Yuzu's practice reports for today:
I'm completely tied up with work atm, so I've got no time to translate. I'll just leave the Japanese text here first (hopefully, someone will translate them in my place). In summary, he botched quite a lot of his jumps: 3Lz and even his consistent 3A (singled, fall) and he's having difficulties with his quads. It's concerning.
3/14練習②リンクイン、いつも通りスケーティング確認。ステップシーケンス、コレオシーケンス確認。白ジャ ージ脱ぐ。ウィルソンが見本の手振りつきで指導。再びコレオ。3Lo、OK。Lzポップ。ガニ股イーグルか ら3Lz、OK。Fポップ。オーサーアドバイス。3F、OK。
3/14練習③3A-2T、A着氷踏ん張りTつけて転倒。笑ってオーサーのところへ。1A-2T-2T。 2T竹コプター、4T抜けて2T。おでこに人差し指トントン（良くやってる仕草）。オーサーアドバイス。4 T踏ん張るもOK
3/14練習⑥1A。少しイラ立ってる。オーサーアドバイス。3A-2Tタノ、クリーン美しい。 4Tの練習へ。2T、首かしげる。2T、薄い笑い。4Tやや踏ん張るもOK。ハビ曲かけのコレオに入るとこ で膝まずき花差し出す真似を。4S練習へ。1S。4S着氷、踏ん張り少し手とお尻つく
Borser actually proposed the idea of doing two 4Ts in the free instead of two different types of quads but he refused. And, in this number bunshun article, he refused to talk about his knee injury when asked by the media. I wish that his team had kept silent as well instead of blabbering excuses. I don't think he likes it, but in the hindsight, it could be because of the media attention. They demanded explanation for what has happened to him. It's just different from how it was in the past when he didn't have much reputation in the senior circuit and the media focus was not so much on him.
Anyway, glad that someone from his team consoled him and wiped the tears off his face. He needed it.
I hope that this poor showing at worlds won't affect his confidence going into the Olympic season, especially if Japan ends up with only 2 spots for the men next year. It might happen with Yuzu already in 9th, having crummmy practices, and Mura in 11th
It's good that he's got a fighting spirit, but imo someone's got to step up and put their foot down when it comes to his health. It just might not be his time in Sochi. There is no need to push all these quads because he is young enough to take the time to develop them. Why burn out to reach Sochi when he is young enough to survive another olympic cycle?
Anyways, I'll still be proud of Hanyu for pulling it through no matter what happens tomorrow. I was reviewing the results from the previous World Championships, and Japan was really close to losing its 3 spots in 2009! Takahiko and Nobunari just made the magic number of 13!