Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, May 15, 2011.
This list is incredible for just one nation!
Machida declares to go for the quad lutz in Russia
He seems to be too much confident now. Before that he must do Western sectionals.
Quad lutz? WOW! So impressed with Machida this season, he is my fav of the Japanese men.
Great skating skills , exciting quads and fantastic artistry.
Those media love sensational headlines. My understanding is Machida did not talk about actual plan to do 4Lz in CoR but he told about his mentality. He is kinda skater who inspires himself by telling his big challenges to the public.
my rough translation of Machida's words
After getting back in Japan, Machida told that he regarded himself as the contender who had the smallest chance to make an Olympic team among those six Japanese male skaters. So I think he knows about himself very well.
I hate per country rules.
I don't believe Machida will go for the quad-lutz, it's just tough talk during the Olympic season, which is common amongst all elite athletes. Even Evgeni is known to do such. I recall videos showing him going for the quad-lutz, but he never attempted it in competition, only once at a D competition or something like that. Which is alright by me; it's good to play mind games with your competitors, lol. Though at the 2002 Olympics Evgeni went all out in the FS! Holy smokes I'll never forget that; kinda glad Yagudin forced him to pull out every single gun in his arsenal, that FS was one for the ages (aka 4T/3T/3R with a step out, 4T, 3A, 3A-1/2R-3F)!
That said, imho the Japanese Mens Olympic Team will be Hanyu, Machida, and maybe Daisuke Takahashi based on his being a legend.
ps: regarding per country rules, no biggie, rules are rules for a reason, and the 3 country per rule assures only the cream of the crop will arise. And if one is a long-time figure skating fan one knows this from watching over the decades. There have been plenty of great skaters over the decades from one country, it's nothing unusual, and all know the rules and accept it and get on with it!
Akiko Suzuki tells a story with her skating
Is it just me or is Hanyu just scarily thin?
Novice nationals were this weekend, here's the results in English: http://www.jsfresults.com/National/2013-2014/fs_e/novice/index.htm
Marin had a really bad skate, she did a 3Lz-3T-2T that didn't even count because she did too many combos. I think she was just having an off day. Higuchi had a pretty good skate, she'll be a junior next year so it's good she won.
He's always been this way. It's a perfect body type for skating, though. He must have very dense muscle, given how much elevation he gets on his jumps.
He just has a very small body frame.
He looks in proportion though. Look at his face - he just has VERY delicate bone structure. It's not like he's gaunt or anything.
All I can say about the Japanese skaters is WOW, WOW, AND MORE WOW! They bring so much competitiveness and excitement to the sport these days. Socchi will be a real show-down.
P&G Japan has selected Hanyu and Takahashi as their Sochi Olympics ambassadors.
In Japan, P&G is set to launch the global Proud Sponsor of Moms campaign in support of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games from December 2013. The campaign, which features top Japanese figure skaters Daisuke Takahashi and Yuzuru Hanyu as Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games ambassadors for P&G Japan, will both be playing a starring role in the companys upcoming advertising and promotional activities.
Japan Olympic Bronze Medalist and figure skater Daisuke Takahashi said, I use P&G products in my everyday life, so I was really happy to represent the brand in its Thank You Mom program. Just as I strive to do my best in skating, I also hope to be an inspiration for consumers to look to P&G products for their every day needs through this campaign.
Its a great honor to be part of P&Gs Proud Sponsor of Moms especially since Ive been using P&G products since I was small. Its given an extra boost to my efforts looking ahead to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, says world-class figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu.
From Kyodo Tsushin PR Wire: they will appear in advertisements, facebook and web short movies.
P&G Japan Facebook:
Hanyu looks like a salesperson. "Here are our products, ma-am."
From Imai Haruka's updated ISU bio:
'Imai moved to the USA for training in 2011, but switched coaches and moved back to Japan in 2013.'
Her coach is Rumiko Michigami now.
The real showdown will be at the Japanese nationals just to make the Olympic team. I wish I could watch the Japanese nationals live. They will be "Wow!"
Midori Ito and Mai Asada(Mao's older sister) will appear in a TV drama as figure skating coaches.
"A promise of skate boots--a story of a lady skater from Nagoya--" is going to be filmed as TV Aichi's 30th anniversary memorial drama. And it will be aired on December 25th via TV Tokyo and its affiliate TV stationｓ. The drama will be filmed at Osu rink where Midori, Mao and Mai used to train and Kanako has trained.　Miyu Honda, an actress and also a novice skater, appears in the drama as well.
I would love to see that - with or without subtitles!
Re-posting from the Kiss and Cry forum - Sectional results & protocols (final qualifier from Junior Nationals later this month and Senior Nationals in Dec.) from this past weekend have been published in English:
ETA from earlier in this thread (updated):
Miu Sato and Shion Kokobun didn't qualify... ( , especially for Sato who seemed a very promising skater...).
Actually Miyu is the heroine of this drama, not an "also" character. Marin Honda also appears as a "rival" (funny). Here is a promotion clip of "A promise of the skates." Around 40 seconds, apparently Marin is doing a 3Lz-3T.
Asahi Newspaper article published today
my rough translation
Fierce battle, aiming at making a Sochi team: Asada and Hanyu hold a lead
Asada and Hanyu won the Grand Prix Final(held from December 7th). They reeled in one of the three spots in each fields at Sochi Olympics. It seems skaters will face a fierce battle aiming at the rest two spots in each fields in Japan Nationals held from December 21th at Saitama Super Arena.
On December 7th Yoshiko Kobayashi the head of strengthening department in Japan Skating Federation said "It's sure that they got a big advantages", she steered clear of the definite commitment about their spots.
The skater who wins the Nationals automatically gets the spot. The rest of the spots will be given to the skaters considering the results in the Grand Prix Final, world standings and the ISU official personal bests. It seems Asada and Hanyu will get the spot because they place the highest in every of the three.
Concerning world standings and official personal best, Daisuke Takahashi, Tatsuki Machida, Akiko Suzuki, and Kanako Murakami, Satoko Miyahara comes in the mix. Reportedly Takahashi has been back on the ice and also worked on jumps already. These skaters will get close to the spots if they get on the podium in the Nationals. They will still remain in the mix even if they fail in getting a medal. The other skaters such as Nobunari Oda who got a bronze medal at Grand Prix Final, Takahito Mura, Miki Ando need to place at least 3rd in the Nationals to be in the mix. Among them the skaters aside from Oda got less outstanding results in this season so they want to win or show remarkable performances at Nationals. "The skater who wants to win the most will get the spot. Everything will be decided at Nationals," said Oda. His words indicate the tough situation.
The Nats is coming next weeeeeeek.
I am much more nervous about Japanese Nationals than I am about U.S.
I love hearing Oda talk this way!
I can't wait to see the Japanese nationals (if I could see it)!
Is there any chance that Japanese Nationals will be carried on the NHK overseas cable channel? The NHK GP event was.
Fuji TV has the broadcast rights. NHK has nothing to do with it.
That is what I was afraid of...I can subscribe to NHK overseas here in the US, but not Fuji TV :
Is there any way to watch Japanese Nationals on the internet? I really wanna see, but I don't wanna see, if you know what I mean. I'm scared to death for all of these athletes.
Miki's score at Golden Spin was in the 170's. She's getting better. I wonder if the JSF would consider her for a spot, especially considering how underwhelming Kanako has been this season and the fact that besides Mao and Akiko. who else is a contender? Then again, I think Kanako is a late season bloomer.
World Standings so far
1 4558 Yuzuru HANYU JPN
3 3529 Daisuke TAKAHASHI JPN
6 3067 Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN
10 2344 Nobunari ODA JPN
11 2314 Takahito MURA JPN
17 2044 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN
34 1304 Ryuju HINO JPN
37 1160 Shoma UNO JPN
38 1123 Keiji TANAKA JPN
50 993 Daisuke MURAKAMI JPN
80 540 Shu NAKAMURA JPN
82 525 Sei KAWAHARA JPN
92 417 Yoji TSUBOI JPN
100 367 Kento NAKAMURA JPN
2 3901 Mao ASADA JPN
4 3533 Akiko SUZUKI JPN
11 2547 Kanako MURAKAMI JPN
20 1824 Haruka IMAI JPN
22 1776 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN
45 1017 Miyabi OBA JPN
47 989 Rika HONGO JPN
69 676 Miu SATO JPN
78 567 Risa SHOJI JPN
80 558 Yuki NISHINO JPN
94 450 Miki ANDO JPN
Personal season best so far
2 293.25 Yuzuru HANYU JPN ISU Grand Prix Final 2013/14 06.12.2013
3 268.31 Daisuke TAKAHASHI JPN ISU GP NHK Trophy 2013 09.11.2013
4 265.38 Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN ISU GP Hilton HHonors Skate America 2013 19.10.2013
5 262.98 Nobunari ODA JPN Nebelhorn Trophy 2013 28.09.2013
12 230.95 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN ISU GP Hilton HHonors Skate America 2013 19.10.2013
14 227.22 Takahito MURA JPN ISU GP NHK Trophy 2013 09.11.2013
26 210.02 Keiji TANAKA JPN ISU JGP Czech Skate 2013 05.10.2013
35 199.64 Ryuju HINO JPN ISU JGP Mexico Cup 2013 06.09.2013
37 197.82 Shoma UNO JPN ISU JGP Tallinn Cup 2013 11.10.2013
66 166.95 Sei KAWAHARA JPN ISU JGP Mexico Cup 2013 06.09.2013
67 166.83 Shu NAKAMURA JPN ISU JGP Baltic Cup 2013 21.09.2013
78 156.23 Sota YAMAMOTO JPN ISU JGP Riga Cup 2013 31.08.2013
87 150.55 Taichiro YAMAKUMA JPN ISU JGP Kosice 2013 15.09.2013
93 145.59 Taichi HONDA JPN ISU JGP Minsk 2013 28.09.2013
1 207.59 Mao ASADA JPN ISU GP NHK Trophy 2013 09.11.2013
4 193.75 Akiko SUZUKI JPN ISU GP Skate Canada International 2013 26.10.2013
19 170.21 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN ISU GP NHK Trophy 2013 09.11.2013
22 165.95 Kanako MURAKAMI JPN ISU GP Cup of China 2013 02.11.2013
27 162.86 Miki ANDO JPN Nebelhorn Trophy 2013 27.09.2013
38 152.13 Miyabi OBA JPN ISU JGP Tallinn Cup 2013 12.10.2013
40 150.30 Haruka IMAI JPN ISU GP Cup of China 2013 02.11.2013
44 147.57 Rika HONGO JPN ISU JGP Mexico Cup 2013 07.09.2013
47 146.49 Kaori SAKAMOTO JPN ISU JGP Czech Skate 2013 05.10.2013
56 141.82 Mai MIHARA JPN ISU JGP Minsk 2013 27.09.2013
75 130.08 Yura MATSUDA JPN ISU JGP Riga Cup 2013 30.08.2013
During ice re-surfacing at GPF, I was window shopping at the stalls and found a gem of a book on pre-release sale. The book is composed series of interviews with top skaters, Mao, Yuzuru, Daisuke, Miki, Akiko, Nobu, Kozuka, Mura and Kanako. What makes this book, titled "The Style of Top Skaters" (Top Skater no ryuugi, Futaba-sha), so special is the interviewer- an obscure Sports News Director at Fuji TV Station named YUKARI NAKANO!
The interviews are sometimes hilarious (Nobu on how he was finally able to count his jumps), poignant (Akiko and Yukari who shared 17year rivalry remember the novice days, when they were both always beaten by an un-named competitor), but always informative.
There is a photos section showing the skater and Yukari both striking an unforgettable pose from the skater's or Yukari's programs. Yukari sometimes hits better pose than the skater!
When this book goes on general release, get it!
Yukari had the best do-nut spins ever! I miss her. I loved her Giselle - saw it live at SA a few years ago
Yukari was fabulous
I've started a general information thread for Japan Nationals in Kiss and Cry with all the entries listed: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/sho...pan-Nationals-info-results-thread-(Dec-20-23)
Oh I miss Yukari. What is she up to nowadays?
^She works for Fuji TV as a "researcher/reporter" I believe.
Yukari used to work as an assistant producer in Fuji TV's movie-ad section. You can see some videos in which she reportｓ about the making of a film. Click on the videos. You'll see her in the police officer costume. 　Maybe it's because the main character of the film is a young police officer.
She moved to the sports section a couple of years ago and since then she's worked as a reporter/interviewer. I saw her interviews with Mao and Akiko on TV(maybe at the Nationals last year.)
Just for infromation, Fuji TV is the station who has TV right of Japan Nationals. This is their official site of the Nats.
Two more information about Japanese skaters,
According to a TV program aired via Fuji TV Kanako Murakami is back to her former short program(in 2011-2012 season). In this program 3-3 is planned in the first half. So she doesn't need to be very nervous thinking too much about the 3-3 in the second half.
Miki Ando and Yukina Ohta are scheduled to The Gala 2013 held on December 29th in Bozen, Italy. It might be a precious chance to see them live if you are a fan. Actually this could be a wonderful show seeing the whole cast. However, I feel very sorry that Caro is injured.
we still hope she is on the gala
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