Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm - Ralph Waldo Emerson
NO MAO! DON'T GIVE UP!
Aw, poor Mao But the article isn't as dire as the title suggests. She seems to have perspective on her career and that she wants to compete in 2014.
Good luck to her at Nationals
It's a tragety that Mao had to bend to the pressure of stupid and crazy fans including fsuers to 'retool' her jump technique. She won't be able to land one triple jump after the 'retooling' runs its course.
Three cheers for Mao!
I have no clue which Japanese women I really want to see at Worlds (take that back. I know I want to see Kanako and Akiko. Just not sure if I'd rather see Mao or Miki).
I am confused about the article where it says
"Asada will be up against Miki Ando and Olympian Akiko Suzuki during Japan’s National Championships on December 25 in Nagano."
Since when is Akiko Suzuki an Olympian?
I wish best of luck for Mao. I want her do well with a performance she can be proud of, and like her way of thinking wanting to fall in love next year (only a few days honey, any one you already have in mind? )
Yeah but Mao actually won a medal where as Miki is more Olympian than Akiko interms of career and medal counts.
Unless they mean her age, her health problems and how long she lasted in the sport? It is just bad weird term to be used when there are more 'Olympian' competitor about. Very confusing.
Anyway, Go Akiko... this is such a tight contest and I just want the best lady on the day to win fairly. I am hoping akiko and mao will both go through.
I think Olympian in any context means someone who has competed at the Olympic games. Gizmo is an Olympian!
Is there a language barrier here? Because in English (and French afaik) the word Olympian refers to any athlete who competed in the olympics, or for any athlete who was named to an Olympic team.
I think they were wondering why Akiko was labeled, but not Miki
Now I see, Olympian's not used in this term as to describe someone amazing, it's just saying that Akiko went to the Olympics. Like someone else said, even the last place finisher in skeleton is an Olympian.
The term is used for Suzuki to show the depth of the field at the event, Mao and Ando are already huge stars and don't need to have their credentials listed, the average reader already knows they are great skaters, Suzuki is not nearly as well known, it is a way of informing the readers of her legitamacy as a top competitor.
Well then, it should be interesting to see how things will turn out at japanese nationals!
There were many of japanese ladies contenders throughout the gps.
This is OT, but can't find it: does anyone have a time schedule for Japanese Nats?