Fumie Suguri failed to qualify for Japanese Nationals 2011

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  1. tkaug

    tkaug New Member

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    Fumie Suguri competed in East Japan Championship 2011 last weekend, where the top 10 competitors will qualify for Japanese Nationals in December, and she was 12th overall(SP 33.70/11th and FS 61.36/16th). Therefore, she will not be able to compete in Japanese Nationals.

    The level of East Japan Championship is so much lower than that of West Japan Championship(she would have been 22nd in West Japan Championship), but she still couldn't make it in the top 10.

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    East Japan Championship 2011

    ttp://www.skatingjapan.jp/National/2011-2012/fs_j/east/index.htm

    West Japan Championship 2011

    ttp://www.skatingjapan.jp/National/2011-2012/fs_j/west/index.htm
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  2. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

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    Those are miserable numbers.

    Poor Fumie. :(
  3. RumbleFish

    RumbleFish New Member

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    She should skate at adult competitions a la Midori Ito.

    BTW, how did Ito score at her recent competition? She did better than Suguri, correct?
  4. burntBREAD

    burntBREAD New Member

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    Someone on GS said that she was skating on a sprained right ankle... :(
  5. ks1227

    ks1227 Active Member

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    Well, injury or not, I guess this was bound to happen sooner or later. She has been dropping in the rankings for some time.
  6. DimaToe

    DimaToe Well-Known Member

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    ...This is just very painful to read...
  7. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

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    :(
  8. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

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    Yeah, looking at her FS protocols, it sure sounds like she was injured. No triples attempted, mistakes on doubles, low levels, elements not counted. Why would she even skate with a sprained ankle :(
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    The level of East Japan Championship is so much lower than that of West Japan Championship(she would have been 22nd in West Japan Championship), but she still couldn't make it in the top 10.
  11. ks1227

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    I think Fumie should skate as long as she wants to, but she can be proud of her longevity no matter what. I just went back to look at the Ladies roster for the 2002 World Championships in Nagano, where (I think) she won her first World medal (bronze). As far as I can tell, she's the only woman from that competition who is still skating (not sure about a few of the lower ranking skaters who didn't make it to the Free Skate).

    When Fumie won her second bronze the next year, Kostner made her Worlds debut and ended up in tenth. She's still around of course. And Jenna McCorkell was also there in 2003. Still, most of the 2003 Worlds skaters are no longer skating competitively, either.

    And Fumie's first appearance at Worlds was way back in Lausanne in 1996-97! :eek:
  12. DimaToe

    DimaToe Well-Known Member

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    It's interesting to see that her first time competing at Japanese Sr. Nationals was in '95-'96. Where she competed with Midori Ito :D
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  14. Jeschke

    Jeschke Well-Known Member

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    sorry to ask that maybe stupid question:

    but why has she to qualify? she was 7th in her last nationals!
    isn´t there anything like a by for a top finisher? or is 7th just not good enough?
  15. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

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    Poor Fumie. :( :fragile:

    Why does this amuse you?
  16. allezfred

    allezfred Prick Admin Staff Member

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    Only the medallists are seeded. Everybody else has to qualify unless they get a bye like Shoko Ishikawa and Akiko Suzuki are getting because they skate at NHK Trophy this week.
  17. Jeschke

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    thanks.
    just the medalists? wow, that´s hard.
    so miki ando should have gone through the qualification system last season?
    (i guess she isn´t because of her grand prix events) that´s funny :D
  18. Ziggy

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    Fumie seems to be a clear example of somebody for whom the sport becomes something they aren't able to let go.

    Possibly because she didn't develop anything else in her life.

    Watching her compete last season was extremely painful. She was clearly on a steep, downward slope.

    I will always remember her Worlds silver medal performance (she should have got gold over Meissner and her cheats :mad:). And I will try to erase the last unsuccessful seasons from my memory.

    Because at her best, Fumie was a beautiful beautiful skater.

    I just wish she was able to channel her love of skating into a passion for coaching instead of embarassing herself more and more at competitions. She really doesn't deserve to be remembered for being brutally forced out, not even being able to make Nationals.
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  19. Marco

    Marco Missing Ziggy

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    Mate :respec:

    And if she had won, she would probably have retired, with a world title, 2 world bronze medals and 2 very respective, close to medal Olympic outings.
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  20. paskatefan

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    I feel bad for Fumie. I have always liked her. I hope she will never lose her love of skating. Maybe she will consider coaching a new generation of skaters.
  21. shah

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    this is just heartbreaking :(.
    btw, who is her coach now? and does anyone know her music choices that season?
    I'd love to see her programmes during any competition, but it seems so unlikely :(...
  22. Ziggy

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    Anybody knows of a way to transliterate the Japanese into Roman alphabet WITHOUT translating?

    Because if I use Google Translate, the Senior Ladies results become:

    1. Well now much
    2. Beautiful high mountain Mutsumi
    3. Friends of the cone W

    Fumie Suguri is Village main branch chapter. :p
  23. allezfred

    allezfred Prick Admin Staff Member

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    There is no way to do it Ziggy. One character can be read several ways and sometimes when giving names to children parents make up their own ways too. :p
  24. tkaug

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    Are you talking about the top 3 ladies at East Japan Championships?

    1. Haruka Imai
    2. Mutsumi Takayama
    3. Yuki Nishino
  25. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Fumie had a great run and has blessed us with many beautiful performances. Now it's time to coach, choreograph, inspire a new generation.
  27. Ziggy

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    Ah yes, of course. Forgot about it.

    Fortunately, as Sylvia said, there is an English version of all the major National results too on the JSF site.
  28. MissIzzy

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    Apparently she had since tweeted she will retire only after she has skated one last good performance she can approve of. Though if her ankle really is sprained, it's just as well she won't be skating at Nationals; she'll have to try for that performance when she's in better shape.
  29. judgejudy27

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    I feel sorry for her but I fully expected this to happen, injury or no injury. Her ranking has been dropping where she will become a regional level skater at best if she continues. She really has stayed in amateur skating WAY too long. She should have gone pro or retired after missing the 2007 Worlds at the latest. She could have been a nice show skater or choreographer.
  30. Ziggy

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    Fumie, that performance just won't happen. You need to let go! :/
  31. attyfan

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    Poor Fumie. Isn't there a pro circuit in Japan where Fumie could try for her one last good performance?
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    Fumie, you have brought so much beauty to skating through the years. Thank you.

    Now, go out there and discover life - it's all there just waiting for you!! :) :) :)
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    Somehow I had missed this thread. It must have been around since it already has two pages.

    I feel sad for Fumie but it was bound to happen, with the new generation of Japanese ladies coming to the forefront. She had her run. Did she overstay her welcome? Hardly. She was competing at international level last year. However, it was easy to see she was not the skater she had been in the past. A world silver as the highest achievement is nothing to be ashamed of. I am sure she would have preferred the gold, but she had a long and successful career. I think she can still skate and may be even try next year, if she really wants to. May be she can coach and/or choreograph. It's really upto her what she wants to do at this point. Thanks for the many lovely programs over the years, Fumie.
  35. Ziggy

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    It was posted today. ;)

    (And doesn't have two pages yet if you set your display to 40 posts per page ;))
  36. FiveRinger

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    This just breaks my heart:wuzrobbed
  37. berthesghost

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    Omg I've loved fume for so long it's so sad to see her make these kinds of choices with her life. Sorry, but this is just pure addict talk IMHO. :scream:
  38. OliviaPug

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    Fumie has so much to be proud of and I've personally enjoyed following her career for these many years. She should have withdrawn with injury from this competition, but, in any event, she should now rest and let her ankle fully heal. If she decides to return next year, I'll support her, though I fear her time has passed.

    O-
  39. Garden Kitty

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    Very sorry to hear this particularly if it's because of injury. But whatever she decides to do in the future I wish her the very best luck. I appreciate her contribution to Japanese skating and the devotion she has to her sport. :respec: Fumie
  40. Cheylana

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    No she wouldn't have retired. The gold would have just encouraged her to stay in another four years and try for an Olympic medal. That's how athletes work. When they have a bad outing, they say they want to stay in so they can go out on a high note. Then when they have a good outing, they assume they are "on a roll" and are eager to keep it going. Then they have another bad performance, and it's back to wanting to redeem themselves and go out on a high note. And on it goes.