● “This is the first time I have acted so convincingly.”
March 25th, Saitama Super Arena. The figure skating world championships, the main rink was full of excitement. Immediately after a free ice dance performance, there was an “eternal moment”.
Daisuke Takahashi (37 years old), who decided on the last gesture, returned to the world view of “The Phantom of the Opera” and his expression was breaking down. Joy, a sense of accomplishment, relief, grief, gratitude, every emotion seemed to come out all at once.
An electric current ran through my whole body, every cell started to make a fuss, and I couldn’t control what was healthy, and I was crying like a child.
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“After three seasons, this is the first time I have been satisfied with the performance.” (Takahashi)
On the other hand, Kanaka Muramoto (30 years old) went to Takahashi, who was kneeling, and patted his shoulder as if to lift him up. It was a very easy rhythm which the partner praised. She cried out as if her cough had been cut off, perhaps because the hug had become a catalyst.
“Finally, I finally did it! There were many things, but it was all connected with meaning.” (Muramoto)
Pink flags and Japanese flags were waved on the stands, creating a scene like cherry blossoms in full bloom. The sense of unity is what the two of them have created. It was a miraculous moment.
The scene of the two embracing each other at the ice rink will be etched in history.