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    Fumie Suguri failed to qualify for Japanese Nationals 2011

    Fumie Suguri competed in East Japan Championship 2011 last weekend, where the top 10 competitors will qualify for Japanese Nationals in December, and she was 12th overall(SP 33.70/11th and FS 61.36/16th). Therefore, she will not be able to compete in Japanese Nationals.

    The level of East Japan Championship is so much lower than that of West Japan Championship(she would have been 22nd in West Japan Championship), but she still couldn't make it in the top 10.

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    East Japan Championship 2011

    ttp://www.skatingjapan.jp/National/2011-2012/fs_j/east/index.htm

    West Japan Championship 2011

    ttp://www.skatingjapan.jp/National/2011-2012/fs_j/west/index.htm
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    Those are miserable numbers.

    Poor Fumie.

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    She should skate at adult competitions a la Midori Ito.

    BTW, how did Ito score at her recent competition? She did better than Suguri, correct?

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    Someone on GS said that she was skating on a sprained right ankle...

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    Well, injury or not, I guess this was bound to happen sooner or later. She has been dropping in the rankings for some time.

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    ...This is just very painful to read...

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    Quote Originally Posted by burntBREAD View Post
    Someone on GS said that she was skating on a sprained right ankle...

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    Yeah, looking at her FS protocols, it sure sounds like she was injured. No triples attempted, mistakes on doubles, low levels, elements not counted. Why would she even skate with a sprained ankle

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    Quote Originally Posted by RumbleFish View Post
    She should skate at adult competitions a la Midori Ito.

    BTW, how did Ito score at her recent competition? She did better than Suguri, correct?
    Here are the video and the protocol.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wEv7WqpMEo

    http://www.deu-event.de/results/adul..._FS_Scores.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkaug View Post
    The level of East Japan Championship is so much lower than that of West Japan Championship(she would have been in West Japan Championship), but she still couldn't make it in the top 10.


    The level of East Japan Championship is so much lower than that of West Japan Championship(she would have been 22nd in West Japan Championship), but she still couldn't make it in the top 10.

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    I think Fumie should skate as long as she wants to, but she can be proud of her longevity no matter what. I just went back to look at the Ladies roster for the 2002 World Championships in Nagano, where (I think) she won her first World medal (bronze). As far as I can tell, she's the only woman from that competition who is still skating (not sure about a few of the lower ranking skaters who didn't make it to the Free Skate).

    When Fumie won her second bronze the next year, Kostner made her Worlds debut and ended up in tenth. She's still around of course. And Jenna McCorkell was also there in 2003. Still, most of the 2003 Worlds skaters are no longer skating competitively, either.

    And Fumie's first appearance at Worlds was way back in Lausanne in 1996-97!

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    It's interesting to see that her first time competing at Japanese Sr. Nationals was in '95-'96. Where she competed with Midori Ito

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkaug View Post
    Ito indeed beats Suguri.
    She scored 64.43 in FS vis-a-vie 61.36 for Suguri at Japan Nats.
    Last edited by RumbleFish; 11-08-2011 at 05:59 AM.

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    sorry to ask that maybe stupid question:

    but why has she to qualify? she was 7th in her last nationals!
    isn´t there anything like a by for a top finisher? or is 7th just not good enough?

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    Poor Fumie.

    Quote Originally Posted by RumbleFish View Post
    Ito indeed beats Suguri.
    She scored 64.43 in FS vis-a-vie 61.36 for Suguri at Japan Nats.
    Why does this amuse you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeschke View Post
    sorry to ask that maybe stupid question:

    but why has she to qualify? she was 7th in her last nationals!
    isn´t there anything like a by for a top finisher? or is 7th just not good enough?
    Only the medallists are seeded. Everybody else has to qualify unless they get a bye like Shoko Ishikawa and Akiko Suzuki are getting because they skate at NHK Trophy this week.
    To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allezfred View Post
    Only the medallists are seeded. Everybody else has to qualify unless they get a bye like Shoko Ishikawa and Akiko Suzuki are getting because they skate at NHK Trophy this week.
    thanks.
    just the medalists? wow, that´s hard.
    so miki ando should have gone through the qualification system last season?
    (i guess she isn´t because of her grand prix events) that´s funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR-FAN View Post
    Yeah, looking at her FS protocols, it sure sounds like she was injured. No triples attempted, mistakes on doubles, low levels, elements not counted. Why would she even skate with a sprained ankle
    Fumie seems to be a clear example of somebody for whom the sport becomes something they aren't able to let go.

    Possibly because she didn't develop anything else in her life.

    Watching her compete last season was extremely painful. She was clearly on a steep, downward slope.

    I will always remember her Worlds silver medal performance (she should have got gold over Meissner and her cheats ). And I will try to erase the last unsuccessful seasons from my memory.

    Because at her best, Fumie was a beautiful beautiful skater.

    I just wish she was able to channel her love of skating into a passion for coaching instead of embarassing herself more and more at competitions. She really doesn't deserve to be remembered for being brutally forced out, not even being able to make Nationals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    I will always remember her Worlds silver medal performance (she should have got gold over Meissner and her cheats ). And I will try to erase the last unsuccessful seasons from my memory.
    Mate

    And if she had won, she would probably have retired, with a world title, 2 world bronze medals and 2 very respective, close to medal Olympic outings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ks1227 View Post
    I think Fumie should skate as long as she wants to, but she can be proud of her longevity no matter what. I just went back to look at the Ladies roster for the 2002 World Championships in Nagano, where (I think) she won her first World medal (bronze). As far as I can tell, she's the only woman from that competition who is still skating (not sure about a few of the lower ranking skaters who didn't make it to the Free Skate).

    When Fumie won her second bronze the next year, Kostner made her Worlds debut and ended up in tenth. She's still around of course. And Jenna McCorkell was also there in 2003. Still, most of the 2003 Worlds skaters are no longer skating competitively, either.

    And Fumie's first appearance at Worlds was way back in Lausanne in 1996-97!
    I feel bad for Fumie. I have always liked her. I hope she will never lose her love of skating. Maybe she will consider coaching a new generation of skaters.

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