Love the photos of Dai and Akiko, thanks for sharing!
Even in a low-definition video taken from far back, this guy is lightning.
What an interesting interview. One of the great things about older skaters is that they can be articulate in a mature way about both skating and life, having known both victory and defeat. Akiko and Daisuke have both experienced the kind of adversity that could have ended a career, and they both came back at the top level. I'd be interested to hear what they had to say even if I were not a devoted fan of them both--and of course I am a fan.
How fascinating to hear Daisuke's take on his programs from these past two seasons. (Sweet that Akiko admitted that she didn't catch on at first....) And I love Dai's advice to Akiko. It's true. Even when you feel that all is lost, you keep trying so that the possibility of success remains. As they say, if you don't try, you have a guaranteed 100% chance of failure.
I didn't realize that Slutskaya was 27 in Torino. A pretty good outcome for a lady of advanced age! I do miss her; she was a splendid athlete and a lovely personality. What springy jumps she had! And a good long career, spent mostly at or near the top of the ladder.