‚“่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ€ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจ็ดๅพ—ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๅฝขใซใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใŒ่ฆ‹ใŸใ„๏ผใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจ่ฆ‹ใŸใ„๏ผใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใชใฎใ‹ใ€็ซถๆŠ€ใชใฎใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€ๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใ€ๅƒ•ใซใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่€ƒใˆใŸใ†ใˆใงใ€ใพใ‚ใงใ‚‚ใฉใฃใกใซใ—ใ‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฏ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€โ€œใ‚„ใฃใฑใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆๅฅฝใใ ใชโ€ใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใ‚‹ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’็ถšใ‘ใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, I donโ€™t think I mind the field. Yes, with so much fame, so much demandโ€ฆ well itโ€™s a little weird for me to say demandโ€ฆbutโ€ฆ the skating of โ€˜Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™ that many people are looking at like this, I want to turn it into something much, much more convincing. After all, because I want to deliver performances that will make even more people want to watch, and ones that they will want to watch more of… I still donโ€™t really know whether that would be at ice shows or in competitions, whether that would be rewarded or unrewarded. So after thinking a lot about it… well, wherever it would be, I want to continue delivering performances that can make everyone think โ€œI like Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™s skating after allโ€ after watching me.ย 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•๏ผˆๅค–ๅ›ฝใƒกใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ขใŒ๏ผ‰่‹ฑ่ชžใง่ณชๅ•ใ—ใฆใ„ใ„ใ‹๏ผŸ
Q: (From foreign media) Can we ask you something in English?

Y: OK. Sure

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒใƒผใ‚ตใƒณใƒปใƒใ‚งใƒณใซใคใ„ใฆ
Q: (What do you think) about Nathan Chen?ใ€€

ใ€Œ๏ผˆๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžใง่ฉณ็ดฐใ‚’่ชžใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’ไผใˆใŸไธŠใง๏ผ‰ใˆใฃใจใ€ไปŠใฎใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใงๆฑ‚ใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ€ๅฝผใŒๅ…จใฆๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใฎ็ฒพๅบฆใง4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚็ถšใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€ๅ‡„ใ„ใ“ใจใ ใ—ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใซใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎ็ฒพๅบฆใง4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ใšใฃใจ็ถšใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใงใใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅฝผใฏๅ‡„ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ€ๅƒ•ใฏใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใง้‡‘ใƒกใƒ€ใƒซใ‚’2ๅ€‹ๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใ่จ€ใˆใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎ้‡‘ใƒกใƒ€ใƒซใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใฏใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใ‚ฟใƒผใซใจใฃใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๅคงๅˆ‡ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ ใ—ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅฝผใŒใ‚„ใฃใจๆ‰‹ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏโ€ฆใ†ใ‚“ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใฃใฆ่จ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ๅƒ•ใŒ่ชฐใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚็งฐ่ณ›ใ—ใŸใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚่ชฐใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใฃใฆ่จ€ใ„ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ๅฝผใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็ด ๆ™ดใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใ‚ฟใƒผใงใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€่จ€่‘‰ใง่กจใ™ใฎใŒๅ‡„ใ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ไปŠใฎใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ€ไปŠใฎ็ซถๆŠ€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎๅ…จใฆใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใฏๅฝผใ ใจๅƒ•ใฏๅฟƒใ‹ใ‚‰ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚Thank youใ€

Y: (After saying he would answer in detail in Japanese) Uhm, I think that he possesses everything that is asked for in todayโ€™s figure skating. It’s amazing that he has been landing so many quads in such a precise way. I can’t keep landing quads with a precision as high as his, so I think he’s amazing indeed. I can say this because I’ve won 2 Olympic golds: to figure skaters, the Olympic gold medal is more important than anything. I want to praise him more than anyone for finally being able to get that medal. I want to congratulate him more than anyone. He truly is a brilliant skater, it’s really hard to put it into words, but from the bottom of my heart, I really think that he has everything that (is asked for) in todayโ€™s figure skating, in current competitive figure skating. Thank you.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Winter Olympics โ€“ Post FS Interview โ€“ 20220210

๏ผœๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใƒปใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ข๏ผž็”ทๅญใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ€ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆ็ฉใ‚„ใ‹ใช่กจๆƒ…ใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆๆ’ฎๅฝฑใƒปๅฐๆตท้€”ใ€€่‰ฏๅนน๏ผ‰
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 10 February 2022

Part 1ย |ย Part 2

Translation:ย @shinjistarxx,ย @tsukihoshi14,
Proofreading:ย @smpkyk, @axelsandwich,

PART 1

ใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใ€่ชžใ‚‹ใ€€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผ็ทจ๏ผˆ1๏ผ‰ใ€‘

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใฎ่กจๆƒ…ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆŠฑใˆใฆ้—˜ใฃใฆใใŸใฎใŒไผใ‚ใฃใŸใ€‚3ๅบฆ็›ฎใฎไบ”่ผชใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใŸๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏ

Q: From your expression after you finished your performance, we can tell you carried a lot of things as you fought to get here. What are your feelings on finishing your third Olympics?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฏใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ไปŠใพใงใฎไธญใงไธ€็•ช่ฟ‘ใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ไปŠใงใใ‚‹ใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎใƒ™ใ‚นใƒˆใŒใ‚ใ‚Œใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใฎ่ปขๅ€’ใฏๅคงใใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ‚ใฎใ€Žๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†็‰ฉ่ชžใชใฎใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆป‘ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: Um, well, I think of course the [quad] Axel this time was the closest Iโ€™ve gotten, up until now. I feel that maybe this is the utmost of what I can do for now, the best of Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™s Axel so to speak. And also, of course, the fall on the [quad] Salchow was a big [loss], but, I skated while kind of thinking of it as being incorporated in what made this story of โ€œTen to Chi toโ€ possible.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใƒ‹ใƒƒใ‚ทใƒฅใงๆ‰‹ใ‚’ๆŒ™ใ’ใŸใฎใฏ6็ง’้–“ใ ใฃใŸใ€ไฝ•ใ‚’ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฎใ‹

Q: In your finishing pose, you lifted your arms for six seconds. What were you thinking during that time?

ใ€€ใ€Œ้•ทใ„๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€

Y: It was long [laughs]

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใƒผใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใƒใƒผใ‚บใฃใฆๅฎŸใฏใ€Žๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใฎใ€Žๅคฉใ€ใ€ใ€Žๅคฉใ€ใฎๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ้ญ‚ใ‚’ใƒ‘ใƒผใƒณใฃใฆๅคฉใซ้€ใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใ‚‚ๅƒ•ใฎไธญใงใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚9ๆญณใฎๆ™‚ใซๆป‘ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€Žใƒญใ‚ทใ‚ขใ‚ˆใ‚Šๆ„›ใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎๆœ€ๅพŒใฎใƒใƒผใ‚บใจๅŒใ˜ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใจ้‡ใญๅˆใ‚ใ›ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใฒใจ่จ€ใง่จ€ใ†ใฎใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒๆธฆๅทปใ„ใฆใ„ใŸใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใฏใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใ€้›ฃใ—ใ„ใชใ€‚ใ‚ใใ“ใพใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒใƒผใ‚บใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆใ€ๅˆ€ใ‚’ใ—ใพใ†ใพใงใŒใ€ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ‚’ใฏใ‘ใ‚‹ใพใงใŒใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎใ‚นใƒˆใƒผใƒชใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใฏใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Yes, thatโ€™s right, that pose signifies the โ€œheavenโ€ of โ€œTen to Chi to [Heaven and Earth and]โ€, and, well, in a way, in my mind I envision it as if I am sending my spirit to the heavens. Itโ€™s the same pose that I had in the program โ€œFrom Russia, With Love,โ€ which I skated when I was nine years old. So, itโ€™s kind of like projecting my current self on my past self, and itโ€™s hard to explain succinctly, but there are a lot of emotions swirling around. Well, in a wayโ€ฆ hmm how should I put it, itโ€™s difficult. I think that the story of my program continues up to that point, until Iโ€™ve finished that pose, until Iโ€™ve sheathed the [metaphorical] sword, until Iโ€™ve exited the rink.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏๅ‡บใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใซๆฐทใซ้ก”ใ‚’ใคใ‘ใฆใ„ใŸ

Q: You put some ice on your face when you exited the rinkโ€ฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œๆœฌๅฝ“ใ€ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใงใ€ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใซใชใฃใกใ‚ƒใฃใฆใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๆ‚”ใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ—ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใญใ‡ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’็ฉใ‚“ใงใใฆใ€ๆญฃใ—ใ„ๅŠชๅŠ›ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่€ƒใˆใ†ใ‚‹ๅ…จใฆใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ใ€ๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใญใˆใชใจใ‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใพใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใ€ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใง่ทณใฐใ—ใฆใใ‚Œใฆใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€

I was thinking that I was truly thankful. To be honest, uhm. Such a thing happened in the short program. Well, of course I was frustrated, somehowโ€ฆ yes, in my opinion, Iโ€™ve accumulated a lot of things and also put out the right efforts until now, and I think Iโ€™ve done everything that I could think of. Iโ€™ve done all of it till this day thinking โ€œAh, (those efforts) are not rewardedโ€. However, truly, in the end, I felt thankful thinking โ€œthank you for letting me jump to this level until nowโ€.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใฎไบ”่ผชใฏๆฅฝใ—ใ‚ใŸใ‹

Q: Were you able to enjoy the Olympics this time?

ใ€€ใ€Œๅ…จ็„ถใ€ๆฅฝใ—ใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ€ใฏใ„ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใงใ—ใŸใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: No, it wasnโ€™t enjoyable at all. No, [because] there was so much going on.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไบ”่ผชใจใฏใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ ใฃใŸใ‹

Q: What does (all these) Olympics mean to you?

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใฏใ€ใฒใจ่จ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒ่จ€ใˆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ€‚ใ‚ฝใƒใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฏใ‚ฝใƒใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใงๆ‚”ใ—ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใซๅ‹ใฃใŸใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใฏๆˆ้•ทใงใใŸใจใ“ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ—ใ€‚ๅนณๆ˜Œใฏใ€ใใฎๆˆ้•ทใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅ…จ้ƒจๅ‡บใ—ๅˆ‡ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใฏใ€ใฉใ†ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใชใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆ™‚้–“ใŒ็ตŒใคใจ่ฆ‹ใˆใฆใใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ—ใใฃใŸใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚คใƒ‰ใ‚’่ฉฐใ‚่พผใ‚“ใ ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Haha, I canโ€™t express it in one word, after all. The Sochi Olympics were its own event, and I won feeling a lot of regret. In a sense, that might have been the occasion where I was able to improve myself. I think Pyeongchang was where I put out all the improvements that Iโ€™ve made. This time, how to say it. It might become clearer after some time has passed, but I think itโ€™s been an Olympics where I fought my best with all of my pride.

๏ผœๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใƒปใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ข๏ผž็”ทๅญใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ€ๅ†’้ ญใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซๅ‘ใ‹ใ†็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆๆ’ฎๅฝฑใƒปๅฐๆตท้€”ใ€€่‰ฏๅนน๏ผ‰
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

PART 2

ใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใ€่ชžใ‚‹ใ€€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผ็ทจ๏ผˆ2๏ผ‰ใ€‘

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅณ่ถณใฎ็Šถๆณใฏ

Q: Howโ€™s your right foot?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใ€่ฉณใ—ใ่ฉฑใ™ใ‹ใฉใ†ใ‹ใ‚’ๅ‡„ใๆ‚ฉใ‚“ใงใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ๅ‹ใฆใŸใ‚‰่จ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใฉใ†่จ€ใฃใŸใ‚‰ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆ‰‹ใ‚’ๅŠ ใˆใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใไฝ•ใจใ‹็ซ‹ใฆใŸใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ™ใ€

Y: Um, to be honest, Iโ€™m really conflicted on how in-depth I should talk about it. Well, Iโ€™ve been thinking that I could probably talk about it if I won. Frankly speaking, I donโ€™t know how I should put it, but probably, uhm, I received a lot of treatment. I feel like thatโ€™s solely why I could somehow keep standing.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใใ†ใ„ใ†็Šถๆณใงใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใซๅ‘ใ‹ใ†ไธ€็•ชๅผทใ„ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏ

Q: What was your strongest emotion heading to the rink in that state?

ใ€€ใ€Œ็ตถๅฏพใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซ้™ใ‚Šใ‚‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚็ตถๅฏพใ€ๅ›žใ‚Šใใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฃใฆใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: I was thinking โ€œI definitely have to land the (quad) Axelโ€, โ€œIโ€™m definitely gonna rotate all the wayโ€. I was thinking I would bring out my own skating.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎๆ‰‹ๅฟœใˆใฏ

Q: How was the response for the quad Axel?

ใ€€ใ€Œๆ‰‹ๅฟœใˆใฏ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ‡„ใใ€ใ‚ใ€ใ“ใ‚ŒใŒ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎๅ›ž่ปขใฎ้€Ÿๅบฆใชใ‚“ใ ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ“ใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒฉใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใƒณใ‚ฐใ‚’ใคใใ‚‹ใซใฏใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅฑ้™บใ™ใŽใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ไบบ้–“ใซใฏใงใใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใชใ‚Šใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏใงใใฆใ„ใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: The response was good. Well, amazingly, (I thought that) this is the rotating speed of a quad Axel. Landing after such rotations might be a bit dangerous, it might be impossible for a human to do it. But in a sense, I think that Iโ€™ve been able to do the best quad Axel that I can deliver.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ฉบไธญใงใฉใ‚“ใชๆฐ—ๆŒใก

Q: What were you feeling while in the air [while doing the quad axel]? 

ใ€€ใ€Œใธใธใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใ€‚ใŸใถใ‚“ใ€ๅƒ•ใ—ใ‹ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸใ“ใจใชใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Hehe, what should I say? I think itโ€™s probably something nobody other than me has felt.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4AใฎๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ€ใพใ ็ถšใใ‹

Q: Will you still continue your challenge for the 4A?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚‚ใ†ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆ™‚้–“ใใ ใ•ใ„ใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่€ƒใˆใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใ€ใใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใ€ไปŠๅ›žใ‚„ใ‚Šใใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Y: Please give me some time. Iโ€™d like to think about it a bit. The amount [of effort] I put in this time was really everything I could.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใ‚ธใƒงใƒณใฎๆ™‚ใซใ‚‚ใŠใ‚Šใพใ™ใฎใงโ€ฆ๏ผˆไธญๅ›ฝใƒกใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ข๏ผ‰

Q: [from Chinese media] You can also do it at the exhibitionโ€ฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใ€ๅƒ•๏ผŸใ€

Y: Am I included in the exhibition?

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚‚ใ—ใ€ใƒใƒฃใƒณใ‚นใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใŸใ„ใ‹๏ผˆไธญๅ›ฝใƒกใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ข๏ผ‰

Q: [from Chinese media] If you do have a chance [to perform in the exhibition], what kind of feelings would you like to express [to your fans/audience]?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซๆ„Ÿ่ฌใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใฒใŸใ™ใ‚‰ใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใŒ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๆœŸๅพ…ใซๅฟœใˆใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‹ใฏใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใŸ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅฟœๆดใ‚’ใ€ๅ…จใฆๅ—ใ‘ๅ–ใฃใฆใคใชใ’ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‹ใฉใ†ใ‹ใฏใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใใฆใ€‚ๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใ”ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ•ใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚‚ใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒๅฑŠใใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซใชใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Um, I really truly want to express my gratitude to everyone. I donโ€™t know if my performances this time lived up to everyoneโ€™s expectations, and I donโ€™t know if I was able to connect all of the support I received from everyone to it. Honestly, I also really feel sorry. Thatโ€™s why, I hope my feelings of gratitude will be able to reach everyone through my performances, even if just a little bit. Thank you very much. I ask for your support once more.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Winter Olympics – Post SP Interview – 20220208

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 8 February 2022

Part 1ย |ย Part 2

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

PART 1

ใ€€ใ€ŒใŠใญใŒใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Thank you for your time today.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใฏ

Q: What happened with the opening quad salchow?

ใ€€ใ€Œใชใ‚“ใ‹โ€ฆ็ฉดใซไน—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€

Yuzuru: Um, I got caught in a hole.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใฏใพใฃใŸใฎใ‹

Q: Did you get stuck in it?

ใ€€ใ€ŒใฏใพใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใฏใพใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๅŒใ˜ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใ‚นใซใฏใพใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ€‚2019ๅนดใฎใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใŒใใ‚ŒใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใŸใถใ‚“ใ€ใใฎใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฎใ€2019ๅนดใฎใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฎใƒŸใ‚นใฏใ€ใˆใƒผใ€6ๅˆ†้–“็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚ใพใ‚Šใซใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใƒŸใƒชๅ˜ไฝใงใ‚ณใƒณใƒˆใƒญใƒผใƒซใงใใ™ใŽใฆใฆใ€ๅŒใ˜ใจใ“ใ‚ใง่ทณใ‚“ใงใ—ใพใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใฏใใฎใƒŸใ‚นใŒใ‚‚ใ†่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†็ตŒ้จ“ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจ6ๅˆ†้–“ใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใ‚‰ใ—ใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใงใ€ๆœฌ็•ชใฎๆ™‚ใซๅฎŒ็’งใชใƒ•ใ‚ฉใƒผใƒ ใงๅฎŒ็’งใชใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒŸใƒณใ‚ฐใงใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹่ทณใ‚“ใ ็žฌ้–“ใซใ‚‚ใ†็ฉดใŒๅ…ฅใฃใฆใฆใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ†ใƒˆใƒผใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฎ็ฉดใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใŒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Y: Rather than get stuckโ€ฆ itโ€™s more likeโ€ฆ um, when I say I got stuck, I mean that I got stuck in a hole that I traced before, which is what happened in 2019 in a short program. The mistake in that Short Program in 2019 was probably because um, during the 6 minute warm-up, I was fixed on my jumping position down to the millimeter, and I ended up jumping in the same spot later [in the actual competition]. This time, I was already aware of that past mistake, and I had that experience in my mind. So, during the 6 minute warm-up this time, I adjusted my position a little bit. And so, during the actual program, I went in with the perfect form and the perfect timing for the jump, and the moment I tried to take off, there was a hole there. It was a hole from a toe jump. So thereโ€™s nothing I could do about it.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆœใซๅˆใ‚ใฆๆœฌ็•ชใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ‚’ๆป‘ใฃใŸใ€‚่ชฟๆ•ดๆ–นๆณ•ใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆ

Q: You skated in the main rink for the first time this morning. Looking back on your preparation method, what are your thoughts? 

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ„ใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใ‚€ใ—ใ‚ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€6ๅˆ†้–“็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ไฝ“ๅŠ›ใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใ่‰ฏใ„ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใงๆฎ‹ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ€ใ‚ณใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใŒใ€ใพใ ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๆ•ดใฃใŸ็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ„ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ไปŠๆ—ฅใฎใƒŸใ‚นใฏใ‚‚ใ†ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใฏใฉใ†ใ“ใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‚‚ใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸไธ€็”Ÿๆ‡ธๅ‘ฝใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, it was pretty good, if anything. The 6-minute warm-up was also really good. I also felt really good about my physical condition. Well, of course, facing the Free Skate, Iโ€™d like to stay in this good condition. Todayโ€™s mistake was something that I couldnโ€™t have prevented, no matter what I did. Well, looking ahead towards the Free Skate, I want to properly put everything I have into it. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใฎๅพŒใฏใฉใ‚“ใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงๆป‘ใฃใŸใฎใ‹

Q: How did you feel when skating after the [quad] Salchow?

ใ€€ใ€Œใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใฃใŸใชใ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฎไธญใงใƒŸใ‚นใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใฏใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใใฎใพใพใ€ใ‚ใฎๅ…จ็„ถใ€ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’ๅˆ‡ใ‚‰ใ›ใšใซใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใจใ—ใฆๆˆใ‚Š็ซ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซใฏใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Y: Wellโ€ฆ kind of like, โ€œwell, that happenedโ€. In any case, to my senses, that kind of thing wasnโ€™t a mistake to me. So, I think thatโ€™s why I was able to continue on with the program without it affecting my mind at all.

โ€•โ€•ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใ‚’ๆŠ‘ใˆใฆใ„ใŸใฎใ‹

Q: Were you able to refocus your feelings [after the mistake] today?

ใ€€ใ€Œๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใ‚’ๆŠ‘ใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใกใ‚‡ใฃใจไธ€ใคใ€ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‰ใŒๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใงใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅฎŒๆˆใ•ใ‚Œใฆใชใ่ฆ‹ใˆใŸใ‚“ใ ใจใ€‚ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใŒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: Rather than refocus my feelings [after the mistake], how do I put itโ€ฆ it’s like when you see something, and with just one small piece coming out of place, I wasn’t quite able to bring it all together. It is what it is, yes.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็‚นๆ•ฐใ‚’ใฉใ†ๅ—ใ‘ๆญขใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹

Q: How are you dealing with todayโ€™s score?

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚95็‚นๅ‡บใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใฎใฏใ€ๅ‡„ใใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ไป–ใฎใ‚ฏใ‚ชใƒชใƒ†ใ‚ฃใŒ้ซ˜ใใงใใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚’ใปใ‚ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๆญฃ็›ด่จ€ใฃใฆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅƒ•ใ€ๆ‚ชใ„ใ“ใจใ—ใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใฏใฏใฏใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ‚ชใ„ใ“ใจใ—ใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใ†ใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใฎใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใฃใฆใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ—ใ‹่€ƒใˆใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎใƒŸใ‚นใงใ—ใŸใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: Well, Iโ€™m really thankful to be even getting 95 points with [that kind of error]. I think thatโ€™s because I was able to complete the other elements with high quality and Iโ€™d like to commend myself for that. How to put it. Wellโ€ฆ truthfully speaking, I wondered if I had done something bad. Hahaha. Like somehowโ€ฆwas it because I had done something bad that it turned out this way? It was the sort of mistake where I could only think about that kind of thing, yes.ย 

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

PART 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใ“ใฏไบ”่ผชใจใ„ใ†ๅผทใ„ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹

Q: Did you have any strong sense of this being โ€˜the Olympicsโ€™?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ„ใคใ‚‚ใจ้•ใ†็ฉบๆฐ—ๆ„Ÿใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚ใ†ใ‚“ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใใ„ใ„้›†ไธญ็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ€ไฝ•ไธ€ใคใปใ“ใ‚ใณใฎใชใ„็Šถๆ…‹ใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ไปŠๅ‡„ใใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใƒŸใ‚นใฎๅŽŸๅ› ใ‚’ๆŽขใ™ใจๆ•ด็†ใŒใคใ‹ใชใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎๆ–นใงใฎใƒŸใ‚นใฏใพใฃใŸใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๅซŒใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ—ใŸใ‹ใชใ‚ใฃใฆ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ๅ‡„ใ„ๆฐทใซๅซŒใ‚ใ‚Œใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใชใ‚ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: Of course I had. Well, the atmosphere was different from usual [competitions]. Um. But I was really in a super concentrated state, in a condition where there was nothing out of place, so if I try to search for the cause of the mistake, I wonโ€™t be able to sort them out. I donโ€™t think there were any mistakes with the skating element. Itโ€™s likeโ€ฆ I wonder if I did something to be hated (laughs), like I skated while thinking I must be really hated by the ice.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•2ๆ—ฅๅ‰ใซๅ…ฅใฃใŸ็†็”ฑใ‚’

Q: What was the reason behind you arriving 2 days before [the SP]?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจ๏ฝžใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ€้•ทใใ„ใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ‚‹ใปใฉใ€ใ ใ‚Œใฆใใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ๆฎตใ€…่ชฟๅญใŒๆ‚ชใใชใฃใฆใใ‚‹ใฎใŒใ€็ตๆง‹ใ‚ทใƒ‹ใ‚ขใซไธŠใŒใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใฏๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใจใ‹ใ‚‚้•ทใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใพใ‚Š้•ทใใ‚„ใ‚Š็ถšใ‘ใกใ‚ƒใ†ใจใ€ๆฐ—ๅˆใŒๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ™ใŽใฆใ—ใพใ†ใฎใงใ€‚็–ฒใ‚Œใกใ‚ƒใ†ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚ฎใƒชใ‚ฎใƒชใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ›ฃไฝ“ๆˆฆใฎใƒกใƒณใƒใƒผ็™บ่กจใŒใ‚ใฃใŸๆ™‚็‚นใงใ€ใ‚ฎใƒชใ‚ฎใƒชใซใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: Umโ€ฆ for me personally, since I became a Senior skater, Iโ€™ve felt that the longer I stay [at a competition], the more I become listless, and my condition gradually worsens. Things like the World Championships are also long [events] but if I do things for too long, then I get into the competitive mindset too much, and tire out. When the Team Event members were announced, that was when I decided I would cut it close [in arriving]. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅˆใ‚ใฆSP้ฆ–ไฝใงใชใ„้ †ไฝใงใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‚’่ฟŽใˆใ‚‹

Q: Youโ€™ll be heading into the Free Skate not as the leader of the Short Program for the first time (at the Olympics)

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€๏ผˆๅ–ๆใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ใฆใ„ใŸๆ™‚็‚นใง๏ผ‰ใพใ ้ †ไฝใŒๆฑบใพใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใฎใงใชใ‚“ใจใ‚‚่จ€ใˆใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚‹ใ—ใ‹ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: Well, (at the time of the interview) the starting order hasnโ€™t been decided yet so I canโ€™t really say anything but, well, I can only do my best in the free program, yes. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•๏ผˆ่‹ฑ่ชžใง๏ผ‰4Aใฏใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใง่ทณใถใฎใ‹ใ€ๆˆๅŠŸใงใใ‚‹ใ‹

Q: [In English] Will you jump a 4A in the free? Can you land it?

ใ€€ใ€Œ๏ผˆ่‹ฑ่ชžใง๏ผ‰ใงใใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใ“ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŒ่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใจใฃใฆ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใฎใฏๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚ๅ…จใฆใซ้›†ไธญใ—ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ€‚ๅผ•ใ็ถšใใ€ๅ…จใฆใฎใ“ใจใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒ™ใ‚นใƒˆใ‚’ๅฐฝใใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใ€

Y: [in English] I think I can do it. I know this jump is difficult for me. I must focus on every aspect, and going forward, I want to give my best in everything.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•10ๆ—ฅใซใฉใ‚“ใชใ€Œๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใ‚’ใฟใ›ใŸใ„ใ‹

Q: What kind of performance of โ€œTen to Chi toโ€ do you want to show on the 10th [day of the free program]?ย 

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ๆฐทใซๅผ•ใฃใ‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ไธ€ๆ—ฅไธ€ๅ–„ใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซไธ€ๆ—ฅๅๅ–„ใใ‚‰ใ„ใ—ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใฃใฆใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใจใ—ใฆใฏใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š็ฉใ‚ใฆใใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ™ใ”ใ่‡ชไฟกใŒใ‚ใ‚‹็Šถๆ…‹ใงๆฅใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ‚‚ใ†ใ€็ฅžใฎใฟใž็Ÿฅใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใจใซใ‹ใใ€ใพใ ๆ™‚้–“ใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ“ใฎใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸๅพŒใฎๆ™‚้–“ใ‚’ๆœ‰ๅŠนใซๆดป็”จใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎๆ€ใ„ใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ๅ–ใ‚Šใคใคใ€ๅฎŒๆˆใ•ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‚ใฎใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, hopefully one in which I donโ€™t get caught in the ice [laughs]. Rather than the saying โ€œone good deed a dayโ€*, Iโ€™m wondering if I now have to do like ten good deeds a day [to avoid this happening again] (laughs). But, I think Iโ€™ve done enough practice to justify that much. I think Iโ€™ve come here with a lot of confidence in my performances. As for the rest, well, maybe only God knows. In any case, thereโ€™s still time. Also, by making good use of the time after the short program [until the free], and really taking in everyoneโ€™s feelings, I want to turn my performance into something complete. Thank you for having me. Thank you, Iโ€™ll do my best [in the free program].

*T/N: Referring to a Japanese proverb, ใ€Œไธ€ๆ—ฅไธ€ๅ–„ ใ€ โ€œ[doing] one good deed a dayโ€

[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 ‘Day After’ Interview โ€“ 20211227

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 27 December 2021

Part 1ย |ย Part 2 | Part 3

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

Part 1

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไบ”่ผช3้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใ‚’ๆฑบๆ„ใ—ใŸใฎใฏใ„ใคใ ใฃใŸใ‹

Q: When did you decide you wanted to try aiming for a 3rd consecutive Olympic win?

ใ€€ใ€Œ3้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใ‚’ๆฑบๆ„ใ—ใŸใฎใฏใ€ใ“ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใ‚’้ธ่€ƒๅง”ๅ“กไผšใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ไปฃ่กจใซ้ธใ‚“ใงใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ€ใงใ€่จ˜่€…ไผš่ฆ‹ใซ่กŒใใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใใฎใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใซ่…•ใ‚’้€šใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€Žใ‚ใ‚ใ€ใ“ใ‚ŒใŒใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ ใชใ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š2้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆ—ขใซๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅคฑใ†ใ“ใจใฏ็ขบใ‹ใซๆ€–ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚่ฒ ใ‘ใ‚‹็ขบ็Ž‡ใฎๆ–นใŒ้–“้•ใ„ใชใๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚ˆใ‚Š้ซ˜ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ไปŠใฎใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ“ใฎใƒฆใƒ‹ใƒ›ใƒผใƒ ใ‚’็€ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใฏๅ‹ใกใซใ„ใใ‚“ใ ใชใ€ๅ‹ใกใซใ„ใ‹ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‰ใŸใ‚ใฆๆ€ใ‚ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Yuzuru: I think I decided that I would aim for a third Olympic win when the team selection ended, after I was selected as a representative [for Team Japan] and I received this jersey*, around when I was about to attend the press conference. When I put my arm through this jersey, it was like โ€œAh, this is the Olympics.โ€ But, since I already have attained two consecutive wins, the thought of losing that is certainly scary. As it is right now, I think the chances of me losing are, without a doubt, higher than they were at Pyeongchang [2018]. But when I put on this uniform, it made me think โ€œIโ€™m going for the win, I have to win.โ€

*T/N: Referring to Team Japan Olympic team jacket

ใ€€ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅคง่ฐท็ฟ”ๅนณใฎๆดป่บใฏใฉใ†่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹

Q: Have you been following Shohei Ohtaniโ€™s activities? 

Shohei Ohtani, baseball player; often referred to as Yuzuโ€™s contemporary due to their age (both are born in 1994) and similar athletic excellence

ใ€€ใ€Œๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎๅ…จ็››ๆœŸใฃใฆ23ๆญณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€24ๆญณใใ‚‰ใ„ใŒๅ…จ็››ๆœŸใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงๆ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š้‡Ž็ƒใจใ‹่ฆ‹ใ‚‹ใจใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจไฝ•ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€30ๆญณไปฃใฎใ€30ไปฃๅ‰ๅŠใฎๆ–นใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ่„‚ใŒไน—ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ„ใ„ๆ™‚ๆœŸใ ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†่ฉฑใ‚’่žใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ ใจใ‹ใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅŒๅนดไปฃใงใ„ใ„ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ๅฎŒๅ…จใซใ€ๅฎŒๅ…จใซๅŒๅนดไปฃใฎ้ธๆ‰‹ใŒใ‚ใ‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆไปŠใพใงๅฒไธŠใ€ไธ€็•ชๅคšๅˆ†ใ„ใ„ๅ‡บๆฅใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ใ‚’ไฟใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸๆ‰‹่ก“ๅพŒใงๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅ‰ไบบๆœชๅˆฐใฎใ“ใจใ‚’่‡ชๅˆ†ใงๅˆ‡ใ‚Š้–‹ใ„ใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ€ๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใฅใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใพใ ่ฆ‹ใฌไธ–็•Œใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใซใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€ไธ€ไบบใงๆŒ‘ใฟ็ถšใ‘ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใ‚’ใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: To be honest, itโ€™s kind of thought that in figure skating, a skaterโ€™s prime is around age 23 or 24. But if you look at something like baseball, you may hear that an athlete really gets into their peak around their 30s, early 30s. So I wonder if it is ok to really say we are of the same generation, but, seeing an athlete my age doing all of that, maintaining what is perhaps his best shape ever, and also having to go through difficulties related to surgery, and then breaking new, unprecedented territories [in his sport], that really encouraged me. Challenging the quad Axel is perhaps also still in a world of the unknown to me, but in a sense, [watching Ohtani] really gives me a lot of courage.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•่‡ชๅˆ†ใงๆใ„ใฆใ„ใŸ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠๆˆๅŠŸใธใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใ‚ธใƒฅใƒผใƒซใฏ

Q: What is your envisioned schedule to succeed at the 4A? 

ใ€€ใ€Œๆญฃ็›ดใ€ๅนณๆ˜ŒใฎๅพŒใ€ๆฌกใฎใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใง้™ใ‚Šใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใตใตใตใตใฃใ€‚ใใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซใฏ่‡ชไฟกใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ€ใใ‚“ใชใซๅคงๅค‰ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซ่‡ช่ฆšใฏใ—ใฆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆ€ชๆˆ‘ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใชใ‹ใชใ‹4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซ้›†ไธญใงใใชใ„ๆ™‚ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚้›†ไธญใ—ใฆใ‚„ใ‚Œใฐใ‚„ใ‚‹ใปใฉใ€ๆ€ชๆˆ‘ใŒๅธธใซใคใใพใจใ†ใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€้›†ไธญใ—ใฆใ‚„ใ‚Œใฐใ‚„ใ‚‹ใปใฉใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขไปฅ้™ๅ›žใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘ๅคงๅค‰ใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ใ‚‰ใŸใ‚ใฆ็—›ๆ„Ÿใ—ใŸใ€ใ“ใฎ4ๅนด้–“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ใพใ‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใ€ไปŠใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠๅ›žใ—ใซใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ่ปธใŒๅ–ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใฎใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ“ใ“ๆœ€่ฟ‘ใฎ่ฉฑใชใฎใงใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Y: To be honest, after Pyeongchang [Olympics], I thought Iโ€™d be able to land it in the following season. Hahaha. Thatโ€™s how much confidence I had in my Axel jumps, and also the lack of awareness I had about how truly difficult the quad Axel is. However, ultimately, various things happened, like injuries and whatnot, so there were times I couldnโ€™t really focus on the quad Axel. The more I tried to focus on the quad Axel, the more injuries would follow. And the more I focused on it, the more keenly Iโ€™ve realized how hard it is to rotate more than a quad. I think thatโ€™s what these four years have taught me. In fact, I’m going for a quad and half turn now, but it’s only recently that I’ve been able to get my axis [right] like this, so it’s been really tough.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏไธ€ๆ—ฅไฝ•ๆœฌใพใงใจๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: How many quad Axels do you allow yourself to do per day?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚๏ฝžใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ๅ…ทไฝ“็š„ใชๆœฌๆ•ฐใงๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใฎใจใใฎไฝ“่ชฟๆฌก็ฌฌใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใฏใ€ใพใ‚4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ„ใ„ใžใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ—ฅใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎใŸใ‚ใซใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸ้ขใงใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฏไปŠๆ—ฅใฏไฝ•ๆœฌใซใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ‚‚ใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใงๅŒใ˜ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ‚’ไฝ•ใ‹ใคใ‹ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๅพŒใซไฝ•ๅ›žๆŒŸใ‚“ใงใ„ใ“ใ†ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใฏ่€ƒใˆใฆใพใ™ใญใ€

Y: Ah, well, itโ€™s not like I decide on a specific number to do. However, it depends on my physical condition at that time, so of course, there are some days that I decide itโ€™s ok to not do any quad Axels. Still, [on those days] Iโ€™d think about how I should practice the triple Axel for the sake of the quad Axel. Then Iโ€™d think about how many triple Axels I should jump that day, or if thereโ€™s something that can give me the same feeling with a quad jump, even if itโ€™s not the quad Axel, then Iโ€™d think about how many quad jumps I should put in after the triple Axel.

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใŒๆ€ใ†่จ€่‘‰ใฎๅŠ›ใฏ
Q: What do you think about the power of words?

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€‚ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใšใฃใจใ“ใ“ใพใง็ซถๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใใฆใ€ๆœ‰่จ€ๅฎŸ่กŒใŒ็ตถๅฏพใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่จ€่‘‰ใŒ้Ž–ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใƒ—ใƒฌใƒƒใ‚ทใƒฃใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใฏใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ๅƒ•ใฏ็ตถๅฏพใซใใ‚Œใ‚’้”ๆˆใ—ใŸใ„ใฃใฆใšใฃใจๆ€ใ„็ถšใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚่ซฆใ‚ใชใ„ใงใ‚„ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†่จ€่‘‰ใŸใกใฎใŠใ‹ใ’ใชใฎใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Uhm, Iโ€™ve been competing for a long time until now, and Iโ€™ve always wanted to accomplish what I say. Therefore, in a sense, I use my words as chains and pressure. Because of them, I always think that I definitely want to accomplish [what I said]. I think itโ€™s probably thanks to such words that I can accomplish so much without giving up.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•่จ€่‘‰ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใฅใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹้ขใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: Does saying things out loud also give you encouragement?

ใ€€ใ€Œๅƒ•ใฎๅ ดๅˆใ€ๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใฅใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ๆ•ด็†ใŒใงใใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ–นใŒ่ฟ‘ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใƒ—ใƒฉใƒณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไปŠใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใงใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‚’ๅฃฐใซๅ‡บใ™ใ“ใจใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ๆ•ด็†ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ€ใ„ใ„็ตๆžœใŒๅ‡บใฆใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒๅคšใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Y: In my case, rather than giving me encouragement, itโ€™s more accurate to say that it allows me to organize my feelings and the plans I have in mind. Also, things like how I feel when doing the jumps; because I say these things out loud, it often allows me to arrange [my thoughts] and results in good things. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใฉใ†ใ—ใฆใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใ‚’็€ใŸๆ™‚ใซ3้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใธๅˆ‡ใ‚Šๆ›ฟใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใ‹

Q: Why did you change [your goal] to a three-peat [at the Olympics] after wearing the [Team Japan] jersey?

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใพใ‚ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใฎไผš่ฆ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๅ›ฒใฟใงใ‚‚่ฉฑใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑๆ‚”ใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใใฎใ€ใ€Žqใ€ใใ‚‰ใ„ใพใงใฎใ€ใ€Žqใ€ๅˆคๅฎšใใ‚‰ใ„ใพใงใฎใจใ“ใ‚ใซใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑ่ทณในใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใใ“ใง็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ—ใพใ†ใ“ใจใธใฎๆ€–ใ•ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใใฎใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่ทณในใ‚‹ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ๆ–นใธใฎไฝ•ใ‹ใ€่ฃๅˆ‡ใ‚ŠใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ๆžœใŸใ—ใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใชใฎใ‹ใฃใฆ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚“ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ‹ใฉใ†ใ‹ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚“ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒใงใใ‚‹ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ๆ–นใŒใ„ใ‚‰ใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑๅƒ•ใฏ่ซฆใ‚ใšใซใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใจใ€ใใ‚Œใฏใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใธใฎ่ฃๅˆ‡ใ‚Šใซใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใˆใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใซ่กŒใใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใ“ใงใ‚„ใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ€‚ๅŒ—ไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใพใง่ฆšๆ‚Ÿใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ‚„ใ‚‹ใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใงใ‚„ใ‚“ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใŸไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ใใฎใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€็™บ่กจไผšใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑๅ‹ใŸใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ๅ ดๆ‰€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใฏใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š2้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚2้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฏ็ตถๅฏพๅคฑใ„ใŸใใชใ„ใ—ใ€ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใพใŸๅผทใๆฑบๆ„ใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ€็ตถๅฏพใซๅ‹ใกใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: Yesโ€ฆwell, as Iโ€™ve said in yesterdayโ€™s conference – it was an [on-the-spot] interview in a box though – Iโ€™m frustrated. I spoke about it being close to โ€˜qโ€™ or around the point where it could be called โ€˜qโ€™ but I couldnโ€™t jump [a jump that was close to q]. I guess there was the fear of somehow letting it end there. I also felt like Iโ€™m somehow betraying those who said that I could jump it. I donโ€™t know if they were saying that I must be the one to do it but since there are people who are saying that I can do it, I feel like Iโ€™d be betraying them somehow if I gave up and didnโ€™t try it. So in coming to the Japanese National Championships, I feel that I must not give up on it here, I suppose. I feel that I must commit to trying it until the Beijing Olympics. The other thing is that the Olympics are not a place where you try things out, it is after all a place where you must win. To me, that is. I also achieved two consecutive victories so I absolutely do not want to let that go. Precisely because of that, I’ve realized that I absolutely want to win, with renewed determination.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠใฎใพใพใงใฏๅ‹ใฆใชใ„ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€ใฉใ†ใ—ใŸใ‚‰ๅ‹ใฆใ‚‹ใ‹

Q: You said that you canโ€™t win as you are now, so how will you be able to win?

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ๅ˜็ด”ใซใ‚ใ‚Œใซ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚ŠGOEใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚นใงใคใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆง‹ๆˆใซใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใฏใฃใใ‚Š่จ€ใฃใฆใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใจใ‹ใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใจใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆง‹ๆˆใฏ็พๅฎŸ็š„ใงใฏใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใŸใ€ใ“ใฃใ‹ใ‚‰1ใ‚ซๆœˆใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ—ใ‹ใชใ„็Šถๆณใฎไธญใงใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏๅคšๅˆ†ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใใ‚‰ใ„ใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚‚็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใใฆใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใพใ ๅฎŒ็’งใชใจใ“ใ‚ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใพใฃใŸใใ€‚ใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใใ‚‰ใ„ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจๆ€ใˆใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใใ‚Œไปฅๅค–ใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจ็‚นๆ•ฐใซใคใชใŒใ‚Šใใ‚‹ใ‹ใฉใ†ใ‹ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚“ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใŸใ ใ€่ฉฐใ‚ใฆ่ฉฐใ‚ใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, to put it simply, I want a competitive layout where Iโ€™ll be able to properly get +GOE on the 4A. Honestly speaking, I think a layout incorporating the 4A and the 4Lz or 4Lo is unrealistic. Furthermore, in the month or so that I have left, I think what I can do is probably just the Axel. I want to properly train on the [quad] Axel. Also, in regards to the Short Program, there are many places that still arenโ€™t perfect. [I want them to be as perfect as] the Salchow was, to the point where I can think โ€˜that was goodโ€™. So apart from [the Salchow] – though I donโ€™t know whether Iโ€™ll be able to earn more points – I want to train nonstop. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไฝ“ใฎ่กฐใˆใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซ่ฆ‹ใˆใ‚‹

Q: Youโ€™ve spoken about your body deteriorating [with age] but it looks as though itโ€™s getting better and better.

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญ24ๆญณใ€5ๆญณใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎใจใใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ™ใ”ใๆˆ้•ทใŒๆญขใพใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใŸๆ™‚ๆœŸใจใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใŒ้€šใ›ใชใใชใฃใŸใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ™‚ๆœŸใจ็ตๆง‹ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใŠใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซๅƒ•ๅคšๅˆ†ใ€ไปŠใ€ไธ€็•ชใ†ใพใ„ใงใ™ใ€้–“้•ใ„ใชใใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏๅคšๅˆ†ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐๆ–นๆณ•ใŒ่‡ชๅˆ†ใง็ขบ็ซ‹ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใƒ—ใƒฉใƒณใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใซใจใฃใฆใฎใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใŒใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒ็ขบ็ซ‹ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅฎŸ่กŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใฎใŒไธ€็•ชๅคงใใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Um, well, yes, when I was about 24-25 years old, there was a period where I really felt like my growth had stopped, indeed, where I felt like I had lost the ability to complete a Free Skate. But as I said, Iโ€™m probably at my best now. Without doubt. Itโ€™s likely because I was able to establish my own training method. I was able to plan it myself. Being able to establish and implement a figure skating training regime tailored to myself was possibly the most significant thing, I think.ย 

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 3

ใ€€โ€•2ๅนดๅ‰ใฎGPใƒ•ใ‚กใ‚คใƒŠใƒซใง็†ๆƒณใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฏ9ๆญณใจ่ฉฑใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†็„ก้‚ชๆฐ—ใช่‡ชไฟกใŒใชใ„ใจ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซ็ซ‹ใกๅ‘ใ‹ใˆใชใ„ใฎใ‹

Q: You said at the GPF two years ago that your ideal โ€˜Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™ was when you were nine years old. Is that still the case today? Without that kind of innocent confidence, would you be able to face the quad Axel?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใฎ้ ƒใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅผทใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ€ๅ‹ใฆใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎ้ ƒใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฎใ‚ขใƒ—ใƒญใƒผใƒใŒๅŠนใใ‹ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใใ†ใงใฏใชใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎ้ ƒใฎไฝ•ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‚‚ๅ‹ใฆใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใช่‡ชไฟกใŒใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใ€‚ๅ‹ใคใ“ใจใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ไธ€็•ชๅฟ…่ฆใชใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใช่‡ชไฟกใ‚’ๆŒใฆใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใชใ‚Šใซๅ‡„ใ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚่ชฐใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚่ชฐใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ†ใพใ„ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใงใใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฃใฆใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจๅฟ…่ฆใซใชใ‚‹ๅ ดๆ‰€ใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไธ€็•ชๅผทใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ไธ€็•ชโ€ฆๅผทใ„ใฃใฆ่จ€ใ„ๆ–นใŒใ•ใฃใใฎ่ฉฑใจใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ”ใฃใกใ‚ƒใซใชใฃใฆใ‚ขใƒฌใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๆŠ€่ก“็š„ใซใฏไปŠใŒ้–“้•ใ„ใชใไธ€็•ชๅผทใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€็ฒพ็ฅž็š„ใซใฏใ‚ใฎ้ ƒใŒไธ€็•ชๅผทใใฆใ€่ผใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใˆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚’ๅคงๅˆ‡ใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: My strong point at that time was that I could win. So, yes, if you were to ask me if my emotional approach back then would work against the 4A, I’d say not really. The confidence that I had back then, like I could win no matter what, I don’t know how to put itโ€ฆ When it comes to winning, I think [that confidence] is what you need the most. But the reason why I could have such confidence was because I was practicing the best I could back then. I thought I was practicing more than anyone else. I was able to practice while thinking that I was better than anybody. The Olympics is where that kind of thing is even more necessary. So of course, I want to practice hard on everything, including the (quad) Axel. And I think I was the strongest when I was 9. Well, the word “strongest” is a bit mixed up with what I said earlier. I am definitely the strongest now in terms of technical ability. But mentally, I feel that I was the strongest and brightest back then. Therefore, I want to cherish the person I was back then.

ใ€€โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎใ‚ขใƒ—ใƒญใƒผใƒใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ้•ใ†ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏ

Q: What do you mean by saying the approach to the 4A is a little different?

ใ€€ใ€Œ่‡ชไฟกใŒใ‚ใ‚Œใฐ่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใตใตใตใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š็„ก้‚ชๆฐ—ใซใŒใ‚€ใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‰ใซใ‚„ใฃใฆ่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ€ใ“ใฎ4ๅนด้–“ใšใฃใจใถใกๅฝ“ใŸใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰่€ƒใˆใฆใใŸใ“ใจใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘็ทปๅฏ†ใซ่จˆ็ฎ—ใงใใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚ใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘็ทปๅฏ†ใซๆˆฆ็•ฅใ‚’็ซ‹ใฆใฆ่จˆ็ฎ—ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ€ใใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใ„ใ†ๆˆๅŠŸใ‚’ใคใ‹ใฟๅ–ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‹ใŒๅคงไบ‹ใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใใฎ็‚นใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ไปŠใฎๆ–นใŒ้–“้•ใ„ใชใใ†ใพใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Y: Itโ€™s not a jump that you can do based on mere confidence. Hehehe. The fact itโ€™s not a jump that you can just naively and recklessly force yourself into jumping is something that Iโ€™ve come to believe after these four years of throwing myself at it. Therefore, the ability to strategize and calculate the finest of details is important to succeed at the 4A. In regards to that, my present self is better without doubt [than before/his approach when he was 9yrs old].

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ˜จๅนดใฏไฝ“้‡ใ‚’ๅข—ใ‚„ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚ไปŠๅนดใฏๆธ›ใ‚‰ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€ไฝ“ใฎใ‚ขใƒ—ใƒญใƒผใƒใฏ

Q: Last year, you were gaining weight [on purpose]. Have you slimmed down this year? Whatโ€™s your approach to your physical condition?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆธ›ใ‚‰ใ™ใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๅข—ใ‚„ใ™ใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใ‚‚ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ไธญ้€”ๅŠ็ซฏใชใจใ“ใ‚ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ‚‚ใ†ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆธ›ใ‚‰ใ›ใŸใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใซๅ…ฅใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ†ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่ปฝใใฆใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅŽปๅนดใฎไฝ“้‡ใ‹ใ‚‰ๆฏ”ในใฆใฟใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏ2ใ‚ญใƒญใใ‚‰ใ„ใ€‚ใ‚ใ€2ใ‚ญใƒญใพใงใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใ‹ใชใ€‚1ใ‚ญใƒญใใ‚‰ใ„ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ๆธ›ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใจๅ›ฝๅˆฅใจๆฏ”ในใฆ3ใ‚ญใƒญไปฅไธŠๆธ›ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใฉใฃใกใŒใ„ใ„ใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใฉใ‚ŒใŒๆญฃ่งฃใ‹ใฏๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€

No, I didnโ€™t intend to slim down but I also didnโ€™t plan to put on weight. You could say Iโ€™m kind of in the middle of it. Um, to be honest, I wanted to be a little slimmer going into the Japanese Nationals. Like maybe it would be good to be a little lighter. However, if I compare it to last yearโ€™s weight, yes, if we talk about [the time of] Japanese Nationals, itโ€™s about 2kg. Ah, maybe not 2kg, maybe 1kg lighter. Iโ€™m about 3kg lighter than I was at the World Championships [2021] and World Team Trophy. Iโ€™m not sure which one is better. Itโ€™s just that I havenโ€™t figured out which is best. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•้•ทใ‚‰ใไป™ๅฐใง่ชฟๆ•ดใ—ใฆใใŸใ€‚ๆ•…้ƒทใง้Žใ”ใ—ใŸๆ„Ÿๆƒณใ€‚ใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใฎใจใใฏไฝ•ใŒๅฟƒใฎๆ”ฏใˆใ ใฃใŸใ‹

Q: You have been training in Sendai for a long time now. How do you feel about spending time in your hometown? What gave you emotional support when you were injured? 

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ŠไปŠใ€ๅŸผ็Ž‰ใซใ„ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่ฉฆๅˆใง้ ๅพใซ่กŒใใ“ใจใฏๅคšใ€…ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑไป™ๅฐใฎ็”บไธฆใฟใฃใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใซๅธธใซๆฎ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹็”บไธฆใฟใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“้ƒฝๅธ‚้–‹็™บใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ—ใฆใ€ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ๅค‰ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใใ“ใซๆ‡ใ‹ใ—ใ•ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ŠๅฟƒใŒใƒ›ใƒƒใจใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ๅ‡„ใๆธฉใ‹ใ„ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใซใชใ‚Œใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆใƒผใฃใจใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใฎๆ™‚ๆœŸใจใ‹ๅคงๅค‰ใชใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไบบ็”Ÿใฎไธญใซใฏใ€ๅคงๅŠใŒใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใง่‹ฆใ—ใ‚“ใ ใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ๅคงๅŠใŒใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใชใใชใฃใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใใชใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ‹ใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใใ†ใ„ใ†่‹ฆใ—ใฟใŒใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆไปŠ็”Ÿใใฆใ„ใฆใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ‰ใงใ—ใ‚ƒในใฃใฆใ€่ชฐใ‹ใฎๅ‰ใงๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ€ใฉใฃใ‹ใฎ่ชฐใ‹ใŒ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ๅ–ใฃใฆไธ‹ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†็žฌ้–“ใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็ด ๆ•ตใ ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใˆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใใฎใ“ใจใฎๅนธใ›ใ‚’ๅธธใซๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใฃใฆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€ไปŠใ€

Y: Well, Iโ€™ve been in Saitama and I have also gone to many places for competitions, but in the end, Sendaiโ€™s landscape is the one that remains in my heart. Of course, there are things like urban development and places that are changing quickly, but even if the only thing there is nostalgia, you could say it makes me feel relieved. Iโ€™ve gotten used to a really warm feeling. Um. Well, of course there were tough periods when I was injured and a large part of my life has consisted of things like hurting due to injuries, not having a rink and being unable to train. Iโ€™ve truly been through that kind of pain multiple times. Butโ€ฆhm. Somehow, to live this way now, to talk in front of everyone, to perform for someone somewhere to watch and feel some sort of emotions from it, I think those moments are truly wonderful. Right now, Iโ€™d like to always feel the happiness that stems from those things. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅพŒใ‚‚ไป™ๅฐใง่ชฟๆ•ดใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: Do you plan to continue training in Sendai after this?

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ไป™ๅฐใง้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใถใ‚“ใ€‚ใŸใถใ‚“๏ผŸ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€

Yes, I will work hard in Sendai. Maybe. Maybe? (laughs)

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ–ๆใŒ็ต‚ไบ†

(End of the interview)

ใ€€ใ€Œใ™ใ„ใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใŸใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใ€

Thank you very much. I ask for your support again, everyone!

[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.

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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 Post-SP Interview โ€“ 20211224

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 24 December 2021

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

PART 1

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆ

Q: Looking back on your performanceโ€ฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„๏ฝžใ€่€ใˆใŸใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€1ๅ€‹้žๅธธใซๅคงใใ่€ใˆใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎ4Aใ‚„ใฃใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใ‚ไป–ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใ€ๅŽปๅนดใ€ๅŽปๅนด๏ผŸๅ…ˆใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณ๏ผŸๅ…ˆใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฎไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใจ้•ใฃใฆใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šไป–ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ“ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†็‚นใŒใ‚ใใ“ใฎๅœŸๅฃ‡ๅ ดใง็”Ÿใใฆใใ‚ŒใŸใฎใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใˆใ€ใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎ้žๅธธใซใ‚ณใƒณใƒˆใƒญใƒผใƒซใ•ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Ah well, there was one big jump (4T-3T) that I managed to eke out. But as Iโ€™ve been practising the 4A, and also the other jumpsโ€ฆ um, the World Championships last year – last year? Last season?? In contrast to last seasonโ€™s World Championships, I was able to properly practise all my other jumps so I think thatโ€™s probably what allowed me to pull off [the combo] last minute. However, uhm, regarding the Salchow and Axel, I think they were very well controlled jumps. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅญฃๅˆๆˆฆใงใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚ๅˆๆŠซ้œฒใ€ๆผ”ๆŠ€ๅ‰ใฎๅฟƒๅขƒใฏ

Q: This was the first competition and first performance of your Short Program this season, what were your feelings prior to it? 

ใ€€ใ€Œๆญฃ็›ดใ€ๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚จใƒƒใ‚ธใŒๅผ•ใฃใ‹ใ‹ใฃใกใ‚ƒใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€็ฉบๅ›žใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใฆใŸใฎใงใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅฟƒ้…ใ ใฃใŸใฎใจใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ“ใฎไผšๅ ดใงใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฎใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใฉ้ ญใฎใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ๅคฑๆ•—ใ—ใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†่จ˜ๆ†ถใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ๅฎŒๅ…จใซๅŒใ˜ๅ ดๆ‰€ใ ใฃใŸใฎใง็ทŠๅผตใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๆœ€ๅˆใฎใˆใƒผใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใŒๆฑบใพใฃใŸๆฎต้šŽใงๅฐ‘ใ—่ฝใก็€ใ„ใฆๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงใใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: To be honest, in the official practice, there were various things that happened like my edge getting stuck and me popping my jumps, so I was a little worried. I also had memories of failing the first Salchow jump at this venue, so I was nervous because I was in the exact same position. However, the moment I landed the first quadruple Salchow, I think I was perhaps able to calm down a little and complete my performance. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ

Q: (What are your thoughts) heading into the free skate?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ™ใ‚‹ใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใงใฏใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใพใšใฏใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’ใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใ—ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆฐ—ใ‚’ใคใ‘ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใˆใƒผๆ™ฎๆฎต้€šใ‚Šใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ไฝ“ใฎๅ›žๅพฉใจใ€้›†ไธญๅŠ›ใ‚’้ซ˜ใ‚ใชใŒใ‚‰ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Of course, I intend to challenge the quad Axel, so firstly, um, for the official practice, I want to take care until the very end to avoid injuries, recover my body, keep up my concentration and do my best heading into the free skate so that I can get through it as usual.

ใ€€โ€•ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ๆผ”ใ˜ใŸๆ‰‹ๅฟœใˆใฏใ€‚ไบ”่ผชใงๅ‹ใคใŸใ‚ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‹

Q: What is your response after performing your program? Is it a program created for winning the Olympics?

ใ€€ใ€Œๆœ€ๅˆใ€ใ‚ธใ‚งใƒ•ใ•ใ‚“ใซใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘ใ‚’ใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚‚ใคใใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจใ‹ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใช่ƒŒๆ™ฏใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ธใ‚งใƒ•ใจใ€ใƒ–ใƒฉใ‚คใ‚ขใƒณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใ‚ทใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚็›ธ่ซ‡ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ทใ‚งใ‚คใซใ‚‚ๅŠ ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ‚ณใƒฉใƒœใƒฌใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงไฝœใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใงใใ‚‹ๆœ€ๅคงใฎ้›ฃๆ˜“ๅบฆใงใฏใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎๆง‹ๆˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ๅ‰ใซๅ…ฅใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ฏใƒญใ‚นใŒ1ๅ€‹ใใ‚‰ใ„ใ—ใ‹ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใปใจใ‚“ใฉใ‚ฏใƒญใ‚นใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใœใฒ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€่กจ็พใฎใปใ†ใ‚‚ใ€Žใƒใƒฉใƒผใƒ‰็ฌฌไธ€็•ชใ€ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ€ŽSEIMEIใ€ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไปฃ่กจใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใจใชใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎไพกๅ€คไปฅไธŠใซใ€ใพใ ๆด—็ทดใฏใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅ…ทไฝ“็š„ใช็‰ฉ่ชžใŒใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ๆ›ฒใซไน—ใ›ใ‚‹ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒๅผทใใ‚ใ‚‹ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ๅ…จ้ƒจ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: At first, I asked Jeff to do the choreography for the program, but there were many things on my mind, like I wanted to do more, create more, do things in a certain way, so I consulted with Jeff, Brian, Tracy, then also had Shae join in, and the program was created through this collaboration.

Of course, I think the jumps are not of the utmost difficulty that I can do, but in terms of the program layout, there is only about one crossover before the jump, there almost isnโ€™t any crossovers in it. I certainly want those aspects to be seen, and even in terms of expression, it may not be as refined in value as my representative programs such as โ€œBallade No.1โ€ or โ€œSEIMEIโ€ yet,  but it is a program with a strong sense of a narrative woven into the music, so rather than only the jumps, I want to make it a program where everything in it can be seen.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซใฎใ›ใ‚‹ๅผทใ„ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏใ€‚ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใซใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ๆใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: What is the strong feeling you put into the program? How did you construct the program?

ใ€€ใ€Œๆญฃ็›ดใ€ๆœ€ๅˆใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ€‚ใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽๆ›ฒใซใชใฃใฆใ€ๆธ…ๅกšใ•ใ‚“ใซใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽใ‚’ใ‚ขใƒฌใƒณใ‚ธใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ†ๆ™‚ใซ้›ป่ฉฑใงๆ‰“ใกๅˆใ‚ใ›ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใฎใจใใซไฝ•ใ‹ๅ…ทไฝ“็š„ใช็‰ฉ่ชžใŒใชใใฆใ€ใ™ใ”ใใƒ‘ใƒƒใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใซใ‚ใตใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ€ใ ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ“ใซๅˆ‡ใชใ•ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€็นŠ็ดฐใ•ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใตใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใซใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใŸใ„ใงใ™ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใŠไผใˆใ—ใฆไฝœใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: To be honest, I didn’t have strong feelings about it at first. When I asked Mr. Kiyozuka to arrange the piano for the piece, we had a phone meeting, but I didn’t have any specific storyline in mind at that time, so I conveyed to him that I wanted the piece to be overflowing with passion, yet also carrying some sorrow and subtlety, and had him arrange it for me.

ใ€€ใ€Œๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใ‚ทใ‚งใ‚คใจใ‹ใซใ‚‚ๅŠ ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ€ใใฎไธญใงๆ€ใ„ๆใ‘ใŸใฎใŒใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใŒๅ…จ็„ถ้€ฒๆ—ใŒใชใใฆ่‹ฆใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸๆ™‚ๆœŸใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๆš—้—‡ใ‹ใ‚‰ๆœ€ๅˆใฏไฝ•ใ‹ๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใŒ่‰ฒใ€…ใกใ‚‰ใคใ„ใฆใใฆใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎ่จ˜ๆ†ถใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆญฉใ‚“ใงใใŸ้“ใฎใ‚ŠใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใ™ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€่›ใฎๅ…‰ใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซใƒ‘ใฃใฆๅบƒใŒใฃใฆใใฆใ€ๆœ€ๅˆใฎใ‚นใƒ”ใƒณใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸๅพŒใ‹ใ‚‰ใฏใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ๅ…จ้ƒจใ‚จใƒใƒซใ‚ฎใƒผใซใ—ใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใซๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆใŒใ‚€ใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‰ใซ็ชใ้€ฒใ‚“ใงใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใฏไฝ•ใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ˆใๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ๆ„่ญ˜ใŒ้ฃ›ใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฎไธญใงไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’ใคใ‹ใฟๅ–ใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใช็‰ฉ่ชžใชใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ‚ธใ‚งใƒ•ใŒใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎๅŸบ็›คใ‚’ไฝœใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ทใ‚งใ‚คใŒใใ“ใซ็‰ฉ่ชžใ‚’ใ€ใ™ใ”ใๆƒ…็ท’ใ‚ใตใ‚Œใ‚‹็‰ฉ่ชžใ‚’ไป˜ใ‘ใฆใใ‚ŒใŸใฎใงใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใจใ—ใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใŸใ€

In the end, I asked Shae to join us, and what I was able to portray wasโ€ฆ um, it was a difficult time for me because I hadn’t made any progress with my [quad] Axel at all, so (in the process of creating the performance), various memories flickered from the darkness at first. Things like memories of everyone, and something akin to the path I had taken. They’re not memories that I recall [specifically], but they spread out like the glow of fireflies. After the first spin, I turn all of that into the energy to push forward with all my might. But at the end, the story is that, within the feeling of being in a daze or an out of body experience, there is something โ€” and even I don’t know what it is โ€” that Iโ€™ve caught in my grasp. Jeff created the foundation of this program, and Shae added the story, a very emotional one. And so I was able to skate it truly as a new program with a lot of emotions like I do at an exhibition gala.

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ใ€€โ€•โ€•4Aใ‚’็ฟ’ๅพ—ใ—ใฆใ„ใไธญใง็”Ÿใ‹ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ

Q: What did you discover while practising your 4A?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใฎไผš่ฆ‹ใ€ไผš่ฆ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ไผš่ฆ‹ใงใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใ€ๅ›ฒใฟใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใฎๆ™‚ใซใŠ่ฉฑใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใใฎ่ปธใฎๅ–ใ‚Šๆ–นใฃใฆ้žๅธธใซใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏ้›ฃใ—ใใฆใ€‚็‰นใซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฃใฆๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๅ‹•ไฝœใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่ปธใ‚’ใคใใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๅ‹•ไฝœใŒใ€ใ‚ใฎไป–ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใจใพใฃใŸใ้•ใฃใŸ่ปŒ้“ใง่ทณใถใฎใงใ€้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใใฎ็‚นใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใงใ“ใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซ่ทณใณใŸใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๅฎšใพใฃใฆใใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ไป–ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใ“ใซๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒๆญฃ่งฃใชใ‚“ใ ใชใจใ‹ใ€‚้€†ใซไป–ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใงใใ‚Œใ„ใซ่ทณในใŸๆ™‚ใฏใ€ใ“ใ“ใซไน—ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚‚ใ“ใ“ใซๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„่ญ˜ใŒใ ใ‚“ใ ใ‚“ใ€ใใ†ใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใˆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹้‡ใชใ‚Šๅˆใฃใฆใ€ใ ใ‚“ใ ใ‚“ใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ“ใ‚ŒใŸใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: After all, ehhโ€ฆ in yesterdayโ€™s conference – is it okay to call it a conference? It was in a box, I guess, but I spoke about this then. Being able to grasp the axis is extremelyโ€ฆ Well, as expected, the quad Axel is difficult. In particular, the motion of rotating the Axel jump and the way you create the axis are different, plus youโ€™re jumping a completely different trajectory to other jumps, so itโ€™s really hard. About that pointโ€ฆum, precisely because I decided that I wanted to jump the Axel in a (particular) way, I thought maybe it would be right to apply that to the other jumps, too. Conversely, when I could do other jumps cleanly, I also consciously applied that (technique) to the Axel graduallyโ€ฆehh, how do I put it? I think they all accumulated on top of one another and slowly got better. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•่ฉฆๅˆใธๅ‘ใ‘ใ‚‹ๅฟƒใ€ไฝ“ใฏใฉใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใช้ ˜ๅŸŸใซ้”ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: When aiming for competition, what preparations did you make for your mentality and physique?

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใ“ใซๆฅใ‚‹ใพใงใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใพใ‚ใ‚ทใƒฅใƒŸใƒฌใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€่ฉฆๅˆใจๅŒๆง˜ใซใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹็ทด็ฟ’ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏ1ๅ›žใ‚‚ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใงใใฆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ๅ‡„ใ็ทŠๅผตใ—ใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใŸใ ใ€ใพใ‚ๆœฌ็•ชใซใจใฃใฆใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใชใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ใพใ‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใƒŸใ‚นใ€ใƒŸใ‚นใ‚’ใ—ใฆใใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใƒŸใ‚นใฎๅŽŸๅ› ใŒๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใฎไป•ๆ–นใŒๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใฏใ—ใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅˆๆˆฆใจใฏใ„ใˆใฉใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚‚ใ†่ฉฆๅˆๅŒๆง˜ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใงใใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, before coming here, well, you could say that I did some simulations, meaning practice in the same manner as a competition, for the Short Program. I hadnโ€™t been able to skate the Short Program clean even once, so I was extremely nervous. But somehow, I guess [the clean skate] was saved for the actual competition. Still, itโ€™s because I kept making mistake after mistake that I could understand why I made them and how to practise. Well, truly, to talk about the first competitionโ€ฆI had already been practising like it was a competition, so I went into it thinking Iโ€™d probably be able to do it. Thank you very much. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅŒ—ไบฌใซใคใ„ใฆใฏใ€Œ็ฉใฟ้‡ใญใฎๅปถ้•ท็ทšไธŠใ€ใจ่ฉฑใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚SPใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆ่ฟ‘ใฅใ„ใŸๅฎŸๆ„Ÿใฏ

Q: Regarding the Beijing (Olympics), you spoke of it being โ€œa continuation of your efforts thus far.โ€  What are your thoughts now after finishing the SP?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใจใซใ‹ใใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‚„ใฃใฆใฟใชใ„ใจๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆๅ…จ้ƒจใŒ่ฉฆๅˆใชใฎใงใ€‚1ใค1ใคๅคงๅˆ‡ใซใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใพใšใฏใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใงใ€ใˆใƒผใ€4Aใ‚’ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๆฑบใ‚ใใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใพใŸ1ใค1ใค็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใฎๅ…ˆใซๅŒ—ไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใงใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๅ‹ใกๅ–ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใตใ•ใ‚ใ—ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ™ใ„ใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‚‚ใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€‚้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Hm, yesโ€ฆ in any case, I donโ€™t know until I have finished the free skate. Also, there is tomorrowโ€™s practice as well, and practices make up the competition too, so I want to treat each [opportunity] seriously, and uhm, firstly, I want to keep practicing to properly land the 4A at this competition. And if the Beijing Olympics come after that, I want to do my best to do a worthy performance here at this competition in order to secure a spot. Excuse me, and thank you very much. I look forward to speaking to you after the free skate. Iโ€™ll do my best, thank you.

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

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All articles originally published 23 December 2021

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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.

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

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 SUB] S-Park special: Aiming to break the limits – words on Yuzuru Hanyu’s 4A from 3 people โ€“ 211219

Eng subbed video to come later

Translation: @axelsandwich
Proofreading: @shinjistarxx

Host (H): Next is a special figure skating segment. There are only 5 days left until the All Japan National Championships, which will decide the Olympic team. Within those athletes, this athleteโ€™s challenge is the focus of many.ย 

H: Yes, itโ€™s Hanyu-senshu, who has vowed to succeed at the 4A this season. Is this a feat achievable by mankind? We investigated this possibility from 3 points of view.

Narrator (N): The absolute champion, Yuzuru Hanyu. From repeating as the double Olympic champion onwards, heโ€™s continued to carve out historical achievements one after another. Right now, the great target heโ€™s aiming towards is to land the unprecedented quadruple Axel. The Axel jump is the only jump in figure skating with a forward takeoff. Itโ€™s a difficult jump that requires one to return to the fear of directly facing your field of vision and requires half an extra rotation. If he succeeds, he will land the worldโ€™s first quadruple Axel. This alone is what is stirring Hanyuโ€™s spirit. 

Yuzuru (Y): Breaking the limit (laughs). In a way, I think of the 4A as a โ€˜wallโ€™ that humans have created up until now. Iโ€™ve created it myself, and I want to overcome it. I think itโ€™s probably the current limit for us figure skaters. I want to write the โ€˜chapterโ€™ of surpassing it. 

N: He seriously started working towards [the 4A] in the 2018-19 season, after his second Olympic victory. The camera has not captured this hard work but instead, Hanyu told us about the difficulty of the 4A over and over again. 

(August, 2018)

Y: It feels like doing a long jump while rotating at the same time.

(March, 2019)

Y: The trajectory when jumping the quad Axel is completely different to the one when doing the triple Axel.

(September, 2020)

Y: I can visualise it. Properly. Iโ€™ve landed it in my dreams. 

(March, 2021)

Y: Iโ€™m tasting the frustration and the feeling of despair from day to day from not being able to land it butโ€ฆ

N: Even for the absolute champion, he had not been able to overcome this challenge in three years. This โ€˜wallโ€™ is truly high.

Can the quadruple Axel be jumped? We sought the opinions of three specialists. 

N: He had challenged the jump himself in the past and knows its difficulty well: pro skater, Takahito Mura. 

Mura (M): The feeling while in the air is both longer and more forceful, completely different and unique compared to jumping other quads or the triple Axel so far. Firstly, in order to simply achieve the rotations, you must build up your physical ability. 

N: The absolutely essential condition is to strengthen the base: the body. However, the progress in this area seemed to already be felt at last yearโ€™s Japanese Nationals. 

M: When he picks to take off for a quadruple jump, usually heโ€™ll skate relaxed, then tighten and take off like โ€˜ponโ€™. When he changed his training and re-built his body, it felt like he suddenly took another step up in an instant. When I saw that, I thought โ€˜wow, amazing.โ€™ That was probably because he was finally getting to a point of being familiar with the [quadruple] Axel. 

N: The one who looked into the data was Professor Sakurai from Toin University of Yokohama. 

What he was researching, from Ice Scope data that measures the jump height and distance, was the angle of the jump.

Sakurai (S): This is the triple Axel but his distance was 3m 20cm and the height was 64cm, which means that he was taking off at an angle of 22-23 degrees. I was surprised at this. The world record for long jump was also around this angle. This is the โ€˜optimal angleโ€™ for achieving distance in a jump. 

N: The record American Mike Powell set [for long jump] in 1991 – 8.95m – was achieved with this virtually identical โ€˜optimal angleโ€™. This is in Hanyuโ€™s grasp. 

Y: Yes, I think the height canโ€™t be more than 80cm and the distance probably canโ€™t be more than 4m.

S: Yes, itโ€™s virtually the same angle. The data aligns exactly. Therefore, jumping at this angle, itโ€™s better to think of how to take off while jumping far. 

N: Finally, thereโ€™s this legend who fired up Hanyuโ€™s challengerโ€™s spirit. 

Y: Isnโ€™t Uchimura-san super cool? Being able to land a H level skill. Even if he had to focus only on the horizontal bars, he was able to continue competing. [When I compare myself to Uchimura], I think Iโ€™m still pretty young, that I can still keep going. 

N: In fact, the hero of the gymnastics world is deeply interested in the quadruple Axel

Uchimura (U): Looking at [the 4A] from the perspective of a gymnast, thinking about how I should be watching it, I got really obsessed and really went back and forth [on the video]. When I first watched it, I was thinking โ€˜this isnโ€™t something humans can doโ€™. 

Isnโ€™t it a bit insane?? 

N: With a level of difficulty that Uchimura was not expecting, how would the king go about tackling this?

U: I donโ€™t know much about figure skating so itโ€™s a poor analysis but his highest point is here. If he twists a little more prior to this pointโ€ฆ 

Gymnastics is a skill where we are twisting as soon as possible. 

N: Even though gymnastics and figure skating both involve the twisting of the body [to rotate], they use the body in different ways.

U: Are his upper and lower body a little too synchronised? In gymnastics, we are led by the upper body – the lower body follows the upper. His upper bodyโ€ฆ if he twisted it a little earlier, I think his lower body would follow it like โ€˜boom!โ€™ But after all, if itโ€™s not high enough, he canโ€™t twist sufficiently but if he can jump a little further, heโ€™ll get a little more flight distance and be able to rotateโ€ฆ

Interviewer: [Hanyu] said balancing the two was difficult

U: Yes. I really understand. I havenโ€™t done it, but I get it (laughs)

U: Humans canโ€™t overcome [the 4A]. Only Hanyu-kun can. 

N: A challenge that will rewrite human history. Where can one find the place of success for the 4A? The defending champion facing his first competition of the season, this year Hanyu will stand on the All Japan National Championship stage once again.

H: You could say, in a sense, that he is also continuing to challenge the limits but Uchimuraโ€™s words certainly seem to be filled with enthusiasm doesnโ€™t it? Once again, these are the words from the three people who are exploring the possibility of a 4A from Hanyu-senshu

Mura: Even with reduced speed, the quad is possible

Sakurai: The ultimate angle to release longest flight distance

Uchimura: Twist the upper body first

H: Uchimura-senshu is looking at it from the viewpoint of gymnastics, it feels like perhaps the viewpoint from a different sport may be a good impetus somehow.ย 

H: Yes, what he calls prioritising the upper bodyโ€ฆ