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Marco
04-04-2012, 11:21 AM
And she has improved so much every season. Now her jumps are not that prone to UR and edge calls anymore and she presents herself beautifully and confidently.

mikeko
04-04-2012, 01:20 PM
I absolutely love Suzuki, but she is 27 now...staying in until Sochi? Will there also be arthritis medication in the future as well?

Did you develop arthritis at the age of 27? Your body seems to have aged faster than average people, just the exact opposite of Suzuki.

MikiAndoFan#1
04-04-2012, 01:23 PM
:cheer: :cheer2:

FunnyBut
04-04-2012, 02:07 PM
Great to hear she is staying for Sochi, but I always thought she would. She has more spunk, energy and joy in her skating than any of the young Russians or Gracie Gold. Age really is just a number when you're hitting your stride like Akiko :)

apatinar
04-04-2012, 02:14 PM
Did you develop arthritis at the age of 27? Your body seems to have aged faster than average people, just the exact opposite of Suzuki.

Just saying that 29 is awfully old to compete in the Olympics.. Butyrskaya wasn't too successful.

Taso
04-04-2012, 02:25 PM
I'm so happy to hear she is staying, I don't want her to go at all, she's just improving and improving. I really appreciate her musicality and joy :)

ioana
04-04-2012, 02:25 PM
Just saying that 29 is awfully old to compete in the Olympics.. Butyrskaya wasn't too successful.

Maria finished 6th in 2002 which would still be higher than Akiko's prior 8th place finish at the Olympics. Maybe Akiko is just in it because she enjoys skating (awfully hard to believe whenever you see her compete, but do try and suspend disbelief :P). Ever since her come back, she's always come across as very grateful to have an opportunity to compete and perform. It's pretty clear this is more about a personal victory to her than 'just' winning a medal at the end of the day. And I for one am more than willing to come along on the journey. Especially since she's been steadily improving and adding harder skills as she goes along :cheer2:

Kelvster
04-04-2012, 02:36 PM
her joy is just so infectious.
love all her programmes ... west side story, fiddler on the roof, johann strauss ....
and her triple-triple this season has been amazing!
whatever happens from now on, akiko will always be a world medallist!!!

kwanatic
04-04-2012, 02:56 PM
I'm happy to hear she's staying around! Age is just a number especially when you're firing on all cylinders. Other skaters had to hang up their skaters earlier due to injury or just a lack of motivation, but if you love to skate and it's in your heart you should continue to compete...especially if you're winning medals. It's not like Fumie Suguri (bless her heart) who competed a long time but got nowhere near the podium...Akiko has medaled in all of her events this year.

I don't know how long she'll stay on top with the younger girls coming in but at least she's continuing to improve by upping her technical content. Plus, none of those girls can touch her in the performance category. She is the BEST performer of all of the top ladies. Akiko just radiates joy and happiness when she skates. Her programs are well-choreographed and complex and she performs them beautifully. I just adore her...

I'm so proud of her for the season she's had and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next season! :)

Gil-Galad
04-04-2012, 03:11 PM
As much as I love her happy and joyful programs - I really want her to go for a tango again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1gDGozML94
This was the very first program I saw of her and I really thought that other skater-tangos, especially from women, were really weak compared to this.

Totally happy of course that she wants to stay. :D

kwanatic
04-04-2012, 03:16 PM
^^YES!

This was the program that made me fall in love with her. The choreography, the music, and the performance are simply outstanding. I'd love to see this as an SP...

Taso
04-04-2012, 03:18 PM
As much as I love her happy and joyful programs - I really want her to go for a tango again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1gDGozML94
This was the very first program I saw of her and I really thought that other skater-tangos, especially from women, were really weak compared to this.

Totally happy of course that she wants to stay. :D

Damn that was great!!! I'd love to see her mix in more drama as well. I love the joyful just as much, one program of each would be amazing :respec:

aidan
04-04-2012, 03:33 PM
I absolutely love Suzuki, but she is 27 now...staying in until Sochi? Will there also be arthritis medication in the future as well?

With Akiko taking a break from high-level skating for a few years when she was battling her eating disorder, her body is probably less beat up than the average 27-year-old skater.

wonderlen
04-04-2012, 03:40 PM
With Akiko taking a break from high-level skating for a few years when she was battling her eating disorder, her body is probably less beat up than the average 27-year-old skater.

ITA. She may flutz, but she got complete arrays of triples and got good decent technique on jumps; compare to Mao, whos body probably starting to beat up by doing the 3A constantly. Plus she got great spins and footworks that serve her well.

Gil-Galad
04-04-2012, 04:21 PM
ITA. She may flutz, but she got complete arrays of triples and got good decent technique on jumps; compare to Mao, whos body probably starting to beat up by doing the 3A constantly. Plus she got great spins and footworks that serve her well.

I actually think that her spins could use some improvement, they are pretty average.

She is not a classical flutzer, I think her edge is simply unsteady (she has been called for Lips and Flutzes), it looked good at Worlds though, that first (gorgeous) Lutz in the long was clearly on an outside edge.

I love her jumps overall. They are neat and pretty, nothing breathtakingly high, but really steady good jumps. With a great landing position and good ride-out on the toejumps.