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

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

Translation: @yuzueco
Proofreading: @blueflame4yuzu, @axelsandwich

โ€•โ€•ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฎไปฃ่กจใซๆฑบๅฎšใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ไปŠใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’ใŠ่žใ‹ใ›ใใ ใ•ใ„ใ€‚

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

ใพใšไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซ้ธใ‚“ใงใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใŸใฎใงใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏๆ™‚้–“ใŒใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‹ใ‹ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€ๆ™‚้–“ใŒใ‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใใฎไธกๆ–นใ‚’ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจไฝœใ‚ŠไธŠใ’ใฆใ€ไธ–็•Œใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๅผทใ„่‡ชๅˆ†ใซๆˆปใ—ใฆๆˆฆใ„ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•ๅ››ๅคง้™ธ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใธใฎๅ‡บๅ ดใฏ็ใ—ใ„ใ“ใจใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€ใชใœๅ‡บใ‚ˆใ†ใจๆ€ใฃใŸใฎใงใ™ใ‹ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ“ใจใ—ใฏๅฃใŒใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใŒใ€ใ“ใฎไบŒใคใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ„ใ‹ใŒใงใ™ใ‹

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

ใพใšๅ››ๅคง้™ธใซๅธŒๆœ›ใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใŸใฎใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใใ“ใงๅ…จๅŠ›ใงใ‚ใŸใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒˆใƒซใ‚’็ฒใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒๅผทใใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’็‹™ใ„ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ไธ€ใคใฎใ‚นใƒ†ใƒƒใƒ—ใจใ—ใฆๅ››ๅคง้™ธ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซๅ‡บใŸๆ–นใŒใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใจใ—ใฆใ‚‚ๆˆ้•ทใงใใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใซๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ€ไปŠๅ›žๅธŒๆœ›ใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏไปŠๅ›žใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใ‚‚ใใ†ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Š่ฉฆๅˆใ‚’็ตŒใ‚‹ใ”ใจใซใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’็ตŒ้จ“ใ—ใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใพใŸใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ๅธๅŽใ—ใฆๅผทใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใพใŸใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ๅ››ๅคง้™ธใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใ‚ทใƒŸใƒฅใƒฌใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใปใ‹ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‡บใ‚‹ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅ››ๅคง้™ธใฏ๏ผ‘ใคใฎๅƒ•ใฎๅฃใชใฎใงใ€‚ใใ“ใงใƒใ‚คใ‚ตใƒณใซๅฝ“ใŸใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใพใšใฏใ„ใพ่ฒ ใ‘ใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใจใ„ใ†ๅฃใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใƒ™ใ‚นใƒˆใ‚ณใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใงๆ€ใ„ใใ‚Šใถใคใ‹ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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


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

ๅ››ๅคง้™ธใซๅ‡บใ‚‹ใ“ใจใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚‚็ฟ’ๅพ—ใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚นใƒ†ใƒƒใƒ—ใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œ๏ผˆ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซ๏ผ‰ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใพใ‚่จ€ใ‚ใชใใฆใ‚‚ๅคšๅˆ†ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ„ใพๅœงๅ€’็š„ใชๆญฆๅ™จใŒๅฟ…่ฆใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใใ‚Œใฏ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใซๆฏ”ในใŸใ‚‰๏ผ‘็‚นใใ‚‰ใ„ใ—ใ‹้•ใ„ใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎไพกๅ€คใฎใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€ใ‚„ใ‚‹ในใใ‚‚ใฎใชใฎใ‹ใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใ‚’๏ผ’ๅ›žใ‚„ใฃใŸๆ–นใŒใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใพใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใฏใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใฎใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚คใƒ‰ใชใฎใงใ€‚ไปŠใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ๆ”ฏใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹่Šฏใชใฎใงใ€็ตถๅฏพใซ่ทณใณใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใŸไธŠใงๅ››ๅคง้™ธใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใซใ“ใชใ—ใฆใ„ใใ‹ใ€ๅ››ๅคง้™ธ่‡ชไฝ“ใ‚’ใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘ๆˆ้•ทใงใใ‚‹ๅ ดใซใ™ใ‚‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใ€ไปŠๅ›žใ‚จใƒณใƒˆใƒชใƒผใ‚’ๅธŒๆœ›ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

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


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

ใพใšใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซใคใ„ใฆใ€ๅ‰ๅŠใซๅ›บใ‚ใ‚‹ใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ๆ›ฒใ‚’่ชฟๆ•ดใ™ใ‚‹ใชใ‚Šใฉใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใช็Šถๆ…‹ใง้ฃ›ใณใซ่กŒใใฎใŒไธ€็•ช็ขบ็Ž‡ใŒไธŠใŒใฃใฆไธ€็•ช็ถบ้บ—ใซใ€ใใ—ใฆใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซๆบถใ‘่พผใ‚“ใ ็Šถๆ…‹ใง้ฃ›ในใ‚‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆจก็ดขใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฏใ“ใฎๆง‹ๆˆใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใฏๅ…จใใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ไฝ•ใ‚’ๅ„ชๅ…ˆใ—ใฆใ‚„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚่€ƒใˆใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚๏ผˆ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปข๏ผ‰ใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใ‚’ๅ„ชๅ…ˆใ—ใฆใ‚„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Š๏ผ‘็™บ็›ฎใซ่ทณใ‚“ใ ๆ–นใŒ็ขบๅฎŸใซๅฎ‰ๅฎšใฏใ™ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใ‚’่ทณใถใฎใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‹๏ผˆ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปข๏ผ‰ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ่ทณใณใŸใ„ใ€่ทณในใ‚‹ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใพใงๆฅใŸใฎใชใ‚‰ใ€ใใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๅพŒใ‚’ใฉใ†ใ™ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๅพŒใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€่ฒ ๆ‹…ใŒใพใ ็ตถๅฏพๅคงใใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚๏ผ‘ใค๏ผ‘ใค่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏๆ–ฐใ—ใ„็จฎ้กžใฎ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใŒๅข—ใˆใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใ†ใพใๅˆฉ็”จใงใใชใ„ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ‚„ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใฏใชใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎๅœŸๅฐใ‚’ไฝœใ‚‰ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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

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[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu x Waseda Sports Part 2 โ€“ Excerpt from Medalists Interview

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

Translation: @yuzueco
Proofreading: @blueflame4yuzu, @axelsandwich


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ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ“ใ“ใพใงใพใŸๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใงใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ ใ‘ๆญปๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅฐฝใใ—ใฆๆˆฆใˆใ‚‹็žฌ้–“ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€้žๅธธใซ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚‚็†ฑใใชใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ไปŠๅ›žๆŠ•ใ’่พผใฟใŒ็ฆๆญขใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏใ™ใ”ใใƒ—ใƒผใ•ใ‚“ใ‚’ๆŠ•ใ’ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใƒซใƒผใƒซใ‚’ๅฎˆใฃใฆใ€ๆŠ•ใ’่พผใพใชใ„ใงใจใ‹ๆณจๆ„ใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚กใƒณๅŒๅฃซใฎไธญใง่‰ฒใ€…ๆณจๆ„ใ”ใจใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ™ใ”ใใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจ๏ผ‘ใค๏ผ‘ใคๅฎˆใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๆœ€ๅพŒใพใง็ด ๆ™ดใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ๅคงไผšใซใชใฃใฆๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ˆใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

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


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

ใพใšใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚‚ใใฐใง่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใƒ†ใƒฌใƒ“ใฎไธญใง่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใฆใ‚„ใฏใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใชไฝ“ใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ใง่ฉฆๅˆใซ่‡จใ‚ใชใ„ใจใ‹ใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชใƒ•ใ‚กใ‚คใƒŠใƒซใงใ‚ณใƒผใƒใŒใ„ใชใ„็Šถๆ…‹ใซใชใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘ๅคงๅค‰ใชใ“ใจใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ™ใ”ใใ‚ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๅฝผ๏ผˆๅฎ‡้‡Žๆ˜Œ็ฃจ๏ผ‰่‡ช่บซใŒใ‚ณใƒผใƒใ‚’้›ขใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ๆฑบๆ–ญใ‚’ใ—ใŸใฎใ‚‚ใ€ใใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชใƒ•ใ‚กใ‚คใƒŠใƒซใซ่‡จใ‚€ใจใ„ใ†ๆฑบๆ–ญใ‚’ใ—ใŸใฎใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ™ใ”ใๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใฎใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ€็ด ็›ดใซๅฝผใŒใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใŸ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ้“ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใคใ‘ใฆๅฝผใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใŒใพใŸใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใ™ใ”ใๅฌ‰ใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ๅƒ•ใจๅฝผใฎ้“ใฏใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šโ€ฆโ€ฆๅฝผใฃใฆ่จ€ใ†ใฎๅค‰ใ ใชใ€ใ‚†ใฅใใ‚“ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใใ‚Œใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใฃใฆ่จ€ใ„ใพใ™๏ผˆ็ฌ‘๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใฎใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ๆฅฝใ—ใ‚“ใ ใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‹ใ‚‰้›ขใ‚ŒใŸใ‚Šใฃใฆ่จ€ใ†ๆ™‚้–“ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใซใจใฃใฆใฏใ™ใ”ใๅคงไบ‹ใงใ€‚ๅƒ•ใŒๅคšๅˆ†ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†ใจๅ…จใฆใŒๅดฉๅฃŠใ—ใฆใ—ใพใ†ใจใใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ๅ…จ้ƒจไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ๆฅฝใ—ใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ใจใใงใ™ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎใŸใ‚ใซไปŠๆฅฝใ—ใ‚“ใงใŠใ“ใ†ใฃใฆ่€ƒใˆใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ใ—ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใใ‚Œใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใŒใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใ‚‰ใ—ใๆˆปใฃใฆใ“ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ‚ˆใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจใ™ใ”ใๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎ้Š€ใƒกใƒ€ใƒชใ‚นใƒˆใซใชใ‚ŒใŸใ‚“ใ ใ‚ˆใฃใฆๅƒ•ใฏใ™ใ”ใๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ•ใฃใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆ€ใฃใŸไปฅไธŠใฎ็ตๆžœใŒๅ‡บใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใŸใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใฏๅผทใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ๅผฑใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใใ‚Œใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใงใ€ใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใฎๅผทใ•ใ ใจๅƒ•ใฏๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ๅฝผใ‹ใ‚‰ๅญฆใถใ“ใจใ‚‚ใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ—ใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใ€ใ„ใพใ—ใ‚“ใฉใ„ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใ‚“ใชใ‚‚ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใญใˆใžใฃใฆใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•ใใ‚‡ใ†ใฎFSใงใ‚ˆใ‹ใฃใŸ็‚นใ€ๆ‚ชใ‹ใฃใŸ็‚นใจใ€็‚นใฎๅ‡บๆ–นใซใคใ„ใฆใŠ่žใ‹ใ›ใใ ใ•ใ„ใ€‚ใ“ใฎ็ตๆžœใซใคใ„ใฆใฎๆ„Ÿๆƒณใ‚‚ใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ„ใŸใ—ใพใ™ใ€‚

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

ใ‚ˆใ‹ใฃใŸ็‚นใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใใ‚ŒไปฅไธŠใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚้ ญใ‚‚ไฝฟใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใŒๆŠœใ‘ใŸๆฎต้šŽใงไฝ•ใŒ๏ผ“ๅ›ž่ปขๅข—ใ‚„ใ›ใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’่€ƒใˆใŸใ‚Šใ€ใฉใ“ใงใ‚ˆใ‚Š้ซ˜ใ„็‚นๆ•ฐใ‚’็จผใ”ใ†ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚่€ƒใˆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ้™ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚้ฃŸใ‚‰ใ„ใคใ„ใฆใ‚„ใ‚ใ†ใจใฏใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ‚„ใ‚ใ†ใจใ—ใŸใ ใ‘ใงใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šๆ‚ชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใ—โ€ฆโ€ฆๆ‚ชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ—ใ‹ใชใ„ใฎใง๏ผˆ็ฌ‘๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใ€ๆ‚ชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ๅ…จ้ƒจใ‚ใ’ใพใ™ใ‹๏ผˆ็ฌ‘๏ผ‰๏ผŸๅคšๅˆ†๏ผ“๏ผๅˆ†ใใ‚‰ใ„ๅ–‹ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใพใ‚ๆ‚ชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€้ ญใจไฝ“ใ‚’ๅŒๆ™‚ใซใ‚ณใƒณใƒˆใƒญใƒผใƒซใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ“ใŒไธ€็•ชไปŠๅ›ž้›ฃใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ€ใ“ใ‚ŒใŒใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใ ใฃใŸใฎใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ๅ็œ็‚นใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏ็ตๆžœใซใคใ„ใฆใฏใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“๏ผ’ไฝใงใ—ใŸใ—็‚นๆ•ฐใ‚‚ใ™ใ”ใๆ‚ชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ‚Œใฏใ‚‚ใ†ใ“ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใŒใชใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏๅ…ƒใ‹ใ‚‰ๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๆผ”ๆŠ€็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸ็žฌ้–“ใซใ€ใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใฎ็‚นๆ•ฐใ‚‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใใ‚„ใฃใจ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ™ใ”ใใ€ๅƒ•ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใจใ‹่ณชๅ•ใจไน–้›ขใ—ใกใ‚ƒใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใŒใ€ใ“ใฎๅ ดใ ใ‹ใ‚‰่จ€ใ„ใŸใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจๅคšๅˆ†ใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใŒๅฟƒใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ็Ž‹่€…ใฃใฆ่จ€ใˆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใšใฃใจๅƒ•ใŒไผ‘ใ‚“ใงใ„ใฆใ€ๆ€ชๆˆ‘ใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๆˆฆใฃใŸใ‚‰ใใฎๅ‰ใซใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจๅ‰ใซ่ฒ ใ‘ใฆใ„ใŸใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚„ใฃใจใ€ใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใŒใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใƒปใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใงๆˆฆใ†่ฉฆๅˆใงๅˆใ‚ใฆใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ่ฒ ใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใฎใงใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰่ƒธใ‚’ใฏใฃใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใปใ—ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ็Ž‹่€…ใฃใฆๅคงๅค‰ใ ใ‚ˆ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰่ƒธใ‚’ๅผตใฃใฆใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใพใ‚ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใพใ ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚‹ใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใงใฏใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ไธ€็ท’ใซใพใŸๅผ•ใฃๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ€‚ใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพไธ€ไบบใซ่ผ‰ใ›ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ไธ€็ท’ใซ่ƒŒ่ฒ ใฃใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚๏ผˆๅฎ‡้‡Žใซๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆ๏ผ‰้ ‘ๅผตใ‚ใ†ใญใ€‚ใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†

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

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

โ€•โ€•ใ„ใพ้šฃใซ้ตๅฑฑๅ„ช็œŸ้ธๆ‰‹๏ผˆ็ฅžๅฅˆๅทใƒปๆ˜ŸๆงŽๅ›ฝ้š›้ซ˜ๆ กๆจชๆตœ๏ผ‰ใŒใ„ใฆใ€ใ•ใ‚‰ใซใ‚ธใƒฅใƒ‹ใ‚ขใงใ‚‚ใ†ไธ€ไบบใ€๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’้ฃ›ใถไฝ่—ค้งฟ้ธๆ‰‹๏ผˆๅŸผ็Ž‰ๆ „๏ผ‰ใŒใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅผทๅŠ›ใช้ธๆ‰‹ใฎ่ฟฝใ„ไธŠใ’ใŒๆฅใŸใ“ใจใซ้–ขใ—ใฆ็Ž‡็›ดใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’ใŠ่žใ‹ใ›ใใ ใ•ใ„ใ€‚

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

็”ทๅญใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆๅฅณๅญใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“้ฃ›ใถใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใฆใ€‚ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ•ใฃใใ—ใ‚‡ใƒผใพใ‚‚่ฟฝใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹็ซ‹ๅ ดใจใ„ใ†่ฉฑใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€๏ผ‘ใค๏ผ‘ใคใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใฟใ‚Œใฐ่ฟฝใ†็ซ‹ๅ ดใงใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฎๅ ดๅˆ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใฏใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใพใ ็ขบ็Ž‡ใŒๆ‚ชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚’่ฉฆๅˆใงไฝฟใ†ใจใ„ใ†้ธๆ‰‹ใ‚‚ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ๆธ›ใฃใฆใใฆใ€ใพใ‚ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘้›ฃใ—ใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฏใฟใ‚“ใชๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใใ‚Œใžใ‚Œใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใฟใ‚Œใฐ่ฟฝใ†็ซ‹ๅ ดใ ใ—ใ€ใใฎๆŠ€่ก“ใ‚’ใ‚‚ใฃใจ่บซใซไป˜ใ‘ใŸใ„ใ€็ฟ’ๅพ—ใ—ใŸใ„ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใฎใงใ€‚ไปŠๅ›ž้งฟใใ‚“ใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใงใฏ๏ผˆ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปข๏ผ‰ใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใฏ่ทณในใฆใ„ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’ใง็ถบ้บ—ใซ่ทณในใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใฆใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ‚ใ‚ใ„ใ†้ขจใซ้ฃ›ในใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚๏ผˆ้ตๅฑฑ๏ผ‰ๅ„ช็œŸใฎใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใฎ็ฒพๅบฆใ€้ซ˜ใ•ใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏ่ปธใฎๅผทใ•ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ€่ฆ‹็ฟ’ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใซใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใžใ‚Œ้•ใ†ใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒ—ใฎ้ธๆ‰‹ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€่ฆ‹็ฟ’ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚’ใพใŸ่ฆ‹ใฆใ€ใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ„ใใจใ“ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ๅฌ‰ใ—ใ„ใ“ใจใ ใชใจๅƒ•ใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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

<< Read Part 1 here.

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

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

Translation: @yuzueco
Proofreading: @blueflame4yuzu, @axelsandwich


What did you think of todayโ€™s free program ?


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


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

ใ“ใ‚“ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใฎๆ–นใ€…ใŒใ™ใ”ใๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงๅŠ›ใ‚’ใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ใพใ‚ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎๆœ€ๅพŒใ“ใ‘ใกใ‚ƒใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ๆญฏใ‚’้ฃŸใ„ใ—ใฐใฃใฆใ‚„ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ๆœ€ๅพŒใพใง่ฆ‹ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใจใ—ใ‹่จ€ใˆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚

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


Your next competition is the World Championships.


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


Whatโ€™s your thoughts on how to become stronger?


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


Whatโ€™s your thoughts on your layout this time?

ๅ†’้ ญใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒŸใ‚นใ—ใฆใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ๆŠœใ‘ใฆใ€่‰ฒใ€…่€ƒใˆใพใ—ใŸใญใ€‚ใฉใ“ใงใƒชใ‚ซใƒใƒชใƒผใงใใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚“ใชใƒชใ‚ซใƒใƒชใƒผใ™ใ‚‹ไฝ“ๅŠ›ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใ€ใใ‚“ใชใƒชใ‚ซใƒใƒชใƒผใ™ใ‚‹ใชใ‚‰ๆ„ๅ‘ณใชใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใกใ‚ƒใใกใ‚ƒใชใฎใงใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ„ใพใ€ๆ˜Œ็ฃจ๏ผˆๅฎ‡้‡Ž๏ผ‰ใŒใ‚„ใฃใจๆˆปใฃใฆใใฆใใ‚Œใฆๆญฃ็›ดใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ๅˆใ‚ใฆใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจ่ฒ ใ‘ใŸใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ™ใ”ใใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ•ใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใจ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใปใฃใจใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•ใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใฎๅคฑๆ•—ใฏ็–ฒๅŠดใŒ่ถณใซใใฆใ„ใŸใ“ใจใŒๅŽŸๅ› ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ‹

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


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


What was your feeling about the ice?

ๅคงไธˆๅคซใ ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงใ€้›ฃใ—ใ„็’ฐๅขƒใ ใฃใŸใจใฏๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ™ใŒใ™ใ”ใใ„ใ„ๆฐทใงใ€ไฝœใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใŸๆ–นใ€…ใซๆ„Ÿ่ฌใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚

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

โ€•โ€•่ฒ ใ‘ใŸ็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใŒใ€ใ€Œใปใฃใจใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒ่กๆ’ƒ็š„ใงใ™ใ€‚ๆ—ฅๆœฌไบบ้ธๆ‰‹ใซ่ฒ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฎใฏไน…ใ€…ใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€ใใฎ็‚นใซใคใ„ใฆใฏใ„ใ‹ใŒใงใ™ใ‹

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

ๆ˜Œ็ฃจใŒใคใ‚‰ใใ†ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใฏใšใฃใจ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใฆใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒใญใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจ่ฝใก็€ใ„ใฆใใฆใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใซ้›†ไธญใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใชใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ๆ€ใ†ใจใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ๅพŒ่ผฉใจใ—ใฆใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ๅฝผใ‚‰ใ—ใ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใปใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๅฟƒใ‹ใ‚‰ๅฟœๆดใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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


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

ๅˆฅใซๆ—ฅๆœฌไบบใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใใ‚ŒใŒใฉใ†ใ ใจใ„ใ†่ฉฑใงใฏใชใใ€็›ธๆ‰‹ใŒ่ชฐใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใจใ„ใ†่ฉฑใงใฏใชใใ€ๅธธใซใ€Œๅ‹ใกใŸใ„ใชใ€ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ้–“้•ใ„ใชใใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๆœ€ๅคง้™ใฎใ“ใจใฏใ“ใ“ใงใฏใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ™ใŒใ€ใงใ‚‚ๅƒ•ใชใ‚Šใซไธ€็”Ÿๆ‡ธๅ‘ฝใฏใ‚„ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๅˆฅใซใƒ—ใƒฌใƒƒใ‚ทใƒฃใƒผใ‹ใ‚‰่งฃใๆ”พใŸใ‚ŒใŸ่จณใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใง็ขบๅ›บใŸใ‚‹่‡ชไฟกใจใ‹ใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚คใƒ‰ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใŸใถใ‚“ๆ˜Œ็ฃจใŒ่ƒธใ‚’ๅผตใฃใฆใ€Žๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ็Ž‹่€…ใ€ใจ่จ€ใˆใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ“ใจใ—ใฏๅ‡บใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ๅƒ•ใŒใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ไธญใงใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่ฟฝใ„ใ‹ใ‘ใฆ่„…ใ‹ใ—ใฆใ‚„ใ‚ใ†ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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


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

่ชฟๆ•ดใŒใ†ใพใใ„ใ‹ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ€ใšใฃใจใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่บซไฝ“ใŒใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ๆ—ฅใซๆ—ฅใซๅŠฃๅŒ–ใ—ใฆใ„ใๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฎๅ‰ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€Œๅค‰ใ ใชใ€ใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅƒ•ใฏๆตใพใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€่‰ฒใ‚“ใชๆ–นใซๆ”ฏใˆใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใ€่บซไฝ“ใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ใ‚‚ใ„ใพใงใใ‚‹ๆœ€้ซ˜ใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ใซใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใŸใ†ใˆใงใ“ใ‚Œใชใฎใงใ€‚ๆญฃ็›ด่จ€ใฃใฆใ€ๅƒ•ใฎๅฎŸๅŠ›ใจๆŠ€่ก“ใŒ่ถณใ‚Šใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆญปๅŠ›ใฏๅฐฝใใ›ใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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


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

ใณใฃใใ‚Šใ—ใกใ‚ƒใฃใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ€‚ใ€Œใ‚ใ‚Œ๏ผŸใ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใจๆœฌๅฝ“ใซไน–้›ขใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ„ใพใ‚‚ไน–้›ขใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่จ€ๅ‹•ใŒใฉใ†ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใฏใฃใใ‚Š่จ€ใฃใฆๅ…จ็„ถใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ€‚ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใจๅ–‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ๅˆฅใ€…ใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใŒๅคšใ€…ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ—โ€ฆโ€ฆใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่บซไฝ“ใฎใ‚ญใƒฌใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใฏๅˆ†้›ขใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใ€ ไฝ“ๅŠ›ใฎใ‚ใ‚‹ใ†ใกใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใจใ‹ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใชใ‚“ใจใ‹ใชใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ™ใŒใ€ใฉใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‚‚ใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใŒๅ‡บใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใฎใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใฏใฃใใ‚Š่จ€ใฃใฆใ—ใพใˆใฐ็ซถๆณณใฎ้ธๆ‰‹ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใฏไฝ•ใƒฌใƒผใ‚นใ‚‚ใ‚„ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๅ†…ๅฎนใฏ้•ใ†ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใฎใซๆฏ”ในใฆใฟใŸใ‚‰ๅƒ•ใชใ‚“ใ‹๏ผ•้€ฑ้–“ใง๏ผ“ๅ›žใ—ใ‹่ฉฆๅˆใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ—ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใงใ“ใฎใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎไฝ“ๅŠ›ใ—ใ‹ใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใฃใฆใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๅŠ›ไฝฟใฃใฆ่ทณใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใชใจใ„ใ†ใฎใจใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจๅŠ›ใ‚’ๆŠœใ„ใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใ„ใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŒ่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ใ„ใพใฏ่€ƒใˆๅง‹ใ‚ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚่ซฆใ‚ใฆใฏใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงๆญปใซ็‰ฉ็‹‚ใ„ใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใใ†ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใ‚ƒใƒ•ใƒชใƒƒใƒ—๏ผˆ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—โ€•ใ‚ชใ‚คใƒฉใƒผโ€•๏ผ“ๅ›ž่ปขใƒ•ใƒชใƒƒใƒ—ใฎ๏ผ“ๅ›ž่ปขใƒ•ใƒชใƒƒใƒ—๏ผ‰่ทณใฐใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใ‚ใใ“ใ€‚

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

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

[ENG SUB] Yuzuru Hanyu Interview – Beyond The Wall – 191227

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Yuzuru Hanyu: A quick video introduction

Glimpse of Yuzuru Hanyu

All Yuzuru Hanyu Olympic Routines | Top Moments
Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) – Gold Medal | Men’s Figure Skating | Free Programme | PyeongChang 2018
Yuzuru Hanyu performs to Chopin’s Ballade No 1 at PyeongChang 2018
Yuzuru Hanyu Breaks Olympic Record – Full Short Program at Sochi 2014
Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) – Gold Medal | Men’s Figure Skating | Free Programme | PyeongChang 2018

Yuzuru Hanyu: an exhaustive introduction (2017 ~ 2020)

Originally posted on Tumblr by Lae (@axelsandwich)


Okay, so I just watched like 20 clips you linked above but who tf is Yuzuru Hanyu??

  • Factual info you could probablyย Wikipediaย but are too lazy to do so:ย Yuzuru Hanyu is a Japanese figure skater from Sendai,ย born 7 December 1994 who competes in the menโ€™s singles discipline. He is the two time Olympic champion, holds 19 world records (and counting) and is the only male figure skater to achieve the Super Slam or Career Super Grand Slam, meaning he’s won both major junior-level international competitions (World Junior Championships, Junior Grand Prix Final) and all four major senior-level international competitions at any point during the course of a career. Among many other firsts, he is credited with being the first skater to land a quadruple loop in competition and the first to break the 100 (SP), 200 (FS) and 300 (total score) points barriers in the +/-3GOE and +/-5GOE scoring system. He was also the first Japanese person to win two consecutive winter Olympic singles championships and the first male figure skater in 66 years in the entire world to win two consecutive Olympic menโ€™s singles championships in the designated games.
  • PSA:ย YUZURU HANYU ISย NOTย THE MODEL FOR YUURI KATSUKI FROM YURI ON ICE (yuuri katsuki is canonically based on tatsuki machidaย thank u)
  • He is also the youngest recipient of Japan’s People’s Honor Award, which is one of the most prestigious civilian honours in Japan. The People’s Honor Award established in 1977 has been given to 25 individuals and one group for their achievements in sports, entertainment and culture, whose distinguished achievements have brought the light of hope to society. And he did so wearing a beautiful (Interview after his award here)
  • As of 2020, he graduated from studyingย Human Informatics and Cognitive Sciencesย at Waseda University, which is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan (which also basically makes him aย massiveย maths nerd). His graduation thesis was about Motion Capture Technology Applied to Figure Skating and Its Prospects on Scoring, in which he used himself as a test subject because…well, duh, he’s the best in the field (see here for some more details on his graduation and here for translations for some parts of his thesis). This is incidentally where the inside joke: Yuzuru Hanyu for Yuzuru Hanyu by Yuzuru Hanyu in collaboration with Yuzuru Hanyu came from (are we wrong?!)
  • Incidentally, he did his entrance exam while competing at the Grand Prix Final 2012 and documentaries reported that he was always top 5 in his class at academics during high school as well — in his own words: ‘first is first’ and his parents always stressed that he has to have more than just skating (this kid was away the day God handed out laziness and procrastination I s2g)
  • Japanese media (especially in sendai) basicallyย filmed him growing upย and called himย a young prodigyย so weโ€™re lucky to have footage of chipmunk-cheeked yuzu with his (flying) mushroom hair from all the way back thenย 
    • Look at this tiny bean
    • He wasย interviewed in Ice Rink Sendaiย with Japanโ€™s other figure skating gold medallist Shizuka Arakawa. to quote, when asked โ€œCan you become a gold medallist too?โ€, he saidย โ€œProbablyโ€. and then heย went and did exactly that.
    • He would get into fights with his rinkmates, used to ball up skate rink magazine flyers to hit like a baseball and basically had a 5min attention span after which he would get bored
  • Get you a man that loves youย like the entire city of Sendai loves Yuzuru
    • Yuzuru held 2 victory parades after his two Olympic gold medals in which he stood on a bus and waved at a crowd of 80k in 2014 and 100k people in 2018. Honestly it was the most amazing thing, and then also the streets were CLEAN AS HELL after, we stan respectful fans!
    • The 2018 parade generated $1.86 BILLION YEN economic impact or $16M USD (!!!) and he donated the $22M yen profit to support the local skating federation
    • Their cheer video for sochiย andย pyeongchang for him is the sweetest thing you’ll ever see
    • There is an unspoken rule when he goes home to Sendai that people will treat him like an ordinary person and not a celebrity and though paparazzi etc. still happens, it is mostly respected and we should 10000% keep it that way.
    • He has no known social media channels and is proficient at disappearing completely like a ninja and subjecting his fans to radio silence for months on end (often because he’s injured but…more on that later). The ongoing joke is that you will usually only know Yuzuru is alive (and exists) through analysing blurs that look like him in the background of social media posts from skaters he trains with or photos with small children at places he trains with (only with small children though)
‘Pooh rain’ is the cutest damn thing you’ll ever see

single-handedly keeping the winnie the pooh soft toy industry alive.  

  • You’ve probably seen this exhaustively covered in the media, especially Western media during the Olympics because that’s all they ever seem curious about, which is partly why I wrote this intro post because there is so much more to yuzuru
  • However, the ‘Pooh rain’ is really amazing to witness live, an experience like no other
  • Why Pooh? This is because he’s had a pooh tissue box cover since he was young, given by his parents and he calls Pooh-san his friend and coach and comforting to him because his expression is always calm and never changes. You will see Pooh-san on the boards at every competition, loyally watching over Yuzu
  • Why do people throw Pooh bears at him? there’s a tradition to throw flowers and toys as a gesture of appreciation after a skater’s performance in figure skating and…well, lots of people appreciate yuzuru ; )
  • (But also consider throwing things like pokeballs, tokyo ghoul plushies, GOAT plushies and earphone plushies at him people, let’s get some creativity in this house!)
  • Disney-senpai finally noticed him in 2018
  • He donates all the toys he gets to local orphanages and charities
  • Here’s an account from a doctor who witnessed the donations coming in!
little flower collections smiling at all the Poohs is one of my favourite things

You thought your favourite TV show was dramatic? Welcome to Yuzuru Hanyu’s entire life

  • Yuzuru was a victim of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami and lived in an emergency shelter with his family for about four days after. he spent the summer afterwards skating 60 different ice shows to raise money for the victims. he lost his home rink because of the earthquake and so would go to the show rinks early to use the ice to practice as much as he could ): 
    • Itโ€™s heartbreaking that heโ€™s still very affected by the memories. heโ€™s said he doesnโ€™t take anything for granted and is always grateful to have a rink to skate on, and the impact he had on the survivors had a profound effect on his skating
    • Consider Yuzuru being a 16yr old teenager suddenly thrust into the position of being this symbol of hope for the entire disaster and feeling the weight to carry that on his shoulders – it was not an easy journey, let alone for someone so young but he handled it with so much grace
  • It is REALLY IMPORTANT to know that the main reason for fan heart attacks and most of the non-3/11 skating-related drama in Yuzuru’s life is because heโ€™s dealt with a distressing number of injuries, illnesses and misfortunes in his skating life but has somehow managed to come back and succeed in spite of them. In his own words, his skating life is “like a roller coaster” and… yeah, your shounen manga has nothing on him. I’m serious.
    • His home rink in Sendai (Ice Rink Sendai) actually shut twice, first during primary school because of financial difficulties – he commuted several hours to Wakayama every week to continue skating – and then, only a few years after the home rink reopened, 3/11 struck and closed the rink again due to repairs. It’s because of this that Yuzuru never takes for granted the fact he has a rink to skate in and always touches the ice when entering and exiting the rink partly to thank it.
    • After the 3/11 disaster, he relocated with his mother to Toronto to start training at the Toronto Cricket and Curling Club with new coaches, thereby being separated from his hometown and family long term. He suffered several untimely injuries in his junior days and also for example right before the 2013 World Championships, meaning he skated with a sprained ankle because he felt responsibility as the newly crowned Japanese National Champion to help Japan qualify for 3 spots at the Sochi Olympics. He did end up preserving 3 spots with Japan’s other representatives.
    • Right after his golden slam year of winning the Olympic Gold, World Championships and Grand Prix Final in 2013-14, in his first competition and season as the newly minted Olympic champion, aย really scaryย accidentย happened at Cup of China in 2014 where Yuzuru collided with fellow competitor Han Yan in the 6min warmup before his Free Skate. Heย decided to skate anywayย because he wanted to qualify for the Grand Prix Final and felt responsibility to do so as the Olympic champion. The debate rages on even now about whether he should have done so, that it was unacceptable that the ISU didn’t have any protocol in place about qualifying for GPF in the event of accidents (which is a figure skating-wide problem as many skaters have been pushed or elected to continue to skate after horrible accidents). But Yuzuru did indeed go out and do that, falling on almost all of his jumps but showing the sort of fighting spirit you will see in Yuzuru again and again.
      • Many Yuzuru fans consider the accident and his subsequent free skate a legitimately traumatic incident, especially those who witnessed it live, so we really don’t encourage footage of the Cup of China to be shared, at least without a warning or glorifying it as ‘something out of an anime’. Just please be sensitive ;;
    • He then came back a month later to win the Grand Prix Final 2014 for the 2nd year in a row, in a true feat of triumph and grit
    • It was annus horribilis for Yuzu that year because he thenย had abdominal pain and surgeryย right after winning Japanese Nationals in 2014 – he was literally rushed to hospital right after the Free Skate and didn’t even get to attend the ceremony where the Worlds representatives were announced
    • The chapter from his autobiography Aoi Honoo II reads literally like a body horror story
    • And after spending a month recuperating, he still managed to win a silver medal at Worlds 2014
  • This is why we donโ€™t talk about Boston Worlds 2016. Yuzuru skated the World Championships while hiding a lisfranc injury that he thought – at the time – could end his career. That entire summer afterwards, no one knew whether he would ever return to competition…but he did. Debuting a new quad.
    • The chapter from his autobiography Aoi Honoo II talks about that experience. Uhh…yeah sorry about your heart clenching, you’ll get used to that
    • It’s important to note he skated his iconic Chopin/Seimei 2015 Grand Prix Final programs WITH THAT INJURY (more on those programs later)
  • He came back at the start of the 2016-2017 season after almost an entire summer of complete radio silence and became the first in the world to land the quadruple loop in his first competition back. He went on to win his 4th Grand Prix Final title in a row and the World Championships in Helsinki in 2017 after being 5th after a mistake in the Short Program (an unthinkable result), skating a perfect program with four quads and breaking the Free Skate world record along the way. It was sublime. Yeah. being his fan is always a roller coaster
  • At the start of the 2017-18 Olympic season, Yuzuru returned to debut the quadruple lutz at his first Grand Prix competition and then missed almost the entire 2017-2018 Olympic season after he severely injured his ankle while practising the 4Lz in practice at the NHK Trophy, while running a fever.
    • He then proceeded to disappear completely and utterly from the public eye for almost three months to recover from the injury, with the clock ticking down to the Pyeongchang Olympics in February 2018. He skipped the team Olympic event and made his COMEBACK SKATE FROM INJURY after 3 months of no competitions, 1 month of prep and while on legal painkillers at the individual mens event of the Pyeongchang Olympicsโ€ฆ.ย AND FRIKKIN WONย HIS SECOND OLYMPIC GOLDย (more down the page)
    • His fansย made him a banner after his Olympic season injury during those 3mths and delivered it to TCC. It’s a beautiful thing ;; _ ;;
  • He thenโ€ฆinjured himself again for the 2018-19 season in the second Grand Prix of the season, made the conscious decision to go out and skate anyway, won the event and showed up to theย victory ceremony on crutches. He made a comeback at the World Championships 2019 on painkillers yet again and still managed to get a silver medal, after months off the ice.
  • Just as he had a rare injury-free season for 2019-20 (though he also competed in a gruelling 3 competitions in 3 continents in 5 weeks and by the end wasn’t even sure what timezone he was in and also his coach had his passport stolen on his way through Germany for GPF so he was unexpectedly alone for the SP) and secured his Super Grand Slam, COVID-19 struck which meant the World Championships 2020 in Montreal and subsequent summer of ice shows was cancelled. Yuzuru withdrew from the Grand Prix series citing health risks and concern for the safety of his team and his fans and emphasised the need to do his role to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. 10 months later in December 2020, having trained in Japan alone without his coaches who were still in Canada, he made a comeback to secure his 5th National title and break all domestic records with two new programs.

So what is Yuzuru Hanyu’s brand, you ask?

This. This is his brand.
Also this.
  • But also forย being the sweetest kid ever. And also galaxy-brained.
  • He is truly SUPER polite wherever he goes
  • Mr Worldwide (he thanked reporters at the Olympicsย in five languages)
  • JPN TV basically had entire TV segments where they were likeย โ€˜OBSERVE HIS GOD-LIKE BEHAVIOURโ€™. It continues to this day
  • He has a particular knack for remembering many people he’s met over his life and thanking them for their support or referencing stuff they’ve done; several JP TV hosts and media personalities have been visibly surprised (and delighted) by how much he knows about them. There was one time he randomly congratulated a reporter on her engagement or thanked journalists for writing articles about him completely unprompted. He sees all.
    • *elbows everyone out of the way* SPEAKING OF JAPANESE MEDIA WHO LOVE HIM, please see below on Nobunari Oda and Matsuoka Shuzo
  • Holding open doors for people
  • Helpingย people repair the rinkย after competitions (he regularly does this, even now)
  • My favourite in-depth and extended interviews with Yuzu are his press conferences with the foreign correspondents club in japan after his Olympic victories, he really lets his intelligence and thoughtfulness shine here in particular. They talk about a LOT of topics but it’s worth the full watch:
  • Yuzuru is known for a seemingly endless appetite for improvement, evolution and continually challenging himself
    • His favourite word:ย kuyashiiย (ie. frustrated). To the point where – when he said he was not feeling kuyashii at all after his Olympic victory and wants to just skate for his own pleasure, everyone was like did he get replaced by an imposter (one somewhat struggle-street Autumn Classic International competition later…he was like ‘there’s no point if I don’t win’ LOL)
    • One of my favourite interviews of him everย was right after his broke all 3 world records and went over 200 and 300 for the FS and total competition score for the first time at NHK 2015.ย 

      โ€œ[On losing to Patrick Chan at Skate Canada & the fact he was practising during gala rehearsal where everyone else was chilling] I thought I want to improve, even here right now. ย Patrick was nearby and it was a really good motivation. ย  Itโ€™s like, โ€˜Watch me.โ€™ ย I will definitely practise all kinds of jumps and I will grow for sure. ย I will win the next time for sure, I have been practising with that in mind.โ€ ย 

      Then 3 weeks later, at NHK Trophy, he had a different layout.

      Yuzu: ย This is not related to Patrick anymore. ย I was really fired up this time. Boyang Jin got 95 points in SP, right? ย When I saw that score, I thought, wow NO MISTAKES!! ย He gave the best of his abilities! ย OH YES!!!!

      Shuzo: You didnโ€™t thinkย OH NO!!!ย ย You thoughtย OH YES????

      Yuzu: ย I thought โ€œItโ€™s here!!!โ€œ ย Since I was a child, I have never liked winning a competition when others made mistakes. ย Everyone skates to their best, but I still come first, above all. ย That is what I like. I like pushing myself to the edgeโ€”.โ€

      (translation cr:ย yuzusorbet)

      It saysย volumesย about his competitive mentality.
    • This is also iconic AF.ย โ€˜In your mind, what do you mean by wanting to win with a commanding lead?โ€™

      (Matsuoka Shuzoโ€™s face is a MOOD)
  • He actually has a published quote book of cool things he’s said in interviews since he was a newly minted senior. Here’s a partial translation series I started doing in Olympic season and here’s the newest version.
    • There’s a chance some of these are inspired by anime protagonists. This season he’s been talking about overcoming a ‘tall wall’ and there being ‘walls and doors’. ((Yuzuru, do you watch Haikyuu?!))
How does the skating world regard him?

Did I mention he happens to be pretty good at figure skating? 

  • Heโ€™s broken the world record 18 times and counting, most of them his own records (the video is his reaction to the first 11)
  • Heโ€™s the first man in 66yrs since Dick Button to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in mens figure skating (Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018)
  • Completed his Super Slam in February 2020. Hilariously, while most skaters complete their slam with an Olympic gold medal, he already had TWO before he won Four Continents, which was the competition missing from the Slam list (he missed out on several due to injury and had silvers for the other two). Just Yuzu things.
  • Holds all 3 historical figure skating world records for Short Program, Free Program and Total Score under the +/-3GOE system (the rule system was changed in 2018 and records reset). He was the first to break 100, 200, 300 points barrier in the new +/-5GOE system as well
  • Remained at number one in the world standings for the entire Olympic cycle since 2013 despite aforementioned heart-attack-inducing injuries and illnesses


So Yuzuru has been wanting this medal literally for ENTIRE LIFE, which he has planned since he was a novice skater and had seriously begun planning since right after he won the gold in Sochi. this plan had to be adjusted along the way due to the truly distressing number of injuries, illnesses and misfortunes he sustained during the last quad from 2014 – 2017 (his Olympic athlete profile has PARAGRAPHS dedicated to all his injuries – and note these are only the post-2014 ones).

But Yuzuru started the 2017-18 Olympic season with a plan to basically break all 3 of his WRs at the Olympics by recycling his iconic Chopin and Seimei programs but upgrading the layout and introducing a new quad – the 4Lz – which he had been preparing for years. he trained so hard during summer that his coach Brian Orser remarked he would have been ready to go to the Olympics right then and there. he landed his 4Lz for the first time in competition at Rostelecom Cup and seemed poised to fight for momentum during the 2017-18 Grand Prix season.

And then this plan was, once again, thrown out the window when he sustained an ankle injury in practice right before the NHK Trophy in early November, which was much more severe than he first thought. he sat out of competition for 3mths, literally disappearing from all news and the public eye, despite hoping to return first at Japanese Nationals and then to the Pyeongchang team event, but pulled out of both as well. (honestly, Olympic season was a Pretty Big Disaster For So Many Bizarre Reasons…)

Yuzuru made his comeback from injury debut at the individual menโ€™s event, aka. the BIG DEAL, after marching into the airport like a BOSS. we were told he had only recovered his triple axel 3 weeks ago and his quads 2 weeks ago, but post-Olympics, he slowly revealed that it was even more dire than that. he skated the entire Olympics on painkillers that were not working 100% which meant every jump landing hurt, accepting the risk he may permanently damage his ankle or worsen his injury because they didn’t actually know the extent of his injury at that point. 

And he. frikkin. WON. by doing thisand this

(It was also the 1000th medal in Winter Olympics history because destiny rewards those who are Most Extra)

But WAIT, you say, what is it about his skating that you love so much?

  • Some of his iconic moves ; _ ; His flexibility has been a key asset since he was young as very few male figure skaters could do the biellmann position in spins and a one handed hydroblade. He said I respect the no core strength community but that’s not me
  • He’s never taken formal ballet classes but here’s a ballet teacher and fan analysing some of his positions and a professional ballerino analysing his Chopin program
  • Edges. Have you seen anything more ridiculous??
  • He has the ability to engage in multidirectional and varied skating with huge amounts of speed, his Step Sequences are monsters, as are his choreo sequences and his transitions going in and out of jumps are the most complex in the field – eg. doing a triple axel in and out of twizzles or from a back counter entry
  • His spins are also amazing. He’s the full package. You wanna watch my personal favourite example of his completely ridiculous skating skills, speed and performance ability? I gotchu
  • Iconic program alert: romeo and juliet 1.0 at worlds, less than 1yr after the tsunami disaster, after he spent all summer training sporadically at ice shows. after flying under the radar for his senior debut, this really launched him onto the international stage
  • Iconic program alert: Sochi olympic short program (the thing that won him the gold lbr)
  • VERY iconic program alert: Chopin and Seimei at Grand Prix Finals 2015/16 
    • His skates for the two programs at NHK Trophy only a fortnight prior smashed the World Record.
    • Under enormous pressure and expectation going into the Grand Prix Final, he skated last, skated perfectly and achieved the WR for highest short program and total program score, beating the silver medallist Javier Fernandez by almost 40 points
    • heโ€™s brought them both back and try to surpass them for the Olympic season because he wasnโ€™t already under enough pressure
  • Seimei is arguably one of the greatest masterpieces of skating programs and Yuzuru was involved in every step of putting it together
  • More iconic program alert: hope and legacy FS at Worlds 2016/17 where he came back from 5th place in the Short Program to win the free and break his own world record yet again (annotated version so you can appreciate just how difficult and insane the layout was)
  • Broke his 12th WR in the first event of the 2017-2018 Olympic season at the ACI Challenger event with a sore knee and downgraded jump layout
    • Hilariously, his coach brian orser was – uncharacteristically – warning everyone that his first skates of the season are like โ€˜first pancakesโ€™ and to not expect too much from him before the SP
    • His fans, needless to say, were amused
    • He did go ahead and die in the free skate the following day though, and finished with his obligatory Canadian silver
  • Jumped and landed his first 4Lz in competition at the Rostelecom Cup 2017 (watch it clean – itโ€™s a THING OF BEAUTY) and now has landed 4 types of quads in competition (4T, 4S, 4Lo and 4Lz). Has now said that being the first person ever to land the 4A – his childhood dream – is one of his key motivations.
    • Note from 2019: he uh….tried it. on the last day of being 24 (please remember MOST SKATERS HIS AGE HAVE RETIRED BY NOW AND THE QUAD AXEL HAS NEVER EVEN BEEN ATTEMPTED COMPETITIVELY EVER)
  • Just go watch all his programs lol
  • Wanna see an on-ice POV of his Parisienne Walkways? You’re welcome for the food
  • Has a majestic jump face. Itโ€™s art. literally. 

But also what else?

  • Oh you wanna know more, huh? I GOT U BB, WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE
  • He may be a god? idk? He has multiple shrines in Japan that his fans make pilgrimmages to, because of their unintentional connections with him. Some include yuzuruha shrine in kobe because it shares 2 characters with his name (almost 3), the seimei jinja in kyoto, and abe no seimei shrine in osaka.
  • Oda visited oneย and basically all theย emaย wishes were for him (Yuzuru himself also visited the shrine to pray as well)
  • A kind fan even put together a list of places to visit for Yuzuru fans wanting to make a pilgrimmage

gif cr: balladestorm

In conclusion, thank you for reading and I hope you know more about this special, brilliant boy ( :