- Dec 5, 2015
I don't think magnetism /charisma is always natural. It is often learned. Shoma was always a dynamic performer, but Yuzuru used to have almost zero charisma on the ice. He only changed when success brought him the confidence to display all his incredible gifts.To be fair, comparing anyone to Yuzuru, especially two teenagers, is a tad unfair (though it occurs to me that Yuma is just that bit older than Yuzu was at Nice 2012, without the personality but also without the health drawbacks, so maybe by Beijing, especially if it's delayed...)
But you can't blame the federation - any federation - for hoping and trying to create another superstar. I don't think either boy will be the next Yuzuru or Daisuke Takahashi - they've got the technical coming along nicely, but no one can manufacture that level of charisma and audience magnetism- but I can see Yuma as the next star especially as he is the federation favourite and that will give him confidence. Shun may have to fight harder for his place in the sun.
Yuma and Shun aren't performing much now, because they are still adjusting to the technical requirements and they are just 16 (Shun) /17(Yuma) ( I saw Yuzuru skate at 16, I wasn't very impressed) But, it would be foolish to say that they can't gain these qualities with more security, hardwork, experience, and especially for Shun (he looks like a frightened puppy on the ice) confidence. Natural charisma does not guarentee success or even good performances, if it did Marin Honda would not be where she is...