From the Japan Times article linked above:
Akiko Suzuki's May 8th blog entry, titled "Big Surprise," mentions a reception last week held in her honor by her company (about 170 of her co-workers showed up) with a surprise guest appearance : http://ameblo.jp/suzuki-akko/entry-11244954421.html[Akiko] Suzuki acknowledged that she was fortunate, because the company she works for — Toho Real Estate — has exactly what she needs in terms of resources.
"The company I belong to has its own skating rink, so I have a great training environment," she said. "So I have no need to go outside Japan. Many skaters go overseas looking for training places just because we don't have a great environment for training. But I have a wonderful environment for training, so I don't need to go outside.
Related news video (Japanese TV): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNCY2qJsyI8
Thanks for posting the article!
Last edited by Sylvia; 05-16-2012 at 09:29 PM. Reason: to add Akiko's first name to the article excerpt ;)
"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 her skating so much. She has a light from within that cannot be taught. I applaud her honesty about her ED.
I didn't know she works in real estate, interesting.
Great,interesting and honest interview. Thanks for the link.
I am happy that she continues skating and competing.
Actually I never been a big fan of her.
But I really enjoyed her long program this season and she won me over.
Looking forward to her next season.
Last edited by idee123; 05-16-2012 at 06:02 AM.
I read that whole article excerpt as "Suguri" not "Suzuki".
I really love this interview. She is an amazing woman
What a lovely young woman.
I wish her continued success.
I always have a soft spot for Akiko although she may not be in the league of Yuna and Mao. It must be her big warm smile and genuine honest persona. She doesn't seem to have the foreign support like some of her colleagues but yet she continues to skate and share her skating with us. Hope she continues skating as long as she wants to.
I read the title quickly and I thought it said "Suzuki aiming higher following breast cancer".
I can't believe she works as well as skates!
^^ oh yes, that would make sense...
I think she works at Howa Sports Land, the ice rink owned by Howa Real Estate.
Japanice - thank you for posting that interview!
I adore Akiko Suzuki and I’m happy she continues with eligible skating and it’s good to know that she has good training conditions so she does not have to move abroad. It’s also good to hear that she is working for a real estate company, which might be another direction besides becoming a choreographer she can move to after her skating career. It’s always good to have more than one professional supporting leg.
I found her comments regarding the way how she sets up herself mentally most interesting. Also the remarks about her not being in a “zone” when competing – even when watching her on TV you get a feeling that she skates for the audience not only in exhibitions, but even in competition.