It’s been over a month now since I last posted. I’ve been traveling and thesis writing and there simply wasn’t much I wanted to write about. Yes Four Continents happened and yes Denis Ten and Josh Farris were awesome but other than that I haven’t been inspired.
But now we’re in the week leading up to Worlds and everyone is getting excited. I just have one question: Where in the world is Yuzuru Hanyu??
I’m sure we all remember those great performances at Nationals back in December and the hospital trip and surgery that followed. But since then the updates have been quite lacking. He was released from the hospital a while back and then suffered an ankle injury. The news is lacking (and sometimes contradictory). Brian was saying one thing and then the Japanese Skating Federation was saying another. I don’t even know if they knew what was going on. Plus there’s the fact everything is in Japanese and my Japanese knowledge is more than a little lacking. So many rumours and no actual news.
At Junior Worlds Brian mentioned he hadn’t seen him since Nationals! What!??!! Why isn’t he back in Canada? Nam and Javi have been landing side-by-side 3A and 4S and all I want is Yuzu to make it a trio!
This is worrisome. Is he fully healed? Is he back to training? Is there a rift between him and Brian? Is he physically ready to compete? Is he mentally ready to be back at that Shanghai rink? So many questions, so many unknowns.
Right now, all I know is Yuzu is currently topping a lot of people’s Worlds predictions and there are huge banners of him everywhere. It’s a lot of pressure for someone who hasn’t been seen in months.