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I originally was going to post pictures from the Short Program next, but after looking at my photos from Practice #3: The T-shirt Practice, I could not contain my excitement of the photos I took, so I will post these photos first!
None of these photos are cropped or photoshopped in any way. I was really excited to see them, and I think my dad and sister would be very proud of me and my first time shooting sports photography!!
Warmups started and it was the first time we saw Yuzu wearing a mask at Worlds.
One of Yuzu’s first jumping passes during warmup didn’t go as planned. This was a quad salchow attempt where he stumbled a bit into the boards. Yuzu didn’t hit the boards that hard so he just whipped around the ice and attempted the jump again.
Here is Yuzu regrouping and trying it again. He was not successful this attempt either, but the quad salchows got better as practice wore on.
Ok, here is a moment after Yuzu took his warm up jacket off, and surprised everyone with a Mizuno t-shirt instead of his normal Under Amour training gear. We found out later that he simply forgot to pack his UA training shirt in his bag that morning.
Building up momentum and speed, and getting the feel of the ice. Loving the hair!!
Reverse angle hydro blade!!
As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, when Yuzu went into this spin, I started to take the picture(s). I held onto the shutter for dear life as it was capturing these wonderful positions!! I posted this picture before on my blog, but it is worthy to be posted here again!! My understanding is that the bandage on his chest is just covering a heart rate monitor of some sort.
Part of the same combination spin! And, evidence that Mikhail Kolyada was on the ice at the same time as Yuzu.
Love this next shot. It wasn’t a great practice for Yuzu but he was working hard throughout.
Taking a moment to reflect on the last jumping pass.
This is my favorite photo of the entire 8,000+ photos I took that week. I finally got the right “depth of field” exposure. I love how you can see the one bead of sweat down the side of his cheek.
Entrance into a triple axel. All of Yuzu’s triple axels were beautiful.
Nearing the end of the final practice at Worlds. It was such a fantastic experience watching an amazing talent go to work. I could spend hours just watching live practices.
Another spin during cool down. Full extension from head/hair to toe!
Part of that same combination spin.
And he is still going!!! At this point, I didn’t know if my camera was going to blow up on me or not but I held on to the shutter button as long as I could and got some great shots.
So cool, so casual. The world is watching his every move, and he’s taking it all in stride.
Coming to center ice to take one final bow.
These are some of my favorite photos of the week in Boston. I still remember it like it was yesterday. If you missed my photos from my previous 2016 Worlds posts, here are the links:
Next up: Short Program
Go Yuzu Go!!! Doki Doki!!