Favorite Japanese Nationals Ladies Champion

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Who is your favorite Japanese National ladies champ?

  1. Kumiko Sato

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  2. Emi Watanabe

    2 vote(s)
    2.3%
  3. Midori Ito

    30 vote(s)
    34.1%
  4. Yuka Sato

    11 vote(s)
    12.5%
  5. Hanae Yokoya

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Fumie Suguri

    4 vote(s)
    4.5%
  7. Shizuka Arakawa

    12 vote(s)
    13.6%
  8. Miki Ando

    10 vote(s)
    11.4%
  9. Mao Asada

    18 vote(s)
    20.5%
  1. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady New Member

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    Who is your favorite Japanese national ladies champion, and what is your favorite performance by them?

    Kumiko Sato won '67, '68
    http://blog-imgs-18.fc2.com/o/p/e/openaxel/inadaetsuko3.jpg

    Emi Watanabe won '73, '74, '75, '76, '77, '78, '79, '80
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzNDUiHkai8

    Midori Ito won '85, '86, '87, '88, '89, '90, '91, '92, '96
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT-dHwXPZc0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyu8GYBRIjE

    Yuka Sato won '93, '94
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaVpADchwOY

    Hanae Yokoya won '95
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gy-Nzjuxx4

    Fumie Suguri won '97, '01, '02, '03, '06
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEUd-LSfR-U

    Shizuka Arakawa won '98, '99
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3o8u_XKQlU

    Miki Ando won '04, '05, '11
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE0xftARUog

    Mao Asada '07, '08, '09, '10, '12, '13
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1GfZW03lM4
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  2. lulu

    lulu New Member

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    Midori Ito. :cheer:

    Amongst the national champions list above, my second choice would be Shizuka Arakawa aka Voidy Swan. :shizuka1: After Midori and Shizuka, it gets a bit tougher for me to pick a favorite, but probably Mao. :)
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    Fozzie Bear New Member

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  4. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Midori forever.

    My second (distant) choice: Mao
  5. aidan

    aidan New Member

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    That's crazy that Shizuka wasn't even able to win her own National Championship for the 7 years preceding her Olympic Gold Medal.
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  6. Vagabond

    Vagabond Well-Known Member

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    Why is Chisato Shiina not on this list? :wuzrobbed :drama:

    She totally gets my vote! She could even land a triple salchow sometimes!

    :kickass:
  7. DaiKozOda

    DaiKozOda Active Member

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    Midori for sure.
    I still watch some of her performances from time to time and she has always been one of my fav skaters ever.
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  8. Amy03

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    No doubt, Mao Asada!
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  9. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady New Member

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    As I watch these videos of ladies spanning from 1980-2008, I marvel at what a brilliant tradition of skating the Japanese ladies have created.
  10. snoopyskater

    snoopyskater New Member

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    Is Kumiko Sato related to Yuka Sato?
  11. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady New Member

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    She is of course Yuka's mother. She is most known today for coaching Mao Asada, among others, with her husband, the famous coach Nobuo Sato (Yuka's father). She was a pretty successful skater in her day. She finished 8th in the 1968 Olympics won by Peggy Fleming. She was Kumiko Ōkawa then.
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  13. snoopyskater

    snoopyskater New Member

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    Thank you for replying. :)
  14. orientalplane

    orientalplane Mad for mangelwurzels

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    Midori, my favourite skater of all time. :)
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  15. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    I'm guessing that Shiina woman won that year since Shizuka and Fumie weren't there for some reason?
  16. falling_dance

    falling_dance The Scarlet Unlettered

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

    mustafinabars Member

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    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.
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  18. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    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.
  19. NadineWhite

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    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:
  20. TheIronLady

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    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
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