This year, senior high school student Hanyu Yuzuru went to Canada because he wants to get gold in Sochi which is 1 year and 3 months away. A lot of media were there before his departure.
00:33 Hanyu: It's really difficult to bite.
00:42 Figure skater, Hanyu Yuzuru. 17 years old, and he completed quad jump. He is a young man who has flexibility like a girl's.
01:20 Japan's next figure skating star.
01:30 This season, to improve himself, he went overseas to train. His coach is a famous coach who coached Kim Yuna to her gold medal at Vancouver 2010.
01:50 What awaited him in Canada was training focused on his foundation. This was a different style of training that aimed to improve his skating from 0 (I think in English it's starting from zero right? It was said as starting from 1 in the video.)
02:00 I was so focused on jumps that to ask me to focus on skating skills is quite hard.
02:18 So he faced a big challenge.
02:34 He wondered how to face this challenge. He went back to Japan because an international competition was around the corner.
02:55 I want to change myself.
03:10 He worked towards the challenge of aiming to be the top of the world at age 17.
03:30 Ontario state, east of Canada. Hanyu had been living here since May.
03:40 There are many ice shows in Canada. Families and even the elderlies attended these shows.
04:15 Today is the first time Hanyu participated in an ice show since arriving to Canada. For pro skaters, they participate in ice shows to improve their skills.
04:33 In Japan's figure skating field, everyone knows Hanyu and he is very popular.
04:40 But in Canada, almost no one knows him.
04:50 It's written Yuzura. Oh really, it's Yuzura. Yuzura yuzura... sounds like russian name.
05:04 And here, Yuzuru Hanya.
05:11 Hanyu: Can't help it, whatever. I don't really care.
05:27 In an atmosphere that is different than in Japan, Hanyu started his performance.
05:40 When it's going to start, the atmosphere in the arena changed.
05:50 The quad jump that makes people stare (open their eyes?), arousing cheers from the crowd.
06:15 This day, Hanyu created a name for himself.
06:36 Hanyu: So tired.
06:40 What's the difference with Japan's ice show?
06:42 Hanyu: I thought what was I so nervous for. I was nervous about being overseas and not knowing how the crowd will react. In Japan, the crowd is quiet, but here it is loud and noisy so I was nervous.
07:10 Hanyu has been training in a rink in Toronto.
07:20 1pm, back to practice.
07:30 The club that Hanyu goes to has been established for 60 years. A prestigious club that has produced many medalists. Many skaters from all over the world who are seeking high level practice come here.
07:50 Hanyu: Please.
07:57 Here, Hanyu practices for 3 hours a day, 6 days a week.
08:18 In this club, there are about 20 coaches. There are spins, jumps etc specialist coaches.
08:37 For Hanyu, to increase the precision of his good quad jump, he sought Brian Orser to be his coach, who in his time, got 2 Olympic silver medals.
09:00 After retiring and becoming a coach, he coached Kim Yuna to a gold in Vancouver.
09:17 Orser feels that Hanyu has lots of potential and so started coaching him.
09:25 The greatest problem is language barrier, so Hanyu uses gestures.
10:00 In men's single, it is now and era where you can't win without a quad.
10:14 This season, Hanyu decided to take up the challenge of doing 2 types of quad. The first is quad toe that takes off with the toepick, a jump that he is very proficient in. The other is the quad salchow. This takes off from the edge, making it harder than the toe loop.
11:00 In the world, there are only few who can do this high difficulty quad salchow.
11:14 Hanyu went to Canada to improve on his jumps, but Orser wanted him to work on his skating basics instead.
12:05 The performance of March Worlds winner, Canada's Patrick Chan. His beautiful step sequence, which has a lot of body movements. He has high speed, dynamic jumps.
12:30 His special quality is his way of skating, a style which is like licking the ice. This type of skating is what Orser refers to as skating skills.
12:50 With good skating skills, one can get high marks in both TES and PCS.
12:58 Triple flip.