06-08-2013, 07:46 AM
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.
06-08-2013, 09:26 AM
According to this article Dai will be attending training camp with team Morozov
in Palm Springs, California.
06-08-2013, 11:26 AM
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.
06-09-2013, 09:39 AM
06-09-2013, 11:33 AM
Originally Posted by let`s talk
06-10-2013, 08:12 AM
"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.
Originally Posted by deedee1
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.
06-10-2013, 12:04 PM
Originally Posted by let`s talk
06-10-2013, 02:22 PM
Thanks for translating, Deedee! And welcome, Pattina. We Dai fans all have very good taste!
06-13-2013, 10:22 AM
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:
Another Orion. Dai only:
06-14-2013, 02:40 AM
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.
06-15-2013, 12:59 PM
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06-23-2013, 12:50 PM
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).
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."
06-27-2013, 03:52 PM
Dai is on the cover of WFS. I think this photo is from Art on Ice. He had the
gray shirt on when he skated to Orion.
06-29-2013, 05:33 AM
Originally Posted by demarinis5
This one is for let's talk and other fans who miss Dai and his skating during this quiet off season:
The above montage was uploaded by one of his fans when Dai injured his knee in 2008-09 season. I remember this montage helped many of his fans, me included, to keep a positive attitude when nobody was certain whether his comeback was ever possible at that time.
There was another montage featured with the song "The Rose" by Bette Midler that consoled my soul back then. It was deleted unfortunately, though... Let me allow to write its lyrics because is so beautiful.
Some say love it is a river
That drowns the tender reed
Some say love it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love it is a hunger
And endless aching need
I say love it is a flower
And you its only seed
It's the heart afraid of breakin'
That never learns to dance
It's the dream afraid of wakin'
That never takes the chance
It's the one who won't be taken
Who cannot seem to give
And the soul afraid of dyin'
That never learns to live
When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun's love
In the spring becomes the rose
Daisuke and his beautiful skating is 'The Rose' for me. Even without an Olympic medal or World title he won. Personally I don't care about another Olympic/World medal, to be honest. I am simply grateful for the fact that Dai and his team can fully prepare for this season without worrying about any injuries this time. And fans can wait for another season to begin in peace and look forward to seeing his skating again. What a difference compared to four years ago! But I, for one, shall be most grateful to skating god if He let Dai skate one more time on the Olympic ice, because that's what he wants and because its venue 'Russia' means a lot to him, his team and his fans.
Russia is the venue where 17y.o. Dai and Utako sensei lived for months and had to share a small cheap hotel room to learn the world top level of skating skills for him and to learn world top level of coaching skills for her. Russia is the venue where Takeshi, now his jump coach, got the unforgettable/unfortunate ankle injury when it most counted, had to withdraw from the Worlds 2005 after the preliminary round, and had to put all burden to young Dai to get Torino Olympic spot(s). And Russia is the homeland for the devoted coach NM and for the devoted fan LT who fell in love with Dai's skating. Just like many of us.
The next morning after his disappointing 5th finish at 2011 Moscow Worlds. When asked about his future by J-media who rather expected a retirement announcement from him, Dai answered instead: http://www.47news.jp/topics/sportsco...5/post_206.php
"I may not be able to end my competitive career with the best senario/results as I would hope for. At this point, I don't even know where the limit of my capability shall be. But I want to give it a try and see how far I can go from here. I may drop in the standings yet again, but I still want to fight it out with these fellow Japanese male skaters. I want to believe in potentials left in me."
The same day he and Utako sensei together re-visited the old ice rink and hotel in Moscow where they stayed in 2003, for the first time since then.
At the end of the above montage when asked about his dream, very young Dai answered shyly:
"Dream? My dream...? To get on the Olympic podium. That's my dream."
May an Angel be with Daisuke as he is heading into his 12th (and probably his final competitive) season on the senior circuit.