Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by carriecmu0503, Mar 10, 2011.
The NEW granny!
The only problem is, she's skating in the most competitive country in the world.
It's too bad she couldn't switch to another country. She would be good enough to win Nats in a lot of smaller countries.
If she wants to make Sochi she'll have to skate a lot better than she did this season, but it could be done. Look at Shawn, Alissa, Ryan, etc.
Hardly. Based on the grand prix events she was in this year Sonia Lafuente is now a better skater than Suguri.
The girl needs to get over her crazy delusions (eg- qualifying to compete for Japan in Sochi, ROTFL), and move on with her life, be that in skating or something else.
She was fifth in the SP at Japanese nationals and that was not that bad. But then in the FS she is having problems with doubling jumps and flutzing. At GPs she was kind of a bottom dweller.
They're all 3-6 years younger than Fumie is now. She'll be *33* by Sochi. That would be like if Sasha Cohen decided to come back in 2018, or if Katarina Witt had stayed reinstated and competed until 1999. Which is kind of cool, actually (if she can afford it). Have any other ladies' singles skaters competed beyond age 30? I believe Miriam Manzano was 30 in her last Worlds and Gimazetdinova just competed at Asian Games at age 30. Even Butyrskaya, Malinina, and Liashenko only competed until age 29.
I'm speechless! I know Fumie was having some trouble finding a sponsor to continue skating, but something came through. If she shoots for 2014, she'll be able to distinguish herself by her age! Maybe some sponsors will jump aboard to see if Fumie could do it. It would make a really fun story (if she has some success in the Olympic season) or no story at all. Risky for sponsors, but I suppose that's true much of the time. Athletes, no matter their age, can always get injured.
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Now that I think about it the only way she can get to the next olympics is by acquiring citizenship for skating in another country...otherwise her chances are zero.
Yay! I'm happy she hasn't given up on her dream! Go Fumie!
33 year old Granny Fumie!
i hope her the best few years she has left and a healthy one to boot!
she was always inspiring to me pre '08
I think she has the best flying sit spin/camel spin entrance of any lady
Suguri's sponsor is a pharmaceutical company in Toyama. Looks like its owner is giving money out of some shared feelings toward Suguri. It's more like a personal hobby than a corporate activity. So, her results won't matter much anyway. Suguri's "skating" is turning into nothing more than her personal hobby. I'm curious if the JSF would continue funding to Suguri. She won't have any international assignments in the next season.
Get it Fumie!
Never quit, Fumie!
I would love to see her in Sochi, actually!
yes, it would be nice to see her in the broadcasting booth.
I freakin Love Suguri! do it baby
I'm not sure what her chances of making it to Sochi really are, but good for her! I'm just about how aggravated some posters seem to be about this. Fumie's a grown woman -more than old enough to know what she wants in life. And, competitive skating is not such a terrible addiction. At least she'll still look hot and way younger than her age when she does decide to retire.
Interesting...maybe skating will be the way she gets a bf after all -despite her mother's fears .
Miriam just turned 31 before the 2006 Calgary Worlds. If it weren't for the whole suing the ISA/AOC mess to see whether she or Jo Carter could go to Olympics that year, her season would have turned out much better. And, I'm still hoping we haven't seen the last of Gizmo.
She's soon going to be getting grey hair.
Maybe someone from an obscure ISU nation can marry Ms Suguri, so that she can represent Mongolia or Azerbjean.
The Nationals judges have been very kind to Fumie for the past 4 years or so.
She's doesn't seem to be getting any "just retire already!" marks from her home judges at least, so I can see why she would continue on.
This is both hilarious and inspiring at the same time! I am totally looking forward to seeing a 33-year-old Suguri competing in 2014. She'll be the Chusovitina of figure skating!
Thing is, though, to the casual fan no one would ever know she was in her thirties. She doesn't look a day over 20.
To paraphrase uncle Dick: "Well good for you Fumie Surguri! "
If Suguri was still very competitive like Chusovitina at her age it would make total sense for her to continue. When you are a former 3 time World medalist coming 7th annually at Nationals and 9th in your grand prixs and have no hope of ever making another World team (never mind actually being anywhear near the top 7 or 8 women in the World) and needing to beg for sponsors to dish out some chump change for you to afford to continue, that is a whole other story.
I wish JFA would offer a job of some kind to Suguri and get her off the ice.
I totally respect her as a skater. I disagree with the country-swapping thing. I don't think she would respect herself (no offense to country-swappers). I think her country has treated her like the U.S. has treated Alyssa. Merit for the other stuff.
The only thing that worries me is she stated she's not good at/doesn't like jumping. Even out of Japan, kind of necessary. Not good at it one thing (Sasha), not liking another.
I wish her the best. She is truly a passionate and wonderful skater. I never though Shizuku would win anything, so who knows?
Did she qualify for funding from her placement at the last Nationals? Did she even qualify for a GP or a international in the coming season?
Good that she has a sponsor, because I honestly don't see her winning much prize money or funding otherwise. Still, IIRC she won a free skate at JPN Nats just 2 seasons ago, so never say never I guess.
Maybe revive the pro circuit now that there are so many internationally acclaimed skaters out of Japan?
If not have Ito and Sato as guest skaters, they can have Arakawa, Suguri, Ota, Onda, Nakano, Asada, Ando, Murakami, Suzuki etc... And on the guys side they can have Honda and the current top 3 etc.
I think it's an excellent idea to revive professional skating around Japan. They draw huge audience and TV coverage to cheese fests like Japan Open and Team Competition, so market is definitely there.
Only problem would be finding adequate governing body to commission the pro circuit. I don't see JFA and IMG having interest, as they have too much stake in Olympic eligible competitions. May be Suguri could help her own cause by becoming an entrepreneur and establish the circuit her self?
Good for Fumie. I hope to see more of her.
I'm all for Fumie's decision to keep competing, but if she's going to, at least get some better programs.
Her programs the past 3 seasons have sucked big time choreographically.
If you're going to try for Sochi, at least give yourself a sliver of a fighting chance. Goodness knows there are numerous odds against you already; no need to put yourself at an even greater disadvantage.
If she can return to the type of programs she skated in her prime (2002-2006), then at least I'll feel like her effort is out of a geniune desire to compete, instead of a refusal to let go of the past.
If she can move up from block competitions to nationals, and she earns international assignments, who would say no? Like any other skater, she will go as far as she can go.
To read that Lepisto is out of worlds and Suguri aims to be in soon, is making my heart ache.
- I really don't mean to be disrespectful, so I'll add: good for you, Fumie.
What can I say........
I wanna just say 'Wow' !!! Amazing Suguri !!
I have enjoyed of Suguri´s skating during many years and now I´m hoping that she´ll find a job connected with skating. Apparently it´s very difficult for her to end the competitive career. Her skating career does not look promising at all, will she even get any GP-events in 2011 fall? It seems to me that it´s highly unlikely that she will succeed at the Nationals well enough to make the Japanese World team in 2012 and 2013 or to make the 2014 Olympic team.
On the other hand if she is wealthy enough to keep competing at the Nationals without getting results good enough to make any teams, that is her own choice.
Well, IceJunkie...you get it!
That's right, she is a chronological wonderchild....
As the demographics of figure skating continue to drift north (aka "older") there will be an appreciation for those who can give everyone above the average age "hope"....
Geezz...Alissa Czisny taught us about the possibilities for "older" skaters to make a difference if they were committed enough and had the right coaching........
...and she deserved every medal, accolade, and Super Bowl commercial she enjoyed as a result.
.........one BIG thing missing fom Fumie's resume is SOI or some kind of professional commitment to the entertainment and commmercial side of FS......
..I could be wrong....somebody slap me upside the head if I missed it, but Fumie has never been in demand from the SOI crowd...people who just want to be entertained outside of the competitive arena of figure skating....
If Fumie could get her coaching and choreography right, and I mean really RIGHT without any bullshit, just one more time, we could witness a brief comeback similar to ACzisny's.
Otherwise, this will be just another sad, humiliating, expensive career-fade-out and disappearance....
ITA! No one who loves the sport and wants to compete should be forced out by "fans" who want them to "move on".
I hope that she achieves her goal.
I wish she'd go back to the type of programs she had in 2003-2005. Even her 2006 SP was fantastic. Of course things have changed since then, but if she'd only get programs like that, then I think people would be more receptive to her staying on because even if she placed low, people could still enjoy her skating.
At least better costumes.
Well, at least, Chussovitina won some World medals, even at a later age !
More of her doesn't necesseraly mean as an amateur skater !
I remember a very interesting and inspiring Gala routine few years ago (she played a doll). It would be better to see her doing tours instead of competitions where she is not at her best. JMO.
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