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Aussie Willy
05-17-2011, 02:37 AM
FWIW I have seen this a lot too, with younger adult skaters who are just getting into adult competition. Once they figure out that adult skating is fun and supportive, and you don't have to be a beeyotch to your competitors, they dial it down. And most of them end up appreciating the more relaxed atmosphere and enjoying it a lot more.


I have known of a few skaters who are probably never going to be national level competitors. But they relish the opportunity to compete in adult divisions because they like that the pressure has been taken off and they can just enjoy skating.

On the other hand, a few people who took the sport up as adults, from a judging and adminstrative point of view, have been the most difficult to deal with. Because if things aren't done right they complain to the hilt.

midori
05-17-2011, 02:47 AM
A few month ago Midori was on TV. There she landed a 2A and did a long fast scratch spin.

WayCon
05-17-2011, 05:44 AM
Midori Ito appeared in a skating show in Japan, maybe two years ago--DOI or SOI, I forget. She did barely complete a double Axel, but, in practice, she just about killed herself: she fell hard. Even after she completed her jump, she smiled and started hitting herself on the sides of the head to say, "I know I'm crazy." I'm all for her, but I doubt she has a triple. I'll see if I can dig up that video.

Aussie Willy
05-17-2011, 06:18 AM
Triple Schmiple - if she can still do a double axel in her forties, or is even just going for it, that is still pretty amazing.

MR-FAN
05-17-2011, 06:46 AM
Triple Schmiple - if she can still do a double axel in her forties, or is even just going for it, that is still pretty amazing.

And not just any 2-axel, a Midori 2-axel (TM)

sarah009
05-17-2011, 12:36 PM
Midori's 2A at Prince Ice World 2009 :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEF7N93q0KA

WayCon
05-17-2011, 03:51 PM
Midori's 2A at Prince Ice World 2009 :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEF7N93q0KA

That's what I saw, but taken from another angle. She just barely held on to that landing. During the practices, though, her falls looked dangerous.

Then again, maybe, with more training, she'll lose some weight, and her jumps will shape up. I'm sure we all wish her the best.

Doubletoe
05-17-2011, 07:50 PM
Midori's 2A at Prince Ice World 2009 :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEF7N93q0KA

Not bad. Looks like she just pulled her arms in a little too early and that made her drop her right shoulder. There are probably some timing habits she's having to break on her 2A after doing the 3A for so long.

Jenna
05-17-2011, 09:35 PM
Shaby from the US is quite good. She might have some competition..;)

essence_of_soy
05-18-2011, 03:51 AM
Shaby from the US is quite good. She might have some competition..;)

I was about to say the same thing.
Here is a clip of Natalie in action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bemMKUp2A10

caro-ira
05-19-2011, 12:51 PM
It's such wonderful news! I'm so happy for Midori, a legend is back on ice!

My happiness is such that I can't express it with words. Just wonderful!

YukiNieve
06-02-2011, 01:19 PM
Midori Ito had a press conference about her participation for this adult competition on June 2.

According to this article, Midori plans to include triple jumps in her performance.
She can still do 2 types of triples (the article does not say which ones).

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/f-sp-tp0-20110602-784807.html

"My skills and techniques are not as high (as they use to be), but I'd like to show the joy of skating by enjoying staking myself. I will do my best."

"Of course I cannot jump 3A, but I'd like to compete with quality - with good jumps and quality skate."

She will skate to Whisper of the River, a piano piece played by a blind pianist, Nobuyuki Tsujii.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBcGAt3pSNY

sarah009
06-02-2011, 02:14 PM
I am looking forward to seeing her skating!:) Any streaming??
And I found her new video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOc7EUfvdpc&NR=1

skatesindreams
06-02-2011, 02:54 PM
She will skate to Whisper of the River, a piano piece played by a blind pianist, Nobuyuki Tsujii.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBcGAt3pSNY

Nobuyuki Tsuji was the co-Gold Medalist at the 2009 Cliburn International Piano Competition:
http://www.cliburn.org/index.php?page=winner_detail&compID=149

He composed "Whisper on the River"

Sylvia
06-02-2011, 03:40 PM
Nice to see Ito's comeback mentioned in this brief Associated Press newswire article: http://www.universalsports.com/news-blogs/article/newsid=535635.html

The 41-year-old Japanese said at a news conference Thursday that "figure skating isn't just a sport for young people."

"People of all ages should try, and in that spirit I decided to compete in this tournament," the 1992 Olympic silver medalist said.