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    I love the Yukari side discussion. Other than the leg wrap I thought she was the best skater, I loved her expression and way of selling a program. She had sparkle. And she also went ahead with her bad self and got into production and film, what a lady.
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    it's great to see that yukina otha is still invited to skate in shows as she didn't has had great success in seniors.
    but still a joy to watch

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    Yukari and Yukina are two of my favorite Japanese ladies that had limited success. Yukina had problems with her jumps so she didn't even make the world team. Yukari was lovely, and her other qualities made me forget the leg wrap. I was very disappointed when she retired without a world medal.

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    Sorry to be slightly Off-topic.
    One of the most controversial skate, IMHO, was Yukina's not winning the senior Nationals in Dec. 2002. This Nationals was competed with the highest technically difficulty ever. Jumps being attempted by the competitors included one 4Sal, six 3Ax (three by Yukari alone), one 3flip/3tlp/3lp 3jump combination and about dozen various triple/triple combinations.
    Yukina skated simply unforgettable senior version "Turandot". Yukina skated as the last skater in Kyoto, her hometown, and pulled off a mini-Rudy Galindo.
    However, only one judge put her 1st. Majority put her fourth, deciding to send apparently "over-the-hill" skater as the third JPN Ladies skater to 03 Washington Worlds.
    This "washed up" skater had a "Titanic" program, and subsequently won both Worlds and Olympics, her name was Shizuka Arakawa.

    It is intriguing to think what would have happened if Arakawa was not sent to 03 Worlds, and Yukina went instead.

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    Takahashi/Kihara got their Olympic spot for Pairs, after Estonia gave it up:
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/new...007355120.html (in Japanese)

    This is first time for Japan getting a pairs spot in Olympics since 1998 Nagano, and since 1992 Albertville if not as a host country.

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    Shin Amano was the pairs skater in Nagano. Kihara has trained much shorter than Amano but he's already much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    Shin Amano was the pairs skater in Nagano. Kihara has trained much shorter than Amano but he's already much better.
    Did Mr. Amano kill your puppy or something?

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    Luckily I don't have a puppy to be killed by him.

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    Spring International Assignments

    Challenge Cup
    Takahito Mura
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    Junior Worlds
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    Coupe du Printemps
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    Gardena Spring Trophy
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    Watching Shin Amano do pairs in Nagano really brought it home how difficult pairs actually is.

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    Has anyone seen any reports as to Daisuke Takahashi's health?

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    According to an interview done on January the 8th Daisuke said he recovered "80%" from the injury.
    http://www.unn-news.com/ku-times/article/201401255038

    I found an article about Daisuke's physical trainer. It seems Daisuke is fully supported by the trainer. It's good for him.
    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/news...2010006-n1.htm

    This is not about his injury but I found an article that says Lori visited Japan to polish his long program earlier this month(around January the 20th).
    http://www.daily.co.jp/general/2014/...06651407.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by allezfred View Post
    Watching Shin Amano do pairs in Nagano really brought it home how difficult pairs actually is.
    I truly feel pairs is likely the hardest discipline in the sport. For me its also the most spectacular; however it is also the easiest to look terrible at the same time.

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    Thank you, rosewood, for the detective work!
    It seems Daisuke is fully supported by the trainer. It's good for him.
    Could you explain this a bit more? In what sense is Daisuke "supported" by his trainer?

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheresMaude View Post
    Thank you, rosewood, for the detective work!
    Could you explain this a bit more? In what sense is Daisuke "supported" by his trainer?

    Thanks again!
    (rough summary of the article)
    Fumio Watanabe has worked as Daisuke's exclusive trainer since 2006. So, when Daisuke injured before Vancouver Oly, he was working with Daisuke too. After Daisuke injured in Novenber last year, Watanabe provided him a special training menu.to strengthen his trunk muscle. Daisuke did a very hard training based on the menu. Watanabe encouraged him a lot by talking optimistically. He said "Don't worry. You have enough time!" After the Nationals Daisuke keeps training to strengthen his trunk and also his lower body based on the menu Watanabe provided considering the schedule till Sochi Olympics.

    Hope it helps you to imagine Daisuke's condition. I'm sure a flood of articles/vdeo clips are coming soon since Japanese media are going to report about the star athletes before the Olympics.

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    Thanks again for the further translation, rosewood. We Dai fans are so lucky to have someone here who will provide us with this valuable info.

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    Any idea on who are the next Japanese ladies to watch after Asada, Suzuki and Murakami retire?

    Nice to see Miyahara and Imai getting spring assignments. I guess it's going to be the two of them plus the up and coming Hongo. I believe it will take a season or two before Japanese ladies return to world podium contending stage. Maybe just in time for 2018. That's a long time for Miyahara to get bigger jumps, for Imai to get more difficult jumps (lutz!) and for Hongo to develop some finesse and artistry.

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    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.

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    Has Akiko stated that she will retire after this season? I'm hoping to see Akiko on both the Olympic and World podiums!

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    Akiko is definitely retiring after this season.

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