Fumie Suguri intends to continue competing, aiming to compete in Sochi 2014.

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by carriecmu0503, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. carriecmu0503

    carriecmu0503 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2007
    Messages:
    191
  2. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2009
    Messages:
    7,139
    :eek:

    The NEW granny! :cheer2:

    The only problem is, she's skating in the most competitive country in the world. :shuffle:
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  3. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2007
    Messages:
    2,105
    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.
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  4. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2006
    Messages:
    13,324
    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.
  5. caseyedwards

    caseyedwards Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2009
    Messages:
    6,346
    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.
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  6. RFOS

    RFOS Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2007
    Messages:
    2,269
    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 :shuffle: (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.
  7. OliviaPug

    OliviaPug Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2002
    Messages:
    2,245
    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.

    O-
    Cheylana and (deleted member) like this.
  8. Fallcolor

    Fallcolor New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2009
    Messages:
    715
    :rofl: at this thread in the trash can

    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.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011
  9. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2009
    Messages:
    14,081
    Yay! :cheer2: I'm happy she hasn't given up on her dream! Go Fumie! :glamor:
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  10. a56

    a56 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2010
    Messages:
    232
    :encore: 33 year old Granny Fumie! :cheer2:
  11. icellist

    icellist New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2010
    Messages:
    413
    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
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  12. NMURA

    NMURA Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2010
    Messages:
    374
    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.
  13. reese

    reese Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2004
    Messages:
    3,368
    Get it Fumie!
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  14. JamieSix

    JamieSix New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2004
    Messages:
    1,459
    Never quit, Fumie! :cheer2::cheer2:

    I would love to see her in Sochi, actually!
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  15. ks777

    ks777 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2003
    Messages:
    1,710
    yes, it would be nice to see her in the broadcasting booth.:p
  16. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    5,545
    :lol: I freakin Love Suguri! do it baby :respec:
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  17. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2002
    Messages:
    5,039
    I'm not sure what her chances of making it to Sochi really are, but good for her! I'm just :rollin: 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 :p.

    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.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  18. Lacey

    Lacey Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Messages:
    8,536
    She's soon going to be getting grey hair.
  19. essence_of_soy

    essence_of_soy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2003
    Messages:
    2,488
    Maybe someone from an obscure ISU nation can marry Ms Suguri, so that she can represent Mongolia or Azerbjean.
  20. casken

    casken Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2004
    Messages:
    6,317
    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.
  21. IceJunkie

    IceJunkie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2006
    Messages:
    2,138
    :rofl: 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.
    PeterG, briancoogaert, geod2 and 3 others like this.
  22. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2004
    Messages:
    9,815
    To paraphrase uncle Dick: "Well good for you Fumie Surguri! " :)
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  23. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2006
    Messages:
    13,324
    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.
  24. RumbleFish

    RumbleFish New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2010
    Messages:
    1,004
    I wish JFA would offer a job of some kind to Suguri and get her off the ice.
  25. Bonita

    Bonita Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2003
    Messages:
    494
    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?
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  26. Marco

    Marco Missing Ziggy

    Joined:
    May 9, 2002
    Messages:
    11,239
    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. :shuffle:
  27. Marco

    Marco Missing Ziggy

    Joined:
    May 9, 2002
    Messages:
    11,239
    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.
  28. RumbleFish

    RumbleFish New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2010
    Messages:
    1,004
    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?
  29. bardtoob

    bardtoob Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2005
    Messages:
    7,871
    Good for Fumie. I hope to see more of her.
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  30. DBZ

    DBZ Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2003
    Messages:
    1,015
    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.
  31. WayCon

    WayCon New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Messages:
    165
    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.
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  32. loulou

    loulou Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2005
    Messages:
    1,735
    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.
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  33. Jenny81

    Jenny81 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2011
    Messages:
    256
    Huh??? :eek:
    What can I say........
    I wanna just say 'Wow' !!! Amazing Suguri !!;)
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  34. Jaana

    Jaana Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2002
    Messages:
    3,880
    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.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011
  35. geod2

    geod2 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    556

    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....


    -
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011
  36. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2002
    Messages:
    13,704
    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.
    PeterG and (deleted member) like this.
  37. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2003
    Messages:
    9,943
    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.
  38. miki88

    miki88 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2009
    Messages:
    806
    At least better costumes. :slinkaway
  39. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2003
    Messages:
    12,385
    Well, at least, Chussovitina won some World medals, even at a later age !
  40. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2003
    Messages:
    12,385
    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. ;)