She was so adorable at Skate Canada. Just bursting with energy and joie de vivre Her programs don't do her justice.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
I first saw Kanako at the JGPF in 2010. It's been great watching her grow up and mature right in front of my eyes. She's not my ideal skater in terms of lines, gracefulness, etc. but she makes up for everything she lacks with speed and energy and her ability to really perform a program. Kanako connects to her music very well and you can see it in her movements. I also find her very versatile in terms of interpreting music.
I love her spirit too! Her personality really comes through when she skates. I love it when she smiles after a good performance! Her SP from last season was my favorite of all the ladies. I thought she was wonderful at Skate Canada this past weekend and I hope she continues to build on her performances there.
Certainly one of the upcoming youngters to look out for.
She's definitely a more skater consistent now. Spins are no longer her weakness (look at improvement with layback). But her jumping technique is still a major issue.( but 3 loop has improved)
The music in her LP is very challenging. With tango it's either hit or miss. And right now I don't think it looks very effective for the judges. But hopefully, this program with Kanako develop her artistry.
Given all that I still think she's consistently undermarked by the judges.
She must learn 2 things from her GPs:
1. Go for 3loop2toe instead. Between her tendency to UR her triples on tired legs and her visible pre-rotation on her 2loop, it gives the impression that she rotates 3/4 turn on the ice between the 2 jumps.
2. It is very dangerous to NOT start any jumping pass with an axel type jump. She should train the 2axel3toe. A layout similar to Wagner's should be strong enough yet still doable for her.
She would have been the bronze medalist in Russia if she knew either of the above.
I think her LP is amazing. Very interesting and complex choreography.
Glad to see her take my advice re; 3loop2toe . Also nice to see that her jumps are more fully rotated now.
Loved that nats LP! She really interpreted the character of the Tango music well. I love that her jumps generally have nice amplitude as well as distance. Plus, she's fun to watch- the positive attitude and obvious joy she skates with are great to see!
We invited Takahashi and Murakami who had won the second place in Japan Nationals to the kiss and cry.
“Nice to meet you.”
T and M: “Nice to meet you.”
At first, we ask to Takahashi. In this season, you had the competition which seem to be recorded in the history of the figure skating in Japan, hadn't you?
T: “Well. It became my good memory because it had become the very severe competition.”
What point do you feel to as a memory?
T:"I had regrettable feelings then, but I am satisfied very much now because I could do the performance filled with my mind after a long interval."
Watching your performance in the free skating, I felt a strong impression, but what feelings did you perform it with?
T: “I performed them with the feelings just like as if I intend to make my regrettable feelings bump them then.”
In the part of the step, the audience was quite excited, but did you be able to hear that cheer?
T: “Well, I can’t remember the second half almost.”
Now, what do you remember?
T: “In the part that I must synchronize the moving with a sound ‘Zam!’, I had already started it too early as I had been too excited. As I heard the sound a little after that, I was ashamed.
But, I decided that I let's don’t mind it.”
Now, we ask to Murakami. Although the Kanako-smile burst after a long interval because you rolled back the tide from the short program in the free skating, were you praised about that by coach Yamada?
M: “Yes, I was praised by my coach after a long interval actually.”
I think that the second place is your highest place in Japan Nationals so far, but how do you think about that?
M: “It is a feeling just like a dream and I am glad extremely.”
Did you feel that you grew up?
M: “Well, looking back at last season, I think that I may have grown up very much.”
Now, to them who were appointed the Japan representative for the Worlds of this time, we made written their mind to this panel of Japan flag.
At first, we ask to Takahashi. What sense are you using the word in, although you wrote “I will get 3 frames!”?
T: “It means that I would like to contribute to the frame acquisition, because the frame acquisition for the Olympics depends upon the Worlds of this time.”
When watching the competition of Men of Japan Nationals now, I think that it may be good even if there were about five frames.
T: “Well, honestly, I would like to want that, too, but it is 3 frames.”
Now, we ask to Murakami. Although you wrote the word "I will recover!", what sense are you using the word in?
M: “In Japan Nationals of this time, I could get very good result when I challenged it with the feeling that I would like to recover absolutely. Therefore I think that I would like to challenge to next Worlds with the feelings that I would like to recover from regrettable feelings in the Worlds of last season.”
Then, it is Christmas Eve today, but what present do you want from Santa Claus?
What present do you want, Murakami?
M: “Oh!” “Is it something which I want?”
What present do you want?
M: “Umm” “No!” “Because I had been able to do the performance well in free skating, there is nothing which I want now!!”
What a wonderful comment it is!
T: “It is a wonderful comment! I can’t speak nothing after that!”
What present do you want, Takahashi?
T: “I want to sleep a little. I want a time for sleeping.”
Now, let's go the performance of exhibition. What performance do you show us?
“We think that we would like to skate delightfully with the audience!”
Last edited by Akira Andrea; 01-03-2013 at 01:16 PM.
An outrageously good free skate at 4CC.
Good skate. They only thing I didn't like is that she looked exhausted near the end. Bronze and 4CC is probably her best international result. Kanako improved consistency this season.
If she doesn't single her axels, perhaps she can contend at worlds. She has UR issues, but, as Delta notes, her consistency is improved. More so, her performance skills are now in the very top. She had the crowd on her side throughout, and rightly so. It is a joyful and energetically performed program.
I think Kanako has a good future. I like her skating.
At 2014 Worlds some top skaters may be out because it's after Olympics. This is could be her chance to medal. Till then let's hope she keeps improving.