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    Moderator's note. This thread has been "managed" (as we say ) to keep things on topic. (In case we forget, the topic is "Yay, Dai!" )

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    Quote Originally Posted by let`s talk View Post
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    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
    Thanks. Lovely article by Luchianov!

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    A short news clip on Prince Ice World show this past weekend (May 12-13).

    It's reported that after landing jumps perfectly and dancing cool to the music 'Sweat', Daisuke lost his balance all of sudden.
    He never disappoints audience in every way!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8aCrW7ZgtY

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    ^Thanks deedee!


    I usually don't post montages but I found this one and thought it was really well done. Who can resist Eva Cassidy's "What a Wonderful World"!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sSkmyxfYJY
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    Here are vids from PIW Toyohashi, locally broadcasted on Tokai TV last night.

    -Dai's Mambo (commentary by Junko Yaginuma):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGGuJo9bg14

    -Dai's new EX to Sweat (remarks: the original TV commentary has been removed):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOUpFJEYsyo


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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post
    Here are vids from PIW Toyohashi, locally broadcasted on Tokai TV last night.

    -Dai's Mambo (commentary by Junko Yaginuma):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGGuJo9bg14

    -Dai's new EX to Sweat (remarks: the original TV commentary has been removed):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOUpFJEYsyo


    i like everything no commentary, so i'm really thankful for your share, deedee. for those who prefer commentary, YukiNieve on FSU shared the link for 'sweat' with commentary.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO1sGITVVvM


    i must say it lives up to... expectations. ^_~

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    Quote Originally Posted by skfan View Post
    i like everything no commentary, so i'm really thankful for your share, deedee. for those who prefer commentary, YukiNieve on FSU shared the link for 'sweat' with commentary.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO1sGITVVvM


    i must say it lives up to... expectations. ^_~
    Actually I just could not find the one with commentary..., so thanks a million, skfan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post
    Here are vids from PIW Toyohashi, locally broadcasted on Tokai TV last night.

    -Dai's Mambo (commentary by Junko Yaginuma):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGGuJo9bg14

    -Dai's new EX to Sweat (remarks: the original TV commentary has been removed):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOUpFJEYsyo

    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post
    Here are vids from PIW Toyohashi, locally broadcasted on Tokai TV last night.

    -Dai's Mambo (commentary by Junko Yaginuma):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGGuJo9bg14

    -Dai's new EX to Sweat (remarks: the original TV commentary has been removed):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOUpFJEYsyo

    Thanks, deedee1.

    But Dai looks not just tired. He looks exhausted in Toyohashi. Slow, many mistakes, few combos, few smiles. It wasn't like that in Shin-Yokohama when I saw it live. A bunch of fundrasing shows for his old rink and Asahi ads' might have done their work.

    Dai, take a holiday! You have the full right for that like any of us.

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    Thank you for the link for 'Sweat'! I love it! I have been wanting him to do something wild for a while. I love his classy, emotional programs like Blues for Klook and The Crisis, but I was wanting something fun from him, and this is it, so thank you, Dai!

    I don't know Japanese - what did the commentators think of it? I know I liked it!

    Quote Originally Posted by let`s talk View Post

    But Dai looks not just tired. He looks exhausted in Toyohashi. Slow, many mistakes, few combos, few smiles. It wasn't like that in Shin-Yokohama when I saw it live. A bunch of fundrasing shows for his old rink and Asahi ads' might have done their work.

    Dai, take a holiday! You have the full right for that like any of us.
    I agree! I hope he doesn't exhaust himself too much. Daisuke, go on vacation, and get some freaking rest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterscotch17 View Post

    I agree! I hope he doesn't exhaust himself too much. Daisuke, go on vacation, and get some freaking rest!
    I hope Daisuke gets some rest so he can have a fresh start for next season. Someone should talk sense into him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by let`s talk View Post
    But Dai looks not just tired. He looks exhausted in Toyohashi. Slow, many mistakes, few combos, few smiles. It wasn't like that in Shin-Yokohama when I saw it live. A bunch of fundrasing shows for his old rink and Asahi ads' might have done their work.
    I was in a hurry, so searched for the vids and dropped here quickly yesterday.
    Thanks for letting me know. I have watched it again this morning. Yes, he IS exhausted...

    I do not like his look, let's talk. It reminds me 4 years ago. He left Nikolai that spring, we all worried. Then Dai showed up with his striking 'eye' (original version) and surprised us. Lots of ice shows, charitable activities for his old rinks (both Kurashiki and Osaka). He was reported making 2 new LP with Pasquale, having great time in Detroit, etc. All good news during the summer and fans looked forward to the new season. But the reality was he was already burnt out and felt even depressed, then...Sorry for bringing this up. I stop now.

    Yes, he NEEDS to slow it down.

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    In Dai's other thread for choerographers/music suggestions, some names of the all time 'Greats', such as John Curry, Toller Cranston and Torvill & Dean were mentioned along with the video clips of their wonderful performances, which of course impressed me a great deal.

    As I wrote in that thread, among the above great skaters, Toller Cranston particularly influenced Mrs. Utako Nagamitsu, Dai's long-time coach, for her direction as a professional coach.

    Let me do some translation on Mrs. Utako Nagamitsu. This article is rather old; published in the spring of 2010 after Daisuke won the historic Olympic medal and very first world title by a Japanese male skater ever, but I thought it was very interesting and fascinating to get to know Utako sensei as a once competitive skater, a coach and as a person for me.

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    Sources: Nikkei shimbun
    Dates: May 24-26, 2010
    Writer: Masako Hara
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    <1> Prologue

    I believe Mrs. Nagamitsu is a rare, unique, and precious coah among the current top coaches in Japan. One of her preference when training her skaters has always been 'the ability to dance', in spite of the fact that she herself was a single skater and the majority of current students under her wing are also single skaters.
    And that probably was the reason why Daisuke, at age 13 with only two triples; toe loop and Salchow, caught her attention one day, and she decided to take him as her skater.

    Daisuke was born and brought up in Kurashiki, Okayama pref., the southern part of Japan with sunny and warmer weather, so that winter sports are less popular (kids love and would much prefer baseball and soccer).
    He started figure skating at age 8, when the big sport facilities with an ice rink opened in his neighborhood, and evetually attracted to this sport, though the local skating club did not have any professional coaches.

    Even before meeting Utako sensei, he himself also loved to dance on and off the ice, without any deep knowledge or appropriate instrucitons from professional dancers. He preferred Ice Dance the best among the four disciplines. During the Winter Olympic Games at Nagano in 1998, young Dai with only four years of skating career, showed up at his local rink one afternoon, demonstrated the patterns of Compulsory Dance which he watched on TV and memorized from the night before, and surprised everyone at the rink. He even said he fell in love with all the ice dance medalists; Grishuk/Platov, Krylova/Ovsyannikov and Anissina/Peizerat.

    In this regard, a lot of people believe it was not a pure accident, but rather a fate that Utako sensei ran into young Daisuke (or vice versa) one summer, at an ice rink in Sendai which was not the home for either of them.

    Utako Nagamitsu *info thru Wiki, thus not 100% reliable/credible

    -born: March, 1951, Hyogo pref.
    -as s competitive skater: Started figure skating at age 9. Ladies single national junior champion 1966-67 season. Retired after 1971-72 season, and turned to a professional coach/choreographer.
    -as a professional coach: Worlds in 1992 was her first appearance as a coach, taking Mari Asanuma.
    -current home rink: Ice Skating Club, Kansei University, Osaka pref.

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    As always, thanks for your efforts, Deedee1! I'm not exaggerating when I say that there's no way I'd have access to this information without your bringing it to us. I love that Daisuke was able to memorize the Compulsory Dance and then demonstrate it the next day. Clearly this guy values the things about skating that I most value, except that he's able to do them, while I can just watch and get gooseflesh.
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    Thanks a lot for encouraging me with your kind words, as always Olympia!

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    RE: About Mrs. Utako Nagamitsu, a figure skating coach
    Sources: Nikkei shimbun
    Dates: May 24-26, 2010
    Writer: Masako Hara
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    Remarks:
    -<1> is a sort of explanatory note by deedee. The actual article starts from here.
    -English words/expressions may be added/replaced in order to make more sense and/or for easier reading in English. Also, allow me, as usual, for grammatical mistakes if any.
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    <2>

    "I would appreciate if you'd rather not write this yet...in any of your articles, okay?"

    One day last August (in 2009), Utako Nagamitsu made it clear to me (the writer of Nikkei) beforehand, then started talking. In her usual soft tone of voice with Kansai accent.

    "If every piece is to settle down to its right place at Vancouver, I believe without doubt that my boy is the one who will win OGM. It's just my hunch, but he at least will get on the podium there under any circumstances."

    'My boy', she said back then, was Daisuke Takahashi of course, who won the bronze medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver this February. But Takahashi as of last August was the skater who had just made his appearances in the ice shows for the first time in a year after the knee injury, and still was on his long way making a comeback to comeptitive skating. To my eyes, however, Nagamitsu had no doubt that her boy would win at least a medal, no matter what.

    "She believes whatever she believes. She is a woman but I would say she is a much tougher guy than I am, of high caliber and more the Godfather like!", says Takahashi.

    Believing leads you to great force. There were voices in Vancouver: "If Takahashi does not go for that risky quad (and focuses more on going clean), he has much better chance for OGM..." But Nagamitsu simply turned it down. "I have never ever thought of telling Dai to avoid a quad. He is the kind of skater tending to make a mistake when he goes conservative, say, watering down his technical contents. 'Which skater are you talking about? It's Daisuke Takahashi!', I wanted to tell them, you know", she says.
    "I am probably one of the most optimistic people in the world. I believed in him and have always told everyone around me, 'Daisuke is no average skater. So talented, that I can not even tell you how much talented he is.' And he finally did!"

    It was 11 years ago when Nagamitsu and Takahashi met each other. One day that summer, a boy walked into the ice rink in Sendai, where Team Nagamitsu was having summer training camp from Osaka.
    "He must be one of your boys, right?" Someone asked. She replied back, "No, he isn't." That was young Daisuke. He came to Sendai all by himself from Okayama, his native city, for choreography of his new free program. The music piece was Warsaw Concerto. 'Such a difficult piece of classical music to interpret and skate to for an thirteen year old boy...' Nagamitsu thought to herself. His choreographer, however, left the rink for Tokyo for some urgent business to attend, and she pinch-hitted to do the rest of his choreo. When she started working with him, the young boy surprised her. "He moved around softly and so delicately skating to this piece, as if every note of the music was coming from the inside of his body..."

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    (cont'd)
    Last edited by deedee1; 05-26-2012 at 12:18 AM.

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