I just started a thread in the Trash Can: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/list-of-coaching-changes-official-retirements-skaters-not-competing-in-2018-19.104054/This is a bit off-topic but has someone maintained a list on all of the skaters retired during or after this past season?
Best wishes to Dice!Dice Murakami announces his retirement: https://twitter.com/DaisukeMurakami/status/1007186090644549633
His YT video (in Japanese): https://youtu.be/JKfZVOdvrLk
twitter translation/summary courtesy by user Iron_Klaus:
A small nitpicking. The Japanese article in your post said skating in Jr field for a third season was "one of the choices". Judging by reading this article it seems she did not have any clear idea or a plan.Jack Gallagher referenced a Rika Kihira article on his Twitter about her decision to skate senior internationally in 2018-19 -- here it is: https://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/201806120000847.html
I believe (from the machine translation) that Kihira originally was planning to return to the JGP for a third season but because the 3A is not allowed in the Junior Ladies SP, she decided to move up. The article also says Kihira is practicing a 4S.
“This summer I am just going to enjoy myself and move on from the skaters’ mentality of ‘what’s next?’ I need to take some time. In a way, I feel like I am having a Daisuke Takahashi moment like when he went to New York for a year after he retired. I have been so consumed with skating and I have always been told what to do. Now, for the first time in my life I get to do what I want to do. I need to find clarity.
“I know there are going to be offers and opportunities coming my way, but I did not want to jump into anything right away. For the first time I did not bring my skates to Toronto. I just wanted to have some time and, for the first time in my life, I want to sit back and analyze everything and find myself again.”
It does appear from the comments in the video that Dice said he had/has an eating disorder. So sad, if true. But I understand no Japanese and don't know what he is saying.Dice Murakami has another video up following his retirement announcement. The retirement video now has English subtitles, btw.
So, I'm not really sure what he's saying in this video, but based on the comments, it must be about his personal struggles and eating disorders. Can anyone translate? Thank you!
Mao is promoting Skate Japan 2018 with Mao Asada Trophy in her Instagram story. The competition is undergoing. It'll be aired tomorrow by Asahi TV.THE 30TH ANNUAL SKATE JAPAN 2018 WITH MAO ASADA SPECIAL TROPHY will be held on June 23-24. It's an event organized by ISI Asia.
Mao Asada Special Trophy:
Can you maybe summarize/translate?Selection criterias for 2018-2019 international competitions were published by the fed today.
The rules only allow repeating 2 triples, and she is repeating axel, lutz and toe. I believe there is some sort of plan A / plan B involved.She plans to do 4T or 3A-3T as the opening jump(s). And then it will be followed by 3A, 3Lo, 3Lz-3T, 3F, 3Lz-2T-2Lo and 3S in the order.
The Vancouver Team: An everlasting bond
Daisuke Takahashi, Nobunari Oda and Takahiko Kozuka, eternal friends and rivals who helped popularize the sport, discuss the first time they met, their memories of the Vancouver Olympics, future plans for their skating careers. [summarized intro]
Seems very likely with her result from Nationals. But they could send her/Shiraiwa/Hongo to the Asian Open and let them fight it out if they want. It's being held in early August. Kihira, Shiraiwa, and Sakamoto all went last season.I'd be surprised if Rika did not get the host pick.
Now that Dai has announced he's planning a competitive comeback (thread here, his official statement in English here) it's good time to post this: Daisuke, Takahiko & Nobunari (3BK) Interview on QuadAxel Pt.2/2interview translation on tumblr: Daisuke, Takahiko & Nobunari (3BK) Interview on QuadAxel Pt. 1/2
(pt. 2 of the translation "coming soon")
And now what will it be like for you three to perform at Prince Ice World as professional skaters?
Dai: It’s been several years since I retired, and I started walking many different paths. But at the end of the day, skating is my foundation. Even today, I was watching these two practice on the ice and thinking, “Damn, they’re doing some impressive things,” and that encouraged me to try harder, too. Since retiring, our ranges of interpretation have been changing in all sorts of ways, so watching them skate again it’s like, “In all these years, they’ve grown so much!” That’s why I feel like this show is going to be a motivator for me, just thinking “I need to work hard to keep up with them.”
Dai: LOL. Well, I don’t know what I’m gonna do yet.
Nobu: It might take you another 4 years lol. [playfully] Excuse me, but while you’re finding your next path, could you just give us a long-term plan? Lol
Dai: But I only just returned to skating lol.
Nobu: Right, yes, you’ve finally found your way back to your roots.
Dai (looking at both of them): I’ll keep learning from my senpai* who have their roles in society figured out. The time I spent away from skating was long, so…
Nobu: He’s the type to come to a conclusion only after he tries lots of different things; it takes him a bit longer, so please just be patient with him!
Thank you. Link to Google translationSelection criterias for 2018-2019 international competitions were published by the fed today.
article & news clip in English: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180702_22/Congratulations to Yuzuru Hanyu on receiving the People’s Honour Award presented by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo earlier today.
Hanyu is the youngest ever sole recipient and the first ever figure skater to be conferred with the award.
Hanyu attended the ceremony wearing a traditional Japanese outfit made of silk from Sendai, the city he is from.
Abe wished him further success. In response, Hanyu said he will work hard to prepare for his next event.