Thursday, December 9
Takahashi and Kozuka Collide in Grand Prix Final Practice
We can see in the first clip of the collision that Takahashi has a smile on his face almost immediately after hitting the ice, while poor Kozuka looks terrified and seems to make sure Daisuke is alright. Takahashi's music was playing so he has the right-of-way, but Takahiko obviously didn't do it intentionally. I think he'd wait until AFTER he was done rotating in the air if he was trying to be vicious ;-)
I don't know that I've ever seen a skater rotate RIGHT into someone in a crash. Usually they catch the other person out of the corner of their eye and the result is some wonky fall out to avoid a collision.
Luckily, both skaters are alright and will compete in the short program later tonight. Thanks to Yumiko on Facebook for the link!
at 4:50 PM