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!
The Men’s long program event at this year’s Worlds was absolutely thrilling! We saw that a score of over 300 points still wasn’t enough to get you on the podium! We saw a new world record set (YAY YUZU!!). And, we saw the first ever all Asian podium. The BEST part is that we saw Yuzu re-gain his World title!!
Here is Shoma’s cantilever during his short and long program.
A proud moment for Shoma at the end of his program.
To get Yuzu’s Hope and Legacy started, here is the mandatory Pooh squish and away we go!! Did anyone breathe in the four and a half minutes?? I don’t remember breathing!
Spins always seem to be placed right in front of me so they were easy to shoot.
Biellmann spin. Gorgeous!!
What a stunning performance. I am so happy to have witnessed it live in person. The moments after Yuzu finished his performance I just looked around the arena and let the atmosphere soak in. It was so exhilarating, not quite as fantastic as an NHL playoff home game, but you have to remember, Yuzu is just one man alone on the ice making an entire arena go wild!! The command and power over the audience that Yuzu has is something that is hard to explain. Imagine what it’s like to have 12,000 people watching your every move, and then you can silence them all by putting your finger to your lips or lowering your hands to tell everyone to quiet down, and EVERYONE does immediately!! It’s a very surreal atmosphere to be a part of! I am so happy and proud of Yuzu for finally having his “moment” at Worlds.
I hope Yuzu really thinks about his moment seriously, how fantastic it felt, what it took to get there and plans this off-season and Olympic season accordingly. What I mean to say is that I hope he minimizes the ice-shows, and has supervised practices and does everything (minimizes travel) to stay rested and healthy.
Yuzu, as you are reviewing all offers, please remember: the shows and appearances will all still be there after 2018, probably even more so, but the one shot at repeating as the Olympic Champion will not.
A signal that Yuzu was back!! At this point we still had to sit and watch the rest of the men skate. As each skater finished their programs and received their marks, a big breath in and out was needed to stay calm!! I recall that after Javi skated, I turned to my friend and said “I think it’s enough”. I calculated mentally in my head what I thought Javi would get for scores and the rest is history. What an epic comeback!
A glorious moment in the spotlight before once again, taking center stage.
I was fully zoomed out (rookie mistake) and wish I got the podium in this picture but Yuzu in-flight, mid air is actually a cool photo on its’ own. If you look at the photo and the girls on the left, you see that Yuzu’s leap is at their waist height or higher and you realize how high he jumped to get onto the top of the podium! I love Yuzu’s tradition!!
I adore Yuzu’s facial expression here. There are certain expressions that Yuzu has that make him look like he is a 16 year old again. So adorable.
Yuzu noticing the petals on Shoma’s flowers were falling out.
The victory lap.
Boyang having a hard time with his flag and Yuzu trying to help.
Boyang still needing extra help to get the Chinese flag wrapped around him. He’s priceless.
Once again, we see Yuzu careful folding up the Japanese flag while Shoma just handed it back to the guy who gave it to him. Shoma’s young, he will learn.
A final Thank You and Goodnight for an amazing night!!
Last but not least, my Gala photos will be published soon. Please stay tuned!
Go Yuzu Go!!! Doki Doki!!