Ok, I know I’m really late responding to this news, but I just wanted to say that I’m going to miss Yuzuru Hanyu’s former coach Nanami Abe =(
Don’t get me wrong, I think Brian Orser is an amazing coach, and I’m glad Yuzu is striving for even higher achievements. But I kind of wish he would stay with coach Abe and just experiment with new choreographers. I would love to see him work with Lori Nichol, but something tells me he’ll be working with David Wilson, which is fine also. It’s still too early to know how this coaching change will affect his skating, but I have faith in Yuzu’s talent. I just have a soft spot in my heart for coach Abe, who has been with Yuzuru since childhood and has watched her pupil from the sidelines with tears in her eyes for all these years. It was such a beautiful moment at the 2012 Worlds. I guess the other issue is that I’m not really a big fan of Canadian figure skating at the moment. Not to lump the entire establishment into one, but I just feel that certain Canadian skaters and certain skaters coached by Canadians have been vastly overrated and over-scored in the past few seasons. I know that working with Brian Orser will bring even more attention to Yuzu from the international judges, but to me, it is an even bigger accomplishment when an unknown skater with a not-so-famous coach makes a name for himself through his own brilliance. But I suppose, Yuzu’s already done that this past season. I really just wish he would continue. Maybe I just don’t like change, especially when it is unwarranted. Why mess with a good thing? My heart tells me that the JSF has a hand in this but how are we ever going to know? Why does it feel like the JSF and Brian Orser have been so intertwined ever since Yuna Kim won Olympic gold? I can’t see Yuzu taking that kind of step, one that will take him so far from his former coach, completely on his own. Maybe the JSF suggested it and he agreed? Or maybe it was more than just a suggestion? I don’t know. I guess there is a remote possibility that he thought of it on his own, but I just have such a hard time believing that. Not that it would be outrageous or anything. Just sad. I really hope Yuzu and Ms. Abe parted on good terms. She seems like the type of person that would willingly let him go against her own happiness just so that he could reach his goals. Like a good mother. But this is all just me guessing. I don’t know how close any of this is to the truth. I wonder if anyone will ever ask him this question in an interview. Although, I wouldn’t want it to cause him any sadness, but it would be nice to have an answer.
Regardless of all of the above, Yuzuru Hanyu is still my favorite skater and I will continue to support him completely, as you can tell from my username =)
Can’t wait for next season, it’s an important one - the last world championships before the next Olympics. We all know how relevant that is in determining who the favorites are to medal at the Olympics. But I can’t just focus on the next Olympics when it comes to Yuzu. I really hope he continues to skate long after that! In my perfect world, Yuzu would return to Abe at some point in the future.
As for now, thank you Nanami Abe for cultivating such a brilliant talent!