Sources: Asahi Sports and Japanese twitters.
Yuzu's condition seems to have improved during Final Practice. He managed to land his quad toe, all solo triple jumps and combinations but still fell on 4S.
I'm trying to stay positive. This might be a good sign.
Omgerd did Hanyu come back fighting! I'm sorry I ever doubted him
Did he say that his knee felt sore when he was in the KnC with Wilson? I hope he didn't end up making the injury much worse than it could have been. I still stand by what I said that he should stand down if he is injured.
Did anyone think that Hanyu could have gotten a bit more in PCS for his free?
He did it again. I can't believe it.
I am just SO proud of him.
Now please heel your injured left knee, Yuzuru.
You may come back to Japan for examination, but not for WTT.
Yuzuru, I am so proud of you!!! You skated for Japan's 3 Sochi spots without regard to your own health. You are a true hero.
I hope that when you go back home, Japanese media will have only good things to say about you, and not focus on not getting a medal (THAT's going to make me mad). Be proud of yourself Yuzuru!!! And please, take care of your health -- I still want to see you in the next two Olympics!
Here's a recent article on Men's FS. http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/wi...OHT1T00061.htm
Translating Yuzuru's comments (too literal, sorry -- but I hope I get the message across):
Yuzuru: "It was fighting spirit. My knee and ankle are injured, but I thought I would strive to complete it even if I collapse at the end. I have this immense feeling of achievement. I thought practice is really important."
This is really touching, Yuzu. Such fighting spirit. I salute you. :'(
Yuzu really fought for Japan's 3 spots, and 4th, 6th and 8th is actually not bad, congrates on securing 3 spot!
But...seems Yuzu hurt his right ankle again during 6min warm-up...please take care of yourself Yuzu, I'd rather see you not to skate than skate with injury...Hope he'll skip EX and WTT.
News article about Yuzu:
Translation (yude and zydeco88, could you please double check? I'm especially unsure about the last sentence. I'm also not sure if all the direct quotes were from Yuzuru himself, or if they were said by somebody else. Thanks!):
He couldn't even stand. When Hanyu finished his program, he knelt on the ice with both knees and fell forward. "I was out of breath and my foot was hurting I couldn't move. But I said thank you to the ice." It was a free program in which the 18-year-old gave his body and soul.
It was a miraculous skate, considering what happened two days ago at the SP. He was able to land his opening quad toe. Despite having his hand on the ice in the quad salchow, the jump he kept missing in major international competitions this season, he still landed it. To conserve his energy, he decreased his speed in his spins and step sequences, but he was able to complete all 7 jumps as planned. "I wouldn't be satisfied with it if I were in my best condition, but I had a great sense of achievement."
In February, he rested for 10 days because of a cold, and he also injured his left knee. Without disclosing all of this (to the media), he sunk to 9th place in the SP. The World Championships is an important event that determines the number of slots for the Sochi Olympics. "As a Japanese representative, I feel I have no excuse (?). But now that I'm here, I think that I have to finish this without any abstention." In practice this morning, his old injury in his right ankle grew worse. However, without turning away from the responsibility placed upon him, he contributed to Japan's securing the maximum of 3 spots for Sochi.
It has been a year since he has transferred to Canada. He ended this season, where he has improved so much, with a difficult fight, but once again he has shown his strength of spirit. "The Olympics will be held next year. I have to work on basic physical strength so I won't injure myself." He faces this season amidst this feelings of regret. <sorry, not so sure about the last sentence.>
Hanyu didn't give up in the FS
he has health issues but placing 4th is already commendable
my eternal dream is for Hanyu to OGM in Sochi
He will be back , Prince of FS waiting to finally sit in his throne
Hoping that he is gonna get a nice R&R period after worlds for all his injuries to heal. It might be good for Hanyu to do less shows next season so he can have enough energy to peak at Sochi.
Omg is the old ankle injury the one from '12 worlds? He has a bum right ankle and left knee? He's Kobe Bryant-ing his way through his programs