Fumie Suguri on a music video:
"'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney
Spring International Assignments
Bavarian Open (Oberstdorf, GER)
Challenge Cup (The Hague, NED)
Reo Ishizuka (N)
Wakaba Higuchi (N)
Coupe du Printemps (Luxembourg, LUX)
Kaori Sakamoto (N)
Yuka Kito (N)
Gardena Spring Trophy (Selva Val Gardena, ITA)
Taichiro Yamakuma (N)
Eriko Yamakuma (N) they are twin brother and sister
Yuhana Yokoi (N)
Triglav Trophy (Jesenice, SLO)
Taichi Honda (J)
Yura Matsuda (J)
Sota Yamamoto (N)
Mai Mihara (N)
Marin Honda (N)
I'm surprised to see so many athletes are going to be sent to Europe. After all, the JSF is fairly rich.
There is a fairly long interview on the Canon website with Takeshi Honda who talks about Japan's Men skating:
Maybe one of our Japanese speakers can provide a translation? If not, I will try to do so between today and this weekend, depending on the workload
Gosh, more chances to see Kozuka this year!! Also pleased to see Daisuke Murakami listed - any word on his recovery from the separated shoulder?
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so I hope his recovery is progressing nicely but I wonder he has enough time to prepare for first competition.
needless to say, I think this is very good chance for him and I'm so glad to watch his performance in this season, again.
if that helps, he updated his blog on 4th Jun.
he trained swimming as rehabilitation.
At the end, he wrote "I resolve on making utmost efforts and I want to celebrate with you all in Sochi"
SO, wait , let me get this straight.... Miki IS skating next season and ISN'T retiring?!
Hmm, I seem to remember a story about Ando dating Nanri a few years ago that turned out to be false. Now that they're "getting married", maybe they actually went out on a real date ?
eta: link to article scan. In case it's not ok to link to other forums, please feel free to remove.
It says the news source is a sports writer. Ando and Nanri are friends since their junior days. Their families have known each other. Ando has visited Fukuoka where Nanri lives frequently and practiced together at the local rink. Ando is appearing numerous shows recently because of Nanri's offers.
The source is a tabloid article, but it has Nikolai Morozov saying that Miki Ando wants him to be her coach again and that he does not exclude the possibility that he will indeed coach her again next year.
I really wish people would stop bringing dadygin as a source for any information. The guy should be employed by 'mills&boon' rather than a paper