There's often a big difference between another language spoken and another language written.
"This, after all, is opera, opera in New York, not some dainty pastime like professional hockey..." -- Chip Brown, NYT Magazine 24 Mar 13
[QUOTE=judgejudy27;3781321]To stay for 1 more year to attempt to skate at Worlds at home in Japan was reasonable, but after that it has just gotten plain silly, and now post Vancouver it is now getting to the point it is borderline scary and one could even worry about her sanity at this point. QUOTE]
I agree. Poor Fumie... But I should clarify, since Pete is taking it out of context. I mean GOOD FOR HER for doing what she wants. If she likes the personal challenge of elite, even though she is no longer competitive, then great. But her goal is THE OLYMPICS.
Does anyone remember that older skater in the 90s, I think it was Kathleen Kelly Cutone, who was again I think in Harvard Law but still competed at Nationals because she liked the challenge? I took my hat off to her, because she knew where she stood, but liked the personal competition against herself to make Nationals and do clean programs. But she never stated her goal was the Olympics, and she never was a former Nat champ and World medalist. In other words, KKC was grounded and not deluded. I support that. It just makes me feel queasy with Fumie. I don't see introspection or reality.
Last edited by Alex Forrest; 12-30-2012 at 01:46 AM.
Admins, could we please change the title of this thread to: "Fumie Suguri, the Norma Desmond of Figure Skating"? Thanks.
"...some people are moulded by their admiration, others by their hostilities.”
― Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart
In addition to her years in Alaska, she is extremely well cultured and traveled thanks to 15+ years competing. She's worked with Russian, Japanese and North American coaches and choreographers.
She was tweeting, likely on a mobile device. She doesn't need to have perfect grammar.
While I think her best competitive days are behind her, she's not hurting anyone by still competing.
You say she is not hurting anyone by still competing?
How many times has she withdrawn competitions just a few days before so no other Japanese substitutes can compete? She also makes excuses for not winning, saying she had some injuries or an issue with her boots. That is not what senior skaters like her should do.
By the way, I am a native Japanese speaker and I hear and see her news at the first place.
She has also cancelled many ice shows in Japan so she totally deserves it that she is not invited to Ice shows in Japan anymore.
Last edited by tkaug; 12-29-2012 at 06:55 AM.
tkaug, we get it. You hate Fumie Suguri or at least dislike so much that you want to spread bad gossip about her to damage her reputation.
Maybe her Japanese isn't that good either
Or maybe we shouldn't judge her language ability based on tweets. Just saying.....And even if her English wasn't perfect, what's the problem?
Then again, I am sure you'll have more reasons why we should hate Fumie that you can generously share with us
Last edited by rayhaneh; 12-29-2012 at 08:11 AM.
I'm off to the Patrick Chan threads...where you can watch a molehill become a mountain in seconds!!!
At least you have your friends with whom you can condole.
I want to condole someone!!
I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.~W. C. Fields
I really can’t understand why so many people criticize Fumie! If she wants to keep on competing – let her do so. I remember many people stating respect for Midori Ito showing up at the Adults competition in Oberstdorf. – Looks like she missed skating and competing very much, so she decided to compete again on a rather recreational level. If Fumie has the desire to keep on competing at elite level and it makes her happy, what’s wrong with it? Even if she pulls out at competitions last time, she is not the only skater to do so. There always have been nice competitors and nicer ones.
But then competitive behaviour of skaters is a different matter which has nothing to do with Fumie’s desire to keep on skating on elite level. By the way I remember that Sasha Cohen in her biographie told a very nice story about Fumie when competing at SLC OG in 2002 when Sasha forgot her tights and Fumie borrowed her tights to Sasha.
Apparently Fumie loves to skates. As long as she is happy with it and not dissatisfied with her current results – let her do so in piece as long as she doesn’t harm anyone with it. Personally she has my deep respect for still trying her best!
I don't mind if she is really trying hard as she used to, but I often see her post notes on Twitter that sound like she's not practicing so much but just playing around. This is exactly why she never gets good results in competitions lately, not because of injuries or boot issue or anything else. She takes a lot of chances that many other young skaters need more than she does by still keeping competing like this. If she is not serious, she should just quit.