Daisuke's SP for 4CC 2013:
Here's my translation of Dai's comments after the SP. The original article in Japanese is here: http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/sports...0000011-spnavi
It wasn’t good at all. I kind of thought about it too much, and could not move my body in a natural way. I think I wasn’t able to practice enough. I want to make improvements by the next time.
I did have mistakes in jumps, but moreover, I was not able to show my skating. Too many thoughts occupied my head, and after the performance was over, I had this feeling which I cannot quite describe. I have to make use of this experience for the next time around. I like the program itself, and am glad that I made the change, but I regret I could not skate the way I could have. There are parts of it that still feel unfamiliar, so my body doesn’t move in a completely natural way. Right now, I feel like I have to move my own body to the music. A performance is different from daily practice and I think anxiety played a big part, too. It’s not that this program is difficult to skate, though, and I don’t want this to be the last time (to skate this).
Regarding the quad, it wasn’t my best and it was a missed jump. But I think it was good that I could hold onto it considering the way I jumped. The triple axel, on the other hand, is not very good, partly, I think, because I changed to a different type of blade this season. There is no denying that I’ve been struggling with my axel a little.
Regarding this short program, the best thing to do is to practice it more. I have not yet had enough practice compared to my free program. At tomorrow’s free, I just hope to keep attacking, not worrying about going down in the placement, but only thinking about going upwards.
Thank you for the translation Kiri433. One of the many things I like about Dai is his honesty.
Please console me Dai fans! I'm just so sad after today. I thought Daisuke would win 4CC. I'm nearly crying. I want to blame Morozov. I know - that would be really immature...... It's just - I'm so afraid that the judges now won't give him the marks he deserves anymore.
I'm right with you MaiKatze. I do believe it was all mental though, which is weird because he usually is pretty tough mentally after a bad SP (re: like everything). I kind of think skating right after Kevin Reynolds was a major factor along with the pressure of skating in Japan. They could be excuses, but seeing as all the Japanese men had a bad night, it's good reason.
I think he'll definitely use this disastrous outing to fuel himself for Worlds in London. I don't think there's any reason to give up on him. Judges still gave him the highest PCS...although very close to Hanyu and Reynolds, he did falter more. But if he skates up to par, his PCS will be back up to the 90s for sure.
The entire competition was very frustrating though...Still trying to get over it.
ETA: You think he's gonna keep at his Moonlight Sonata SP?
Last edited by starryxskies; 02-09-2013 at 08:41 AM.
OMG... So Dai changed his shoes just one week before the competition. His hair stylist also mentioned a couple of weeks ago in his blog that he seemed to have motivation issues going into 4CC.
Also, I speculate he probably spent most of his training time practicing his new SP and didn't have time to practice his FS...
This performance in front of his hometown crowd and his parents, too (they rarely go to see him in competitions).
I'm sure he will be back, though!!! Go Daisuke!!!!!
Last edited by kiri433; 02-09-2013 at 09:20 AM.
I hope Daisuke will do better at Worlds! Changing to a different blade takes time to adjust. Well, better now than in Sochi!
kiri: Thanks for the translation! I really like how Daisuke is able to honestly describe his feelings and look optimistically to the future. He's one of the best skaters I've ever seen, in terms of skill and personality.
The following is NOT translation of the article but information from other sources I found around 2011 Worlds.
Dai usually changes boots every month or so, much more frequently than other skaters, because he doesn't like them too broken-in.
At 2011 Worlds in Moscow, he kept wearing the same left boot he was planning to wear at Tokyo World in March. Because of the earthquake and tsunami it was postponed for a month. He ordered a new pair which arrived shortly before the Moscow Worlds but they didn't quite fit. So he decided to wear the new boot on his right foot (a little better fit) and keep the old boot on the left. And as you all know, the accident happened... The old boot was already so beaten up that he even had a piece of leather inserted between the heel and the blade (you can see this while they were trying to fix the boot after the screw came off during the FS).
So my guess is that he is now really afraid of wearing old boots, so much so that he'd rather wear ill-fitting new boots than beaten-up old ones. Just guessing, though.
Last edited by kiri433; 02-09-2013 at 12:42 PM.
Thanks so much for the info kiri433. I didn't know that Daisuke changes boots that often. Understandable that he is a bit paranoid after the 2011 accident. He knows what's best that's for sure. I've calmed down a bit - although I'm getting more scared and nervous for Worlds. 4CC is one thing but if he won't medal at Worlds - his last Worlds - I will honestly start crying. Crazy, it is just figure skating, I've never seen him live or so.....but this is really hard for me.
I agree that it is tremendously difficult for us fans right now, though.
Last edited by MaiKatze; 02-09-2013 at 03:57 PM.
I woke up in misery. I hardly slept last night...;;;