Those media love sensational headlines. My understanding is Machida did not talk about actual plan to do 4Lz in CoR but he told about his mentality. He is kinda skater who inspires himself by telling his big challenges to the public.
my rough translation of Machida's words
Keeping good condition is not enough and I want to evolve, since I keep the words "keeping is degenerating" in my mind in this season.After getting back in Japan, Machida told that he regarded himself as the contender who had the smallest chance to make an Olympic team among those six Japanese male skaters. So I think he knows about himself very well.I have to get a few more techniques. For example, challenging 4Lz is not bad, since the only quad I can do is 4T so far. Such a mentality would be needed."
I hate per country rules.
I don't believe Machida will go for the quad-lutz, it's just tough talk during the Olympic season, which is common amongst all elite athletes. Even Evgeni is known to do such. I recall videos showing him going for the quad-lutz, but he never attempted it in competition, only once at a D competition or something like that. Which is alright by me; it's good to play mind games with your competitors, lol. Though at the 2002 Olympics Evgeni went all out in the FS! Holy smokes I'll never forget that; kinda glad Yagudin forced him to pull out every single gun in his arsenal, that FS was one for the ages (aka 4T/3T/3R with a step out, 4T, 3A, 3A-1/2R-3F)!
That said, imho the Japanese Mens Olympic Team will be Hanyu, Machida, and maybe Daisuke Takahashi based on his being a legend.
ps: regarding per country rules, no biggie, rules are rules for a reason, and the 3 country per rule assures only the cream of the crop will arise. And if one is a long-time figure skating fan one knows this from watching over the decades. There have been plenty of great skaters over the decades from one country, it's nothing unusual, and all know the rules and accept it and get on with it!
Is it just me or is Hanyu just scarily thin?
Novice nationals were this weekend, here's the results in English: http://www.jsfresults.com/National/2...vice/index.htm
Marin had a really bad skate, she did a 3Lz-3T-2T that didn't even count because she did too many combos. I think she was just having an off day. Higuchi had a pretty good skate, she'll be a junior next year so it's good she won.
All I can say about the Japanese skaters is WOW, WOW, AND MORE WOW! They bring so much competitiveness and excitement to the sport these days. Socchi will be a real show-down.
P&G Japan has selected Hanyu and Takahashi as their Sochi Olympics ambassadors.
In Japan, P&G is set to launch the global “Proud Sponsor of Moms” campaign in support of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games from December 2013. The campaign, which features top Japanese figure skaters Daisuke Takahashi and Yuzuru Hanyu as Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games ambassadors for P&G Japan, will both be playing a starring role in the company’s upcoming advertising and promotional activities.
Japan Olympic Bronze Medalist and figure skater Daisuke Takahashi said, “I use P&G products in my everyday life, so I was really happy to represent the brand in its Thank You Mom program. Just as I strive to do my best in skating, I also hope to be an inspiration for consumers to look to P&G products for their every day needs through this campaign.”
“It’s a great honor to be part of P&G’s Proud Sponsor of Moms especially since I’ve been using P&G products since I was small. It’s given an extra boost to my efforts looking ahead to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games,” says world-class figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu.
From Kyodo Tsushin PR Wire: they will appear in advertisements, facebook and web short movies.
P&G Japan Facebook:
Hanyu looks like a salesperson. "Here are our products, ma-am."
From Imai Haruka's updated ISU bio:
'Imai moved to the USA for training in 2011, but switched coaches and moved back to Japan in 2013.'
Her coach is Rumiko Michigami now.
Midori Ito and Mai Asada(Mao's older sister) will appear in a TV drama as figure skating coaches.
"A promise of skate boots--a story of a lady skater from Nagoya--" is going to be filmed as TV Aichi's 30th anniversary memorial drama. And it will be aired on December 25th via TV Tokyo and its affiliate TV stationｓ. The drama will be filmed at Osu rink where Midori, Mao and Mai used to train and Kanako has trained. Miyu Honda, an actress and also a novice skater, appears in the drama as well.
I would love to see that - with or without subtitles!
Re-posting from the Kiss and Cry forum - Sectional results & protocols (final qualifier from Junior Nationals later this month and Senior Nationals in Dec.) from this past weekend have been published in English:
ETA from earlier in this thread (updated):
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"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
Miu Sato and Shion Kokobun didn't qualify... ( , especially for Sato who seemed a very promising skater...).