06-20-2012, 12:14 AM
Noz Inner Beauty take #3, June 16
Q) Who do you think are beautiful?
A) Difficult to answer in a word, because there are various ways to define 'beauty', you know... I exercise dancing, so dancers come to mind. Both male and female dancers. They do have beautiful bodies; beautiful lines of their bodies with solid muscles, especially on their back.
Q) Can you name a few in particular?
A) Tetsuya Kumakawa. Well, he is such a great ballet dancer that everybody knows. Another dancer who comes to mind is Yusuke Onuki. I have been to the theater recently to watch a musical "Romeo and Juliet", and he was there as 'dancer of the death'. His dance was so beautiful that made me moved to tears.
Q) How do you define 'beauty'?
A) Beauty itself comes from inside, I think. However hard we try to keep up our appearances (= to conceal own weaknesses), we can not cover them up forever; sooner or later we end up showing our own weaknesses.
There are things we do not like, or we have to face some awful experiences/times in our life. If we are beautiful enough inside of ourselves, we can take everything as it is, whether we like it or not.
Q) When was your first love?
A) At elementary school?...no, at kindergarten.
Q) Do you tell girls when you are in love?
A) No, most of the time no. Even though I normally do not tell them about it, it shows with my behavior I guess, so they know it. I am probably the kind of person who easily show feelings with its behavior.
Q) What is important for you when being in love?
A) To try to enjoy the moments and be happy all the time. I am 26 y.o. so I think I am still young, but I sometimes feel lazy or take it rather bothersome...(laugh) And...respect. Yes respect is important for me. I do not think I will fall in love with a girl unless I have some of respect in that girl as a person first.
Q) You are traveling around the world all the time. It must be hard to keep your relationship with your girl friend, I would imagine?
A) I tend to get involved too much when I am in love with someone, I would say recalling my past. So right now I try to keep some distance from such a situation. I do not go out to places where I may meet some girls. It's not a good idea for me (to get involved too much) if I want to fully prepare for the Olympics. I shall be in love with my skating for these two years until Sochi! (laugh)
Q) How about marriage? Have you ever thought about getting married?
Q) Do you have any idea until when you would like to marry?
A) Not really. Marry or not marry, if I have to make my choice, I probably would marry, but I just do not know when...I think I want my own children for sure, though.
Q) Who are close to your image of ideal men? Name a few if you have any.
A) Let me see...Takeshi Kaneshiro, Hiroshi Abe, and Yutaka Takenouchi come to mind. While they are all cool, quiet, matured and refined, they can also pay close attention to others and consider others' feelings very well. I would love being cool and quiet myself, but it's impossible for me to be quiet! I just keep talking on and on, far from my ideal image!
Q) You have lived in Kansai area for many years. It must be why you rather feel obliged to say something unique with humor, maybe.
06-20-2012, 06:54 AM
Thanks deedee. Well know we now a little about Dai's love life which according to him is non-existent at this time. He is in love with his skating only, but I think he
has a little crush on Meryl Davis. lol
06-20-2012, 07:07 AM
Thanks, deedee. Can you tell us a little about the "ideal men" Daisuke cites? They are not names that I recognize.
06-20-2012, 08:45 AM
Meryl is so lovely. I too almost had a crush on her when I saw her skating live, although I’m a woman.
Originally Posted by demarinis5
06-20-2012, 10:22 AM
They are all hot! (holy true)
Originally Posted by Olympia
06-20-2012, 01:18 PM
Originally Posted by let`s talk
Well, that sounds tantalizing. I'll have to Google them. I'm always happy to add to my list.
And I can understand about Meryl Davis. If you gave me the magical ability to look like anyone I choose, she'd be one of my first choices. Her beauty has a magical quality.
06-20-2012, 02:49 PM
I think he has strong chemistry with Akiko Suzuki! They would make a lovely couple as well.
06-20-2012, 04:58 PM
He does have strong chemistry with Akiko, but I think it is more of brother and sister chemistry. They have been friends for a very long time.
Originally Posted by christinaskater
The few clips I have seen of Dai interacting with Meryl I have noticed that his body language is much different than when he interacts with Akiko. He seems almost shy when he
is around Meryl. When he is with Akiko he is very playful and little mischievous just like a brother. Of course this is just my opinion and my observations.
I could be way off base here. lol
Here is a cute clip at World's Gala practice
Back to skating. Any news on Dai's programs yet. Even though Dai said Morozov was not doing his choreography this season, I am getting a little worried.
Last edited by demarinis5; 06-20-2012 at 05:08 PM.
06-20-2012, 05:56 PM
You can also 'youtube' those names and will find out they are all very cool actors. I think Dai is talking about the roles and images they project through their works.
Originally Posted by Olympia
06-20-2012, 07:21 PM
06-21-2012, 02:50 AM
<I was trying to post this in another thread on Daisuke and Nikolai first, but I have changed my mind. Dai sounded so natural and honest in this interview. I just wanted to leave it in this thread, so that I can go back and read his thoughts on this news in the future when I want to.>
Rough translation from Japan Skates:
I heard about his offer before the Nice Worlds. Pretty much surprised. His offer was so out of the blue to me. A lot things happened between then and now. My understanding was we would never work together again, so that it was just beyond my imagination. I sometimes thought we might have a chance for choreography some day if circumstances allow, though.
(->note: Nikolai's name was on the list of Dai's team as potential choreographers every season.)
I have made up my mind just recently (took almost 3 months). I could not think about it until after the worlds. I have been of two minds about it, you know. After long consideration, I have finally decided to take his offer because only 2 years left until Olympics for me.
Circumstances changed since we last worked together. At this point nothing has been decided yet, such as how to make it work this time around, but when I thought about it, I realized part of me wanted to give another try.
I am sure I can still learn new things from Nikolai, but this time around my stance is to continue thinking over and deciding my skating and other things on my own (=different from the last time we worked together).
Nikolai himself experienced and learned things since then, too. These experiences of his own will surely be of a good help for me, and he will give me an extra push to go for it if we can set up the same goal again; such as getting another Olympic medal or the Olympic itself, I thought.
After I parted the ways with him four years ago, I was the one who was fully responsible for the direction of my skating, my whole team or how to keep myself motivated, ect. and decided everything on my own. One of the things I appreciated him while working together back then is he was very good at keeping up myself motivated whenever I struggled or was losing to do so. I kind of expect him to help me in that way again.
I believe these four years when I was away from Nikolai was necessary and precious for me. I am a different person now. I used to leave everthing to him before, but I won't be fully dependent on him anymore, as I once was.
I have thought everything over on my own, decided it, put into action, and took it on my own responsibility so far. Nikolai understands and accepts who I am now, and he still wants (expects) me to work together. I remind myself not to fail to live up to his expectations.
I look forward to establishing a whole new relationship, tougher but more trustworthy one, with him. I rather take it as a 'rematch' against Nikolai in my mind. If Nikolai expects me that much, I do not want to dissapoint him, say, him feeling "I thought Dai would be better than this, but I was wrong..."
What I feel now is life is interesting, to be honest, because our path crossed again without my intention. I believe the new season will be even more interesting to me in my whole competitive career, and I am really looking forward to it.
My current training environment is just perfect for me to prepare for the next Olympics, nothing to complain about. From now on, I probably will be visiting his training camp overseas. That means, going back and forth in and out of Japan, I need to skate with my opponents together during practice, or to skate in different countries. It will force me to go out of my current comfortable and convenient environment, and into a stricter and more demanding environment. This will surely help to push myself to another stage, and I beleive that's what I need to fully prepare myself for the upcoming Olympics.
Dai sounds so natural here, taking the situation quite objectively, doesn't he? Will post Nikolai's comments tomorrow. (hopefully )
Last edited by deedee1; 06-21-2012 at 03:00 AM.
06-21-2012, 09:43 AM
Thanks, Deedee! And thanks for the translation of Dai's comments.
Originally Posted by deedee1
06-21-2012, 11:55 PM
Firstly, to be honest with you, Daisuke was the most favorite skater among all my skaters for me. We established and kept a pretty good skater-coach relationship throughout.
We had to part ways due to various reasons four years ago, and I always had regrets for that.
Partly owing to Miki who took a year off from Grand Prix 2011-12 season, I had less demanding season myself and had time to look back about it, and realized that we had unfinished business; we did not fully achieve our goal and I want to try again and carry it through to till the end this time.
Q) Daisuke mentioned a word, 'rematch' with you. Your thought?
A) (laugh) True. Our realtionship was like that the last time. We used to kind of fighting against each other. He is a skater, a competitive skater and always has to fight against other skaters.
I believe we can establish a good relationship again, have a wonderful time and share great moments together. Of course we shared great time before, but both of us have matured as a person since then. So I think we will inspire each other and have an even better relationship by working together for another couple of years.
I would like to engage myself fully to his coaching and help him with all of my heart and soul.
I was in the position, as an outsider, only to watch how he progressed as a skater for the last four years. But from now on, I would like to give him everything I have, so that I can help him to win another Olympic medal with the color he has not won yet.
Q) How did you see him as a skater when you were away from him?
A) I knew Daisuke was already one of great skaters back then. He was so talented and had a bright future ahead of him, he was also a great hard worker. But now he has become one of such skaters to be remembered by everyone in the history of figure skating. In order to coah such a skater, I need to improve myself as a coach, too, to be a suitable match for who he is now.
Q) I Suppose you had feelings such as anger or disappointment when you parted ways. Since when did such feelings of yours change?
A) I had a mixed feeling, a complicated one at first, a kind of jealousy watching him to be very successful. But as time went by, I realized that he was doing what he had to do (as a competitive skater) and deservedly accomplished results worthy of his talent and ability. I got calm down a bit and felt better. Then, I could enjoy and appreciate his skating for the last two years or so. At the same time, some of small ideas came to mind while watching him skate, and 'with these small ideas of mine, he could do even better', I thought to myself.
I always had uncomfortable and unsettled feeling ever since Daisuke left my camp, because in the past most of my skaters ended my coaching upon their retirements. But Daisuke did not. For that matter, I was of regrets and felt stuck with him. Now I feel very happy we are in the situation like this again.
Q) When you last worked with Daisuke, you acted like a general producer of his. How are you going to be like this time around?
A) Not decided yet. We will talk about it and decide later. Well, I did not decide everything, you know, it was not like one-way decision from my part the last time, either. We decided everthing as a team back then, so this time will be just the same.
Q) Did you feel he needed you? Or, you neede him more?
A) laugh) I don't know~. I think he needed me, or that (=I needed him more)!
<Upon shooting pics together>
Nikolai pulled Daisuke's shoulder and held him firmly.
Daisuke: '...am embarrassed...'
06-22-2012, 05:10 AM
Wicked Yankee Girl
deedee1, Thank you so much for these translations!
Originally Posted by deedee1
I thought the above quote from Nikolai was an amazing tribute from a coach to a student...and I wonder whether Nikolai will indeed improve as a coach! What an awesome thing that would be for all of his students!
06-27-2012, 12:21 AM