Great in-depth interview with Fumie Suguri.
Fumie Suguri: "There's always more to learn"
By Atsuko Kuryu
"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"
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
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!)
From ISU figure skating Facebook https://www.facebook.com/isufigureskating
Survey - 2013 Sportswoman of the Year: Individual Sport - Women's Sports FoundationVOTE 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
Danceworks uploaded Mao's photos on their facebook.
See her balletic posture is wonderful enough to be uploaded on this page.Danceworks
BALLET ON ICE. Watch stunning ballet-trained MAO ASADA perform to Chopin's Ballade No1.
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
I love Oda's program...I hope he makes the team, he's a dark horse for a medal...such a talented headcase
Kozuka, Dai, Hanyu, Oda.
Japan must have 4 spots for Sochi. Too much talents.
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
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.
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
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