I just love it when skaters show great heart in their performances, and this past weekend at the NHK Trophy, Yukari Nakano did just that.
You could tell that she was not okay with the fact that she was in 5th place after the short program. She was visibly disappointed with herself and felt that she had let her home crowd down.
She took the ice for her free skate, and, not only turned in a brilliant skate, but showed emotion and heart as she did it. At the conclusion of her program she fought back tears as the Japanese crowd rewarded her with tons and tons and tons of gifts. She also secured a Japanese sweep of the podium with her Bronze Medal.
Certainly a job well done...and certainly worth this Pic of the Week.
Here's Yukari's lovely exhibition from NHK to Barbara Streisand's "Somewhere" from West Side Story.