Japan Olympic Team playing light-hearted games together, lots of focus on fs team: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGpGdhloYBk
It's just amazing to have so many die-hard fs fans in Japan.
Another video of the joint workshop: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U_mWUyMkb8 (@1:22 posing for the camera before launching the ball )
A great repository of Yuzu's photos (and videos to a certain extent) from 2012-2013 season: http://pinterest.com/4t4s4a/ (gotta love the Finlandia Trophy folder, thanks to Nono)
Yay! Thanks for Yuzu news! I wonder, why are they doing all these games? It looks really fun Hmm Mao looks tired though...
^ to strengthen the bonds among the athletes of different disciplines. fs team only attended the first day as they had other things to attend to (I suppose most of them had to prepare for PIW; Akiko was not even present on the first day as she had to attend another event).
Fujii Fumiya mentioned that his wife is a fan of Yuzu.
Thx for the infor, zydeco88. So nice to know Ms. Fujii is a fan of Yuzu lol.
Nobu and Akiko joined the team building workshop for Sochi 2014 at the 2nd day.
The extra cast of The Ice 2013 will be announced in the middle of this week, let's hope we will see Yuzu on the list then .
JSF presents new name list of enhancement athletes, http://www.skatingjapan.or.jp/image_...ure_kyouka.pdf
I've been wondering why Yuzu's affiliation is not specified. They could've simply listed either Waseda University or Toronto CC Club as his affiliate but instead, they opted to leave the column blank. Could this possibly signify that there's a sponsorship announcement coming up? Or any inside info that he's currently sponsor-hunting?
The blanket part is absolutely associated with sponsorships concepts, be more specific, there are two types of possibilities here, one is something where skater belongs to, high schools, university, skating clubs etc, another one is about where skaters get their major sponsorships, for instance, Kozuka belongs to Toyota Co.
Even though there are both Yuzu and Mura blanked affiliation, but the situation is quite different. For Mura, http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20...390003-n1.html, it's said Mura is trying to find some 'support' as he just graduated from Chukyo University. So I would say the blank affiliation part of Mura must be related to his future sponsorships.
Hence, Yuzu's case is quite weird to me. I'll explain why.
Firstly, for Yuzu, the best example would be Yukari Nakano, same with Yuzu, Yukari was accepted by the School of Human Science, Waseda University (e-learning courses), but hardly you see Yukari Nakano(Waseda Univeristy) as times back before she retired, you always notice it was Yukari Nakano (Prince Hotel), is simply becoz she signed the sponsorship contract with Prince Hotel Co.
中野友加里（プリンスホテル）= Yukari Nakano (Prince Hotel)
In 2009, Yukari's still a student of Waseda University
Secondly, there's a major difference when we are talking about Yuzu and Yukari's case of sponsorships, coz as Kalina stated, Yuzu's already signed with JOC's financial sponsorship program 'Symbol Athletes', Symbol Atheletes program, which involves a limited number of top-tier "Gold Partner" businesses, is aimed at luring 600 million yen in sponsorship deals over four years for rights to use the image of top athletes. (http://www.houseofjapan.com/sport/ol...l-athlete-deal). So zydeco88, there's no need to Yuzu hunting for a financial sponsorship coz he's already had it.
So called 'Gold Partner', you could find a full list at JOC's official website, http://www.joc.or.jp/about/partners/, 'JOC's Gold Partner' along with 'JOC's Partner' pay huge amounts of money to get that rights of using top athletes image for the commercial basis. Therefore Yuzu's sponsorship or in other words affiliation should be from one of JOC's official partner or gold partner if he will choose one of them to be his official sponsorship. BTW, Yuzu will surly included in at least one of JOC's official partner's commercials, one of SA program athletes obligations.
Coming with a BUT, it could be considering Daisuke as an example as discussing of SA program skater's affiliations coz Daisuke renewed his contract with JOC SA program, so literally sharing the same situation with Yuzu, but it's always been Daisuke Takahashi (Kansai University) since Daisuke signed the SA contract. Also it's always been Mao Asada (Chukyo University) while Mao was still an athlete of SA program even she's been having so many sponsorships including some JOC's official partners, LOTTE Co, Airweave Co. etc. So I strongly doubt that Yuzu will choose a JOC's partner as his affiliation rather than Waseda Universtiy, specially he's just at his first year of university.
Some references, SA program athletes from 2009 to 2012,
Mao's affiliation during 2009 to 2012 period,
Daisuke's affiliation during 2009 to 2012 period,
Then back to the core question, why Yuzu's affiliation is blanked in JSF's official presents, logically I'll go with Yuzu will have an official JOC's partner as his sponsorship or also could say his affiliation, but it's still lack of kinda historical evidence as you could see Daisuke and Mao's cases I listed above.
BTW personally I'm much more interesting to see which agency Yuzu will choose for his career development anyway.
I totally overlooked the fact that he's one of JOC's Symbol Athletes. Thanks for the explanation, wxunxx. Doesn't an athlete usually have a say regarding their affiliation status? I looked through JSF list over the past few years and none of the fields was left blank, so I suppose they'll put up a revised version later? We'll see who he'll align himself with.
My pleasure, zydeco88.
To be honest I never saw JSF draw skater's affiliation status blank before. Mura's situation is understandable since he's just graduated from university and hasn't found any official sponsorship yet. But Yuzu? I'm confused coz normally it's very easy to put Waseda University as his affiliation.
An athlete of SA program absolutely claims his/her rights prior to own affiliation status, but it will be much helpful of engaging a professional personal management before and after athletes sign any contract with any organization, simply coz so many legal and PR matters or other economic interests involved at this level which requires a high degree of experienced career consulting expertise . That's why I regard Yuzu's future agency as one of most important factors currently.
The official enhancement athletes will release a final update at JSF's official website on 1st July. Let's keep en eye on it if there's any update of Yuzu's affiliation.
FYI one of basic rules of JOC's SA program, is the rights of using SA athletes' image fully controlled by JOC, this probably one of reasons why videos removed much faster than before.
For the extra cast of The Ice 2013, I think we will see Yuzu's name together with Kanako, Adelina etc showing on the cast list this week if the source is correct lol.
Mr. Sashida's Hana Ni Nare live at NHK's TV program, there were some scenes of Yuzu performing Hana Ni Nare at NHK Trophy 2012.
Thx to a quick upload by yuzu yusu, btw better download ASAP if you want to keep the video.
The additional cast for THE ICE has been announced but there's no Yuzu. Adelina, Kovtun, Narumi & her new partner, Kaitlyn & Andrew will be joining the cast. How many spots are left? Or is this already the complete list?