Hey everyone! I’m back again! I had wanted to get this up a few days ago, but I just couldn’t find the time. Unfortunately no one wants to pay me to run this blog.
I was highly unmotivated to write something here all summer. But this week I was inspired. We are FINALLY out of the Hanyu drought! Finally we get to see new programs and have an actual update. Finally! It’s been a long 5 months.
In the 5 months since Worlds a few things have happened in Men’s skating. Shoma landed the first 4F in competition. Nathan Chen debuted a 4F and 4Lz SP and Patrick’s teased 4S this season. It’s an arms race. Everyone is equipping themselves with more and more quads! It’s insane. It’s exciting.
And all this time Yuzu’s been in the dark. We’ve had no idea what was going on with him – until this week. Naturally I was worried, as I’m sure many of us Yuzu fans were. How could Yuzu continue to compete with these youngsters? But silly me having no faith.
This week there was an open practice for Japanese media at the Cricket Club. Finally we got to see snippets of his new SP and new FS. And more than that we saw some gorgeous 4Lo and gorgeous 4S and even gorgeous 4T. In the past 5 months I think I forgot just how good that boy is. Everyone is quading all over the place, but Hanyu is the only one with difficult entries and exits and such speed and flow coming out. That 4Lo in the SP sandwiched between spread eagles is to die for. I forgot how beautiful Yuzu’s skating is. And how effortless and gorgeous his jumps can be.
I am very excited by these new programs. Let’s Go Crazy by Prince for the SP and Hope and Legacy composed by Joe Hisaishi for the FS. First, I am excited we get to see a fun and upbeat Yuzu again. I LOVED his SP the past two seasons but I missed the Parisienne Walkways Yuzu. I’m excited we’re gonna see him again. Second, I love that these two programs are so different from each other and so different from his programs last year. I love that he’s continuing to challenge himself with different styles. He also appears to be challenging himself with even more difficult entries. I already know that 3Lz after his ina bauer in the final seconds of his FS is going to give me a panic attack all season. And third, 4 QUADS in the FS! What?!?! That’s gonna be a lot for me to handle this season.
One of the most interesting things we saw this week was a perfect 4T. It was an injury to his inner left foot that made him stop practicing 4T’s before Worlds and then kept him off the ice for months following that silver medal. While Yuzu has said now that he does still feel pain I feel Yuzu might have finally learned that something he was doing was not right. He stayed in Toronto for months this summer and I think he’s more open with his team now about the pain he feels. Here’s hoping everyone keeps an eye on him and that Yuzu doesn’t over-train and make things worse…again. He’s too talented to be this injury prone. The Olympics are coming up, we can’t risk anything!
Last season we saw an unbeatable Hanyu – until Javi put together a perfect Yuzu-style quad and transition filled FS at Worlds. But, it looks like Yuzu is taking it another step further this season. If he can do it and do it well there is no one who can beat him. Javi will need another quad, Patrick needs another 3 quads and those youngsters need a lot more than jumps still.
This season the men are upping the anti. We will likely see 4T, 4S, 4Lo, 4F and 4Lz in the same competition this year. It’s ridiculous. The youngsters are crazy and trying to out-jump Hanyu, but they have forgotten the original crazy. How many times now have we thought Yuzu was insane?? It’s one of the things the make me love him. He’s not gonna let himself be out jumped. So why not add that 4Lo in finally? Why not try 4 quads in a FS? Because you don’t become Olympic Champion and you don’t break World Records without pushing the limits.
How Yuzu performs these programs is yet to be seen. Clean he’s unbeatable. The ridiculous thing is he also might be unbeatable if he completes 80% of his planned content. We’re yet to see what Javi’s bringing this season. And I’m very intrigued as to how he rises to the challenge.
This season is bound to be exciting. High risk equals high reward. And of course, with increased risk there is also increased chance of failure. Worlds could be a disaster or amazing. And I will be there to watch it unfold live again. All I know right now is I was in total fangirl mode this week with the snippets we got. I had really missed this. I really needed this.
I’ll be back after the Autumn Classic for sure, perhaps even before. Yuzu news has me inspired to talk skating again!
Till next time,
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