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floskate
04-12-2011, 07:23 AM
Wheeeeee this is too cool! What is the usual technical standard in ladies for this competition? I know she came out of retirememnt to skate a few shows with Prince Ice World a couple of years ago and got her double axel back but afaik she didn't do any triples. But if she's seriously training and her body can hold out, she'd surely be able to get back triple toe and sal at least! Aww I love her so much, such a legend :respec: :cheer:

essence_of_soy
04-12-2011, 07:35 AM
Wheeeeee this is too cool! What is the usual technical standard in ladies for this competition? I know she came out of retirememnt to skate a few shows with Prince Ice World a couple of years ago and got her double axel back but afaik she didn't do any triples. But if she's seriously training and her body can hold out, she'd surely be able to get back triple toe and sal at least! Aww I love her so much, such a legend :respec: :cheer:

The standard can be pretty high.

I know a few years ago, an American skater, Natalie Shaby, skated on the adult / masters level with double jumps up to and including the double axel. She reminds me a lot of Lisa Marie Allen. Natalie, I believe, is in her 40s as well. So, that makes her achievements even more impressive.

Here's a clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bemMKUp2A10) of her in action.

paskatefan
04-12-2011, 09:45 AM
Love this news! :encore:

Triple Butz
04-12-2011, 10:10 AM
So wish I could compete there this year. I'd be proud to say I lost to Midorit Ito. :lol:

Whatever, I could take her. :slinkaway she is competing in the men's event, no?

Marco
04-12-2011, 11:01 AM
Are Midori and Ito common names in Japan? :shuffle: I am asking this before I get too excited....

Bring back Witt, Ito, Yama, Harding, Chen and Sato! :cheer:

hanca
04-12-2011, 11:17 AM
Are Midori and Ito common names in Japan? :shuffle: I am asking this before I get too excited....

Bring back Witt, Ito, Yama, Harding, Chen and Sato! :cheer:

It doesn't have to be common name. Maybe someone so much wanted to be her that she changed her name to Midori Ito. Easy, quick and about 30 through Deed poll.

nirti
04-12-2011, 11:32 AM
I didn't knew that former "international" skaters had the right to take part in the ISU Adult circuit?

antmanb
04-12-2011, 12:15 PM
I didn't knew that former "international" skaters had the right to take part in the ISU Adult circuit?

I think the only bar to entry is if you have qualified for your country's standard national championships in the season leading up to the adult championships. There are also minimum and maximum age requirements.

midori
04-12-2011, 02:03 PM
Are Midori and Ito common names in Japan? :shuffle: I am asking this before I get too excited....
Both are common, but not that common. I have not met any other Midori Ito.


Bring back Witt, Ito, Yama, Harding, Chen and Sato! :cheer:

Perhaps adult competition should employ team event! :D

os168
04-12-2011, 02:16 PM
I personally think they should consider create a new Champion's Championship for skating popularity's sake.

To qualify you just have to be an ex champion. No age restrictions except you must have been retired for more than 3 years. Maybe be relax the rules and just make it freestyle with no technical restrictions. Just make it fun and showmanship. Mark should be awarded to artistry as well as technicality, just like dances with the stars.

It would totally bring all the old sentimental fans and favourites back.

Skittl1321
04-12-2011, 02:19 PM
Apparently Midori is 144cm tall.

Wow! That is tiny.

Finally a figure skater I'd be taller than :) I was surprised how tall Alissa Czisny was when I met her, and most people think she's short.

Can't wait to see how this competiton goes, if she really does compete- that's just so cool.

Doubletoe
04-12-2011, 06:48 PM
I thought this meant a return to amateur competition lol
Well, this is an ISU-sanctioned competition, so it is technically a return to amateur competition. :)


The standard can be pretty high.

I know a few years ago, an American skater, Natalie Shaby, skated on the adult / masters level with double jumps up to and including the double axel. She reminds me a lot of Lisa Marie Allen. Natalie, I believe, is in her 40s as well. So, that makes her achievements even more impressive.

Here's a clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bemMKUp2A10) of her in action.

Yes, at 47, Natalie is still landing two :kickass: 2A's in her program. She is originally from Canada, where she was a national silver medalist at the Junior level.

aliceanne
04-12-2011, 09:24 PM
I didn't knew that former "international" skaters had the right to take part in the ISU Adult circuit?

I thought age was the only requirement for adult competition.

In the U.S. adult skaters have 2 categories adult and masters. Adult is aimed at skaters who actually start testing as adults (the levels pre-bronze to gold are equivalent to pre-preliminary to juvenile in the standard series). The adult series has limitations on the moves that can be done in competition (no triple jumps for one thing). This is where recreational skaters would compete.

The masters category is for people who have already or want to take the standard tests (pre-preliminary to senior). I saw an article in the USFSA magazine recently about a former national competitor who is now a coach and competes as an adult in the masters category. He still has triple jumps. Lloyd Eisler was planning on doing adult competition. Doesn't Donald Jackson also do it?

Midori would be competing against former competitive skaters not recreational skaters. It's possible that a younger skater could have a competitive advantage due to age and more recent training at the difficult elements. I'm sure they'd love the chance to find out.

ks777
04-12-2011, 10:44 PM
Go Midori!! Yes Midori Ito is a very common name in japan.

steve skater
04-12-2011, 10:49 PM
This ISU adult event has a "Masters Elite" category for former elite competitive skaters.
In 2008 Michael Hopfes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hopfes) competed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW3MB-zleX0).
In 2007, Luc Bradet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc_Bradet) competed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_HQZ3yLqEs). IIRC, he initially entered the master elite category for singles but was told that since he had competed only at the pairs level, he did not qualify for the master elite category for singles!
In 2006 Shin Amano (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shin_Amano) competed.
And Natalie Shaby, former Canadian junior silver medalist as mentioned, has competed here several times.

In 2006, Don Jackson (who supplied the Team Canada jackets to his country's competitors) performed an exhibition program (which was great to watch!).