Daisuke and Akiko after her World Team Trophy 2013 free skate →
Team Japan in the K&C, Day 2 || WTT 2013 [x]
Daisuke Takahashi, leader, captain, and grown man, during Mao’s Kiss and Cry.
Uncle Dai captaining his team || WTT 2013 [x]
“Ten years from now! That’ll be when all the little kiddies like Shoma turn senior.” Actually, Shoma is already 15. He’ll probably move up to seniors soon. “Oh, I see. How old will I be? 32… I see. I probably won’t be competing anymore then. There are a lot of things I want to do beside skating. Normal things like wanting to get married and having kids. I want to try to open a restaurant specializing in simple comfort foods or a cafe. Like a traditional cafe! I have a lot of dreams. Of course, skating-wise, I also thought about wanting to teach little kids.” —Mao Asada
“I’ll be 37 in 10 years so I hope I’ve gotten married by then. To someone I can properly accept (smiles). Married, with a kid. That kid will probably be coddled by Nagakubo-sensei. Meaning, if I can’t get that kid to skate, I have a feeling Nagakubo-sensei will be the one who gets that child on the ice (smiles).” —Akiko Suzuki
“Probably a skating coach in 10 years. My goal is definitely Sochi… after that, my competition days end and I’ll return to a normal life. By normal life, I mean a normal university experience. Up until now, kindergarten, elementary school, junior high, high school… it’s all been skating. School, hanging out with friends, I’ve never been a normal student. So that’s why I really want it. If I’m still skating by the time I graduate university, I’ll never experience that life even once! So when Sochi ends, I want to try to be a regular student. After that, I want to be a skating coach—that’s my ideal life path. But, I still want to do shows, if I do shows, I’ll still be a student as well. Well, whether or not I’ll change my mind about all this, I don’t know (smiles).
But if I don’t make it Sochi, or if I don’t do well there, and I feel there’s more I need to do… maybe I’ll continue competing. If I feel I did what I wanted to do… I’ll probably stop (smiles).” —Kanako Murakami
“Miki. At 35. Coach! I want to become a coach training skaters for the Olympics. It’s not about the results there, I just want to help lead skaters on the path to that arena. I’m going to work hard to get to the Olympics in 10 years from now as a coach.” —Miki Ando
Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the national athem of the
Team Japan ladies lamenting their axel mistakes in the free skate and being generally adorable. || 4CC 2013 [x]