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    Seeing the context of that statement, I might even suggest "meticulous" or "precise" as a possibility for the tidy/neat idea. Your metaphor of the freshly washed white cotton shirt is very vivid and adds to my impression of how Daisuke sees Meryl's skating. How lovely that one of the world's greatest skaters sees Meryl that way!

    Unimpeachableness is a perfectly acceptable word according to what I found, though unimpeachability was listed first. That just means that one is preferable, but both are correct.

    One of the beauties of translation is that it brings to mind all the range of possible words, and it's like being presented with an array of beautiful fabrics for sewing. Which to use? They're all tantalizing. Often there's more than one good way to translate something, which is why we have so many editions of, say, The Odyssey or Dante's Divine Comedy translated into our respective languages. (In fact, I've read translations into English of The Odyssey in both poetry and prose...the possibilities seem endless.)

    I love the list of skaters that Dai mentions. Definitely not surprising that both Lambiel and Buttle are on his list, yes? Both of them have Dai's combination of technical prowess and musical grace that lifts them out of the ranks of mere athletes. I'm fascinated by the fact that he doesn't cite any ice dancing couples. He names one skater from each team but not the other. I'd love to spend an hour or two listening to him talk about what he sees in each of those skaters, wouldn't you? That would be a master class to remember!
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    deedee1, Hearing that Dai's phrase brought a freshly cleaned (and perhaps, nicely ironed?) white shirt to your mind, I was wondering whether what some people who love Yuka Sato's skating use to describe her skating: "pure" which for me, has both the "precise" and "clean" connotations.

    The other phrase used of Yuka is that she is a "skater's skater"--which given it's Dai talking is perhaps also warranted for Meryl!

    (I love these kind of discussions, BTW)

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    One of the loveliest descriptions of Yuka's skating was offered by someone here--can't remember who. This person pointed out that she and Jeremy Abbott both have such beautifully smooth, silent stroking that if they both skated down the rink having a conversation, you wouldn't be able to hear their blades at all.

    I love these discussions, too, Doris. It's such a great treasure of GS that we get to read translations of interviews from places like Japan, Russia, China, Korea, or France, purely because of the generosity of fellow members who take the time and make the effort to translate for us. The discussions about word choice are a happy byproduct of our bounty of translators, including Deedee1, our source for all things Daisuke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post

    I'm fascinated by the fact that he doesn't cite any ice dancing couples. He names one skater from each team but not the other.
    Oh, I did not notice that! Interesting.

    I'd love to spend an hour or two listening to him talk about what he sees in each of those skaters, wouldn't you? That would be a master class to remember!
    Dai needs to further improve his English right away! Or he will be in a B-I-G trouble in answering every single questions you are to ask.

    Instead I may suggest you to study Japanese if you don't mind, Olympia. Must be a much shorter way to talk to each other, remembering his English from the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    ...I was wondering whether what some people who love Yuka Sato's skating use to describe her skating: "pure" which for me, has both the "precise" and "clean" connotations.
    To me (from my limited English vocabulary):

    Yuka's skating=BUTTER!!!!!
    Patrick's and Shizuka's stroking=Mercedes benz engines
    Mao's skating=cotton sugar candy!
    Dai's blades=magnetic, addictive, electrifying
    Jeff's presence on ice=noble, PRINCE from a fairy tale

    When I saw Yuka and Sasha at Stars on Ice Japan tour in January 2009, they looked almost identical; same height and in the same costume, from the upper deck where I sat. I did not recognize which one was which first. But once they started skating, I DID recognize them less than a second because of differences of the two in every aspects of their skating.

    P.S. Mind you, everyone, 'vocabulary' should be awlays used in a singular form, NOT in a plural form!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post

    Other skaters he mentioned in that interview are: Stephane Lambiel, Jeffrey Buttle, Scott Moir, Evgeni Platov, Gwendal Peizerat, Olivier Shoenfelder and Shae-Lynn Bourne.
    Which interview is this, deedee? Did you already provide a link upthread, or was this something you saw on tv?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post
    To me (from my limited English vocabulary):

    Yuka's skating=BUTTER!!!!!
    Patrick's and Shizuka's stroking=Mercedes benz engines
    Mao's skating=cotton sugar candy!
    Dai's blades=magnetic, addictive, electrifying
    Jeff's presence on ice=noble, PRINCE from a fairy tale

    When I saw Yuka and Sasha at Stars on Ice Japan tour in January 2009, they looked almost identical; same height and in the same costume, from the upper deck where I sat. I did not recognize which one was which first. But once they started skating, I DID recognize them less than a second because of differences of the two in every aspects of their skating.

    P.S. Mind you, everyone, 'vocabulary' should be awlays used in a singular form, NOT in a plural form!


    Those are great descriptions! They suit the skaters perfectly.

    Yeah, if you put Sasha and Yuka in hooded catsuits with masks, you'd still be able to tell them apart once the music started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by all that View Post
    Which interview is this, deedee? Did you already provide a link upthread, or was this something you saw on tv?
    Hello, all that!

    The interview of this time is from the latest issue of 'World Figure Skating #53', a Japanese magazine which was published right after Nice Worlds.

    http://www.shinshokan.co.jp/figure/index_figure.html

    I did not translate anything yet, but there are a couple of articles on foreign skaters and/or interviews to them which I think very interesting and would love to introduce to you guys when I have time to do so. (please be reminded I am a S-L-O-W starter, so you may see them before the next Worlds begins if you are lucky. )

    This magazine also covers Jr. Worlds.
    "Who is your ideal skater you are looking up to?", when asked during the press conference after the Free skate, Joshua Farris answered his is Brian Boitano, and Scott Hamilton for Jason Brown. I don't believe they actually watched Scott's and Brian's OGM winning performances in the real time, though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Those are great descriptions! They suit the skaters perfectly.

    Yeah, if you put Sasha and Yuka in hooded catsuits with masks, you'd still be able to tell them apart once the music started.
    You could tell them apart if they just skated without music. Yuka's skating sounds like rips when she pushes, and Sasha's sounds like scratching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post

    This magazine also covers Jr. Worlds.
    "Who is your ideal skater you are looking up to?", when asked during the press conference after the Free skate, Joshua Farris answered his is Brian Boitano, and Scott Hamilton for Jason Brown. I don't believe they actually watched Scott's and Brian's OGM winning performances in the real time, though!
    It's an OT, but the last weekend and this weekend I have finished watching Jr. Worlds FINALLY! which was recorded on my VCR months ago. J-Sports did not show all of them unfortunately; 3hrs each for Ladies and Men, though. Just a short thoughts of mine:

    -Of course I was impressed by all the medalists as expected, but among them those who attracted me the most are Zijun Li and He Zhang of China!
    -Loved Martin Rappe's jumps of Germany!
    -Surprised by D10's rather low PCS.
    -My jaw dropped by Han Yan's HUUUEGE jumps and Liam Firus' almost identical skating style as Patrick's!

    As for He Zhang: does not have harder jump like 3A or quad yet, but he can dance! He reminds me young Dai when he won the Junior title in 2002. Am looking forward to seeing how He is gonna mature as a skater for years to come.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvQg_2TX1Dc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRUDhEM5n-I&feature=fvst
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    Daisuke's latest performance from 'Dreams on Ice' show on aired last night

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2xcOIz0RIY

    (to be honest, however, this Dai is a bit too much for me...I can't look at him directly even on TV. I am such a shy girl. lol I'd prefer Sweat EX)

    Do not find video clips of other skaters uploaded YT yet, unfortunately. Will post them in the 'Have you been to any good ice shows laterly?' thread when uploaded.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VikrDg0YXKE

    His interview and its rough translation (almost the same as the previous translation on JapanSkates interview, though):

    -About Nikolai Morozov:
    "Life is interesting, I feel now. When I heard about it, 'no, no, no?' was what I thought first.
    It was right before Nice Worlds. I was preparing hard for the Worlds, so I just let myself away from it. After the Worlds I thought it over carefully and for a long time. Took me almost three months to make up my mind..."

    "Considering how we parted ways, I have never imagined we would ever have another chance to work again."

    "I am the kind of person who have a hard time to lift up own motivation and keep myself motivated. Nikolai was always very good at keeping me motivated whenever I was in trouble in doing so back then. 'Nikolai can be of a great help with good advice for me towards the Olympics', I naturally thought and decided to work with him again."

    "The next Olympic is at Sochi Russia. From my own experience, Russia is such a complicating country in its own way and in every way, I believe. (Even before Nikolai contacted me), I already had a hunch that it would be a good idea to have someone with Russian root in my team in order to fully prepare myself to Sochi. 'His offer must be what I need', I evetually thought."

    -About his new EX number to Piazzolla tango:

    Narration: "This number is the same as his Free program at 2010 Worlds where Takahashi felt unfulfilld and defeated. Now he has set himself once again for new seasons with this key program which turned out to be the big turning point in his career to decide to continue until Sochi Olympic Games."

    Daisuke: "I find the posing at the end very cool and I love it myself. I hope you will enjoy my new EX number."
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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post
    Daisuke's latest performance from 'Dreams on Ice' show on aired last night

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2xcOIz0RIY

    (to be honest, however, this Dai is a bit too much for me...I can't look at him directly even on TV. I am such a shy girl. lol I'd prefer Sweat EX)
    Deedee1, I understand your feeling. But I had tears in my eyes when he started dancing to the music. I didn't know why I had to cry for the program, (And I'm not one of those Dai-Chans.) but I did. Maybe his emotion and passion moved me.
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    Leonova wrote in her blog on rsport.ru that Dai is coming to Morozov's camp in the US at the end of July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by let`s talk View Post
    Leonova wrote in her blog on rsport.ru that Dai is coming to Morozov's camp in the US at the end of July.
    He's going to be here? Yippee!

    Sorry, Japan. You can't have him back.

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