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    Quote Originally Posted by Morena View Post
    let`s talk, you didn`t expect from Shizuka 3-3 combos, do you?
    Even 2A-3T is good for skater retired 6 years ago.
    For me she is iconic skater, her grace and elegance is unparalleled. She`s a treasure of FS.
    Though I understand your getting bored from her programs.
    Totally off topic, but a friend of mine e-mailed me that Shizuka landed 3-3 in a PIW show! Was she wrong? Shizuka is amazing! Whenever she skates in a show, many people say she can still compete. She is still improving.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carignan View Post
    A peson in Daisuke's fan forum added English subtitles to this short but super wonderful documentary about the resumption of his quad. Congratulations for getting back, Daisuke!! (And special thanks to the video maker.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEYVAxwWRdg

    It was a tough road to overcome. I remember, I prepared myself to see the worst scenario back in the November 2008. But he came back! Now he is even stronger than he used to be. You are so brave, Daisuke.
    Thank you for sharing and thanks to Dai's fan forum for the translation. I admire his determination to readjust his body to re-learn the quad. GO DAI!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post
    Been a while for me to see Yasuharu Nanri since he retired from competitive skating. Glad to know he still has a killer 3A.
    Yeah, and he landed it in all 6 shows that I visited! In the last show he tried a combo 3A-3T but fell on 3T. I hope I'll see his cool stuff again in July in PIW (with no Dai but with Plush and Hanyu on the list). Here he is with Miki. I mentioned she was in the backstage but she didn't take part in shows: http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/55/86/44/asdexj10.jpg Here is more pics from PIW shows:
    http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/55/86/44/aripv110.jpg
    http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/55/86/44/56872110.jpg
    http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/55/86/44/wncf210.jpg
    http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/55/86/44/56884410.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morena View Post
    So you see Evan as medal contender, but not Dai?
    Interesting.
    I see Dai as a contender, too, but I just think that as an Olympic champion, Evan wouldn't return if he didn't believe that he could be among the top, just my opinion. Like I said, I haven't seen him skate in a long time, but I hear he's been landing quads in practice. Daisuke seems to have his quad back now finally, though, so that will help him out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post
    Might be a bit late to say, but 'a hearty welcome' to the GS Forum from me, too, Butterscotch17! and thank you so much for your lovely post on Daisuke!

    Many, me included of course, agree with you about Dai, his skating, and his sweet personality.
    Daisuke just grabs my heart and soul like no one else can! One thing of out many I love about his skating is, he skates his programs with all of his energy, heart and soul everytime he goes out to the ice, whether or not it's a big competition. So it looks to me a different performance each time out. I can see his take on his feeling for the music. It gives me different impression on his program, I find new things in his skating and enjoy it each time, even though he skates to the same music with almost the same choreography throughout the year. In performance-wise, every time different and never be the same program for me! My English is not enough to express my feeling well, but we say it in Japanese '一期一会 (ichigo ichie)'; 'One encounter is one and only: so precious, there won't be next one, never be the same even if so.' Hope my English makes sense to you.

    As for your concern/worry for Dai in Sochi, a lot of us share your feelings, too. But don't worry too much, I would say.
    Upon his disappointing performance at 2011 Moscow Worlds, he announced his intention to continue three more seoson until Sochi Olympics. Daisuke himself admitted at that time, knowing he was behind of Patrick, Takahiko and/or Artur in TES-wise, that he was not sure if future Dai would get on the podium in Sochi, or even he could make the national team considering the depth in Japanese Mens field...But at the same time, he knew he was getting back his strength on his injured knee gradually, so that it would get much better in the near future and he wanted to give another try. He is a competitive skater after all. It's his choice to make. Figure skating is a sport, an Olympic sport. OGM is a dream and ultimate goal for every athelets in the world. As one of his big fans, what I can do is to respect his decision and root for him, and I will root for him with all of my heart. The best man wins in 2014, whether it will be Evgeni, Patrick, Evan, Dai or younger one like Yuzuru, nobody, including skating god , knows yet. If it's Dai, we will do a happy dance together, if it's not him unfortunately, we will thank Dai for many great performances full of his heart and soul anyway, just like we are doing right now.

    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.

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    To Morena:

    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.

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    To Butterscotch17:

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by let`s talk View Post

    Yeah, and he landed it in all 6 shows that I visited! In the last show he tried a combo 3A-3T but fell on 3T. I hope I'll see his cool stuff again in July in PIW (with no Dai but with Plush and Hanyu on the list). Here he is with Miki. I mentioned she was in the backstage but she didn't take part in shows: http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/55/86/44/asdexj10.jpg Here is more pics from PIW shows:
    http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/55/86/44/aripv110.jpg
    http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/55/86/44/56872110.jpg
    http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/55/86/44/wncf210.jpg
    http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/55/86/44/56884410.jpg
    Wow, Yasu went for 3A-3T???

    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morena View Post
    deedee1, thank you!

    It's sad that Asada's, Arakawa's and Suzuki's fans are in state of war.
    My favourite is Mao, but I like other skaters too.

    So Dai is not with IMG, that explains his absence in "The Ice" since 2008.
    Likewise! I'm a fan of all three ladies (and obviously also of Daisuke). I bet we're not the only ones, either.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demarinis5 View Post
    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.
    Welll, actually the same user started to put subtitles on Friends documentary about Dai. It was issued before major events, still it's interesting to watch.
    Part1:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=axXuovQrZ6I
    Part 2:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=piWGjars99A

    And Luchianov wrote a beautiful article about Dai on fskating where he compared him with Japanese calligraphy .
    http://fskating.com/2012/05/daisuke-...ay-of-art.html
    Last edited by Mathman; 05-09-2012 at 04:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by let`s talk View Post

    And Luchianov wrote a beautiful article about Dai on fskating where he compared him with Japanese calligraphy .
    http://fskating.com/2012/05/daisuke-...ay-of-art.html
    Thanks so much for the link.
    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:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhg2BY6oYww
    Last edited by deedee1; 05-09-2012 at 09:43 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carignan View Post
    A peson in Daisuke's fan forum added English subtitles to this short but super wonderful documentary about the resumption of his quad. Congratulations for getting back, Daisuke!! (And special thanks to the video maker.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEYVAxwWRdg

    It was a tough road to overcome. I remember, I prepared myself to see the worst scenario back in the November 2008. But he came back! Now he is even stronger than he used to be. You are so brave, Daisuke.
    Thanks for the clip! I adore Dai more and more.

    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post
    Not technically perfect, but I love this performance! Daisuke just doesn't let a beat of the music go by without acknowledging it. He's such a good showman, and that's a great program.

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