Besides, FS coverage in articles often come from sports papers that seem to be full of sensationalism just about everything. I only read some of them on the FS section of Yahoo Japan Sports and wouldn't take them too seriously. Yet, I've still seen quite a few Japanese articles that specifically focus on Yuna's victory though.
The ones that I see hatred most are on the Internet. Anyone who goes to Youtube for FS videos see those users who are active spreading hatred. But I wonder how many real friends these people have in their lives.
Last edited by Bennett; 03-03-2010 at 08:09 PM.
I know there are previous Yuna fan among Japanese.. but that seemed to change after her comment on Japanese-attacking- her-during-a-practice session incident. But Yuna performed 2 excellent programs at the Olympics and that was really great achievement, and those performance surely help to make Japanese fans along with others.
To be honest, I am getting tired of all the Yuna-Asada rivalry or non-rivalry fiasco. I knew Japanese media have always favored Asada but I had not known how big, big, big Asada is in Japan(Am I wrong?) until this oly. So let me ask a question. There seem to be many Japanese or Japan experts in this thread.
1. Before the olympics, how was the expectation of the Japanese general public about the possibility of Japanese men and ladies for winning at oly? For example, Takahashi 20%, Mao 20%? And how was figure fans' expectation about that?
(If you ask me about the same question in the Korean situation, I think most people in Korea were not very interested in Men's but generally knew about Plush, and they expected the possibility of Yuna winning was about 90%.)
2. Who is the most popular male skater in Japan? My impression is Joubert and Weir are very popular but their popularity is smaller than that of Japanese skaters?
Last edited by sunny0760; 03-04-2010 at 10:14 AM.
As for Men's, they are not popular compared with the Ladies'. Most expectations went to Daisuke. But judging from his performances before the Olys (GPs and GPF), I doubt how many people (both general people and figure skating fans) thought he could medal. Less than 20%?, sorry I can not specify it.
2. Among the Japanese male skaters, it's Daisuke. Johnny and Stéphane have really really ardent fans here in Japan. Also Brian and Jeff have. In the point of enthusiasm, Johnny may beat Daisuke.
These are MY insight. I'm a Japanese, but not a Japanese expert and don't know the everyone's opinion, so there will be some people disagree with me.
Last edited by qoo; 03-04-2010 at 08:38 AM.
According to polls, Mao seemed to be the biggest medal hope (don't know which color) among the Japanese public at this Oly. Indeed, Japan won only 5 medals and no Gold. The other medal winners were relatively less famous compared to her. That's why Mao was the flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony. This was still a lot better than the last time when Shizuka's Gold was the only medal.
It seems that many ppl expected Dai to medal. Dai not only is popular, but also was one of the symbol athletes of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) who make numerous commercial appearances to earn funds for the JOC. Besides, his comeback story was moving and ppl were happy to see him again.
There were also a longtime media favorite, Aiko Uemura, in women's mogul (another Symbol Athlete), a newbie 15-year-old young girl, Miho Takagi in speed skating, and the curling team who attracted a lot of attention. All of them are basically not only strong, but also pretty/cute.
Among Men's field, Stephane is very popular. Johnny has also long been loved very much in Japan, so has Jeff Buttle been. I think that they are a lot less known to casual viewers than the Japanese skaters who have a lot more media coverage. Yet, I hear that the numbers of flowers they get in skating events are comparable to and sometimes even more than those for Japanese skaters. There have been fan sites for them and dedicated fans who translate what they say and write.
A bit off topic, but I was just reading a Japanese sport magazine Number and found Johnny in the rose garland listed as among the top pick of about ten beautiful athletes in Vancouver (with "male" in parentheses (he was the only man in the list)). Other skaters listed were Kiira, Gedevanishvili, and Tanith.
I am not sure which other male skaters are particularly popular among the Japanese public. Men's field is so deep that I guess each skater attracts good fan base.
I think that Joubert is well known and popular. He won the Worlds title in Tokyo in 2007.
Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if Abott becomes popular in Japan, as his skating may fall into one of the types of skating I listed above. Jeremy also seems kind of adorable and his coach-student relationship with Yuka Sato has increased his media coverage. If he had skated in the final group, he'd have increased # of fans a lot.
Of course, Oda and Kozuka are also very popular.
Last edited by Bennett; 03-04-2010 at 09:05 AM.