[ENG SUB] Yuzuru Hanyu, interview with Matsuoka Shuzo – 210413

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[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu’s Pre-World Team Trophy Media – 210414

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All articles originally published 14 April 2021

Part 1 | Part 2

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ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎไธ–็•Œๅ›ฝๅˆฅๅฏพๆŠ—ๆˆฆใฎ้–‹ๅน•ใ‚’15ๆ—ฅใซๆŽงใˆใ€17ๅนดๅคงไผšไปฅๆฅ2ๅคงไผšใถใ‚Šใซๅ‡บๅ ดใ™ใ‚‹็”ทๅญใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใŒ14ๆ—ฅใ€ๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’ใง่ชฟๆ•ดใ—ใ€ใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณใงๅ–ๆใซๅฟœใ˜ใŸใ€‚

Figure skating World Team Trophy (2021) will begin on April 15th, and Menโ€™s skater Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA) finished his first official practice on the 14th, and then answered online interview questions.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅˆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆใฎๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใƒผใจโ€ฆใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€14ๆ—ฅ้–“ใฎ้š”้›ขใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆใ€ใกใ‚‡ใ†ใฉไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚„ใฃใจ้š”้›ขใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸ็Šถๆ…‹ใชใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ใจใ—ใฆใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจ้š”้›ขๆœŸ้–“ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใŸไธŠใงๆฅใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใชใฎใงใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใซ็€ใ„ใŸใฐใ‹ใ‚Šใงใพใ‚่‹ฅๅนฒใ€่ถณใŒใƒ•ใƒฏใƒ•ใƒฏใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใ„ใ„่ชฟๆ•ดใŒใงใใŸใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•How do you feel after ending your first practice today?

Yuzuru: Hmm, umโ€ฆ my 14-day quarantine period ended, since it finally just ended today, so, well, I came here upon properly carrying out my responsibility to finish the isolation period. So because of that, I really just arrived here today, so I think to a certain extent thereโ€™s some parts where my legs are a little unsteady, but, taking that into account, I think I was able to adjust well [in todayโ€™s practice].

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ›ฝๅˆฅใฏใฉใ‚“ใชไฝ็ฝฎใฅใ‘ใงใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ๅคงไผšใซใ—ใŸใ„ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใƒผใจใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ“ใฎๅคง้˜ชใจใ„ใ†ๅœฐใŒไปŠใ€ๅคงๅค‰ใชใ“ใจใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใฏๅƒ•ใ‚‚้‡ใ€…ใ‚ใ‹ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€ไธ–็•Œไธญใ€ๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‚‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใตใ‚‹ใ•ใจใงใ‚ใ‚‹ๅฎฎๅŸŽใ€ไป™ๅฐใ‚‚ๅคงๅค‰ใชใ“ใจใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€่ค‡้›‘ใชๆ€ใ„ใงใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ไปŠใ“ใ“ใซใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Š่ฉฆๅˆใ‚’่พž้€€ใ—ใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸใฏ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‡บใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ๆฑบๆ–ญใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใช็ตŒ้จ“ใ‚’่ธใพใˆใŸไธŠใงใ€ไปŠใ€ๅƒ•ใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ“ใ“ใซ็ซ‹ใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใ“ใซๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ๆฎ‹ใ—ใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ€่ชฐใ‹ใฎใ€่ชฐใ‹ใฎไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ใฎๅธŒๆœ›ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ๅฟƒใŒๅ‹•ใ็žฌ้–“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ1็ง’ใงใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ€‚1็ง’ใซๆบ€ใŸใชใ„็žฌ้–“ใงใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰่ชฐใ‹ใฎไธญใซๆฎ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ€ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ™ในใใ ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ“ใ“ใซใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅ‡„ใโ€ฆไฝ•ใ‹้›ฃใ—ใ„ๅ•้กŒใง่จ€่‘‰ใ‚’ใ†ใพใๅ‡บใ™ใฎใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅคงๅค‰ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅคงๅค‰ใช็Šถๆณใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š้œ‡็ฝใฎๆ™‚ใจๅŒใ˜ใงใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใใ‚Œใžใ‚Œ้•ใ†ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ๅ‡„ใไปŠใ€็—›ๆ„Ÿใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŠไป•ไบ‹ใฎๆ–นใงๅคงๅค‰ใ ใจๆ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆ–นใ€ใใ—ใฆใ€ๅŒป็™‚ๅพ“ไบ‹่€…ใฎๆ–นใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๆ™ฎ้€šไปฅไธŠใฎ็–ฒๅŠดใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€็ฒพ็ฅž็š„ใช่‹ฆ็—›ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚

ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใฟใŸใ„ใซใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š่‡ช็ฒ›ใ—ใฆใ‚‚ๅนณๆฐ—ใ ใจใ„ใ†ไบบใ‚‚ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚่‡ช็ฒ›ใ—ใฆ็–ฒใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ–นใ‚‚ใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ„ใ‚‰ใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚ทใƒใƒฅใ‚จใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใฏๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’ๆฎ‹ใ™ใ“ใจใŒ็ตถๅฏพใงใใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๆฎ‹ใ—ใŸใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ใฎๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚’ใ€ใ“ใฎๅ›ฝๅˆฅๅฏพๆŠ—ๆˆฆใจใ„ใ†ๅ ดๆ‰€ใ‚’ใŠๅ€Ÿใ‚Šใ—ใฆใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’้€šใ—ใฆๆฎ‹ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What kind of meaning does the World Team Trophy [this year] have for you, and what kind of competition do you want to make of it?

Y: Hmm. Of course, I am gravely aware that the Osaka area is currently in a bad situation [regarding COVID]. And, I understand that the whole world, including Japan, and my hometown Miyagi, Sendai too, are all in a difficult state as well, so I am here right now with conflicting feelings. That is, the decision of whether I should withdraw from the competition, or should participate, and upon taking into account various opinions, what I can do right now is to stand here, and to leave behind a performance, that can be some sort of hope for someone, or move their heart in some sort of way, really, even if itโ€™s just for one second. It doesnโ€™t even have to be a [whole] second. I think Iโ€™m here to put out a performance that can remain with people in some sort of way. Itโ€™sโ€ฆ really hard to respond to a difficult problem like this in words. However, the difficult circumstances are ultimately the same as during the 3.11 disaster, in that I am painfully aware that for everyone itโ€™s different. There are people who are [facing] difficulties related to work, and I think also there are medical staff who are (experiencing) extraordinary fatigue, even suffering mentally, and various other things. There are those like us who are fine and able to diligently practice self-restraint but on the other hand, there are also many people who are tired of living under such restrictions.There are really a lot of different situations. But, I think I can definitely leave something behind through my performance [in these circumstances], or rather, I want to do so. I want to take the opportunity of being at this World Team Trophy to leave some sort of meaning through my programs.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•2ๅคงไผšใถใ‚Šใซใƒใƒผใƒ ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒ‘ใƒณใจใ—ใฆๆˆฆใ†ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใšใฏๆœ€ๅคง้™ใ€ใƒใƒผใƒ ใซ่ฒข็Œฎใ™ใ‚‹ใŸใ‚ใซใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซ้›†ไธญใ—ใฆใ€ๆ™ฎ้€šใฎ่ฉฆๅˆไปฅไธŠใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚’ๅพ‹ใ—ใฆใ€ใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใŸใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ๅ‡„ใใ“ใฎไธ–ใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ไฝ•ใ‹ๆฅฝใ—ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ไฝ•ใ‹ๅฟƒใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚ใไธŠใŒใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•Itโ€™s been two World Team Trophy competitions since you last represented team Japan [at WTT 2017]

Y: First of all, I want to properly focus on my performance so as to contribute to the team as much as I can, and I want to control myself even more so than for a normal competition and put out a good performance. Also, regarding the short [program], I think it’s a program that can be enjoyed in some way, even in the current [state of] the world. Even if it’s just a little bit, I want to skate it with the hope that there’s something that can lift our spirits.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏใฉใ†ใ™ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใใ‚‚ใใ‚‚ใ“ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใ‚ธใƒฅใƒผใƒซใงใ•ใ™ใŒใซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซๆŒ‘ใ‚€ใฎใฏ็„ก็†ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใซ่ฉฆๅˆใจใ—ใฆใ€ๅ…ˆใปใฉใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ๆ™ฎ้€šใฎ่ฉฆๅˆไปฅไธŠใซใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ๆ„ๆฐ—่พผใฟใ‚’ๅผทใๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ๅƒ•ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกๅ„ชๅ…ˆใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ใฟใ‚“ใชใฎๅŠ›ใซใชใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจใพใšใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What will you do about the quad Axel?

Y: Well, I feel that in the first place, with this schedule [in the past few weeks], as expected it might be impossible to try challenging the [quad] Axel. As for the actual competition, as I said before, I am very eager to put out a good performance, even more so than for a normal [non-team] competition. So, rather than prioritizing my own feelings, I first and foremost want to do a performance that will be of help to everyone else [on the team]. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•่‘›่—คใ‚’ๆŒใกใชใŒใ‚‰ๅ‡บๅ ดใ—ใŸไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆ๏ฝžใ€ๅธฐใ‚Šใซใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅ‡„ใ็ฉบๆธฏใŒใ‚ฌใƒฉใƒณใจใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใซใใ“ใงๆคœๆŸปใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅ…ฅๅ›ฝใฎใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆ‰‹็ถšใใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‚Šใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆœ€ไธญใซใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€็ตๆžœใซใคใ„ใฆใ€ŽใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€ใจใฏ่จ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใฉใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€Žๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใ‚’ใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€ใจใ‹ใ€ใ€Žใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Œใพใ™ใ€ใจใ‹ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๅฃฐใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ“ใจใŒใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†ใธใฎใ”่ค’็พŽใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ๅ ฑ้…ฌใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๆผ”ๆŠ€ใŒใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅƒ•ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใฏๆฏŽๅ›žๆฏŽๅ›žใ€ๅ…จ็„ถ้•ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆใ€ใพใŸ้•ใฃใŸๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงๆป‘ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ใพใŸไปŠๅ›žใฏไปŠๅ›žใชใ‚‰ใงใฏใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What did you feel after finishing World Championships [last month], as you had a lot of conflict within you when participating?

Y: Hmm, well on the way home, the airport was really empty. I actually received a [health] inspection there, and had to do the various procedures for entering the country. While I was doing those things, I didn’t really get told “Congratulations,” about my results [at World Championships], but, rather, I was told things like “I received courage from watching your performance,” and also “I can do my best [too],” and the fact I received those words are, for me, more than anything, the prize, or reward [this time]. Somehow, in doing those kinds of performances, it really holds a totally different meaning for me each and every time, and so I skate with different feelings too. So, even if it’s only a little bit, I want to skate my performance this time as its own unique thing.

Photo by Sponichi

PART 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ดใƒซใƒ•ใฎๆพๅฑฑ้ธๆ‰‹ใŒๅ„ชๅ‹ใ—ใŸใ€ๅฟซๆŒ™ใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎๅˆบๆฟ€ใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€ŒๅฎŸใฏใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ็”Ÿใง่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๆœๆ—ฉใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ็”Ÿใง่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎๅˆถ่ฆ‡ใ—ใŸใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใกใจใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€9ใƒ›ใƒผใƒซใใ‚‰ใ„ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ๆฏŽๆ—ฅ่ฆ‹ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆๅฟœๆดใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใปใ‚“ใจใซๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ€ไป™ๅฐใฎๆ–นใง่กจๅฝฐใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅฎฎๅŸŽใง่กจๅฝฐใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใซใŠไผšใ„ใ—ใŸใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใจใ—ใฆใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซไป™ๅฐๅธ‚ๆฐ‘ใจใ—ใฆๅฎฎๅŸŽ็œŒๆฐ‘ใจใ—ใฆๅ‡„ใๅ‡„ใ่ช‡ใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚ดใƒซใƒ•็•Œใงๆ—ฅๆœฌไบบใงใƒžใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใ‚บใ‚’ๅˆถ่ฆ‡ใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘ๅคงๅค‰ใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ™ใ”ใใ™ใ”ใๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใจใ‹ใ€ใ™ใ”ใ„ใงใ™ใญใจใ‹ใใ†ใ„ใ†่จ€่‘‰ใงใฏใชใใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‚ดใƒซใƒ•็•Œใซใปใ‚“ใจใซๆพๅฑฑ่‹ฑๆจนใ•ใ‚“ใจใ„ใ†ๆ–นใŒใ„ใŸใจใ„ใ†่จผใ‚’ๆฎ‹ใ—ใŸใ‚“ใ ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Following the victory of golfer Hideki Matsuyama, did you draw any motivation from his brilliant feat?*

Y: To tell you the truth I actually watched a bit of it live. It was very early in the morning but I watched a little of the live broadcast. I wasnโ€™t able to quite catch the final moment he prevailed but for about 9 holes**, I watched and cheered him on every day. Actually, as someone from Sendai, Iโ€™ve met him before when we were being acknowledged as representatives of Sendai and of Miyagi. Not as Yuzuru Hanyu but as a fellow Sendai resident and Miyagi local, Iโ€™m really, really proud. I really, really understand how difficult of a feat it must be to conquer the Masters as a Japanese person in the golfing world. More than words like โ€˜congratulationsโ€™ or โ€˜thatโ€™s amazing,โ€™ I feel like he has truly made his mark as โ€œHideki Matsuyamaโ€ in the Japanese golfing world. 

*Hideki Matsuyama recently became the first-ever Japanese professional golfer to win a men’s major golf championship โ€“ the 2021 Masters Tournament

**The Masters tournament happens over 4 days with 18 holes played per day, so Yuzu watched about half the competition (not 100% clear if he did so every day of the tournament or only on the last day). Despite struggling on the last day, Matsuyama held onto his lead to prevail.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ซถๆณณใฎๆฑ ๆฑŸ้ธๆ‰‹ใ‚‚ๅพฉๆดปใ—ใŸใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œๅƒ•ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใฏๆฏ”ในใ‚‚ใฎใซใชใ‚‰ใชใ„ใใ‚‰ใ„่‹ฆใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ไป–ใฎ้ธๆ‰‹ใŸใกใ‚‚ๅŠชๅŠ›ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ไบบใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅƒ•ใฏๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎๆ™‚ใซ็ตๆง‹้‡ใ„ๆปๆŒซใ—ใฆใ„ใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸๆœŸ้–“ใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆฑ ๆฑŸ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎใ€ŽๅŠชๅŠ›ใฏๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใชใ€ใจใ„ใ†่จ€่‘‰ใ‚’่žใ„ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚„ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใ—ใฆใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใ ใ‘ใŒๅŠชๅŠ›ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‚“ใ ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ”นใ‚ใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๆฑ ๆฑŸ้ธๆ‰‹ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸ่‹ฆ็—›ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆ‚ฒใ—ใฟใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅ–ชๅคฑๆ„Ÿใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸๆ—ฅใ€…ใฏ็ตถๅฏพใซๅŠชๅŠ›ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใซใคใชใŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใœใฒ่‡ชไฟกใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใซๆŒ‘ใ‚“ใงๆฌฒใ—ใ„ใชใ€ใจใ€‚ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏ็ตŒ้จ“ใ—ใŸ่บซใ‹ใ‚‰่จ€ใ‚ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ™ใ€‚ๅ‰ใใ†ใซใ™ใ„ใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€

The swimmer [Rikako] Ikee also made a competitive comeback

Y: I think someone like me really canโ€™t be compared to the difficulty she experienced*. Of course, there may also be people who think that other athletes also gave their all but weren’t rewarded. I had many periods during the Pyeongchang Olympic season where I couldnโ€™t practice due to the severe injury I had, but when I heard Ikee-senshuu say that โ€˜hard work and effort will be rewardedโ€™, I felt once again that hard work doesn’t only come from practice and training. It was precisely because of Ikeeโ€™s circumstances – the pain she experienced, the sadness and that sense of loss, that I think she fought with all her might to get through those days. I would like her to have faith in herself in her challenge at the Olympics. Please permit me to say that, as someone who has experienced the Olympics. Apologies for saying so in such a commanding way. 

*Rikako Ikee was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019 and has recently qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after receiving treatment. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•้š”้›ขๆœŸ้–“ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใฉใ‚“ใช็Šถๆณใ ใฃใŸใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ใƒ›ใƒ†ใƒซใซใšใฃใจใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใƒ›ใƒ†ใƒซใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใŸใ ๅพ€ๅพฉใ™ใ‚‹ๆฏŽๆ—ฅใงใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏใ„ใคใ‚‚ใจๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎ๏ฝžใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใจใ€่‡ชๅฎถ็”จ่ปŠใงใƒ›ใƒ†ใƒซใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใซ่กŒใฃใฆใ€ใงใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใพใŸ่‡ชๅฎถ็”จ่ปŠใงใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒ›ใƒ†ใƒซใซใจใ„ใ†็”Ÿๆดปใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใˆใฃใจ๏ฝžใ€ๅๅˆ†ใช็ทด็ฟ’ใŒใงใใŸใ‹ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚Œใฐใ€ใใ†ใงใฏใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๆœฌ้Ÿณใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ๆŽช็ฝฎใ‚’ใจใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ“ใจใฏใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใซๆ„Ÿ่ฌใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸ้…ๆ…ฎใฎไธŠใงๅƒ•ใฏไปŠใ€ๆป‘ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจๅƒ•ใฎๅฝนๅ‰ฒใ‚’ใ“ใ“ใงๆžœใŸใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

What was the practice situation like during the quarantine period?

Y: Well, I was in the hotel the entire time. Basically I went back and forth between the hotel and rink every day. Though I suppose that isnโ€™t too different from what I usually do. Umโ€ฆ I basically lived by going via a private car from the hotel to the rink, and then after practice going via private car from the rink back to the hotel. Um. If you asked if that was sufficient practice, I would have to truthfully say it wasnโ€™t, but I am truly grateful they took the steps to be able to allow us to do practice in that way, and Iโ€™m skating right now because of the attention paid to those arrangements, so I would like to properly carry out my duty here. Thank you very much. 

[ENG SUB] Yuzuru Hanyu’s message prior to the World Team Trophy 2021 – 210406

Translation: @shinjistarxx
Proofreading: @yuzueco, @axelsandwich
Raw video + sub:ย @aoyuzu205

Transcript: Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™s comments before World Team Trophy 2021

Source: https://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2021/04/05/kiji/20210405s00079000602000c.html

15ๆ—ฅ้–‹ๅน•ใฎใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆไธ–็•Œๅ›ฝๅˆฅๅฏพๆŠ—ๆˆฆ๏ผˆไธธๅ–„ใ‚คใƒณใƒ†ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚ขใƒชใƒผใƒŠๅคง้˜ช๏ผ‰ใซๅ‡บๅ ดใ™ใ‚‹ๆ—ฅๆœฌไปฃ่กจ้ธๆ‰‹ใŒ5ๆ—ฅใ€ใ‚ณใƒกใƒณใƒˆใ‚’็™บ่กจใ—ใŸใ€‚2ๅคงไผšใถใ‚Š3ๅบฆ็›ฎใฎๅ‡บๅ ดใจใชใ‚‹็”ทๅญใง14ๅนดใ‚ฝใƒใ€18ๅนดๅนณๆ˜Œไบ”่ผช้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใฏใ€Œ่ชฐใ‹ใฎๅ…‰ใซใชใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใจๆ„ๆฐ—่พผใฟใ‚’็คบใ—ใ€ไปฅไธ‹ใฎใ‚ณใƒกใƒณใƒˆใ‚’็™บ่กจใ—ใŸใ€‚

The athletes of Team Japan participating in this yearโ€™s World Team Trophy (Osaka) released comments on April 5th. Sochi & Pyeongchang Olympics Gold Medalist Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA), who will be participating in WTT for the 3rd time, expressed his thoughts [through a written message in which he wrote], โ€œMay I become a light for someone,โ€ and also provided the following comments:

ใ€€ใ€Œ่‰ฒใ‚“ใชใจใ“ใ‚ใธ่กŒใใŸใณใซไบบใŒใ„ใชใใฆๆœฌๅฝ“ใซไป•ไบ‹ใŒใชใ„ไบบใŸใกใ‚‚ใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ€่‹ฆใ—ใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹็Šถๆณใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใชใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ๅผทใๆ„Ÿใ˜ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

ใŸใ ใ€ใใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ใ€ไผšใ†ไบบใ€ๅฃฐใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใฆใใ‚Œใ‚‹ไบบใŸใกใŒใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฏๅฎŒๅ…จใซ่‰ฏใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ ใฃใŸใจใฏ่จ€ใˆใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€Žๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใ‚’ใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใพใ—ใŸใ€ใจใ‹ใ€ŽๅธŒๆœ›ใฎๅ…‰ใ€ใงใ—ใŸใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†่จ€่‘‰ใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ๅƒ•ใฏใŸใจใˆ็ตๆžœใŒ่‰ฏใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ€่‰ฏใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ ใฃใŸใจ็ดๅพ—ใงใใ‚‹ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ€่ชฐใ‹ใฎใŸใ‚ใซใชใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใชใ€ใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŒใ—ใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅธธใซๅฟƒใฎไธญใซๆŒใกใชใŒใ‚‰ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ“ใฎ่จ€่‘‰ใซใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Yuzuru: In travelling to various places recently, there are not many people out and about, and I felt strongly that there are a lot of people who are out of work and are in difficult circumstances.

However, even amidst that, the people I’ve met, those who reach out to meโ€”of course, I can’t say that this past World Championships was at all a good performanceโ€” but even so, when I receive words from people like “you gave me courage,” or am called the “light of hope,” I feel that even if I don’t get good results, or even if it’s not convincingly a good performance (for me), maybe it can be for someone else. I want to carry that in my heart through my performances and so thatโ€™s why I chose this phrase.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu โ€“ World Championships 2021 ‘Day After’ Interview โ€“ 210328

๏ผœไธ–็•Œใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ข็ฌฌ4ๆ—ฅ๏ผž็”ทๅญใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ€ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆๆ’ฎๅฝฑใƒปๅฐๆตท้€”ใ€€่‰ฏๅนน๏ผ‰
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 28 March 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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

PART ONE

โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใงใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใ‚’ๅดฉใ—ใŸใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€ๅ–˜ๆฏใŒๅ‡บใŸใจใ„ใ†ๅ ฑ้“ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใŒ

ใ€€ใ€Œๅ–˜ๆฏใฎ็™บไฝœ่‡ชไฝ“ใฏใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎๅพŒใซใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใฟใŸใ‚‰ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่‹ฆใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจๆ€ใ†ใใ‚‰ใ„ใง็‰นใซใพใ‚ไผšๅ ดๅ…ฅใ‚ŠใŒ้…ใใชใฃใŸ็†็”ฑใจใ‹ใงใฏใชใ„ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ—ใŸใƒˆใƒฉใƒ–ใƒซใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใค็ถšใ„ใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใซ6ๅˆ†้–“็ทด็ฟ’ใงใฏๅฝฑ้Ÿฟๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใปใ‚“ใฎใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใฎใปใ“ใ‚ใณใŒๅ…จ้ƒจใซใคใชใŒใฃใŸใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงๅŽŸๅ› ใฏใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ—ใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‹ใจใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใ€ใ‚ใฎใ™ใ”ใ„ๅคงใใชใƒŸใ‚นใ ใฃใŸใ‹ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚Œใฐใ€็‚นๆ•ฐใปใฉๅคงใใชใƒŸใ‚นใงใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚1ใคใšใคใปใ‚“ใฎใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคใšใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใชใฎใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰้ †ไฝใ ใจใ‹ใ€็‚นๆ•ฐใ ใจใ‹ใใ‚ŒไปฅไธŠใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ‚„ใ‚Šใใ‚ŒใŸใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿ่งฆใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€

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

Yuzuru: I think I felt the asthma attack itself a little bit after the free skate. But, after it ended, I thought it was a bit painful, but well, I wasnโ€™t late to coming to the rink for that reason in particular. Itโ€™s rather, there were a few small troubles that kept stacking up. Well, in the 6 minute warm-up, I didnโ€™t feel any effects from that, but ultimately, I think all those small things ended up making everything fall apart. In my mind, Iโ€™m certain of the cause. Having said that, if asked whether that was what led to that huge mistake [in the free program], I donโ€™t think it was as big of a miss as it was in terms of the miss in the score. Itโ€™s just within myself, one by one, little by little, everything started to come apart. Thatโ€™s why, even more so than things like the placements and scores was the feeling within myself that I had properly completed the program.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใ‚’็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹็พๅฝนใ‚„ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจใ‹ใ‚„ใ‚ใชใ„ใจใ‹ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใใฎใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซ่ทณในใชใ„ใจๆบ€่ถณใงใใชใ„ใฎใงไธ€็”Ÿใ€ใธใธใธใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ไธ€ๆ™‚ๆœŸใ€ใ‚ใ‚ๅนดใ ใชใจใ‹ไฝ“ๅ‹•ใ‹ใชใใชใฃใŸใชใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ€ใ†ๆ—ฅใ€…ใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ไปŠใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€ใพใ ใพใ ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ€ๆˆ้•ทใงใใ‚‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใใฎใ€ใใ‚Œ่‡ชไฝ“ใŒๅฎŒๅ…จใซ็ตๆžœใ ใจใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏ้ŽๅŽปใฎๆ „ๅ…‰ใจใ‹ใชใ‚Šๆฏ”่ผƒใ•ใ‚Œใ‚„ใ™ใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€้ŽๅŽปใฎๆ „ๅ…‰ใจๆฏ”่ผƒใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใพใ ไฟใฆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใใ‚Œใฏ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€็ขบๅฎŸใซใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใ‚ขใƒƒใƒ—ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€็ขบๅฎŸใซๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎๆ™‚ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ใƒ˜ใƒซใ‚ทใƒณใ‚ญใƒฏใƒผใƒซใƒ‰ใฎๆ™‚ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚็ตถๅฏพใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹้™็•Œใ ใชใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ“ใฎ้™็•Œใ ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ†ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ๆ™‚ๆœŸใ‚’ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆไน—ใ‚Š่ถŠใˆใฆใ„ใใ‹ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ›ฝๅˆฅใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใพใ‚ๅ›ฝๅˆฅใ‚’ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจไปŠ้ ญใ‹ใ‚‰ๅค–ใ—ใŸ็Šถๆ…‹ใงๅ–‹ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ‚ชใƒ•ใฎ็Šถๆณใฎไธญใงใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใใ“ใจใซใชใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใไธญใงใ€ใ‚ใ‚่ทณในใชใ„ใชใจใ‹็ตถๆœ›ๆ„Ÿใ‚’ใพใŸๅ‘ณใ‚ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใซใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆไน—ใ‚Š่ถŠใˆใฆใ„ใใ‹ใ€‚ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใซ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๅ ฑ้…ฌไธŽใˆใฆใ‚ใ’ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’่‰ฒใ€…่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ไปŠใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ็Ÿฅ่ญ˜ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€็ตŒ้จ“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆดปใ‹ใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ไน—ใ‚Š่ถŠใˆใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใ€

— What are your feelings aiming towards the Beijing Olympics?

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

PART TWO

โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅพŒใฎๆ‹ ็‚นใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใ€่ฉฆๅˆใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใƒ–ใƒฉใ‚คใ‚ขใƒณใจๅธฐใฃใฆใ€ใใฎๅพŒใซใƒกใƒผใƒซใŒๆฅใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใˆ๏ฝžใพใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ€ๆŽ›ใ‘ๅˆใฃใฆใฟใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใงใใ‚‹ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใ‚Œใฏ็ขบๅฎšใชใ‚‚ใฎใงใฏใงใฏใชใ„ใ€‚ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใƒ–ใƒฉใ‚คใ‚ขใƒณใŸใกใฏใ„ใคใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ฏใƒชใ‚ฑใƒƒใƒˆใงๆ•™ใˆใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆฅฝใ—ใฟใซใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ—ใ€ๆ—ฉใไธ€็ท’ใซๆป‘ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰่‰ฏใ„ใญใฟใŸใ„ใชใ“ใจใฏ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใพใ ็ขบๅฎšใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใซๅธฐใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่จ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใ‚Œใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ไปŠใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†1ไบบใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใไธญใงๅพ—ใŸใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ€ใ‚‚ใฎใ™ใ”ใๅคงใใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใใ‚Œใฏ1ไบบใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใพใŸไปŠ4Aใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Š1ไบบใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆฎต้šŽใงใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใงใ€ใใฎใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ไพ‹ใˆใฐ่ค‡ๆ•ฐไบบๆ•ฐใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸๅ ดๅˆใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ใ†ใจใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ณใƒผใ‚นไธŠใซ่ชฐใ‹ใ„ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ๆฐ—ใŒๆ•ฃใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใŸใถใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใพใŸใฏใ€ๆฐทใฎใ‚ณใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใฎใŒ1ไบบใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๅ ดๅˆใ€ใพใฃใŸใใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใซ้›†ไธญใ—ใฆใงใใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใพใŸใฏๆ›ฒใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹็ทด็ฟ’ใฃใฆใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฃใฆใ™ใ”ใ็‹ฌ็‰นใงใ€‚้ †็•ชใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ๅ„ชๅ…ˆ้ †ไฝใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ไพ‹ใˆใฐ่ฉฆๅˆใฎๅ‰ใฎไบบใฏใ„ใฃใฑใ„ๆ›ฒใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‘ใฉใ€่ฉฆๅˆใŒใพใ ใชใ„ไบบใฏใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ใจใ‹ใฃใฆใƒซใƒผใƒซใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใพใฃใŸใใชใ„็ทด็ฟ’ใŒ็ถšใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Š่‡ช็”ฑๅบฆใŒ้ซ˜ใใ€ใพใŸ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ—ใŸใ„็ทด็ฟ’ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใƒ—ใƒฉใƒณใซๆฒฟใฃใŸ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใฉใ†ใจใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใจใ€ใ‚ใจใฏไฝ“ใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ™ใญใ€‚้–“้•ใ„ใชใใ“ใฃใกๆฅใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใฃใกๆฅใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ๆ—ฅๆœฌใซใ„ใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ—ใฐใ‚‰ใใฎ้–“ใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Š้•ทใ„้–“ใ€ใƒˆใƒญใƒณใƒˆใงใ‚ฑใ‚ขใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๅ…ˆ็”Ÿใซ่ฆ‹ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใฆใ‚‚ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ฌใ‚ฟใŒๆฅใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ็ขบใ‹ใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใงใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‹ใชใ‚Š่ถณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Š่…ฐใ ใฃใŸใ‚Š้ฆ–ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใจใ“ใ‚ใซ่ฒ ๆ‹…ใฏใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ“ใ‚‚ๅคฉ็งคใซใ‹ใ‘ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ๆฑบใ‚ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ไธ€ๆฆ‚ใซใ‚‚ใ†ๅธฐใ‚Šใพใ™ใจใ‹ๆ—ฅๆœฌใซใ„ใพใ™ใจใ‹ใฏใ€ไปŠ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What about your training base going forward?

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎใƒใ‚งใƒณใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œ็‰นใซไฝ•ใ‚‚ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใฏใฃใใ‚Š่จ€ใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†ใจใ€‚ใ‚ใฎ๏ฝžใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใƒใ‚งใƒณ้ธๆ‰‹ใฏ็ด ๆ™ดใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ใฎ5ใ‚ฏใƒฏใƒ‰ใ‚’ใ—ใ‹ใ‚‚้ซ˜้›ฃๆ˜“ๅบฆใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ‚ฏใ‚ชใƒชใƒ†ใ‚ฃใƒผใงๅ…จใฆๆฑบใ‚ใใฃใฆใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ๅฎŒๆˆใ•ใ›ใ‚‹ใฎใฏไธฆๅคงๆŠตใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑๅฝผใฎๅŠชๅŠ›ใฎ่ณœใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ไปŠๅ›ž่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไธ€็•ชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใŸใฎใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใ—ใชใ„ใ“ใจใ€‚ใงใ€2้€ฑ้–“ใ€้š”้›ขๆœŸ้–“ใŒใพใŸๅธฐใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใฎๆœŸ้–“ไธญใพใงๅซใ‚ใฆใ“ใฎไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใ‚’ๅฅๅบทใง็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ€‚ไฝ•ใ—ใ‚ไปŠๆ•…้ƒทใŒ็ตๆง‹ใ€ๅคงๅค‰ใชใ“ใจใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๅบƒใ’ใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ€ๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใ—ใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Šๅผทใใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใพใšใฏใใ“ใŒ็ฌฌไธ€็›ฎๆจ™ใ ใฃใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ‚Šใ€ๅฏพใƒใƒผใ‚ตใƒณใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚Šใ‚„ใ™ใ„ๆง‹้€ ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๅฏพ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๅฏพใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠใ‚ฆใ‚คใƒซใ‚นใฟใŸใ„ใชใจใ“ใ‚ใŒไปŠๅ›žใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ‚Šๆฐ—ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šไธ€็•ช่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใ€ใƒ›ใƒƒใจใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š3ๆž ใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚ŒใŸใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ็Ž‹่€…ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎๆž ใซ่ฒข็Œฎใ—ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ไฝฟๅ‘ฝๆ„Ÿใฏๅผทใใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‡บใŸใฎใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Šๅผทใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใพใšใฏใใ‚Œใซใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š่ฒข็Œฎใ—ใฆใ€ๆ—ฅๆœฌ็”ทๅญใฎ3ๆž ใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚Šใใ‚ŒใŸใ“ใจใฏๅคงใใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ‚Š่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใพใ›ใ‚“ใงใ—ใŸใ€

โ€•Your thoughts on Chenโ€™s Free Skate?

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

PART THREE

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไฝ“่ชฟใฏใฉใ†ใ‹๏ผŸ

ใ€€ใ€Œไฝ“่ชฟใ€ๅ•้กŒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ๅ•้กŒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€ๅ•้กŒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใƒ†ใƒฌใƒ“ใฎ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ๅฟƒ้…ใ—ใฆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไฝ“่ชฟใฏๅ…จ็„ถๅ•้กŒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€

โ€•How is your physical condition?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’่ฟฝๆฑ‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใไธญใงๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€้€†ใซ่จ€ใ†ใจใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚ใŸใ‚‰่พžใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใ†ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใฏใฏใ€‚ใƒ‰็›ด็ƒใซ่žใใพใ™ใญ๏ผใ‚ใƒผใ€ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚“ใชใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซๆฑบใ‚ใŸใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใฉใ†ๆฑบใพใฃใŸใ‹ใซใ‚‚ใ‚ˆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ็ดๅพ—ใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใงใใฆใ„ใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€‚4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ๅ‡„ใ„้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ๅ‡„ใ„ใƒ•ใ‚ฉใƒผใ‚ซใ‚นใ—ใฆใ€็›ฎๆจ™ใจใ—ใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚ใ€็ตๅฑ€ใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅฟƒใŒๆบ€่ถณใงใใ‚‹ใ‹ใงใใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใŸใถใ‚“ๆ นๆœฌใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€4A่ทณใ‚“ใ ใจใ—ใฆๆบ€่ถณใงใใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๅ†…ๅฎนใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‹ใ—ใŸใ‚‰่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅ…ˆใปใฉใฎๅ–ๆใฎๆ™‚ใซใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚็ขบๅฎŸใซใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใ€‚ใตใตใ€‚ๆ™ฎ้€šใซใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ไพ‹ใˆใฐใ€ใƒ˜ใƒซใ‚ทใƒณใ‚ญใฎใƒฏใƒผใƒซใƒ‰ใฎๆ™‚ใจๆง‹ๆˆๆฏ”ในใฆใฟใŸใ‚‰ใ€็ขบใ‹ใซ1ๆœฌใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ๅฐ‘ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๅพŒๅŠใซใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใงใใ‚‹็ขบ็Ž‡ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๅดฉใ‚ŒใชใใชใฃใŸๅผทใ•ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ‚ใฎ้ ƒใ‚ˆใ‚ŠไธŠใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏ็‹™ใˆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใฆใใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎ้ ƒใฏใพใ ๅถ็„ถใงใ€‚ใ‚พใƒผใƒณใซๅ…ฅใฃใฆใใŸใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใซใชใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไปŠใฏ็‹™ใˆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใฆใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ†ใพใใชใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€ๅฎŸใฏใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ไปŠ็ตๆžœๅ‡บใฆใชใใฆ่พ›ใ„ใชใจใ‹ใ€่‹ฆใ—ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฃใกใ‚ƒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€็‚นๆ•ฐใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅ‡บใชใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŸใกใ ใŸใฃใŸใ—ใ€ๅ‡บใชใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ ใฃใŸใจใฏๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚็‚นๆ•ฐไปฅไธŠใซใ€ใ‚ใ‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใ‚’ใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใฏ้–“้•ใฃใฆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿ่งฆใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใพใ‚Šใ™ใ”ใ„้™็•Œใ ใ‹ใ‚‰่พžใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿ่งฆใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆฅๅญฃใฎๆผ”็›ฎใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ•ใฃใใƒ•ใ‚ธใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ–ๆใฎๆ™‚ใซ่จ€ใฃใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ้ ญใฎไธญใงใฏใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚4Aใฏใ€Žๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใซๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงใ€ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ใคใใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใพใ ็ขบๅฎšใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ€Žๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใฏใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅ…จ็„ถใพใ ไปŠใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณ่ฉฆๅˆ็ฉใ‚ใฆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใŸใกใจใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎ่‰ฏใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸใ„ใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซๅ…ฅใฃใŸใ‚‰ๅ…จ็„ถใ€ๅฐ่ฑกใŒๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใ‚‚ใ“ใฎๅญใ‚’ๅฎŒๆˆใ•ใ›ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€

โ€•Your programs for next season?

Y: I said this in Fuji TVโ€™s interview earlier but in any case, this is just in my mind but I do want to put the 4A in โ€˜Ten to Chi toโ€™. Well, I created this program with that desire. Therefore – though I havenโ€™t completely decided yet – I feel that I want to skate โ€˜Ten to Chi toโ€™. After all, Iโ€™ve barely had any competitions this season. I want to show more of the good parts of this program. And I think once the 4A is added, its impression will completely change. Itโ€™s for those reasons, I want to perfect this little one.*

*T/N: Yuzu is metaphorically referring to โ€˜Ten to Chi toโ€™ as though itโ€™s a child. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฏ1ๆ—ฅใฉใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚ใฉใฎ็จ‹ๅบฆใพใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€8ๅˆ†ใฎ1ๅ›žใ‚Œใฐ็ซ‹ใฆใพใ™ใญใ€้–“้•ใ„ใชใใ€‚ใƒฉใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใƒณใ‚ฐใงใใพใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใใ“ใพใง่กŒใใพใงใซใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šไฝ“ใ‚’้…ทไฝฟใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใ€็—›ใ‚€้ƒจๅˆ†ใ ใจใ‹ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคๅ‡บใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใƒ€ใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใฏ็ขบๅฎŸใซๆบœใพใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใจใ€‚ใ‚ใจใ€ไฝ•ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใˆใƒผ๏ผˆไปฅๅ‰ใฎ่ณชๅ•ใง๏ผ‰ใ„ใคใพใงใซ๏ผˆไปŠๅคงไผšใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซๆ–ญๅฟตใ‚’๏ผ‰ๆฑบใ‚ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹๏ผŸใฟใŸใ„ใชใ“ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€3ๆ—ฅๅ‰ใงใ™ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใŸใ‚„ใคใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใƒชใƒŸใƒƒใƒˆใฏ2ๆœˆใฎ็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใงใซ้™ใ‚Šใชใ‘ใ‚Œใฐๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใฆใ€‚2ๆœˆใพใงใซ้™ใ‚ŠใŸใ‚‰ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€1ๆœฌใงใ‚‚้™ใ‚ŠใŸใ‚‰ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚2ๆœˆใพใงใซ้™ใ‚Šใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใใฆใ€ใงใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใงๅปถ้•ทใ—ใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใ“ใ‚‰ใธใ‚“ใฏใ‹ใชใ‚Šๆญปใฌๆฐ—ใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใปใ‹ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—่ทณใ‚“ใงใชใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ—ใ‹ใ‚„ใฃใฆใชใ„ใ€ใจใ‹ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚2ๆ™‚้–“ใถใฃ็ถšใ‘ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใšใฃใจใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚2ๆ™‚้–“ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฐใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚็ตๆง‹ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๅนณๅ‡ใ—ใฆ45ๅˆ†ใฏใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใ‚‚ไปŠๅคงๅค‰ใฟใŸใ„ใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใŸใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€

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

Y: Um, if I can just rotate about โ…› more, I can get it, without doubt. I can land it. So until I can get there, I have been pushing my body and there have been points of pain that are appearing little by little. The damage is definitely accumulating. And then you asked how long I was training it? Letโ€™s see…butโ€ฆ there was a question before [in a past interview] about when I decided to abandon plans for the quad Axel in this competition, and I said three days. Truthfully, I had thought to myself that the limit was that I had to land it by the end of February or I couldnโ€™t put it in. If I landed it by February, I decided I would add it; if I landed even just one, I decided I would put it in the program. But, I couldnโ€™t land it by the end of February, and so I extended the deadline until now. Around that time, I was indeed working like hell. I didnโ€™t jump any of the other jumps, just the Axel. For two hours on end. Of course, I wasnโ€™t jumping the 4A the entire time, but there were indeed quite a few two hour sessions where I only jumped Axels. I think on average about 45 minutes. Thank you very much. Itโ€™s been a tough day for everyone. Thank you. I ask for your support again.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu โ€“ World Championships 2021 Post-FS Interviews โ€“ 210327

Post-FS video interview

Translation + transcript of interview

โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใพใ™ใ‹

ใ„ใ‚„ใƒผใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅ…จ้ƒจๆณขใซใ†ใพใไน—ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใพใ€ๅ…จไฝ“ใจใ—ใฆใ†ใพใใ„ใฃใฆใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใพใ‚ๅคงใใช่ปขๅ€’ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงไธ€็•ช็‚นๆ•ฐใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใใฎๅ‡บๆฅๆ „ใˆใฎๆ–นใงใฏใพใฃใŸใ็‚นๆ•ฐใฏๅ–ใ‚Œใฆใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใŸใ ใ‚ใฎใƒผๅ…จไฝ“้€šใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผ็ดฐใ‹ใ„ใƒŸใ‚นใงๅ…จใฆๆŠ‘ใˆใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผ่‡ชๅŠ›ใŒไธŠใŒใฃใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€•Could you please offer some thoughts on your free program performance?

Yuzuru: Ah, well, I kind of wasnโ€™t able to get into the flow of things. However, um, as a whole it didnโ€™t go well, but, um, I wasnโ€™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.

โ€•ไธ–็•Œใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฏๅˆใ‚ใฆใฎๆŠซ้œฒใจใชใ‚‹ใ€Œๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚ใฉใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ€ใ„ใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆๆป‘ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‹ใ€‚

ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌๆ™‚ใจๅŒใ˜ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ™ใ”ใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅ†…ๅดใจใ€ใ‚ใจๅ‘จใ‚Šใฎ็ฉบๆฐ—ใซๅง”ใญใชใŒใ‚‰ๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€•This was your first time revealing โ€œHeaven and Earth andโ€ 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.

โ€•ใใ—ใฆไปŠใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็•ฐไพ‹ใฎใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใง็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใŒ1ไบบใงๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ‚’็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ใฏ้›ฃใ—ใ„ๆ™‚ๆœŸใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใฎๅคงไผšใฏ็„ก่ฆณๅฎขใงใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ใ„ใคใ‚‚ใจใฏ้•ใ†ใใ‚“ใชๅคงไผšใ ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใฃใŸไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซใชใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‹

ใพใๆญฃ็›ดๆ‚”ใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใญใ€ใŸใ ใ‚ใฎใƒผๅŽ็ฉซใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹่ฉฆๅˆใ ใฃใŸใจใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ไธญใงใฏไปŠๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใฏใ‚ใฎใƒผไปŠใ™ใๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใใ‚‰ใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚โ€ฆใพใŸๆฌกใฎๆฉŸไผšใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚ŠใพใŸใใ“ใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซไปŠๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

 โ€•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 itโ€™s different from usual competitions. What kind of World Championship is it for you?

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

โ€•ๆฅฝใ—ใฟใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ—ใฆไปŠใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฏ่ฉฆๅˆๆ•ฐใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅฐ‘ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ๆฅใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฏไธ–็•Œใฎ็ŠถๆณใŒๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚่‰ฏใใชใฃใฆ่ฉฆๅˆๆ•ฐใ‚‚ใพใŸใŸใใ•ใ‚“่ฆ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใƒ•ใ‚กใƒณใฎๆ–นใ€ใใ—ใฆ4ๅ›žใฆใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใธใฎๆœŸๅพ…ๆ„Ÿใ‚’้ซ˜ใ‚ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใƒ•ใ‚กใƒณใฎๆ–นใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใๅคšใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎๆฅใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใธๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฎใƒ“ใ‚ธใƒงใƒณใ‚‚ไปŠ่ฉฑใ›ใ‚‹็ฏ„ๅ›ฒใงๆ•™ใˆใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

ใพใใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ‹ใชใ‚Š็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใใŸใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใงใ™ใ€‚ใพใ็€ๆฐทใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ไปŠใพใงใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงไธ€็•ชใ‚„ใฃใจ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใ„ใ†ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‰ใ—ใใชใฃใฆใใŸใ‚‚ใฎใŒ็ตๆง‹ใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ๆฅใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใจใ€ๅพŒใฏใพใƒผใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใƒปใƒปใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚„ใ‚‹ใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šไฝ“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’้…ทไฝฟใ—ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ‚ฑใ‚ขใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ๆ€ชๆˆ‘ใ‚‚ใ—ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ้€ฒๅŒ–ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใฃใฆ้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€•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, itโ€™s not like I landed it, but itโ€™s at the point where thereโ€™s been a lot of instances where itโ€™s finally become quite a โ€œquad Axel-likeโ€ jump, so, heading into next season, Iโ€™d like to properly practice that. And alsoโ€ฆ 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.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใจใ€ใ™ใ”ใ„็–ฒใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ™ใ”ใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใŒไธ€ๅ€‹ใšใคๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใฆใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใชใ‚‹ในใ่ปขๅ€’ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใ€ใพใ‚้ ‘ๅผตใ‚ŒใŸใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซ1ใค1ใคใ€ๅ…จ็„ถ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚‰ใ—ใใชใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŒ็ถšใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

What are your thoughts, looking back on your performance?

Wellโ€ฆ 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.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆฌกใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฎ่ชฒ้กŒใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†ใ‚“ใจใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšๆฌกใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใŒใฉใ†ใชใ‚‹ใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆ™‚้–“ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ๆ—ฉใ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ€ใพใšใฏ็€ๆฐทใ•ใ›ใฆใ€ๅฎŒๆˆๅบฆใ‚’ไธŠใ’ใฆใ€่ฉฆๅˆใซ็ต„ใฟ่พผใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšไปŠใฎ็›ฎๆจ™ใงใ™ใ€

Whatโ€™s your goal for the next competition?

Hm, for now we donโ€™t know what will happen at the next competition but, um, if there is time to do so Iโ€™d like to quickly practice my quad Axel – firstly land it, increase its degree of perfection and get it ready for competition – thatโ€™s my goal for now. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใใ‚‡ใ†ใฎ3ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸๅฝฑ้ŸฟใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใ€‚4ๅ›ž่ปขใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ€ๆœ€ๅˆใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŒๅดฉใ‚ŒใŸใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ๅ…จไฝ“็š„ใซๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใŒๆ‚ชใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใˆ๏ฝžใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใพใ‚Šใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†ใƒ‘ใ‚ฟใƒผใƒณใฏๅ‡บใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ไธ€ๆฐ—ใซใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€ใพใ‚ใใ‚Œใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ•ใฃใ่จ€ใฃใŸใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใŒใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹็Šถๆ…‹ใฎไธญใงใ€ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ†ใพใใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅนณ่กกๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใพใง่ปธใ‚’ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ†ใพใๅ–ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ‚Šๅคงใใชๅ•้กŒใ ใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใชใใฆใ€ใปใ‚“ใฎใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใŸใ ใ‘ใชใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใง้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใงๆณจๆ„ใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฏใงใใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

Yes, the overall feeling wasnโ€™t bad. There wasnโ€™t really a trend or pattern like this in practice but wellโ€ฆ 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. Umโ€ฆ you could say it was my own sense of equilibrium or balance; it felt like I wasnโ€™t able to grasp the axis of the jumps properly the entire time. However, I donโ€™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

็”ทๅญSPใง14ๅนดใ‚ฝใƒใ€18ๅนดๅนณๆ˜Œใจไบ”่ผช้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใฏใ€106ใƒป98็‚นใ‚’ใƒžใƒผใ‚ฏใ—ใฆ้ฆ–ไฝ็™บ้€ฒใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณใฎใƒใƒผใƒใƒฃใƒซใƒŸใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚นใ‚พใƒผใƒณใงๅ ฑ้“้™ฃใซๅฏพๅฟœใ—ใŸใ€‚

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใฎๆ›ฒใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใ่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚„ใฃใฑใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ€ใ™ใ”ใใ“ใฎๆ›ฒใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ๅ–ใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ๆ›ฒใŒๆŒใคใ‚จใƒŠใ‚ธใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่…•ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ไฝ“ๅ…จไฝ“ใซ่กŒใๆธกใ‚‰ใ›ใฆ่กจ็พใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎ้ญ…ๅŠ›ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ™ใ”ใๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใพใŸใ€ๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘1ใค1ใคใซใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฏใŠๅฎขใ•ใ‚“ใŒใ„ใชใ„ใฎใงใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใ‚ณใƒใ‚ฏใƒˆใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€1ใค1ใคใซใŠๅฎขใ•ใ‚“ใจใคใชใŒใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆŒฏใ‚ŠใŒๅคšใใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚‚ใพใŸใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎ้ญ…ๅŠ›ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What is something you wanted to express specifically with this piece of music?

Yuzuru: I think the appeal of the program is that Iโ€™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 thatโ€™s also a key appeal for this program. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅคงไผšๅ‰ใฎใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณๅ–ๆใงใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆ€ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ“ใกใ‚‰ใซๆฅใŸใ€ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€‚ใพใ ใใฎๆ€ใ„ใฏๆฎ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏๆŒใก่พผใ‚“ใงใ“ใ“ใซๆฅใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎๆ™‚ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ๅค‰ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ‚Šๅค‰ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ใ‚‚ใ—ใชใใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใ€ใพใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆ•…้ƒทใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไฝใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ใ€ใใฎใ€ไป™ๅฐใจใ‹ๅฎฎๅŸŽใงใฏใ€ไปŠใ™ใ”ใๆ„ŸๆŸ“่€…ใŒๅข—ใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹็Šถๆณใชใฎใงใ™ใ”ใ„ๅฟƒ้…ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ“ใ“ใฎ็พๅœฐใซๆฅใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใซใฏใใ‚‡ใ†ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใŒใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใ‚ธใƒงใƒณใจใ‹ใงใ‚‚ใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ๅƒ•ใŒใ“ใฎไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงใ€ใ“ใฎๅœฐใงๆป‘ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ„ใ ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใŒ่ฆ‹ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ™ใ”ใใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใŒใ“ใ“ใงๆป‘ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ—ใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใ‚‚ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•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: Umโ€ฆ hmm. Well, I think I came here still carrying those feelings. Ah…if asked whether theyโ€™ve changed since Japanese Nationals [in December], I feel as if not much has changed. In fact, well, perhaps itโ€™s because itโ€™s my hometown, but Iโ€™m extremely worried about the number of [COVID19] infections going up a lot where I live in the Sendai & Miyagi area. However, after all, Iโ€™ve come here to the competition site and I skated and put out a performance like that today, and then thereโ€™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 Iโ€™m going to do my best and aim for performances where I can feel some sort of meaning in the fact that Iโ€™m skating, so to speak.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌๅพŒใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใง1ไบบใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใใŸใ€‚ๅคงๅค‰ใชๆ€ใ„ใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใ€ใใ‚Œใจใ‚‚ๆ…ฃใ‚ŒใฆใใŸใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ใพใšใ€ใพใŸๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใชใฟใซๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎๅ‰ใชใฟใซใธใ“ใ‚“ใ ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸ่ชฟๅญใฎๆณขใŒใตใ‚๏ฝžใฃใฆๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ็›ฎๆจ™ใจใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚‚ใฎใซๅฑŠใ‹ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€็ตๆง‹ใคใ‚‰ใ„ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆฅใ‚‹็›ดๅ‰ใซใ‚‚ใพใŸใ€2ๆœˆใซใ‚‚ๅœฐ้œ‡ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใ‘ใฃใ“ใ†ๅฎถใฎไธญใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใ‚ฐใƒใƒฃใ‚ฐใƒใƒฃใซใชใฃใฆใฏใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฎไธŠใงใฎใคใ‚‰ใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ๅฅๅบทใงใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ“ใฎ็พๅœฐใซๆฅใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ๅ…ƒๆฐ—ใซใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ๆป‘ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใฎๆ—ฅใ€…ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใฎไปŠใชใฎใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•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. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆœ€ใ‚‚ใธใ“ใ‚“ใ ใฎใฏไฝ•ใ ใฃใŸใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ็ตๆง‹ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’็ตๆง‹ใ€ๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€‚่ทณใณใใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใŒไธ€็•ชใคใ‚‰ใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚ŒใฎใŠใ‹ใ’ใง็ญ‹ๅŠ›ใŒใคใ„ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใพใŸใ€ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใฎๆ–นๆณ•ใซใคใ„ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใพใŸๆ–ฐใŸใซ่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌๅ‰ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ‚นใƒ†ใƒƒใƒ—ใ‚ขใƒƒใƒ—ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•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, itโ€™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 Iโ€™ve leveled up from before Japanese Nationals. 

*T/N: Itโ€™s unclear here by โ€˜decisively landโ€™ (่ทณใณใใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸ) 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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ™จๆขฐไฝ“ๆ“ใ‚„้™ธไธŠใฎ็†่ซ–ใ‚‚ๅ–ใ‚Šๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚„็”ŸใใŸใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใšใ„ใถใ‚“ๅ‰ใฎ่ฉฑใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไฝ“ๆ“ใฎๅ†…ๆ‘ใ•ใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏ็™ฝไบ•ใ•ใ‚“ใจใŠ่ฉฑใ—ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใŸใพใซใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใฎๅ›ž่ปขใฎไป•ๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅ‚่€ƒใซใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†่ฉฑใ‚’่žใ„ใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ไปŠๅ›žใ€ๅ†…ๆ‘ใ•ใ‚“ใŒH้›ฃๆ˜“ๅบฆใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ๅˆบๆฟ€ใซใชใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€‚ไฝ•ใจใชใๅ†…ๆ‘ใ•ใ‚“ใฎใƒ‰ใ‚ญใƒฅใƒกใƒณใƒˆใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่ฆ‹ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใ‚ใ€ใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใชใฎใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใ‚ใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใชใฎใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใจใฃใฆไปŠใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Šใฎๅคงใใชๅฃใชใฎใงใ€‚ใใ‚Œใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใ€ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๅ›ž่ปขๆ•ฐใ‚’ๅข—ใ‚„ใ—ใฆใ„ใใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฎ้ซ˜ใ•ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆปž็ฉบๆ™‚้–“ใ‚’ไผธใฐใ—ใฆใ„ใใฎใ‹ใ‚’่€ƒใˆใŸใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€้™ธไธŠใงใฎใ‚ฆใ‚จใ‚คใƒˆใจใ‹ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ้™ธไธŠใฎๅŠ›ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒใƒ†ใƒณใ‚ทใƒฃใƒซใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใซใคใ„ใฆใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่€ƒใˆใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€

โ€•You said before that youโ€™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 donโ€™t do any weight training off-ice, Iโ€™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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใใ‚ŒใŒ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไฝ“ใซใชใ˜ใ‚“ใ ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใ่ฟ‘ใฅใ„ใฆใใŸใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‚ใ—ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใฎใŠใ‹ใ’ใงใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒๅฎ‰ๅฎšใ—ใฆใใŸใ‚Šใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่‡ชไฟกใซใชใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•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.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใง็ญ‹ๅŠ›ใŒใคใ„ใฆใใŸใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚ไปŠใฏไฝ“ใ‚’ใฉใ†้›ใˆใฆใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ฆใ‚จใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ†ใกใซใ ใ‚“ใ ใ‚“ๅฟ…่ฆใช็ญ‹่‚‰ใŒใคใ„ใฆใใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใช้ ๅฟƒๅŠ›ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆ…ฃๆ€งใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚Š่พผใ‚€ใŸใ‚ใฎ็ญ‹่‚‰ใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใคใ„ใฆใใŸใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

Y: Itโ€™s not like Iโ€™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.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’้€šใ—ใฆ็ญ‹่‚‰ใ‚’้›ใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹๏ผŸ

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ไฝ•ใ‹็‰นๅˆฅใซ็ญ‹ๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅ‘ไธŠใ•ใ›ใ‚‹ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใฏใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚‹ใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆๆœ€ๅˆใฎ้ ƒใฏใ‹ใชใ‚Š็ญ‹่‚‰็—›ใจใ‹ใ‚’ไผดใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚‚ใชใใชใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใƒ•ใƒชใƒผ้€šใ—ใฆใ€ไป–ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใใƒชใƒฉใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚นใ—ใฆ่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•Are you building up your muscle through practices?

Y: Yes, but Iโ€™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. Thatโ€™s since gone away. In fact, even in my free & short (programs), for my other jumps, Iโ€™ve been able to jump them a lot more effortlessly.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไฝ“้‡ใŒๅข—ใˆใŸใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œไฝ“้‡ใฏๅข—ใˆใฆใพใ™ใ€

โ€•Did you gain weight?

Y: I did gain weight.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไฝ•ใ‚ญใƒญใจ่žใ„ใฆใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‹๏ผŸ

ใ€€ใ€ŒๅซŒใงใ™๏ผใตใตใตใตใตโ€ฆ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€

โ€•May we ask how many kilos?

Y: No (I donโ€™t want to!) *laughs*

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎๅคงๆฒณใƒ‰ใƒฉใƒžใ€Œๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใงๅ‡บๆผ”ใ—ใŸ็Ÿณๅ‚ๆตฉไบŒใ•ใ‚“ใŒใ‚จใƒผใƒซใ‚’้€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ่ฌ™ไฟกๅ…ฌใจใ„ใ†ใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใฏๆ–‡็Œฎใ‚„ๅทป็‰ฉใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใงใ—ใ‹ๅฎŸ้š›ใซใฏ่ฆ‹ใŸใ“ใจใŒใชใ„ๆ–นใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€็Ÿณๅ‚ๆตฉไบŒใ•ใ‚“ใฎไธญใซใ‚‚่ฌ™ไฟกใฎ้ญ‚ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅฟƒใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๅฟƒใ ใฃใŸใ‚Š้ญ‚ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ไฝ•ใ‹่ฌ™ไฟกๅ…ฌใŒ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸ้ขจๆ™ฏใ ใจใ‹่จ˜ๆ†ถใ ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•The actor Ishizaka Kouji who appeared in the taiga* drama โ€œHeaven and Earth,โ€ that your free program is based on, sent you a supportive message [recently].

Y: Aside from writing and scrolls [paintings], we actually donโ€™t know what Lord Kenshin* looked like. But, I think within Ishizaka Kouji-san, thereโ€™s a bit of something like Lord Kenshinโ€™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:ย  Referring to 16th century/medieval Japanese warlord Uesugi Kenshin who ruled over part of northern Japan. The music for Yuzuruโ€™s free program this time is taken from a 1969 taiga (historical) drama called โ€œHeaven and Earthโ€ that is about Kenshinโ€™s life.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌๅ‰ไธฆใซใธใ“ใ‚“ใ ๆ™‚ๆœŸใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฏใฉใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‚’ใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใซใ“ใ“ใพใงๆˆปใ—ใฆใใŸใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ็‰นใซไฝ•ใ‚‚ใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใญใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญโ€ฆใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’็››ใ‚Š่ฟ”ใ—ใฆใ€ไฝ•ใจใ‹้€™ใ„ใคใใฐใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใซ่ฟ‘ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใจใ—ใฆใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงใ€‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ‚ฎใƒชใ‚ฎใƒชใพใง็ฒ˜ใฃใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆฎ‹ๅฟตใ ใฃใŸใชใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใจใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ•ใ‚‰ใซ้Ž้…ทใชๆˆฆใ„ใฎๅ ดใชใฎใงใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใ‚‚็ทด็ฟ’ไธญใ€ไธๅฎ‰ใŒ่ฅฒใฃใฆใใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎ่‹ฆใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸๆ—ฅใ€…ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใฎไปŠๆ—ฅใฎๅ‡บๆฅใ ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ไปŠใฎใ‚ขใƒƒใƒ—ใฎ่€ƒใˆๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฎ่€ƒใˆๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใธใฎ่€ƒใˆๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅคงไบ‹ใซใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใ‚ˆใ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใŸใญใฃใฆ่จ€ใˆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใพใŸ็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅ๏ผŸๆ˜ŽๅพŒๆ—ฅใ‹ใ€‚ๆ˜ŽๅพŒๆ—ฅใ€็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ—ใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•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 wasnโ€™t really anything motivating me in particular. Hm, what was itโ€ฆ Well, itโ€™s like my feelings have been rejuvenated and itโ€™s close to feeling like Iโ€™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, Iโ€™m a little disappointed at the fact I couldnโ€™t put it in. Also, itโ€™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, Iโ€™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 โ€œI did my bestโ€ to myself afterwards. Tomorrow? Oh, itโ€™s the day after tomorrow. Yes, I want to aim for that [kind of performance] day after tomorrow.

*T/N: Unclear what kind of โ€œupโ€ he means, whether mentally, physically, etc.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅ›žใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใชใ„ๆฑบๆ–ญใฏใ„ใคใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€‚ใˆใฃใจโ€ฆๅ‡บ็™บใฎ3ๆ—ฅๅ‰ใใ‚‰ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใŸๆ˜ŽๅพŒๆ—ฅใ‚‚ใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€‚Thankใ€€youใ€€soใ€€much๏ผใ€

โ€•When did you decide not to include the (quad) axel this time?

Y: Uhโ€ฆ umโ€ฆ around 3 days before I left [for the competition]. Yes. Thank you. Iโ€™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

ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉ๏ผˆใ‚นใƒˆใƒƒใ‚ฏใƒ›ใƒซใƒ ๏ผ‰ใฎ็”ทๅญๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’2ๅ›ž็›ฎใŒ22ๆ—ฅ๏ผˆๆ—ฅๆœฌๆ™‚้–“23ๆ—ฅ๏ผ‰ใซใ‚ตใƒ–ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใง่กŒใ‚ใ‚Œใ€4ๅนดใถใ‚Š3ๅบฆ็›ฎใฎๅ„ชๅ‹ใ‚’็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆ26๏ผANA๏ผ‰ใŒ็™ปๅ ดใ—ใŸใ€‚

21ๆ—ฅใซๅˆฐ็€ใ€‚็ฟŒ22ๆ—ฅใฎๆ˜ผใซใƒกใ‚คใƒณใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใง่กŒใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸ็ทด็ฟ’ใซใฏๅงฟใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ›ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใŒใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฆใ‚งใƒผใƒ‡ใƒณๅ…ฅๅ›ฝๅพŒๅˆใ‚ใฆๆฐทใฎไธŠใง่ชฟๆ•ดใ—ใŸใ€‚็ทด็ฟ’ๅพŒใฏใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณๅ–ๆใซๅฟœใ˜ใ€็พๅœฐใ‹ใคไปŠๅนดๅˆใฎ่‚‰ๅฃฐใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใŸใ€‚

ไธ€ๅ•ไธ€็ญ”ใฏไปฅไธ‹ใฎ้€šใ‚Šใ€‚

The second menโ€™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.

โ€•็‰นๅˆฅใชใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ€‚ๆœ€็ต‚ๆฑบๆˆฆใฎ็›ดๅ‰ใ€ๅฟƒใซๅฎฟใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ€‚

ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ๅ‰ฒใจๆทกใ€…ใจใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ๅ‡บใ‚‹ใพใง่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆ€ใ†ใ“ใจใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ“ใ“ใฎใ€็พๅœฐใซๆฅใฆๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใซใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ๆ„ๅ‘ณใฎใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใซใฏใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€”Itโ€™s been an unusual season. What are your pre-competition thoughts?

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

๏ผใ‚ตใƒ–ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใงใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใŸใ€‚ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฎๆ„Ÿ่งฆใชใฉใฏ

ใพใ‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆฅใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใซๅฎŸใฏๅœฐ้œ‡ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ๅ‡บใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ™ใ‚‹็›ดๅ‰ใซ๏ผˆ20ๆ—ฅ๏ผ‰ใ€‚ๆœฌๆฅใฏๆ–ฐๅนน็ทšใงๆฅใ‚‹ไบˆๅฎšใ ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆ–ฐๅนน็ทšใŒไฝฟใˆใชใใชใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ—ใฆใ€้ฃ›่กŒๆฉŸใ‚’ๅค‰ใˆใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅคงๅค‰ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚็ทด็ฟ’ใƒ—ใƒฉใƒณใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ‚บใƒฌใฆใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ“ใฃใกใฎๆฐทใจใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๅฏพ่ฉฑใงใใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ„ใ„ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใงๆœ€ๅพŒใ€็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€”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 Iโ€™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.

โ€•ๅพŒๅŠใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฎ่ชฟๅญใŒไธŠใŒใฃใฆใ„ใŸ

ๆœ€ๅˆใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ€ใพใ‚ๆฐ—ๅˆใŒๅ…ฅใ‚Š้ŽใŽใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใ„ใคใ‚‚ใฎ็ฉบๅ›žใ‚ŠใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒไธ€็žฌใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ“ใจใ‚’ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ณใƒณใƒˆใƒญใƒผใƒซใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ไปŠๅ›žใ€ใƒ–ใƒฉใ‚คใ‚ขใƒณ๏ผˆใƒปใ‚ชใƒผใ‚ตใƒผ๏ผ‰ใ‚‚ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใ‚ทใƒผ๏ผˆใƒปใ‚ฆใ‚ฃใƒซใ‚ฝใƒณใฎไธกใ‚ณใƒผใƒ๏ผ‰ใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š่ฉฑใ‚’่žใใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒšใƒผใ‚นใ‚‚ๅฎˆใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€”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.

โ€•ใ‚ณใƒผใƒ้™ฃใจใฏไน…ใ—ใถใ‚Šใ ใฃใŸใŒใ€‚

ใ„ใ‚„ใ€็‰นใซไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ไน…ใ—ใถใ‚Šใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’่ฉฑใ—ใŸใจใ‹ใงใฏใชใใ€ๆทกใ€…ใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ“ใจใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใจใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ€ŒไปŠๆ—ฅใ€ไฝ•ใ™ใ‚‹๏ผŸใ€ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใตใตใตใ€‚ใ€Œๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ“ใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ€ใจใ‹่ฉฑใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

โ€”Itโ€™s been a while since you had a competition with your coaches (here). 

Y: Well, itโ€™s not like we talked about anything in particular just because itโ€™s been a while, rather, I was able to go about doing my things calmly. Also, uhm, we talked about things like โ€œWhat will you do today [in practice]?โ€ [laughs] and โ€œLetโ€™s do this at tomorrowโ€™s practiceโ€, etc.

๏ผใ‚ณใƒผใƒ้™ฃใŒใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฎ้•ใ„ใฏ

ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใŒๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎๆ™‚ใซใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใใฐใงใ‚ตใƒใƒผใƒˆใ—ใฆใใ‚Œใ‚‹ไบบใŒใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚

โ€”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, Iโ€™m grateful to have people to support me by my side.

๏ผใƒใƒ–ใƒซ็’ฐๅขƒใฎๅคงไผšใ€‚ใ‚นใƒˆใƒฌใ‚น็ญ‰ใฏ

ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใพใ‚็‰นใซใ€‚ๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใฏไฝ•ใ‚‚ๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใƒžใ‚นใ‚ฏใ—ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใ€ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏๅธธใซไบบใจใฎ่ท้›ขๆ„Ÿใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ๆ‰‹ๆŒ‡ใฎๆถˆๆฏ’ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใฏใ‹ใชใ‚Šๆณจๆ„ใฏใ—ใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใฏใ€่ฉฆๅˆใฎๆ™‚ใฏใ„ใคใ‚‚ใ“ใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใฏใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚็‰นใซๅฝฑ้Ÿฟใฏใชใ„ใ‹ใชใ€ใจใ€‚ๅฝฑ้Ÿฟใฏใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ไฝ•ใ‚‚ๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‹ใชใ€‚

โ€”This competition is being held in a โ€œbubble environmentโ€. 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. Iโ€™m definitely cautious and doing things like sanitizing my hands, but, for me, I always do these things during a competition. So I think thereโ€™s not much of an effect on me; or rather, instead of effect, itโ€™s like nothing has really changed.

๏ผ็ด ๆ™ดใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‹ใ‚‰3ใ‚ซๆœˆใ€‚ไธŠ็ฉใฟใฏ

ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚โ€ฆใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ—ใŸใ„ใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ†ใƒผใ‚“โ€ฆใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฟใŸใ„ใซใ€ใจใ‹ใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏ็‰นใซใชใใ€ใ“ใ“ใฏใ“ใ“ใงใ€‚ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ‚’ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๅ‡บใ›ใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใ“ใฃใกๆฅใฆๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใŒใ™ใ”ใๆ•ดใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ‚’ๆ•ดใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ไฝ“ใ‚’ๆ•ดใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚็ด ็›ดใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏใใ“ใ‹ใชใ‚ใจใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใ€ใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ—ใŸใ„ใ€ใจใ‹ใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใฏใ€ไปŠใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚

โ€”Itโ€™s been three months since your wonderful (performances) at Japanese Nationals. Anything you want to improve on?

Y: Yesโ€ฆ well, of course I want to put out a good performance. Hmโ€ฆ Rather than thinking about it in terms of โ€œlike Japanese Nationalsโ€, Iโ€™d rather think of this competition as a different one on its own. I think itโ€™s good if I can properly put out everything Iโ€™ve been practicing thus far, and also, my senses are not very well-adjusted coming here, so Iโ€™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 donโ€™t have any specific thing like โ€œI want to do this,โ€ or โ€œI want to do that,โ€ or โ€œI want to do this kind of performance.โ€

ใ€€โ€•ๅฏพใƒใƒผใ‚ตใƒณใƒปใƒใ‚งใƒณใ‚„็Ž‹่€…ใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚Šๆˆปใ™ๅคงไผšใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใฎๆž ๅ–ใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฉใƒผใ‚ซใ‚นใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ€‚

ใพใ‚ๆž ๅ–ใ‚Šใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏๆœ€ๅคง้™ใ€่ฒข็Œฎใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใฏไปŠใฎใจใ“ใ‚ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใ“ใฎๅคงไผšใซใคใ„ใฆใฏใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใจใซใ‹ใใพใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹่‰ฏใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ€ๆฏŽๆ—ฅ1ใคใšใค้‡ใญใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ‡ใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซ่‰ฏใใชใฃใฆใ„ใฃใฆใใ‚Œใ‚Œใฐใชใ‚ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€”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, Iโ€™d like to contribute as much as I can. Other than that, um, for this competition, thatโ€™s my only stance for now. Other than that, Iโ€™d like to build upon my efforts accumulated day to day and work towards putting together the good performance that Iโ€™m aiming for, just like building up a gradient.

PART TWO

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โ€•ใƒใƒผใ‚ตใƒณใƒปใƒใ‚งใƒณใซใคใ„ใฆใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ็Ž‡็›ดใซๅฝผใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใ€ๅ‡„ใ„ใใฎโ€ฆใ€‚ๆ–ฐๅž‹ใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠใ‚ฆใ‚คใƒซใ‚นใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใฎๅฏพ็ญ–ใ ใจใ‹่€ƒใˆๆ–นใŒๅ‡„ใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใชใ€ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใชใ€ใจๅฐŠๆ•ฌใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅฝผใฟใŸใ„ใซๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ๆฐ—ใ‚’ใคใ‘ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€‚ๆœฌๆฅใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใจใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ้•ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๅฝขใงไปŠๅ›ž่ฉฆๅˆใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใจใซใ‹ใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๆณจๆ„ใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๆณจๆ„ใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซ่‰ฏใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงใใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€”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.

ใ€€โ€•ๅฏพๆฑบใจใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏไปŠใฏๆ„่ญ˜ใฏใชใ„

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใพใ‚็ตๆžœๅ‡บใฆใ‹ใ‚‰่€ƒใˆใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใจใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏไปŠๅ›žใฏ็ตๆžœใ€็ตๆžœใจใ„ใ†่€ƒใˆใŒใ‚ใพใ‚Šใชใใฆใ€‚ใจใซใ‹ใ็„กไบ‹ใซใ€ไฝ•ใฎไธๅฎ‰ใ‚‚ใชใๆ—ฅๆœฌใซใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๅธฐใฃใฆใ€‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๅฅๅบทใช็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€”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 โ€œresults.โ€ For the time being, Iโ€™m just thinking about returning to Japan safely without any worries, and I hope I can end this competition in good health.

ใ€€โ€•ไธ–็•ŒไธญใŒใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠ็ฆใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใจใซใ‹ใไปŠใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€‚ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใจใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ใพใ‚้€ฒใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šโ€ฆใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•ใ€‚ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใ€3ใคใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใฎ3ใคใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‹ใ‚‰ไฝ•ใ‹ๅƒ•ใชใ‚Šใฎใ“ใฎไธ–ใฎไธญใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใƒกใƒƒใ‚ปใƒผใ‚ธใฎใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใซใ‚‚ใงใใŸใ‚‰ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š็ดๅพ—ใงใใ‚‹ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใŒๅคงๅ‰ๆใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚ŠไปŠใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไฝ“ใจไผš่ฉฑใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆ•ดใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€‚ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใฏใ€ใใ“ใพใงใŸใฉใ‚Š็€ใ„ใฆใ“ใ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซไฝ•ใ‹ไผใ‚ใ‚‹ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ“ใพใงใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚ŠไปŠใ‚„ใ‚‹ในใใ“ใจใŸใกใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ€ใ„ใงใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€”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 thereโ€™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.

ใ€€โ€•้œ‡็ฝใ‹ใ‚‰10ๅนดใ€‚ๅ…ˆๆ—ฅๅœฐ้œ‡ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆ€ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใซไฝ•ใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใจใ„ใ†่€ƒใˆใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚โ€ฆใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€้œ‡็ฝใฎๆ™‚ใซๅ‡บใ—ใŸใ‚ณใƒกใƒณใƒˆใŒๅ…จใฆใ‹ใชใจๅƒ•ใฎไธญใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่‹ฆใ—ใ„ๆ™‚ใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚ๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸๆ™‚ๆœŸใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏๅƒ•ใฏใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎใ“ใจใงใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸใชใจใ‹ๆ€ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅพฉ่ˆˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šไฝ•ใ ใ‚ใ†โ€ฆใ€‚ใใฎไบบใฎไบบ็”Ÿใจใ‹ๅ‘ฝใŒใใ“ใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑ็„ก็†ใ‚„ใ‚Šใงใ‚‚ใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€้—˜ใ‚ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ ใ‚ใ†ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใฏใ„ใฆใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใจใ—ใฆใฏใ‚ฝใƒใฎ่จ˜่€…ไผš่ฆ‹ใฎๆ™‚ใซ่จ€ใฃใŸใ“ใจใจใ‚ใพใ‚Šๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใงใ€็›ดๆŽฅใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใใ“ใฏๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ“ใฎ้–“ใฎๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฟใŸใ„ใซใ€ใพใŸใฏใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌๅพŒใซไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซๅ‡บใ‚‹ใชใ‚‰ใ€ใจ่จ€ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใฟใŸใ„ใซใ€‚ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’้€šใ—ใฆใ€ใ“ใฎๅญใŸใกใ‚’้€šใ—ใฆใ€ใชใซใ‹โ€ฆใ€‚10ๅนดใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใจใ‹ใงใชใใฆใ€‚ใ“ใฎๆ™‚ๆœŸใฎใ“ใฎๅญใŸใกใ‚’้€šใ—ใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใฎใƒกใƒƒใ‚ปใƒผใ‚ธใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใฎๅฟƒใŒๅ‹•ใใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€”Itโ€™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. Thereโ€™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 mineโ€ฆ not simply because itโ€™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 othersโ€™ 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 โ€œchildโ€ or โ€œkidโ€ 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.

ใ€€โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ๆง‹ๆˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎๅค‰ๆ›ด็‚นใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšไบˆๅฎšใจใ—ใฆใฏๅค‰ๆ›ดใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

โ€”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 – FS TV Japanese Nationals Interview Clip – 210307

Translation:ย @axelsandwich
Proofreading: @yuzueco & @shinjistarxx
Raw Video + Japanese Transcript:ย BBI by @aoyuzu205
Sub:ย @yuzuru_fairy

Transcript

From an interview given 28 December 2020, first broadcast 7 March 2021.

ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚„ใฃใฑใพใ ๅฎŸๆ„ŸใŒใ‚ใ‹ใชใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใ€‚ใพใใ€ไธ€ๅฟœไผš่ฆ‹ใงใ‚‚ไปฃ่กจไผš่ฆ‹ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ“ใจใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ใใ“ใง่ชžใฃใŸ่จ€่‘‰ใฏไฝ•ใ‚‚ๅฝใ‚Šใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใซไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉไปฃ่กจใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงใ‚ใใ“ใซใฏใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ€

Yesโ€ฆ the World Championships donโ€™t really feel real yet. Well there was the World Championships representatives press conference and the things I said there were not at all false, and I attended that press conference feeling as if I am really a Worlds (team) representative.

ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ŠๆˆฆใฃใŸใ“ใจใ€ใ“ใฎๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใงๆˆฆใ„ๆŠœใ„ใŸใ“ใจใ€ๆป‘ใ‚ŠๆŠœใ„ใŸใ“ใจใฃใฆ่จ€ใ†ใฎใฏไธ€็”Ÿๆถˆใˆใชใ„ใƒปใƒปๅคงๅˆ‡ใช่จ˜ๆ†ถใฎใฒใจใคใซใชใฃใŸใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

The fact I skated and fought through to the very end of the Japanese National Championships has become an important memory, something that wonโ€™t disappear.

ใŸใ ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใŒไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใพใงใพใใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจไปฎๅฎšใ—ใฆไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใพใงใซ้—˜ใ‚ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใฎใฏ้–“้•ใ„ใชใใ‚ฆใ‚คใƒซใ‚นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€็คพไผšๅ…จไฝ“ใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€

However, assuming the World Championships will still be happening, what we have to face until then is, without doubt, the coronavirus with society as a whole.

ใพใšใฏๅฅๅบทใงใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚่‡ชๅˆ†้”ใŒใ‚ขใ‚นใƒชใƒผใƒˆใ‚‰ใ—ใ้Žใ”ใ›ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใใ‚“ใชไธ–ใฎไธญใ‚’ๆ—ฉใ่ฆ‹ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ€้Žใ”ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™

The first thing is to stay healthy and thereโ€™s nothing Iโ€™d like more than to be able to quickly see and live in a world where we can go on with our (normal) athlete (activities), so Iโ€™d like to spend my time working towards that.

ๅƒ•ใŒ่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸใ„ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใจใ‹ใ€ๅƒ•ใŒ่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š่บซไฝ“ใŒใชใ„ใจไฝ•ใ‚‚ใงใใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใพใšใฏ่บซไฝ“ใ‚’ๅคงๅˆ‡ใซใ€ใใ—ใฆใพใ‚ใ‚Šใ‚‚ไบบใ‚‚ๅคงๅˆ‡ใซใ€ๅคงไบ‹ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅƒ•ใฏใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใจใ„ใ†ๅคงไบ‹ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅฎˆใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š่ƒธใ‚’ๅผตใฃใฆ่กŒๅ‹•ใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™

The kind of performance I want to show, and the things I want to express, ultimately, I cannot do any of that without being healthy.ย So firstly, Iโ€™d like to take good care of my body and also the people around me.ย I want to contribute what I can, as seriously as I can and with pride, in order to protect figure skating, which itself is something precious to me.

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Transcript
src: Sponichi article published 27 December 2020

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปฃ่กจๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ—ใŸๆ„Ÿๆƒณใ‚’

ใ€€ใ€Œไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉไปฃ่กจใซ้ธใฐใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใงใ™ใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฎไปฃ่กจใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎ็Ž‹่€…ใจใ—ใฆ่กŒใไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซใชใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใฎใงใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจๆ—ฅๆœฌไปฃ่กจใจใ—ใฆใ€ใพใšใฏใ€ใพใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชไธ–ใฎไธญใฎๆƒ…ๅ‹ขใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใพใšๆ—ฅๆœฌไปฃ่กจใฎๆ—ฅๆœฌไบบใฎ1ไบบใจใ—ใฆใ€่ƒธใ‚’ๅผตใฃใฆใใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใง่กŒๅ‹•ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ใใฎไธŠใงใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅŒ—ไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฎๆž ใ‚‚ๆ‡ธใ‹ใฃใฆใใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ๅ…จๅŠ›ใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅฝนๅ‰ฒใ‚’ใพใฃใจใ†ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปฃ่กจๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ—ใŸๆ„Ÿๆƒณใ‚’

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

ใ€Œไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉไปฃ่กจใซ้ธใฐใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใงใ™ใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฎไปฃ่กจใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎ็Ž‹่€…ใจใ—ใฆ่กŒใไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซใชใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใฎใงใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจๆ—ฅๆœฌไปฃ่กจใจใ—ใฆใ€ใพใšใฏใ€ใพใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชไธ–ใฎไธญใฎๆƒ…ๅ‹ขใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใพใšๆ—ฅๆœฌไปฃ่กจใฎๆ—ฅๆœฌไบบใฎ1ไบบใจใ—ใฆใ€่ƒธใ‚’ๅผตใฃใฆใใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใง่กŒๅ‹•ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ใใฎไธŠใงใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅŒ—ไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฎๆž ใ‚‚ๆ‡ธใ‹ใฃใฆใใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ๅ…จๅŠ›ใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅฝนๅ‰ฒใ‚’ใพใฃใจใ†ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

A: (Introducing himself) I am Yuzuru Hanyu, who has been selected as a representative to the World Championships.ย This time, I am going to the World Championships as a representative who is also the Japanese National Champion,ย so โ€•while of course there is the current situation in the worldโ€•firstly as a Japanese person, I will take pride in that and work to be able to go to that competition.ย 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 Japanโ€™s Olympic team],ย so, I want to put in my best effort to fulfill my role.ย 

โ€•โ€•ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฏๅˆใ‚ใฆๆตทๅค–ๅ‹ขใจ้—˜ใ†ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒฉใ‚คใƒใƒซใซใชใ‚Šใใ†ใช้ธๆ‰‹ใ€็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™้ †ไฝใฏ

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?

ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ไธ€็ท’ใซ้—˜ใฃใฆใฟใชใ„ใจๅฎŸ้š›ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๆญฃ็›ดใชใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅŸบๆบ–ใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ไธ€ๅฎšใฎใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎใƒซใƒผใƒซใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ‚ใ‚‹็จ‹ๅบฆใ€ๅŸบๆบ–ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใซ้—˜ใฃใฆใฟใชใ„ใจใใฎๅ ดใฎ็ฉบๆฐ—ๆ„Ÿใจใ‹ใ€ใใฎๅ ดใฎใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ€ใพใŸใฏ็‚นๆ•ฐใฎๅ‡บๆ–นใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅŸบๆบ–ใŒใพใŸ้•ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใง ใพใ‚ใ€ใใฎๅ ดใซใ„ใชใ„ใจๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใซๅ˜็ด”ใซๆฏ”่ผƒใฏใงใใชใ„ใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใŸใถใ‚“ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏๅ…ฌ่ช่จ˜้Œฒใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ‚ใ‘ใงใ™ใ—

A: Yes, well, to be honest, we won’t really know until we compete together.ย Of course, there is a certain standard of figure skating rules,ย 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.ย In that sense as well, the Japanese National Championship scores are probably not going into official (ISU) records.ย 

ใงใ€ไปŠๅ›žใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชใ‚ทใƒชใƒผใ‚บใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚ขใƒกใƒชใ‚ซใจใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚ใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใจใ‹ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใชใใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฏใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชใ‚ทใƒชใƒผใ‚บใฎ็‚นๆ•ฐใ‚’ISUใฏๅ…ฌ่ชใ—ใชใ„ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏๅ˜็ด”ใซๆฏ”่ผƒใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใงใฏใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใŒๅ‡บใ—ใŸใ“ใฎ318ใงใ—ใŸใฃใ‘ใ€5ใงใ—ใŸใฃใ‘ใ€8ใใ‚‰ใ„ใ‹ใ€ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑๅ…ฌ่ชใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ“ใ‚’ๅ˜็ด”ใซๆฏ”่ผƒใ—ใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใŒไปŠใ€ๅ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใŒใ“ใฎ้ †ไฝใซใกใŸใ„ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏไปŠใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใƒใƒผใ‚ตใƒณ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎๅ‹•ๅ‘ใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๆฐ—ใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใŸใ ใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใŒใ‚„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใŒใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใ‚ขใƒƒใƒ—ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใ“ใจใฏใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใใ‚‚ใใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ่‡ชไฝ“ใ‚’ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใซ้€ฒๅŒ–ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใใฎใ‹ใ€ๆทฑใ‚ใฆใ„ใใฎใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒๅคงๅˆ‡ใชใ‚“ใงใพใšใฏใใ“ใŒไธ€็•ชๅคงไบ‹ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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.ย So, I don’t think we can simply compare scores. The score 318 โ€•or was it 315, or was it 318?โ€• that I gained myself is not officially recognized either.ย 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.ย Of course, I’m interested in Nathan’s progress.ย 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,ย so, I think that’s the most important thing.

โ€•โ€•ๅˆๅ‡บๅ ดใฎ้ตๅฑฑใธใฎใ‚ขใƒ‰ใƒใ‚คใ‚นใฏ

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

ใฏใ„ใ€‚ใ•ใฃใใ‚ใฎใ€ๆฐ—ใซใชใ‚‹้ธๆ‰‹ใ„ใพใ™ใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใช้ †ไฝ็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ‹ใฃใฆ่ณชๅ•ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ™ใ”ใ„ใชใ‚“ใ‹๏ผˆ้ตๅฑฑใŒ๏ผ‰่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใซๅ˜˜ใคใ“ใ†ใจใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ€‚๏ผˆ้ตๅฑฑใฎๆ–นใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใ‚Š๏ผ‰ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฏใ„ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใฃใฆใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅฝผใฎๅผทใ•ใฏใใฎ่ฒ ใ‘ใ‚“ๆฐ—ใฎๅผทใ•ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅ‘ไธŠๅฟƒใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅ‹ขใ„ใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใงใฏๅ‹ใฆใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ“ใŒไปŠใฎไธ€็•ชใฎๆญฆๅ™จใชใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใใ“ใฏๅคงไบ‹ใซๅคงไบ‹ใซ

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.ย (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.ย 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.ย 

ๅƒ•ใŒไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉๅˆใ‚ใฆๅ‡บใฆใ€้Š…ใƒกใƒ€ใƒซๅ–ใ‚ŒใŸๆ™‚ใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใจใฃใฆใ‚‚ใฎใ™ใ”ใๅคงใใชๅˆ†ๅฒ็‚นใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸๅนดใจใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใใฎใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณ่‡ชไฝ“ใŒใ™ใ”ใๅคงใใชๅˆ†ๅฒ็‚นใซใชใฃใŸใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใฏไธ€็”Ÿใ€ๅฟ˜ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎใ‚จใƒใƒซใ‚ฎใƒƒใ‚ทใƒฅใ•ใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใซใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ„ๅ‹ขใ„ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใงใ‚ใใ“ใฎ้ †ไฝใซ่กŒใ‘ใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰๏ผˆ้ตๅฑฑใฏ๏ผ‰ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใงใ‚‚ๅ„ชๅ‹ใ—ใŸใ„ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใใ‚‰ใ„ใชใ‚“ใงใ€ใใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏๅ˜˜ใคใ‹ใชใ„ใงๆฌฒใ—ใ„ใ—ใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’่ƒธใซ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆๆฌฒใ—ใ„ใชใฃใฆๅƒ•ใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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.ย ย 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.ย (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.

โ€•โ€•ใพใ ใพใ ใ‚นใƒใƒผใƒ„ใฎๅคงไผšใฏๅ…ˆ่กŒใใฎ่ฆ‹้€šใ—ใŒ็ซ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใŒใ€ใ‚นใƒใƒผใƒ„ใŒๆŒใคๅŠ›ใ‚’ใฉใ†่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€ใใฎไธŠใงไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงใฏใฉใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ใ‹๏ผŸ

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?

ใ€Œใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ไปŠๅ›žใพใ‚ใ€ๅ…จ็ซถๆŠ€ใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸไธŠใงใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ€ๅ…จ้ธๆ‰‹ใงใใ‚‹้™ใ‚Šใฎๆ„ŸๆŸ“ๅฏพ็ญ–ใ‚’ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใ‚ฟใƒผใฎไธญใงใฏๆ–ฐๅž‹ใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠใซใ‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ไปŠใƒญใ‚ทใ‚ขใฎใ€ใˆใƒผใฃใจใƒŠใ‚ทใƒงใƒŠใƒซใ€ๅ…จใƒญใ‚ทใ‚ข้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ—ใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใใฎไธญใงใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š่‹ฆใ—ใ‚“ใงใ—ใพใฃใฆๅ‡บใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸๆ–นใจใ‹ใ€้€†ใซใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๅพฉๆดปใ—ใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๅญใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใ‚ขใ‚นใƒชใƒผใƒˆใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ŠๅพŒ้บ็—‡ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚‹้™ใ‚Šใฏใ€ๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใ—ใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅบƒใ’ใ‚‹่‹ฅใ„ไธ–ไปฃใซใ‚‚ใชใฃใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏๅƒ•ใŸใกใฎ่ฒฌไปปใ ใจใ™ใ”ใๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใชใฎใงใ€ๅƒ•ใŸใกใ‚ขใ‚นใƒชใƒผใƒˆใŒใพใšใฏๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใ—ใชใ„ใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒใชใซใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ไธ€็•ชใ ใจใ€‚

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 Russiaโ€™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.ย 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.ย 

*T/N: Unclear if he is referring to just JPN Nationals events alone or other countriesโ€™ nationals and GP series/overall competitions as well.

ใงใ€ไปŠๅ›žๅƒ•ใฏๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‚’ใ€ใพใ‚ๅƒ•ใŒใใฎ็ซ‹ๅ ดใ‹ใฏๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€็ทๆ‹ฌใ—ใฆ่€ƒใˆใฆใฟใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€้ธๆ‰‹ใŸใกไธ€ไบบไธ€ไบบใŒใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ญใ‚นใ‚ขใƒณใƒ‰ใ‚ฏใƒฉใ‚คใงใ™ใใซใƒžใ‚นใ‚ฏใ‚’ใคใ‘ใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆๆ„ŸๆŸ“้˜ฒๆญขใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹้ธๆ‰‹ใŸใกใ‚‚ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๅงฟใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ๆฐ—ใ‚’ไป˜ใ‘ใฆใ„ใ“ใ†ใจใ‹ใ€ไปŠๅ›žไผšๅ ดใซๆฅใฆไธ‹ใ•ใฃใŸๆ–นใ€…ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใšใฃใจๆ„ŸๆŸ“้˜ฒๆญขใซๅŠชใ‚ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ–นใŒ้žๅธธใซๅคšใ่ฆ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚คใƒ™ใƒณใƒˆ้–‹ๅ‚ฌใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€็ซถๆŠ€ไผšใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฃใฆใ‚จใƒณใ‚ฟใƒผใƒ†ใ‚คใƒกใƒณใƒˆใช้ƒจๅˆ†ใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Šๅคงใใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏๆ„ŸๆŸ“ๆ‹กๅคงใฎใƒชใ‚นใ‚ฏใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ใ‚‹ใจใฏๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€ใŸใ ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚’ใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใซใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ•ใ‚‰ใซๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใŒๆ‹กๅคงใ—ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซๆฐ—ใ‚’ไป˜ใ‘ใ‚ˆใ†ใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ๆ–นใŒใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ„ใ‚‰ใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใฃใŸใฎใŒใ€ๅƒ•ใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใŒ้–‹ๅ‚ฌใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ‚ˆใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใจๅŒๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใŒใฉใ†ใชใ‚‹ใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚Šใพใ›ใ‚“ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใ“ใฎใƒกใƒณใƒใƒผใงใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจใใฎๅงฟใ‚’ใ€ไธ–็•Œใซใ‚‚ใ€ๆ—ฅๆœฌใซใ‚‚่ฆ‹ใ›ใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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.ย 

Well, of course, speaking of holding events, figure skating events, including competitions, are in a large part classified as entertainment.ย 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.ย 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.