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MR-FAN
03-11-2011, 02:13 AM
:lol: I freakin Love Suguri! do it baby :respec:

ioana
03-11-2011, 02:28 AM
I'm not sure what her chances of making it to Sochi really are, but good for her! I'm just :rollin: about how aggravated some posters seem to be about this. Fumie's a grown woman -more than old enough to know what she wants in life. And, competitive skating is not such a terrible addiction. At least she'll still look hot and way younger than her age when she does decide to retire.


Suguri's sponsor is a pharmaceutical company in Toyama. Looks like its owner is giving money out of some shared feelings toward Suguri.

Interesting...maybe skating will be the way she gets a bf after all -despite her mother's fears :P.


Have any other ladies' singles skaters competed beyond age 30? I believe Miriam Manzano was 30 in her last Worlds and Gimazetdinova just competed at Asian Games at age 30. Even Butyrskaya, Malinina, and Liashenko only competed until age 29.

Miriam just turned 31 before the 2006 Calgary Worlds. If it weren't for the whole suing the ISA/AOC mess to see whether she or Jo Carter could go to Olympics that year, her season would have turned out much better. And, I'm still hoping we haven't seen the last of Gizmo.

Lacey
03-11-2011, 02:37 AM
She's soon going to be getting grey hair.

essence_of_soy
03-11-2011, 02:46 AM
Maybe someone from an obscure ISU nation can marry Ms Suguri, so that she can represent Mongolia or Azerbjean.

casken
03-11-2011, 03:29 AM
She was fifth in the SP at Japanese nationals and that was not that bad. But then in the FS she is having problems with doubling jumps and flutzing. At GPs she was kind of a bottom dweller.

The Nationals judges have been very kind to Fumie for the past 4 years or so.

She's doesn't seem to be getting any "just retire already!" marks from her home judges at least, so I can see why she would continue on.

IceJunkie
03-11-2011, 03:34 AM
:rofl: This is both hilarious and inspiring at the same time! I am totally looking forward to seeing a 33-year-old Suguri competing in 2014. She'll be the Chusovitina of figure skating!

Thing is, though, to the casual fan no one would ever know she was in her thirties. She doesn't look a day over 20.

orbitz
03-11-2011, 03:36 AM
To paraphrase uncle Dick: "Well good for you Fumie Surguri! " :)

judgejudy27
03-11-2011, 03:47 AM
If Suguri was still very competitive like Chusovitina at her age it would make total sense for her to continue. When you are a former 3 time World medalist coming 7th annually at Nationals and 9th in your grand prixs and have no hope of ever making another World team (never mind actually being anywhear near the top 7 or 8 women in the World) and needing to beg for sponsors to dish out some chump change for you to afford to continue, that is a whole other story.

RumbleFish
03-11-2011, 03:52 AM
I wish JFA would offer a job of some kind to Suguri and get her off the ice.

Bonita
03-11-2011, 04:28 AM
I totally respect her as a skater. I disagree with the country-swapping thing. I don't think she would respect herself (no offense to country-swappers). I think her country has treated her like the U.S. has treated Alyssa. Merit for the other stuff.

The only thing that worries me is she stated she's not good at/doesn't like jumping. Even out of Japan, kind of necessary. Not good at it one thing (Sasha), not liking another.

I wish her the best. She is truly a passionate and wonderful skater. I never though Shizuku would win anything, so who knows?

Marco
03-11-2011, 04:29 AM
Did she qualify for funding from her placement at the last Nationals? Did she even qualify for a GP or a international in the coming season?

Good that she has a sponsor, because I honestly don't see her winning much prize money or funding otherwise. Still, IIRC she won a free skate at JPN Nats just 2 seasons ago, so never say never I guess. :shuffle:

Marco
03-11-2011, 04:32 AM
I wish JFA would offer a job of some kind to Suguri and get her off the ice.

Maybe revive the pro circuit now that there are so many internationally acclaimed skaters out of Japan?

If not have Ito and Sato as guest skaters, they can have Arakawa, Suguri, Ota, Onda, Nakano, Asada, Ando, Murakami, Suzuki etc... And on the guys side they can have Honda and the current top 3 etc.

RumbleFish
03-11-2011, 04:51 AM
Maybe revive the pro circuit now that there are so many internationally acclaimed skaters out of Japan?

If not have Ito and Sato as guest skaters, they can have Arakawa, Suguri, Ota, Onda, Nakano, Asada, Ando, Murakami, Suzuki etc... And on the guys side they can have Honda and the current top 3 etc.

I think it's an excellent idea to revive professional skating around Japan. They draw huge audience and TV coverage to cheese fests like Japan Open and Team Competition, so market is definitely there.

Only problem would be finding adequate governing body to commission the pro circuit. I don't see JFA and IMG having interest, as they have too much stake in Olympic eligible competitions. May be Suguri could help her own cause by becoming an entrepreneur and establish the circuit her self?

bardtoob
03-11-2011, 04:55 AM
Good for Fumie. I hope to see more of her.

DBZ
03-11-2011, 05:09 AM
I'm all for Fumie's decision to keep competing, but if she's going to, at least get some better programs.

Her programs the past 3 seasons have sucked big time choreographically.

If you're going to try for Sochi, at least give yourself a sliver of a fighting chance. Goodness knows there are numerous odds against you already; no need to put yourself at an even greater disadvantage.

If she can return to the type of programs she skated in her prime (2002-2006), then at least I'll feel like her effort is out of a geniune desire to compete, instead of a refusal to let go of the past.