Hanaka, I agree that Shizuka can still compete and medal, if not win.
Last 2 years ladies competition became so weak.
Their 3T+3T combo doesn't impress me at all.
I really hope that next season russian wonder babies and Gracie Gold will make the field more exciting.
May be Kanako will improve and shine as was expected to.
Last edited by Morena; 05-06-2012 at 11:48 AM.
http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/55/86/44/asdexj10.jpg Here is more pics from PIW shows:
Last edited by Mathman; 05-09-2012 at 05:02 PM.
Thank you, Deedee1! You are absolutely right. I agree that I also find new things in his skating every time and enjoy it every time even though it is the same music. And your English is very good! I wouldn't know it wasn't your first language from your writing. Especially your last paragraph was so beautifully written! You are right - I should not worry so much. No matter how he does, I will always be his fan and will always enjoy his performances. Olympic gold medal or not, Daisuke will always be a champion.
Welcome to the GS Forum!
As for Shizuka, I also wish she would still compete. I heard somewhere that Shizuka can still land 3Lz in practice and even go for 3Lz-3T or 3S-3T-2Lo.
Ladies competitions might have been different at Vancouver if we have had Shizuka and/or Sasha, I still wonder sometimes...
But I also believe they are not strong competitors. Same goes to Buttle. All of them were and still are talented, wonderful and gorgeous skaters and have everything to be champions multiple times. However, while they brought a lot of good things and uniqueness in their own ways to competitive skating, even under the strict CoP rules, and they gave us lots of memorable performances that we appreciate so much and remember forever, they tended to a bit falter in big competitions due to their nerves. We do not see many Evgenis and Evans unfortunately, but their skatings are not always everyone's cup of tea, either. We root for our favorite skaters anyway, don't we? Besides, if we happen to have 2 Evgenis, 2 Evans and 2 Patricks in the final group, how many of us in the world (I mean, skating fans in general, not uber fans living somewhere very far in another universe called a Ro-si-a, Yu-e-su, or Ka-na-da? ) would want to turn on TV on the night of Mens free skate at Sochi? I am sure every online skating boards would clash afterwards, too.
My point is, these skaters shine more in show skatings, can expand the possibility of figure skating as a perfroming art on the ice, and make us enjoy and appreciate this sport more than ever. I am glad Jeff is interested in choreographic work, and helps and inspires younger skaters. Stephane Lambiel, too. I have no doubt both Jeff and Stephane can be well known great choreographers, like David or Lori, very soon.
And if we talk about Japanese skaters, did not Shizuka do choreo for Shoko Ishikawa's LP to Miss Saigon this season? Takeshi is now Dai's jump coach as well as his good mentor. Kensuke Nakaniwa and Yasuharu Nanri are coaches at their local rinks. Noriyuki Kanzaki is an ISU licensed technical specialist. Isn't it so nice for us to hear about them even after they retired from competitive skating? We may be able to see them either in kiss & cry with younger skaters, or among the technical panel at NHK trophy in the near future! We hardly heard about retired skaters a couple years ago, didn't we? It's great to realize that the skating community is expanding in Japan, little by little but definately in the right direction, and that there are job opportunities for retired skaters in this business now, though its market is not as huge as in US or Canada.
Sorry, my post is getting long once again...I'll stop here.
Welcome again to the Forum, Morena. Post often, post long!
Last edited by deedee1; 05-07-2012 at 09:41 PM.
Gald to know you feel better now.
Sochi is two years away from now. A lot can happen to any athletes regardless we like it or not. If we worry about it too much, we may get, say, twentyyears older in two years. By the time the Mens competition is about to start, we are too tired to cheer for Daisuke (don't forget Dai loves cheering from the audience!), or too lazy even to turn on TV.
And thanks for additional pics!
Yasu with Miki...they look sweet together, don't they?
Really nice to see Mao with her cheek in pink! She now looks much healthier.
It's been a very tough year for her in many ways...Hope she slows down a bit; both as a skater, a person and as a young lady, and enjoy her life full of youthfullness. Mao, your days in twenties do not last forever! Don't miss any chance to enjoy your life while you can!
Thanks for the link. I loved Dai's response when Shiz ask him how he felt about his performance.
Dai was in the zone, he was in his rhythm.
And Luchianov wrote a beautiful article about Dai on fskating where he compared him with Japanese calligraphy .
Last edited by Mathman; 05-09-2012 at 04:10 PM.
It is indeed a beautiful essay, isn't it?
Whenever I encounter nice articles like this one, I often come to realize Daisuke as a skater probably gains more recognition and is much appreciated in other countries, rather than in Japan.
"You just have to watch and FEEL it. Feelings will come by itself and you are unlikely will not be able to accurately describe them."
This sentence summs up all for me.
I would say exactly the same if I am to explain to someone who does not know him or his skating well yet why I am a fan of Daisuke and why he is so special as a skater to me . Because his performance itself says it all. Millions of words may not speak as much as his one performance full of his heart and soul.
If I have to pick up one from his such performances, probably this one, though it is far from perfect technically.
2010 Nationals LP:
Last edited by deedee1; 05-09-2012 at 09:43 AM.
Until last season, I could not understand why Dai stuck the quads, espesially in the seasons when DG got double penalty. I also thought he should give up the quads in the competitions when he could win without them. I was wrong. His continuous tries bore fruit. Goooo Dai-chan!