- Dec 5, 2015
Honestly, I think Shun's struggles are his own and really can't be blamed on the federation and I say this as someone who loves him. Because honestly he isn't always scored that harshly. In Japanese sectionals, his 4t+3t was given perfect +5 marks by the judges. (it deserved that score, but if JF hated him that much they wouldn't score him like that). Despite not having their backing, he was able to put together two great performances last year at JGPF and win over Yuma, Mozalev, and other strong international competitors. This year he tried to include a fourth quad in his free skate the 4S earlier in the season. I also think he is making some changes to his lutz technique because even his 3Lzs look a bit wacky this year. He took a lot of risks for one season. As a result, he got injured and everything has suffered. His skating skills were very competent last year, and his posture was better. His spins were at least a bit faster. And, his programs last year were at least serviceable. But, this year everything looks weaker. I think Shun looked at the situation in the world. Realized it was highly unlikely that he would be going to junior or senior worlds this year, and decided to try some risky changes. It hasn't paid off in his results this far, all he has received is an injury but he is only 16 years old. It is a year for growth and risks. He decided to take them, JF can't be blamed for that.