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Otabek Altin’s Flight from Inferiority – OWLS YOI Post

Сәлем! Gorgeous ladies and gentlemen!

It’s my turn for this month’s OWLS blog tour focusing on the anime, Yuri!!! On Ice!

OWLS Blog tour theme for February
OWLS Blog tour theme for February

 

@Kat13Sade did a nice post about the Diversity and Normalization of LGBTQ Community from the last stop, so in case you missed it, feel free to take a quick detour and share your thoughts about her post.

For those who are reading this part, then let’s get moving and set our attention to this post’s focus,

OTABEK ALTIN

A quick look at Otabek’s background:

He’s popularized as Kazakhstan’s hero having been able to exhibit stellar achievements in figure skating across different competitions (bronze at Worlds, silver at Skate America and gold at the NHK Trophy).

Prior to his rise in popularity, Otabek had his own share of hardships during his younger years. He trained under Yakov (Yurio’s present coach) in Russia before moving to America and Canada all for the sake of becoming  better.

The Shackles of Inferiority

I dare say Otabek did feel inferior.  He knew at a young age that there were more talented ice skaters around the world – natural talents who were groomed to become their generation’s next champions.

His home country wasn’t particularly a powerhouse in the sport too. Compared to Russia and Canada, Kazakhstan was quite an underdog candidate to grab the top coveted six spots for the finals held in Barcelona.

In the series, it seemed like Otabek was the very first Kazakh representative who managed to secure a spot for the competition.

This wouldn’t have been possible if he allowed the initial feelings of inferiority to destroy his morale and love for the sport. Whereas others might have given up on their dream, Otabek faced reality head on and make-do of the resources and time he had to practice, practice and practice.

Yuri Plisetsky as Otabek’s unspoken, welcome insecurity  – #GOALS

Can you imagine Otabek on social media?

Because I can.

I’m seeing him on Twitter and Instagram posting Yurio’s graceful gifs and photos using  #GOALS #IceSkatingMotivation with sunglasses emoji on the caption.

Thankfully, he doesn’t share Pichit’s social media swag.

We’ve seen a quick flashback on how they first met – with Yurio and his ballet posture that could shame us all and Otabek’s stark admiration to the younger Russian prodigy.

Otabek hasn’t said anything about it directly, but in one way or another, the sight of Yurio in all his innocent gracefulness at a very young age spurred a feeling of insecurity for what Otabek never had – natural skills.

But apparently, he was already cool when he was a kid. His awareness of their skill difference didn’t affect his perception of his self-worth.

Otabek be like:

Fine. He’s better at this.  But this is not yet over. Now moving on.

He might have not bagged any medal during the finals, but the fact that he ranked higher than Pichit and Cris is something you can’t just ignore given the two’s stellar performances and skills. That, in itself, is already a huge achievement.

So what can this outcome mean for Otabek?

  1. Satisfaction & continued pursuit to become better
  2. Increased ambition bordering to greed

Given his healthy friendship with Yurio and the rest, I’m seeing him taking the path of the first probable scenario, but then again, you can never tell.

After all, one can’t simply underestimate the hunger of a skilled competitor to be recognized as number 1.

For bloggers, dreamers, OWLS

I can’t speak for everyone but I bet we all have had that moment when we felt inferior or insecure about something we want to have or do but just can’t.

Scenarios like…

“I want to stick to the three-times-a-week blog publishing schedule!”  – But who am I kidding? It’s not feasible with my schedule.

“We can do it. I’m optimistic.”  – Actually, I’m not sure.

“I should probably write a Viktor and Yuri-centered topic for February blog tour post. It’s Valentine’s after all.”  – YOU HAVE OPTIONS, Venus! And you like Otabek so what are you talking about?

I mean, Otabek’s character is highly relatable at some point. But unlike him, not everyone can immediately decide to do something and pursue it at all cost. And I’m not saying we all should. We all have our own, distinct reasons.

But…

FLIGHT is a course open to anyone. It’s not exclusive to a certain group, nationality, beliefs or gender and is not dependent on resource availability or geographical advantage.

Otabek never allowed his circumstance to dictate the course of his career. He accepted what he can’t have and worked with what he had.

I guess we could learn a thing or two from that.

And that ends my blog entry for OWLS February tour! Naja B. is up next on the 20th so stay tuned!

If you missed the previous ones or want to mark your calendars for the rest of the entries this month, here’s the full list of schedule.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Сау болыңыз!

P.S.

I actually took Buzzfeed’s Yuri!!! On Ice quiz last December and look who I got!

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…Explains why my ultimate bias is Yuri Plisetsky. LOL! 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Otabek Altin’s Flight from Inferiority – OWLS YOI Post”

  1. Otabek is one character I really wanted to see have more screen time. This feeling was only reinforced when I rewatched the series. While most of the characters I felt gave us enough to really get a feel for them, he’s still a bit of a mystery other than his obvious dedication to self-improvement.
    Great post and thanks for sharing.

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      1. This is one I am almost certain will get a second season. I’m not sure it needed one (given I’m perfectly happy with the story we got), but I’m going to be thrilled to see these characters again so I’ll just be happy about it.

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  2. Great post, Venus! Otabek is a character that quietly charming and he made a lasting impression on me with the how powerful his limited presence in the narrative was.

    His struggle and success is loudly implied rather than shoved in our faces and you’re absolutely right that he’s quite an inspiring figure.

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  3. I remember your Buzzfeed character results, but I think you did a great job in choosing one of the secondary characters to focus on. I love Otabek. He’s such a quiet and unassuming, but a surprisingly strong presence in the series. I admire his strength of mind when dealing with what could’ve been overwhelmingly talented skaters surrounding him. But he just focused on himself, improving on his skills, and creating his own style in the process. He’s not emulating others, he’s skating for himself and I love that. I wish I could be as strong as him. I want to be as mentally strong as him. He’s awesome. I think that inferiority complex is a major theme throughout Yuri on Ice. Yuri suffers with it to a great cost, even Yurio to some degree. Otabek briefly felt it but didn’t let it get him down. He’s actually stronger than Yuri. He just continued what he was doing. Great post, Venus. Keep up the great work. Cheers!

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