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!
Looking through my photos from the Autumn Classic this year, Yuzu appeared either cute, adorable or happy in every photo. It has to be against the law to be this photogenic.
I struggled a bit with the lighting at the Sportplexe because of the flourescent lights but here are some of my favorite shots. Like Yuzu, I will keep practising to improve.
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As usual, watching Yuzu master his craft was pure joy!! I could sit all day everyday just watching him practice. He’s got some work to do but it’s still very early in the season. Yuzu was doing this “point to his head” motion each time he goofed up on a jump knowing he just had to get it together and then he would be successful.
There are these moments where he lets his guard down and just relaxes and smiles. It is such a reward to be able to capture these moments.
Yuzu being Yuzu! I try to imagine how Yuzu feels when he appears in the open because all he hears is the sound of motor drives snapping up his every move, his every blink of an eye. I once read an article that said that Japanese skaters are very camera aware. For younger, lesser known skaters, this is good so they don’t get captured in an awkward moment, but for Yuzu, this is a bit of an understatement. With hundreds and hundreds of cameras all raised at him, he can’t help but be aware. Yuzu cannot sniff or cough without it being captured on film or camera. It’s quite an incredible sight to see this, and of course, now I am one of those camera faces in the crowd.
I guess I didn’t take that many photos during his short program so here I am “jumping” to the long program. Here is Yuzu getting ready to take center stage and do what he loves.
Yuzu going through his normal pre-skate rituals. He no longer pushes forcefully back from the boards. He now just does a small push and soft glide. I prefer the stronger push back as it projects determination, fight and Yuzu being “in the zone”! I hope to see it come back once he is more comfortable with his new programs.
Just a couple of basic photos here.
Whenever Misha is near, there is fun to be had. I was fortunate enough to meet Misha in the stands and chat with him briefly. I didn’t know what to expect, but I found Misha to be very welcoming and genuine! He invites you in to his space without any effort, it was very surprising and sweet and I see why he has so many fans.
After the medal ceremony, there was such an unexpected triple axel attempt and fall that I almost missed the moment!! Thank goodness I didn’t!!
Misha to the rescue! Love how adorable and playful Yuzu was after the medal ceremony! Priceless moments!!
The original of this last photo turned out quite dark so I had a friend help me with lightening it up a bit. She does not follow skating, but knows more and more about Yuzu through me. Her comment about this photo after she fixed it was that Yuzu was like a porcelain doll. Interesting to hear the viewpoint of someone that does not follow skating at all. She is now a Yuzu fan!
Bye Bye Yuzu!!! See you in Mississauga!!
Go Yuzu Go!!! Doki Doki!!