Hey sports fans!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am a self admitted “rink rat” so a lot of this blog will be about figure skating and hockey, however as an ex-figure skater, ex-varsity athlete and a sports fan in general, I usually have thoughts and opinions about alot of different sports I follow, so visit often!
What are your expectations going into the Grand Prix Final? As easy as it would be to have an expectation for Yuzu to repeat his “record breaking performances” again this upcoming weekend at the Grand Prix Final, while I think Yuzu can achieve 300+ many more times, I don’t have the expectation that every time he skates, he will break the record. NHK 2015 was an unbelievable moment in time, a history making weekend. It will be treasured by many, but none more so than by Yuzu himself (with Pooh and Brian). I will always wish for Yuzu to have great performances and hope he repeats as GPF champion for the third straight time, but as long as he reaches the top of the podium with good performances, I will be a happy Yuzu fan!
Nothing drives Yuzu to be stronger, faster, and more brilliant than the sight of one of his fellow skaters doing well. It took 4 years of senior competition for Yuzu to lay down those perfect performances all in one competition. It would be incredible for Yuzu to reach the same scoring heights as he did at NHK, or even beat his own world records but it’s not something that happens often, and that is why 2015 NHK Trophy weekend was so special!!
One thing I am very grateful for is that Yuzu broke these records at NHK Trophy, an ISU sanctioned event so that the world record scores count. If Yuzu had done these performances at the Japan Nationals, then they wouldn’t have counted as world records. So, Yuzu, if you want to break the records again, please do so at GPF or better yet, at Worlds!
Here is my dream podium for GPF.
1. Yuzuru Hanyu
2. Shoma Uno
3. Javier Fernandez. (Although Boyang in bronze wouldn’t be a bad result)
I don’t think that another 300+ score for Yuzu is unattainable or overly optimistic now that Yuzu has proven to himself that he is capable of this score. I am confident that he can re-write the record books with many 300+ scores. So that is my wish for GPF, a score in the 300’s that will make Yuzu happy yet motivate him to be ready for Worlds!!
I can’t wait for this weekend!! We are going to be watching some high flying action, and quads galore. This is the new reality. As much faith as I have in Yuzu, I will be watching with baited breathe and nervousness!!
Go Yuzu Go!! Doki Doki!