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Yuma Kagiyama

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Yuma has now won his third World silver medal (in addition to two Olympic silvers), so while he's very happy with his comeback season, it's kind of an unfortunate trend. ๐Ÿ˜… He seemed overwhelmed by all the love the crowd showed him; he was near tears when describing how they erupted into cheers of encouragement when he fell during his FS. Interestingly, the GOE on his first-ever 4F in competition was the exact same as Shoma's in the SP at Worlds, AKA the third-highest scoring 4F ever. He is already looking ahead to next season, and will increase his jump layout to feature four quads. Yuma plans to stay in Canada to choreograph his new free skate (I presume with Lori and Caro), and will continue to do his best to become a better skater. He aims to catch Ilia by the 2026 Olympics!
 
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Happy birthday to Yuma! I wonder if the fans were allowed to give him gifts at PIW, or strictly flowers. Wait, he's 21?! I thought he was 12! LOL.
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Lol, he looked like he was 12 when he was 15... Now that he's 21, he finally looks like he's 15, lol. ๐Ÿ˜†

It appears that Yuma had an incredibly fun time on his birthday, according to one of Kao's Instagram posts (scroll all the way to the right)! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰

 

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Yuma gave an interview with World Figure Skating in mid-April. He says that he overall enjoyed Worlds and his progress throughout the season, and was very motivated by the high level of Ilia and Adam. He was extremely happy to win his first ISU Championship. After Worlds, Yuma spent time in Canada with Lori and Caro. They worked on improving his jump layout, movement quality, and GOE of his spins. He will be continuing to work with Caro, and he says that she was a huge help both artistically and mentally. His new free program was choreographed by Lori, and he describes it as a very challenging program, perhaps even more so than RIYBE, and he may show it off in the summer (likely during Dreams on Ice). He is still considering his SP. Yuma started to take one day off a week this season, which helped him feel refreshed (and I'm sure reduce injury risk). His goal for the next season is to surpass his previous scores and performances and score 300 points at his first competition.

Also, some people saw him practicing at Chukyo University over the weekend and apparently he's skating Sound of Silence as his SP currently, but alternating between a 4F and 4S as his opening jump, and his FS is a "flamenco" or "Latin-style" program (the music has not been identified, but the people who saw it seemed to like it)
 
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Yuma has signed a contract with Suzuki Corporation! The contract will last through the 2026 Olympic games, and he got a Suzuki Swift car and is now an ambassador for the brand. His coach, Carolina, is currently signed by Suzuki Italy, which is part of why he was selected. During the announcement and visit to the Suzuki History Museum with the president, Yuma held a press conference. He is planning to do 4 quads next season, but is working on a 4Lz. He lands it about once every two days, and is working on improving his physical strength so he can incorporate it into the program. He shared that following the retirements of Shoma Uno and Yuzuru Hanyu, he feels kind of lonely, as he wanted to compete against them more. He also feels that he isn't on the same level as Yuzuru and Shoma as far as carrying the Japanese team, and hopes to develop that level of confidence. Now that he has his car, he is planning to take driving lessons and get his license in July. :LOL:

In other happy news, Yuma's good friend and classmate Shinnosuke Oka from Seisa High School, who was one of three students in the special sports correspondence program with Yuma, recently qualified for the Paris Olympics in Men's Artistic Gymnastics! Shinnosuke feels inspired by Yuma's success on the Olympic stage and wants to win a gold medal for Team Japan.

Yuma also gave an interview with Number Japan, the full translation of which I have below. It was translated by @graciasNole on Twitter and also posted on their Weibo blog. I thought it was a really revealing and valuable interview, which is why I'm posting the whole thing.

With "positive regret" in mind - Yuma's reflection on this season's journey

text by Yoshie Noguchi (bold text is quotes from Yuma, regular text is Noguchi's writing)

โ€œMy father never imposed goals, ways of thinking, or techniques on me. Instead, he supported me in achieving my goals."

When Yuma was 15 years old in the third year of junior high school, Masakazu suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.

"I had no choice but to do everything by myself. Planning my practice, setting goals for competitions. But because I did a lot of thinking on my own in high school, I think I was able to develop a style of making good plans and gaining experience."

When he moved up to the senior ranks, he continued to share the podium with Nathan Chen, Yuzuru Hanyu, Shoma Uno, and others. For him, the season he missed due to a left ankle injury was a trying time.

"Since it was my first serious injury, I couldn't accept it, and there was a hole in my heart. My father was the one who helped me. All I could think about was 'I want to compete as soon as possible', but my father told me, 'Your skating career is long, so you should take a break and focus on your future.'"

This season, to bring a breath of fresh air, he added Carolina Kostner, who is renowned for her expressiveness, as his coach.

"Carolina-sensei exudes both grace and power in her various programs, and she is able to incorporate different expressions while bringing out her own atmosphere and vibes. Her expressiveness is amazing in a way that I can't even comprehend, so I would like her to teach me that. My skating still feels junior-ish, so I wanted to be able to express myself in a more mature way."

He calls himself โ€œjuniorโ€-ish. That's because he has high ideals.

"'Junior' may be an overstatement, but I wanted more of an explosion of expression. Hanyu and Uno are able to give different colors to their programs, and their passion can easily come across. But when I watched my own videos, I felt that my attention was focused only on my jumps, and that my expression lacks personality."

His skating and jumping, which are faithful to the basics, have always been his weapons.

"In a good way or a bad way, I feel like I have no peculiarities. And the more intense the program gets, the worse my lack of peculiarities looks. So even with simple crossovers, I wanted to show changes in pace and presentation to add variety."

What amazing analytical skills. In competitions, points are awarded to skaters for movements that conform to the textbook. However, he wanted to step out of the box in pursuit of artistry.

"Training with Carolina-sensei was full of surprises. Even in the warming-ups, the movements that should have been the same felt completely different on the ice. Even her fingertips were beautiful, and the traces [and curves] (in and out) of the steps [and turns] she demonstrated were amazing. It was fun to watch and fun to learn. I felt like I had discovered the true joy of skating."

After seeing Carolina's skating, he changed his mind. Instead of polishing his expressiveness, he decided to go back to the basics.

"I felt that expression is something can be added on later, so I decided to start by rebuilding the basic foundation."

By thoroughly strengthening the basics, the biggest change he felt was in his stamina.

"I have been using this program for two years. Two years ago, in the second half of the program, I felt like I was 'just skating with all my strength.' But as I learned the basics of how to lower my body and how to use my legs, I stopped using unnecessary force, and the second half of the program became less demanding, and the overall performance of the program improved, too."

Developing the basics leads to expression. This year marked the start of his journey into the depths of art. Once again, what path will he chart after his three silver medals? The winner, Ilia Malinin (USA), landed five different types of quadruple jumps in his free program.

"I did three quads, but I'm not thinking about doing five anytime soon. It would be more realistic to add one more. In fact, I could also earn extra points by improving the quality of my spins and jumps. Rather than trying to catch up with my rivals, my approach is to work on perfecting my performance little by little. Therefore I feel sense of regretโ€”but a positive oneโ€”right now."

Instead of competing against someone, he analyzes himself deeply and focuses on developing his strengths. Ahead of the aesthetics of the quiet 21-year-old lies the pinnacle of the world. I believe so.
 
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