05-30-2013, 02:20 PM
On the Ice
Hi to everybody. My first post here
Thank you deedee for translation. Great article, but we fans are saying same things since years and years, reporter says nothing new for us
Let's talk, thanks for links. Wish you a great time and can't wait for your reports, so keen and funny I feel to be there too
05-30-2013, 05:42 PM
05-31-2013, 04:04 AM
05-31-2013, 08:43 AM
On the Ice
Thank you, demarinis and deedee for your welcome !!
Yes, deedee, I am a Dai-chan fan and very proud of being a supporter of such a great (on and off ice) man.
05-31-2013, 11:52 AM
Dai's practice at AOI (montage of the available pieces ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eHqteV3kLA
06-01-2013, 08:39 AM
06-02-2013, 04:58 PM
Thank you deedee for the photos and also for the kind words.
Nice montage of Dai, thanks let's talk.
06-03-2013, 02:45 AM
Dai's GP assignments are NHK (no surprise there) and SA.
06-04-2013, 02:41 AM
06-05-2013, 02:42 AM
Ahhhhh, thank you! This is THE performance that Daisuke took my heart all of sudden, completely and forever! I can never get tired of watching his circular step sequence here; his whole body itself is the piano. I even more loved ESPN version (?, where Dick Button and Kurt did commentary back then), though all disappeared from YouTube due to copyright reason sadly.
Originally Posted by let`s talk
06-05-2013, 04:41 AM
臥薪嘗胆 Ga Shin Sho-Tan
Entire Audience Carried Away at End of Free Performance
2nd day of WTT (April 12th) was Mens Free, and there was an unfortunate accident before Takahashi skate: Constantin Menshov of Russia, the 10th skater of the night, fell on his triple Axel awfully, hit the shoulder severely, unable to continue and had to withdraw in the middle of his Free. As uncomfortable silence filled the arena, Takahashi was given 2 extra minutes, which originally was Menshov's, by the referee to parepare himself to start.
Immediately took to the ice, he skated around the rink to warm him up then tried a triple Lutz just to make sure, but fell on it and gave a wry smile with embarrasement. "That very unfortunate accident didn't affect my concentration so badly, I think. Rather, I felt relaxed thanks to my unexpected fall on the Lutz before my skate", he admitted later. Getting focused again and taking opening position, he waited for the start of Il Pagliaccio music. Takahashi's Free skating to this music has given everyone various colors, like a kaleidoscope, from one performance to another throughout the season. Audience watched him to start skating with mixed feelings; some knowing that they will not see this program anymore and feeling sad, some wishing him to be able to skate this program to its full potential and expecting his best performance here.
Once the music got started, Takahashi accelerated the speed and set himself for a takeoff of opening quad toe-loop. It wasn't perfect and he had to put hands on it. Then avoided the planned second quad toe (which should be in combination) and went for a triple-triple jumps. Landed the next jump, a Triple Axel securely, and continued to successfully land jumps one after another. His quad was not working well so far, thus his team's strategy this time was to go for just one quad, do other elements as best as he could and rack up every points as possible, owing to its nature of the competition as a 'team event', and he, keeping his composure, executed every elements as planned.
06-06-2013, 02:29 AM
Takahashi then took entire audience carried away with his choreographic sequence at the end of the program. He brilliantly performed to express Pagliaccio Canio's agonies and grieves, and to express fortissimo and pianissiomo of this beautiful piece of music with his intricate yet sensitive blade work, effortless speed and with his whole upper body movements. That was the quintessence of Takahashi's skating; who btw admits he never sets any character when skating, but always feels the music and expresses it as he gets inspired from the music itself. Upon its climax of the music he ended the program with the final spin. Music came to a stop, silence in a split second, then entire audience sprang up on its feet and extended thunderous applause.
His Free scored 168.65 and won Mens Free. His TSS overall was 249.52 to place above the reigning world champion Patrick Chan (Canada). "Because I just couldn't land any of my quads successfully at any of my practice sessions and warm-ups, I am very happy that my quad was 'ratified' here", he said with a sigh of relief. "I don't think I am fully satisfied with my performance here, but it was good enough to end the season for me." Looking back his rough season filled with ups and downs, but finally came to its end with the desired result as best as he could, Takahashi told the media happily and honestly.
(onto Part 3)
06-06-2013, 10:00 AM
Daisuke as one of the symbol athletes on the JOC official site: http://www.joc.or.jp/images/key_visual/simbol2.jpg
06-07-2013, 12:20 PM
On the Ice
Thank you let's talk. DAI-CHAN OMEDETOO
06-07-2013, 05:02 PM
Great job on the translation deedee, very nice article!