Leoben

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  1. I may be misremembering, but I believe there was an interview where he said something to that effect, that he was still dealing with covid symptoms even though he "recovered" a while ago. If long COVID can be such a burden to regular-bodied people, I can't even imagine what it must be like for someone that weighs nearly 170kg and has poor cardio.
  2. I feel sorry for Teru. After last year I was convinced that he was going to win 3-4 tournaments in 2022 but it looks like he really gave everything he had to earn his promotion and his body hasn't recovered from it.
  3. I did not expect Hoshoryu to win that match, what a pleasant surprise. It's cool to see he now has the strength to go up against the big guys and not get overpowered immediately. I think the change in his physique has been very noticeable in the last couple of tournaments. He looks a lot chunkier now than he did a year ago, but he's put on weight the right way. His whole body is thicker and more muscular, it's not all in his gut.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Would be terrible for his marketing, he's got one of the most unique names in the sport. I'm certain he'd lose fans if he ever did this.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    What a tournament. If anyone put actual money on Wakatakakage winning they must be extremely happy right now. 9-6 at M1 and 12-3Y at Sekiwake means he's on an Ozeki run right? In theory he'd need another 12 in May to seal the deal, but is there a chance they ask him for another good result because of inexperience at the upper levels? Counting this tournament and May, we will have only held a Sanyaku rank for 3 tournaments before potentially earning his Ozeki promotion, which feels like very little. I don't know what the historical precedents are, but could this be one of those "show us more" cases? (assuming he gets 11-12 wins) Other than the unexpected winner, very happy that the other golden boy got his KK on the last day and we'll get to see him stay in Sanyaku.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    So happy to have sumo to watch again. I think it was mostly because Hos made it easy for him, but after the last two basho it feels good to see Teru charging forward and attacking instead of his recent defensive sumo. I wonder if we're going to see changes to his approach after January's fiasco. I think this may be Shodai's last tournament at Ozeki. Any bets on whether he holds his rank? I'm saying no.
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    Hi!

    Hi everyone! I'm a long-time lurker, first-time poster from Barcelona by way of NY. I got into sumo in March 2020 right as we were entering Covid lockdown and have been hooked ever since. The thing that grabbed me and struck as me as so unique about sumo is how rikishi always appear stoic and measured in everything they do, but their aggression shines through in little flashes, like in the staredown during the pre-match rituals, or how they walk (or run) to their corner with a swagger. I love Asashoryu because his whole persona was so cool to watch, he projected dominance and intimidated his opponents with those little gestures. I look forward to being a member of the community and learning more about Sumo from the more veteran fans on the forum.
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    Hi!

    Thanks! And I think I may have written that backwards haha I'm from NY but currently live in Barcelona.
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    Takakeisho can use Swimming Thrusts once per long rest. After using Swimming Thrusts, Takakeisho takes one level of exhaustion. I wonder if this is going to be a repeat of Hatsu 2021, where it looked like he put on a lot of extra weight and he lost all of his power and what little endurance he had, or if he's simply been unlucky these first few days. In his first match he won very convincingly and looked really strong, but the next two have been pretty bad.
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    TORCHBEARER 2022: invitation, rules, and your picks

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