Kaori Sakamoto: “There was a period when I struggled with my inner demons and almost gave up. But now I feel more confident.”
Kaori Sakamoto about her performance at the 2023 World Championships.
source: sports.ru by Maya Bagryantseva
Kaori Sakamoto: I didn’t sleep at all last night; the adrenaline rush was too high yesterday. In the morning I tried to sleep, but it was useless, so I got up and went back to the skating rink.
At night, I reviewed my program two or three times on video and replayed it a million times in my head. I’m terribly frustrated by the mistake on the flip, and I’m surprised that I was able to attach this triple jump at all.
But I often can’t calm down after the competitions; I go over for a long time what I did and how I did it. Each element is in front of the eyes.
I tried to understand why I didn’t get a lot of points on the double axel and what I could do to prevent this from happening again. At the World Championships, the content of the skaters’ routines is not much different; no one makes jumps more difficult than the triple lutz.
This means that the quality of the performance plays an even greater role, and I have to take the maximum GOE for my axel; this is my trump card, I know this.
To be honest, I have more disappointment than happiness. But let’s assume that this will definitely help me in the future.
There was a period when I struggled with my inner demons and almost gave up. It was very difficult for me to compete and train, but I managed and learned to focus on the right things. Now I feel more confident in my abilities.
At the same time, I’m still nervous and worried about everything. Yesterday I was shaking almost the entire program, although I usually leave all my nerves on a six-minute warm-up. So, probably, the failure on the flip happened for a reason.
But I understand that I should take points not only on jumps. Therefore, I now do a lot of dance training, including ballet lessons and different dance styles. I will continue to work in this direction; I like to open up from a new side.
I tried to follow how Russian skaters performed this season, but, of course, I didn’t have time to watch all the performances. I see how many new interesting girls in juniors have appeared there.
When Russian skaters are allowed to compete again, I think it will definitely give me motivation, and I will have to work even harder. I’m looking forward to this moment.
I will have to show my maximum every time in order to compete with them at the same level and fight for the victory.
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