View Poll Results: Who will medal in the ladies event at the Japanese Nationals?

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  • Akiko Suzuki

    95 62.91%
  • Fumie Suguri

    4 2.65%
  • Haruka Imai

    5 3.31%
  • Kanako Murakami

    109 72.19%
  • Mao Asada

    62 41.06%
  • Miki Ando

    123 81.46%
  • Other (Please Specify)

    1 0.66%
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    Quote Originally Posted by miki88 View Post
    I don't think she's eligible yet. But I actually prefer her style to Kanako. She's younger but so much more mature. But she does tend to get a lot of URs though.
    Me, too. I think Kanako is still too childish, but I still like her, though.

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    If Asada skates really badly, like almost all pops, can she even beat Suguri and Imai?

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    Murakami
    Miki or Akiko
    Asada or Haruka
    This too will pass away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    If Asada skates really badly, like almost all pops, can she even beat Suguri and Imai?
    If I recall, she did manage to beat both of them at TEB. It's not really like Suguri is skating all that well either for many years now. Imai has a chance to turn things around but she isn't very consistent either and she doesn't get the hype that Kanako has this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    If Asada skates really badly, like almost all pops, can she even beat Suguri and Imai?
    It depends on which Suguri and Imai. Clean or meltdown?
    This too will pass away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky166 View Post
    How about Risa Shoji?
    She has some major UR issues to work out before she contends, IMO.

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    Shoji is not eligible for senior competitons anyway, so it's a moot point.

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    All I know is that I really, really want Akiko to make the world team. I guess my preferred three would be Akiko, Mao, and Kanako...not sure that's going to be reality though.
    Logic is in the eye of the logician --Gloria Steinem

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    Shoji is not eligible for senior competitons anyway, so it's a moot point.
    I didn't mean to go to Worlds. She will be competing in the senior ladies event though and the question was who medals. I could see her placing pretty high, maybe like 5th or 6th.

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    I don't know what it is, but something about Shoji reminds me of Kwan. Obviously not the jumps - maybe it's the body type?

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    love akiko, needs to build herself for next year at the age of 26!!!
    ando seems strong in the field
    asada probably wont get the favors if she doesnt deliver
    murakami might be needed for jr worlds to keep japans spots (not too sure how many spots they have now, can anyone clarify?)

    still hoping on yukari nakano to sweep in. loved her skating so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RunnersHigh View Post
    It depends on which Suguri and Imai. Clean or meltdown?
    Suguri will probably be about 10th. The Japanese federation will put in a strong push to "retire" her at last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikiAndoFan#1 View Post
    Me, too. I think Kanako is still too childish, but I still like her, though.
    I also think she's too childish and unnecessary emphasizes it with her dress in SP But she seems sweet kid, though
    Last edited by Extranjera; 12-17-2010 at 02:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extranjera View Post
    She also think she's too childish and e unnecessary emphasizes it with her dress in SP But she seems sweet kid, though
    I wish she'd change that dress! Kanako is adorable but she is one of those skaters whose personality I enjoy more than their actual skating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miki88 View Post
    I wish she'd change that dress! Kanako is adorable but she is one of those skaters whose personality I enjoy more than their actual skating.
    I agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateSkates View Post
    I don't know what it is, but something about Shoji reminds me of Kwan. Obviously not the jumps - maybe it's the body type?
    Maybe. Risa reminds me a lot of Shizuka. I don't think she's really built like Kwan where she is long legged and a little hippy which Michelle was not, her body type is actually like Shizuka too. I think she does have similar flow across the ice to Kwan though, and the way they go into and out of their jumps is also similar.

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    Suzuki, Murakami, Ando.
    I doubt Mao will be ready at Japanese Nats. That's really too bad...

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    I see that JPN Nats is 12/23 - 12/26. Is this enough time for Mao to recover from the GP series? She turned it around last year, but I don't think she was trying to relearn technique like this year

    Nobuo Sato was quoted at TEB saying that 'she just needs more time'

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    It all depends on how seriously Mao wants to go to worlds. One thing sure is that she used JO and GPS just as open jumping practice sessions for self-satisfaction. Those were total disgraces. How long she wants to continue such foolishness? Maybe she honestly wants to pass up worlds. The only concern is withdrawal of sponsors and endorsements. Missing worlds means serious financial consequences for Asada family. They cannot go back to "normal" standards of living. I suspect Mao is having strong pressures from her parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    It all depends on how seriously Mao wants to go to worlds. One thing sure is that she used JO and GPS just as open jumping practice sessions for self-satisfaction. Those were total disgraces. How long she wants to continue such foolishness? Maybe she honestly wants to pass up worlds. The only concern is withdrawal of sponsors and endorsements. Missing worlds means serious financial consequences for Asada family. They cannot go back to "normal" standards of living. I suspect Mao is having strong pressures from her parents.
    Huh? Self-Satisfaction?? or maybe she realized, in order to win the next Olympics, she would need better jumping techniques and all sets of triple jumps?

    Her family is already rich, I don't think they need to worry about money. Not like they are buying a new house every few months. I am sure they still live in the same house before she became famous. Do you ever see Mao wearing expensive clothes or jewelry?

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