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

Post-FS video interview

Translation + transcript of interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Original article published 27 March 2021.

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What are your thoughts, looking back on your performance?

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

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What’s your goal for the next competition?

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

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

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu – World Championships 2021 Post-SP Interview – 210326

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Original article Part 1 published 26 March 2021.
Original article Part 2 published 26 March 2021.

PART 1

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Sochi 2014 & Pyeongchang 2018 Gold Medalist Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA) came in first in the Men’s Short Program with a score of 106.98. He answered interview questions from the media online in a virtual reporters’ mixed zone.

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―What is something you wanted to express specifically with this piece of music?

Yuzuru: I think the appeal of the program is that I’m really feeling the music and expressing the energy within the music with my arms, my skating and jumps and throughout my whole body. Also, looking back on each element, the absence of the audience this time meant that it was difficult to make that connection but there are a lot of movements in the choreography that tries to speak to the audience so I think that’s also a key appeal for this program. 

ă€€â€•â€•ć€§äŒšć‰ăźă‚Șăƒłăƒ©ă‚€ăƒłć–æă§ă„ă‚ă„ă‚æ€ă†ă“ăšăŒă‚ăŁăŠă“ăĄă‚‰ă«æ„ăŸă€ăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăŒă€‚ăŸă ăăźæ€ă„ăŻæź‹ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšă€ă†ïœžă‚“ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ăăźæ°—æŒăĄăŻæŒăĄèŸŒă‚“ă§ă“ă“ă«æ„ăŠă„ă‚‹ăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăˆïœžă€ć…šæ—„æœŹăźæ™‚ă‹ă‚‰ă˜ă‚ƒă‚ć€‰ă‚ăŁăŸă‹ăšèš€ă‚ă‚ŒăŸă‚‰ă€ă‚ă‚“ăŸă‚Šć€‰ă‚ăŁăŠă„ăȘいかăȘăšă„ă†æ°—ă‚‚ă—ăȘくはăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ćźŸéš›ă€ăŸă‚è‡Șćˆ†ăźæ•…éƒ·ă§ă‚ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă‹ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒäœă‚“ă§ă„ă‚‹ă€ăăźă€ä»™ć°ăšă‹ćźźćŸŽă§ăŻă€ä»Šă™ă”ăæ„ŸæŸ“è€…ăŒćą—ăˆăŠă„ă‚‹çŠ¶æłăȘăźă§ă™ă”ă„ćżƒé…ăŻă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚„ăŻă‚Šă“ă“ăźçŸćœ°ă«æ„ăŠă€ă‚ăźă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆæ»‘ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă«ăŻăă‚‡ă†ăżăŸă„ăȘæŒ”æŠ€ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ă‚šă‚­ă‚·ăƒ“ăŒă‚ă‚Œă°ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚šă‚­ă‚·ăƒ“ă‚žăƒ§ăƒłăšă‹ă§ă‚‚ă€äœ•ă‹ă—ă‚‰ćƒ•ăŒă“ăźäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ă§ă€ă“ăźćœ°ă§æ»‘ăŁăŸæ„ć‘łăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’èŠ‹ă„ă ă—ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ăżăȘă•ă‚“ăŒèŠ‹ăŠăă ă•ăŁăŠäœ•ă‹ă—ă‚‰æ„Ÿă˜ăŠăă ă•ă‚‹ă“ăšăŻă™ă”ăă†ă‚Œă—ă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă«ă—ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ăŒă“ă“ă§æ»‘ăŁăŸæ„ć‘łă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ç›źæŒ‡ă—ăŠé ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«ă‚‚æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―In the pre-competition online interview, you said you had a lot of thoughts in your mind before you came here. Are those thoughts still lingering in your mind?

Y: Um
 hmm. Well, I think I came here still carrying those feelings. Ah…if asked whether they’ve changed since Japanese Nationals [in December], I feel as if not much has changed. In fact, well, perhaps it’s because it’s my hometown, but I’m extremely worried about the number of [COVID19] infections going up a lot where I live in the Sendai & Miyagi area. However, after all, I’ve come here to the competition site and I skated and put out a performance like that today, and then there’s the free, and if I can perform in the exhibition too, I want to try and find some sort of meaning in the fact I skated here, at this World Championships. Of course, I would be very happy if everyone watching can feel something and I want to make it so as well, but, in the end I think I’m going to do my best and aim for performances where I can feel some sort of meaning in the fact that I’m skating, so to speak.

ă€€â€•â€•ć…šæ—„æœŹćŸŒă€ă“ă“ăŸă§1äșșă§ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăăŸă€‚ć€§ć€‰ăȘæ€ă„ăŻă‚ăŁăŸă‹ă€ăă‚Œăšă‚‚æ…Łă‚ŒăŠăăŸăźă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšă€ăŸăšă€ăŸăŸć…šæ—„æœŹăȘăżă«ć…šæ—„æœŹăźć‰ăȘăżă«ăžă“ă‚“ă ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăŸăŸèȘżć­ăźæłąăŒă”ă‚ïœžăŁăŠćŽ©ă‚ŒăŠă„ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒç›źæš™ăšă—ăŠă„ăŸă‚‚ăźă«ć±Šă‹ăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚Šă‚‚ă—ăŠă„ăŸăźă§ă€ç”æ§‹ă€ă‚‰ă„æ°—æŒăĄă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸăŸă€ă‚ăźă€æ„ă‚‹ç›Žć‰ă«ă‚‚ăŸăŸă€2æœˆă«ă‚‚ćœ°éœ‡ăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€ă‘ăŁă“ă†ćź¶ăźäž­ăšă‹ă‚‚ă‚°ăƒăƒŁă‚°ăƒăƒŁă«ăȘăŁăŠăŻă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă€ă‚ăźă€æ°—æŒăĄăźäžŠă§ăźă€ă‚‰ă„ăšă“ă‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸă ă€ćźŸéš›ć„ćș·ă§ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠă“ăźçŸćœ°ă«æ„ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ć…ƒæ°—ă«ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’æ»‘ă‚ŒăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€‚ăŸă‚ć€§ć€‰ă ăŁăŸăȘăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€ăăźæ—„ă€…ăŒă‚ăŁăŸă‹ă‚‰ă“ăăźä»ŠăȘぼかăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―After the Japanese Nationals, you have been practising alone until now. Did you think it was difficult or have you become used to it?

Hm, well there were times I felt down, like before Japanese Nationals, then there were the ups and downs of my condition and I could not reach the goal I was aiming towards, so it was indeed tough Also, right before I came to Stockholm, and also back in February too, there were earthquakes; [the February one] which messed up the inside of my house, so on top of those feelings there were some painful moments associated with that. That being said, I was able to come here in good health and also skate this program well. It was a hard time I think, but I am where I am now because of those days. 

ă€€â€•â€•æœ€ă‚‚ăžă“ă‚“ă ăźăŻäœ•ă ăŁăŸăźă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œç”æ§‹ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă€4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚’ç”æ§‹ă€ćŠ›ă‚’ć…„ă‚ŒăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸăźă§ă€‚è·łăłăă‚ŒăȘかったぼが侀ç•Șă€ă‚‰ă‹ăŁăŸăȘăšă„ă†éąšă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ăă‚ŒăźăŠă‹ă’ă§ç­‹ćŠ›ăŒă€ă„ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ăŸăŸă€ăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ăźæ–čæł•ă«ă€ă„ăŠă‚‚ă€ăŸăŸæ–°ăŸă«è€ƒăˆă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă‚ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă§ăŻć…šæ—„æœŹć‰ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă‚čテップケップしどいるぼかăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

―What were the things you were most let down by?

It was the quad Axel. I did indeed put a lot of effort into the quad Axel. I think the most painful thing was not being able to decisively land the jump.* But in any case, it’s because of that [training] that I gained a lot of muscle strength and new ways of thinking about my training methods. Well, in some sense, I think I’ve leveled up from before Japanese Nationals. 

*T/N: It’s unclear here by ‘decisively land’ (è·łăłăă‚ŒăȘかった) whether Yuzuru means he was unable to land the jump at all or not land the jump to the standards of his other jumps etc. In order to not make assumptions, we want to note this part is open to interpretation.

PART 2

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

ă€€â€•â€•ć™šæą°äœ“æ“ă‚„é™žäžŠăźç†è«–ă‚‚ć–ă‚Šć…„ă‚ŒăŸăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăŒă€æŒ”æŠ€ă§ăƒȘンクしどいるべころや生きたべころは。

ă€€ă€Œăšă„ă¶ă‚“ć‰ăźè©±ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚äœ“æ“ăźć†…æ‘ă•ă‚“ăšă‹ă€ă‚ăšăŻç™œäș•ă•ă‚“ăšăŠè©±ă—ă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŸæ™‚ă«ă€ăŸăŸă«ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąăźć›žè»ąăźä»•æ–čă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚’ć‚è€ƒă«ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă„ă†è©±ă‚’èžă„ăŠă„ăŸăźă§ă€‚ăŸă‚ä»Šć›žă€ć†…æ‘ă•ă‚“ăŒHé›Łæ˜“ćșŠăźă‚‚たをæ±șめどいるっどいうこべもćˆșæż€ă«ăȘăŁăŸă‚Šă‚‚ă—ăŠă„ăŸăźă§ă€‚äœ•ăšăȘăć†…æ‘ă•ă‚“ăźăƒ‰ă‚­ăƒ„ăƒĄăƒłăƒˆă ăŁăŸă‚Šă ăšă‹ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚’èŠ‹ăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ă‚ă‚ă€ă“ă†ă„ă†æ„ŸèŠšăȘぼかăȘăšă‹ă€ă‚ă‚ă„ă†æ„ŸèŠšăȘぼかăȘべか。è‡Șćˆ†ă«ăšăŁăŠä»Šă€4ć›žè»ąćŠăšă„ă†ă‚‚ăźăŒă‹ăȘă‚Šăźć€§ăăȘ棁ăȘăźă§ă€‚ăă‚Œă«ćŻŸă—ăŠă€ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠć›žè»ąæ•°ă‚’ćą—ă‚„ă—ăŠă„ăăźă‹ăšă‹ă€ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠă€ăˆăƒŒă€ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăźé«˜ă•ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€æ»žç©șæ™‚é–“ă‚’äŒžă°ă—ăŠă„ăăźă‹ă‚’è€ƒăˆăŸă‚Šă‚‚ă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ăšăŻăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€é™žäžŠă§ăźă‚Šă‚šă‚€ăƒˆăšă‹ăŻă—ăŠă„ăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠé™žäžŠăźćŠ›ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăŸăŸă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźăƒăƒ†ăƒłă‚·ăƒŁăƒ«ăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’ć‡șă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă«ă€ă„ăŠă‚‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚è€ƒăˆăŸă‚Šă™ă‚‹ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€

―You said before that you’ve incorporated thought from artistic gymnastics and athletics, but how does it link to your performances?

Y: That was from quite a while ago. When I had the chance to speak with gymnasts [Kouhei] Uchimura and [Kenzo] Shirai, they told me they sometimes use the way of rotating in figure skating as references. This time, I was also inspired by the fact Uchimura-san had succeeded at H difficulty level skills*. I found myself watching Uchimura-san’s documentaries, and wondering what kind of feelings he was going through. The quad Axel is quite a big barrier for me now, so I had been thinking about how to increase the number of revolutions, the height of jumps, and the time in the air. Also, though I don’t do any weight training off-ice, I’ve thought about various things like how to get the most out of my strength on land and my own potential.

*T/N: Referring to the highest difficulty level of skills in artistic gymnastics

 ――それがè‡Șćˆ†ăźäœ“ă«ăȘă˜ă‚“ă æ„ŸèŠšăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‹ă€‚

 「4ć›žè»ąćŠă«é–ąă—ăŠă‚‚ć‡„ăèż‘ă„ă„ăŠăăŸăȘăšă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă‚‚ă—ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăă‚ŒăźăŠă‹ă’ă§ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘもぼが漉漚しどきたり、è‡Ș戆ぼè‡Ș俥にăȘăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă‚‚ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚è‰Żă‹ăŁăŸăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―Do you feel that the new things you have incorporated became familiar to your body?

I feel like I’m really getting closer to perfecting my quad axel. I’m glad, because it helped me to stabilize many things, and it also helped me gain confidence.

 ――4ć›žè»ąćŠăźç·Žçż’ă§ç­‹ćŠ›ăŒă€ă„ăŠăăŸăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€‚ä»ŠăŻäœ“ă‚’ă©ă†é›ăˆăŠă‚‹ă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œă‚Šă‚šăƒŒăƒˆă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚ă‘ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă†ăĄă«ă ă‚“ă ă‚“ćż…èŠăȘç­‹è‚‰ăŒă€ă„ăŠăăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ă‹ă€‚ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘé ćżƒćŠ›ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€æ…Łæ€§ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăă†ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚’ć–ă‚ŠèŸŒă‚€ăŸă‚ăźç­‹è‚‰ăŒăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă€ă„ăŠăăŸăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―You said before that in doing practice for the quad axel, you gained some muscle. How are you building up your body now?

Y: It’s not like I’m doing weight training, but more like while I was doing [quad axel practice], gradually I gained some muscle along the way. I think I gained some muscle in order (for my body) to deal with things like centrifugal force and inertia.

ă€€â€•â€•ç·Žçż’ă‚’é€šă—ăŠç­‹è‚‰ă‚’é›ăˆăŠă„ă‚‹ïŒŸ

ă€€ă€Œăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€äœ•ă‹ç‰čćˆ„ă«ç­‹ćŠ›ă‚’ć‘äžŠă•ă›ă‚‹ăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ăŻă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăȘいです。ただ、4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚’ă‚„ă‚‹ă«ă‚ăŸăŁăŠæœ€ćˆăźé ƒăŻă‹ăȘă‚Šç­‹è‚‰ç—›ăšă‹ă‚’äŒŽăŁăŠă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă‚‚ă€‚ăă‚Œă‚‚ăȘくăȘă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă—ă€‚ćźŸéš›ă€ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒé€šă—ăŠă€ä»–ăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă‚‚ć‡„ăăƒȘăƒ©ăƒƒă‚Żă‚čă—ăŠè·łăčă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘったかăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―Are you building up your muscle through practices?

Y: Yes, but I’m not doing any special training to increase my muscular strength. However, when I first started working on the quad axel I had quite a lot of muscle pain. That’s since gone away. In fact, even in my free & short (programs), for my other jumps, I’ve been able to jump them a lot more effortlessly.

ă€€â€•â€•äœ“é‡ăŒćą—ăˆăŸăźă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œäœ“é‡ăŻćą—ăˆăŠăŸă™ă€

―Did you gain weight?

Y: I did gain weight.

ă€€â€•â€•äœ•ă‚­ăƒ­ăšèžă„ăŠă‚‚ă„ă„ă‹ïŒŸ

ă€€ă€Œć«Œă§ă™ïŒă”ă”ă”ă”ă”â€ŠïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€

―May we ask how many kilos?

Y: No (I don’t want to!) *laughs*

 ――フăƒȘăƒŒăźć€§æČłăƒ‰ăƒ©ăƒžă€Œć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ă§ć‡șæŒ”ă—ăŸçŸłć‚æ”©äșŒă•ă‚“ăŒă‚šăƒŒăƒ«ă‚’é€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăŒă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒèŹ™äżĄć…Źăšă„ă†ă€ćƒ•ă‚‰ăŻæ–‡çŒźă‚„ć·»ç‰©ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă§ă—ă‹ćźŸéš›ă«ăŻèŠ‹ăŸă“ăšăŒăȘいæ–čă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă ă€çŸłć‚æ”©äșŒă•ă‚“ăźäž­ă«ă‚‚èŹ™äżĄăźé­‚ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ćżƒăŒă‚ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ă‚‚ă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸćżƒă ăŁăŸă‚Šé­‚ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€äœ•ă‹èŹ™äżĄć…ŹăŒèŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸéąšæ™Żă ăšă‹èš˜æ†¶ă ăšă‹ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚’ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚æ„Ÿă˜ăȘăŒă‚‰æ»‘ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

―The actor Ishizaka Kouji who appeared in the taiga* drama “Heaven and Earth,” that your free program is based on, sent you a supportive message [recently].

Y: Aside from writing and scrolls [paintings], we actually don’t know what Lord Kenshin* looked like. But, I think within Ishizaka Kouji-san, there’s a bit of something like Lord Kenshin’s soul, or heart. For myself too, I would like it if I could feel and then skate with some of that same heart and soul, or perhaps something like the scenery and memories that Lord Kenshin saw too.

*T/N:  Referring to 16th century/medieval Japanese warlord Uesugi Kenshin who ruled over part of northern Japan. The music for Yuzuru’s free program this time is taken from a 1969 taiga (historical) drama called “Heaven and Earth” that is about Kenshin’s life.

ă€€â€•â€•ć…šæ—„æœŹć‰äžŠă«ăžă“ă‚“ă æ™‚æœŸăŒă‚ăŁăŸăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăŒă€ä»Šć›žăŻă©ă†ă„ăŁăŸă“ăšă‚’ăăŁă‹ă‘ă«ă“ă“ăŸă§æˆ»ă—ăŠăăŸăźă‹ă€‚

 「ç‰čă«äœ•ă‚‚ăăŁă‹ă‘ăŻăȘă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă­ă€‚æœŹćœ“ă«ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­â€Šă‚‚ă†ă€æ°—æŒăĄă‚’ç››ă‚Šèż”ă—ăŠă€äœ•ăšă‹é€™ă„ă€ăă°ăŁăŠă‚„ăŁăŠăăŸăŁăŠă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă«èż‘ă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚è‡Ș戆べしどは4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚’ă“ăźè©Šćˆă«ć…„ă‚ŒăŸă‹ăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŒæœŹćœ“ăźæ°—æŒăĄă§ă€‚ă‹ăȘりゼăƒȘゼăƒȘăŸă§çČ˜ăŁăŠç·Žçż’ăŻă—ăŠă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«ć…„ă‚Œă‚‹ă“ăšăŻă§ăăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšæź‹ćż”ă ăŁăŸăȘăšă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăšă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă€ć…šæ—„æœŹă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă•ă‚‰ă«éŽé…·ăȘæˆŠă„ăźć ŽăȘăźă§ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸæ„ć‘łă§ă‚‚ç·Žçż’äž­ă€äžćź‰ăŒè„ČăŁăŠăăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŠă€ć€§ć€‰ă ăŁăŸăšăŻæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚ăźè‹Šă—ă‹ăŁăŸæ—„ă€…ăŒă‚ăŁăŸă‹ă‚‰ă“ăăźä»Šæ—„ăźć‡șæ„ă ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸăŸă€ä»Šăźă‚ąăƒƒăƒ—ăźè€ƒăˆæ–čă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăźè€ƒăˆæ–čだったり、ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăžăźè€ƒăˆæ–čă ăŁăŸă‚Šă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ăă‚Œă‚’ć€§äș‹ă«ă€ă‚ăźæ™‚ăźè‡Șćˆ†ă«ă‚ˆăé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŸă­ăŁăŠèš€ăˆă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’æ˜Žæ—„ăŸăŸç›źæŒ‡ă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚æ˜Žæ—„ïŒŸæ˜ŽćŸŒæ—„ă‹ă€‚æ˜ŽćŸŒæ—„ă€ç›źæŒ‡ă—ăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

―You said that there was a period of time where you were feeling quite down, like before Japanese Nationals, but this time around, what motivated you to get back to this point?

Y: There wasn’t really anything motivating me in particular. Hm, what was it
 Well, it’s like my feelings have been rejuvenated and it’s close to feeling like I’ve crawled my way back to this point. My real feelings were that I wanted to put in the quad axel at this competition. I even squeezed in practice for it until the very last minute. And so in the end, I’m a little disappointed at the fact I couldn’t put it in. Also, it’s a much harsher fight this time compared to Japanese Nationals. So in that sense I was overcome with worry even during practices, and because of things like that I think it was tough. However, I think I was able to do what I did today because there were those difficult days. Also, I’m working on thinking about how to keep myself up*, thinking about jumps, thinking about skating, so I want to keep those things close to me, and tomorrow, I want to aim for a performance where I can say “I did my best” to myself afterwards. Tomorrow? Oh, it’s the day after tomorrow. Yes, I want to aim for that [kind of performance] day after tomorrow.

*T/N: Unclear what kind of “up” he means, whether mentally, physically, etc.

ă€€â€•â€•ä»Šć›žă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’ć…„ă‚ŒăȘいæ±șæ–­ăŻă„ă€ă‹ă€‚

 「えっべ。えっべ
ć‡șç™șた3æ—„ć‰ăă‚‰ă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăŻă„ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸăŸæ˜ŽćŸŒæ—„ă‚‚ă‚ˆă‚ă—ăăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă™ă€‚Thank you so muchïŒă€

―When did you decide not to include the (quad) axel this time?

Y: Uh
 um
 around 3 days before I left [for the competition]. Yes. Thank you. I’ll see you again the day after tomorrow. [in English] Thank you so much!

[ENG TRANSLATION] World Championships 2021 – Sponichi Practice Interview

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Original article Part 1 published 23 March 2021.
Original article Part 2 published 23 March 2021.

Translation and Proofreading: @shinjistarxx, @tsukihoshi14, @yuzueco

ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ïŒˆă‚čăƒˆăƒƒă‚Żăƒ›ăƒ«ăƒ ïŒ‰ăźç”·ć­ć…ŹćŒç·Žçż’2曞盼が22æ—„ïŒˆæ—„æœŹæ™‚é–“23æ—„ïŒ‰ă«ă‚”ăƒ–ăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă§èĄŒă‚ă‚Œă€4ćčŽă¶ă‚Š3ćșŠç›źăźć„Șć‹ă‚’ç›źæŒ‡ă™çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠïŒˆ26ANAïŒ‰ăŒç™»ć Žă—ăŸă€‚

21æ—„ă«ćˆ°ç€ă€‚çżŒ22æ—„ăźæ˜Œă«ăƒĄă‚€ăƒłăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă§èĄŒă‚ă‚ŒăŸç·Žçż’ă«ăŻć§żă‚’èŠ‹ă›ăȘかったが、ă‚čă‚Šă‚§ăƒŒăƒ‡ăƒłć…„ć›œćŸŒćˆă‚ăŠæ°·ăźäžŠă§èȘżæ•Žă—ăŸă€‚ç·Žçż’ćŸŒăŻă‚Șăƒłăƒ©ă‚€ăƒłć–æă«ćżœă˜ă€çŸćœ°ă‹ă€ä»ŠćčŽćˆăźè‚‰ćŁ°ă‚’ć‡șした。

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The second men’s practice for the World Figure Skating Championships (Stockholm) was held on March 22nd in the subrink, and Yuzuru Hanyu, who is aiming for his 3rd worlds victory after 4 years, took part. He arrived in Stockholm on the 21st, and did not appear for the first practice held in the main rink on the next day on the 22nd, but later got on the ice for the first time since arriving in Sweden. After practice, he participated in an online interview session.

The question and answer session is as follows.

―ç‰č戄ăȘă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłă€‚æœ€ç”‚æ±șæˆŠăźç›Žć‰ă€ćżƒă«ćźżă‚‹ă‚‚ăźăŻă€‚

äœ•ă‹ă€ć‰Čăšæ·Ąă€…ăšă—ăŠă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă‹ă€‚ć‡șă‚‹ăŸă§è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚æ€ă†ă“ăšăŻă‚ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ă“ă“ăźă€çŸćœ°ă«æ„ăŠæ»‘ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă«ăŻă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€äœ•ă‹ă—ă‚‰æ„ć‘łăźă‚ă‚‹ă‚‚ăźă«ăŻă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

—It’s been an unusual season. What are your pre-competition thoughts?

Yuzu: I’m kind of rather matter-of-fact about it. Before coming here, I had a lot of thoughts, but, now that I’m here at the competition venue and will be skating, I want to make some sort of meaning out of it.

ïŒă‚”ăƒ–ăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă§ăźç·Žçż’ă‚’ç”‚ăˆăŸă€‚ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăźæ„Ÿè§ŠăȘどは

ăŸă‚ă‚ăźă€æ„ă‚‹æ™‚ă«ćźŸăŻćœ°éœ‡ăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€ć‡șă‚ˆă†ăšă™ă‚‹ç›Žć‰ă«ïŒˆ20æ—„ïŒ‰ă€‚æœŹæ„ăŻæ–°ćččç·šă§æ„ă‚‹äșˆćźšă ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€æ–°ćččç·šăŒäœżăˆăȘくăȘăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă—ăŠă€éŁ›èĄŒæ©Ÿă‚’ć€‰ăˆăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšć€§ć€‰ă§ă—ăŸă€‚ç·Žçż’ăƒ—ăƒ©ăƒłăšă—ăŠăŻă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă‚șレどるかăȘăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă“ăŁăĄăźæ°·ăšă‚‚ă—ăŁă‹ă‚ŠćŻŸè©±ă§ăăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ă„ă„æ„ŸèŠšă§æœ€ćŸŒă€ç”‚ă‚ă‚ŒăŸă‹ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

—You finished practice at the practice rink today. How were your jumps and whatnot?

Y: Well, um, when I was travelling here [from Japan], right before I came there was an earthquake [March 20th]. I was planning to use the shinkansen [bullet train] but I ended up not being able to, and so I had to change flights and it was a bit rough. In terms of my practice plan, I think I’m a little bit behind, but I was able to acclimatise to the ice today and I think I ended practice with an overall good feeling.

â€•ćŸŒćŠăŻ4ć›žè»ąă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăźèȘżć­ăŒäžŠăŒăŁăŠă„ăŸ

æœ€ćˆăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă€ăŸă‚æ°—ćˆăŒć…„ă‚ŠéŽăŽăšă„ă†ă‹ă€‚ă„ă€ă‚‚ăźç©ș曞りみたいăȘもぼが侀瞬あったんで。それからè‡Șćˆ†ăźă“ăšă‚’ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă‚łăƒłăƒˆăƒ­ăƒŒăƒ«ă—ăȘăŒă‚‰ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ä»Šć›žă€ăƒ–ăƒ©ă‚€ă‚ąăƒłïŒˆăƒ»ă‚ȘăƒŒă‚”ăƒŒïŒ‰ă‚‚ăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒă‚·ăƒŒïŒˆăƒ»ă‚Šă‚Łăƒ«ă‚œăƒłăźäžĄă‚łăƒŒăƒïŒ‰ă‚‚ă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šè©±ă‚’èžăăȘがら、è‡Șćˆ†ăźăƒšăƒŒă‚čも漈りăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚„ă‚ŒăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

—The quads in the second half of practice today seemed to be looking better.

Y: At first I think I was maybe a little too overenthusiastic. Something like the usual idleness for a second. So after that I tried controlling (adjusting) myself. Of course, this time, Brian [Orser] and Tracy [Wilson] are here too, so I think I was able to talk to them and work on keeping my pace.

â€•ă‚łăƒŒăƒé™ŁăšăŻäč…ă—ă¶ă‚Šă ăŁăŸăŒă€‚

いや、ç‰čă«äœ•ă‹ă€äč…ă—ă¶ă‚Šă ă‹ă‚‰äœ•ă‹ă‚’è©±ă—ăŸăšă‹ă§ăŻăȘăă€æ·Ąă€…ăšè‡Șćˆ†ăźă“ăšă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă™ă—ă€ă‚ăšă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă€Œä»Šæ—„ă€äœ•ă™ă‚‹ïŒŸă€ăšă‹ă€‚ă”ă”ă”ă€‚ă€Œæ˜Žæ—„ăźç·Žçż’ă“ă†ă—ă‚ˆă†ă€ăšă‹è©±ă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚

—It’s been a while since you had a competition with your coaches (here). 

Y: Well, it’s not like we talked about anything in particular just because it’s been a while, rather, I was able to go about doing my things calmly. Also, uhm, we talked about things like “What will you do today [in practice]?” [laughs] and “Let’s do this at tomorrow’s practice”, etc.

ïŒă‚łăƒŒăƒé™ŁăŒă„ă‚‹ă“ăšăźæ°—æŒăĄăźé•ă„ăŻ

いろいろè‡Ș戆でやらăȘければいけăȘă„ă“ăšăŒć…šæ—„æœŹăźæ™‚ă«ăŻă‚ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŒă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ăă°ă§ă‚”ăƒăƒŒăƒˆă—ăŠăă‚Œă‚‹äșșがいるこべはありがたいです。

—How are your feelings different when your coaches are here with you (for the competition)?

Y: During the time of Japanese Nationals [in December] there was a lot I had to do on my own. So (in contrast to that time), ultimately, I’m grateful to have people to support me by my side.

ïŒăƒăƒ–ăƒ«ç’°ćąƒăźć€§äŒšă€‚ă‚čトハă‚č等は

ă†ăƒŒă‚“ă€‚ăŸă‚ç‰čă«ă€‚ćƒ•ă«ăšăŁăŠăŻäœ•ă‚‚ć€‰ă‚ă‚‰ăȘいべいうか。マă‚čクしăȘきゃいけăȘいăȘ、ずか。あずは枞にäșșăšăźè·é›ąæ„Ÿă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€‚æ‰‹æŒ‡ăźæ¶ˆæŻ’ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă“ăšăŻă‹ăȘă‚Šæłšæ„ăŻă—ăŸă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ćƒ•ă«ăšăŁăŠăŻă€è©Šćˆăźæ™‚ăŻă„ă€ă‚‚ă“ăźă‚ˆă†ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ă§ă‚„ăŁăŠăŻă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ç‰čă«ćœ±éŸżăŻăȘいかăȘă€ăšă€‚ćœ±éŸżăŻăȘă„ăšă„ă†ă‹ă€äœ•ă‚‚ć€‰ă‚ă‚‰ăȘいかăȘ。

—This competition is being held in a “bubble environment”. Do you feel any stress?

Y: Hm. Well, not particularly. I could say for me, nothing has changed perhaps. Things like, having to wear a mask and whatnot. And also to keep an increased distance from people. I’m definitely cautious and doing things like sanitizing my hands, but, for me, I always do these things during a competition. So I think there’s not much of an effect on me; or rather, instead of effect, it’s like nothing has really changed.

ïŒçŽ æ™Žă‚‰ă—ă„ć…šæ—„æœŹă‹ă‚‰3ă‚«æœˆă€‚äžŠç©ăżăŻ

ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚â€Šă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ă„ă„æŒ”æŠ€ă—ăŸă„ăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă†ăƒŒă‚“â€Šă€‚äœ•ă‹ć…šæ—„æœŹăżăŸă„ă«ă€ăšă‹ă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŻç‰čにăȘăă€ă“ă“ăŻă“ă“ă§ă€‚ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăăŸă“ăšă‚’ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šć‡șă›ă‚Œă°ă„ă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ă‚ăšăŻă€ă“ăŁăĄæ„ăŠæ„ŸèŠšăŒă™ă”ăæ•ŽăŁăŠă‚‹ă‚ă‘ă§ăŻăȘă„ăźă§ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€æ„ŸèŠšă‚’æ•ŽăˆăȘăŒă‚‰ă€äœ“ă‚’æ•ŽăˆăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ă„ă„æŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă—ăŸă„ăȘă€ăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚çŽ ç›ŽăȘæ°—æŒăĄăŻăă“ă‹ăȘă‚ăšă€‚äœ•ă‹ă€ă“ă‚Œă‚’ă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ă€ă‚ă‚Œă‚’ă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ă€ă“ă†ă„ă†æŒ”æŠ€ă—ăŸă„ă€ăšă‹ă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă§ăŻă€ä»ŠăŻăȘいです。

—It’s been three months since your wonderful (performances) at Japanese Nationals. Anything you want to improve on?

Y: Yes
 well, of course I want to put out a good performance. Hm
 Rather than thinking about it in terms of “like Japanese Nationals”, I’d rather think of this competition as a different one on its own. I think it’s good if I can properly put out everything I’ve been practicing thus far, and also, my senses are not very well-adjusted coming here, so I’d like to gradually adjust my senses and my body in order to produce a good performance. Those are my honest feelings. For now I don’t have any specific thing like “I want to do this,” or “I want to do that,” or “I want to do this kind of performance.”

ă€€â€•ćŻŸăƒăƒŒă‚”ăƒłăƒ»ăƒă‚§ăƒłă‚„çŽ‹è€…ă‚’ć–ă‚Šæˆ»ă™ć€§äŒšă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ćŒ—äșŹäș”èŒȘăźæž ć–ă‚Šă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ă€‚ăƒ•ă‚©ăƒŒă‚«ă‚čするこべは。

ăŸă‚æž ć–ă‚Šă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻæœ€ć€§é™ă€èȱ猼したいăȘăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ćƒ•ă«ăšăŁăŠăŻä»Šăźăšă“ă‚ăă‚Œă ă‘ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€ă“ăźć€§äŒšă«ă€ă„ăŠăŻă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă€ăšă«ă‹ăăŸă‚è‡Șćˆ†ăŒç›źæŒ‡ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹è‰Żă„æŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă€æŻŽæ—„1ă€ăšă€é‡ă­ăŠă„ăŁăŠă€ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ‡ăƒŒă‚·ăƒ§ăƒłăźă‚ˆă†ă«è‰ŻăăȘっどいっどくれればăȘă‚ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

—What is your focus for this competition? Is it securing the spots for the Beijing Olympics or rather to take the crown back from Nathan Chen?

Y: Well, regarding securing the spots, I’d like to contribute as much as I can. Other than that, um, for this competition, that’s my only stance for now. Other than that, I’d like to build upon my efforts accumulated day to day and work towards putting together the good performance that I’m aiming for, just like building up a gradient.

PART TWO

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

â€•ăƒăƒŒă‚”ăƒłăƒ»ăƒă‚§ăƒłă«ă€ă„ăŠăŻă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒçŽ‡ç›Žă«ćœŒă«ćŻŸă—ăŠă€ć‡„ă„ăăźâ€Šă€‚æ–°ćž‹ă‚łăƒ­ăƒŠă‚Šă‚€ăƒ«ă‚čă«ćŻŸă—ăŠăźćŻŸç­–ă ăšă‹è€ƒăˆæ–čが懄いもぼがあるăȘ、べか。しっかりしどいるăȘă€ăšć°Šæ•ŹăżăŸă„ăȘă‚‚ăźăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ćœŒăżăŸă„ă«ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ă‚‚æ°—ă‚’ă€ă‘ăȘăŒă‚‰ă€‚æœŹæ„ăźè©ŠćˆăšăŻăĄă‚‡ăŁăšé•ă†ă‚ˆă†ăȘćœąă§ä»Šć›žè©Šćˆă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ăšă«ă‹ăè‡Șćˆ†ăźæŒ”æŠ€ă‚‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚æłšæ„ă™ă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ăŻă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šæłšæ„ă—ăȘăŒă‚‰ă€æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«è‰Żă„æŒ”æŠ€ă§ăă‚Œă°ă„ă„ăȘăšă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă§ăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

—Any thoughts on Nathen Chen?

Y: Frankly speaking, I have a sort of great respect for him, because of his very clear and proper stance on COVID-19 measures. Of course, I also want to be as cautious as he is, since this competition is being held in a different format from a usual one. Anyway, of course, I have to take care of my own performance too. I’ll pay attention to the parts I need to pay attention to, and in the end, I hope to give a good performance.

ă€€â€•ćŻŸæ±șăšă„ă†æ„ć‘łă§ăŻä»ŠăŻæ„è­˜ăŻăȘい

ă€€ă€Œăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ăŸă‚ç”æžœć‡șăŠă‹ă‚‰è€ƒăˆă‚Œă°ă„ă„ă‹ăȘăšă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ăšă€‚ă‚ăšăŻä»Šć›žăŻç”æžœă€ç”æžœăšă„ă†è€ƒăˆăŒă‚ăŸă‚ŠăȘăăŠă€‚ăšă«ă‹ăç„Ąäș‹ă«ă€äœ•ăźäžćź‰ă‚‚ăȘăæ—„æœŹă«ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šćž°ăŁăŠă€‚ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šć„ćș·ăȘçŠ¶æ…‹ă§ă“ăźè©Šćˆă‚’ç”‚ăˆă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†éąšă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

—So are you not currently thinking of it as a battle (with Nathan)?

Y: Yes. Well, I feel like I should think about it after I get the results. And this time, I’m not really thinking about “results.” For the time being, I’m just thinking about returning to Japan safely without any worries, and I hope I can end this competition in good health.

ă€€â€•äž–ç•Œäž­ăŒă‚łăƒ­ăƒŠçŠăźçŠ¶æ…‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œă†ăƒŒă‚“ă€‚ăšă«ă‹ăä»ŠăŻè‡Șćˆ†ăŒă§ăă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€‚ă†ăƒŒă‚“ăšă€‚ä»Šć›žæ»‘ă‚‹ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€‚ăŸă‚é€ČめればフăƒȘăƒŒă ăŁăŸă‚Šâ€Šăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•ïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€‚ă‚ăŁăŸă‚‰ă‚šă‚­ă‚·ăƒ“ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă™ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•ă€‚ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšă€3ă€ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šæ»‘ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăăź3ă€ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‹ă‚‰äœ•ă‹ćƒ•ăȘă‚Šăźă“ăźäž–ăźäž­ă«ćŻŸă—ăŠăƒĄăƒƒă‚»ăƒŒă‚žăźă‚ă‚‹ă‚‚ăźă«ă‚‚ă§ăăŸă‚‰ăȘăšăŻæ€ă„ăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăă‚Œă‚ˆă‚Šă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒă—ăŁă‹ă‚ŠçŽćŸ—ă§ăă‚‹æŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă™ă‚‹ăźăŒć€§ć‰æă ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šä»Šăźè‡Șćˆ†ăźäœ“ăšäŒšè©±ă—ăȘăŒă‚‰æ•ŽăˆăȘăŒă‚‰ă€‚æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«ăŻă€ăă“ăŸă§ăŸă©ă‚Šç€ă„ăŠă“ăçš†ă•ă‚“ă«äœ•ă‹äŒă‚ă‚‹æŒ”æŠ€ă ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ăă“ăŸă§ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šä»Šă‚„ă‚‹ăčきこべたちをやっどいきたいăȘăšă„ă†æ€ă„ă§ă„ăŸă™ă€

—The world is currently in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic.

Y: Hmmm. In any case, I think what I am capable of doing is, well, um, I guess to skate the short program. Well…if I can advance on, then I guess the free program too… [laughs]. And then if there’s a chance, then the exhibition program as well. [laughs]. So, for now, I’d like to skate well in all three programs. I would like to be able to give a message to the world from these three programs, but more importantly, I think the prerequisite is to perform in a way that I can be satisfied with.

So, I have to make sure that I stay in touch with my body and maintain it well, and in the end, I think that it is only when I get to that point that my performance will be able to convey something to everyone. I’d like to do what I need to do now to get to that point.

ă€€â€•éœ‡çœă‹ă‚‰10ćčŽă€‚ć…ˆæ—„朰震もあった。

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚æ€ă†ăšă“ă‚ăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ćƒ•ă«äœ•ăŒă§ăă‚‹ă‚“ă ă‚ă†ăšă„ă†è€ƒăˆă‚‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚â€Šăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€éœ‡çœăźæ™‚ă«ć‡șしたコメントが慹どかăȘăšćƒ•ăźäž­ă§ăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŠă€‚ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ă‚‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«æŒ‘æˆŠă—ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚è‹Šă—ă„æ™‚ă‚‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă—ă€‚ć€§ć€‰ă ăŁăŸæ™‚æœŸăšă‹ă‚‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă‚ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŻćƒ•ăŻă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăźă“ăšă§ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ć€§ć€‰ă ăŁăŸăȘăšă‹æ€ă†ă“ăšăŒă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ćŸ©èˆˆă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šäœ•ă ă‚ă†â€Šă€‚ăăźäșșたäșșç”Ÿăšă‹ć‘œăŒăă“ă«ă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ç„Ąç†ă‚„ă‚Šă§ă‚‚ă‚„ă‚‰ăȘきゃいけăȘいこべだったりべか、闘わăȘきゃいけăȘいこべだったりべか。いろいろあるだろうăȘăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’è€ƒăˆăŠăŻă„ăŠă€‚ăŸă‚ă€æ°—æŒăĄăšă—ăŠăŻă‚œăƒăźèš˜è€…äŒšèŠ‹ăźæ™‚ă«èš€ăŁăŸă“ăšăšă‚ăŸă‚Šć€‰ă‚ă‚‰ăȘいかもしれăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ćƒ•ăŻă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚’ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă ă‘ă§ă€ç›ŽæŽ„ă€çš†ă•ă‚“ă«äœ•ă‹ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚ă‘ă§ăŻăȘă„ăźă§ă€ăă“ăŻć€‰ă‚ă‚‰ăȘいăȘăšăŻæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă“ăźé–“ăźć…šæ—„æœŹăżăŸă„ă«ă€ăŸăŸăŻă€ć…šæ—„æœŹćŸŒă«äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ă«ć‡șるăȘă‚‰ă€ăšèš€ăŁăŸæ™‚ăżăŸă„ă«ă€‚ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’é€šă—ăŠă€ă“ăźć­ăŸăĄă‚’é€šă—ăŠă€ăȘにか 。10ćčŽă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€ăšă‹ă§ăȘăăŠă€‚ă“ăźæ™‚æœŸăźă“ăźć­ăŸăĄă‚’é€šă—ăŠă€äœ•ă‹ăźăƒĄăƒƒă‚»ăƒŒă‚žă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€äœ•ă‹ăźćżƒăŒć‹•ăăăŁă‹ă‘ă«ăȘっどいればいいăȘăšăŻæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

—It’s been 10 years since the 3/11 disaster and the other day there was an earthquake (in Japan) as well. 

Y: Yes, it has. There’s a lot to think about. And of course for me, I thought about what I am capable of doing right now. But, yes, I think the comment I put out recently* is everything I have to say. There were various difficult times for me, such as when I tried to challenge the axel jump. There were times when it was difficult, but it was about skating for me. As for the reconstruction efforts, well, how to put it. I’ve been thinking that there are many things people have to do and fight for, even if they have to force themselves to do it, because people’s lives and livelihoods are there. Well, my feelings may not be so different from what I said at the press conference in Sochi [at the 2014 Olympics]. I’m just skating, I’m not doing anything for the people in the devastated area directly, so I guess that hasn’t changed. However, just like last time at Japanese Nationals recently, or, like when I said that if there was a World Championships after that, I hope that through these programs, these little ones* of mine
 not simply because it’s the 10 year mark [of 3.11], but through these little ones, I hope I can send some sort of message, or for it to touch others’ hearts in some way.

T/N: *The statement he is referring to was released to Japanese media on March 11th, 2021 to commemorate the exact day of the 10th year since the 3/11 disaster. It can be found in full here: https://twitter.com/axelwithwings/status/1369891570825056256 

**He literally uses the word “child” or “kid” here but is metaphorically referring to his programs; Yuzuru has done this before in the past when talking about programs like Seimei and Ballade No. 1 as well.

ă€€â€•æŒ”æŠ€æ§‹æˆă«é–ąă—ăŠć…šæ—„æœŹă‹ă‚‰ăźć€‰æ›Žç‚čは。

 「べりあえずäșˆćźšăšă—ăŠăŻć€‰æ›ŽăŻăȘă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăŻă„ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

—Regarding your program components, have you changed anything since Japanese Nationals?

Y: For the time being the plan is to not change anything. Ok, thank you.

[ENG SUB] Yuzuru Hanyu – World Team Selection Press Conference – 201227

Translation: @yuzueco, @axelsandwich, @shinjistarxx & @tsukihoshi14
Proofreading: @yuzueco & @axelsandwich
Raw Video: BBI by @aoyuzu205
Sub: @yuzuru_fairy

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src: Sponichi article published 27 December 2020

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ă€€ă€Œäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ä»ŁèĄšă«éžă°ă‚ŒăŸă—ăŸă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠă§ă™ă€‚ä»Šć›žă€äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ăźä»ŁèĄšăšă„ă†ăźăŻă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šć…šæ—„æœŹăźçŽ‹è€…ăšă—ăŠèĄŒăäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ă«ăȘă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ăźă§ă€ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšæ—„æœŹä»ŁèĄšăšă—ăŠă€ăŸăšăŻă€ăŸă‚ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘäž–ăźäž­ăźæƒ…ć‹ąă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ăŸăšæ—„æœŹä»ŁèĄšăźæ—„æœŹäșșた1äșșăšă—ăŠă€èƒžă‚’ćŒ”ăŁăŠăăźè©Šćˆă§èĄŒć‹•ă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘă€‚ăăźäžŠă§ă„ă„æŒ”æŠ€ă‚‚ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšă‚„ăŁăŠă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ćŒ—äșŹă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă«ć‘ă‘ăŠăźæž ă‚‚æ‡žă‹ăŁăŠăă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ć…šćŠ›ă§è‡Ș戆ぼćœčć‰Čă‚’ăŸăŁăšă†ă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

ă€€â€•â€•ä»ŁèĄšć…„ă‚Šă—ăŸæ„Ÿæƒłă‚’

Q: Your feelings on being chosen as a representative [to the World Championships]

ă€Œäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ä»ŁèĄšă«éžă°ă‚ŒăŸă—ăŸă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠă§ă™ă€‚ä»Šć›žă€äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ăźä»ŁèĄšăšă„ă†ăźăŻă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šć…šæ—„æœŹăźçŽ‹è€…ăšă—ăŠèĄŒăäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ă«ăȘă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ăźă§ă€ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšæ—„æœŹä»ŁèĄšăšă—ăŠă€ăŸăšăŻă€ăŸă‚ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘäž–ăźäž­ăźæƒ…ć‹ąă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ăŸăšæ—„æœŹä»ŁèĄšăźæ—„æœŹäșșた1äșșăšă—ăŠă€èƒžă‚’ćŒ”ăŁăŠăăźè©Šćˆă§èĄŒć‹•ă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘă€‚ăăźäžŠă§ă„ă„æŒ”æŠ€ă‚‚ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšă‚„ăŁăŠă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ćŒ—äșŹă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă«ć‘ă‘ăŠăźæž ă‚‚æ‡žă‹ăŁăŠăă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ć…šćŠ›ă§è‡Ș戆ぼćœčć‰Čă‚’ăŸăŁăšă†ă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

A: (Introducing himself) I am Yuzuru Hanyu, who has been selected as a representative to the World Championships. This time, I am going to the World Championships as a representative who is also the Japanese National Champion, so ―while of course there is the current situation in the world―firstly as a Japanese person, I will take pride in that and work to be able to go to that competition. On top of that, I would like to properly deliver a good performance and of course heading towards the Beijing Olympics, to secure spots [for Japan’s Olympic team], so, I want to put in my best effort to fulfill my role. 

â€•â€•äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ăŻćˆă‚ăŠæ”·ć€–ć‹ąăšé—˜ă†ă€‚è‡Șćˆ†ăźăƒ©ă‚€ăƒăƒ«ă«ăȘりそうăȘéžæ‰‹ă€ç›źæŒ‡ă™é †äœăŻ

Q: You will compete against foreign skaters at the World Championships for the first time in this season. Who are your potential rivals and what rank are you aiming for?

ă€ŒăŻă„ă€ăŸă‚ă€äž€ç·’ă«é—˜ăŁăŠăżăȘいべ漟際戆からăȘă„ăšă„ă†ăźăŒæ­Łç›ŽăȘべころです。もちろんćŸșæș–ă‚‚ă€ă‚ă‚‹äž€ćźšăźăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ケă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăźăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ«ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻă‚ă‚‹çš‹ćșŠă€ćŸșæș–ăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ćźŸéš›ă«é—˜ăŁăŠăżăȘいべそぼ栮ぼç©șæ°—æ„Ÿăšă‹ă€ăăźć ŽăźăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă€ăŸăŸăŻç‚čæ•°ăźć‡șæ–č、もちろんćŸșæș–ăŒăŸăŸé•ăŁăŸă‚Šă‚‚ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ ăŸă‚ă€ăăźć Žă«ă„ăȘいべ戆からăȘă„ăšă“ă‚ăŻă€ćźŸéš›ă«ć˜çŽ”ă«æŻ”èŒƒăŻă§ăăȘă„ăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăˆïœžă€ăŸă‚ă€ăă†ă„ă†æ„ć‘łă§ăŸă¶ă‚“ć…šæ—„æœŹăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻć…ŹèȘèš˜éŒČにăȘっどいăȘいわけですし

A: Yes, well, to be honest, we won’t really know until we compete together. Of course, there is a certain standard of figure skating rules, but the standard can change depending on the atmosphere, the ice rink, or the way the scores are calculated. If you don’t know what it is like to be there, you can’t simply compare. In that sense as well, the Japanese National Championship scores are probably not going into official (ISU) records. 

ă§ă€ä»Šć›žă‚°ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ—ăƒȘă‚·ăƒȘăƒŒă‚ș、ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚ąăƒĄăƒȘă‚«ăšă‹ă€ăŸă‚ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ăšă‹ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ăȘくăȘăŁăŠă—ăŸă„ăŸă—ăŸă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ăă‚Œă§ă‚‚ă†ă€ä»Šć›žăŻă‚°ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ—ăƒȘă‚·ăƒȘăƒŒă‚șたç‚čæ•°ă‚’ISUは慬èȘă—ăȘă„ăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŻć˜çŽ”ă«æŻ”èŒƒă™ă‚‹ă‚‚ăźă§ăŻăȘă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ăŒć‡șしたこぼ318でしたっけ、5でしたっけ、8ăă‚‰ă„ă‹ă€ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁă±ć…ŹèȘă§ă‚ă‚‹ă‚ă‘ă§ăŻăȘă„ăźă§ă€‚ăă“ă‚’ć˜çŽ”ă«æŻ”èŒƒă—ăŠă€è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ăŒä»Šă€ć‹ăŁăŠă„るずか、è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ăŒă“ăźé †äœă«ăĄăŸă„ăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŻä»Šăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšăŻăȘă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ăƒăƒŒă‚”ăƒłéžæ‰‹ăźć‹•ć‘ăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“æ°—ă«ăȘăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ăŸă ă€ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ăŒă‚„ă‚‹ă“ăšă€ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ăŒăƒŹăƒ™ăƒ«ă‚ąăƒƒăƒ—ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ă“ăšăŻăă‚Œă ă‘ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Š4ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ăă‚‚ăă‚‚ă€ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ è‡Șäœ“ă‚’ă©ă†ă„ă†éąšă«é€ČćŒ–ă•ă›ăŠă„ăăźă‹ă€æ·±ă‚ăŠă„ăăźă‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŒć€§ćˆ‡ăȘă‚“ă§ăŸăšăŻăă“ăŒäž€ç•Ș性äș‹ă‹ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

In this season, the Grand Prix series, Skate America, Skate Canada and many other competitions have been cancelled and the ISU has said that the scores of these Grand Prix series won’t count as official scores this time. So, I don’t think we can simply compare scores. The score 318 ―or was it 315, or was it 318?― that I gained myself is not officially recognized either. I don’t feel that I’m winning or that I want to be in a certain position, simply by comparing scores, at least at the moment. Of course, I’m interested in Nathan’s progress. But what I’m going to do, what I want to improve, is not only that, but the quad Axel and also how to evolve and deepen this program itself, so, I think that’s the most important thing.

――戝ć‡șć Žăźé”ć±±ăžăźă‚ąăƒ‰ăƒă‚€ă‚čは

Q: What is your advice to Kagiyama, who is competing for the first time in the World Championships?

ăŻă„ă€‚ă•ăŁăă‚ăźă€æ°—ă«ăȘă‚‹éžæ‰‹ă„ăŸă™ă‹ăšă‹ă€ă©ă†ă„ă†éąšăȘé †äœç›źæŒ‡ă—ăŸă„ă§ă™ă‹ăŁăŠèłȘć•ă•ă‚ŒăŠă„ăŸæ™‚ă«ă€ă™ă”ă„ăȘă‚“ă‹ïŒˆé”ć±±ăŒïŒ‰è‡Șćˆ†ăźæ°—æŒăĄă«ć˜˜ă€ă“ă†ăšă—ăŠă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă€‚ïŒˆé”ć±±ăźæ–čă‚’æŒŻă‚Šèż”ă‚ŠïŒ‰ăă†ă„ă†ă“ăšăŻă„ă‚‰ăȘă„ă‚ˆăŁăŠă€‚ćƒ•ăŻă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ćœŒăźćŒ·ă•ăŻăăźèČ ă‘ă‚“æ°—ăźćŒ·ă•ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ć‘äžŠćżƒă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ć‹ąă„ă ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ăă‚Œă ă‘ă§ăŻć‹ăŠăȘいかもしれăȘă„ă‘ă©ă€ă ă‘ă©ă€ăă“ăŒä»Šăźäž€ç•Șăźæ­Šć™šăȘă‚“ă§ă€‚ăă“ăŻć€§äș‹ă«ć€§äș‹ă«

A: Yes, earlier, when he was asked things like if there were any skaters he had his eye on or what kind of rank he wants to achieve, I could tell that he was really trying to lie about his feelings. (Turning to look back at Kagiyama) I think there is no need for that. I think that his strength is in his competitive spirit, his ambition, and his vigor. Of course, he might not be able to win with just that alone, but it is his most important weapon right now. I want him to treasure that. 

ćƒ•ăŒäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ćˆă‚ăŠć‡șăŠă€éŠ…ăƒĄăƒ€ăƒ«ć–ă‚ŒăŸæ™‚ăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€è‡Șćˆ†ă«ăšăŁăŠă‚‚ăźă™ă”ăć€§ăăȘ戆ćȐç‚čでもあったćčŽăšă€ă‚‚ă†ă€ăăźă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンè‡Șäœ“ăŒă™ă”ăć€§ăăȘ戆ćȐç‚čにăȘăŁăŸă“ăšăŒă‚ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă‚ăźæ™‚ăźæŒ”æŠ€ăŻäž€ç”Ÿă€ćż˜ă‚ŒăŠă„ăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ă‚ăźæ™‚ăźă‚šăƒăƒ«ă‚źăƒƒă‚·ăƒ„ă•ăšă‹ă€ă‚ăźæ™‚ă«ă—ă‹ă§ăăȘă„ć‹ąă„ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă§ă‚ăă“ăźé †äœă«èĄŒă‘ăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ïŒˆé”ć±±ăŻïŒ‰ć…šæ—„æœŹă§ă‚‚ć„Șć‹ă—ăŸă„ăŁăŠèš€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăă‚‰ă„ăȘă‚“ă§ă€ăăźæ°—æŒăĄăŻć˜˜ă€ă‹ăȘいでæŹČă—ă„ă—ă€ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šăăźæ°—æŒăĄă‚’èƒžă«é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠæŹČしいăȘăŁăŠćƒ•ăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

The first time that I competed in the World Championships that I was able to get a bronze medal was, of course, a very big turning point for me. Although, that year, and that season itself was a very big turning point for me.  I have never forgotten my performance at that time, and I think it was the energy and the vigor that I could only have had at that time, that helped me to reach that position. (Kagiyama) has even said that he wants to win the Japanese National Championships, so I hope he won’t lie to himself about those feelings, and I want him to do his best with those feelings in mind.

â€•â€•ăŸă ăŸă ă‚čăƒăƒŒăƒ„ăźć€§äŒšăŻć…ˆèĄŒăăźèŠ‹é€šă—ăŒç«‹ăŁăŠă„ăȘいが、ă‚čăƒăƒŒăƒ„ăŒæŒă€ćŠ›ă‚’ă©ă†è€ƒăˆă‚‹ă‹ă€ăăźäžŠă§äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ă§ăŻă©ăźă‚ˆă†ăȘæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă—ăŸă„ă‹ïŒŸ

Q: The future of sports competitions remains uncertain, but what do you think about the power of sports, and then on top of that, how do you want to perform at the World Championships?

ă€Œă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ä»Šć›žăŸă‚ă€ć…šç«¶æŠ€ăŒç”‚ă‚ăŁăŸäžŠă§ă‚„ăŻă‚Šă€ć…šéžæ‰‹ă§ăă‚‹é™ă‚Šăźæ„ŸæŸ“ćŻŸç­–ă‚’ă—ă€ă‚ăźă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒă‚żăƒŒăźäž­ă§ăŻæ–°ćž‹ă‚łăƒ­ăƒŠă«ă‹ă‹ăŁăŠă—ăŸăŁăŠă€ă‚ăźă€ăŸă‚ä»Šăƒ­ă‚·ă‚ąăźă€ăˆăƒŒăŁăšăƒŠă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŠăƒ«ă€ć…šăƒ­ă‚·ă‚ąéžæ‰‹æš©ăšă‹ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă‚Šă—ăŸă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ăăźäž­ă§ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šè‹Šă—ă‚“ă§ă—ăŸăŁăŠć‡șられăȘかったæ–čăšă‹ă€é€†ă«ăă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ćŸ©æŽ»ă—ăŠé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ć­ăšă‹ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ăŸă ă€ćƒ•ă‚‰ă‚ąă‚čăƒȘăƒŒăƒˆăšă—ăŠăŻă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚ŠćŸŒéșç—‡ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŒă‚ă‚‹é™ă‚ŠăŻă€æ„ŸæŸ“ă—ăŠăŻă„ă‘ăȘă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ăă‚Œă‚’ćșƒă’ă‚‹è‹„い䞖代にもăȘっどはいけăȘă„ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŻćƒ•ăŸăĄăźèČŹä»»ă ăšă™ă”ăæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăȘぼで、惕たちケă‚čăƒȘăƒŒăƒˆăŒăŸăšăŻæ„ŸæŸ“ă—ăȘい、それがăȘă«ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚äž€ç•Șだべ。

A: Of course, well, this time, although all competitions* are over, all skaters were doing as much as possible to prevent the spread of infection, but of course among skaters there were those who contracted COVID19, um, and went to Russia’s Nationals, or Russian National Championships but I think there are still many who suffered and were unable to go, and in turn others who contracted COVID19 and recovered and are doing their best to compete. However, as athletes, as long as there are after-effects [of the virus], we must not contract it, and we as the younger generation should not be the ones to spread it either. I really believe that it is our responsibility. So, I think the first and foremost thing is for us athletes not to get infected. 

*T/N: Unclear if he is referring to just JPN Nationals events alone or other countries’ nationals and GP series/overall competitions as well.

ă§ă€ä»Šć›žćƒ•ăŻć…šæ—„æœŹă‚’ă€ăŸă‚ćƒ•ăŒăăźç«‹ć Žă‹ăŻćˆ†ă‹ă‚‰ăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ç·æ‹Źă—ăŠè€ƒăˆăŠăżăŸæ™‚ă«ă€éžæ‰‹ăŸăĄäž€äșș侀äșșがもちろんキă‚čă‚ąăƒłăƒ‰ă‚Żăƒ©ă‚€ă§ă™ăă«ăƒžă‚čă‚Żă‚’ă€ă‘ăŠé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠæ„ŸæŸ“é˜Čæ­ąă‚’ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹éžæ‰‹ăŸăĄă‚‚ă„ăŸă—ăŸă—ă€ăă†ă„ă†ć§żă‚’èŠ‹ăŠă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠè‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ă‚‚æ°—ă‚’ä»˜ă‘ăŠă„ă“ă†ăšă‹ă€ä»Šć›žäŒšć Žă«æ„ど例さったæ–čă€…ă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă€ăšăŁăšæ„ŸæŸ“é˜Čæ­ąă«ćŠȘめどくださっどいるæ–čăŒéžćžžă«ć€šăèŠ‹ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŒäœ•ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚è‰Żă‹ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ă‚€ăƒ™ăƒłăƒˆé–‹ć‚Źăšă„ă†ă“ăšă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă€ç«¶æŠ€äŒšă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăŁăŠă‚šăƒłă‚żăƒŒăƒ†ă‚€ăƒĄăƒłăƒˆăȘ郹戆がかăȘă‚Šć€§ăă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ăă†ă„ă†ă“ăšă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻæ„ŸæŸ“æ‹Ąć€§ăźăƒȘă‚čă‚ŻăŻă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă‚ă‚‹ăšăŻæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă€ăŸă ă€ă“ă‚Œă‚’èŠ‹ăŸæ™‚ă«ă€ă“ă‚Œă‚’ăăŁă‹ă‘ă«ă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă•ă‚‰ă«æ„ŸæŸ“ăŒæ‹Ąć€§ă—ăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă«æ°—ă‚’ä»˜ă‘ă‚ˆă†ăŁăŠă„ă†éąšă«æ€ăŁăŠăă ă•ă‚‹æ–čăŒăŸăă•ă‚“ă„ă‚‰ăŁă—ă‚ƒăŁăŸăźăŒă€ćƒ•ăŻæœŹćœ“ă«ă‚ăźă€ć…šæ—„æœŹéžæ‰‹æš©ă€ć…šæ—„æœŹăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆéžæ‰‹æš©ăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚‚ăźăŒé–‹ć‚Źă•ă‚ŒăŠă‚ˆă‹ăŁăŸăȘăšæ€ă†ăźăšćŒæ™‚ă«ă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ăŒă©ă†ăȘă‚‹ă‹ćˆ†ă‹ă‚ŠăŸă›ă‚“ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ćƒ•ă‚‰ă“ăźăƒĄăƒłăƒăƒŒă§ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšăăźć§żă‚’ă€äž–ç•Œă«ă‚‚ă€æ—„æœŹă«ă‚‚èŠ‹ă›ăŠă„ă‹ăȘきゃいけăȘいんだăȘăŁăŠă„ă†éąšă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

I don’t know if I am in a position to say this, but when I think about the Japanese National Championships overall, I saw that each and every skater was wearing a mask immediately at the Kiss & Cry to prevent infection, and seeing that made me want to do my best to take care of myself in the future. I think the best thing about the event was that we could see things like that and also noticeably see that many people, including those who came to the venue, were making efforts to prevent infection. 

Well, of course, speaking of holding events, figure skating events, including competitions, are in a large part classified as entertainment. So, I think there is a risk of spreading the infection. However, there were many people who thought that we should take care of ourselves even more to prevent the spread of the disease, after watching this competition. I’m really glad that the Japanese National Figure Skating Championships was held for that reason, and at the same time, I don’t know what the World Championships will be like, but I think all the skaters here have to show the world and Japan what we can do.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu x Waseda Sports Part 3 – Excerpt from Press Conference Announcing the Japanese Representatives

This is Part 3 of 3 of an article from Wasedasports.com published on 24 December 2019 which is a collection of excerpts from different interviews that Yuzuru Hanyu gave after the Japanese Nationals. Part 3 is an excerpt from the press conference after announcing the Japanese representatives who will be participating in the Four Continents Championship and the World Championship. Read Part 1 and Part 2.

Translation: @yuzueco
Proofreading: @blueflame4yuzu, @axelsandwich

â€•â€•äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ăźä»ŁèĄšă«æ±șćźšă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ä»Šăźæ°—æŒăĄă‚’ăŠèžă‹ă›ăă ă•ă„ă€‚

You have been chosen as a representative for the World Championships. Please tell us how you feel now.

ăŸăšäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ă«éžă‚“ă§ă‚‚ă‚‰ăˆăŸăźă§ă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă©ă‚Œă ă‘é ‘ćŒ”ă‚Šăă‚Œă‚‹ă‹ăšă„ă†ăźăŻæ™‚é–“ăŒă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‹ă‹ă‚‹ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€æ™‚é–“ăŒă‹ă‹ă‚‰ăȘă„ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€ăăźäžĄæ–čă‚’ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšäœœă‚ŠäžŠă’ăŠă€äž–ç•Œă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă—ăŁă‹ă‚ŠćŒ·ă„è‡Șćˆ†ă«æˆ»ă—ăŠæˆŠă„ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚

First of all, since I was chosen for the World Championship, it may take time to decide how much I can do from now on, and there are things that will take time and things that does not take much time , and I want to properly build on both of those and return to my strongest self for Worlds and fight.

â€•â€•ć››ć€§é™žéžæ‰‹æš©ăžăźć‡șć ŽăŻçă—ă„ă“ăšă ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ăŒă€ăȘぜć‡șă‚ˆă†ăšæ€ăŁăŸăźă§ă™ă‹ă€‚ăŸăŸă€ă“ăšă—ăŻćŁăŒă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸăŒă€ă“ăźäșŒă€ăźè©Šćˆă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă„ă‹ăŒă§ă™ă‹

It is rare for you to participate in the Four Continents Championships, why did you decide to do it? Also, there were many challenges this year, how will you face these two competitions coming up?

ăŸăšć››ć€§é™žă«ćžŒæœ›ă‚’ć‡șă—ăŸăźăŻă€ă‚„ăŻă‚Šăă“ă§ć…šćŠ›ă§ă‚ăŸă‚ŠăŸă„ăšă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚żă‚€ăƒˆăƒ«ă‚’çČă‚ŠăŸă„ăŁăŠă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŒćŒ·ăă‚ăŁăŠă€ăă‚Œă‚’ç‹™ă„ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăȘんか、䞀぀たă‚čăƒ†ăƒƒăƒ—ăšă—ăŠć››ć€§é™žéžæ‰‹æš©ă«ć‡șたæ–čが、è‡Șćˆ†ăšă—ăŠă‚‚æˆé•·ă§ăă‚‹ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいかăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚ˆă†ă«æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă€ä»Šć›žćžŒæœ›ă‚’ć‡șă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ăšăŻä»Šć›žăźè©Šćˆă‚‚ăă†ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă€ă‚„ăŻă‚Šè©Šćˆă‚’ç”Œă‚‹ă”ăšă«ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă“ăšă‚’ç”Œéš“ă—ăŠă€ăă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ăŸăŸă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă“ăšă‚’ćžćŽă—ăŠćŒ·ăăȘăŁăŠă„ă‘ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ăŸăŸă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă“ăšă‚’ć››ć€§é™žă ă‘ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ă ă‘ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€ă‚·ăƒŸăƒ„ăƒŹăƒŒă‚·ăƒ§ăƒłă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ă»ă‹ăźè©Šćˆă«ć‡șă‚‹ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă“ăšă‚’è€ƒăˆăŠă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‘ăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ăȘăšă„ă†éąšă«æ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ć››ć€§é™žăŻïŒ‘ă€ăźćƒ•ăźćŁăȘăźă§ă€‚ăă“ă§ăƒă‚€ă‚”ăƒłă«ćœ“ăŸă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ăŸăšăŻă„ăŸèČ ă‘ăŠă—ăŸăŁăŸă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸăšă„ă†ćŁăŒă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă€ăƒ™ă‚čăƒˆă‚łăƒłăƒ‡ă‚Łă‚·ăƒ§ăƒłă§æ€ă„ăă‚Šă¶ă€ă‹ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

First of all , I applied to participate in the Four Continents because I want to tackle that competition with all my might. Of course I have a strong desire to get the title and am aiming for it, but somehow I feel that as a step, participating in Four Continents might help me grow, so I submitted the request. And it’s the same for this competition as well, I experience various things through the competitions and I think I can once again absorb many experiences and become stronger from them. Also I think it would be good if I could do simulations and other competitions, and truly think about and do various things, not only just Four Continents and the World Championships. Four Continents is one of my walls. I might compete with Nathan there, but for now, there is a wall called “Shoma”, whom I lost to, so I want to prepare myself and fight fully in my best condition.

â€•â€•ć››ć€§é™žéžæ‰‹æš©ă«ć‡șă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă“ă§ă€ăŸăŸæ–°ăŸăȘă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăźç·Žçż’ă«ćœ“ăŠă‚‹æ™‚é–“ăŒæž›ăŁăŠă—ăŸă†ăźă‹ăȘăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă™ăŒă€ăă“ă«ă€ă„ăŠăŻă„ă‹ăŒă§ă™ă‹

As you will be participating in the Four Continents Championships, I wonder if you will spend less time practicing new jumps. What do you think about that?

曛性陞にć‡șă‚‹ă“ăšă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠă€ăă‚Œă‚‚çż’ćŸ—ă™ă‚‹ă‚čăƒ†ăƒƒăƒ—ă«ă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăă‚ŒïŒˆïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ïŒ‰ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻă€ăŸă‚èš€ă‚ăȘăăŠă‚‚ć€šćˆ†ă‚ă‹ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚æœŹćœ“ă«ă„ăŸćœ§ć€’çš„ăȘæ­Šć™šăŒćż…èŠă§ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ăă‚ŒăŻïŒ”ć›žè»ąăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ă«æŻ”ăčăŸă‚‰ïŒ‘ç‚čぐらいしか違いはăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ăă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ăźäŸĄć€€ăźă‚ă‚‹ă€ă‚„ă‚‹ăčきもぼăȘăźă‹ă€ă˜ă‚ƒă‚ïŒ”ć›žè»ąăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ă‚’ïŒ’ć›žă‚„ăŁăŸæ–čがいいんじゃăȘă„ă‹ă€ăŁăŠă€‚ăŸă‚è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ă‚‚æ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă“ă‚ŒăŻă‚„ăŻă‚Šćƒ•è‡Șèș«ăźăƒ—ăƒ©ă‚€ăƒ‰ăȘたで。今たă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚’æ”ŻăˆăŠă„ă‚‹èŠŻăȘăźă§ă€ç”¶ćŻŸă«è·łăłăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăă‚Œă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŸäžŠă§ć››ć€§é™žă€ă©ă†ă„ă†éąšă«ă“ăȘă—ăŠă„ăă‹ă€ć››ć€§é™žè‡Șäœ“ă‚’ă©ă‚Œă ă‘æˆé•·ă§ăă‚‹ć Žă«ă™ă‚‹ă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’è€ƒăˆăŠă€ä»Šć›žă‚šăƒłăƒˆăƒȘăƒŒă‚’ćžŒæœ›ă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚

By going to the Four Continents, I would like to make it a step towards learning it. Well I don’t have to say what “it” (4A) is, you understand. I really need an absolutely strong weapon now. Of course, there’s only about one point difference with the 4Lz, so is it worth it, or is it worth doing, or is it better to do the 4Lz twice? I’ve actually considered that. But this pertains to my personal pride, after all. It is a core (desire) which supports my skating now, so I definitely want to do it. With that in mind, I thought about my approach to the Four Continents, thinking of Four Continents as a place to see how much I have been able to progress, and submitted my request to participate this time.

â€•â€•ä»Šć€§äŒšă§æ§‹æˆă«ć…„ă‚ŒăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă«ă€ă„ăŠă€ä»ŠćŸŒäž–ç•ŒăšæˆŠă†ă«ă‚ăŸăŁăŠă©ăźă‚ˆă†ă«è€ƒăˆăŠă„ăŸă™ă‹

About the jumps that were not included in the layout in this competition, what are your thoughts about doing them in future competitions?

ăŸăšă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆă«ă€ă„ăŠă€ć‰ćŠă«ć›șめる぀もりはăȘいぼで、æ›ČをèȘżæ•Žă™ă‚‹ăȘりどういう鹚ăȘçŠ¶æ…‹ă§éŁ›ăłă«èĄŒăăźăŒäž€ç•Șçąș率が侊がっど侀ç•Șç¶șéș—ă«ă€ăă—ăŠăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă«æș¶ă‘èŸŒă‚“ă çŠ¶æ…‹ă§éŁ›ăčă‚‹ă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźă‚’ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšæšĄçŽąă—ăȘăŒă‚‰è€ƒăˆăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăŻă“ăźæ§‹æˆă§ă‚„ă‚‹ă€ă‚‚ă‚ŠăŻć…šăăȘă„ăźă§ă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰äœ•ă‚’ć„Șć…ˆă—ăŠă‚„ă‚‹ă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă‚‚è€ƒăˆăȘきゃいけăȘă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠă€‚ïŒˆïŒ”ć›žè»ąïŒ‰ăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ă‚’ć„Șć…ˆă—ăŠă‚„ă‚‹ă‚“ă ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€ă‚„ăŻă‚ŠïŒ‘ç™șç›źă«è·łă‚“ă æ–čがçąșćźŸă«ćź‰ćźšăŻă™ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€ăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ă‚’è·łă¶ăźă‹ă€‚ăă‚Œă‹ïŒˆïŒ”ć›žè»ąïŒ‰ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’æœŹćœ“ă«è·łăłăŸă„ă€è·łăčă‚‹ă€ăšă„ă†ăšă“ă‚ăŸă§æ„ăŸăźăȘă‚‰ă€ăă“ă‹ă‚‰ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźćŸŒă‚’ă©ă†ă™ă‚‹ă‹ă€‚ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźćŸŒăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ăŁăŠă‚„ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€èČ æ‹…ăŒăŸă ç”¶ćŻŸć€§ăă„ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€ăă†ă„ă†ăšă“ă‚ă‚‚ïŒ‘ă€ïŒ‘ă€è€ƒăˆăȘăŒă‚‰ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’ć…„ă‚Œă‚‹æ„ć‘łăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻæ–°ă—ă„çšźéĄžăźïŒ”ć›žè»ąăŒćą—ăˆă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€ăă‚Œă‚’ă†ăŸăćˆ©ç”šă§ăăȘă„ăźă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă‚„ă‚‹æ„ć‘łăŻăȘă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ăă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ăźćœŸć°ă‚’äœœă‚‰ăȘいべいけăȘいăȘăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚‚æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚

First of all, about the SP, the first half of the program is not set in stone, I’d like to think about how to adjust the music and how to jump in the best way to achieve the best rate of success and beauty and figure out how to jump so that it is blended in with the program. I don’t intend to do this layout for the FS at all, so I have to think about what I should prioritise from now on. If I prioritise jumping the 4Lz, I think it will certainly be more stable if I jump it as the first jump. So should I do that? Or if I really want to jump the 4A and get to the level that I can put that in the program, what should I do after the 4A? If I do the Lutz after the Axel, it would definitely be a big burden, so I have to think about those things one by one. However, I think the meaning of putting 4A in is to increase the types of quad jumps, so if I can’t make good use of it, I don’t think it’s worth doing it, and I also feel that I have to build a strong foundation in order to achieve that.

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[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu x Waseda Sports Part 2 – Excerpt from Medalists Interview

This is Part 2 of 3 of an article from Wasedasports.com published on 24 December 2019 which is a collection of excerpts from different interviews that Yuzuru Hanyu gave after the Japanese Nationals. Part 2 is an excerpt from the medalists interview. Read Part 1 here. Part 3 to come soon.

Translation: @yuzueco
Proofreading: @blueflame4yuzu, @axelsandwich

â€•â€•ä»Šć›žăźç”æžœă‚’ć—ă‘ăŸă”æ„ŸæƒłăŻ

Tell us your thoughts after you found out the result.

ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă“ă“ăŸă§ăŸăŸć…šæ—„æœŹă§ă€ă“ă‚Œă ă‘æ­»ćŠ›ă‚’ć°œăă—ăŠæˆŠăˆă‚‹çžŹé–“ăšă„ă†ăźăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€éžćžžă«è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ă‚‚ç†±ăăȘりăȘăŒă‚‰æŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă™ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸăŸă€ä»Šć›žæŠ•ă’èŸŒăżăŒçŠæ­ąăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŠă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźć ŽćˆăŻă™ă”ăăƒ—ăƒŒă•ă‚“ă‚’æŠ•ă’ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ăă†ă„ă†ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăżăȘă•ă‚“ăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ«ă‚’ćźˆăŁăŠă€æŠ•ă’èŸŒăŸăȘă„ă§ăšă‹æłšæ„ă—ăŠăă ă•ăŁăŸă‚Šă€‚ăƒ•ă‚ĄăƒłćŒćŁ«ăźäž­ă§è‰Čă€…æłšæ„ă”ăšăŒă‚ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă™ă”ăăă†ă„ă†ă“ăšïŒ‘ă€ïŒ‘ă€ćźˆăŁăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă€ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠæœ€ćŸŒăŸă§çŽ æ™Žă‚‰ă—ă„ć€§äŒšă«ăȘăŁăŠæœŹćœ“ă«ă‚ˆă‹ăŁăŸăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚

Thank you. Up to this point, there were moments when I could fight with all my might in the Japanese Nationals, and I was able to perform while becoming very passionate. Also throwing the gifts on the ice was banned at this competition. My fans have been throwing many Pooh-sans on the ice, but everyone was trying to follow the rules and even reminded the others that throwing gifts is prohibited. I think there are many things to take note of among fans. Everyone was really trying to follow every single one  of them, and in this way, this competition became a wonderful one until the end and it makes me very happy. Thank you so much.

â€•â€•ćź‡é‡Žæ˜ŒçŁšéžæ‰‹ăšăŠäșŒäșșăšă‚‚ă€èŸ›ă„æ€ă„ă‚’ç”Œéš“ă—ăŠć†ăłć…šæ—„æœŹă«æˆ»ăŁăŠă“ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă“ă“ă«è‡łă‚‹ăŸă§ăźé“ăšç”æžœăŻă€ă”è‡Șèș«ă«ăšăŁăŠă©ă‚“ăȘæ„ć‘łăźă‚ă‚‹ă‚‚ăźă§ă™ă‹

Both you and Shoma have experienced tough times and then came back to Japanese Nationals. The path that you’ve walked leading up to here (Japanese Nationals) and the results, what does it mean to you?

ăŸăšă€æœŹćœ“ă«è‡Șćˆ†ă‚‚ăă°ă§èŠ‹ăŠă„ă‚‹ă“ăšăŻăȘă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăƒ†ăƒŹăƒ“ăźäž­ă§èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŠă‚„ăŻă‚Šè‡Șćˆ†ăŒæ€ăŁăŸă‚ˆă†ăȘäœ“ăźçŠ¶æ…‹ă§è©Šćˆă«è‡šă‚ăȘいべか、惕è‡Șèș«ă‚‚ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ—ăƒȘăƒ•ă‚Ąă‚€ăƒŠăƒ«ă§ă‚łăƒŒăƒăŒă„ăȘă„çŠ¶æ…‹ă«ăȘă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ă©ă‚Œă ă‘ć€§ć€‰ăȘă“ăšă‹ăšă„ă†ăźăŻă™ă”ăă‚ă‹ăŁăŠă„ăŠă€‚ćœŒïŒˆćź‡é‡Žæ˜ŒçŁšïŒ‰è‡Șèș«ăŒă‚łăƒŒăƒă‚’é›ąă‚Œă‚‹ăšă„ă†æ±șæ–­ă‚’ă—ăŸăźă‚‚ă€ăăźçŠ¶æ…‹ă§ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ—ăƒȘăƒ•ă‚Ąă‚€ăƒŠăƒ«ă«è‡šă‚€ăšă„ă†æ±șæ–­ă‚’ă—ăŸăźă‚‚ă€ă‚„ăŻă‚Šă™ă”ăć‹‡æ°—ăźă„ă‚‹ă“ăšă ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ćƒ•ăŻæœŹćœ“ă«ă€çŽ ç›Žă«ćœŒăŒă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸăŸè‡Șćˆ†ăźé“ă‚’èŠ‹ă€ă‘ăŠćœŒă‚‰ă—ă„ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăŒăŸăŸă§ăăŠă„ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă™ă”ăćŹ‰ă—ă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ćƒ•ăšćœŒăźé“ăŻă‚„ăŻă‚Šâ€Šâ€ŠćœŒăŁăŠèš€ă†ăźć€‰ă ăȘă€ă‚†ă„ăă‚“ăŁăŠèš€ăŁăŠăă‚ŒăŠă‚‹ăźă§ă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸăŁăŠèš€ă„ăŸă™ïŒˆçŹ‘ïŒ‰ă€‚ă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸăźă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚’æ„œă—ă‚“ă ă‚Šăšă‹ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ăăźă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‹ă‚‰é›ąă‚ŒăŸă‚ŠăŁăŠèš€ă†æ™‚é–“ă‚‚ă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸă«ăšăŁăŠăŻă™ă”ăć€§äș‹ă§ă€‚ćƒ•ăŒć€šćˆ†ăă‚Œă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠă—ăŸă†ăšć…šăŠăŒćŽ©ćŁŠă—ăŠă—ăŸă†ăšăăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€ć…šéƒšäœ•ă‹ă—ă‚‰æ„œă—ă‚“ă§ă„ă‚‹ăšăă§ă™ă‚‰ă‚‚ă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăźăŸă‚ă«ä»Šæ„œă—ă‚“ă§ăŠă“ă†ăŁăŠè€ƒăˆăĄă‚ƒăŁăŸă‚Šă™ă‚‹ă—ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ăă‚ŒăŻă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ă‚„ăŁăšă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸăŒă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸă‚‰ă—ăæˆ»ăŁăŠă“ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă‚ˆă‹ăŁăŸăȘăšă™ă”ăæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă‚ȘăƒȘンピックぼ銀メダăƒȘă‚čトにăȘă‚ŒăŸă‚“ă ă‚ˆăŁăŠćƒ•ăŻă™ă”ăæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ă•ăŁăè‡Șćˆ†ăŒæ€ăŁăŸä»„äžŠăźç”æžœăŒć‡șăŠé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŸăŁăŠèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€æ€ăŁăŸă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸăŻćŒ·ă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ćŒ±ă„ăšă“ă‚ă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ăă‚Œă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸă§ă€ă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸăźćŒ·ă•ă ăšćƒ•ăŻæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ćœŒă‹ă‚‰ć­Šă¶ă“ăšă‚‚ăŸăă•ă‚“ă‚ă‚‹ă—ă€ćƒ•ă‚‚ă€ă„ăŸă—ă‚“ă©ă„ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ă“ă‚“ăȘă‚‚ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒă­ăˆăžăŁăŠă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚

First of all, I wasn’t really watching by his side, but watching him on TV, I saw him not being able to participate with the physical condition which he wanted to be in, I myself also faced a situation with no coach at the GPF so I could really understand how difficult it is. For him [Shoma] to decide to part from his coach and aim to get a ticket to the Grand Prix Final in those circumstances, I think it was a very courageous thing to do. I am truly, honestly very happy that he found his way and is able to skate in his own way again. My path and his are over all…hmmm, it’s strange that I call him “He”, he calls me “Yuzu-kun” so I talk about him as “Shoma” (laughs) For Shoma, enjoying skating and of course, the time being away from it are both important. I think if I did the same thing, everything would probably come crumbling down. Because even when I am enjoying something else, I can’t help thinking that I should enjoy this moment now for the sake of skating later. But I really think it’s great that Shoma came back as who he is, I am really thinking that that’s why he could become a silver Olympic medalist. Shoma said earlier that he worked hard and got a result that was better than he expected but Shoma is stronger than he thinks. Maybe he has weaknesses as well but that’s a part of Shoma too and I think that is Shoma’s strength. I have a lot to learn from him, also I have some difficult things I’m facing myself right now, but I’d say this is not my limit, and push myself.

――きょうぼFSでよかったç‚č、æ‚Șかったç‚čべ、ç‚čたć‡șæ–čă«ă€ă„ăŠăŠèžă‹ă›ăă ă•ă„ă€‚ă“ăźç”æžœă«ă€ă„ăŠăźæ„Ÿæƒłă‚‚ăŠéĄ˜ă„ă„ăŸă—ăŸă™ă€‚

Please tell us the good and bad points of the FS today, and also how the score came out. And your thoughts on this result please.

よかったç‚čはăȘă„ă§ă™ă€‚é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăă‚Œä»„äžŠăŻăȘă„ă§ă™ă€‚é ­ă‚‚äœżă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ăŒæŠœă‘ăŸæź”éšŽă§äœ•ăŒïŒ“ć›žè»ąćą—ă‚„ă›ă‚‹ă‹ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ăźă‚’è€ƒăˆăŸă‚Šă€ă©ă“ă§ă‚ˆă‚Šé«˜ă„ç‚čæ•°ă‚’çšŒă”ă†ă‹ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă‚‚è€ƒăˆăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€ă‚„ă‚Œă‚‹ă“ăšăŻé™ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă„ăŠă€‚ăă‚Œă§ă‚‚éŁŸă‚‰ă„ă€ă„ăŠă‚„ă‚ă†ăšăŻă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă‚„ă‚ă†ăšă—ăŸă ă‘ă§ă§ăăȘかったっどいうぼはやはりæ‚Șいべころですし

æ‚ȘいべころしかăȘă„ăźă§ïŒˆçŹ‘ïŒ‰ă€‚ăȘă‚“ăŠèš€ăŁăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă€æ‚Șă„ăšă“ă‚ć…šéƒšă‚ă’ăŸă™ă‹ïŒˆçŹ‘ïŒ‰ïŒŸć€šćˆ†ïŒ“ïŒćˆ†ăă‚‰ă„ć–‹ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‚ˆă€‚ăŸă‚æ‚Șă„ăšă“ă‚ăŻă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€é ­ăšäœ“ă‚’ćŒæ™‚ă«ă‚łăƒłăƒˆăƒ­ăƒŒăƒ«ă§ăăȘかったかăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăă“ăŒäž€ç•Șä»Šć›žé›Łă—ă‹ăŁăŸăšă“ă‚ă§ă€ă“ă‚ŒăŒă„ăŁă±ă„ă„ăŁă±ă„ă ăŁăŸăźă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ćçœç‚čă§ă™ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻç”æžœă«ă€ă„ăŠăŻă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ïŒ’äœă§ă—ăŸă—ç‚čæ•°ă‚‚ă™ă”ăæ‚Șă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă—ă€ăă‚ŒăŻă‚‚ă†ă“ăźæŒ”æŠ€ă ă‹ă‚‰ă—ă‚‡ă†ăŒăȘă„ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻć…ƒă‹ă‚‰ćˆ†ă‹ăŁăŠă„ăŠă€‚æŒ”æŠ€ç”‚ă‚ăŁăŸçžŹé–“ă«ă€ă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸăźç‚čæ•°ă‚‚è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ćˆ†ă‹ăŁăŠă„ăŸăźă§ă€ă‚ăă‚„ăŁăšç”‚ă‚ăŁăŸăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ă™ă”ăă€ćƒ•ăźæŒ”æŠ€ăšă‹èłȘ敏べäč–é›ąă—ăĄă‚ƒă†ă‚“ă§ă™ăŒă€ă“ăźć Žă ă‹ă‚‰èš€ă„ăŸă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚„ăŁăšć€šćˆ†ă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸăŒćżƒă‹ă‚‰ć…šæ—„æœŹçŽ‹è€…ăŁăŠèš€ăˆă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘăŁăŸăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ăšăŁăšćƒ•ăŒäŒ‘ă‚“ă§ă„ăŠă€æ€Șæˆ‘ă—ăŠă„ăŠă€‚æˆŠăŁăŸă‚‰ăăźć‰ă«ă€ă‚‚ăŁăšć‰ă«èȠけどいたかもしれăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚æœŹćœ“ă«ă‚„ăŁăšă€ă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸăŒă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăƒ»ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă§æˆŠă†è©Šćˆă§ćˆă‚ăŠă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠèČ ă‘ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸăźă§ă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰èƒžă‚’ăŻăŁăŠé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă»ă—ă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ć…šæ—„æœŹçŽ‹è€…ăŁăŠć€§ć€‰ă ă‚ˆïŒˆçŹ‘ïŒ‰ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰èƒžă‚’ćŒ”ăŁăŠă€ćƒ•ă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă€ăŸă‚ćƒ•ă‚‚ăŸă é ‘ćŒ”ă‚‹ă€ă‚‚ă‚Šă§ăŻă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€äž€ç·’ă«ăŸăŸćŒ•ăŁćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ă‘ăŸă‚‰ă€‚ă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸäž€äșșă«èŒ‰ă›ă‚‹ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€ćƒ•ă‚‚äž€ç·’ă«èƒŒèČ ăŁăŠé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ă‘ăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ăȘăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ïŒˆćź‡é‡Žă«ć‘ă‹ăŁăŠïŒ‰é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ă†ă­ă€‚ăŠă‚ă§ăšă†

There is nothing good. I just tried my best. Nothing more. I used my brain too. I was thinking about what I could do to add more triples after the popped Lutz, and where I could get a higher score, but there was only so much I could do. But I still hung on and tried everything that I could. But only trying and not being able to make it happen is after all a negative thing.There were only bad things in that performance. (laughs) What can I say, should I list all of the bad points? (laughs) I’ll probably speak for 30 minutes about it. Well, what was bad was.. Well, I think I couldn’t control my mind and body at the same time. That was the most difficult thing this time. I might have been overwhelmed, but it’s still something to reflect upon. And about the result, I ended up in 2nd and the score was really bad, and I knew from the beginning that it couldn’t be helped. The moment I finished my performance, since I knew Shoma’s score already, I felt, “Ahh, finally it’s over.” But I really want to say this here, even though this doesn’t respond to the question about my performance, I think Shoma can finally call himself the  “Japanese National Champion” from the bottom of his heart. I’ve not been there for a long time due to my injury. If I were to compete with him before this, I might have lost to him even earlier, but really, finally it was the first time that I lost to Shoma in (the combined scores) in the SP and FS like this* so
I want him to be proud of himself and keep going from now on. It is a hard thing being a Japanese National champion. (laughs) But from now on, I want him to have confidence, and including myself, well, I still intend to keep working hard too and if we can lead together again…It’s not just putting (the pressure) on Shoma only, but I feel that it’ll be good if I can shoulder (the pressure) too and work hard together. (Towards Shoma) Let’s work hard together. Congratulations! 

*T/N: This is purely our interpretation because he doesn’t elaborate, but we think he’s referring to World Team Trophy 2017 where Shoma beat him in the SP and the overall score but it was not counted because the two segments were calculated separately, the total score was not added up and they were on the same team. 

â€•â€•ă„ăŸéšŁă«é”ć±±ć„ȘçœŸéžæ‰‹ïŒˆç„žć„ˆć·ăƒ»æ˜Ÿæ§Žć›œéš›é«˜æ ĄæšȘæ”œïŒ‰ăŒă„ăŠă€ă•ă‚‰ă«ă‚žăƒ„ăƒ‹ă‚ąă§ă‚‚ă†äž€äșșă€ïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚’éŁ›ă¶äœè—€é§żéžæ‰‹ïŒˆćŸŒçŽ‰æ „ïŒ‰ăŒă„ăŸă™ă€‚ćŒ·ćŠ›ăȘéžæ‰‹ăźèżœă„äžŠă’ăŒæ„ăŸă“ăšă«é–ąă—ăŠçŽ‡ç›ŽăȘæ°—æŒăĄă‚’ăŠèžă‹ă›ăă ă•ă„ă€‚

There’s Yuma Kagiyama (Kanagawa Seisa International High School Yokohama) right next to you, and there’s another junior, Shun Sato (Sakae Saitama), who can do quads. Please tell us your candid feelings about the strong skaters catching up to you.

ç”·ć­ă ă‘ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠć„łć­ă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă€ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚’ă©ă‚“ă©ă‚“éŁ›ă¶ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘăŁăŠă€‚ćƒ•ă‚‰ă‚‚ă•ăŁăă—ă‚‡ăƒŒăŸă‚‚èżœă‚ă‚Œă‚‹ç«‹ć Žăšă„ă†è©±ă‚’ă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€ïŒ‘ă€ïŒ‘ă€ăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă‚’èŠ‹ăŠăżă‚Œă°èżœă†ç«‹ć Žă§ă‚ăŁăŸă‚Šă‚‚ă™ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ćƒ•ăźć ŽćˆïŒ”ć›žè»ąăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ăŻăă‚Œă ă‘ăŸă çąș率がæ‚Șă‹ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ïŒ”ć›žè»ąăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă‚’è©Šćˆă§äœżă†ăšă„ă†éžæ‰‹ă‚‚ă©ă‚“ă©ă‚“æž›ăŁăŠăăŠă€ăŸă‚ăă‚Œă ă‘é›Łă—ă„ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŻăżă‚“ăȘ戆かっどいるかもしれăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ă‚„ăŻă‚Šăă‚Œăžă‚Œăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’è€ƒăˆăŠăżă‚Œă°èżœă†ç«‹ć Žă ă—ă€ăăźæŠ€èĄ“ă‚’ă‚‚ăŁăšèș«ă«ä»˜ă‘ăŸă„ă€çż’ćŸ—ă—ăŸă„ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăźă§ă€‚ä»Šć›žé§żăă‚“ă€ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă§ăŻïŒˆïŒ”ć›žè»ąïŒ‰ăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ăŻè·łăčどいăȘă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ć…ŹćŒç·Žçż’ă§ç¶șéș—ă«è·łăčăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‚’èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŠă‚„ăŻă‚Šă‚ă‚ă„ă†éąšă«éŁ›ăčă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘりたいăȘっおè‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă—ă€‚ïŒˆé”ć±±ïŒ‰ć„ȘçœŸăźăƒˆăƒŒăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ăźçČŸćșŠă€é«˜ă•ăšă‹ă€ă‚ăšăŻè»žăźćŒ·ă•ăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ăšă“ă‚ă‚‚ă‚„ăŻă‚Šă€èŠ‹çż’ă†ăšă“ă‚ăŻćƒ•ă‚‰ă«ă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ăă‚Œăžă‚Œé•ă†ă‚żă‚€ăƒ—ăźéžæ‰‹ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€èŠ‹çż’ă†ăšă“ă‚ă‚’ăŸăŸèŠ‹ăŠă€ă†ăŸăăȘăŁăŠă„ăăšă“ă‚ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻă„ăŁă±ă„ă‚ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€ćŹ‰ă—ă„ă“ăšă ăȘăšćƒ•ăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚

Not just the men, but including the ladies, it has come to a stage where they’re jumping quads one after another like this. We, like Shoma talked about earlier, are in the position of being chased but if we look at the jumps individually, actually we are in the position of catching up to the younger skaters. In my case, the 4Lz still has a low rate of success.Of course, there are fewer skaters who use 4Lo in competition, and just from that maybe everyone knows how difficult it is, but if you think about individual jumps, I am in the position where I am catching up, and my desire is to learn and embody it. Shun, this time, did not successfully land his 4Lz, but I saw him doing it beautifully at the official practice and it made me think that I want to be able to jump like that myself as well. Yuma’s accuracy and the height and the strength of the axis of 4T are some of the things that we can learn from. Since there are different types of skaters, I think it’s a great thing that there are many things we can watch again and learn by observation and get better at.

<< Read Part 1 here.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu x Waseda Sports Part 1 – Excerpt from Group Interview

This is Part 1 of 3 of an article from Wasedasports.com published on 24 December 2019 which is a collection of excerpts from different interviews that Yuzuru Hanyu gave after the Japanese Nationals. Part 1 is an excerpt from a group interview. Parts 2 and 3 to come.

Translation: @yuzueco
Proofreading: @blueflame4yuzu, @axelsandwich

――FSă‚’æŒŻă‚Šèż”ăŁăŠă„ă‹ăŒă§ă—ăŸă‹

What did you think of today’s free program ?

ă„ă‚„ă‚ă€ćŒ±ă„ăȘă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ć…ˆă€…é€±ïŒˆă‚°ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ—ăƒȘăƒ•ă‚Ąă‚€ăƒŠăƒ«ăźéš›ïŒ‰ă‚‚èš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸăŒă€ćŒ±ă„ăȘあっど。

Well, I feel that I am weak. I said this two weeks before (at GPF) as well, but I feel that I am weak.

――ćčŽă¶ă‚Šăźć…šæ—„æœŹă€ăƒ•ă‚Ąăƒłăźæ–čă€…ă‚‚ăŸăă•ă‚“ćżœæŽă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸ

You participated in the Japanese nationals for the first time in four years and many fans were cheering you on passionately.

こんăȘæŒ”æŠ€ă§ă‚‚æœŹćœ“ă«ăŸăă•ă‚“ăźæ–čă€…ăŒă™ă”ăćżœæŽă—ăŠăă ă•ăŁăŠă„ăŠă€æœ€ćŸŒăŸă§ćŠ›ă‚’ăă ă•ăŁăŠă„ăŠă€‚ăŸă‚æœ€ćŸŒăźæœ€ćŸŒă“ă‘ăĄă‚ƒă„ăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€æ­Żă‚’éŁŸă„ă—ă°ăŁăŠă‚„ă‚ŒăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚æœ€ćŸŒăŸă§èŠ‹ăŠăă ă•ăŁăŠă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ăšă—ă‹èš€ăˆăȘいです。

So many people were cheering me on and giving me power until the end despite my poor performance. I fell on the very last jump, but I think I gritted my teeth and did it. I can only say that I appreciate that they watched my performance until the end.

â€•â€•æŹĄăŻă€äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ăŒæŽ§ăˆăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™

Your next competition is the World Championships.

ăă†ă§ă™ă­â€Šâ€Šă€‚äœ•ă«ć‡șるぼかわからăȘă„ă§ă™ăŒă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă„ăŸă‚‚ă†ă€ćŒ±ăŁăĄă„ăźă§ăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă‚‚ăƒˆăƒŒăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă‚‚è·łăčăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă§ăŻè©±ă«ăȘらăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚‚è·łăčăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă§ăŻæœŹćœ“ă«è©±ă«ăȘらăȘă„ăźă§ă€‚æ‚”ă—ă„ă€æ‚”ă—ă„ă§ă™ă€‚æŹĄăŒă‚ă‚Œă°ă€æŹĄă«ć‘ă‘ăŠăŒă‚“ă°ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚

It is…I’m not sure which competition I am going to participate in yet, but I am really weak now. There is no way that I can compete well without landing the quad loop and the toe loop, and also the triple axel, there’s truly no way. I am very unsatisfied with my current self. I’m kuyashii. If there is another chance, I will work hard for the next competition.

â€•â€•ćŒ·ăăȘă‚‹ăŸă‚ă«ă©ă†ă—ăŠă„ă‘ă°ă„ă„ăšăŠè€ƒăˆă§ă™ă‹

What’s your thoughts on how to become stronger?

わからăȘă„ă§ă™ă€‚ă‚„ă‚Œă‚‹ă“ăšăŻă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ïŒ–ćˆ†é–“ïŒˆç·Žçż’ïŒ‰ăŸă§ăŻă‚ˆă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă—ă€æ„ŸèŠšăŻăă‚“ăȘにæ‚Șă‹ăŁăŸèšłă§ăŻăȘいぼで、è‡Ș戆ぼçČŸç„žçŠ¶æ…‹ăšè‚‰äœ“ăźçŠ¶æ…‹ăšă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăŒć…šéƒšăƒăƒ©ăƒăƒ©ăŁăŠäč–é›ąïŒˆă‹ă„ă‚ŠïŒ‰ă—ăŠă„ăŁăŸæ„Ÿă˜ă§ă™ă­ă€‚

I don’t know. I think I was doing the best I could do, I felt good until the 6 min warm up, and the feeling was not that bad. It was like I could feel the dissonance between my mental and physical condition

â€•â€•ä»Šć›žăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—æ§‹æˆă«ă€ă„ăŠăŻă„ă‹ăŒă§ă—ăŸă‹

What’s your thoughts on your layout this time?

憒頭からミă‚čă—ăŠăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„æŠœă‘ăŠă€è‰Čă€…è€ƒăˆăŸă—ăŸă­ă€‚ă©ă“ă§ăƒȘă‚«ăƒăƒȘăƒŒă§ăă‚‹ăźă‹ă€‚ăă‚“ăȘăƒȘă‚«ăƒăƒȘăƒŒă™ă‚‹äœ“ćŠ›ăȘかったăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚æœŹćœ“ă€ăă‚“ăȘăƒȘă‚«ăƒăƒȘăƒŒă™ă‚‹ăȘă‚‰æ„ć‘łăȘいăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ă‹ă‚‰ăȘいです。ぐちゃぐちゃăȘăźă§ă€‚ă§ă‚‚æœŹćœ“ă«ă„ăŸă€æ˜ŒçŁšïŒˆćź‡é‡ŽïŒ‰ăŒă‚„ăŁăšæˆ»ăŁăŠăăŠăă‚ŒăŠæ­Łç›Žă†ă‚Œă—ă„ă§ă™ă€‚ćˆă‚ăŠăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăšèČ ă‘ăŸă‚“ă§ă€‚ă™ă”ăă†ă‚Œă—ă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ă©ă†ă„ă†ă†ă‚Œă—ă•ă‹ăšă„ă†ăšé›Łă—ă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă»ăŁăšă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚

I made the mistake of popping the opening  Lutz and then I thought of many possibilities. About where I could make my recovery jump. But I don’t think I had the physical strength to make such a recovery. Really, I was thinking it’s meaningless even if I made that kind of recovery. So I’m not sure. I can’t sort out my thinking. But now Shoma is finally back on track and to be honest, I am happy about it. This is the first time that I lost to him properly. I’m very happy about it. It’s difficult to describe what kind of happiness that is. But somehow, I feel relieved.

â€•â€•ăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ăźć€±æ•—ăŻç–ČćŠŽăŒè¶łă«ăăŠă„ăŸă“ăšăŒćŽŸć› ă§ă—ă‚‡ă†ă‹

Is the exhaustion in your feet the reason for your mistake on the Lutz ?

äœ•ăšèš€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€ă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăšă€ă“ă†â€Šâ€Šă€‚ă†ăƒŒă‚“â€Šâ€Šć…šéƒšèš€ă„èšłăă•ăèžă“ăˆă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă€æœŹćœ“ć«Œă§ă™ă€‚äœ•ă‚‚ć–‹ă‚ŠăŸăăȘă„ăšă„ă†ăźăŒæœŹéŸłă§ă™ă€‚

Well…how can I say…what I thought about the image and..Hmm, whatever I say will sound like I’m making excuses for that mistake so I truly hate that. My honest feeling is that I don’t want to say anything. 

â€•â€•æ°·ăźæ„Ÿè§ŠăŻă„ă‹ăŒă§ă—ăŸă‹

What was your feeling about the ice?

ć€§äžˆć€«ă ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠæœ€ćŸŒăŸă§ă€é›Łă—ă„ç’°ćąƒă ăŁăŸăšăŻæ€ă†ăźă§ă™ăŒă™ă”ăă„ă„æ°·ă§ă€äœœăŁăŠăă ă•ăŁăŸæ–čă€…ă«æ„ŸèŹă—ăŸă„ă§ă™ă€‚

It was okay, and I think it was a difficult situation until the end for me but the ice was in good condition, so I want to thank the people who maintain that ice rink.

――èČ ă‘ăŸçŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăŒă€ă€Œă»ăŁăšă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă€ăšă„ă†ăźăŒèĄæ’ƒçš„ă§ă™ă€‚æ—„æœŹäșșéžæ‰‹ă«èȠけるぼはäč…ă€…ă ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ăŒă€ăăźç‚čă«ă€ă„ăŠăŻă„ă‹ăŒă§ă™ă‹

 It is quite shocking for us to hear Hanyu, who has lost, say, “I am relieved.” It’s been a while since you’ve lost to a Japanese skater, how do you feel about it? 

æ˜ŒçŁšăŒă€ă‚‰ăă†ă«ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźăŻăšăŁăšèŠ‹ăŠă„ăŠă€ăă‚ŒăŒă­ă€ă‚„ăŁăšèœăĄç€ă„ăŠăăŠă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă«é›†äž­ă§ăăŠă„ă‚‹ăȘă€ăšă„ă†ăźă‚’æ€ă†ăšă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă†ă‚Œă—ă„ă§ă™ă€‚ćŸŒèŒ©ăšă—ăŠă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ćœŒă‚‰ă—ăé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă»ă—ă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ćżƒă‹ă‚‰ćżœæŽă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

I’ve been seeing Shoma struggling for a long time, but to see that he has finally settled down and can focus on skating makes me happy. I’d like him to keep working hard in his own way, as my junior. I want to cheer him on from the bottom of my heart.

â€•â€•ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ—ăƒȘăƒ•ă‚Ąă‚€ăƒŠăƒ«ă€ăă—ăŠć…šæ—„æœŹă§æ•—ćŒ—ă‚’ć‘łă‚ă„ă€é‡ćœ§ăŒæž›ăŁăŸăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‹

You lost at the GPF and the Japanese Nationals, does that experience reduce the pressure on you?

ćˆ„ă«æ—„æœŹäșșă ă‹ă‚‰ăă‚ŒăŒă©ă†ă ăšă„ă†è©±ă§ăŻăȘăă€ç›žæ‰‹ăŒèȘ°ă ă‹ă‚‰ăšă„ă†è©±ă§ăŻăȘăă€ćžžă«ă€Œć‹ăĄăŸă„ăȘă€ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă“ăšăŻé–“é•ă„ăȘăă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“æœ€ć€§é™ăźă“ăšăŻă“ă“ă§ăŻă§ăăȘかったぼですが、でも惕ăȘă‚Šă«äž€ç”Ÿæ‡žć‘œăŻă‚„ăŁăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ćˆ„ă«ăƒ—ăƒŹăƒƒă‚·ăƒŁăƒŒă‹ă‚‰è§Łăæ”ŸăŸă‚ŒăŸèšłă§ăŻăȘいです。やっぱりè‡Ș戆ぼ侭でçąșć›șたるè‡ȘäżĄăšă‹ăƒ—ăƒ©ă‚€ăƒ‰ăżăŸă„ăȘă‚‚ăźăŻă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ăŸă¶ă‚“æ˜ŒçŁšăŒèƒžă‚’ćŒ”ăŁăŠă€Žć…šæ—„æœŹçŽ‹è€…ă€ăšèš€ăˆă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ă“ăšă—ăŻć‡șă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă‹ă‚‰ă€ćƒ•ăŒă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăă†ă„ă†äž­ă§ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšèżœă„ă‹ă‘ăŠè„…ă‹ă—ăŠă‚„ă‚ă†ă‹ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

It doesn’t matter that I lost to the Japanese skater or whom I lost to, I always think that I want to win no matter what. Of course I couldn’t do my best here, but I tried with all my might. So it’s not something like I was released from the pressure. I have a firm conviction in myself or something like pride in myself. I think Shoma can say that he is the “Japanese National Champion” proudly from now on. Because this year, I competed as well. So I think maybe I will chase him and threaten him a little from behind.

â€•â€•ïŒŠïŒłăźć‰ă€ă†ăŸăă„ă‹ăȘいäșˆć…†ăźă‚ˆă†ăȘă‚‚ăźăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‹

Were there any signs that things might not go well before FS?

èȘżæ•ŽăŒă†ăŸăă„かăȘかったです、ずっべ。è‡Ș戆ぼèș«äœ“ăŒă©ă‚“ă©ă‚“æ—„ă«æ—„ă«ćŠŁćŒ–ă—ăŠă„ăæ„Ÿă˜ăŻă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăźć‰ă‹ă‚‰ă€Œć€‰ă ăȘă€ăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ăă‚Œă§ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ćƒ•ăŻæ”ăŸă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€è‰ČんăȘæ–čă«æ”ŻăˆăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăŁăŠă€èș«äœ“ăźçŠ¶æ…‹ă‚‚ă„ăŸă§ăă‚‹æœ€é«˜ăźçŠ¶æ…‹ă«ă—ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăŁăŸă†ăˆă§ă“ă‚ŒăȘăźă§ă€‚æ­Łç›Žèš€ăŁăŠă€ćƒ•ăźćźŸćŠ›ăšæŠ€èĄ“ăŒè¶łă‚ŠăȘă‹ăŁăŸăšă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€æ­»ćŠ›ăŻć°œăă›ăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚

The adjustment didn’t go well throughout. I felt like my body was getting worse day by day. I noticed something was strange even before the SP. But even so, I am privileged to receive support from many people and I adjusted my body condition to the best that it could be at that point, then it turned out like that. So to be honest, I think my skill and ability was not enough. But I think I gave it everything I had

――ミă‚čがć‡șăŸă‚ăšé›†äž­ăŒćˆ‡ă‚ŒăŸă‚ˆă†ă«ă‚‚æ„Ÿă˜ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă—ăŸăŒă€ă©ăźă‚ˆă†ăȘçŠ¶æ…‹ă§ă—ăŸă‹

――It seemed that you lost your concentration after you made a mistake, but what was the situation?

びっくりしちゃっど、è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă€‚ă€Œă‚ă‚ŒïŒŸă€ăŁăŠă€‚æ„ŸèŠšăšæœŹćœ“ă«äč–é›ąă—ăŠă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ă„ăŸă‚‚äč–雹しおいるんですけど。è‡Șćˆ†ăźèš€ć‹•ăŒă©ă†ăȘăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ăŻăŁăă‚Šèš€ăŁăŠć…šç„¶ă‚ă‹ă‚‰ăȘă„ă€‚æ°—æŒăĄăšć–‹ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă“ăšă‚‚ćˆ„ă€…ă«ăȘăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ăŒć€šă€…ă‚ă‚‹ă—â€Šâ€Šă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăšè‡Ș戆ぼèș«äœ“ăźă‚­ăƒŹăżăŸă„ăȘもぼは戆雱はしどいど、 äœ“ćŠ›ăźă‚ă‚‹ă†ăĄă€ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăšă‹ă ăŁăŸă‚‰ăȘんべかăȘăŁăŸăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă™ăŒă€ă©ă†ă—ă‚ˆă†ă‚‚ăȘいべころがć‡șăŠă—ăŸăŁăŸăźă‹ăȘăšă„ă†éąšă«ăŻæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ăŻăŁăă‚Šèš€ăŁăŠă—ăŸăˆă°ç«¶æłłăźéžæ‰‹ăȘă‚“ă‹ăŻäœ•ăƒŹăƒŒă‚čもやるわけですし。憅ćźčは違うかもしれăȘă„ă‘ă©ă€‚ăă†ă„ă†ăźă«æŻ”ăčどみたら惕ăȘă‚“ă‹ïŒ•é€±é–“ă§ïŒ“ć›žă—ă‹è©Šćˆă—ăŠă„ăȘă„ă—ă€‚ăă‚Œă§ă“ăźăă‚‰ă„ăźäœ“ćŠ›ă—ă‹ăȘă„ăźă‹ăŁăŠă€‚æœŹćœ“ă«è‡Șćˆ†ăŒćŠ›äœżăŁăŠè·łă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă ăȘăšă„ă†ăźăšă€ă‚‚ăŁăšćŠ›ă‚’æŠœă„ăŠè‡Șćˆ†ă‚‰ă—ă„ă„ă„ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăŒè·łăčă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăȘいべいけăȘいăȘă€ăšă„ă†ăźă‚’ă„ăŸăŻè€ƒăˆć§‹ă‚ăŸă—ăŸă€‚è«Šă‚ăŠăŻă„ăȘă„ă§ă™ă€‚æœŹćœ“ă«ă€æœ€ćŸŒăŸă§æ­»ă«ç‰©ç‹‚ă„ă§ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăă†ă˜ă‚ƒăȘきゃフăƒȘăƒƒăƒ—ïŒˆïŒ”ć›žè»ąăƒˆăƒŒăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—â€•ă‚Șă‚€ăƒ©ăƒŒâ€•ïŒ“ć›žè»ąăƒ•ăƒȘăƒƒăƒ—ăźïŒ“ć›žè»ąăƒ•ăƒȘăƒƒăƒ—ïŒ‰è·łă°ăȘいです、あそこ。

I was surprised, in my mind. Like “What’s going on?”. It was really different from what I was feeling. And it still is now. I can’t tell at all what is happening to my behavior to be honest. There are many areas where my feelings and what I am talking about feel like they’ve become separate things. But still, what I had envisioned and the sharpness of my body’s reaction is different. Maybe it was manageable when I was doing the SP and had physical strength left, but there’s nothing I can do about it and it was all shown in my performance (in FS). But if I’ll be honest, for example, swimmers do many races. Though the circumstances might be different. If I compare with those swimmers, I only participated in 3 competitions within 5 weeks. Then I only have this much physical power left. So now I’ve begun to think that I really use so much power to do my jumps and I have to be able to do a good jump in my own style while saving more energy. I didn’t give up. I really fought till the end with everything I had left. If I hadn’t, I would not have done the 3F (4T-1Eu-3F instead of 3S) at that point.

Source: http://wasedasports.com/news/20191224_124725/