Yes. The end of an unbelievable pair and for what??
What happened to the Japanese team? I watched Japanese Nationals and they looked great. Especially Akiko and Kanako. Did they just peak too early? I really loved Akiko's National performances. And Mao..what a nightmare for her short, but sweet redemption in the free skate. I was hoping so much for her that she would win the OGM. I hope she doesn't retire..it seems like she's just finding hitting her artistic stride and if she can stay trim and healthy, she could manage the triples (maybe not the triple axel) for the next olys. I've enjoyed watching the team on tv interviews and such. Do you think all the media coverage took too much time away from their training? Was it just a matter of nerves?
The scrutiny and pressure they were all under from the federation the entire season just to make the team backfired on all of them, and they were emotionally drained by the time the Olympics got here.
Akiko Suzuki was injured at Japanese Nationals and the injury has just gotten worse - a shame she wasn't at her best at the Olympics. Murakami may have peaked too early - she had a great 4CC and wasn't able to replicate that result. I think the Japanese skaters will rebound at worlds with it being in Japan and all.
When watching live I like everyone to skate clean - but on television the occasional trainwreck can be fun.
Akiko's injury got worse before/during Olympics so I'm doubtful about her redemption. Kanako is still annoyed with boots issues so I'm a bit doubtful about her redemption as well. But she emphasized the main reason why she failed in delivering her best programs in Olympics was nerves. So she has possibilities she'll skate much better in Worlds in that sense. As for Mao, I assume she peaked in Sochi so I'm not too much expecting her better performance in Worlds. Anyway I wish they enjoy their skate in Worlds, especially because it might be their last competition.