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    Is Murakami really retiring after this season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheresMaude View Post
    Has anyone seen any reports as to Daisuke Takahashi's health?
    He talks about it a little bit here (Jan 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikiAndoFan#1 View Post
    Is Murakami really retiring after this season?
    She's plans to retire.

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    I just really don't realistically see that happening. Losing Asada, Suzuki, and Murakami all in one year? I just don't see it, the JSF will pressure her too much and she might find more endorsement opportunities open up for her as the Japanese skating queen next year. She's just now, as of Japanese Nationals and 4CC this year finally grown into the senior ladies skater she's capable of being IMO. I say 100% we see her at least one more season unless she is injured. Why quit before you reap the rewards? She's recently established herself as one of the leading ladies looking past this season IMO.
    Last edited by Karpenko; 01-28-2014 at 06:33 AM.

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    Perhaps she wants to start college full time?

    I think "pressure" is the wrong word. "$$$" is more like it. Without her, Japanese ladies program takes an even bigger hit losing all 3 of their Olympic team members. Miyahara and Imai are not soup yet.

    Murakami is not my preferred style at all with that posture and toe jump technique but she probably is the best Japan has to offer after Sochi. She actually stacked up pretty well on her own, placing top 5 at Worlds 2 seasons in a row.

    Regardless, I see a huge surge in Miyahara's PCS next season.

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    ^ Yeah, that.

    She has a very marketable personality too, very approachable and always wears her emotions. She'd also be a lot more competitive internationally as the top Japanese lady, I do think she would fare well against the current crop of Russians due to her strong SS and her improved emotional projection. Her posture and toe jumps look to be two things that have improved a lot since the GP, I went from finding her sloppy to rather refined and on the cusp of being a great skater. She's high-maintenance, but once she gets there you can't dock her for too much. When the top guns retire, if she keeps this condition I think the judges will go with her over maybe any of the other ladies.

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    Perhaps Nagasu can switch?

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    Works for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    Up coming Novice skater:
    Marin Honda - 2013 Japanese Junior Nationals FS

    I assume it will take time before Japanese ladies return on the Worlds podium.
    This is the most amazing youth skater I have seen since Mao a decade ago. She has enormous promise, I see so much more in her than I do the Russian wonderbabies. WOW

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    What a lovely skater and program (Honda). Wow is right.
    Disclaimer: The post contained herein represents the opinions of a fan and may or may not bear any relation to reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbd1235 View Post
    She has enormous promise, I see so much more in her than I do the Russian wonderbabies. WOW
    Eys, flow and skating skills are nice.

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    Marin Honda is wonderful...so expressive. When will she be old enough for the JGP?

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    Marin Honda's younger sister Miu Honda 9yrs old. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIKDGNNB8Fw

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    Quote Originally Posted by DELTA View Post
    She's plans to retire.
    This is such bad news.


    Quote Originally Posted by Karpenko View Post
    I just really don't realistically see that happening. Losing Asada, Suzuki, and Murakami all in one year? I just don't see it
    I'm hoping your sight is good.


    Quote Originally Posted by Karpenko View Post
    She's just now, as of Japanese Nationals and 4CC this year finally grown into the senior ladies skater she's capable of being IMO.
    I agree, I always thought she could do much better, but for some reason it wasn't happening. I thought this 4CC was going to be a new start, then I find out she's planning retirement. Bummer.


    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Murakami is not my preferred style at all with that posture and toe jump technique
    Go figure why her flaws appeal to me, plus, she's got the closest axel to Asada's axel in the field - not hard to guess why.


    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    I don't think the new CoP got rid of corruption or influences or agendas, which should not have a place in the sport, but it seems that coaching is improving. They really pay attention to edges, rotation and speed, and are figuring out how to make a difference. That's good: the sport will be able to build on that, to push further. And it's a joy to watch.

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    Shows scheduled in April(after Worlds):
    3/30 Worlds Exhibition, Saitama http://skatingjapan.or.jp/whatsnew/detail.php?id=2222
    4/3 Nagoya Figure Skating Festival, Nagoya http://event.chunichi.co.jp/figure/
    4/4,5,6 Worlds Osaka Exhibition, Osaka http://skatingjapan.or.jp/whatsnew/detail.php?id=2222
    4/7,9 Super Stars on Ice, Sapporo http://ssi2014.jp/
    4/12,13 Stars on Ice, Tokyo http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/soi2014/
    4/16,17,18 Stars on Ice, Nagoya http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/soi2014/
    4/19,20 Stars on Ice, Osaka http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/soi2014/
    4/26,27,29(5/3,4) Prince Ice World, Yokohama http://www.princehotels.co.jp/iceshow/schedule/

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    NVM

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    It was a joy to watch the entire Japanese Team go for everything at these Olympics, and I'm hoping by the time the next Olympics get here they'll have a fighting chance at the Olympic Team Bronze Medal. And I'm sure they will. They are hard workers and learn fast, but more importantly they are great warriors, never backing down, always going for the most difficult elements no matter what.

    And they always keep it classy, a nod to their nation and the way they were brought up. *bow*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Perhaps Nagasu can switch?
    yes and bring the Shibutanis also.

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    Why were Ando and Oda in Sochi?

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