As viscerally horrific as it is to watch a skater tumble, it also proves useful. I, for one, do not understand all the technicalities and points – but I know what hitting the ground means.
Takahashi Daisuke-kun came away with bronze, the first Japanese male to win an Olympic medal.
For the pair skating last week, I thought at first there was no Japanese team to get excited about. But there was a Russian pair with a lady named… Kawaguchi Yuko? Looking her up, it seems she changed citizenship because there are no male pair skaters in Japan, or perhaps just none that are tall enough for the lifts. Despite her name now being Юко Кавагути, Japan is quick to treat her as one of their own on the news – when she does well.
And then there’s sixteen-year-old Mirai Nagasu, whose parents immigrated from Japan and now own a sushi restaurant in California. She has dual-citizenship, which should be interesting when she turns twenty-two and has to choose between one or the other:
(My goodness, those announcers are annoying.)