Midori Ito returning to competition!

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  1. Doubletoe

    Doubletoe Well-Known Member

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    According to the Facebook page of the U.S. Adult Skating Committee, Midori Ito has entered the 2011 ISU Adult Competition in Oberstdorf! :eek: The competition will be taking place June 8-11.
  2. caseyedwards

    caseyedwards Well-Known Member

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    hope there's a video
  3. MikiAndoFan#1

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    How cool! Midori! :respec:
  4. Doubletoe

    Doubletoe Well-Known Member

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    Considering she used to be able to land 3A+3T, I figure she's got to at *least* still have a 3T, right? Should be interesting to see!!
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    With her natural power I bet she still has a triple or ten and a huge 2axel. She has already won, haha.
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  7. mikemba

    mikemba Active Member

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    Great news! I think she is a wonderful skater.
  8. manleywoman

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    So wish I could compete there this year. I'd be proud to say I lost to Midorit Ito. :lol:
  9. Lanie

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    Me too! :rofl:
  10. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    :lol: Good one! I'd be like "well I didn't win but you know, Midori Ito was competing so..."
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    :lol:
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    that's awesome!
  13. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    I have a feeling that the competition will be very well attended!
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    Today is not April 1, is it? (ha-ha)
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    That is really cool! Having elite skaters compete really shows it's a lifelong sport.

    I do feel bad for those competing for silver, but how cool to even skate in the same competition as Midori Ito!
  16. Doubletoe

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    Frau - That was my first reaction, too! :lol: But, no, this is for real.
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    Any chance it's not THE Midori Ito? I understand those are common names. Would be a shame if a poor girl showed up with the same name and everyone wasn't as excited that she wasn't the one they were hoping for.
  18. manleywoman

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    Why? I think the silver medalist would be proud to be 2nd to her. :)
  19. RockTheTassel

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    Yeah, imagine getting to stand on the podium next to Midori Ito. How cool!
  20. Doubletoe

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    I know, I thought about that, too, LOL! I imagine some tall, skinny 28-year old Japanese woman showing up with her rusty double jumps, dreading the response she always gets as she approaches the registration table to give her name. . . ;) On the other hand, Midori is not that common a name in Japan (and is definitely less common among 28-year olds than 40-year olds), so I would be quite surprised if it turned out to be a different Midori Ito.

    Especially because you'd still be taller, even if you were the bronze medalist!:lol:
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  21. Skittl1321

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    Oh, I'm sure they would be proud to be second to her, but unless she is REALLY rusty, there is no real chance to win (or I'm underestimating high level adults) and while most people don't compete JUST to win, surely they'd like to.

    I've been to synchro competitions where the top medals are decided (seriously even if the top 2 teams all fell down and ran into the boards, they'd still do it with more skill than the other 3 teams competiting), and the competition is for just one medal (5th is 3rd!!!) and it can be a little discouraging...although I've never been in a situation where you bump with fame.

    Is she really that short?
  22. blue_idealist

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    I thought this meant a return to amateur competition lol
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    How great!!!! Has inspired me to try to make the Olympic team at the age of (well, let's just say up there).lol Actually since there is such a fine line between pro and amateur these days, I wish they would let any skater who wanted to try out for the Olympic team. What possible harm could there be in that and it would certainly create a buzz. They let pro basketball and tennis players compete, why not figure skaters?
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    Apparently Midori is 144cm tall.
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    Whaaa.. is this for real?! Thank goodness April fool has already gone.

    How totally awesome. A legend is back on ice, may be it'll start a trend! Lu Chen? Michelle? :p
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    No way... that would be like the return of the incredible shrinking Midori. 144cm, that is like 4ft8, her foot must be like size 3? How can she jump so high!
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    Strong breeze...
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    ^ LOL -- if that were the case, competitions would be held outdoors in strong winds. ;)

    Obviously, its more great talent, great training, and powerful thighs. I met Midori once ... she was so tiny and so gracious, a lovely person, an extraordinary skater.
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    You know, it's easy for me to say since I'm not an adult figure skater working my butt off training and paying my own way, but I'm sure a part of me would rather be second to Midori Ito than winning it without her. It's just so absolutely cool to share a podium with such a skating legend.
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  30. Aussie Willy

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    Maybe she will come to Melbourne next year to do our adult competition.
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    Wheeeeee this is too cool! What is the usual technical standard in ladies for this competition? I know she came out of retirememnt to skate a few shows with Prince Ice World a couple of years ago and got her double axel back but afaik she didn't do any triples. But if she's seriously training and her body can hold out, she'd surely be able to get back triple toe and sal at least! Aww I love her so much, such a legend :respec: :cheer:
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    The standard can be pretty high.

    I know a few years ago, an American skater, Natalie Shaby, skated on the adult / masters level with double jumps up to and including the double axel. She reminds me a lot of Lisa Marie Allen. Natalie, I believe, is in her 40s as well. So, that makes her achievements even more impressive.

    Here's a clip of her in action.
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    Love this news! :encore:
  34. Triple Butz

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    Whatever, I could take her. :slinkaway she is competing in the men's event, no?
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    Are Midori and Ito common names in Japan? :shuffle: I am asking this before I get too excited....

    Bring back Witt, Ito, Yama, Harding, Chen and Sato! :cheer:
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    It doesn't have to be common name. Maybe someone so much wanted to be her that she changed her name to Midori Ito. Easy, quick and about £30 through Deed poll.
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    I didn't knew that former "international" skaters had the right to take part in the ISU Adult circuit?
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    I think the only bar to entry is if you have qualified for your country's standard national championships in the season leading up to the adult championships. There are also minimum and maximum age requirements.
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    Both are common, but not that common. I have not met any other Midori Ito.

    Perhaps adult competition should employ team event! :D
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    I personally think they should consider create a new Champion's Championship for skating popularity's sake.

    To qualify you just have to be an ex champion. No age restrictions except you must have been retired for more than 3 years. Maybe be relax the rules and just make it freestyle with no technical restrictions. Just make it fun and showmanship. Mark should be awarded to artistry as well as technicality, just like dances with the stars.

    It would totally bring all the old sentimental fans and favourites back.
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