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    Thank you let's talk. DAI-CHAN OMEDETOO

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    Great job on the translation deedee, very nice article!

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    臥薪嘗胆 Ga Shin Sho-Tan
    <Part 3> http://www.nnn.co.jp/dainichi/rensai...130427059.html

    Believing All Challenges This Season Lead to Sochi

    It's been quite a season full of challenges for Takahashi. First came was an announcement in June 2012, which was a surprise to many skating fans in the world, to welcome again Nokolai Morozov who once was his full time coach from 2005 to 2008 to his team.
    Team Takahashi consists of specialists in various areas in order to help the skater with skills and knowledge of their own; e.g. his long time main coach Utako Nagamitsu, Takeshi Honda as his jump coach, physical/conditioning trainer and dietitian, and has produced remarkable results so far: the Olympic bronze medal in 2010 at Vancouver, World title in 2010 at Torino, Four Continent title in 2011, etc. And his breathtaking skate to Blues for Klook at last year's World Team Trophy was simply a gem in a true way when describing figure skating. His own skating flourishing at its peak almost, his team perfectly functioning and thoroughly prepared, there is nothing that are short of within this skater's surroudings it seemed. Thus, the news Takahashi teaming up with Morozov again was a bolt out of the blue to those all concerned in the sport.

    'How would you round up this season and see your re-collaboration with Mr Morozov?', when asked at the post-competition press conference, he replied, "Well, what I see as a failure is I asked for too much of change. What I see as a success is he has spurred me to fire up my motivation, and training environment for me has improved for the better." The last time the skater worked with Morozov, it was the coach's role to provide a strategy and its specific steps on how to win, however, this answer of his indicates that the skater now seizes the initiatives on everything. "There is not much time left for me until Sochi. I want to do whatever I can do and I can think of (to improve my skating)"; Takahashi's such challenging spirit eventually lead him to change his skating boots and its blades as he headed for 2012-13 season.

    (cont'd)

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    http://rsport.ru/figure_skating/20130607/666648306.html

    According to this article Dai will be attending training camp with team Morozov
    in Palm Springs, California.

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    Deedee1, thank you for your good job in translating the article.
    It's getting more and more interesting. Although many info are not new, I am always eager to read about Dai-chan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by let`s talk View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post
    臥薪嘗胆 Ga Shin Sho-Tan <Part 3>
    (cont'd)
    "This season Takahashi has changed his blade to 'Gold Seal', which is the same type he used before during his junior days and earlier senior days, in order to help doing change of directions on pivot such as quick turns", Coach Nagamitsu admitted to the media after the competition. John Wilson's 'Gold Seal' blade is famous for its sharper curve and capturing ice surface with a pivot, so that makes it very advantegeous to Takahahshi's great edge works, but at the same time, it's the weak point of this blade; affect jumps rather unstable due to its characteristic curve.
    Heading into the Worlds in Canada this past March, the skater spent hours after hours for on-ice trainings at the team's rink in Simsbury, Connecticut USA, like he had never done before, but its result was far from the desired one. The team finally concluded the blade change did not work well to his advantage, and decided to go back to his old blade before World Team Trophy. "Around the time of Japanese Nationals (late December 2012), the blade was getting worn out and it had less curve, so that just worked out fine, or better I would say, for me (than it actually should have been) back then. But to tell the truth, I also started kind of suspicious and losing faith in my blade. 'It did not work. Okay, time to go back to the old blade', I thought", says Takahashi.

    Another big challenge, that should be noteworty, out of his this season is changing the Short Program right before the Four Continent Championships. Coach Nagamitsu explains: "In the Olympic season, we just can't afford a risky choice like this one. And the fact that there is only one short program and one free program left for my skater before he retires from competitive skating. I wanted to see him skate another short program with different taste of music. I wanted 'let' him skate one more program." Then she continued, "Our goal this past season was that we, as the team, do everything we can think of, so that we have nothing left undone, untried and unsolved before we start our preparation for Sochi Olympic season. Not all of good results will always link to better indications later. Not necessarily so. However, every bad results will always give us more indications full of ingredients for the better and give us more choices to make. That's my belief as a coach. For that matter, we had a good and meaningful season overall, I say."
    "We have started our preparation for Sochi as the 'three-season project' (since Spring 2011), and this quad for the Games (which shall be my third one if I am allowed to go), I think I am most prepared for it. I can do a little more. I can go a little further. If I keep myself doing so day in and day out, then, I will be able to still improve myself. That's my intention, for now and throughout my journey to Sochi", the 27-year old skater, putting his competitive fire inside of him, concluded the pre-Olympic season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by let`s talk View Post

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    Thanks for translating, Deedee! And welcome, Pattina. We Dai fans all have very good taste!

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    Top athletes took part in the charity event promoting Tokyo as a host city for summer Oly 2020. Dai was there, means he is training with Team Disk. No news on his departure to Morozov camp in California, for now:
    http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net...jpg?1371128606
    http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net...jpg?1371128645

    Another Orion. Dai only:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA9djwHa5dA

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    Someone provided the original link to the auction page on the nearby thread. The pics were taken during WTT. So, they don't tell either Dai is in Japan or not. Meanwhile, I am sure if he were in California, at least one of Russian buddies in Morozov camp would have confirmed that on his/her twitter. As for the auction, it seems like Dai will beat Mao. The auction among girls took place a week earlier, so it's closed now. Dai is already gathering more cash than Mao did at the end. Can't say I am surprised much.
    http://page3.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/c385143040

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    Quote Originally Posted by let`s talk View Post
    Would have been even more appreciated, had the TV had Dai on the screen all the way through the song like this one!

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    We are in a slow peaceful off season, here is something for you.

    Yoji's image of 'on ice' Daisuke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q8lfMJOPW0

    fyi, Yoji Tsuboi is a skater who is 20yo, finished at 16th at the most recent Nats (Dec 2012) and trains daily at the rink in Kurashiki, Okayama, where Dai also grew up, started his skating at age 8 and trained until age 18. Obvious who the idol skater for Yoji is, isn't it?

    My image of 'off ice' Daisuke: http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E5%A4%A7%E5...83%92%E3%83%AB
    or, https://www.marumiya.co.jp/product/b...ama/index.html

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    There was a concert in Tokyo today (June 23rd is the official 'Olympic Day', btw, I didn't know that): "The Olympic Concert 2013, Toward the Dream!", in order to literally hand the national torch from athletes of summer sports (2012 London) to athletes of winter (2014 Sochi). And Yuzuru attended the concert as one of the representatives of JSF (Figure Skating/Speed Skating/Short Track).
    http://www.harmonyjapan.com/joc2013/

    No Daisuke nor Mao this time unfortunately, but Dai left his message there:

    "I want to skate performances full of my heart, so that will be remembered in people's heart for years. That's my wish for the Olympic Games. There is not much time left for me, to be honest. I will do my best every day of my training and I try to enjoy every second of my time leading up to Sochi."

    Gooo Daisuke~!

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