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falling_dance
01-12-2013, 07:49 PM
I'm guessing that Shiina woman won that year since Shizuka and Fumie weren't there for some reason?

She finished ahead of both skaters. Suguri was third, Arakawa fifth.

mustafinabars
01-13-2013, 01:39 AM
Watanabe for sure. She was the best figure skater in the World from 78-80 and would have dominated without the silly compulsory figures. Well Biellmann and Vodorezova would have challenged her some, but she would have crushed Fratianne, Poetzsch, and Lurz.

blue_idealist
01-13-2013, 03:26 AM
Ohhh.. I see on Wikipedia that Chisato was a junior level skater when she won, that explains why she wasn't sent to any Senior Worlds.

NadineWhite
01-13-2013, 03:43 AM
Hmm, I'm not familiar with everybody on the list, nor have I watched Japanese Nationals without fail live or otherwise like I have US Nationals.

So taking that into account I will have to say Mao Asada is my favorite Japanese National Champion. First & foremost she does the 3axel, my favorite jump, and she alone combines lovely presentation with difficult technical elements, thus she trumps Midori Ito imho, whom was more about the technical aspect than anything else, though she did skate with spark and a friendly smile. :) Therefore Midori ranks second, and Miki third on my own personal favorite Japanese Champs List. :cool:

ps: here's hoping Mao realizes her dream one day of winning 10 National Titles, just as her legendary coach Mr. Sato has done so in the past. :hat1:

TheIronLady
01-13-2013, 07:31 AM
Watanabe for sure. She was the best figure skater in the World from 78-80 and would have dominated without the silly compulsory figures. Well Biellmann and Vodorezova would have challenged her some, but she would have crushed Fratianne, Poetzsch, and Lurz.

Watching Wantabe at 1980 Worlds, I am struck that she had more energy and verve than her betters in the figures. She would have placed in the medals if she had a stronger figures background. Did she come up initially in Japan where ice time was scarce? I see she graduated from an American high school. How long did she work with Carlo Fassi?

Emi Watanabe 1980 Worlds FS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzNDUiHkai8

It's wonderful to discover that skating has its own lost disco years (check out 1979 SP).

Emi Watanabe 1979 Worlds SP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMAih1veFAg