Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, May 15, 2011.
At the Winter National Athletic Meet in Tokyo yesterday, Nobunari Oda announced that he had decided to put an end to his career next season
He is hoping to participate to the Sochi Winter Olympics and have his last competition at the Worlds Championships which will take place in Tokyo
The short program of this competition took place yesterday and Oda landed all his jumps (including a 4T-3T) to take the lead of the competition with 92.29, ahead of Kento Nakamura and Akio Sasaki
Oda is a great skater, but there are three more japanese men I'm hoping to see at the Olympics and at worlds in Tokyo. Definitely the worst country in the world to represent, if you're a boy and you're after important FS assignments.
Not the official release but Ryuichi Kihara was reported as the new partner of Narumi Takahashi:
ETA: never mind, a new thread for the news was started while I was posting this. =)
A separate thread has been started in GSD since it's big news link:
New JPN Pair: Narumi Takahashi & Ryuichi Kihara
The Junior High School All-Japan Championsips of Skating have been taking place in Nagano. Shoma Uno won both the short and the free for for a third victory in a row with a total points of 202.01, while Riona Kato won in the Ladies with 167.09, ahead of Satoko Miyahara (160.20), who won the bronze medal at the Senior All-Japan Championships in December
According to Tatjana Flade's twitter, Daisuke Takahashi will unveil a new SP at Four Continents, "Moonlight Sonata"
I love Moonlight Sonata to bits, but it's a very difficult piece to do justice to choreographically. And given the timing, I would imagine that it must have been choreographed by Morozov since he said in January that they had worked together on the SP (that last bit is total speculation on my part and not part of the news, btw)
Daisuke Takahashi will practice tomorrow at 4 Continents and also speak to the press, so all details on his SP should be revealed soon.
Here is hoping for a cyber Moonlight Sonata
Anyway, I was hoping he could change his LP not the SP
Turns out he will skate to classical Moonlight Sonata. Another hip hop version of a classical piece would sound too trite, I think.
Anyway, apparently Morozov suggested the change and he accepted. He feels good with the music though, so who knows!
Morozov choreographed a long program to Moonlight Sonata for Sasha Cohen back in 2009 or 2010 if I can count on memory.
Here is Sasha's Moonlight lp from 2010
Very interested to see this new program!
this was heartbreaking to watch again. I really wish she had made the Olympic team instead of Flatt
Lynn Rutherford just tweeted:
Impressive FS by Nobunari Oda at Bavarian Open 178.06 pts w/2 4Toes, 3Axel, 3Lutz/3Toe, but 4th at Japanese nationals so no worlds
Great for him but that he didn't do this in December!!! Still, it's got to give him more confidence that he has a shot for Sochi next season. Fingers crossed someone was filming so it can show up on YouTube.
Oda is such a headcase. He is capable of so much but just can't deliver when it counts. At least he skates rather well at the GPs and internationals...
Actually, sometimes I felt it was the judges holding him down, especially during this season's GP events. Low second mark etc. Because he had not been very consistent in the past, they were not giving him any favours which they would do for example Takahashi.
Nothing against Oda but he really is a headcase. On numerous occasions I saw him hit perfect 4-3-3 jumps in warm-up or practice sessions, only to screw it up in competition. He could do beautifully secure 3A-3t-3t since I first saw him live at 2005 Skate Canada, when he was 18. I love his knees. If only someone can fix his brain ...
Yes, please someone post on YouTube. Would love to see the program. He is amazing and I hope he pulls it off next year and is on the japanese olympic team.
2014 World Championships in Saitama City
It's the same venue with Japan Open (about 15000 capacity). This year's Japanese Nationals will be held there too. Obviously they want to raise revenue as much as possible.
I saw mentions on Twitter today about Shoma Uno going to Junior Worlds - is there confirmation that it's true and, if yes, is he replacing Keiji Tanaka or Ryuju Hino?
Takahiko Kozuka is no longer listed in next week's Challenge Cup entries (not yet ready to compete?) -- he still has an assignment to Gardena Spring Trophy in early April.
Uno is replacing Tanaka.
Excited for Uno! Is Tanaka injured? He was so good at Nationals!
Thanks for the link. An online translation refers to "left thigh pain" for Tanaka and that the injury occurred in December which forced him to miss the national high school championships in January.
ETA that I think this the competition Tanaka missed (post #647 in this thread):
On Facebook Challenge Cup mentioned he is injured and therefore retired
You mean "retired from the competition in The Hague" - the Facebook post reads:
I hope Kozuka is still recovering from the same foot injury mentioned earlier in this thread and that it's not a new injury.
yes, of course. Still hope he will be at Gardena Spring Trophy
I hope that too
Oh jeez, my heart skipped a beat there...
I hold out hope that he will get his head together for Olympic season! We know he still has the goods.
This. He should have won silver at Skate Canada over Chan.
Does anyone know how hard it will be to get tickets for foreigners? We have friends in Tokyo and it would be great to combine a trip with Worlds, even just one session!
(I would rather not burden my friends with obtaining tickets, of course)
This is an article in 'Jiji Com' in Japan.
Kozuka missed the Challenge Cup
February 20th, 2013 JST
It found that Takahiko Kozuka (Toyota Motor) had declined the Challenge Cup (February 21st-24th, Hague, Dutch) which he had scheduled to participate in, on February 20th.
Injuring the right leg before the Japan Nationals in the late last year, Kozuka was during the tuning aiming at returning to the competition. He had come off the Japan representative for the Worlds in March and is in the entries of an international event in Italy in April.
Kozuka missed from the Challenge Cup
23th Gardina Spring Trophy (April 1st- 4th, Selva Val Gardena, Italy)
I wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him and his great edges live at Gardena Spring Trophy
I hope Kozuka recovers soon. I love his skating
The message of Takahiko Kozuka from his official web site
Translating to English from Japanese.
February 15th, 2013
Everybody! Thank you (for the chocolates) on Valentine’s Day.
I ate it and it was delicious.
Thank you for anybody, too, whom I couldn’t find your name, because you didn’t write your name into the present of chocolate.
The following is the report.
Consulting with my coach, I decided not to participate to the Challenge Cup which is held in Dutch.
Speaking truly, it was the situation yesterday (at February 16th) that it had become somehow slowly till 3A at least but I could not help stopping attempting while disappointing as for 4T because it has burst 4 times continuously while I attempted it.
I became good gradually, but because I wasn't perfect yet, I decided not to participate to the Challenge Cup.
However, I feel that the upper part, the body and the lower part were reinforced, because I was trained well from January.
Therefore, I feel that it became better than before as for the skating, the balance, the ‘rotation speed of the spin' and so on.
The explanation of the photo.
It's like a "Mission: Impossible", isn't it?
In above mentioned situation, I am recovering gradually.
Please cheer me, because I intend to have done with the participation to Italy (Garden Spring Trophy) in April somehow!!
Japanese figure skating team to train in Armenia for 2014 Winter Olympics:
Wise move on part of the Japanese federation to procure training facilities now, and with enough time between Japanese Nationals and the OLYs, that will give their athletes plenty of time to train and better acclimate to time change, etc.
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