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Akira Andrea
04-24-2011, 06:32 AM
This is an article in a web news site “ZAKZAK” in Japan.
Translated from Japanese.
With her strongest line-up, Japan aims at gaining the championship of both Men and Ladies. 16 years old Murakami, too, will fascinate the audience.
April 23rd, 2011 JST

The photo:
Photography: By Kyodo
Would Murakami be able to give her name as the new heroine, while the strong contenders, such as Asada, Ando and Yu-Na Kim, stand close side by side?
http://www.zakzak.co.jp/sports/etc_sports/images/20110423/spo1104231550004-p1.jpg

The Worlds will be hosted in Moscow for 6 days from April 25th. To that event which the Tokyo hosting was canceled under the influence of the East Japan Big Earthquake as for, Japan will face to there with her strongest line-up in her history. Following to the last Worlds which Mao Asada (Chukyo University) and Daisuke Takahashi (Kansai Graduate School) stood on the top in, we are filled with expectation about gaining the championship in both Men and Ladies.

As for Ladies, Mao Asada and Miki Ando (Toyota Motor) are the two representative players of Japan. Miki Ando who is a 2007 Worlds champion is conspicuous in the stable feeling of the jump in this season.
Because "her season personal best scores exceeding 200 points in total" and "the result of this season of the 4 victories in 5 competitions" are outstanding, she is the first in the favorites for the championship.

Asada escapes from the slump in the early stage of this season and is in the uptrend now. The key of the championship for two seasons running is the Triple Axel. If she could nail that big skill, she will be able to be absorbed in the competition. The re-competition with the Vancouver Olympics champion Yu-Na Kim (KOR) who returns to the competition after interval of about one year draws everybody's attention, too.

Will 16 year-old Kanako Murakami (Chukyo University Chukyo High School) who is remarkable in the growing be able to stand on the podium with the debut?
Alissa Czisny (USA) who is the GP Final champion is a leading contender, too.

As for Men, Daisuke Takahashi and Patrick Chan (CAN) are conspicuous especially. Chan who did an overwhelming victory to the Japanese power in the GP Final, is used to nailing the quad jump in both the short program and the free skating in this season.
Both players are well-matched as for the expression aspect.
As for Takahashi, the quad jump in FS is anxious element. He must avoid being outdistanced in SP, too.

Japan Nationals champion Takahiko Kozuka (Toyota Motor) participates from the preliminary competition only alone among the Japan Team.
It may become disadvantageous in the aspect of the physical strength but it wants to utilize as the good opportunity as the rehearsal.
Nobunari Oda (Kansai University) is going to challenge to the strong contenders, putting the quad jump in both SP and FS.

The article:
With her strongest line-up, Japan aims at gaining the championship of both Men and Ladies. 16 years old Murakami, too, will fascinate the audience.
http://www.zakzak.co.jp/sports/etc_sports/news/20110423/spo1104231550004-n1.htm