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MR-FAN
06-14-2011, 02:03 AM
Midori's performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUljJwPaJKo&feature=channel_video_title

OMG, I teared twice... when she landed the axel (I was sooo freakin proud and happy for her. She must have done it soo many times in preparation for this competition, and I was so glad she didn't miss it) and when she ever so slightly bowed her head to the audience at the end as they were rising to their feet. A Legend came back for the pure joy of skating, and the joy it gave me throughout those 4 minutes I won't forget. ever. Thank you Midori, from an unbelievably huge fan of yours, for another breathtakingly amazing and inspiring performance to add to your hopefully never-ending resume. I love you.

The way she waved her hands to everyone in the audience as she was leaving the ice, it's like she's a teenager again after a flawless performance :wuzrobbed: no amount of time will take away or diminish her trademark effervescent personality. One in a million Midori, one in a million.

sarah009
06-14-2011, 02:15 PM
I found another video, taken from a different angle :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wEv7WqpMEo

Nan
06-14-2011, 04:28 PM
I found another video, taken from a different angle :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wEv7WqpMEo

Wonderful! Thank you. :)

overedge
06-27-2011, 10:59 PM
Bumped: for those who wanted to see it, here is Jan Calnan's program (the one that beat Midori's).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGKeXkruxRM&feature=share

viennese
06-27-2011, 11:45 PM
Thrilled to see Midori Ito skate again. She's amazing, the lift she gets on her axels. How cool to see her give adult comps a try.

skateboy
06-28-2011, 01:32 AM
Bumped: for those who wanted to see it, here is Jan Calnan's program (the one that beat Midori's).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGKeXkruxRM&feature=share

Thank you. Jan skated very nicely.

all_empty
06-28-2011, 01:57 AM
Lovely performances by both Jan and Midori. Both women should be very proud.

bardtoob
06-28-2011, 04:56 AM
Bumped: for those who wanted to see it, here is Jan Calnan's program (the one that beat Midori's).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGKeXkruxRM&feature=share

I really enjoyed that. Thanks :)

Morelli
06-28-2011, 11:54 AM
I don't know if it is the camera angle, or the longer skirt than when she was amateur, but Midori looks much taller and thinner than she did.

Lovely to see her still enjoying skating so much. I remember seeing the Protopopovs on Grindlewald rink in the 80s, just looking like they were in heaven simply doing edges and single axels. That is what skating should be about.

Sylvia
06-28-2011, 10:25 PM
Ottawa Citizen article (June 28, 2011) about Jan Calnan: Out-leaping the Jumping Flea: Greely skater eclipses Japanese legend to win world masters title (http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/leaping+Jumping+Flea/5014544/story.html)

She was released as an athlete by Skate Canada earlier this year so she could compete with American pairs partner Mark Stanford in U.S. Figure Skating Association masters competitions. There are no masters pairs meets in Canada.

"I had no expectations of being able to beat Midori Ito," Calnan said in an e-mail interview. "She's Midori Ito, after all."

Even after skating her best and earning a best-ever score, Calnan said she was shocked and, even felt a bit guilty, to learn she had beaten Ito.

"When someone pointed out that I had a higher score than Midori, I couldn't believe it," she wrote. "Then I felt guilty about it. You're not supposed to win against an icon. I still feel a bit guilty, but I am coming to terms with it all."

orbitz
06-28-2011, 10:34 PM
I think Midori definitely held back, or she purposedly didn't want to do too much. I mean look at the 2A that she did. Except for the relative lack of speed coming in and out, the jump had as much height and almost as much power as her younger days. So there was no reason for her not to put it a bunch of 2-2s if she really wanted to do it and trained for it. I mean Jan skated very well for herself too, but I wouldn't make too much about her "beating" Ito.

Aussie Willy
06-28-2011, 11:45 PM
I think Midori definitely held back, or she purposedly didn't want to do too much. I mean look at the 2A that she did. Except for the relative lack of speed coming in and out, the jump had as much height and almost as much power as her younger days. So there was no reason for her not to put it a bunch of 2-2s if she really wanted to do it and trained for it. I mean Jan skated very well for herself too, but I wouldn't make too much about her "beating" Ito.
Having seen both programs, Jan won fair and square. That was a really good program and very well skated.

From what I read here, it seems as if both skaters displayed fantastic sportsmanship and humility and in the end the result really doesn't matter. It is about people getting out there and giving it a go. Who really cares about what "could" have been.

overedge
06-29-2011, 12:28 AM
I think Midori definitely held back, or she purposedly didn't want to do too much. I mean look at the 2A that she did. Except for the relative lack of speed coming in and out, the jump had as much height and almost as much power as her younger days. So there was no reason for her not to put it a bunch of 2-2s if she really wanted to do it and trained for it.

Well, one reason might be that the category she was in has restrictions on the number of jump elements and combinations.
Here's the competition announcement. The rules for elite masters free skating are on page 6 if you want to look at them.
http://www.sportcentric.com/vsite/vfile/page/fileurl/0,11040,4844-203264-220487-168338-0-file,00.pdf

VIETgrlTerifa
06-29-2011, 12:48 AM
Well, Midori didn't do as many jump passes as Jan Calnan as was stated earlier. Apparently Midori did 6 elements to Jan's 11.


Calnan, 45, performed seven jump elements, which included two in combination and one with three jumps in a combination. Ito, 41, landed a smooth textbook double Axel, two other tentative individual jumps, but no combinations.


That accounted for Calnan winning, so saying she "eclipsed" a Japanese legend is a bit much. However, Calnan should be proud of her accomplishment and she gave a great performance.

Artifice
06-30-2011, 12:50 PM
I think Midori definitely held back, or she purposedly didn't want to do too much. I mean look at the 2A that she did. Except for the relative lack of speed coming in and out, the jump had as much height and almost as much power as her younger days. So there was no reason for her not to put it a bunch of 2-2s if she really wanted to do it and trained for it. I mean Jan skated very well for herself too, but I wouldn't make too much about her "beating" Ito.

Absolutely ! Midori did very few elements compared to Jan, and Midori's PCS were much higher than Jan's. Had Midori tried a little more she would have beaten Jan easily. So, there is no "guilty" feeling to have since they didn't compete the same way, Midori being of course the better skater.