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4月15日号 羽生選手、世界選手権逆転V フリー歴代最高点

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comeback
逆転勝ち
pull off
やってのける、成功させる
boost to ~
~への後押し
bid
努力、試み(後出 attempt は試みる)
retain
保持する
land
着氷する(ここでは決める。後出 landing は着氷)
quadruple
4回転の(後出 quad は4回転〈の〉)
finish in second place
2位になる
beam
(ここでは)笑顔をはじけさせる
foreshadow
前兆となる
Pyeongchang
平昌
clean
完璧な(後出は完璧に)
piece
ultimately
最終的に、結局
vow to ~
~すると誓う
venture outside of oneself
自分自身の殻を破る
relentless
容赦のない
march
進化、発展
final six skaters
最終グループで滑る選手(ショートプログラムの成績上位6人)のこと
awkward
ぎこちない

Golden Comeback   

Hanyu Yuzuru, 22, pulled off a remarkable comeback to win the world figure skating title on April 1, a boost to his bid to retain his Olympic title next year.

    Hanyu was fifth after the short program but produced a world‐record free skate score of 223.20 points, landing four quadruple jumps, for a winning total of 321.59.

    Japan's Uno Shoma finished in second place with a personal best of 319.31 points, breaking past 200 points for the first time in the free skate with a score of 214.45.

    In his free skate, Hanyu pulled off a high‐risk, high scoring quadruple salchow‐triple toe loop combination for the first time this season, and beamed when his record‐breaking score was displayed.

    "After the short program, I was quite depressed. I was so deeply depressed," he said. "But the fans and the team believed in me."

    Still, Hanyu suggested his struggles in the short program on March 30 could foreshadow problems at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

    "I still feel it's very difficult for me to produce two clean programs," he said. "Toward the Olympic season, it's important to skate clean both in the short and the free."

    In the free program, Hanyu skated to "Hope & Legacy," a calm piece that risked a lack of excitement without a top performance. He considered changing the music during the season because he was unable to skate clean to earn a high score, but ultimately vowed to pull off all of his jumps, and did so in the most important tournament.

    This season, Hanyu says he got caught up focusing on the world record scores that he holds, and was afraid. But at the world championships, he ventured outside of himself, he says.

    The free skate on April 1 illustrated the relentless march in men's figure skating toward even more quad jumps, which demand huge power and control from a skater.

    At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the gold medal went to a skater without a single quad. On April 1, the final six skaters attempted 24 quad jumps among them - with three falls and a few more awkward landings. The best skater without a quad was 12th.

    (Compiled from AP and Mainichi reports)

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