Checking in with Yuzuru Hanyu

I was taking a break from what my life is right now and suddenly thought of my bronze prince aka Yuzuru Hanyu (who I hope will be World Champion one day). Since last season, he’s been training in my darling hometown of Toronto with Brian Orser and I was wondering about his progress. I thought that videos of THE ICE or something will pop up so I decided to take a look. Alas, no skating shows but there was this fluff piece. My Japanese is definitely rusty and Yuzuru speaks very fast so I wasn’t really able to get what he was saying. (I also don’t have the time or attention span to decipher the captions right now but I might in the future, or maybe if a wonderful reader will do it for me, that would be much appreciated.)

Those quads are quite lovely, by the way. He lands them so deep in the knee and has excellent flow out of the jump!

EDIT: A wonderful, wonderful reader, DaisukeFS has provided a translation for the video. I cannot express how thankful I am right now. (You should go to the comments and thank them too if you enjoyed the translation!) Here is the translation:

(Narrator) A remarkable male (figure skater) is a 17-year-old hopeful, Yuzuru Hanyu.
(Caption) His name and age with “a young phenomenon in Japan”

(Narrator) Last season he won the bronze medal at the World Championships. He is a young phenomenon.
(Caption) Bronze medal at the 2012 World Championships (The youngest Japanese medalist in the World Championships history)

(Yuzuru) I start thinking that I should aim higher and higher. Of course, I must not be satisfied with myself like this.
(Caption) The same as above.

(Narrator) For his further improvement, he changed his training base to Toronto, Canada. His new coach is Brian Orser, who led Yuna Kim to the gold medal in Vancouver Olympic games. His training time in Canada is nearly twice as long as the training time in Japan.
(Caption) 5 to 6 hours practice per day

(Narrator) He has received intensive coaching through the coach’s motions. Even off the rink, his training does not end. To develop a broad range of his expressions, he is learning the hip hop dance. He can dance as is shown.

(Yuzuru) (His life in Canada is) really fulfilling. I feel as though I just lie down on a bed to sleep immediately when I finish the practice.
(Caption) The same as above.

(Narrator) For the ideal skating that he envisions, he is now into skating.

(Yuzuru) I want to be a skater who can do anything. Being able to jump and spin, I want to be someday a skater who is close to perfect in all aspects of skating.
(Caption) The same as above.

There’s also a part of the video with him learning hip hop. The intensity of his face is remarkable. If he can’t skate anymore (heaven forbid), he could be the next big Japanese pop star. I mean he dances well and you can autotune anything nowadays. Case and point:

Hope you had your day’s dose of Yuzuru and pop culture!

~Rinkside Cafe

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DaisukiFS
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 23:58:06

    Hi there! I have enjoyed reading your blog. I cannot make a caption for you, but I can translate what the video is saying. Here you go:

    (Narrator) A remarkable male (figure skater) is a 17-year-old hopeful, Yuzuru Hanyu.
    (Caption) His name and age with “a young phenomenon in Japan”

    (Narrator) Last season he won the bronze medal at the World Championships. He is a young phenomenon.
    (Caption) Bronze medal at the 2012 World Championships (The youngest Japanese medalist in the World Championships history)

    (Yuzuru) I start thinking that I should aim higher and higher. Of course, I must not be satisfied with myself like this.
    (Caption) The same as above.

    (Narrator) For his further improvement, he changed his training base to Toronto, Canada. His new coach is Brian Orser, who led Yuna Kim to the gold medal in Vancouver Olympic games. His training time in Canada is nearly twice as long as the training time in Japan.
    (Caption) 5 to 6 hours practice per day

    (Narrator) He has received intensive coaching through the coach’s motions. Even off the rink, his training does not end. To develop a broad range of his expressions, he is learning the hip hop dance. He can dance as is shown.

    (Yuzuru) (His life in Canada is) really fulfilling. I feel as though I just lie down on a bed to sleep immediately when I finish the practice.
    (Caption) The same as above.

    (Narrator) For the ideal skating that he envisions, he is now into skating.

    (Yuzuru) I want to be a skater who can do anything. Being able to jump and spin, I want to be someday a skater who is close to perfect in all aspects of skating.
    (Caption) The same as above.

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