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MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!!! Today I woke up to Takahito Mura being in the lead after the short program at Japan Nationals!! Yay Taka!!! While Nationals without Yuzu seems wrong, the final should still be exciting!
Here are some additional photos from GPF. I tried to move around to get different vantage points from around the arena.
Day 3 and 4 LP practice: After an exciting short program the guys reset and got ready for free program practice. I am combining photos from both practice days. It was nice to have an extra LP practice for the men. Good schedule!
I always love Team Japan warm up jackets. Even with the sponsor patches, Team Japan skaters always look top notch!
It’s super cool to watch practice from Row 1 but it’s also hard to get photos since Yuzu moves so fast! I love watching his warm up.
Thinking and concentrating. Looking relaxed about the whole thing.
Ok, we are ready to go! Let’s light this up!
Spread eagles like they are as normal as walking.
Entrance into triple axel, from a different angle. Looks like Yuzu has wings!! I love how upright his upper body is for the entry! Such beautiful technique, and the deep knee bend to allow the free leg to power him up into the jump (ok, gluts play a big part too). Just beautiful.
Ok, here we have side by side as Yuzu and Shoma put on their skate guards. Then…..
The moment when Yuzu realizes that both he and Shoma have the same colour skate guards. Super cute!
Skaters fall. When Yuzu falls, it’s a nice splat. I mean this in an endearing way of course!!
Yuzu looks like he is having fun even when he falls. That is true love of the ice.
Watching the master at work. Every Yuzu fan should have this experience. It is truly spell binding.
Entrance into a quad.
This photo is quite a bit fuzzy sorry but I love his expression. I had to crop it to show you his cute reaction to hitting the boards. This was after a fall on a quad salchow attempt but Yuzu wasn’t getting stressed about it. He just picked up and tried again, successfully.
Up close and personal.
Hard at work.
Matching Pooh towel. Pooh looking out at the ice surface, keeping an eye out on the competition for Yuzu.
Just a random shot that I like. I am taking the moment to appreciate the approximate 45 degree angle his body was at.
Love the free flowing hair.
Ritual before LP run through. Yuzu talked about removing some of his rituals (such as the need to enter the ice on a certain foot else he feels off). I hope this one stays. While Yuzu will be trying to remove some rituals, he has added new ones, like squishing Pooh’s head before he sets off to perform his programs. I like the new squishy one, but maybe Pooh doesn’t?
Just added this photo, not a great shot, but I love his ET Phone Home look. So cute.
Long program men’s introductions. Let’s go add to the Legacy!!
The victory lap.
So happy for the 4th consecutive title!! The building of the Legend continues!
Way to go Yuzu!!!
That’s it for me with photos from GPF. I only took vidoes during the Gala practice and exhibition. I will work on posting those soon, and let you all know when/where they are.
Go Yuzu Go!!! Doki Doki!!