ive learned that figure skating is apparently intense as fuck which i mean i kinda expected bc ive heard Things beforehand but you have solidified this thought
Oh it is intense as fuck. I mean I've been watching a lot of football lately (thanks to my brother) and I'm still convinced that 5 minutes of Yuzuru Hanyu's performance is way more intense than an entire match lmao
I’m so disappointed in the Skate Gods right now, I’m about to throw some hands
Everything you need to catch up with GP Helsinki 2018
Scores: [yuzu] [men’s]
Post-SP Conference: [link]
Post-FS Interview: [link], Post-FS Conference: [link]
Miscellaneous videos: [link]
Social media updates: [link]
Team Brian translations:
Yuzuru’s tribute to Brian’s late father
Note: Translated from English > Japanese > Chinese > back to English. Hence pardon the accuracy haha.
Brian Orser’s father passed away on 3rd March 2017, he didn’t tell anyone about it, and continued to work at TCC as if nothing happened.
“Yuzuru seemed to notice something different about me, which is quite remarkable. Usually during practice, Yuzuru is very focused on himself, paying attention to the training content, his own body, or the techniques, so during practice he wouldn’t normally talk with other skaters or rest. But at that time, Yuzuru would observe my expression and empathise with me. Yuzuru had been through the earthquake disaster in Japan, perhaps that’s why he is so sensitive to others’ loss. So at that time as I felt heavy-hearted, Yuzuru felt the same, and he’d watch me from far away as I secretly grieve/let out a sigh.
At the beginning, I thought Yuzuru’s sensitivity was my own imagination, after all I was so upset that my worldview changed. More importantly, for Yuzuru and Javier, the World Championships before the Olympic Games is approaching, and both of them would often talk about the competition. For Yuzuru, winning the title of the the Defending World Champion before the Olympics is very important, and Yuzuru really did it. I’m so proud of him. There’s nothing better than this leading to the Olympic Games.
Both of them participated in the gala. Usually I’d leave early without watching the gala, but this time I watched both their performance at the rink site.
Yuzuru’s exhibition is the swan-themed “Notte Stellata”. It’s choreographed by David Wilson, one of our choreographers in Team Brian, for the jumps there’s only a single axel and a triple axel. It’s done such that everyone will be able to enjoy Yuzuru’s gorgeous skating, it’s a stunning program. The program depicts a dying swan spreading its wings once again, till that day Yuzuru skated it with the image of the recovery of the disaster area in mind. That day, Yuzuru portrayed a white swan that is more beautiful and gentle than any other.
Later, something surprising happened. After the performance, Yuzuru returned to the rink site, and told me “I was thinking about Brian’s father while skating”.
Yuzuru performed a tribute to my late father. I was surprised that Yuzuru who usually doesn’t talk much, expressed condolence to my father with such clarity. From this program, he conveyed the message to me so that I can pull myself together again. For me, who still haven’t gotten over my father’s death, that moment brought a very big change from the bottom of my heart.
It’s been 6 years since I worked with Yuzuru as a coach and student. I thought that we understood each other and formed the strongest team, but this was the first time that made me feel that Yuzuru is supporting me by my side.
The 2nd Olympic Games that Yuzuru will face together with me is approaching in 10 months. For this upcoming Olympic Games, I’ve resolved from the bottom of my heart, that no matter how difficult things may come in our way, I will stride forward with Yuzuru.
Of course I never would’ve thought that I would experience such a spectacular Olympic season. Not just as a coach, as a friend, a human being, I will promise to support Yuzuru the best I can.”
Some Weibo comments that I thought was heartfelt:
“People often talk about empathy, it seemed like it’s a psychological term. A person who is sensitive, would gently, silently think about you, they won’t rush up to you to comfort you, but they would show their concern through their actions. Someone who doesn’t make you feel smothered at all, he might really be an angel, else how would every fibre of him show such kindness and gentleness.”
“Those who are sensitive are often fragile, as a protect mechanism they often isolate themselves when they are sad, but never once did he ignore the distress of those around him. A twenty-plus year old person, from where did he get so much love and kindness…”
Yuzuru: My son is so tiny. I must have the tiniest son in the world.
Javier: JunHwan is a regular sized teenager.
Yuzuru: I love my tiny son.
Lady commentator: I don't know if Yuzuru can be any better.
Yuzuru, coming back after a career ending injury : Watch me 😎
Everyone in FS field and fandom : Ho don't do it!
Yuzuru : * does it *
Everyone : Oh My God!
Yuzu in the jump - a joyful view