Love Eurosport's commentary. I have re-watched Dai's programs over and over, Love them!
Thanks for sharing!
Here is the Gala interview with Mao and Dai. (Dai talks about Meryl)
Here is the English translation of the interview
Not only Johnny's nice comments on Daisuke, but I also LOVE how calm soothing and caring his voice sounds while commenting. He should go into braodcasting or elocutionary business; such as a newscaster, anchorperson, reader...he is a true 'voice artist'!
At 5:32, asked about what he would want to be if he were to do-over his life, Dai answered many with the board.
Among them, the one all the crowd laughed aloud during this interview was "(サッパリ顔のイケメン)", which I would translate to English as:
Yes, Dai is a good looking guy, but is well known as rather "Latino-like" or "demiglace-sauce-like".I want to be a "fresh-mint-breath-like", or "lemonade-taste-like" good looking guy.
A couple of articles on Dai. Interesting read, indeed.
-Osaka Nichinichi Shimbun, Nov 14th & 15th:
Some of you must have noticed at NHK he did change Sonatina's order of the first elements as 4T->3A->spin. Also its music cuts edited.
What surprised me the most with this article is his team decided to change order of elements on Tuesday of the same week (Nov 5), meaning he had only three days to prepare to skate the revised SP...
-Nikkei Shimbun, Nov 16th: interview with Lori re programs for Mao Dai and Nobu choreo'd by her this season
Lori talks about why she had turned down Dai's proposal last season, but she didn't and accepted it for this season. Her Dai-love is obvious!
I really want Dai to be 'saving himself' for Japan Nationals. BE READY DAISUKE!
You sound anxious, ICD. While I want him to win too, Dai doesn't have to be first at Japanese Nationals to get a place on the O. team. The Fed also gives a spot to the highest placement in the Grand Prix, and considers world ranking... so as long as he doesn't crash and burn or become injured, I'm pretty sure we'll see him at the Olys.
Some more PR/commercial related info on Daisuke
-Amino Vital, Ajinomoto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip1PPECxbS0
-Asahi Beer: http://www.asahibeer.co.jp/news/2013/1119_2.html
-soon be featured in Vogue Japan:! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubVIW7KgqqU
So much info about Dai, thanks deedee! I did notice the changes that were made to
Sonatina at TEB.
Love Vogue Dai!
Why an injury now? Whyyy? God, this must be frustrating for Dai (and his fans who wanted to see him in Fukuoka)
Dai's blog entry about his injury translated by DTFF
Konnichiwa to all.
Today I have a thing to tell you. As I felt a pain in my right foot the other day, I had a detailed examination. I was diagnosed as right tibia bone bruise.
I have to undergo two weeks of treatment with rest. Now I keep quiet away from the ice. As I know there is no skater who doesn’t feel frustrated
by the situation, that he can’t practice, I think it all depends on me whether I save my feeling or press it. I will lead myself in a positive way and
face the situation without looking away from it. I will do what I can do right now as much as possible in consultation with my team. To all the people
who support me, people in figure skating business, sponsors, media and the people looking forward to GPF, I’m sorry for the inconvenience
and making you worry about me. I'm disappointed that I won’t be able to skate in GPF, but I will concentrate on the treatment
with the motivation to show my skate in front of you again.
Thanks demarinis for posting translation of Dai's blog entry. And I agree with what you said in the Edge; I too have feared something like this might have happened since the beginning of the season...sad sad sad...
May I be allowed to re-post one of my own posts here from late June, please?
Please let me write a bit on Dai's LP, though it's been weeks since NHK Trophy.
The 2nd Day of NHK, I was sitting with my husband very very far and above from the ice again.
During the 2nd group's 6min warm-up, Dai popped 4T into triple twice, then had a hard fall on the third attempt, (unlike the previous night's warm-up of SP where he tripled twice but landed a perfect quad there and everyone went crazy) and made us worried...Thus when his name was finally called and he greeted the crowd and judges prior to the performance, the crowd cheered for him, waving hundreds of d1sk towels with every colors everywhere, much harder than the night before.
The opening quad was successful, looked to me even higher than in his SP. Thunderous applause from the crowd, because no worry at all for UR call this time. When he took the opposite course, from when going for a flip/lutz, we instantly knew he would gor for a second quad, I heard a lot of people me included held their breath, then sighs of relief, sort of you know, to see he actually tripled it, why, he did avoid a possibly scary fall that might have caused damaging his already injured knee further, you know. 3A, a thing of beauty; high and distant which is something missing from his jump repertoire in the last few seasons.
After landing 3A and skating backward on two feet toward judges, 'oh no, Dai, you are going too far to the corner! Can't close your circle in the end!', I cried out to myself! Dai skated towards Judge #1 almost, and I, feeling hopeless, saw other judges leaning forward a bit from their seats and to the left to watch his step. But his step sequence to Come Together was just huuuge! It probably covered 3/4 of the whole ice, his every step and turn covered so much ice and he effortlessly closed his circular against my needless worry, while fascinating all the people men and women young and old sitting in the front raws. Did I say already I love his step sequence? I can watch him doing only this step all day. Lori said in a recent interview that she loves this tango-arranged Come Together, thus has been saving it standby for a suitable skater to show up for her to choreograph for many years but didn't meet any, until she finally worked with Dai this summer. ITA with Lori. Who else can do such less flamboyant but very sophisticated tango to this music!
A shame on the second 3A. That (almost going down on his injured right knee on the landing) was soooo scary to see for us all and some let out a small gasp actually, but very gutsy for him to tack 2T at the end. And the rest of the program was just like a dream for the crowd! I love love loved the choreo sequence! He skated from one end to the other end of ice like, what shall I say, a balmy breeze in the spring, or a bird flying in the blue sky in the summer; so airy and smooth, soo effortlessly and freely. There was a moment/choreography right after a short back spiral in the middle he looked up the ceiling and bringing both arms up, and it looked like he was filling the entire arena with his love for skating. Such a happiest moment for all his fans that night, I thought. Sincerely hope his performances here at NHK would give Dai and his team a confidence boost as he is heading to the Nationals the most important competition late December.
Jeremy was also great. Nobu did even better in LP. Dai, Nobu, Jeremy, their skating skills and performance ability simply stood out, compared to the rest here, or for me at least. The podium was just I had hoped for (in any order)!
"Sometimes things do not go/turn out as planned or smoothly as hoped for, and this has become kind of my norm lately. So (a bit ironically to say) the thing not having turned out as planned were like as if planned as far as me concerned", Dai said somewhere I heard...(((Daisuke))) Then he added, "How do I feel the situation I am dealing with right now? 'Damn it!' I would say." (ETA: Dai actually said 'くっそー' in Japanese, so I would rather translate as 'You shall see come Nats!') From the way it sounds, I think he does not lose his fighting spirit at least. Get well soon, Daisuke!