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NMURA
08-03-2011, 05:58 AM
In June, the JSF had tryout sessions for new pair and dance teams. There's no hint about what happened though, in pair and ice dance, new teams outside of the team categories could be sent to international competitions. There's a rumor that Allison Reed was at the dance tryout.

Ziggy
08-03-2011, 10:19 AM
In June, the JSF had tryout sessions for new pair and dance teams. There's no hint about what happened though, in pair and ice dance, new teams outside of the team categories could be sent to international competitions. There's a rumor that Allison Reed was at the dance tryout.

I really hope that new teams were formed.

Maybe Allison Reed is skating with one of the Mizutanis. Would be awesome.

Sylvia
08-03-2011, 01:44 PM
FWIW, I remember that Allison Reed changed the citizenship line of her icepartnersearch bio from Japan to USA before she eventually took the bio down.

Reposting the following from the Programs thread:

This week, Japanese Skating Federation is having the national camp.
Some skaters joined the camp and show their new programs.
(Mao and Daisuke do not joined.)
If anyone can share more information about this camp (such Japanese news or photo links if they are published online), please do! :)

Japan's JGP singles skater pool (listed as entries and/or alternates for the 1st JGP) includes:
Ladies: Riona KATO and Miyabi OBA (Latvia), Yukiko FUJISAWA, Yuki NISHINO, Rin NITAYA, Roanna Sari OSHIKAWA, Kako TOMOTAKI, Saya UENO
Men: Ryuju HINO and Sei KAWAHARA (Latvia), Shoya ICHIHASHI, Shu NAKAMURA, Jun SUZUKI

Akira Andrea
08-03-2011, 02:39 PM
This is an article in the website “Sportsnavi” in Japan
Translated from Japanese.
Aiming at the new season, the training camp is being held.
August 3rd, 2011 JST

The training camp for the players who participate to the Grand Prix (GP) series of this season opened to public in the ice arena of Chukyo University in Toyota city in Aichi prefecture in August 3rd. The training camp is being held for 4 days from August 1st. Each player was polishing the skating skill carefully.
Kanako Murakami (Chukyo University Chukyo High School) who attained to her second year in senior checked the step etc, while playing a part of Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto" which she adopted as the music of the free skating. She said, "I think that it has a characteristic of the music which differs from the music which I have skated so far". And she said, "I think that I would like to skate so that the audience says that I became to adult-like".
Mao Asada did not participate for being in poor health. Daisuke Takahashi did not participate for being in an other training camp in Hokkaido. Takahiko Kozuka left the training camp in August 2nd for going to US. Worlds Champion, Miki Ando does not participate to GP series in this season.

The article:
Aiming at the new season, the training camp is being held.
http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/winter/skate/figure/headlines/20110803-00000104-jij-spo.html

Translater’s note:
The players who participated to the training camp seem to have been Takahiko Kozuka, Nobunari Oda, Yuzuru Hanyu, Kanako Murakami, Akiko Suzuki and Haruka Imai.

Ziggy
08-03-2011, 02:49 PM
I really liked Murakami's perkiness and I wish that it was developed, instead of trying to transform her into a "more adult skater," ie. a typical zzz... Lady. ;P

Sparks
08-03-2011, 03:01 PM
What's wrong with Mao?

nana7045
08-03-2011, 04:46 PM
What's wrong with Mao?

Mao's condition is not good now, so do not join the camp.

Also Daisuke does not joint this camp, but he has another camp with his coach Takeshi Honda in Sapporo, Hakkaido now.
News said just Daisuke is not ready to join the camp yet.
(He had the surgery in May, and maybe not totally recovered?)

kwanatic
08-03-2011, 05:38 PM
I really liked Murakami's perkiness and I wish that it was developed, instead of trying to transform her into a "more adult skater," ie. a typical zzz... Lady. ;P

I agree and at the same time disagree.

Kanako's fresh-faced, perky, "Jumpin' Jack" routine was my favorite routine of any of the ladies last season. It was a welcome break from the monotony of cookie-cutter programs we usually get from senior ladies. BUT, at the same time, she's gotta expand and grow up a bit if she wants to stay competitive and get the kind of scores she deserves. I keep saying the main thing that this current crop of ladies will hold over the newbies entering this season is their experience and maturity. Kanako has grown over the summer and she'll need to show that. I like the mature look and I can get used to it. What I don't want to see is her lose that spark and energy she has when she skates. She can maintain both of those great qualities without the bouncy-bouncy music and costumes...she's very versatile when it comes to music, so it'll be interesting to see what she brings to the table.

I really like her and I hope she has a great season this year...:rollin:


ETA: Does anyone have more info on why Mao isn't attending training camp? Is she injured? Sick? Any news?

olifaunt
08-03-2011, 09:40 PM
I really hope Mao's okay :(

Akira Andrea
08-03-2011, 10:37 PM
This is an article in “Sankei Sports” in Japan.
Translated from Japanese.
Kanako showed the program of this season.
August 5th, 2011 JST

By Noboru Ito
In August 3rd, the training camp for the players who participated to Grand Prix (GP) series of this season was opened to public in the ice arena of Chukyo University in Toyota city in Aichi prefecture and Kanako Murakami (16, Chukyo University Chukyo High School) etc showed the program of this season.
For Murakami who attains to her second year in senior, it is the training camp which becomes to real start. She revealed that she made the program, with requesting to a foreign choreographer for the first time, saying "I was confused because I could not understand English, but I think that it was good to have been to abroad" with smiling face.
Particularly, as for the short program, she requested to Tatiana Tarasova whom Mao Asada (20, Chukyo University) studied under once. She is going to decide whether she adopt it formally after spending a time.
The nova who won the 3rd place in Grand prix final in last season is scheduled to participate to the 3rd event, "China Cup" (at Shanghai in November 4th-6th) and to the 5th event, "Tropee Eric Bompard" (at Paris in November 18th-20th).
By the way, Mao Asada did not participate to this training camp for being poor health.

The article:
Kanako showed the program of this season.
http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/110804/spm1108040502000-n1.htm

Amy03
08-03-2011, 11:32 PM
does anyone know when there will be an official news to Mao's condition or a more detailed report about Mao's health? hope it's not anything serious

Akira Andrea
08-03-2011, 11:50 PM
This is an article in “Mainichi Shimbun” in Japan.
Translated form Japanese.
The training camp was opened to public and Murakami etc showed the new program.
August 4th, 2011 JST

The photo:
Photography: by Toru Kuro-o
Kanako Murakami who is practicing in the training camp. (at the ice arena of Chukyo University in Toyota city in Aichi prefecture in August 3rd)
http://mainichi.jp/enta/sports/general/general/news/images/20110804k0000m050037000p_size5.jpg

By Toru Kuro-o
In august 3rd, the training camp for the players who participate to Grand Prix series was opened to public and Knako Murakami etc showed the new program for this season.

Murakami who attained to her second year in senior choreographed in abroad. As for the short program (SP), she requested to an able coach, Tatiana Tarasova and, as for the free skating, she requested Marina Zueva. However, as for SP, she suggested also the possibility to set aside while being in this season, saying, "I can not digest it well yet because it is difficult"
As for the Men, each player adopts the quadruple jump.
Nobunari Oda did the practice of the spin mainly, because he has the left knee ache, but he is going to adopt the quad jump, with once in SP and with twice in FS.

The article:
The training camp was opened to public and Murakami etc showed the new program.
http://mainichi.jp/enta/sports/general/general/news/20110804k0000m050087000c.html

Akira Andrea
08-04-2011, 03:45 AM
does anyone know when there will be an official news to Mao's condition or a more detailed report about Mao's health? hope it's not anything serious
As for the poor health of Mao Asada, Japan Skating Federation explained that the overcrowded schedule, such as new program making and the ice show of the end of July, told on her health, because the starting period of off season was delayed about one month from usual season under the influence of the East Japan Big Earthquake Disaster.


This is an article in “Osaka Hochi Shimbun” in Japan
Translated from Japanese.
Mao was down with overwork. The introduction of her new program was postponed.
August 4th, 2011 JST

In August 3rd, it was found that Mao Asada had been down with overwork.
In the ice arena of Chukyo University in Aichi prefecture, the training camp for the players who participate to GP series of next season was opened to public and Mao planed to show the new program but postponed the participation by reason of poor health.
As for the poor health of Mao Asada, Japan Skating Federation explained that the overcrowded schedule, such as new program making and the ice show of the end of July, told on her health, because the starting period of off season was delayed about one month from usual season under the influence of the East Japan Big Earthquake Disaster.

At the rink which becomes the place of showing the new program, we could not watch Mao's appearance. In the morning of August 1st which is the first day of the training camp, Mao appealed the poor health and made contact with JSF, saying that she does not participate to the training camp and would like to take rest in her home.
In front of the press corps of about 40 persons who participated, Nobuhiko Yoshioka the Chief Director of Training of JSF spoke inarticulately, saying "How should I explain it. I am sorry because it is this situation although you have come. I don't know what situation she is in, except that she is in poor health".

Under the influence of East Japan Big Earthquake Disaster, the holding term of the Worlds was changed from the end of March to the end of April and the holding place was changed from Tokyo to Moscow.
After spending the off season shorter than usual year, she made the programs for SP and for FS of this season complete at a high pace within June and participated to the tour of ice show, such as in Aichi (July 23rd-24th), in Hachinohe city, Aomori (July 27th) and in Osaka (July 30th-31st).

Yoshioka Chief Director of Training explained that she seems to have injured her health condition a little, because there was a movement etc of long distance while participating to the three consecutive public performances of the ice show in the end of July.
Moreover he said, "The training camp is also the place for checking the program component scores etc of the new program of next season of the players who participate to GP series, but we could not watch her program". As for Mao who aims at the recovering from the 6th place in the Worlds of April, NHK Trophy (in Sapporo, in November 11th-13th) which is her first event of next season seems to become the place where she show the new program for the first time.

Daisuke Takahashi (25, Kansai Graduate School) expressed the nonparticipation to the training camp beforehand. Takahashi who is in a training camp in Hokkaido is going to tune himself up in US from August 7th, because the tuning after the surgical operation of left knee in May is delaying. Takahiko Kozuka (22, Toyota Motor) went to US in August 2nd, after participating to the training camp in the first day, because the choreography of SP and FS does not complete yet.
Yoshioka Chief Director of training said, "If being in usual year, it is the time that the program has completed...,but"
The influence of the earthquake disaster seems to have reached slowly to the figure skating world, too.

The article:
Mao was down with overwork. The introduction of her new program was postponed.
http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/osaka/sports/article/news/20110804-OHO1T00077.htm

MINAM
08-04-2011, 05:13 AM
Adding to the above news links:
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20110803-00000295-sph-spo

On Asada:
JSF explained that Asada is exhausted because of the stress caused by the earthquake (training was delayed plus doing lots of charity ice shows).
Nobuhiko Yoshioka of JSF could only apologize to the press "I don't know what to say. We are very sorry to the media that Asada couldn't show up. All we know that she isn't feeling very well"

Takahashi is training in the US.

Kozuka attended the camp and then headed to the US on the 2nd. Both of his programs are yet to be finished.

Oda who underwent knee surgery in May and is attending the camp. He told the press that he is "training carefully to avoid further injuries and will gradually gearing up" His programs were already completed by early June. Both (SP and FS) are "swinging, jazzy tunes" He wrapped up the press conference "I'm aiming for a medal and a win"

luCN
08-04-2011, 07:52 AM
well,now I hope Mao can have a rest like Miki....the earthquake affect her so badly...