Thank you very much for letting us know the interview, fosse! Very interesting.
I just did the first page. It's an horrible translation, maybe, but I guess it's better than nothing.
I hope you will find better one soon.
The interview was held on the day he came back to Japan.
Q: The WC was unfortunate. Was it due to the failure of peaking?
D: As for peaking, I trained very hard before leaving for Canada and I expected things would go up after I got to the venue. I didnít know why but I couldnít land any quads. It overwhelmed me mentally so that I got out of shape even by myself though the other jumps werenít bad.
Q: ItĎs really difficult, as youíve been in a shape which allowed you to try 3 quads so far this season.
D: In the other competitions (except WC), I could land couples of quads during the official practices. But I could land only one in the WCÖ. When I think about it now, I did a good amount of practice but probably I didnít practice enough to jump two quads in the first half. Though I did the second part when my physical strength was gone, a lotÖ Of course I thought it was the best to do when I actually practiced. That's the story, when I look back now.
Q: I heard you did a huge amount of practice after 4CC, did it make you tired?
D: The practice was very intense but I wasnít tired at all. I was ďreadyĒ both mentally and physically. In fact I was looking forward to seeing how much I could do.
Q: Was it a mental issue rather than technical one, wasnít it?
D: When you can land quads, you feel like you can. But this time Iíd like to consider whether the cause was mental or physical, taking enough time. Probably I have to check the form by replaying the video. It happens you lose the timing while you don't notice it. Sometimes you will get stuck and canít get out of it when you practice too much.
Q: Surely, a person often wanders off into labyrinth when you practice too much.
D: Yes. But I donít regret it because I went into the competition after I did practice. Iím just frustrated with myself. I donít feel like Iím over. I feel down about the fact that I couldnít show off what Iíve been working.
Q: You are more a person who do a miracle in a real competition.
D: I think in the FP, I concentrated so early that I got tired. After I did warming up excercise, I brought myself into the mental concentration for competition just a little earlier than usual. Then I found myself losing focus and calmness in the real competition. It was something like my body was ready but my head was tired. I still donít get used to how to bring myself when it comes to the real.
Q: Doesn't it work when you think about wins or losses?
D:It doesnít work when I become greedy. But I thought of W/L without realizing it in this season. Especially in WC where the number of the spots of Sochi was determined, I thought I could not move down anymore after placing 4th in the SP. That was the point. I was thinking it would be difficult to medal here inside of my mind, so that I was pressed not to move down from 4th.
Q: It was different from the last season when you trained feverishly.
D: Yes, I had no idea how far I could go in the last season. I was still disastrous technically and I finally could land one quad in the last WC. But I did expect to myself this season
Q: You feel frustrated even though you land a quad this time (?), does it mean you wanted something more?
D: Yes, the level I expect to myself was increased, and I fought from the level, so I felt a bit differently from the last season. Last year I didnít expect that much to myself, but I do this year. I can do this, I can do that, then the number of the things I have to do naturally was increased. But when the Olympics season comes, I will become more ambitious. So I had to experience how this kind of feeling affect me before it.
Q: So while you are growing like that, this WC might be a good chance to drain the pus.
D: Maybe. I can say it was a chance to drain the pus if the next season is fine, but if I canít do well the next season, itís not the pus anymore. Itís all depends on the next season.
Q: Did (the result of the WC) turn into the motivation for next season?
D: As Iím working with the three year plan aiming Sochi from the start, it rather stimulated me in a good way. Iíd like to start again after re-considering how I should work with what kind of mind-set next season.
My time is over for today. Sorry.
If anyone can translate the rest of the ineterview, PLEASE DO!
Anyway he sounds very positive and organized. What a guy!!