I hope Yuzuru is able to stay healthy throughout this coming season.
Welcome to Yuzuru uber land SuzyQ, although I'm a newcomer too.
2nd and 3rd MY OLYMPIC interviews. Here we go!
This morning Shizuka started asking Yuzu about Olympics. Will we be able to hear something about his plan for next season?
For those who haven't read the translations I've posted on another forum, here you go:
Shizuka: Well, that your family has been incredibly supportive of your activities leaves a deep impression on my mind
Shizuka: But what is the utmost driving force when it comes to your current activities as a figure skater?
Yuzu: Well, there are times I pretty much don't feel like skating, take the earthquake as an example, when I strongly felt that it wasn't an appropriate situation to keep on skating. Well, whatever I say, there are indeed recurrent thoughts that I love skating but more than that, I realize that there are a lot of people watching over me.
Shizuka: Yes, yes
Yuzu: And I was made aware of their support when I participated in a post-earthquake charity show. Well, I believe that it has been my driving force since then
Shizuka: Moreover, when you receive supportive words from your fans, saying something like 'watching your performance cheers me up', they will become your strength
Yuzu: Yes, it's something I should be grateful for, so I need to work even harder.
Shizuka: I'd like you to know that in this 'My Olympic' radio program, we'll also pursue conversation with Olympics as the theme
Shizuka: Which Olympic Games.. which Olympic figure skating competition did you first watch?
Yuzu: Well, probably, I was born in the year of Nagano Olympics, so....
Shizuka: Nagano was in 1998
Yuzu: in 1998?
Shizuka: Yes, maybe..
Yuzu: I see, I see, that wasn't it
Yuzu: Was it Lillehammer?
Shizuka: You're born in the year of Lillehammer Olympics
Yuzu: I see
Shizuka: Probably, it's the year* you had started skating or hadn't..
(*talking about Nagano Olympics not Lillehammer)
Yuzu: I suppose so
Shizuka: You probably hadn't..
Yuzu: I hadn't.
Shizuka: You were 3 years old after all
Shizuka: But surely, you knew about Nagano Olympics
Yuzu: In that case
Yuzu, Shizuka (almost in unison): Salt Lake City
Shizuka: You'd begun skating by then
Yuzu: Yes, that Olympics left a strong impression on me
Shizuka: So, that was around the time you started thinking 'Someday in the future, I want to appear at the Olympics!'
Yuzu: Yes, it prompted me to resolutely think about it
Shizuka: I see
Yuzu: during the time of Salt Lake Olympics, yes
Shizuka: And you're now gearing up towards the Olympics
Shizuka: Actually, when did you start having a clear vision of what you want to do as someone who has an Olympic spot within his grasp?
Yuzu: Well, over the past one or two years, I presume *laughs* I had been competing as a Junior up until then. And before I knew it, I had transitioned into the Senior level, and now I am able to compete in this way. Frankly, I still haven't fully grasped the reality.
Paola D, since Shizuka's started asking questions pertaining to the Olympics, I hope we get to hear about his programs for this coming season.
Finally it's coming, Sochi Japanese Figure Skating National Team qualification authorized by Japanese Skating Federation (JSF)
All the skaters whom would like to compete in Sochi must participate in All Japan Figure Skating Championships 2013.
No.1 The winners of All Japan Figure Skating Championships 2013
No.2 Silver or Bronze Medalists of All Japan Championships 2013 whom top the podium of GPF 2013 in Japanese skaters.
No.3 Exception of No.1 and No.2, skaters whom ranks top 3 in all Japanese skaters of World Ranking and ISU's Seasonal Best Score will be overall evaluated to gain the final spot of Sochi National Team
The representatives will be selected from the Japanese National Team
1. Short Program representatives, whom ranking at the first place of all Japanese Skaters in ISU's Seasonal Best Short Program Score
2. Free program representatives, whom ranking at the first place of all Japanese Skaters in ISU's Seasonal Best Free Program Score
Additional, the skaters whom rank at 2rd of all Japanese Skaters in ISU's Seasonal Best Free Program Score will be selected as Free Program competitors if a same Japanese skater both ranks in ISU's Seasonal Best Short and Free Programs Score.
PS. Welcome aboard , SuzyQ!
Sigh... this will be a nightmare. I'm not even sure I can handle the GP series before that. Meanwhile we still have no clue about his new programs...
So, I really really admire your linguistic ability!!! I would be very happy if I could be of some help.
I'm always excited reading enthusiastic comments from all corners of the world about Yuzuru. He is one of new-type Japanese boys, I believe. You know, Japanese boys are believed to be too shy to express themselves. These days, it is said that Japanese boy skaters have the ability to deliver more than girl skaters. Thanks to Daisuke Takahashi. He is a pioneer.
Now people are talking about very talented young athletes, baseball players, swimmers, etc. all born in 1994 in Japan including Yuzu and Kanako Murakami. Yuzu is one the golden geniuses!!
JSF decided to run a training camp towards Sochi in Yerevan, Armenia from 1st Sep to 7th Sep, all JSF's enhancement athletes of Season 2013-2014 will be invited. Plus, Mr.Ito, the representative of JSF said the Armenia government will be able to offer help to security arrangements.
BTW, second training camp will be held in Yerevan, Armenia in Feb 2014.
Part 4 of 'My Olympic': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cCVY6c6yeM
Shizuka: Up until now, among male athletes who have made it to the top, there are names such as Daisuke Takahashi and Takahiko Kozuka, but...
Shizuka: There's never been one who made rapid strides, immediately winning medals right after transitioning from Junior to Senior level, and now I'm witnessing this extremely unexpected growth up close. Do you feel that competing at the top level gives you a sense of happiness or does it put a certain amount of pressure on you?
Yuzu: Most of the time, the sense of happiness is stronger I think.
Shizuka: I see
Yuzu: Even long before Salt Lake Olympics, I'd always thought that I wanted to appear in competitions like the ones I watched on TV, the ones that I do now, to win medals, and to stand at the very top. So, I really think that the feeling of happiness is stronger.
Shizuka: Well, even before you stood at the zenith of Japan, you'd already acquired medals from international competitions.
Yuzu: *laughs* well, yes, but rather than winning at the GP Series or Four Continents, it's considerably difficult to win at All Japan Championships. Well, um, it's hard to comment on it *laughs*, but really, it's.. emotion-inducing.
Thank you wxunxx for infos. This thread is really informative.
The charity auction mentioned in around #1751 was closed this afternoon. His hand towel gathered JYE 153,000 at the end.
WOW! just WOW!