At the Winter National Athletic Meet in Tokyo yesterday, Nobunari Oda announced that he had decided to put an end to his career next season
He is hoping to participate to the Sochi Winter Olympics and have his last competition at the Worlds Championships which will take place in Tokyo
The short program of this competition took place yesterday and Oda landed all his jumps (including a 4T-3T) to take the lead of the competition with 92.29, ahead of Kento Nakamura and Akio Sasaki
Not the official release but Ryuichi Kihara was reported as the new partner of Narumi Takahashi:
ETA: never mind, a new thread for the news was started while I was posting this. =)
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
The Junior High School All-Japan Championsips of Skating have been taking place in Nagano. Shoma Uno won both the short and the free for for a third victory in a row with a total points of 202.01, while Riona Kato won in the Ladies with 167.09, ahead of Satoko Miyahara (160.20), who won the bronze medal at the Senior All-Japan Championships in December
According to Tatjana Flade's twitter, Daisuke Takahashi will unveil a new SP at Four Continents, "Moonlight Sonata"
I love Moonlight Sonata to bits, but it's a very difficult piece to do justice to choreographically. And given the timing, I would imagine that it must have been choreographed by Morozov since he said in January that they had worked together on the SP (that last bit is total speculation on my part and not part of the news, btw)
Last edited by rayhaneh; 02-05-2013 at 12:26 PM.
Here is hoping for a cyber Moonlight Sonata
Turns out he will skate to classical Moonlight Sonata. Another hip hop version of a classical piece would sound too trite, I think.
Anyway, apparently Morozov suggested the change and he accepted. He feels good with the music though, so who knows!
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Morozov choreographed a long program to Moonlight Sonata for Sasha Cohen back in 2009 or 2010 if I can count on memory.
Very interested to see this new program!
Lynn Rutherford just tweeted:
Impressive FS by Nobunari Oda at Bavarian Open 178.06 pts w/2 4Toes, 3Axel, 3Lutz/3Toe, but 4th at Japanese nationals so no worlds
Great for him but that he didn't do this in December!!! Still, it's got to give him more confidence that he has a shot for Sochi next season. Fingers crossed someone was filming so it can show up on YouTube.
Oda is such a headcase. He is capable of so much but just can't deliver when it counts. At least he skates rather well at the GPs and internationals...