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遡りますが3月26日にJapan Timesに掲載されたギャラガー氏の記事です。






Japan's results at worlds not a cause for concern


MAR 26, 2019


SAITAMA - The world championships turned out to be a disappointment for Japan. With a realistic chance at four medals in singles, the host nation had to settle for just one in Yuzuru Hanyu’s silver.
さいたま - 世界選手権は日本にとって残念な結果になった。実際には4つのメダルが視野に入っていたのだが、開催国には羽生結弦の銀1つのみという結果になったのだ。


Despite the results, Ice Time does not believe there is reason to be discouraged. To the contrary, if a few more jumps had been landed, Japan could have had four skaters on the podium in singles.
結果はこうなったが、Ice Timeはがっかりする理由はないと思っている。その反対に、あといくつかジャンプが決まりさえすれば、日本はシングルで4人が台乗りした可能性があったのだ。


Though his legion of fans were unhappy that Hanyu did not win the gold, coming back from an injury and getting the silver behind defending champion Nathan Chen was actually a positive development.



It was clear to Ice Time that Hanyu has still not fully recovered from the right ankle injury he suffered at the Cup of Russia back in November in Moscow. This appeared most evident on his salchow jumps.
Ice Timeから見ると、羽生は11月にモスクワのロステレコムカップで痛めた右足首の怪我から完全には復活していないのは明らかだった。



Hanyu’s class was on full display at the press conference after the free skate on Saturday night. After thanking all of the people who made the world championships possible, he was full of praise for Chen and bronze medalist Vincent Zhou of the United States.



“I am disappointed with the result somewhat of being in second place,” Hanyu commented. “Even so I’m also very glad I was able to compete with these two skaters here and I want to thank them for making me feel that I want to become better now.




“I have nothing but full respect for these fellow skaters and I would like to thank you because now I am determined to evolve and grow more and become closer to you and catch up as a skater one day.”


Some may see the result in Saitama as a passing of the torch. Ice Time disagrees.
さいたまでの結果を、バトンを渡したかのように見る者もいるだろう。Ice Timeはそれには反対だ。


Hanyu is a genius, and when he is 100 percent healthy will figure out a way to defeat Chen.


The decision for Hanyu to skip next month’s World Team Trophy in Fukuoka, though sad for his supporters, is a wise course of action. The hope here is that he will be fully fit by the time the new season rolls around in the fall.













Yuzu the main attraction

Following last week’s IOC executive board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, the chief of the fledgling Olympic Channel talked about Hanyu’s popularity amongst its viewers, Kyodo News reported.
先週スイスのローザンヌで開かれたICOの役員会に続けて、まだ新しいOlympic Channelの主導者が視聴者の間での羽生の人気について話した、と共同ニュースが報道している。

Yiannis Exarchos, the Olympic Channel Services executive director, said at a news conference that Hanyu is the biggest attraction of the IOC’s content provider, the Olympic Channel.
Olympic Channel Servicesのエグゼクティブディレクタであるヤニス・エクサルコスは、記者会見で、IOCのコンテンツプロバイダであるOlympic Channelの最大の人気者が羽生であると語った。



“Yuzuru Hanyu is the biggest star of the Olympic Channel, not just in Japan but everywhere,” Exarchos said. “Figure skating has an extraordinary performance. Obviously, all the content we do for Japanese athletes has a lot of traction, but I would like to single out figure skating as a very special case of increased traffic.
「羽生結弦はOlympic Channelの最大のスターであり、それは日本だけでなく、世界中で」とエクサルコスは語った。「フィギュアスケートには並外れた演技がある。明らかに、日本のアスリートに対して私達が送るあらゆるコンテンツは多くの牽引力を持っているが、特にフィギュアスケートはトラフィック数が増える極めて特別なものとして取り上げたい。」

“We have seen Japan exploding and becoming our second country in terms of traffic after the United States and continuously growing,” Exarchos added.

“We don’t even have the rights for figure skating, but it has a huge following on the channel there, among other things based on the star quality of Yuzuru,” Exarchos commented.




IceScope stats revealing

Fuji TV’s IceScope high-tech device, which measures height, speed and distance covered on jumps, illustrated at the world championships just how superior Hanyu’s triple axel is to his competitors.


According to the stats recorded by IceScope, Hanyu posted the greatest height (70 cm) and distance (362 cm) of any male skater on the jump at the worlds. By contrast, Chen’s height (58 cm) and distance (266 cm) were far less than Hanyu’s.

Hanyu’s stats were not the only ones that were mind boggling.

It’s no secret that Kaori Sakamoto’s jumps are powerful, but the IceScope revealed a pretty amazing fact. It clocked Sakamoto’s landing speed on her double axel as the second-fastest of the entire competition — men or women — at 20.7 kph.


The only person with a higher landing speed was the Czech Republic’s Michal Brezina’s with 21.0 kph on his triple axel.