She looks very nice. Thanks for the photo.
I agree that the support of his family is a crucial ingredient in Yuzuru's success. In an article by Philip Hersh shortly before the Olympic men's figure skating event, he quotes Brian Orser as saying that "Yuzu is very dependent on his family, and he lives and breathes skating with not much of a social life." Of course such focus is necessary to become an Olympic champion. Yuzuru's parents (his father is a teacher I believe) do not seem to mollycoddle him however. His mother for instance refused to allow him a cellphone though he has one now as Samsung gave one to each Olympian in Sochi. They have obviously done a good job raising him as seen in his beautiful manners and deportment.
I knew his parents didn't allow him to have a cellphone, but well all those sacrifices that he and his family made paid well, I mean he is now the OGM.
Yuzu seems to be a very modest and respectful kid. No doubt it's also because of the influence of his parents.
After re-watching this kid's FS this season (and even Sochi) and his former R&J, I have come to several thoughts:
- The program's content is TOO OLD for this kid. He hasn't reached the age that allow him to fully understand the feelings they expect him to express. Technically he can nail in in practice, but artistically? He hasn't grown up enough for that.
- The costume = very distracting. I mean, he is already pencil thin, with the current costume he looks like half of a pencil. When I watch him in practice with the jacket and t-shirt, it was much more relaxing and please to watch, so I come to conclusion that the costume does matter. f course I have to count that he was not as tensed when performing. I am not trying to shame his choice of costume or Weir's design, but, yup, I hope he will chose something that makes he look more healthy next season (like his SP's costume).
- He hasn't gotten used to this program, or the last season program either. I have to say David Wilson's programs do not look much so lifeless as some people have said.
- After re-watching it several times and comparing it to other's male skaters' programs, I think, without the fall on his 4S, his FS at GPF was much better than many (both technically and artistry). So I think it's something Yuzuru have to do with his self-confidence, he has to believe that he could be perfectly clean.
- In Sochi, I have a feeling that in the half final of his free skate, he was able to sell his program to some extent and the NBC commentators also felt it), its' like he only started to understand just a glimpse of what he should feel about his own program and to make people around also feel it.
=>>> This program has the potential to become much better, and the kid is still growing into it. I hope he would prove it in Worlds at the end of this month. This is exciting to watch, you know, because the kid is still improving and he has lots of room to reach his peak, which I hope that will be glorious.
Needless to say, I hope his next SP and FS will be something that really suit his age mentally, not something so old to his age like the current one. David Wilson certainly didn't try to put himself in a teenager's mood when he create the program. He is not a bad choreographer, he was just trying to sell a program that add more and more points at the competition. His program itself is not bad, it suits Yuzuru to some extent, but I suppose Yuzuru need a program that express more energy and innocence of his age. In short, he needs a program that show his lively side.
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I like his programs full of energy, but I also like the drama and feeling that he ads to mature programs like Rome & Juliet from this year....
About the artistry of his programs, I think he has very much potential, but he is very young and doesn't have enough experience. I'm sure not many people agree, but I believe in a few years this kid will be an artist like Lambiel or Dai. As I said it before, I like the new R&J program very much and I hope he'll have a clean program at the worlds. It seems to me that his jumps influence the artistry of his programs..when he has mistakes (like at the OG), he tends to concentrate more to nail the jumps left and then the PCS are lower, but when the jumps are good, the interpretation improves a lot. In Sochi, I was impressed, once more (like at the worlds 2012 and 2013) by the fact that he fought until the last second.
I agree with the ones who say his performances aren't so touching like others' great champions, but the kid lived the program. He wasn't Romeo, he isn't mature enough, but he is a 19 years old kid who put his heart and soul into that program.
It is incredible that he got more than 190 points at the GPF and still has so many things to improve If he stays healthy (really really hope so), I wonder what world records he'll set in the next years.
And I do think the current program is a good one, but he has not growing into it enough. Yes, it's a good strategy if you want to win against P-Chan. The program's content is full of score and score. So it's a strategy that worked well, despite falling at 4S most of the time.
Frankly, his FS last year was only justified a bit at the TEB gala. It's not that David Wilson's programs were bad, it's just the kid is still growing and improving, he need more time to fit in the frame they expect him to fit.
That's why I said he needs programs that show his youthful energy. Look at what his SP has done, 4 time world records. He need more program like that.
It will be interesting to see what they do for the 2014-2015 season. Whit the chance of regulations and now allowing music with lyrics I hope he gets really cool programs.