HAPPY 28TH BIRTHDAY DAI-CHAN!!!!
Happy birthday, Dai!
Japanese fellows, could you tell me any website that we can send Dai happy birthday message? Thank you in advance.
お名前 = your name
メッセージ = message
the first radio button indicates that you allow publishing your message on the site
and the second indicates that you do not.
The NHK site is still open for messages -- probably until the coming weekend or so -- and in the meanwhile you see 3,617 messages there!
I have so enjoyed reading all of your many wonderful posts about Daisuke after the Olympics. I have been wanting to post, but I have not been looking at Goldenskate since the Olympics because my life is very busy right now and I could not read all of the posts and all of the arguments about the Olympics. And also because I did not know what words to say; there were so many thoughts in my head. I still haven't read anything other than this Daisuke thread, but reading all of your posts about him just makes me so happy. It is so great to see how much people love him, and so good to know that he has so many people all around the world who adore him and will support him always - who don't care if he doesn't always get the best results, but love him for who he is. This may be one of my last posts on Goldenskate for awhile, because as I said I have become very busy and unfortunately do not have free time to follow figure skating much anymore. Since Dai won't be competing anymore, figure skating won't have quite the same attraction for me anymore, anyway. (I may come back to this thread occasionally, though, to hear how Dai is doing and in such a positive place as this thread ) But I could not leave without making one more post about my beloved Daisuke.
While Daisuke, to my knowledge, hasn't yet said the official words "I'm retiring," I think that it is inevitable. I am assuming that Sochi was his last competition. And, really, he skated two beautiful programs, so it is a good note for him to end his career on.
I honestly put off writing this post as long as possible because I don't have the words to describe how much this magnificent skater has meant to me. I can't imagine figure skating without Dai. I've adored him since the first time I saw him skate in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, which is when I became an avid figure skating fan. Dai has been my favorite since I started following figure skating, and I absolutely fell in love with him as I watched the 2010-2011 season. I just can't come up with enough words for all the emotions and memories I have for him. For how amazing his skate is.
He has taken his fans on a crazy journey. It amazes me how he can do things from the sexy “Cyberswan” to the tender “Amelie” to a passionate tango, and do them all perfectly. And I can't forget “Blues for Klook”, which is a top contender for my favorite program of his. He is so musical; it's like his body is an instrument out on the ice, expressing the music, not just skating to it. He is a natural dancer on the ice. He has this presence on the ice that no one can compare to, like charisma times 1000. It's magnetic. And every single time he skates, he gives the audience his whole heart and so much emotion and passion. Some skaters are good performers with their bodies but emotionally they are not in it – Daisuke always is. All of us here on this thread know it, but it's something that cannot be put into words. The feelings he gives when skating cannot be accurately described; you just have to watch and feel.
I also love how he is so commanding and sometimes seductive on the ice, but off the ice he can be such a dork It's adorable, and I love it. Or how when he skates, you get the impression that he likes to be the center of attention, but off ice is seems so humble and so kind. For instance, when he had the idea to have a skating show to raise money for the victims of the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. Or even how he was concerned that his scores taking a long time might affect Yuzuru in Sochi. What a great guy.
Watching this years Nationals made me cry – actual tears. When Dai came in fifth I was so afraid that would be the end and he would not be able to skate his last Olympic performance. I felt that his story wasn't complete and I was in tears thinking that he didn't make it. Thankfully, he made it and he made me so proud. I always thought I would be sad if Dai didn't get a medal at Sochi, but now that it happened, it's okay. I'm not sad like I thought I would be. Sure, I would've loved a medal for him, but watching him skate that inspired Beatles program, I realized something – the medal isn't what mattered. Yes, to most of the world the medals are what matters, but not for Daisuke, not this time. He has struggled so much this season, and he went out and skated the best he was capable of. He has been through a lot in his career, and his final Olympic skate was a wonderful piece of art to enjoy. He got to enjoy skating it, and we got to enjoy watching it. I think that is what mattered. So what if he didn't medal? He made his country, his fans, and hopefully himself very proud. I feel blessed just to be able to watch him. He grabs my heart like no one else can.
Do you remember in an interview, it is probably on this thread somewhere, back in January 2012 with Daisuke and Akiko? He said something that came to my mind recently: “I don't know what I should do after I retire from competition, I don't know if I can cope with it. I don't know if I can cope with myself going downhill. And I don't know if I can keep the same passion for skating after retirement. Because it takes a lot of will power, a lot of this (*taps heart*) to skate, much more than you all imagine.” It was such an honest statement by him, and it makes me wonder what he will do now, if he doesn't want to skate in shows. I just hope he keeps dreaming and setting goals and continues to do great things after his skating career. He's a champion, through and through.
Stay strong. Your loyal fans from all over the world will always love and support you, and we believe you will do great things with the rest of your life. Your skating through the years showed me something beautiful, and you made me fall in love with figure skating. Whenever I was feeling down, I would watch you skate and it made me happy to see something so extraordinary. There will never be another like you. You laid your heart out there every time and showed us more passion and soul than any other skater. Daisuke, I have no words. All I can say is thank you.
Thank you for cheering me up on the bad days.
Thank you for bringing the sexy to figure skating.
Thank you for never quitting when things got tough, and for enduring for so many years.
Thank you for every performance full of heart and soul.
Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with me and the rest of the world.
You will never cease to be my favorite and the best in my heart and mind. You are a true champion. You will never lose my support or my adoration. Forever and always, Daisuke <3
That's exactly what I think and how I feel, Lindsey!
Many thanks for your beautiful message and I hope you will be looking in here once in a while in the future also.
Great post Lindsey and beautiful words, thank you for sharing your thoughts about Dai-chan. I think he is one of
the most beloved skaters and it was a privilege for me to be his fan these past 10 years. I will miss him.
A BIG 'Thank-you' from me too, Lindsey for beautifully saying about Daisuke both as a person and a skater. Without doubt, everyone of his fans including me of course surely agree with you about him and his skating! No one else can grab my soul with his/her skating the way Dai does. I have been a skating fan for more than 20 years, but there has not been like him for me. There is no one like him. And there will be no one like him. The world of Figure skating simply won't be the same without Daisuke for me.
Some latest article/videos on Dai:
-Sainkei Biz, Mar 19th http://www.sankeibiz.jp/express/news...1659001-n1.htm
-NHK "Athletes' Tamashii":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGB-0ctGmjM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CggdtCYV9H8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGOKdnK8P6s
Couldn't understand Japanese. But I hope his knee will be better for the up-coming ice show. He is in the cast of the ice show in Japan this summer, isn't it?
There are other sources where you can get various info on Dai in English: e.g. the one Ostile17 created http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...-Road-to-Sochi, or DTFF (I'd better not post its direct link here, I am afraid. but you can easily find it by searching for something like 'daisuke takahashi fan forum'). People at those forums are very devoted fans of Dai and just genius in translating all info on him btwn Japanese<->English! They would love to add some English superimpose/subtitles for TV news/documentaries on him for non Japanese speaking members. You may have to sign up yourself as a member in order to access to all these translations and/or videos, though. Hope it helps you!
Happy birthday Dai!
And thank you, Lindsey for such a lovely post. but
Worlds just isn't the same without Dai. It's just so blah...oh god, I fear I will never get that love & excitement back.
Thanks, everyone who wrote tributes to Dai, for such eloquent words. I hope he's able to recover and skate again in ice shows, if not competitively.