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    Deedee1... It is ok, Daisuke will always be the 2012 champion in our hearts

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    deedee1, thanks a lot for writing this! Especially and most of all, the part about Dai's re-worked FS.
    I thought exactly the same thing, not even all of the changes were obvious to be seen at first, but it was enough for me to be extremly impressed with how much work Dai and Pasquale had put in it.
    And that's exactly why I felt so sorry when his PCS were so low, and why I was afraid Takahashi might have been very disappointed with this - and might have even felt cheated on here. (and I think it's even more strange how Hanyus PCS shoot up nearly at the same time - I looooooove Hanyu, but for now, that PCS gap needs to be larger.)

    I still don't think a sport should require you do have memoriezed some rules to be able or even 'allowed' to have an opinion and voice it (though I actually like the CoP in general). And to have a completly valid opinion at that.

    Agreed about Reynolds aswell, and there are probably a lot more names one could think of, skaters that usually tend to be overlooked.
    I really don't like conspiracy theories, blaming it on someone personally (like Patrick Chan), or simply explaining it with 'the judges are a corrupt bunch of idiots'. But with that kind of thinking, I'm completly unable to comprehend with those PCS marks this time.
    And I honestly even felt Takahashi was a little underscored in the SP in PCS already, he was so on during that step sequence alone... I even prefered this performance to his NHK one, and his FS was the best this season for me too.

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    I don't understand why they marked Daisuke so low either, but I do know that this is a guy who's going to make skating look good now and forever, when the history of skating is considered as a whole. People who look back on great landmark skaters like Curry, Browning, Yagudin, and Plushenko will count Takashi among that number without question. Yes, Chan will likely be there too, especially if he grows artistically in the direction that his exhibition skate suggests. But there's no doubt that Takahashi is bound for skating immortality, whatever medals he wins in the future.

    In Japan they have an official system that designates certain people as National Treasures. Skating has people like that, unofficially. In the U.S., Dorothy Hamill is certainly one, for example. But Daisuke isn't just national treasure. He isn't just a skater beloved by the fans of his own nation. He has fans all over the world, who are mesmerized by his musicality and originality. Many of us will root for him over our own country's skaters. This guy's achievements belong to all of skating, not just to the Japanese federation. He's a global treasure. That, to me, is the mark of a true skating immortal.

    Not only that, but this particular long program, skated on this particular day, was a masterpiece. I could watch it again and again. Was he even moving on ice? So easy and flowing were his movements that he could have been dancing on firm ground, like Gene Kelly, or maybe somewhere beyond the pull of gravity. He gave us that music, he didn't just skate to it.

    And he got the quad! This means that he'll only improve next year.
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    I can only echo the thanks to Dai for giving us two such marvelous and heartfelt performances at Worlds! Not even going to go into the scoring and the placements, because regardless Dai's performances were magic and I thought he seemed really genuinely pleased and happy at the medal ceremony, so congrats to Dai all around as an athlete and sportsman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    In Japan they have an official system that designates certain people as National Treasures. Skating has people like that, unofficially. In the U.S., Dorothy Hamill is certainly one, for example. But Daisuke isn't just national treasure. He isn't just a skater beloved by the fans of his own nation. He has fans all over the world, who are mesmerized by his musicality and originality. Many of us will root for him over our own country's skaters. This guy's achievements belong to all of skating, not just to the Japanese federation. He's a global treasure. That, to me, is the mark of a true skating immortal.
    Preach it, sister! And Deedee1, I loved your posts. You chose your husband well, LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    I don't understand why they marked Daisuke so low either, but I do know that this is a guy who's going to make skating look good now and forever, when the history of skating is considered as a whole. People who look back on great landmark skaters like Curry, Browning, Yagudin, and Plushenko will count Takashi among that number without question. Yes, Chan will likely be there too, especially if he grows artistically in the direction that his exhibition skate suggests. But there's no doubt that Takahashi is bound for skating immortality, whatever medals he wins in the future.

    In Japan they have an official system that designates certain people as National Treasures. Skating has people like that, unofficially. In the U.S., Dorothy Hamill is certainly one, for example. But Daisuke isn't just national treasure. He isn't just a skater beloved by the fans of his own nation. He has fans all over the world, who are mesmerized by his musicality and originality. Many of us will root for him over our own country's skaters. This guy's achievements belong to all of skating, not just to the Japanese federation. He's a global treasure. That, to me, is the mark of a true skating immortal.

    Not only that, but this particular long program, skated on this particular day, was a masterpiece. I could watch it again and again. Was he even moving on ice? So easy and flowing were his movements that he could have been dancing on firm ground, like Gene Kelly, or maybe somewhere beyond the pull of gravity. He gave us that music, he didn't just skate to it.

    And he got the quad! This means that he'll only improve next year.
    Quote Originally Posted by rallycairn View Post
    I can only echo the thanks to Dai for giving us two such marvelous and heartfelt performances at Worlds! Not even going to go into the scoring and the placements, because regardless Dai's performances were magic and I thought he seemed really genuinely pleased and happy at the medal ceremony, so congrats to Dai all around as an athlete and sportsman!
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    Preach it, sister! And Deedee1, I loved your posts. You chose your husband well, LOL.

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    Men's Small Medal Ceremony

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdlLoQgZFhI

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    ^ Daisuke's favorite skaters are Patrick, Lambiel and ...? Who was the other one he named?

    Sweet to see him and Patrick hanging on to each other while they put on their guards. Maybe the Chan-Takahashi wars should cease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    ^ Daisuke's favorite skaters are Patrick, Lambiel and ...? Who was the other one he named?

    Sweet to see him and Patrick hanging on to each other while they put on their guards. Maybe the Chan-Takahashi wars should cease.
    I would love this to happen, it's indeed heart-warming to see they can like each other even though they are fierce competitors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    ^ Daisuke's favorite skaters are Patrick, Lambiel and ...? Who was the other one he named?

    Sweet to see him and Patrick hanging on to each other while they put on their guards. Maybe the Chan-Takahashi wars should cease.
    Jeffrey?

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    It sounded like Jeffrey to me. He also said Charlie and Meryl. Dai's English is improving. In his interview with Shiz he said that he was studying very hard
    to improve his English. Shiz asked him who he would like to talk with in English and one of the skaters he named besides
    Stephan was Meryl.
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    I think he has a "crush" on her.

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    Takahashi and Chan have real friendship, not just out of politeness, as we've seen in several videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet View Post
    Takahashi and Chan have real friendship, not just out of politeness, as we've seen in several videos.
    Some people should really get out of their rock. What you see on several videos is a normal attitude that people demonstrate here to each other at any working place, like an office, a shop or a kindergarten. But nobody call it friendship. In your world maybe people do not act friendly and generously to each other on a regular basis (like Chan who unlike two Japanese didn't mention any of his current rivals as "his favourite skater"). But cultures differ. In some places it's a norm to keep the harmony. Yet, it doesn't mean you will be invited to the person's house as a friend.



    Btw, folks, Dai said he is planning to have two quads in LP next season:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=r39814bcOQw


    Go, DAI!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravensque View Post
    I think he has a "crush" on her.
    Hahah so cute!! I think he finally got to hold her hand during the Exhibition :D

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