Fumie Suguri failed to qualify for Japanese Nationals again

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  1. mag

    mag Well-Known Member

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    I think that endorsements are where the real money is, and that is only for very few. I suspect Mao and Yuna do well with endorsements and probably Plushenko. There are probably others, but not many from the current eligibles.
     
  2. gkelly

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    The amount of money has nothing to do with it. What matters is whether whatever the skater is getting paid for is sanctioned or approved by the ISU or the skater's national governing body (they may take a percentage).

    The thing that would never be sanctioned is a competition run by anyone other than the ISU or its member federations, especially commercial sponsors (pro competitions).

    Also there are some restrictions on when a seeded skater is allowed to appear in outside events like shows if they're expected to compete in the Grand Prix (or ISU championships? or federations could restrict appearances according the timing of their nationals?)

    But basically skating is not a professional sport and it is not likely to earn a profit from competing in competitions. At best, a handful of very successful top skaters might win enough prize money to cover their expenses and come out ahead, and others who are seen as having potential to win international competitions might be able to attract funding from national federations, Olympic committees, etc., and/or those who have already developed enough of a name or can be expected to do so, and there might earn funding from commercial sponsors who can use interest in the skater to attract customers and goodwill.
     
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  3. Marco

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    Georgia is a possibility!
     
  4. midori

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    I don't think her family went bankruptcy or anywhere near that. The news we got was that her family does not afford to keep funding her skating and Fumie was looking for a sponsor. Then she found a sponsor.

    That is very different from "bankruptcy."
     
  5. chrysanthemum

    chrysanthemum New Member

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    According to her blog (http://ameblo.jp/fumie-suguri/entry-11397363682.html), she has boot problems. She wrote that her right boot was on the verge of breaking down in the competition. She received new boots only three days before the competition, and it was too late. So, she wasn't able to use the new boots in the competition and used her old boots.

    I liked watching her, too. So sad for the current situation...
     
  6. Excidra

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    Oh lord.

    Should we stage an intervention?
     
  7. PeterG

    PeterG Argle-Bargle-ist

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    Wonder if whoever posted about bankruptcy works for Fox news! :lol:

    We could do that. Or wait for her to break in new boots. But your idea has a lovely hysterical dramatic flair to it. :p
     
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  8. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

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    I don't know what else Fumie is doing with her life. Someone mentioned that her sponsor was the company she works for. It's possible that she has other things going on, but likes to compete and mixes her skating with the other things she does. In any event, I wish her all the best, I always liked Fumie and enjoyed seeing her skate.
     
  9. CantALoop

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    Not being facetious, but even if she was able to find another country, at this point would she even meet the minimum technical element scores?
     
  10. pinky166

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    One of the Russian ladies would be better off switching to Georgia...it's close to Russia and part of the former USSR. I think it would be harder to swing for someone Japanese.
     
  11. Iceman

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    She is skating in shows still. This year, two are Kings on Ice in Budapest and Music on Ice Bellinzona. For her fans, her is a vid of her performance at Music on Ice.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CxVcRzX1nQ
     
  12. MysticHaze

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    It's nice that she still has such a strong passion for figure skating but there comes a time in one's life when you must reevaluate and face reality. I guess skating in shows in not enough for her. I agree with those who say an intervention is needed. I mean at least Anastasia Gimazetdinova knew when to throw in the towel.
     
  13. Twilight1

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    She should get into choreography or coaching and just move on.
     
  14. 045t

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    I admire her for wanting to continue, but I think she has to reevaluate her plans for the future if she wants to make the olympic team.
     
  15. AndyWarhol

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    I think Fumie has about as much chance of making Sochi as i do.
     
  16. ioana

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    But in Gizmo's case, she was the only skater from Uzbekistan who could be competitive internationally. I can see why you'd want to keep skating when a trip to Worlds and 4CC is pretty much a given.
     
  17. Ziggy

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    Yes! :drama:

    With the way she's been skating for the last season, no.

    Russia and Georgia do not maintain diplomatic relations ever since the 2008 South Ossetia war.
     
  18. Marco

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    I agree, especially if she really has so much passion for skating.
     
  19. AragornElessar

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    One of our Sportscasters once said there's nothing sadder than watching an athlete out there who doesn't know it's time to say Goodbye. It sounds like Fumie's reached that point and I hate saying that more than I can say as I've always adored her skating. :(
     
  20. PeterG

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    I agree. I did see a TV special about children dying of starvation. It was kinda sad also.
     
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  21. Habs

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    Poor Fumie. If she wants to skate, let her. Who is she hurting?!
     
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  22. Twilight1

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    I find her so lyrical. She would be an asset to the field for sure.
     
  23. MR-FAN

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    She didn't do any combinations, and she was a double-toe away from qualifying for Nationals! And who knows, maybe one of the top 10 ladies will withdraw before the competition :p

    :watch:
     
  24. Twilight1

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    I don't know if you were responding to me but i was talking about her getting into choreography or coaching not competing. ;)
     
  25. antmanb

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    :rofl: :rofl: Must spread rep around before giving it to PeterG again!
     
  26. skateboy

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    No one.
     
  27. Eyre

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    Herself.:shuffle:
     
  28. Sasha'sSpins

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    I feel sorry for Fumie. It's hard to say goodbye and she seems to be having a very hard time of it.
     
  29. judgejudy27

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    Oh god girl, get a grip already.
     
  30. PeterG

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    Myself, I find it hard to say goodbye to yesterday. It's so hard, actually.

    :drama: