03-04-2014, 04:16 AM
I cannot believe, First Plush then Dai.... Public glory is a fickle thing it seems. It doesn't matter how great you was and how much you have done for the sport in your coountry, when someone is better than you or you cannot compete like you did, you seem to be history.
Apparently Dai won't go to the worlds because his injury is not doing well. This is so sad, i wished for him to end on a high note in front of his fans...
03-04-2014, 04:28 AM
Yes, now it is official: Daisuke is not going to the worlds.
The official reason is his injury, but I'm not sure if that is the only one...
"Public glory" is still on his side and Daisuke is still very, very popular among figure skating fans in Japan. I am pretty sure that the competition venues will no longer be filled after his future retirement. But since two years ago, the JSF has been1 pushing, pushing, pushing Hanyu and has been apparently working together with the media in order to spread the climate of "generation change". They used that feature program to demonstrate their message, "Takahashis time is over".
What I find really sad and bitter is: Daisuke never really clearly mentioned that he would retire after the Olympics. His fans had a hope that he might continue, but when the media repeats "thanks Dai, that was it", that puts an enormous pressure on him...
03-04-2014, 04:34 AM
These days journalists and publishers:
Originally Posted by aschiutza
- Routinely throw integrity to the wind
- Are driven ultimately by profit
- Are always keen to generate controversy, rivalry and conflict where there is NONE
- Ask rude, outrageous and inconsiderate questions KNOWING that it will enrage the public and therefore generate more sales, page hits etc etc.
- Western tabloid media will even make up stories if there isn't one. If they get sued for libel, the extra sales they generated from their lies will cover any fines/compensation and they're still in profit.
I refuse to believe that such people are representative of skating fans, or the general public.
I believe Daisuke will live LONG in the public memory, and will be remembered fondly.
03-04-2014, 05:02 AM
One does not simply skate into Pyeongchang
I'm so sad that he won't go to Worlds, I really wanted to see him one last time and I believe he would've been able to medal as well. He didn't do bad at Sochi, I don't know where this idiotic idea comes from. Did these people actually WATCH his performances? Both the short and the long were amazing and for me they were absolutely satisfying and surely artistically they were levels above EVERY OTHER SKATER! He was sixth! in the Olympics! I think it was a great accomplishment after all he's been through. He is much older than Yuzuru and his body has suffered enough I say. So then let Yuzuru bear all the pressure now, that won't be easy, good luck. I like Yuzuru, I really do, but you cannot compare him to Daisuke Takahashi and what he has done for figure skating in Japan and in general and it makes me mad that people act like this. And people say that Yuzuru is unfinished and Daisuke wasn't all that at 19, I disagree. When I watch Dais performances at 19 he already has that flair, that art, that magic. I feel angry and sad when I read that Daisuke feels sad and defeated himself, like in that post from his hairdresser. When Mao and Daisuke are gone let's see how figure skating will do in Japan. For me there is only one Daisuke Takahashi and he will never be replaced. Ever! *angryrantend*
03-04-2014, 05:04 AM
Say no to horrendous costumes
03-04-2014, 05:36 AM
For me Japan is so blessed to have both a Daisuke Takahashi and a Yuzuru Hanyu. I think Yuzuru would not be Olympic champion right now if not for the high standard set by Daisuke.
03-04-2014, 07:16 AM
03-04-2014, 07:40 AM
I'm so sorry we won't get to see Daisuke at Worlds. I'm sorry that the Japanese press (or whatever part of it these reports come from) don't understand Daisuke's importance not just to Japanese skating but to men's skating internationally. He's one of those few skaters who, like Browning, Yagudin, Lambiel, and some others, will be remembered with admiration by fans in many countries. I hope Dai himself realizes how deep his fan base is, and that he recovers enough to skate in shows if that's what he wants. There's really no one like him.
And how gracious of him to say about Hanyu that it's nice to know that there will be a successor to keep Japanese men's skating going.
03-04-2014, 08:28 AM
Gracious, that's it!
Originally Posted by Olympia
In a recent interview Daisuke talked about the kiss and cry time after his free program and was asked how he was feeling, what he was thinking while waiting for his scores, with that Sochi bear on his lap. And amazingly he said, he was hoping that his scores would get announced as soon as possible, because, the longer it takes, the more nervous the next skater gets... And as you know, the next skater was Yuzuru Hanyu.
Many Japanese fans were stunned at this answer. We all know what a gentleman he is, but nobody imagined that he was worried about Hanyu in that moment!
03-04-2014, 08:40 AM
pomodorot Welcome to Golden Skate and to Dai's Fan Fest!
03-04-2014, 08:58 AM
Thanks for the welcome message and I'm happy meeting you all here!
03-04-2014, 12:50 PM
I love his skating and I wish him to recover quickly! I don't want to think that his Sochi performances were the last from him in competition. Even without 4T he's still the greatest artist out there.
03-04-2014, 02:54 PM
That beautiful program again, for the ones who have only seen the international/Russian broadcasting:
03-05-2014, 10:52 AM
Daisuke, please take a very good care of your injured knee, until it's healed completely, please. How long it's going to take, and whichever path(s) you are to choose next in your life, we will root for you, wait for you and look forward to seeing your genuine smile again. like this one!: https://www.facebook.com/beSOUL2#!/p...type=1&theater
ETA: A hearty welcome to GS Forum and Dai's fan fest thread from me too, pomodorot! Post often post long!
03-05-2014, 11:11 AM
I echo Deedee's thoughts on Daisuke and also her welcome to you, pomodorot.
Originally Posted by deedee1
When I watched him skate in Sochi, I felt that the arena was his, and the moment was his. He went beyond judges and beyond the idea that it was a competition. It was a chance for him to skate and for us to see him. I've stopped measuring him against other skaters.
How fitting that the two singles skaters that I was rooting for most intensely, Daisuke and Mao, both gave us such beautiful programs that showed what they are made of--programs we will remember for years with great pleasure and satisfaction. My only regret about Dai is that we won't get to see him at Worlds.