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japanice
05-16-2012, 01:53 AM
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120516it.html

Sylvia
05-16-2012, 02:06 AM
From the Japan Times article linked above:

[Akiko] Suzuki acknowledged that she was fortunate, because the company she works for — Toho Real Estate — has exactly what she needs in terms of resources.

"The company I belong to has its own skating rink, so I have a great training environment," she said. "So I have no need to go outside Japan. Many skaters go overseas looking for training places just because we don't have a great environment for training. But I have a wonderful environment for training, so I don't need to go outside.
Akiko Suzuki's May 8th blog entry, titled "Big Surprise," mentions a reception last week held in her honor by her company (about 170 of her co-workers showed up) with a surprise guest appearance :): http://ameblo.jp/suzuki-akko/entry-11244954421.html
Related news video (Japanese TV): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNCY2qJsyI8

Thanks for posting the article!

Bonita
05-16-2012, 03:06 AM
I love her skating so much. She has a light from within that cannot be taught. I applaud her honesty about her ED.

blue_idealist
05-16-2012, 03:26 AM
I didn't know she works in real estate, interesting.

idee123
05-16-2012, 03:52 AM
Great,interesting and honest interview. Thanks for the link.
I am happy that she continues skating and competing.
Actually I never been a big fan of her.
But I really enjoyed her long program this season and she won me over.
Looking forward to her next season.

shan
05-16-2012, 04:15 AM
I read that whole article excerpt as "Suguri" not "Suzuki". :duh:

RunnersHigh
05-16-2012, 04:59 AM
I read that whole article excerpt as "Suguri" not "Suzuki". :duh:

:rofl:

arakwafan2006
05-16-2012, 02:05 PM
I really love this interview. She is an amazing woman

skatesindreams
05-16-2012, 04:44 PM
What a lovely young woman.
I wish her continued success.

IceJunkie
05-16-2012, 07:58 PM
I read that whole article excerpt as "Suguri" not "Suzuki". :duh:

I made the same mistake!

briancoogaert
05-16-2012, 08:26 PM
I read that whole article excerpt as "Suguri" not "Suzuki". :duh:
That was my first thought when I read the thread title. But when I opened it, I said : no, impossible, it might but Suzuki, not Suguri. LOL

spikydurian
05-16-2012, 10:43 PM
I always have a soft spot for Akiko although she may not be in the league of Yuna and Mao. It must be her big warm smile and genuine honest persona. She doesn't seem to have the foreign support like some of her colleagues but yet she continues to skate and share her skating with us. Hope she continues skating as long as she wants to.

TwizzlerS
05-16-2012, 10:58 PM
I read the title quickly and I thought it said "Suzuki aiming higher following breast cancer".

AndyWarhol
05-16-2012, 11:14 PM
I can't believe she works as well as skates!

feraina
05-17-2012, 12:13 AM
I can't believe she works as well as skates!

I imagine she's working as that company's spokesperson.