Shizuka: Hanyu, what kind of skating style are you thinking of pursuing?
Yuzu: Yes, um, well, since my jumps are currently quite stable, it probably can be said that they are my selling point but.. the ultimate style I'd like to attain is one in which jumps can also be used as a vehicle of expression, as an integral part of the program, part of the story. Until I arrive at that point, well, I want to keep analyzing the program.
Shizuka: things like expressivity and skating
Shizuka: that's what you're talking about, right?
Yuzu: Yes, with regards to elements like spin, I've for the most part, had it assimilated in my mind to perform things like hand variation and speed of rotation in time to the music. On the other hand, I feel that certain parts of my jumps such as the approach are still a bit off-the-mark. As much as possible, I want to fix those things in hopes of turning them into a medium for expression.
Shizuka: Last season, you managed to bring your short program to completion and continued to break world records.
Yuzu: Thank you.
Shizuka: Did you anticipate that before the start of the season?
Yuzu: I didn't imagine it would turn out that way. I've always had the impression that short program is my weak link, even until now. It's such a rare case that I was able to bring off the quad and didn't make a single mistake. So honestly, I was surprised.
Shizuka: I presume it gave you a boost of confidence?
Yuzu: Yes, to think that I was able to deliver such a satisfying performance at my first (GPF) competition. So, I'd like to remember it as the beginning that imparts changes in my future career as a figure skater. Going forward I want to steadily deliver both solid short and free skate.
Today's My Olympic got my ear for only one point, Yuzu plans to put 3 quads in free program. And this is the reason why he didn't give up on 4s even the stability of 4s is quite low last season. Yuzu said it's a 'preparation'. He will work step by step but still he would like to challenge himself since Sochi is coming on its way. Overall consistency and wonderful performance is the key he's chasing for.
I believe the whole translated handout will be out very soon, always admire ur hard work,zydeco88.
So anyone could be recalled Orser's interview in March? Well I'm just always amazed by Yuzu's determination and strong action.
Despite Hanyu's injury woes, the skater, who is defending a world bronze medal here, did not consider reducing his program content.
"He is doing two different quads in his free skate, and we did discuss the idea of doing two quad toes instead of one of each," Orser said. "Yuzu said no, because next year he would have to do a quad Sal and two toes. He doesn't want to take a step back, and I agree with that."
Yuzu's comments after "Olympic Concert 2013". Thanks to JOC!
Very, very rough traslation.
He was so moved and inspired by the concert. His motivation for Sochi Olympics became stronger after it. Competition among Japanese men is really severe and his spot on the Olympic team is not in sight or assured yet, so he will work harder and make more efforts for it from now.
Shizuka: Watching your competitions last season,
Shizuka: instead of competing with two quad toes in the free, you incorporated two types of quads, a toe loop and a salchow. As I see it, last season could probably be the preparatory stage for you to include three quads. What do you think?
Yuzu: Well, for the time being (it's still tentative), I'm planning to do three quads. The degree of consistency I've had with quad sal is still low and falls short of the quad toe, but then for the sake of the upcoming Olympic season, I strongly felt that I have to gradually move forward even though its level was below acceptable last year.
Shizuka: Well, you were in a competitive situation where it wouldn't be a stretch to think that you could've switched over to two quad toes considering their degree of consistency and accuracy, especially if you competed with victory in mind. But you made a bold move to constantly challenge quad sal, not even once did you ever remove it from the program, so it got me into thinking that you've already looked ahead into the future and worked out the plan to include three quads.
Yuzu: Well, last year wasn't really a matter of victory or defeat. I also, by all means, wanted to properly give some thoughts to this quadrennial Olympic Games and prepare for it accordingly. So, I decided to include quad salchow last year.
Shizuka: It makes me think that you could probably work wonders with your short program as well. Given your current ability, I think there will come a time where you'll manage to include both quad toe and quad sal in your short program someday.
Yuzu: I'd like to do it someday
Shizuka: Someday, huh?
Yuzu: Yes, someday, as this season is ...
Yuzu: Yes, it's only natural that I have to strive for stability. I feel that I should first give my due focus and priority to deliver perfect performances.
It's still not 100% confirmed that he's gonna include 3 quads in the free. But he plans to do so.
The -3T combo gets more points when it's in the second half, and since milking points out of this system is Wilsons biggest talent, I think he might keep the 3A-3T. And he should, if I'm not mistaken, none of the other men are doing that combo in the second half, hardly anyone is doing it at all.Originally Posted by Yunamao
But Yuzuru with two quads in the SP might break 100 I thought it might be better for him than doing 3 quads in the FS, because of his stamina, but of course, making mistakes in the SP counts even more and he might get buried in the standings. For now, 2 quads in the LP should be enough for him to content for gold, but he's a quad maniac, so it's not suprising he wants to go for it
I would say it should be the idealize plan for Yuzu now if he skates short with one quad and free with two quads based on his current conditions of still recovering from injury, innconsistency on 4s and most of all his stamina. Moreover ISU changed the rule, failed landing jumps got -3 now, which largely requires all skaters should be focused on the consistency of jumps, particularly those big ones. But it's Yuzuru Hanyu, You-Know-Who we are talking about now, so he would have felt stifled if he's not proceeding with those crazy plans lol. The good thing is he just said he PLANS challenging himself a free with three quads not he will absolutely stick to three quads plan in coming season. Yuzu is Mr. Quad Manic for sure, but he highlighted, consistency and ability of delivering wonderful performance comes first. So I believe he would change his mind if three quads plan couldn't work very well.
It will absolutely break 100p as if Yuzu could skate a short with two quads clean. Actually based on his sparkle and fearless history of challenging himself, I would even go further, successfully landing at least one quad in second half in short program is one of his final destinations, for free program, maybe two quads in second half.
But Yuzu did imply in 6/26 My Olympic, three quads in free and two quads in short is what he's trying to success in future. It's just sooooooooo Yuzuru Hanyu lol.
Shizuka: Hanyu, what kind of skating style do you think represents the ideal,.. the ultimate embodiment of figure skating?
Yuzu: Hmm.... ultimately, I'd like to be fully aware of the program I'm skating and think of it as a series of interconnected parts. You know, there are a lot of athletes who particularly excel in a certain element like jumps, spins or skating skills but are concerned about such imbalance, and those who I think would be much better if they improved on other aspects. And watching Worlds, there are also lower-ranked skaters with latent potential, aren't there? So, exactly for this reason, I think it'd be ideal if I'm able to solidify the other aspects as well, though jumps are currently my only strong point.
Shizuka: You were saying that the jumps are your only strong point, but I'm personally drawn to your spins the most.
Yuzu: *laughs in embarrassment* Spins, huh?
Shizuka: They have fast rotations and beautiful forms. There were not many young athletes who attempted to add in expressive movements within their spins. Ever since you're little, I've always thought that you're really good at spins. It's rare to find a male athlete who could spin with such fast rotations.
Yuzu: Thank you. It was around the time when I was a fifth-grader, I think that I lost my (home) rink and had to commute to another one. Stephane Lambiel came to that rink once, or maybe more than that, to attend an ice show in Sendai. He gave me some guidance on spins, spun together with me, we did things like that. To be honest, I love spins as well and I think it's probably the best way to showcase my flexibility.
zydeco88, thank you so much for translating these radio interviews. They have been a delight to read.
I agree with Shizuka about the spins. I noticed Yuzu’s fabulous spins right away because they are fast and not as forced-looking as spins done by most men. It is amazing to hear that Yuzu got to practice with Stephane Lambiel. In general, I am not a huge fan of men going the Biellman spin, but it does show his flexibility.
^You're welcome. And here's the last one.
Shizuka: How is your physical condition now?
Yuzu: Well, it's all right, probably. *laughs*
Shizuka: You've been doing very well despite undergoing a growth phase but conversely, it must've put a huge amount of burden on you. Your injuries must've caused a lot of concerns as well.
Yuzu: Indeed. Taking care of your body is paramount, as some say, it is your greatest asset, so I've been thinking a lot on how to avoid getting held back by things like cold or injuries.
Shizuka: Do you have anything that lets you unwind in between your training?
Shizuka: I wonder what that is.
Yuzu: Chocolates, I eat them quite a lot.
Shizuka: You eat sweet things?
Yuzu: I'm quite fond of them. Well, basically I'm a light eater.
Shizuka: On the whole?
Yuzu: Yes, breakfast, lunch and dinner, I can't eat too much food during those three meals. That's why, I [constantly*] eat chocolates *laughs*
[lost in translation: he made a pun using the words 'chokochoko' which means 'frequently/constantly' in English and 'choko', a loanword which means 'chocolates'.]
Shizuka: constantly, huh? *laughs* You're good (at puns)
Yuzu: *laughs* Yes, I've been gobbling them. And for such activities as studying, glucose is sometimes quite essential for your brain, isn't it?
Yuzu: So, during those times, I consciously eat them.
Shizuka: After all, you've just turned into a freshman.
Yuzu: Yes, and it's been quite tough, studying, that is.
Shizuka: Lastly, could you please say a message or two to the listeners of this 'My Olympic' radio show?
Yuzu: Yes. This coming season will be my first Olympic season, and it's totally nerve-wracking. *laughs* Last season, I ended up getting held back by various injuries, like the one in the knee, so going forward I'd like to avoid them. Precisely because of that, I'd like to keep my feet on the ground with regards to my training and work real hard to be able to deliver wonderful performances in front of everyone.
Shizuka: Yes, and cheer a lot of people up with your performance,
Yuzu: Yes. *Laughs*
Shizuka: I'm counting on you.
Shizuka: Please do your best.
Yuzu: Thank you.
Shizuka: Thank you.
From Asahi tweets:
https://twitter.com/asahi_sports/sta...07707176321025Today, Hanyu performed last season's SP "Parisienne Walkways". It seems that his team is hesitating over whether they should keep this SP for the Sochi Olympic season. Hanyu said that he, himself, wants to have a new program.
http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/sports...0000010-spnavi (Translated the important parts only)Indeed, Hanyu was able to set historical world records with this program and if it's done right, it will be unlikely for him to turn in substantially lower scores than last year. Strategically, keeping the short could be considered as one approach. It could also lessen concerns about injuries. However, we'd like to see him come out with a new program. It's alright to challenge yourself while you are still young.
When asked about his thoughts on the Olympic season, he enthusiastically replied, "It's the stage of my dream. I want to take part in it."
"With regards to my programs, the short is yet to be decided, and the free skate is still not at the stage where it's presentable enough, but its form has been finalized."
[QUOTE=zydeco88;748460]From Asahi tweets:
https://twitter.com/asahi_sports/sta...a new program.
Go Yuzu!!! Convince your hesitating team to give you a new SP !!! I've got my ears broken by the electric guitar!!
Great news for Yuzuru! All Nippon Airways is his sponser!
He will receive supports from them when he flies and they will ensure him domestic practice rinks.