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tkaug
12-24-2012, 04:25 AM
I'm so glad to see Yukari Nakano having interviews with Mao and Akiko!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRdnb9HIaX0

Marco
12-24-2012, 04:31 AM
With Hanyu, Takahashi, Kozuka, Machida, Mura and Oda all skating well at the GPs, I wish the Federation would at least spread the assignments around. Oda missing out on a 4CC spot after coming in 3rd in the free and narrowly missing the podium seems quite unfortunate. Hoping Kozuka a speedy recovery.

Jeschke
12-24-2012, 10:46 AM
I'm so glad to see Yukari Nakano having interviews with Mao and Akiko!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRdnb9HIaX0

:cheer2: yukari :cheer2:

kittyjake5
12-24-2012, 02:38 PM
Deleted. Wrong link.

Sylvia
12-24-2012, 03:02 PM
Dai's Exhibition Skate at Medalist on Ice Gala with Mambo encore. Fabulous performance to live orchestra!
Here's Daisuke Takahashi's exhibition skate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVL900snjws

Other "Medalist on Ice" performances (so far):

Mao Asada: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucvuig-WS9s

Yuzuru Hanyu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFKe8aliMmo

Kanako Murakami: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYJv6lB_Sgc

Akiko Suzuki: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7H6sqBu1ds

Takahito Mura: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfVLgLx2Y30

Finale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkpgFscTIeQ

Lambiel was the invited guest performer.
http://www.onice.jp/

kittyjake5
12-24-2012, 03:54 PM
Thanks Sylvia I was in such a rush when I posted. I deleted the link.

maureenfarone
12-24-2012, 05:29 PM
I am also heartbroken for Kozuka. Since he is injured probably the best thing is for him to heal....not try and train through the injury for 4CC or Worlds (JMO). He need to come back strong and healthy for next season if he wants to make the World/Olympic team in this deep field.

I am also very sad for Akiko since I love her skating. She is going to Worlds and 4CC so that is a good thing. I am really puzzled about her season. Early on she had a lot of problems with the SP and rocked the FS. Now, she seems to be doing fine with the SP and having major problems with the FS. Since I don't read or understand Japanese I wonder if she has an injury which is causing her trouble with the 3Flip? It seems so odd that GPF and here it was such a problem for her. It would be great if she does well at 4CC and Worlds. I hope she continues on to 2014!

skate65
12-24-2012, 07:22 PM
I can't believe that they didn't assign Oda to 4CC as he skated well at Skate Canada and came 3rd. At Rostelcom he came back with a great long placing 2nd in the long and he came 3rd in the long at japanese nationals. This seems very harsh. The depth is unique. I am very disappointed. These skaters work so hard, sacrifice so much and at any other nationals Oda and Kozuka would have made the world team.

Jeschke
12-24-2012, 11:04 PM
I am also very sad for Akiko since I love her skating. She is going to Worlds and 4CC so that is a good thing. I am really puzzled about her season. Early on she had a lot of problems with the SP and rocked the FS. Now, she seems to be doing fine with the SP and having major problems with the FS. !


being fine means 3t2t?
thatīs not fine for a current worlds bronze medalist and wannebe real contender for 2013/14 world and olympic medals.

maureenfarone
12-25-2012, 01:07 AM
being fine means 3t2t?
thatīs not fine for a current worlds bronze medalist and wannebe real contender for 2013/14 world and olympic medals.

Akiko has never been a real consistent skater. This season at Skate Canada she was 5th in SP and 1st in FS and Overall 2. At NHK she was 5th in SP 1st in FS and Overall 2. Then, at the GPF she was 3rd in all phases. At Japanese Nationals she was 1st in SP (over Mao the Olympic Silver Medalist who popped her loop) and 5th in the FS and Overall 4th.

No, I don't think a 3t/2t was great - she was going for a 3t/3t but has struggled with it this year.

It just seemed like she might have some type of injury to have so much trouble with her flip and lutz at Japan Nationals. I don't read or speak the language so I wondered if anyone who does might have heard something in the interview Yukari did with Akiko - or something in an article.

I still enjoy Akiko more than any of the other Japanese ladies, though of course Mao is also lovely.

ioana
12-25-2012, 02:02 AM
Several skaters complained about the ice being too hard, so it is possible that affected their timing with toe pick jumps. I guess if you were already struggling with a particular jump (flip, in Akiko's case), that would only make matters worse.

maureenfarone
12-25-2012, 02:24 AM
Thanks Ioana, I hadn't heard about that.

orbitz
12-25-2012, 04:58 AM
I can't believe that they didn't assign Oda to 4CC as he skated well at Skate Canada and came 3rd. At Rostelcom he came back with a great long placing 2nd in the long and he came 3rd in the long at japanese nationals. This seems very harsh. The depth is unique. I am very disappointed. These skaters work so hard, sacrifice so much and at any other nationals Oda and Kozuka would have made the world team.

I feel bad for Oda. He couldn't capitalize earlier in his career when he had chances and now other skaters have passed him by. Maybe he can do pair ....

hanca
12-25-2012, 12:17 PM
I thought Oda is quite short for pairs...

loulou
12-25-2012, 01:21 PM
I thought Oda is quite short for pairs...

Indeed. I think he's quite a tiny person overall, and although that suits both him and his current skating abilities, he'd have to pair up with a lady close to being invisible.


-- I'm heartbroken for Kozuka. A lot of his best qualities can't be seen in any other male skater, even in this incredibly deep field. Iėll miss those a lot. May he get back on the ice strong and competitive.



Other "Medalist on Ice" performances (so far):

Mao Asada: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucvuig-WS9s

Thanks! A spoon full of sweet Asada <3