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.
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.
deedee, thank you for link, for song lyrics and for your beautiful words. You really moved me.
I agree with any single word you wrote. I started knowing Dai only at Vancouver Oly games, where he found a place in my heart and never left.
What I wish most for him in next season is fulfillment of all his wishes because he deserves it so much.
I only want seeing him skating at his highest level with calm and peaceful soul and with his gorgeous smile that comes from his heart.
I haven't visited here in awhile. Deedee, thanks for that lovely song, which is one of my favorites. It's such a beautiful tune as well as a wonderful thought, one of hope beyond where one could believe that a good outcome was possible.
Of course I hope for the OGM, but most of all I hope that Dai can do his very best and leaves everything out on the ice, short and long programs, when the music ends, and that his programs are ones that people talk about with admiration for years to come.
At the start of 2013-14 season, I would like to do some more translation, which I have longed to introduce you all here.
Source: SOUL Up Exhibition, published July 2011
-A couple of books/essay in Japanese on Daisuke were published in the past. SOUL Up Exhibition is one of such and its writer is Dai himself. At the very end of the book was the message from his long time coach Utako Nagamitsu to him that supposedly was written after 2011 Worlds, which was of course originally set at Tokyo in March, but moved to Moscow in April due to the earthquake disaster.
-Please be sure that due to nature of Japanese language (e.g. to avoid direct reference/expressions) I may add up some English words while translating, or, may change a bit in order to give you its general meaning or to sound clearer, instead of a word-for-word translation. Also, very likely it's going to be long translation due to my 'lack' in vocabulary (mind you everyone, 'vocabulary' should be always in singular form!, okay? )
-As usual, I will do it little by little and apology in advance for any mistakes on English words phrases and/or grammar I am to make.
We all are relieved to see such long and hard 2010-11 season was finally over, aren 't we? When this season started, you appeared more composed/self-possessed during competitions in a good way. At the same time, however, I felt a bit uneasy because you somehow did not get yourself fully into competitions where you have to go head to head with other skaters, and we did not see your enormous concentration, I thought, that we usually see from you once you arrive at ice rinks for competitions.
Moscow that we had never dreamed of going to compete, and an accident of a screw loosened out of your boot that we had never expected to happen...The (clearly worn-out) left boot of yours was a big concern for our team before we left for Moscow, actually, so that I suggested to bring a spare one just in case. But you made it clear to us that you wanted to skate with that pair of boots you had been skating with. I believe making such a decision on his/her own is very indispesable for an athlete and I saw your determination in this decision as a top athlete, thus my full endorsement are with you. Looking back now, we just have no way of knowing whether that spare one had ever been put on, even if we had brought a spare pair of boots to Moscow. But the blame is still on me as coach for the fact that the team failed to take all possible measures to help you to fully prepare for this important competition.
Thank you so much!
Deedee, thanks so much for sharing with us text that we would never even know existed without your efforts.
SOUL Up Exhibition -message from Utako sensei <2>
This unfortunate accident, nonetheless, lead you to make your mind to continue competitive skating until Sochi season. Moscow Worlds has turned out to be an irreplaceable place, so to say, to yet again teach Daisuke something precious and something still missing for your future.
The knee injury and post-surgery rehab trainings affected the physics of your body so much. You had to deal with your new body and look for proper timings for jumps, which seemed just forever changing every day, and it was same for me as coach to look for more suitable instructions for you...it's been as if groping through the fog for us all since injury till today...It's just that difficult to get yourself adjusted to a whole new diffrent timing for jumps, which you so much used to for over 10 years, isn't it? You have to learn again from scratch; that is something you can only learn by experience by piling up jumps after jumps using the new physics of your body. It still needs some more time for this. Taking such time as needed and once your body condition and timing for jumps get more stable, you can perform better than now and more freely without thinking too much in the head. That's my strong belief.
Daisuke's skating has something very charasteristic, which is one and only, that makes us wanting to watch it over and over again. And its origin, probably, is you are not too stoical (with other things) besides skating. I mean, you are not devoted fully and only to figure skating in a good way, so that adds dimensional and profound charm behind of your skating. However, the fact you've decided to continue competing until Sochi season also means you may have to control yourself more strictly than ever and at the sacrifice of a certain amount out of yourself.
Once you are determined to do something for the sake of your skating, then this 'something' simply becomes nothing difficult or nothing tough any longer to you. By doing so, I would like you to go up one more step in your life both as a skater and a person. That's my wish.
Thank you so much, deedee! Appreciate it!
SOUL Up Exhibition -message from Utako sensei <3>
It is thought-provoking/miraculous that we had an opportunity the next day of Mens Free to visit the ice rink and hotel in Moscow where we used to trained and lived for months together when you were a mere 17 year old high school boy. Looking back those days, it must have been very hard for you at such a young impressionable age. I would imagine you must've felt as if you had been imprisoned, and it planted a distrust and strong reject in your heart against dedicating a good amount of yourself for skating.
'Sensei, let's go and visit the old rink and hotel, shall we?', you suggested me to visit these places we had never thought of or you probably had never wanted going back. I felt so relieved to know that you have come such a long way to overcome the trauma which you had to suffer in your youth.
To be notified what's needed, when needed, how much needed and with its conciseness, it is truly fortunate for us all I would believe. Throughout this season, I too was conceited a bit too much (about your good results from the previous season). I had a sort of self-satisfactory feeling as coach that you were in the palm of my hand, that's my regret.
From now on, I will be always behind you and looking at the same direction as yours, just like I have always been. You have set your goal to compete at the next Games in Sochi. Then, I would like you to go out anywhere you would believe neccesary, put yourself to such new surroundings, and adapt to them so that you are strong enough and able to carve your way to the goal. That's my request.
Daisuke, you are standing at a turning point of your life; a big turning point of your long life after taking off your skates, that will influence in either way depending on how you are going to spend these three years, and how deep and large your capacity as a person will be from here. The one thing I want you to know is that I will always be on your side and rooting for you, Daisuke, who I so much believe has room to grow larger and stronger as a person, that's my promise.
<Original message in Japanese>
note: I haven't finished this yet, but since I want to post some information on Dai's new programs, let me allow posting it anyway. Will come back, modify and finish it later. Thanks in advance for understanding! And don't read it just yet, pls.
-> Now finished! Thanks a lot for your patience. deedee, Jul 16
Dai has left for US yesterday (Thurday, Jul 11) to join Morozov camp, then flies to Canada to meet Lori to get his new Free tweaked. Team Nagamitsu plans to have Summer Camp early August as usual, and says he will be there, too.
News clips on Dai's departure from Osaka:
Dai says in the news clip that his first mission at NM camp is "to do presentation of my new programs in front of Nikolai and to get an 'approval' from him."
ETA: It's nice to hear from you, Blue. especially in this Fan Fests threads! iirc you have not posted any for a long time even at Patrick's thread here, haven't ya? The new season is about to start, finally. Let's hope the new season is going to be great, happy, fruitful, healthy and injury-free to our favorite skaters and to all skaters in the world!