Re the costume, I am glad that Yuzuru's winning the gold medal silenced critics (Kurt Browning among them) that it may prevent him from being Olympic champion.
Well, I certainly prefer no 4A to the risk of injuries.
I'm still an idiot when it comes to the technical stuff, so forgive me for asking a possibly very stupid question
what makes a 4A more dangerous than other 4-jumps?
(to my untrained eye those jumps all look like you could break your neck doing them)
I have read that Yuzuru said that he wants to perform a program with at least three different types of quad jumps some day. Now he already has the quad toe down pat, needs to stabilize his quad sal, so I wonder what the third quad jump will be. Becki has mentioned the possibility of a quad lutz; and in the 2013 TEB, the British Eurosport female commentator noticed how Yuzuru's triple lutz even had a delay at the start of the rotation which means room for an extra revolution. I have also read that Yuzuru is thinking of a quad loop as he also wants to have the distinction of being the first to land that jump in competition.
Yuzuru's willingness to push the sport's technical boundaries is exciting for us his fans, but I share the concern that he should also take care of himself and not take unnecessary risks so he can have a long and fulfilling career. I hope Yuzuru's coaching team continues to carefully monitor his jumping. I think Brian Orser has done a good job reining him in (Brian described it as channelling Yuzuru's spirit and not crushing it) while allowing room for progress and making Yuzuru focus on other aspects of his skating to make him a well-rounded skater.
Today (March 11) is the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, a pivotal moment for Yuzuru both as a skater and as a person. We could have easily lost him and the magical moments he has created on the ice then. Yuzuru seems so childlike in so many ways, but in the essential things (knowing what he wants and dedicating himself, heart. body, and soul to it, holding nothing back; thinking of others and not just focusing on himself), he is really so wise and mature beyond his years.
The Yomiuri Shimbun, 3/11/14
Sochi Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu is determined to continue skating, using his performances to remind people of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the people impacted by it. The following is an excerpt from an exclusive interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun.
I wanted to win a medal as a gift to Japan, which was devastated by the earthquake. That was part of my frame of mind at the Sochi Olympics. But when I actually won the gold medal, I was hit by a feeling of helplessness. It was because I realized a gold medal would not directly help with reconstruction. I even moved my training base to Canada from Sendai, where I was born and raised, to aim for a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics. But at the same I wondered whether it was really good for me to leave my hometown, which had been struck by the disaster.
Three years ago, at the moment the earthquake hit, I was practicing at an ice rink in Sendai. The ice surface rolled in waves, and I could barely stand up from terrible shaking. I thought I was going to die, and I fled from the rink, crying. The memory of what I saw then still comes back to haunt me. Sometimes I can’t stop myself from crying and I suffer from nightmares.
Once I thought about quitting skating. I realized something when I won a bronze medal at the 2012 World Championships thanks to the support of so many people: I skated to encourage people affected by the disaster, but in reality I was the one who was being supported.
The same goes for the Olympics. I was driven forward by the cheering. The gold medal victory wasn’t my work alone, but the work of everybody who supported me.
As a gold medalist, I began to understand what I should do. I will continue skating to share my message: “Don’t forget the devastated areas.”