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    Great in-depth interview with Fumie Suguri.

    Fumie Suguri: "There's always more to learn"
    By Atsuko Kuryu
    http://www.absoluteskating.com/inter...miesuguri.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by reut View Post
    Great in-depth interview with Fumie Suguri.

    Fumie Suguri: "There's always more to learn"
    By Atsuko Kuryu
    http://www.absoluteskating.com/inter...miesuguri.html
    thanks for the interview.

    fumie still on fire, but with some doubts.

    may she have a satisfying end to her career.

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    Nobunari Oda, 2013 Dreams on Ice:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wPZ5uX99tM
    "I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"

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    Quote Originally Posted by reut View Post
    Great in-depth interview with Fumie Suguri.

    Fumie Suguri: "There's always more to learn"
    By Atsuko Kuryu
    http://www.absoluteskating.com/inter...miesuguri.html
    Reprising Moonlight Sonata may not be a bad idea. it is her best long program after all.

    I wish her well - but really, making it to Nationals will be in itself an achievement.

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    Fumie Forever!!!!

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    I really liked Fumie's Moonlight. That and Carmen were her best LP's IMO. I just cannot believe it's eleven years since she did it

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    Quote Originally Posted by siouxdonym View Post
    Fumie Forever!!!!
    She is so far living up to your hopes. Incredible heart and longevity.

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    Thanks for sharing that interview, reut! I love the choice of Puss in Boots for the SP. It would be such a nice full-circle moment if she could at least make it to Nationals with the Moonlight Sonata LP. I like that she's with Lori Nichol and Noriko Sato again. (Please someone attend Regionals and record the programs!)

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    Mao Asada nominated for the 2013 Sportswoman of the Year Award

    From ISU figure skating Facebook https://www.facebook.com/isufigureskating
    VOTE NOW! The Women's Sport Foundation has selected Mao Asada (JPN) as a finalist for the 2013 Sportswoman of the Year Award. Athletes were considered for this year’s award based on their athletic achievements between August 13, 2012 and July 31, 2013.

    Voting closes September 9th. ‪#‎SportswomanoftheYear‬
    Survey - 2013 Sportswoman of the Year: Individual Sport - Women's Sports Foundation

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    Danceworks uploaded Mao's photos on their facebook.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...1&l=3708dc5d36
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    BALLET ON ICE. Watch stunning ballet-trained MAO ASADA perform to Chopin's Ballade No1.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bXiY3hOXCA
    See her balletic posture is wonderful enough to be uploaded on this page.
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...2794230&type=3

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    Danceworks uploaded Mao's photos on their facebook.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...1&l=3708dc5d36
    The posture is fine but the angles are not very flattering to Mao who seems bulky & muscular here. Where is our reed-slender gazelle of years past? I hope that it is just the angle (or costume length? color?) to blame for the heaviness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frau Muller View Post
    The posture is fine but the angles are not very flattering to Mao who seems bulky & muscular here. Where is our reed-slender gazelle of years past? I hope that it is just the angle (or costume length? color?) to blame for the heaviness.
    Those photos are old. She is wearing over the boot tights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frau Muller View Post
    The posture is fine but the angles are not very flattering to Mao who seems bulky & muscular here. Where is our reed-slender gazelle of years past? I hope that it is just the angle (or costume length? color?) to blame for the heaviness.
    I can't believe anyone would accuse Mao Asada of looking heavy! To me it is a cause for celebration when she does not look vanishingly skinny. She has been struggling with underweight the past few years. I think she looks wonderful in these two photos. And I am not one of those who defends plump skaters just to be considerate or PC.

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    Re-posting from the COS Summer Skate Thornhill thread in Kiss and Cry:

    Nobunari Oda's winning FS (171.41): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq6G4VhwpoQ
    FS jumps: 4T3T, 3T, 3A2T, 3A, 3Lz2T2Lo, 3F, 3Lo, 3S. His music was Rossini's William Tell overture, choreographed by Lori Nichol.
    Oda's SP (78.24) to The Cotton Club soundtrack, choreographed by David Wilson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe4ElxWRi_4

    Kento Nakamura's 143.54 2nd place FS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKPGrsRhOVk
    Nakamura's jumps: 3A2T, 3T, 3Lo, 3Lz2T2T, 3F, 3A, 3?2T, 3Lz fell out. He's always been my favorite "least known" Japanese male skater. Thanks to skateboy for confirming his music as Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, in E-flat Major ("Emperor"). Brian Orser was with him at this competition - did David Wilson choreograph Nakamura's FS?
    "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

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    I love Oda's program...I hope he makes the team, he's a dark horse for a medal...such a talented headcase

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    Kozuka, Dai, Hanyu, Oda.
    Japan must have 4 spots for Sochi. Too much talents.

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    Dai and Hanyu are almost sure bets...I think
    it's between Oda and Kozuka, and it's gonna be really heartbreaking...both are really underachievers for their respective talents
    And then there's Mura and Machida, who have a lot of chances for the Olympic team too, especially Mura

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    Agreed. The third spot might be among Kozuka, Oda, Mura and Machida. It's going to be a massacre.

    BTW it would be a tough battle in the ladies field, too. There are four strong contenders so far. Mao, Akiko, Kanako, and Satoko. If Miki succeed in quarifying for Nats, the number will be five. My bet is Mao and Kanako will get the two spots. And the third spot will be among Akiko, Satoko, and Miki. I think it'll be between Akiko and Satoko. And that reminds me of 2009 Nats. Akiko got the spot and Yukari retired. Sorry Satoko but I want to see Akiko in Sochi. Satoko would be one of the Japanese strongest contenders after Sochi.

    In reference:
    Machida won Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy 2013 August 8-11 with rather sloppy short and solid long (jump contents were 4T,4T3T,3A,3A2T,3Lo,3Lz,3F,3S2T2T) and total score was 226.21. One of his fans tweeted he didn't want his short to be public including the music choice, because he was not satisfied with his own performance. And here is the video of his FS.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lx6lytVwNQ

    Satoko also won Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy in the senior ladies field over Kexin ZHANG. Her FS7s jump contents were 3Lz3T,3F,3Lo,2A,2A3T,3Lz<2T2T,3S and she earned plus GOEs for almost all contents except for 3Lz<2T2T. SP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1Crusj0ZYE FS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG2GIw3TolQ

    results: http://www.fsatresults.com/AOFST2013...ndexAOFST.html

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    Kozuka has struggled with boot problems and foot injuries for the last few years, and he's competed with more than average pain. He's achieved as much as he can given those limitations.
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinhood View Post
    Dai and Hanyu are almost sure bets...I think
    it's between Oda and Kozuka, and it's gonna be really heartbreaking...both are really underachievers for their respective talents
    I think this fall season is going to tell much of the story, as to who will end up on the team.
    "I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"

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