[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu – World Championships 2021 ‘Day After’ Interview – 210328

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Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 28 March 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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

PART ONE

――フăƒȘăƒŒă§ăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čă‚’ćŽ©ă—ăŸăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€ć–˜æŻăŒć‡șăŸăšă„ă†ć ±é“ă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŸăŒ

ă€€ă€Œć–˜æŻăźç™ș䜜è‡Șäœ“ăŻăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăźćŸŒă«ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšæ„Ÿă˜ăŸă‹ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠăżăŸă‚‰ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšè‹Šă—ă‹ăŁăŸăȘăšæ€ă†ăă‚‰ă„ă§ç‰čă«ăŸă‚äŒšć Žć…„ă‚ŠăŒé…ăăȘăŁăŸç†ç”±ăšă‹ă§ăŻăȘă„ă€‚ăŸă ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă—ăŸăƒˆăƒ©ăƒ–ăƒ«ăŒăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ç¶šă„ăŠă„ăŁăŠă€ăŸă‚ă€ćźŸéš›ă«6ćˆ†é–“ç·Žçż’ă§ăŻćœ±éŸżæ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«ă»ă‚“ăźăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăźă»ă“ă‚ăłăŒć…šéƒšă«ă€ăȘがったかăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ćŽŸć› ăŻă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă—ăŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‹ăšă„ăŁăŠă€ă˜ă‚ƒă‚ăă‚ŒăŒă€ă‚ăźă™ă”ă„ć€§ăăȘミă‚čă ăŁăŸă‹ăšèš€ă‚ă‚Œă‚Œă°ă€ç‚čæ•°ă»ă©ć€§ăăȘミă‚čではăȘă‹ăŁăŸăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚1ă€ăšă€ă»ă‚“ăźăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ăšă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ă ă‘ăȘたでè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰é †äœă ăšă‹ă€ç‚čæ•°ă ăšă‹ăă‚Œä»„äžŠă«è‡Ș戆ぼ侭ではやりきれたăȘăšă„ă†æ„Ÿè§Šă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€

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

Yuzuru: I think I felt the asthma attack itself a little bit after the free skate. But, after it ended, I thought it was a bit painful, but well, I wasn’t late to coming to the rink for that reason in particular. It’s rather, there were a few small troubles that kept stacking up. Well, in the 6 minute warm-up, I didn’t feel any effects from that, but ultimately, I think all those small things ended up making everything fall apart. In my mind, I’m certain of the cause. Having said that, if asked whether that was what led to that huge mistake [in the free program], I don’t think it was as big of a miss as it was in terms of the miss in the score. It’s just within myself, one by one, little by little, everything started to come apart. That’s why, even more so than things like the placements and scores was the feeling within myself that I had properly completed the program.

 ――挗äșŹäș”èŒȘă‚’ç›źæŒ‡ă™æ°—æŒăĄăŻ

ă€€ă€Œă†ïœžă‚“ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹çŸćœčやめるべかやめăȘいべかじゃăȘăăŠă€ăăźă€ă†ă‚“ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«è·łăčăȘいべæș€è¶łă§ăăȘいぼで侀生、ままま。もちろん、そぼ、ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€äž€æ™‚æœŸă€ă‚ă‚ćčŽă ăȘăšă‹äœ“ć‹•ă‹ăȘくăȘったăȘăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’æ€ă†æ—„ă€…ă‚‚ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ă§ă‚‚ä»Šă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŠæ„Ÿă˜ă‚‹ăźăŻă€ăŸă ăŸă è‡Șćˆ†ă€æˆé•·ă§ăă‚‹ăȘăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ăăźă€ăă‚Œè‡Șäœ“ăŒćźŒć…šă«ç”æžœă ăšă‹ă€ăŸă‚ă€ćƒ•ăźć ŽćˆăŻéŽćŽ»ăźæ „ć…‰ăšă‹ăȘă‚ŠæŻ”èŒƒă•ă‚Œă‚„ă™ă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€éŽćŽ»ăźæ „ć…‰ăšæŻ”èŒƒă—ăŠă‚‚ă€ă˜ă‚ƒă‚ăŸă äżăŠăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‹ăšèš€ă‚ă‚ŒăŸă‚‰ă€ăă‚ŒăŻé›Łă—ă„ăšă“ă‚ăŒă‚ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăŸă ă€çąșćźŸă«ăƒŹăƒ™ăƒ«ă‚ąăƒƒăƒ—ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€çąșćźŸă«ćčłæ˜Œă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żăźæ™‚ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă€ăƒ˜ăƒ«ă‚·ăƒłă‚­ăƒŻăƒŒăƒ«ăƒ‰ăźæ™‚ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ç”¶ćŻŸă†ăŸăăȘっどいるんでè‡Ș戆。だから、ăȘんか限界だăȘăŁăŠæ„Ÿă˜ăŻăȘいです。ただ、こぼ限界だăȘăŁăŠæ€ă†ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„æ™‚æœŸă‚’ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠäč—ă‚Šè¶ŠăˆăŠă„ăă‹ă€‚ăŸă‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ć›œćˆ„ă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŠă€ăŸă‚ć›œćˆ„ă‚’ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšä»Šé ­ă‹ă‚‰ć€–ă—ăŸçŠ¶æ…‹ă§ć–‹ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă‚ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンă‚Șăƒ•ăźçŠ¶æłăźäž­ă§ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ăă“ăšă«ăȘă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ăäž­ă§ă€ă‚ă‚è·łăčăȘいăȘăšă‹ç”¶æœ›æ„Ÿă‚’ăŸăŸć‘łă‚ăŁăŸæ™‚ă«ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠäč—ă‚Šè¶ŠăˆăŠă„ăă‹ă€‚ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠè‡Șćˆ†ă«é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ć ±é…ŹäžŽăˆăŠă‚ă’ă‚‹ă‹ă€‚ăă‚Œă‚’è‰Čă€…è€ƒăˆăȘăŒă‚‰ä»Šăźè‡Șćˆ†ăźçŸ„è­˜ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ç”Œéš“ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚’æŽ»ă‹ă—ăȘがらäč—ă‚Šè¶ŠăˆăŠă„ă‹ăȘいべいけăȘいăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ă§ă™ă€

— What are your feelings aiming towards the Beijing Olympics?

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

PART TWO

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―What about your training base going forward?

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

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

 ――フăƒȘăƒŒăźăƒă‚§ăƒłăźæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’èŠ‹ăŠ

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―Your thoughts on Chen’s Free Skate?

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

PART THREE

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ă€€ă€Œäœ“èȘżă€ć•éĄŒăȘいです。敏題ăȘいです、敏題ăȘă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăƒ†ăƒŹăƒ“ăźçš†ă•ă‚“ćżƒé…ă—ăŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚äœ“èȘżăŻć…šç„¶ć•éĄŒăȘいです」

―How is your physical condition?

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

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ă€€ă€Œă‚ăŻăŻă€‚ăƒ‰ç›Žçƒă«èžăăŸă™ă­ïŒă‚ăƒŒă€ă‚ă‹ă‚“ăȘă„ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ăăźă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«æ±șă‚ăŸăšèš€ăŁăŠă‚‚ă€ă©ă†æ±șăŸăŁăŸă‹ă«ă‚‚ă‚ˆă‚‹ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいですかね。ăȘんかè‡Șćˆ†ăŒçŽćŸ—ă§ăăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‹ă§ăăŠă„ăȘいぼかべか。4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚’ć‡„ă„é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă‹ć‡„ă„ăƒ•ă‚©ăƒŒă‚«ă‚čă—ăŠă€ç›źæš™ăšă—ăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ăźă‚‚ă€ç”ć±€ăŻè‡Ș戆ぼ濃がæș€è¶łă§ăă‚‹ă‹ă§ăăȘă„ăźă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŒăŸă¶ă‚“æ čæœŹă ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€4Aè·łă‚“ă ăšă—ăŠæș€è¶łă§ăă‚‹ăźă‹ăŁăŠă„う憅ćźčă ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€ă‚‚ă—ă‹ă—ăŸă‚‰è€ƒăˆă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ăŸă ă€ć…ˆă»ă©ăźć–æăźæ™‚ă«ă‚‚èš€ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚çąșćźŸă«ă†ăŸăăȘăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠă€‚ă”ă”ă€‚æ™źé€šă«ă†ăŸăăȘăŁăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€‚äŸ‹ăˆă°ă€ăƒ˜ăƒ«ă‚·ăƒłă‚­ăźăƒŻăƒŒăƒ«ăƒ‰ăźæ™‚ăšæ§‹æˆæŻ”ăčどみたら、çąșかに1æœŹă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ć°‘ăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ćŸŒćŠă«ă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠăƒˆăƒŒăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă«ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăƒŽăƒŒăƒŸă‚čできるçąșçŽ‡ăŁăŠă„ă†ă‹ă€ćŽ©ă‚ŒăȘくăȘăŁăŸćŒ·ă•ăšă‹ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźăŻă‚ăźé ƒă‚ˆă‚ŠäžŠă«ăȘăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻç‹™ăˆă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘăŁăŠăăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ă€‚ă‚ăźé ƒăŻăŸă ć¶ç„¶ă§ă€‚ă‚ŸăƒŒăƒłă«ć…„ăŁăŠăăŸăšă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă«ăȘăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚ä»ŠăŻç‹™ăˆă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘăŁăŠăăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€‚æœŹćœ“ă«ă†ăŸăăȘったăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€ćźŸăŻă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ä»Šç”æžœć‡șおăȘăăŠèŸ›ă„ăȘăšă‹ă€è‹Šă—ă„ăȘăšæ€ă†ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ăŁăĄă‚ƒă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ä»Šć›žăźæŒ”æŠ€ă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ç‚čæ•°ăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ć‡șăȘいゾャンプたちだたったし、ć‡șăȘă„æŒ”æŠ€ă ăŁăŸăšăŻæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ç‚čæ•°ä»„äžŠă«ă€ă‚ă‚ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ă‚’ă—ăŠăăŸă“ăšăŻé–“é•ăŁăŠăȘかったăȘăšă„ă†æ„Ÿè§Šă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹æŒ”æŠ€ă§ă—ăŸă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ă‚ăŸă‚Šă™ă”ă„é™ç•Œă ă‹ă‚‰èŸžă‚ă‚‹ă€ăżăŸă„ăȘæ„Ÿè§ŠăŻăȘいですね」

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

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

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ă€€ă€Œă•ăŁăăƒ•ă‚žă•ă‚“ăźć–æăźæ™‚ă«èš€ăŁăĄă‚ƒăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšă€è‡Ș戆ぼ頭ぼ侭では、ăȘんですけど。4AăŻă€Žć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ă«ć…„ă‚ŒăŸă„ăŁăŠă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŒă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ăăźæ°—æŒăĄă§ă€ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’ă€ăăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ăźă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăŸă çąș漚ではăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă€Žć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ăŻă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ă‹ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ć…šç„¶ăŸă ä»Šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłè©Šćˆç©ă‚ăŠăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŸăĄăšă€‚ă‚‚ăŁăšă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăźè‰Żă„ăšă“ă‚ă‚’èŠ‹ă›ăŸă„ăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸăŸă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ć…„ăŁăŸă‚‰ć…šç„¶ă€ć°è±ĄăŒć€‰ă‚ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸæ„ć‘łă§ă‚‚ă“ăźć­ă‚’ćźŒæˆă•ă›ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŒă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€

―Your programs for next season?

Y: I said this in Fuji TV’s interview earlier but in any case, this is just in my mind but I do want to put the 4A in ‘Ten to Chi to’. Well, I created this program with that desire. Therefore – though I haven’t completely decided yet – I feel that I want to skate ‘Ten to Chi to’. After all, I’ve barely had any competitions this season. I want to show more of the good parts of this program. And I think once the 4A is added, its impression will completely change. It’s for those reasons, I want to perfect this little one.*

*T/N: Yuzu is metaphorically referring to ‘Ten to Chi to’ as though it’s a child. 

ă€€â€•â€•ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăŻ1æ—„ă©ă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‹ă€‚ă©ăźçš‹ćșŠăŸă§ăăŠă„るたか。

 「えっべ、8戆ぼ1ć›žă‚Œă°ç«‹ăŠăŸă™ă­ă€é–“é•ă„ăȘăă€‚ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ‡ă‚Łăƒłă‚°ă§ăăŸă™ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăă“ăŸă§èĄŒăăŸă§ă«ă€ă‹ăȘă‚Šäœ“ă‚’é…·äœżă—ăŠă„ăŠă€ç—›ă‚€éƒšćˆ†ă ăšă‹ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ć‡șăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă‹ă€‚ăƒ€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăŻçąșćźŸă«æșœăŸăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăšă€‚ă‚ăšă€äœ•ćˆ†ă‹ă€‚ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ăˆăƒŒïŒˆä»„才ぼèłȘć•ă§ïŒ‰ă„ă€ăŸă§ă«ïŒˆä»Šć€§äŒšăźă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«æ–­ćż”ă‚’ïŒ‰æ±șă‚ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ïŒŸăżăŸă„ăȘă“ăšèš€ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€3æ—„ć‰ă§ă™ăŁăŠèš€ăŁăŸă‚„ă€ă§ă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ăźă€æœŹćœ“ă«è‡Ș戆ぼ侭ではăƒȘミットは2æœˆăźç”‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă§ă«é™ă‚ŠăȘă‘ă‚Œă°ć…„ă‚Œă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠăŠă€‚2æœˆăŸă§ă«é™ă‚ŠăŸă‚‰ć…„ă‚Œă‚‹ăšæ±șめどいたんですよ、1æœŹă§ă‚‚é™ă‚ŠăŸă‚‰ć…„ă‚Œă‚‹ăšæ±șă‚ăŠă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚2æœˆăŸă§ă«é™ă‚Šă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘăăŠă€ă§ă€ă“ă“ăŸă§ć»¶é•·ă—ăŠă—ăŸăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăă“ă‚‰ăžă‚“ăŻă‹ăȘă‚Šæ­»ăŹæ°—ă§ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸăźă§ă€‚ă»ă‹ăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—è·łă‚“ă§ăȘă„ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă—ă‹ă‚„ăŁăŠăȘい、べかあるぼで。2æ™‚é–“ă¶ăŁç¶šă‘ăšă‹ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“4ć›žè»ąćŠăšăŁăšă§ăŻăȘいですけど。2æ™‚é–“ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă°ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ç·Žçż’ă‚‚ç”æ§‹ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ćčłć‡ă—お45ćˆ†ăŻă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚çš†ă•ă‚“ă‚‚ä»Šć€§ć€‰ăżăŸă„ăȘăźă§ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸăŸăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă™ă€

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

Y: Um, if I can just rotate about ⅛ more, I can get it, without doubt. I can land it. So until I can get there, I have been pushing my body and there have been points of pain that are appearing little by little. The damage is definitely accumulating. And then you asked how long I was training it? Let’s see…but
 there was a question before [in a past interview] about when I decided to abandon plans for the quad Axel in this competition, and I said three days. Truthfully, I had thought to myself that the limit was that I had to land it by the end of February or I couldn’t put it in. If I landed it by February, I decided I would add it; if I landed even just one, I decided I would put it in the program. But, I couldn’t land it by the end of February, and so I extended the deadline until now. Around that time, I was indeed working like hell. I didn’t jump any of the other jumps, just the Axel. For two hours on end. Of course, I wasn’t jumping the 4A the entire time, but there were indeed quite a few two hour sessions where I only jumped Axels. I think on average about 45 minutes. Thank you very much. It’s been a tough day for everyone. Thank you. I ask for your support again.

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

Post-FS video interview

Translation + transcript of interview

―フăƒȘăƒŒăźæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’æŒŻă‚Šèż”ăŁăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸă™ă‹

ă„ă‚„ăƒŒăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăȘă‚“ă‹ć…šéƒšæłąă«ă†ăŸăäč—ă‚ŒăȘă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă­ă€‚ăŸă ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăŸă€ć…šäœ“ăšă—ăŠă†ăŸăă„ăŁăŠăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăŸă‚ć€§ăăȘè»ąć€’ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€è‡Ș戆ぼ侭で侀ç•Șç‚čæ•°ă‚’ć–ă‚ŠăŸă„ăăźć‡șæ„æ „ăˆăźæ–čă§ăŻăŸăŁăŸăç‚čæ•°ăŻć–ă‚ŒăŠăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ăŸă ă‚ăźăƒŒć…šäœ“é€šă—ăŠă€ă‚ăźăƒŒçŽ°ă‹ă„ăƒŸă‚čă§ć…šăŠæŠ‘ăˆă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ăŻă€ă‚ăźăƒŒè‡Ș抛が侊がったんじゃăȘいかăȘăŁăŠă„ă†éąšă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚

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

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

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ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒć…šæ—„æœŹæ™‚ăšćŒă˜ă‚ˆă†ă«ă™ă”ăè‡Ș戆ぼ憅恮べ、あべ摹りぼç©șæ°—ă«ć§”ă­ăȘăŒă‚‰æ»‘ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚

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

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

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

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

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ăŸăă“ăźè©Šćˆă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă‹ăȘă‚Šç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăăŸă€ă‚‚ă‚Šă§ă™ă€‚ăŸăç€æ°·ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚ă‘ă§ăŻăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ä»ŠăŸă§ăźè‡Ș戆ぼ侭で侀ç•Șやっべ4ć›žè»ąćŠăšă„ă†ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă‚‰ă—ăăȘăŁăŠăăŸă‚‚ăźăŒç”æ§‹ă‚ăŁăŸăźă§ă€æ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šç·Žçż’ă—ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăšă€ćŸŒăŻăŸăƒŒă€ă‚ăźăƒŒăƒ»ăƒ»ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚„ă‚‹ă«ă‚ăŸăŁăŠă‚„ăŻă‚Šäœ“ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚’é…·äœżă—ăȘくどはいけăȘă„ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă‚±ă‚ąă—ăȘがら、æ€Șæˆ‘ă‚‚ă—ăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă«ă€è‡Ș戆がé€Č挖しどいけたらいいăȘăŁăŠéąšă«æ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚

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

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

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Original article published 27 March 2021.

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What are your thoughts, looking back on your performance?

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

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What’s your goal for the next competition?

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

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

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

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

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

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

PART 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PART 2

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

―Are you building up your muscle through practices?

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

ă€€â€•â€•äœ“é‡ăŒćą—ăˆăŸăźă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œäœ“é‡ăŻćą—ăˆăŠăŸă™ă€

―Did you gain weight?

Y: I did gain weight.

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

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

―May we ask how many kilos?

Y: No (I don’t want to!) *laughs*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] World Championships 2021 – Sponichi Practice Interview

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

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

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

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

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

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

The question and answer session is as follows.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PART TWO

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

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

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

—Any thoughts on Nathen Chen?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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