[ENG SUB] Yuzuru Hanyu & Shingo Murakami Interview – Towards Beijing, the story of the little known ‘treasure’ – 20211230

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[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese Nationals ‘Day After’ Interview โ€“ 20211227

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 27 December 2021

Part 1ย |ย Part 2 | Part 3

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

Part 1

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

Q: What do you think about the power of words?

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 3


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


(End of the interview)


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

[ENG SUB] Yuzuru Hanyu Self Commentary – Japanese Nationals FS โ€“ 211226

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

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All articles originally published 26 December 2021

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Part 1


Q: Please reflect on your free program.

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

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


Q: You challenged the 4A for the first time

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

Y: Well, in the morning practice, I wasnโ€™t really expecting that I could rotate it. In any case, the actual competition was most important. I practised with the intent to rotate it properly there. However, I was really unable to jump it, so I was somewhat despairing. Um, up until the actual competition, I was really frazzled. Well, with all those things in mind, I felt once again that itโ€™s really difficult to be trying a jump in competition that I hadnโ€™t landed decisively yet.  


Q: How good was the quad Axel this time?

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

Y: Well, I think I did what I could. On the first day, when everyone saw that Axel, they were probably thinking โ€˜Ah, Hanyuโ€™s Axel has really improvedโ€™. Actually, it was only able to improve to that extent in the last two weeks. Until that point, I was just constantly throwing myself into it, couldnโ€™t create my axis and the rotations were also getting more and more insufficient. I was slamming my body against the ice over and over again, and doing jumps that seemed like they were going to kill me. Somehow, the jump eventually came to take shape. But itโ€™s not something I can do every day. Therefore, while I think everyone might be feeling something like โ€˜oh, heโ€™s almost landing it, isnโ€™t he?โ€™, the truth is that thereโ€™s still a lot to do, even to get there. How tough it is to create the axis, to have the confidence to create the proper axis, then you know itโ€™s impossible unless you rotate the thing 100%. Well, if I were to be able to do that in competition, right now, I think there are places I can compromise on [for those considerations]. Even though Iโ€™m frustrated/kuyashii about it. 


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

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

Y: To tell you the truth, the output was worse before the NHK Trophy, but I was finally able to land the jump without falling before the NHK Trophy. And then, just as I thought โ€˜oh, I can stand on itโ€™, I sprained my ankle the next day. With the sprain, various kinds of stress piled up and then I developed esophagitis, a fever and various other things. I was truly unable to do anything at all for a whole month. During that time, I thought maybe I should give up. Iโ€™d gotten this far. It had taken form. I wasnโ€™t falling on it anymore. Therefore, even before arriving at these Japanese Nationals, although [the jump] got better than [before] the NHK Trophy,โ€ฆ how to best put it. Honestly, I thought this should probably be okay, that maybe it would be okay even if I gave up at this point. 

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

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

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2


Q: You were throwing yourself at the jump until about 2 weeks ago, did getting to this point serve as a catalyst in any way?

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

Y: Iโ€™ve been establishing a training method little by little. I was able to do various things, for example: realizing I need to train a certain way for this particular purpose, and another way for a different purpose. I feel like finally, these little ones* are solidifying little by little. After all, even if you understand something, itโ€™s not something you can do immediately, just like that. As I thought, itโ€™s completely different from the 3A. I think I have to keep gathering more and more information, even from here on out. 

*T/N: Affectionate way he refers to his jumps as his โ€œchildrenโ€ or โ€œlittle onesโ€ย 


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

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

Y: This will be a long answer, is that okay? Shall I shorten it? Well, to be honest, I am indeed a little frantic. I know thereโ€™s the fact that if I donโ€™t jump it soon, my body is going to decline gradually. But thereโ€™s no doubt Iโ€™m behind the time limit that I set for myself, so thereโ€™s also the pain of wondering why Iโ€™m this far from jumping it. And along with that kind of pain is the question of โ€˜well, if Iโ€™ve done this much and still canโ€™t do it, is there the need to do it?โ€™, that kind of thing. There were definitely things that tempted me to give up. But ultimately, on the last day of training before coming to the Japanese Nationals, I jumped and fell on about 4 attempts that would be judged as โ€˜qโ€™. At the time, after giving much consideration, I realized that I didnโ€™t want to give up on it at Nationals. Since Iโ€™ve come this far, since itโ€™s everyoneโ€™s dream, the dream that everyone is betting on me for, I thought I want to fulfil it for everyone โ€” well of course for myself, but also for everyone.ย 


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

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

Y: I wonder how many. I havenโ€™t thought about it myself. But I do currently limit my attempts per day. However, even though I limit the number of times I try the 4A, I jump the triple Axel and single Axel as practice for the quad Axelโ€ฆwell, I jumped them many times in the public practice this time. Iโ€™ve done those kinds of practices single-mindedly dozens of times. And thenโ€ฆ the mental aspect plays a huge part in this but no one has jumped this jump before, and you could also say it feels like no one is even capable of doing it. So in order to find the process to be able to accomplish it, it truly is like youโ€™re walking intently alone in the dark. Therefore, each time, Iโ€™m practicing [so intensely] while thinking I might hit my head, fall over, and die from a concussion or something*, yes.

[To Shoma Uno who was waiting for his turn to be interviewed]  โ€”  Shoma, sorry!

*T/N: Our interpretation is that this is Yuzu expanding on his answer in Part 1 where he was talking about the toll it took on him to be falling on the jump over and over again; itโ€™s his way of describing the difficulty of training the 4A and a fear he had, rather than a real incident.


[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese Nationals Post-SP Interview โ€“ 20211224

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 24 December 2021

Part 1ย |ย Part 2

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



Q: Looking back on your performanceโ€ฆ

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 23 December 2021

Part 1ย |ย Part 2

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


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


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

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

Yuzuru (Y): Ah well, trulyโ€ฆ today, I think the most important thing for today was to stabilise my axis. I wasnโ€™t focusing too much on my rotations. Thereforeโ€ฆwell, I think I was able to do what I needed to do today. Well, it seems like I always say this, but that’s how I’m feeling today. Iโ€™m still not in the condition to give 100% on my rotations. Nevertheless, I was able to properly stabilise my axis on ice while confirming the feel of the ice today.

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

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

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

Y: U~mโ€ฆ well, the times where I was able to land with that feeling [today] are when I could maintain a good axis. The other thing is that there are times when I rotate with a lot of power, putting 100%, well perhaps 110% of my power into the rotation, I felt like falling on Axels that were around the ‘q’ mark (1/4 underrotated). After all, thatโ€™s something [I havenโ€™t mastered]… balancing both of them (axis and power) in practice is still difficult as expected, yes. 


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


Y: Uhm, none. Thatโ€™s right. 


Q: What are your thoughts towards the Beijing Olympics?

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

Y: You seem happy fufufufufu. Um. Well. To be honest, the day before yesterday, I was [practising the 4A] thinking that if I couldnโ€™t land it, I would have to keep trying until the Olympics. The truth is, personally, Iโ€™ve thought that an Axel around this level should be okay. Well, in terms of the formโ€ฆ how do I put it? I donโ€™t think it will be called clean and it may not get a positive GOE, but in its form, it has become a 4A. So itโ€™s like โ€˜well, have you done your best?โ€™ Iโ€™ve been pursuing the 4A for 3 years already – well, Iโ€™ve focused on it especially for the last two years. Iโ€™ve really practised and faced it head-on, and itโ€™s gotten to this level. So I did feel like โ€˜isnโ€™t it already enough?โ€™. But in my last practice [before coming to JNats], I was just holding on, and jumping the Axel nonstop for one and a half hours. And when I couldnโ€™t do it, I was thinking โ€˜ah, Iโ€™ve come all this wayโ€™, โ€˜ah Iโ€™m tiredโ€™, and while really being all over the place in various waysโ€ฆ But, somehow, itโ€™s not just my jump alone. Well, the person jumping [the 4A] is me, and indeed I was the one who said [I would do it]. But everyoneโ€ฆif everyone is saying that itโ€™s only something that I can do, I thought of accomplishing it as a sort of mission.


Q: Is it okay to aim for the Olympics?

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

Y: Um~ Well, I donโ€™t know. If I can land it here, maybe Iโ€™ll be satisfied. I havenโ€™t given up on the thought of landing it here. Therefore, today as well, I tried to accumulate what I could and needed to do today. Tomorrow is the Short Program so I donโ€™t have intentions of practising the Axel then. But in the practice the day after the SP, on the day of the FS, I may land it in my performance. Iโ€™d like to attempt it properly without throwing away this dream and without giving up. But Iโ€™ve come here accepting that the Beijing Olympics may be the extension to this journey. Yes.

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Part 2


Q: Is it correct to say the last quad Axel you did was two-footed and slightly under-rotated? Are you going to do the quad Axel in your free program?

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

Y: Yes. Um, the answer to both questions is โ€˜yes.โ€™ Uhm, the rotations seemed lacking to me as well. Well, I do feel that I landed it with both feet while creating a proper axis. But, as I said in reply to the question just now, today wasnโ€™t a day for me to work on rotation, personally. Thatโ€™s why I think (what I did today) was ok. Also, as for putting it into the free, well, today the music was a little off, and the music I submitted was the wrong one, so I gave up on it halfway through the later half. But, well, I think I want to do it with the Axel in the first half of the program.

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

Q: Today, when you were going for the (quad) Axel, did you enter it by slowing down a little? Did you learn any sort of trick for it?

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

Y: Well, ultimately if you canโ€™t grasp the axis, the rotations wonโ€™t be fast either. Um, of course there are various strategies to it. Um, if it were as simple as going for the jump recklessly jumping and just rotating, well, maybe I could have landed it sometime last year. Iโ€™ve thought about a lot of things, and well, how to put it, even if I talk about it in detail, I donโ€™t think what I want to say will come across, so thereโ€™s not much I can say. But, my intention is to first make an axis. Then, if I can grasp the axis quickly and properly, then I can do the rotations quickly as well, so in that sense, itโ€™s more controlled now in speed compared to before (past 4A attempts).


Q: Are there no worries about your right ankle?


Y: Yes, thatโ€™s correct.

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

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

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

Y: Umโ€ฆ umโ€ฆ What should I start with? Ah, letโ€™s start with the short program. The reason I picked the shortโ€ฆ First, I was quite troubled thinking about it. Um, I myself donโ€™t even remember what exactly I said last time, or rather, it was the time before that, but like I said when I won 4CC [2020] and when I returned to Ballade No.1, I have been seriously searching for a piano piece. And so, I was looking for a piece while constantly thinking about what a short program with a โ€œYuzuru Hanyuโ€-like expression would be, and what would be something that only โ€œYuzuru Hanyuโ€ could convey. And, well, I couldnโ€™t really find anything for a while. I wasnโ€™t able to find something that I could say โ€œthatโ€™s it,โ€ something that would make my heart pound, and during that time, I came across โ€œRondo Capricciosoโ€, a song that I had wanted to try from way back. And so, I felt that if I wanted to skate to this, if I skated to the piano version, I thought it would perhaps become more โ€œme-like.โ€ But, instead of using the already existing regular piano version, I thought of how last season, during the time I was going through a really difficult period of being really down, skating with Mr. Kiyotsukaโ€™s* music really gave me the energy to live on and keep skating, and so I thought that if I did my program this time to Mr. Kiyotsukaโ€™s piano, maybe I would be able to skate it with better spirits as well, and I would perhaps be able to skate it with more of my emotion put into it. So I requested Mr. Kiyotsuka to compose the music this time. Not compose, but rather arrange. So Iโ€™m using an original version of the piece.

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

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

Y: And then, as for my ankle, umโ€ฆ it happened during the run-through of the free program. During the run-through, from the beginning of the free program, I attempted a 4A, and when I went straight into the next Salchow, um, the edge (of the skate blade) got stuck in the ice. And I had just had the edges sharpened, so I was skating while thinking that something felt wrong. Um, well, I thought it couldnโ€™t be helped, the edge really was caught in the ice, and I should have been able to pull it out but I couldnโ€™t, and my ankle cracked. So, the direct cause of my sprained ankle was the Salchow, and if I had been jumping just the Salchow alone, there would have been no problem. Ultimately, I think it was because I was practicing the 4A as well, and plus the fact I wasnโ€™t keeping up with maintenance of my edges properly. Um, something like that, and as a result I ended up getting a sprain.

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

Y: Um, what should I say about the progress. Well, since I already know a lot about sprains of the right foot, so I was intently thinking of just how to heal it quickly, and so I did things like KAATSU* training, using it to give pressure (to the muscle) to promote healing, and I also used ultrasounds, and low frequency waves, just a variety of things, since well, what I can do (while in) Sendai by myself is limited. So by doing all that, I worked towards healing it. Yes. Thank you, and Iโ€™m sorry this became so long.

*T/N: We are not 100% sure what kind of training and treatments he is speaking about in this answer, but this one seems to refer to a training called โ€œkaatsuโ€ which uses training bands to put pressure & restrict blood flow as a form of physical therapy and to help speed up recovery.


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


 โ€ปThe following is obtained through his representative confirming


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


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

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

Eng subbed video to come later

Translation: @axelsandwich
Proofreading: @shinjistarxx

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

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

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

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

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

(August, 2018)

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

(March, 2019)

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

(September, 2020)

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

(March, 2021)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Isnโ€™t it a bit insane?? 

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

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

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

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

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

Interviewer: [Hanyu] said balancing the two was difficult

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

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

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

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

Mura: Even with reduced speed, the quad is possible

Sakurai: The ultimate angle to release longest flight distance

Uchimura: Twist the upper body first

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

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu x FRAU Interview 211010

Photo by Norio Kidera

Original article was first published 10 October 2021

Translation: @axelsandwich
Proofreading: @shinjistarxx

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

Yuzuru Hanyu, the top athlete driving the figure skating world. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, he did not return to his training base in Canada but continued training all alone and marked his first victory in 5 years at the Japanese National Championships at the end of last year. In order to meet with Hanyu-senshu, who possesses extraordinary strength and artistry and is continuing to advance his craft, we travelled to Sendai, the city of forests overflowing with greenery.  

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

Figure skating is a sport that has an artistic facet that judges according to a standard of beauty. He spoke about how the most important things are high attention to detail and awareness. 

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

[Figure skating] is a competition [judged] by the perfection and beauty of its moves/skills but, as you are judged by human beings, you have to put out performances that appeal to people with differing values. Itโ€™s because I have high standards for the details that I fixate on and am aware of [in my performance] that I can continue to give my all. Though itโ€™s important how objectively I can evaluate myself, if I just fixate on what I want to express, I feel Iโ€™d only be able to put out self-centered performances, so a program can firstly only be complete if it can convey something to the audience. If itโ€™s a happy program, Iโ€™d wish that the people watching could do their best the next day, and that it could prompt them to move forward in their hearts. If itโ€™s a sad program, Iโ€™d like it to be a way for the people watching to connect with their pain and experiences. Iโ€™ve only lived 26 years, but Iโ€™d like to express my own story and feelings. Not only in relation to the past, but my feelings towards the future, and the things Iโ€™m experiencing currentlyโ€ฆ though itโ€™s very varied. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Itโ€™s because I believe I can do it. I think putting my wishes into words has a good impact on my mind. When I feel like Iโ€™m going to be crushed down, I change that to motivation and keep working hard. Though I do get overwhelmed and there are times my stomach hurts, I hope I can turn that power in a good direction. Itโ€™s because I get nervous that I can, single-mindedly, concentrate and tackle problems head on. 


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

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

To be honest, I wasnโ€™t thinking about it like that; on the contrary, I feel that itโ€™s not a good thing to be stereotyped as persevering and polite because weโ€™re Japanese. And I think there are people who have a complex against that. Itโ€™s because everyone is different from each other that they are good. When I meet with foreign athletes, there are differences in our values and each personโ€™s attitudes towards skating is varied. But ultimately, when it comes time to do something together, we can unite. That is the sort of diverse society that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stand for, and something I think is very important. 

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

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

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

In skating and also in studying, knowledge is important. In regards to SDGsโ€™ activities as well, I did research into items that attempt to keep the limited resources in our natural environment sustainable and I want to choose those kinds of products [to use]. Iโ€™m personally interested in the problem of rubbish, so I try to normally carry around reusable bottles in training. Even though it may be small, I think one way to keep moving forward is to ask myself what I can do. 

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

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

[ENG SUB] Yuzuru Hanyu Special Program – Dreams on Ice – 210724

The special program is split into 5 subbed parts – full performances have been cut

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