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Daisuke Takahashi: Making History
Daisuke Takahashi became the first Japanese man to win a World figure skating title, but it was not his first historical accomplishment.
Dreaming and dancing
I hope that I don't have to hear ppl praising him forever for "trying" the quad that he rarely landed even in practices (which I just call an insane strategy), but would love to hear better practice reports next season and actually see him land in at comps.
Dai-chan will have Shae Lynn Bourne as choreographer, and hopes to do something wth jazzy taste.
Constable , Costume Police
Go Dai ...Go Shae..This is bound to be rich !
it's funny , all through the GP , I got increasingly excited for him. Even if he missed a jump , or whatever , it seemed to me that his composure, some inner strength was growing .
Always supporting skaters :)
I agree. One of Daisuke's greatest strength is his "grace under pressure." He manages to keep his composure after a huge mistake and push forward through the program. Remaining calm and collected during a compeition is no small feat and his laid-back mentatlity is definitely beneficial to him as a skater.
Originally Posted by colleen o'neill
It seems to me after a program when he has a pop or fall or etc., he always has this kind of "oh well, what's done is done" look, and that impresses me very much.
He's getting a lot of praise for trying it because of how badly he was injured before returning this season. Months before the season began, he could barely stand on the ice--I'd say that trying and fully rotating a quad after having a near-career-ending injury merits some serious praise.
Originally Posted by Bennett
Last edited by 100yen; 05-02-2010 at 12:39 PM.
Totally love this guy and always have. I hope he recovers fully and stays around at top strength for Sochi. He's the complete package: strong, technically sound, musical, artistically mature. I've been rooting for him since he showed up and was so pleased that he recovered in time for Vancouver. I can't wait to see his jazzy program choreographed by Shae-Lynn. For me, Takahashi is one of the reasons I enjoy being a skating fan, and I hope that his best days are ahead of him.
Yes, I'm extremely proud of Dai. He truly showed the heart of a champion, and was so good to watch, as well. He has matured into such a fine performer on the ice!
I can't wait to see his new programs. He is one of my favorites.
Originally Posted by sorcerer
Shae Lynn bourne!!!! WOW! I Looooooove her, and my current most favorite skater is Dai!!
So MUST be wonderful these two make a program together.
I can't wait next season!!!
The news doesn't mention, but IIRC Dai said that he would prefer 2 choreographers, for the short and the long. Though I can't retrieve the source.
This would definitely be the ideal. It is almost like he was thinking "well I am having a lot of trouble with quads so I will try one with a harder jump so I am not penalized so heavily if I don't do it." A triple flip is worth a lot more than a triple toe!
Originally Posted by Bennett
Throwing tomatoes at corrupt judges
He's my true olympic champion! Go go go!!!!
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Hey, he almost landed that quad.
He's such a wonderful skater! I wish him the best quads.
Waiting for on-ice perfection.
Nah. Not really. Kudos to Dai for trying it, although he probably knew it would be an unsuccessful attempt. His practice reports that week were far from promising, with botched jumps and hard falls left to right. I admire his courage and perservearence, to try it although prospects were unlikely. But I'm with Bennett on this one. I would prefer to see him land it, rather than receive praise for an attempt (although his personality shines). He probably did feel obliged to include a quad because he had done so in the Olympics in the sentiment that OGMs must include that jump (his idol is Plushenko), but his strategy wasn't too wise. He did execute all the other elements in his program with finesse and passion, and there's no other person I would rather have on top, but next season, I would like to see him play smarter.
Originally Posted by blue_idealist