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