View Full Version : Japan's 3rd Lady to Worlds 2012

11-30-2011, 09:07 PM
Japan use to have so many leading ladies in international competition. But the depth seems to have dwindled since Yukari Nakano's retirement in 2010, Miki Ando MIA, and Fumie Suguri's (hard-to-watch) downhill climb.

With 3 spots for worlds and 2 obvious frontrunners: Mao Asada and Akiko Suzuki, who do you think will be Japan's 3rd lady to worlds?

Most likely it is a battle between Kanako Murakami and Haruka Imai:
While promising last year, Kanako Murakami is struggling with technique issues on jumps. She placed 4th and 6th on the GP this year.

With lovely programs this year, Haruka Imai had a rough summer, recovering from a leg injury and changing coaches and training location to Yuka Sato in the US. Haruka also placed 4th and 6th on the GP this year.

Other notable skaters (that are age eligible for worlds) are...
Miyabi Oba - placed 8th at Japanese senior nationals and junior worlds last year.

Kako Tomotaki - placed 2nd at Japanese junior nationals for the past two years. She has every triple jump except the axel and often receives edge calls on her Lutz.

Shion Kokubun - placed 4th at this years Nebelhorn Trophy. She has the second highest scores from sectionals (behind Haruka Imai).

Yuki Nishino - placed 6th at last years junior worlds. She has had moderate success on the junior circuit.

Both Risa Shoji and Satako Miyahara are age ineligible for Worlds.

11-30-2011, 09:13 PM
Kanako Murakami and Haruka Imai may have to skate it out at Four Continents.

12-01-2011, 12:59 AM
I like them both but neither is spectacular. I voted for Imai because of her higher energy, but I will be happy with Murakami too.

I would not write off either one for the future though. I will always remember how long it took Shizuka to make it to the top.

12-01-2011, 12:31 PM
I think at this point Haruka and Kanako have equal chance to go to Worlds. Kanako is not the skater we've seen last season, at least so far, and Haruka is making progress on her own. That being said, I think if both of them are able to deliver the competition, Kanako who has more polished skating skills than Haruka IMO, will be ahead of her no doubt.

12-01-2011, 12:43 PM
Murakami's season's best is over 6 points higher than that of Imai's and she wasn't even at her best whereas Imai was pretty much as good as she could be.

Honestly I don't think the JPN Fed will favour Imai over Murakami unless the latter bombs. Alternatively, as long as Murakami stands up on her jumps, I am sure the caller is happy to turn a blind eye on the rotations.

12-01-2011, 04:55 PM
I think Imai always gets lower scores for her SP than what she deserves, but she's been a mess in her both her FS this season (Skate America was just awful, and Cup of Russia had mistakes throughout also). Also, Imai's base value is way lower this season than last. I know she was injured over the summer, but she's not attempting a 3F in her FS (although she is attempt 3Lz, and 3F in her SP) and repeating both loops before the halfway point. I'm not really getting it, but whatever. It really depends on Murakami.

12-01-2011, 05:28 PM
I want Haruka to do 4C and Kanako to go to Worlds. :)

12-01-2011, 05:40 PM
I guess Kanako Murakami will go since she is more consistent, and her overall skating is good. I prefer Haruka Imai, but anyway, they are both really good.

12-01-2011, 10:41 PM
Kanako will bounce back and improve so sure
she'll be have a chance again at GP and Worlds next year !

12-02-2011, 04:45 AM
It's probably going to be Kanako. Haruka's LP this season is kind of weird..

12-05-2011, 02:34 AM
Yuki Nishino and Kako Tomotaki both just skated quite well at the NRW trophy, Yuki missing out on gold by .02 and Kako placing third!

Nishino's SP was in particular very nice (and I wish more people would use her FS music). Tomotaki has the jumps, but still a ways to go in the expression department.

SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm1IPbMT3ro&feature=channel_video_title
LP: http://www.youtube.com/user/NRWTrophy?feature=watch#p/u/29/V5SG7YjRntw She really skates to the music well here IMO. Almost every movement has something to do with what's going on in the music.

Tomotaki (someone noted that her name means "bad little tomato" in their language :lol:)
SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8Q9--rR6m0&feature=related
LP: http://www.youtube.com/user/NRWTrophy?feature=watch#p/u/28/inU28hJVY60

12-05-2011, 02:50 AM
wow! that must be the closest podium finishes ever! .05 separates gold and bronze


12-05-2011, 11:28 PM

It's more interesting to create a poll about "3rd Lady on the podium."

12-06-2011, 10:34 AM
wow! that must be the closest podium finishes ever! .05 separates gold and bronze

.95 ;)
But .02 between Gold and Silver :eek: