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PostSubject: Dai back to competition!!    Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:11 am

Hi everyone!!

One day has passed and I'm still thrilled and super-hyped.

The news has shocked the fs world and is having a huge echo everywhere.

I started this new topic to collect in one place all info, pics, links etc related to Dai's announcement of his comeback, to make easier for you to find.

Some have been already posted in general topic, of course.

Let's start from the beginning, from Dai's announcement in his official website posted in Japanese and English on July 01. †

Message from Daisuke Takahashi

First and foremost, I would like to announce my return to the competition from beginning of the new season, July 1st. In 2017 Japan Figure Skating Championships, I had the privilege to be present at the site from Media's standpoint and I was really moved by each skater's respective positions thus motivations, which made me realize that I want to fight and skate again in such tensed environment.

In 2014, due to my injury, I was unable to compete in the World Figure Skating Championships which was held in Japan, and Sochi Olympics Game became my last competition. In the same year in October 14th, I had retired as an eligible skater. It took me nearly 4 years from then, but now I would like to face fully with Figure Skating, and for me to catch up on my skating from the old days, I realized that returning to the competition is the answer.

Being away for 4 years, I understand that it will be beyond my imagination of how difficult it may be for me to get back in the game. But I would like to push and train myself even harder in order for me to achieve the feeling of giving all I've got and that is the one thing that I couldn't accomplish before my retirement.
Needless to say but I am really excited and looking forward to skating as a competitor again in front of all the people who have been supporting me for all these years. Wish me luck.


Source † † http://d1sk.com/en/

This amazing and surprising information was soon reprised and reposted by almost all Japanese media and above all by fans.

How did you learn it? As for me, I learned from Richaud's instastories (and I started crying out loud and jumping on my chair †lol!


Post with links to Yahoo Japan press release from main Japaness newspaper after announcement

https://www.facebook.com/DaisukeTakahashiRoadtoSochi/posts/1283481341789428

A press conference was hold in Tokyo at 20:00 JT and later Dai was guest at FujiTV's S-SPARK

Videos - thanks to kind uploader. In second video, starting from 10:30 glimpses of Dai practicing at Kansai Uni's rink. He jumps a 3A cheers cheers

http://dai.ly/x6nbkla

http://dai.ly/x6nbee0


English translation of Japanese press articles with Q&A at press conference!! Dai explains how he took the decision to come back and his expectations. Not thinking about international competitions now, his main goal is to compete at Nationals 2018, hoping to skate in last group at FS with Olympic gold and silver medalists. After he decided (after Nats 2017) he could start to practice regularly only in April.

SP choreo by David Wilson - FS choreo by Benoit Richaud.

https://fstranslations.tumblr.com/post/175442420489/daisuke-takahashi-figure-skating-has-to-be-the



To be updated.....

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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:10 pm

MaiKitty wrote:
I'm concerned that Daisuke is considering skating for 4 more years. Competition in Japan is hard at the moment and it's all about the jumps, which doesn't favour him. I'm really concerned about this, a year or two more might be doable but 4? I love him so much, and this would actually be the chance for me to probably see him in a competition since I never did before. So this should make me happy. But I'm only worried for him instead.

This is my last post in this forum, from over 4 years ago. And now Daisuke is coming back. To be honest, I haven't really fully grasped this fact yet. It just wasn't a possibility in my mind. I am still confused, have mixed feelings, anxiety, joy and all that. I just want to see him happy. And if he thinks it's possible, why not? Now all that's left is that I hope he will consider at least one B-competition or something in Europe. It sounds like it's all about Japan domestically for him, and that's understandable, but I missed out on seeing him back then, and a second time? No never. If he's going to NHK and Nationals, tickets will be impossible for us foreigners. No
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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:49 pm

Thanks Pattina for starting the new thread. This news defenitley deserves it.

Nice to read you again MaiKitty. Smile

I wonder if Dai will go to NHK if invited? I guess it all depends on how he is progressing
but he did say that he only wanted to skate domestically. I am so happy that he is competing again
I don't care where or the results. I love you
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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:32 pm

Hello Shyla! Long time no see! I'm glad that Pattina and you are still so active here. It would've made sense that the forum died, but the love for Daisuke is so much stronger, thankfully!
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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:06 pm

Pattina, from my comment on the other thread (that Dai looked like he was competing when he was learning new choreo) one might think I had a premonition but I am still in shock today! †I have to admit that whenever I saw Dai in his role as an announcer, at the competitions, I always wondered what was going through his head and if he was missing competing. †Especially at the Olympics. †Thank you for starting this new thread. †Your dedication to this forum is much appreciated!

Welcome back MaiKitty. †I agree about the tickets. †I'm sure they will be sold out quickly but don't give up hope. †I suppose Dai is starting out slowly and easing back into it and if he does really well... who knows... you just might see him one day!

Shyla, I also don't care about the results as long as Dai is happy and at peace with himself. †I hope his return will be everything he wants it to be.
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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:20 pm

Hi MaiKitty, so glad to read you again here!!! †Hope you are here to stay!!
And thanks for kind words. †I love youI love youI love you

As there are many info and sources, I try to split into different groups and posts. †Let's start with...

Press articles

World Figure Skating in Japanese

https://twitter.com/WFS_JP/status/1013409652149637120

Translation

https://www.facebook.com/DaisukeTakahashiRoadtoSochi/posts/1283619418442287

In English

Mainichi English

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180701/p2g/00m/0sp/029000c

The Japan Times with 1 pic from press conf.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2018/07/01/figure-skating/daisuke-takahashi-announces-return-competition-stunner/#.WzplEdIzbIV

NBC Sports

https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2018/07/01/daisuke-takahashi-comeback-figure-skating-retirement/

Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5905787/Japans-Takahashi-return-ice-retirement.html

03/07 †The JapanTimes. Very good article (a part from the point where the anonymous coach talks about how many quads can he land) Here the closing comments

No matter how it turns out, Takahashi deserves the respect of the entire global skating community for putting himself on the line again. He has already contributed a great deal to the sport.

Anything more he can give will be a much appreciated bonus.


https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2018/07/03/figure-skating/takahashis-return-rocks-skating-world/#.Wzu3j9IzbIV

In Japanese

Asahi TV with tv news about press conference

http://news.tv-asahi.co.jp/sphone/news_sports/articles/000130768.html

Sponichi with 1 pic from press conf.

https://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2018/07/02/kiji/20180701s00079000318000c.html

Sanyonews with 1 pic from press conf.

http://www.sanyonews.jp/article/742512/1/

Huffington Post Japan with 1 pic from press conf.

https://www.huffingtonpost.jp/2018/07/01/daisuke-takahashi-come-back-to-figureskate_a_23472283/

03/07 Number Web (3 pages article with 1 pic from press conf.)

http://number.bunshun.jp/articles/-/831249


In French - L'Equipe

https://www.lequipe.fr/Patinage-artistique/Actualites/Daisuke-takahashi-reprend-sa-carriere/917737


05/07 KISS & CRY tvguide Part 1 and Part 2 - transcription of full press conference with many Dai-gorgeous pics!! †drunkendrunkendrunkendrunken

http://www.tvguide.or.jp/feature/kissandcry/20180704/01.html

http://www.tvguide.or.jp/feature/kissandcry/20180705/01.html

Kateigaho (3 pages), also with pics

https://www.kateigaho.com/love/26723/


As soon as possible I'll update with more stuff. See you soon!!! And don't forget to check also News 2018 for other info and updates.


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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:25 am

More press release

News24 with short video

http://www.news24.jp/articles/2018/07/02/09397376.html

TV news

Fans' tweets with short tv news/interviews.

Mezamashi TV †(thanks to Daisuke Takahashi Road to Sochi for English comment)

"I have no choice but to grow up. I don't want to fall"

https://twitter.com/moco0611chi/status/1013548762902360066?s=19

S-PARK (thanks to Daisuke Takahashi Road to Sochi for English comment)

A special message from Dai after S-PARK

https://twitter.com/SPARK_fujitv/status/1013459231398215681?s=19

Miscellaneous

https://twitter.com/AkiAqui/status/1013569453445939201


https://twitter.com/piichandai/status/1013800432555053056

https://twitter.com/purplearashi/status/1013535389326311424

https://twitter.com/purplearashi/status/1013535512596844545


Long tweet with tv news split into different parts. Akiko attending.


https://twitter.com/AkiAqui/status/1013666691811762176 † † †

Translation by Redgreen. Dai states that he is now limiting his plan to just one season!!!

https://twitter.com/redgreendress/status/1013783265642246145


Tweet with link to a YT video (not listed) with mix of different local tv news

https://twitter.com/soracchi7/status/1013754987531284480


WOW - I don't know where this screenshots come from. Muscles!! †ShockedShocked

https://twitter.com/kuru_rei_yu/status/1013703768746045441


03/07 OHK local tv news. Dai's brief interview while practicing at Kansai Uni's rink under the attentive look of Nagamitsu sensei. †Well, combination 3A+1T+1L is not perfect, anyway a few seconds after...look how Dai moves and turns his hand at the end of a pose. It will be a great program, whatever it is.

https://twitter.com/moco0611chi/status/1014085993517862912?s=19


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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:34 am

I still have to pinch myself from time to time to make sure it's really happening...

I learned about this worldshaking news in the middle of the night, so after waking up next day, I was almost sure it was only a wonderful, but strange, dream... then I jumped out of the bed and run to the computer for confirmation. Afterwards I spent my Sunday with this stupid-blissful grin on my face (and occasionally, a horror in my eyes) - probably like many Dai fans all over the world. What a shocker Dai has gifted us with!
I will never forget the feelings I had when seeing the headlines for the first time! Thank you Dai-chan.

He has stated his reasons so clearly and beautifully (of course making me cry a few times) that there is nothing left to say, and not a bit of a doubt in his decision for me. (If I had any it was mostly because of the memory of heartbreaking end of Mao's comeback, but I can see now Dai situation is totally different)
I can only say I'm so thrilled to be able to witness his path on competitive ice again. And happy beyond words to see the art of his skating in competition again!
GO DAI-CHAN!!!

Pattina, thank you so much for providing us with all the news and keeping this wonderful place running †I love you
Shyla, Dancergirl, MaiKitty, great to see you all I love you

So, when we going to have a glimpse of Dai's new programs, what do you think? Will he show something on PIW or traditionally it's going to be on FOI?
Just thinking of Friends on Ice and possible new SP makes me so nostalgic and excited bounce sunny

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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:17 pm

First of all: I have just added 2 more links in post with press articles and one more link in post with tweet for today's local tv news with some footage of Dai practicing!! Go and watch!!!

ilica wrote:
I will never forget the feelings I had when seeing the headlines for the first time! Thank you Dai-chan.

Same here!! For last Sunday I had scheduled some house-duties I had postponed for too long (too boring, for instance emptying and cleaning all kitchen's cupboards and similar...). As I always do when I switch my pc on, I had a look at Dai's IG, just in case he had posted a new pic or some instastories. As usual...nothing Evil or Very Mad

Then I noticed Richaud had new instastories. The first was the pic of Dai's website with the announcement. I started shaking, my hands trembling and I was repeating the Italian equivalent of "ohmygodohmygoddaiisbackohmygodheisback" like a mantra lol! while opening Dai's website and reading the news. God bless you, in English!!! too!!

So I logged to Twitter with its flood of tweets, pics, links (and a pm by Nobu) and I let myself go.

Useless to say.... in the following hours I managed to do only 1/3 of scheduled house-works †lol!

Reactions to Dai's comeback

Not only Dai-fans were in turmoil, but all the figure skating world. I try to report here some comments.

Akiko said in tv show (see specific post) "I will support you with all my strength"


Misha Ge (on twitter and FB)

Itís definitely a #HypeDay Today, because Artist back on the field 😌
#D1SK ✨

https://twitter.com/mishageofficial/status/1013367915444305920

Blogger Jackie Wong - Rockerskating on IG - in this pic (thanks to Daisuke Takahashi Road to Sochi) you can read the great words by Aljona Savchenko!!


Hiro san and Taka K. posted the same pic on IG (no hints when it was taken. Dai has his very recent hair-style, though. Look below at Oda's pic). Taka's comment "Daichan Gamba!"


Miki Ando's instastory


Kana Muramoto's instastory


Cheers from Daiki Tanaka, tv commentator with Dai and Nomura san in Rio 2016

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkwa7-ogQ84/?taken-by=daiki.tanaka_1980

This dear fan has collected many instastories from Dai's friends. I don't know all the people, but can recognize Aruka Himai, Kana Muramoto, Miki Ando, Denis Ten, Jo Matsumura



Source † † † † †
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkv9-GBjTT2/?hl=it&taken-by=0312azu

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww...... wonderful pic by Nobu, practicing today with Dai †I love youI love youI love you † English translation thanks to Daisuke Takahashi Road to Sochi

"Good luck! Let's come back together! What the hell?"


Source † https://twitter.com/nobutaro1001/status/1013962799368638464


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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:22 am

Hi Pattina. †Just stopping by to thank you for posting all these links. †I have to say I enjoyed reading the Japan Times article. †I found it to be refreshingly positive. †I love seeing Nobu with Dai. †I wonder if Nobu will really come back, too. †That would be amazing!

Ilica, it's just like the old days to see you here so please join us regularly!
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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:26 pm

So nice to read all the well wishes from Dai's friends and colleagues. His return has really shaken the skating world, he is so loved by everyone.

Hello dear ilica hope all is well with you.

Thanks Pattina for all the info!
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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:20 pm

Yes, Dancergirl, J.Times article is good and highlights the right point: no matter how Dai will place at Nats or how many points he will collect without quads, he will always be an icon to look at, deserving respect.

Anyway, it is not good at all when reporting "anonymous" sources (one of them insisting on quads Evil or Very Mad ). Who could be so coward? Is talking of Dai something to feel ashamed of????

Or is it just a screen the author uses to express his own ideas???? We'll never know.

Reactions to Dai's comeback - part 2

Sarah Tamura (Canadian Junior of Japanese origin)

https://twitter.com/sarahtskates/status/1014358491119509504

Mirai Nagasu on IG "Iím stanning @d1sk_t ís comeback so hard because I could watch his skating all day. Literally sooooooo excited. You excited?"

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkrUe1xHjPF/?hl=it&taken-by=mirainagasu

And on Twitter

How come more people arenít tweeting in English about how excited they are about Daisuke Takahashiís comeback? For real, Iím ready for it.

https://twitter.com/mirai_nagasu/status/1013286882317254656

Takahito Mura with a nice pic of Dai and himself at some formal dinner (Dorky Dai for ever lol! )

https://twitter.com/takahito3211/status/1013263189859946497

IFS Magazine on IG "Great news that Daisuke Takahashi is returning to competition. Were excited! One of the best artistic skaters of our time. #disk_t #japaneseicon #lovedbytheworld #trailblazer #japaneseskating #figureskating #iceskating


https://www.instagram.com/p/BkwIpG6jjw9/?hl=it&taken-by=ifsmagazine

ISU Figure Skating on its official FB page with a nice video (but they forgot some records, such as first Japanese Junior WC, first Japanese GP Final gold, etc...)

This past weekend the #FigureSkating world went crazy over this news of Daisuke Takahashi 🇯🇵.

How excited are you from 😐 to 😆?


https://www.facebook.com/isufigureskating/videos/vb.255007411190874/1956126511078947/?type=2&theater
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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:24 am

Hi Pattina. †I have often not agreed with the writer of the article so that's why I was pleasantly surprised by his opinion. †I tried to ignore the comments by the "alleged coach" about the jumps because the rest of the article was so positive. †If this coach really did say these things perhaps they are feeling threatened because Dai is... well, Dai and no one can top his artistry. †They should also remember that a healthy Dai has a beautiful Triple A and Quads in his back pocket and I am looking forward to seeing all that he has in his bag of tricks!

Thanks so much for all the comments. †One of my recent favourites is the photo of Dai with Mura. †I love Mura and always felt he had so much to offer, seems like a lovely, humble person and was always under-rated by the judges.
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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:17 pm

Added more links in Press post dated 05/07!! Have a look, so many great pics!!

Dai as guest at FujiTV on 02 July, with English subs - thank you so much to kind uploader!!

Dai's face brightens up when he is called again "senshu" I love you I love you I love you

TV people excited and the manager from Numberweb saying that he is more than happy to see again Dai's art on the ice in this era of so many quads.

And the wonderful and lovely Nagamitsu sensei, always at his side (we learn that they usually have a new year's dinner together with family and friends I love you )

https://youtu.be/By7yWU6Tm64

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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:04 am

How could I skip these breathtaking pictures???? Mad Apologize for delay.

From FujiTV's S-PARK on twitter. 01/07 when Dai went to FujiTV's studios. He signed 5 calendars for 5 lucky people.






Source † † https://twitter.com/SPARK_fujitv/status/1013439658221494275
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PostSubject: Re: Dai back to competition!!    Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:40 pm

I love that Dai signed those calendars. †I've always liked him in that white shirt with the tie undone!
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