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ostile17
12-26-2012, 11:29 PM
The whole Gala
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32wODwdK92c

There's a sweet video of Akiko crying backstage while Daisuke tries to console her.
He says "It's not the end, stay calm, promise me!"
To which she replies "It can't be fixed because I'm out of shape"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmdU3t5STs8&NR=1&feature=endscreen

artsciboy
12-27-2012, 12:47 AM
The whole Gala
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32wODwdK92c

There's a sweet video of Akiko crying backstage while Daisuke tries to console her.
He says "It's not the end, stay calm, promise me!"
To which she replies "It can't be fixed because I'm out of shape"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmdU3t5STs8&NR=1&feature=endscreen

Wow - given Akiko's stuggles with an eating disorder, that conversation is bleak. I hope she doesn't do anything drastic.

cbd1235
12-27-2012, 01:06 AM
The whole Gala
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32wODwdK92c

There's a sweet video of Akiko crying backstage while Daisuke tries to console her.
He says "It's not the end, stay calm, promise me!"
To which she replies "It can't be fixed because I'm out of shape"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmdU3t5STs8&NR=1&feature=endscreen

It's heartbreaking to see her cry. There is no skater I've ever wanted to root for more than Akiko. Wishing her the best

Iceman
12-27-2012, 04:35 AM
We can't begin to know----at least those of us who don't compete---what these skates go through when all their handwork and sacrifice isn't fulfilled. Seeing her cry makes me feel really sad, and I wish I hadn't watched it really, except that in the future I will give more thought to the skater who falls short of their goals.

love_skate2011
12-28-2012, 12:46 PM
wow Mura kicked Oda , Machida and Kozuka's Butts
sad Kozuka not going :(

LilJen
12-28-2012, 05:26 PM
The whole Gala
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32wODwdK92c

There's a sweet video of Akiko crying backstage while Daisuke tries to console her.
He says "It's not the end, stay calm, promise me!"
To which she replies "It can't be fixed because I'm out of shape"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmdU3t5STs8&NR=1&feature=endscreen

Poor thing!!! I hope she can feel better and give great performances at 4CC and worlds. I think her programs this season are :kickass: (love the departure from her usual sweet persona for the SP).

And I'm really sad to see Kozuka skating poorly, I hope his injury can heal quickly and he can have a great Olympic season.

rayhaneh
12-28-2012, 05:35 PM
Wow - given Akiko's stuggles with an eating disorder, that conversation is bleak. I hope she doesn't do anything drastic.

She said she couldn't finetune things the way she wanted to and that it [the results] couldn't be helped - I don't think she was referring to any future competition ;)

And apparently she's confirmed that she'll continue until Sochi - hopefully those issues in the FS at GPF and Nats will motivate her towards great things at 4CC and Worlds ^_^

vmfan89
12-28-2012, 05:56 PM
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.


Yes, but Narumi Takahashi is tiny and now looking for a Japanese partner :)

ks1227
12-29-2012, 12:52 PM
I can't believe Kozuka's season ends here. I loved both his programs, especially the SP, and he's been skating so well... It's unbelievably unfair.:(
I thought these were two of the best programs he has had. I only hope he keeps one or both of them and comes back strong next year. :(

Sedge
12-29-2012, 04:53 PM
I thought these were two of the best programs he has had. I only hope he keeps one or both of them and comes back strong next year. :(

They may well be the best 2 programs on the whole circuit this season.
In my books they are.

Lara
12-29-2012, 06:09 PM
I'd give the edge to the SP though if he wants to keep one program for next season - but that's only because I loved last season's freeskate so and still miss it.

Oda's Sorcerer's Apprentice is his best LP in a long time too. :(

I'm still not reconciled to neither even making 4CC.

pinky166
12-30-2012, 11:05 PM
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 ....

On his Olympic bio it said he was 5'4" and 123 lbs. Some female pair skaters are probably that size. Mervin Tran is over 10 cm taller than Oda and Narumi is as tiny as they come. Oda would be better off switching countries. I know he trains and lives in Canada, but obviously this switching nationalities thing isn't very easy...

icellist
12-31-2012, 07:52 PM
So Haruka Imai had a decent start to the season with a bronze at Nebelhorn and solid 5th at Skate America, both with great FS. She had pretty dismal showings at NHK and nationals. How do you guys think the coaching change to Yuka Sato has been for Imai in the past 2 seasons? And where does her career lead towards? I think she can still get 1 GP with her ranking and season's best but with Rika Hongo maybe turning junior (I presume Miyahara will be junior again), that NHK spot next season will go to Hongo or Ando if she chooses to return.

midori
01-04-2013, 03:12 AM
Kozuka is out from Stars On Ice Japan Tour on this weekend in Osaka and the next in Tokyo.

http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/soi2013/
says it's due to injury of the right foot.

http://www.t-kozuka.com/blog/2013/01/post-d54e.html
says that he'd like to focus on treatment and training, and apparently he's training in the swimming pool with his Olympian swimmer friend.

skate65
01-04-2013, 01:32 PM
On his Olympic bio it said he was 5'4" and 123 lbs. Some female pair skaters are probably that size. Mervin Tran is over 10 cm taller than Oda and Narumi is as tiny as they come. Oda would be better off switching countries. I know he trains and lives in Canada, but obviously this switching nationalities thing isn't very easy...


Oda's coach, Lee Barkell, is a pairs coach in addition to singles. Lee competed internationally as a pair. But Oda is too slight I think and he is such a great singles skater. He just needs a year where things all connect and go his way. He was off last year with his knee tendon injury. I hope he continues. I agree his long program is one of his best in many years. Missing both triple axels in the long program at nationals is unusual. His triple axel is one of the best in the world.