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    Thank you deedee1 for the translations and carignan for the video clips. So nice to see Oda on the ice again!

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    Sources: Sankei Express, April 9, 2012 (online)
    Author: Daisuke Takahashi
    Composition: Naoko Kashiwagi, freelance for SE
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    Nice Worlds: A Competition I wished I could have watched as one of the audience, just like you! <2>

    When I finished my Free skate, I thought it was my best of the season in performacne-wise. But the marks I got was not <=SB, but only 1point better than at 4cc>; only came into 3rd in the Free and I kind of have bitter feeling a bit about it. I have recognized, once again, the necessity to put 2 quads in my Free, and the importance to up the quality of each of my jumps. I take these things, <which addressed to me by judges this time>, as my homework for next season.

    I heard Yuzuru's Free skate was so amaging that impressed a lot of people.
    During my warm-up in the backstage <until the final group getting onto the ice>, I normally put earphones to concentrate on myself. But the music I played stopped in the middle of his performance. I happend to catch a big applause! It did give me one more pressure...
    Yuzuru is a skater who is good at creating an atmosphere to draw the audience in. He is also a tough competitor. If I am to stay as the same skater as myself now, I do not think I can beat Yuzuru in the future.

    Not being too much obsessed with winning

    I am often compared to Patrick Chan, who has won the Championship this year, by people. Or, many tend to consider me as his main rival. But for me, I have to compete with other skaters, too; a lot of them, actually, going against head to head besides Patrick.

    The current state of my mind-set is, however, I remind myself not to be obsessed too much with 'who's the rival?' and/or only 'winning'. If I let myself aware of winning or wanting it badly, I may rush to perfect myself, in order to get an instant result. Being hasty or impatient, these things do me no favor at this point of my career. So I am trying to balance my mind-set as best as I can: 'Don't forget that your goal is to win', 'Don't ignore your rivals', but more importantly, 'Don't be obsessed with it too much.' I would like to think this way until Sochi season. No rush; taking enough time as needed. Taking one thing at a time and achieving it at a time.
    This mind-set has helped me and brought a good result in Nice; winning the silver medal, I believe. When I decided to continue my competitive skating one year ago, I did not have to worry about other things <such as 'Should I retire?' or 'Do people think I should retire?'>. But I never expected or imagined at that time that I could be a skater as I am now, or get such a good result one year after. It took me three full seasons since coming back to competitive skating after knee injury. Now I can see myself standing at its starting-line towards Sochi Olympics finally, just like everbody else.

    about our 2nd Charity Ice Show by skaters

    On April 10th, 2012 we, the local skaters here, are organizing the 2nd Charity Ice Show in Kobe for the victims of Earthquake/ Tsunami.
    It's been a year since then, but there are a lot of people who are still suffering from it and there are many places where remained damaged. I am not one of the those who had to suffer from it. Or, there may not be much I can do by myself for them. But the important thing is we remind ourselves what hit Japan a year ago, and how it damaged its people, cities and others, we share the feelings of these people, and we have 'a sense of unity' among us for them. That is our intention to organize the charity ice show, and I am more than happy if I myself could be of a small help for them.
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    Daisuke Takahashi, Born Mar 16,1986 at Kurashiki, Okayama pref. Japan, Blood type A, Graduate School Kansei University
    Records: World junior champion 2002 (first Japanese male skater), World silver medalist 2007 (first Japanese male skater), World champion 2010 (first Japanese skater), Olympic bronze medalist 2010 (highest ranked Japanese male skater), 5-time National champion 2005-07, 2009 &2011, 4cc champion 2008 & 2011, ISU's best total score (as of 2008) 264.41 at 4cc, Out for the whole 2008-09 season due to injury
    For this season (2011-12): NHK Trophy gold m., Grand prix final silver m., Nationals gold m., 4cc silver m., Worlds silver m.
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    Good interview. I like Dai's honesty about how he felt about his score in the FS and how he will do his "homework next season". Also interesting is what he says about Hanyu. Dai does not wear rose tinted glasses, his vision is clear and he knows he has his work cut out for him next season. Dai sounds motivated and confident, I like that.

    Thank you for the translation!

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    It's so great that you're giving us the opportunity to learn about Japanese skaters in this detail! I am impressed by Dai's maturity. How wonderful that we'll be able to watch him compete through the Sochi Olympics.

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    I don't believe this has been posted:

    2012 Nice just after Men's medal ceremony 2 focusing on Daisuke and Yuzuru.

    I like the bit of interaction between Dai and Pat and particularly the part where he went to hug Patrick's coach Christy Krall. How sweet of him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFiguring View Post
    I like the bit of interaction between Dai and Pat and particularly the part where he went to hug Patrick's coach Christy Krall.
    Oh god. In Dai fan thread in one sentence Dai got mentioned once, Patrick twice plus Pat's coach. Yeah, all fan threads should be renamed into Chan fan threads because they exist only to let chan ubers say how much everyone love Pat-boy!

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    Back on topic. Meanwhile Dai's preparation for WTT is getting more than well, judging by this video. Where our boy looks handsome, shining and relaxed:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTB2zFf434Y

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFiguring View Post
    I don't believe this has been posted:

    2012 Nice just after Men's medal ceremony 2 focusing on Daisuke and Yuzuru.

    I like the bit of interaction between Dai and Pat and particularly the part where he went to hug Patrick's coach Christy Krall. How sweet of him.
    i love how Dai is just so comfortable and personable towards his competitors at all these events.

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    Me, too. Dai seems to be such a gentleman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinymavy15 View Post
    i love how Dai is just so comfortable and personable towards his competitors at all these events.
    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Me, too. Dai seems to be such a gentleman.
    I agree. When he retires they should create a position just for him as the Ambassador to Figure Skating.

    Thanks for the link SF.

    let's talk thanks for the current video of Dai, he looks very relaxed and happy.

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    It's been over 2 weeks now since the Worlds, so it is getting a bit old news, i am afraid...let me finish some translation before WTT starts this coming Thurday.

    Below is wrap-up column after Mens competition by a sport writer of Asahi shimbun, one of Japanese major newspapers.
    Most of the article is nothing new. But what's caught my eye is how Dai sees the current state of Mens field and competitions in general. So I decided to drop the translation here.

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    Sources: Asahi shimbun, April 2nd, 2012
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    <<Return of Takahashi:
    A valuable Silver medal for me, says Takahashi with deep emotion>>


    "That was such a performance that makes me feel grateful with my decision to have decided to continue my competitive skating one year ago." says Takahashi with a calm smile and sigh of relief.

    Landed a quad in the Free. Confidence restored.

    Takahashi finally landed a quad as his first elemet ih the Free, which has been his emeny element he struggled with to land throughout this season. Then continued his brilliant performance, almost perfectly, with step sequences and spins that looked clearly improved to the eyes of spectators this season.

    After the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010, Takahashi was leaning towards retirement. What made him stop that thinking was the last year's Worlds in Moscow where he lost his world title with a landslide margin of points.
    In Moscow Patrick Chan, the newest world champion, captured his first title with the highest scores ever in front of Takahashi.
    "To be honest with you, I felt myself behind him. Considerably further behind him, after witnessing Chan's two winning skates."

    Since then, the former champion emptied his bucket of 'unnecessary' pride within himself, accepted the reality he now faces, and re-started his trainings by reworking on his basic skating.
    In the initial plan prior to this season, his team did not include a quad in his Short program. As the season progressing, Takahashi realized he was not going to to win anything without hitting a quad in the Short, thus he's changed this strategy in the mid season and decided to put a quad there.

    Other than his desire to win, there was other feeling in his mind. Ms. Koyabashi of Japan Skating Federations admits as follows:
    "He is aware of the current state of Mens field, which appears somewhat worrisome a bit. He thinks: 'We can not show a rather predictable competition to the audience who gets to pay for and come to the competition, before even it gets started.' 'Some of us need to rise to the occasion, contest a close match with the current champion, so that Men competition gets more exciting to watch and rouse more interest in figure skating among people.' That's what's in his mind, and Daisuke wants to be one of those skaters to challenge Patrick, I suppose."

    Takahashi believes his Free skate in Nice was his best of the season, and got satisfied with it in performance-wise. But Chan still was ahead of him by almost 7 points in the Total Scores.
    "I have two more seasons. I want to improve myself further as best as I can, to catch up with Patrick and other top contenders in two seasons.", he commented.

    While suffering a few bitter setbacks on its way, the former world champion will make his every effort to fortify himself towards his ultimate goal.
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    Thanks, deedee1! As always, this makes for great reading. This section gives wonderful insight into Dai's motivation.

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    Dai had two clean programs at WTT.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c212-...51FUAAAAAAAAAA

    I figured I would put Dai's FS in this thread too. It is just so fabulous!

    I love how he does his little jump and gracious bow at the end as he is heading to the K&C.

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    What a wonderful week for Daisuke and his fans.

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