Just to let my haters know I do have a heart. At 3 minutes in in this video I cried. I didn’t expect it to be honest because I already knew the results thanks to facebook but for those who don’t know Ice Skating Nationals for Japan happened two days ago and the last of my skating loves Daisuke Takahashi had a disastrous skate during the Short and Long programs leaving him in 5th place and out of the 2014 Olympics.
Thankfully Japan has a system for deciding the Olympics team and they don’t decide the outcome of an Olympics on one competition.
According to BlazingBlades owner Peter Murray (via facebook)
Under JSF Criteria for Olympic Team Selection the Winner of the Men’s Event is guaranteed the first spot on the team. The Silver Medalist at Japan’s Nationals gets the second spot. The third spot is decided with a heavy emphasis on their highest ISU World Ranking and then the current season’s highest scores.
Take a look at both categories…
1 4558 Hanyu
3 3529 Takahashi
6 3067 Machida
10 2344 Oda
17 2044 Kozuka
Season’s best scores:
1 295.27 Patrick CHAN CAN ISU GP Trophee Bompard 2013 16.11.2013
2 293.25 Yuzuru HANYU JPN ISU Grand Prix Final 2013/14 06.12.2013
3 268.31 Daisuke TAKAHASHI JPN ISU GP NHK Trophy 2013 09.11.2013
4 265.38 Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN ISU GP Hilton HHonors Skate America 2013 19.10.2013
5 262.98 Nobunari ODA JPN Nebelhorn Trophy 2013 28.09.2013
So today after the women’s LP they announced the team and Japan did the right thing and named Daisuke to the Olympic team . In Japan it isn’t about a death camp to see who survives when deciding a team its about the rankings of the skater and the scores they have received over an entire season
I now wait for the inevitable hate for poor Di that Michelle Kwan received in 2006.
Daisuke skated his entire long program with a bloody hand from a fall on his first jump
Going to the Olympics is not a lifetime achievement award but when someone has a successful season and one bad competition due to an injury 2 months before the Olympics it makes no sense to leave them at home. I for one couldn’t be happier that Dai is going back to the Olympics and I am glad that Japan’s Olympic decision makers followed their rules named him to the team.
This is also sweet and I must admit it made me tear up too. So unlike me.lol Loved Zhang Nan as a gymnast she was during the years I loved most Chinese gymnasts . I originally got this from World of gymnastike but am not interest in the rest of the engaged people list so I included the video. Jiang Yuyuan is seen in the group picture. Love the reaction of the gymnasts that helped Teng Haiban film the proposal. I usually cringe at these videos because I find it so tacky when people film them but this was too sweet.