2014 Japan Open in Saitama, Oct. 4 (+ Carnival on Ice gala)

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  1. Karpenko

    Karpenko Well-Known Member

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    I always really end up enjoying performances at this competition, I'm interested in seeing what kind of material the field puts out there this year.

    I'm actually counting down the hours in anticipation, I sure hope that Lipnitskaya girl is flexible and we see a program that has people singing in it. :sheep:
     
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    As they already have Mura and Kanako in the llist, I'm afraid there is little possibility of her being there. Three POTO among 12 programs would be too much. Yuzuru might have been very smart to escape from this event and choose to go to Finlandia although with Mao and Daisuke not competing, the organizer really wanted him to participate.
     
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  4. VarBar

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    Since Japan Open has invited two Russian ladies to compete at their event, I suspect the other European man can't be a Russian skater as well because it would all look like Team Russia + Fernandez, wouldn't it? The same if they invited Rochette to join Team North America, wouldn't it rather be Team Canada +Ashley Wagner? lol

    I wonder if Polina Edmunds could be a serious option in case they invited Gracie and she declined.

    Disappointed that Mao isn't doing JO and why do they never invite Hanyu?
     
  5. ChelleC

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    Interesting that Daisuke is not doing either Japan Open or Carnival on Ice.
     
  6. seabm7

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    Daisuke is skipping competitions this year. He needs time to heal his knee. About Carnival on Ice, he might be invited later.
     
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    One of the reason that he never participated in the past might be that other skaters were preferred over him for sponsor and agency reasons (Daisuke having a sure spot as he's the only skater belonging to Kinoshita Group, and Kozuka to IMG). I also had the impression that Hanyu was never that keen on it, preferring Senior Bs instead - and maybe I was proven right by the fact that he's not participating this year as well. I'm sure that this time, at least, they must have tried pretty hard to have him.
     
  8. rosewood

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    You're right, KansaiPJ. Tickets are separated for these two events.

    I have some unforgettable memories in JO/CaOI. Mao made a debut of Bells of Moscow in Japan Open 2009. I saw her skate without confidence in her jumps live. :cry: She was always there when the time was good and bad... Carnival on Ice 2012 had great cast: Yagdin, Plushenko, Kulik, Candeloro, Browning, Buttle, Chan, Daisuke, Mao, Akiko, Joannie, Shizuka, Slutskaya, Meier, Takahashi/Tran and more. That was one of the greatest shows I've ever seen live. :swoon: This year the venue is Saitama Super Arena where last season's Worlds and Japan Nats were held. The venue has about 18.000 seats. Audience have good view in any area, but skaters can be seen as small as an egg-bean size if you sit around the highest level area. I assume they cannot sell all the 18,000 tickets per a event since they don't have either of Mao, Daisuke or Yuzuru this time. That said I'm pretty jealous with people who can see the debut of this season's competitive programs of top skaters like Lipnitsukaya and Radionova live at the rink. (I haven't seen any shows/competitions at the rink for about two years for personal reasons.:fragile:)

    Tickets sites:
    Japan Open
    http://ticket.pia.jp/pia/event.do?eventCd=1433571
    http://eplus.jp/sys/T1U14P002015289P0030023P006001P0010175
    http://l-tike.com/sports/jo-coi/#jpop
    Carnival on Ice
    http://ticket.pia.jp/pia/event.do?eventCd=1433574
    http://eplus.jp/sys/T1U14P002021906P0030015P006001P0010175
    http://l-tike.com/sports/jo-coi/#cvoi

    BTW I love your avatar, KansaiPJ. :lol:
     
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    Yay for Mirai! I think she and Ashley will put up a good fight but it's going to be tough for them to get past Julia and Elena. But, it's always good to get your programs out early so that's a plus for both of them.
     
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    Thank you Rosewood! I was able to get tickets to both events. I am looking forward to it! And I am glad you liked my avatar, it was my holloween costume from last year!
     
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  13. KansaiPJ

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    Is there a meet-n-greet scheduled for CaOI?
     
  14. rosewood

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    The organizer announced as of today that 10 pairs(20 people in total) will be invited to a meet & greet after Japan Open. (I think you go to see both of JO and CaOI, right?)

    More info:
    The meet & greet will be held after JO finished. The organizer will hold a draw and the winners will be announced during JO.
    Skaters scheduled to the M&G:
    Jeff Buttle, Patrick Chan, Ashley Wagner, Javier Fernandez, Davis/White
    http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/japanopen2014/news_140917.html

    My best wishes for your luck! ;)
     
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    Thank you again Rosewood. You are so helpful!
     
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    Oh no! I hope that it's not serious, and that it's only a precautionary measure.
     
  18. NadineWhite

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    Interesting, just saw a picture of Anna on the Japan Open website and she looks just like an all-time favorite of mine, Oksana Baiul. :cool: Here's hoping this year she gets rid of the extraneous costumes, gets better choreography, and feels the music. :)

    Besides Anna, I'm looking forward to seeing Javiar, Ashley, and Mirai. :hat1:
     
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    To bad about Yulia, wishing her a quick recovery. Looking forward to seeing the
    videos.
     
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    I hope they videotape the meet and greet!
     
  21. Vash01

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    I wonder if Julia L. may just be recovering from the long season, and her body needs rest?
     
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    It's not serious, someone said she got sick and boot problem. Not an injury.
     
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    Broadcast time
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    Japan Open - October 4, 16:00-18:25
    Carnival on Ice - October 5, 16:00-17:15

    They are not airing on the prime time. I can understand this is the year of endurance for them. Even if they get low ratings (as expected), they can't make an easy comparison with last year or before. I'm guessing 5-10 percent. For overseas fans, it's a good news. You can get videos 3 hours earlier.
     
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    I love Anna! She is my favorite Russian and my pick for next world champion from Russia. I read on here that some don't like her presentation but... I don't get it. She isn't the tongue in cheek (Alena/Adelina) or moaning face (Yulia) Russian but I thought she was expressive and very elegant and had a lot of connecting moves that were actually held and completed.
     
  26. hanca

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    She is much better now. I think plenty of those who didn't like her presentation - it was from the time when she placed 3rd at junior worlds. To me she looked extremely sloppy at that time. But last year she improved a lot in her presentation (even though for me it still wasn't great, but it was definitely improved). Then she obviously worked on it even more over this off season. At the test skate she actually now start looking quite elegant! 2 years ago her presentation was painful. Last season it was average (not painful but definitely not one of my favourite skaters to watch) and this season from that little bit we saw she moved for me into the category of skaters that I watch with pleasure.
     
  27. Jarrett

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    Do you have a link to her test skate? I didn't see a video on youtube.
     
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    I liked Anna last year and would have liked to see her on the podium at worlds, with a bronze, based on how everyone skated. She still looked undeveloped (she was just 15) and I am eager to see her development/maturity this year.

    I don't understand your comparison with other Russian ladies. They all are different, and have different strengths. I guess it's a matter of taste. It's good that my taste is pretty broad. None of the Russian ladies can afford to have a bad competition, so the Japan open is a great opportunity for them to make a good early impression.

    I am happy to see Mirai in this competition. She can't afford to make major mistakes either. Suddenly the US ladies are looking pretty strong.
     
  30. Iceman

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    Anna's music swallows her, especially in the last half of the program, but it was a good skate.