Extracts & translation:
"Its not just the recent injury. Since last season I have been experiencing pain in my right foot which has constantly bothered me. Unconsciously, I have been protecting this foot and it has affected my body’s balance…"
"I don’t want to go for treatment anymore."
His expression softening, he continued-
"Therefore, now, after the end of the Olympics, there’s a great sense of relief. Until now I’ve been going for treatment daily, there’s been anxiety and my head felt constantly cluttered but its clear now and I feel relieved. Its empty now. Its been a long time since I was in such a state of mind."
"I’m glad I continued skating until now."
He said this calmly, quietly.
"Because I continued till now, my skating has been able to improve. When I view my past performances in my free time I can really see ‘Ah, I’ve become a better skater’, besides the jumps my skating has continued to improve. Every year, I’ve also been able to encounter good programmes.
And, from my heart I have really felt the support from many people. If I had retired after winning a medal 4 years ago, perhaps I would have been able to go on without experiencing defeat in Sochi, perhaps I would not have these thoughts of regret and embarrassment at finishing in the lowest position among the Japanese men. Still, I think it’s good that I continued. Really, its good to have continued.”
Like the sound of the rain outside, Takahashi’s words were spoken calmly with a peaceful expression.