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Japan Skates’ interview with Yuki Nishino – All Japan Championships, Osaka, December 26, 2009

You may recall Japan Skates’ extensive interview with Yuki Nishino last August. Yuki was a top junior skater about to enter a transitional year into senior. She had been training in Toronto and was competing at (and went on to win) the Figure Skating Boutique Summer Skate in Thornhill, Ontario, near Toronto.

Japan Skates attended the All-Japan Championships in Osaka in December, and we were able to arrange a brief interview with Yuki immediately following her short program. Yuki skated strongly, finishing 14th in the short program. She would go on to finish 16th overall in the always-competitive Nationals.

This brief interview served as an opportunity for us to catch up with Yuki and see if some of her hopes for this season had been realized.

JS: Yuki, thanks for doing the interview. We had to leave the rink to get backstage… what was your score in the short program?

YN: It was 53.26 (she finished in 14th place in the SP).

JS: That’s strong! You were struggling with your combination in practice, but it was very good in the performance.

YN: In practice, I could not do my combination at all, but I was very happy when I did it at the competition. Listen to Yuki

JS: Do you feel good about your short program?

YN: Yes… (she nodded).

JS: You did, OK! What happened with the Axel?

YN: Hmmm… I was a bit unfocused… I could not concentrate in the program. It hasn’t been so good in competition. I was anxious… I felt anxious before the competition. Listen to Yuki

JS: This season, you finished second at the JGP Belarus, sixth at JGP Turkey and then fourth at the Ondrej Nepala Memorial at the senior level. Are you happy with your results this season?

YN: Hmmm… I was totally satisfied with the result of the Junior Grand Prix… not so satisfied with the results of the other two.

JS: Are you going to come back to Toronto this year? Are you going to continue training in both places?

YN: I haven’t committed yet.

JS: Is this the end of your season? Are you going to compete any more?

YN: I don’t know yet… a lot will depend on the results of this competition.

JS: You told me in August that your goal for this season was to rediscover your joy in skating. Have you done that in the last few months?

YN: Compared to last year, I’ve enjoyed it much more.

JS: You told me that, when you compete against Mao and other skaters, you feel that they skate in a “different world”. Do you still feel that way after this season in senior?

YN: The way to concentrate, to make themselves focus, of Mao and the others - I think that is amazing. They know the points to concentrate, even in practice, and really focus in the competition. I would like to do it that way.

JS: Are you going to be more relaxed and less anxious for your long program tomorrow?

YN: Today I made some mistakes, but tomorrow in my free program, I would like to succeed in all the elements. I was looking forward to this competition so much… so I would like to enjoy it a lot.

JS: Last question! The last time I met you, you had just finished writing your high school exams. How did those go?

YN: So so! (laughs)

JS: Thanks so much for the interview! We hope to see you again soon.

YN: Thank you!

Japan Skates would like to thank Yuki for her time. She had just come off the ice when we held this interview, and immediately afterwards she was interviewed by Japanese press in the Mix Zone. Special thanks to her agent, Japan Sports Marketing Inc., for setting up this interview at short notice (interviews are hard to get at the All-Japan!), and to Yumi Navarro for helping translate this interview via e-mail.

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