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    MIki intends to return to the competition in earnest from Kanto Championship in Oct.

    This is an article in "Sports Hochi" in Japan.
    Translating of the excerpt of the article to English from Japanese.

    MIki intends to return to the competition in earnest from Kanto Championship in October.
    June 29th, 2013 JST

    The photo:
    Photography: by Sports Hochi
    Miki Ando is showing the aureate performance.
    http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/zoomImage...OHT9I00143.htm

    In June 28th, it found that Miki Ando (25) who is the former Worlds champion and was resting for 2 consecutive seasons decided participation in Kanto championship (at Kawagoe Skate Center in Saitama in October 11th-14th) as the first competition for returning in earnest to the regular season competition.

    Kanto Championship is the regional block preliminary competition for getting the qualification to participate to Japan Nationals (in Saitama Sports Arena in December 21st-23rd) which is the final selection meeting of the representative of Olympics. For Ando who is out of the certified athlete of JSF, it becomes the first barrier for aiming at Sochi Olympics.
    At first, the participation to Chubu Championship (in Aichi in September 26th-29th) was expected but seems to have considered a long time for adjustment.

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    MIki intends to return to the competition in earnest from Kanto Championship.
    http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/wi...OHT1T00162.htm


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    As for the preliminary competition for Japan Nationals, there is 2 barriers.
    The first barrier is a regional block competition. For the first barrier, Japan is separated 6 regional blocks. There are 6 regional block competitions corresponding to 6 regional blocks.
    Those are "Tohoku-Hokkaido Championship", "Kanto Championship", "Tokyo Championship", "Chubu Championship", "Kinki Championship" and "Chugoku-Shikoku-Kushu Championship".

    The second barrier is a section competition. For the section competition, Japan is separated to the eastern section and the western section. There are 2 section championships corresponding to those sections. Those are "Higashi Nihon Championship" and "Nishi Nihon Championship".

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    I think Ando has avoided Chubu regionals because Murakami or Suzuki could participate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    I think Ando has avoided Chubu regionals because Murakami or Suzuki could participate.
    Akiko should be there for sure, because if I remember correctly the only skaters that are guaranteed a bye to Nationals are those that medaled the previous year. So she has to do regionals, right?

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    Suzuki can get a bye if she could get an assignment to a senior B in the same or following weekend. But it's unlikelly. The JSF seems to be cutting expenditures now and Japanese yen was devaluated more than 20% in six months.

    There's a possibility of Japan Open, though.

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    The whole qualifying process is not without precedent. This past season (for instance) Emanuel Sandhu had to qualify for Canadian Nationals. In the 1991/1992 season, Jill Trenary had to go through the U.S.'s qualifying system after winning the World Championships 2 years previous, even though she ultimately didn't end up competing at Nationals that year. If they want to make you go through the hoops, federations can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mathil View Post
    Akiko should be there for sure, because if I remember correctly the only skaters that are guaranteed a bye to Nationals are those that medaled the previous year. So she has to do regionals, right?
    I think you are right, but there is the case which she receives an exemption if she want to participate to any international competition in the same period because she is a special certified athlete of JSF. Murakami doesn't need to participate to the preliminary competition because she is the seeded player of Japan Nationals, but she tends to participate to the competition for accumulating competition experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N_Halifax View Post
    The whole qualifying process is not without precedent. This past season (for instance) Emanuel Sandhu had to qualify for Canadian Nationals. In the 1991/1992 season, Jill Trenary had to go through the U.S.'s qualifying system after winning the World Championships 2 years previous, even though she ultimately didn't end up competing at Nationals that year. If they want to make you go through the hoops, federations can.
    Johnny Weir had to go through qualifying as well. I believe it was first year he won Nationals.

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    Ando has officially registered with Kanagawa prefectural skating federation. If she wants to compete at Japanese nationals, she must go through Kanto regionals and Eastern Japan sectionals. In this way, she can avoid any of rivals (esp. Suzuki and Miyahara) until nationals. Kanto regionals is the weakest field. Probably no one (except Ando herself) can break 130 points. Imai will be competing at Eastern sectionals. Losing to her is possible and it will be an embarrassment.

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    I don't think it would necessarily be an embarrassment. It will be four-five months into her training and a month or two before Japanese Nationals, no? She might be right on track, especially if Imai has an excellent competition and it's close.
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    Because there is about ten entries to Japan Nationals from East Japan Sectionals, the number of entries is too sufficient for Ando and Imai. The result of the Sectionals doesn't influence to the result of Japan Nationals. I think that their places in the Sectionals don't become any embarrassment in Japan Nationals except the impression to the inspector of JSF who is sent to inspect Ando's capability.
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 07-02-2013 at 06:40 AM.

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    Miki Ando belongs to “Shinyokohama Prince Club”

    This is an article in “Nikkan Sports” in Japan.
    Translating to English form Japanese.

    Miki Ando belongs to “Shinyokohama Prince Club”
    July 2nd, 2013

    In July 2nd, it found that Miki Ando (25) who is the former Worlds champion and gave birth to a girl in April comes back to the competition in the season of Sochi Olympics by belonging to "Shinyokohama Prince Club" newly.
    By having changed the registration to Kanagawa Prefecture Skating Federation from Aichi Prefecture Skating Federation, her regional preliminary competition of Japan Nationals (at Saitama Super Arena in December 21st-23rd) which combines the final selection meeting of Japan representative of Sochi Olympics becomes "Kanto Championship" of October.

    As for Ando, after retiring the Toyota Motor in January 1st, the belonging club was undecided. She is practicing in Shinyokohama Skate Center etc. as the training base now. Because she is out from the certified athlete of JSF, it is necessary for her to break through the "Kanto Championship" and moreover "Higashi Nihon Championship" of November for entering the representative of Olympics with the consecutive participations of three times to Olympics.

    The article:
    Miki Ando belongs to “Shinyokohama Prince Club”
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/n...2-1151093.html



    This is an article in “Nikkan Sports” in Japan.
    Translating to English from Japanese.

    Miki Ando had given birth to a girl and said, "I thought of the happiness as the woman".
    July 2nd, 2013 JST

    Photo:
    Photography: by Nikkan Sports
    Miki Ando who charmed the audience in “Dreams on Ice” in June 28th.
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/n...2-1150968.html

    By Kengo Abe
    In July 1st, Miki Ando (25) released that she had given birth to a girl in April in the interview of the TV program “Hodo Station or News Station” of TV Asahi. She found the pregnancy in last October and consider about the balance with the competition life, but decided to give birth. She doesn’t wedding with a partner yet.
    Ando declared that she takes a rest after the 2011 Worlds where she won the championship. In last October, she expressed that she retires from the eligible after finishing this season which is waited by Sochi Olympics and resumed the practice in earnest in May after her childbirth.

    Ando had become a mother. She appeared in a dress with dark blue in the interview for recording of "Hodo Station" of TV Asahi and confessed with smiling face, saying, "According to the egoistic decision which I would like to live as one woman, I gave birth to a baby safely in April. I became a mother already".

    She was just thinking of the return to the competition aiming at Sochi Olympics, when she found pregnancy in October last year. She said, “I hated the answer that I say goodbye to a baby”. There was the time which she was worried about the coexistence with the competition life. And there was the time which it was opposed from the surrounding, too. However, she made a decision to give birth, saying, “ When the story went on in the interview, She spilled tears from the eyes, saying, "I thought the happiness of woman as one woman naturally because I received a life in this world".

    It was April that she gave birth. Although it delayed from the expected date of birth, she received a cheerful girl. The weight was 3,350gram. The partner is a former eligible figure skating skater, but isn't announced and isn't wedding yet. If the situation changes, it seems that it reports.

    She declared that she takes a rest after 2011 Worlds. As for the Nikolai Morozov who was her coach from after 2006 Turin Olympics, too, she canceled the contract by last year. Until the day when the motivation as the athlete is born again, she kept away from the rink.

    Answering to the exclusive interview of Nikkan Sports in October last year, she released that she intends to retire from the eligible skater after finishing this season which Sochi Olympics is held. She disclosed that she missed the GP series by the reason of no coach and disclosed that she takes a perfect rest for half year, saying, "It is main reason that I couldn't decide a coach". It seems that it was the time which she decided whether she give birth or not because she knew the pregnancy then.

    After that, she appeared to an event in November, but the size of the belly wasn't conspicuous. At the time when she appeared to the press conference of releasing of an ice show in April 17th of the post-delivery, it was same, too.
    Starting the practice again in May, she showed the skating after the interval in 9 months in the ice show in June 1st.
    Aiming at the comeback to the competition, she proved that it is climbing the stairs step by step, such as she showed the triple Salchow at "Dreams on Ice" which was held in June 28th-30th.

    The goal after this is to participate to Japan Nationals (at Saitama in December) which is indispensable to participate to Sochi Olympics. The Kanto Championship (at Kawagoe Skate Center in Saitama in October 11th-14th) which is the preliminary competition of Japan Nationals becomes a competition for returning for her. Because she declined the certified athlete of the Japan Federation which is the requisition for being sent to international competition last autumn, it becomes necessary for her that she leaves a result by the domestic event and is specified to the certified athlete, too.

    In the figure skating, there is not a Japanese player of Ladies who participated to Olympics after the childbirth. She has attracted the person by many deeply impressive performance so far, too. In the field of an ice show in the end of June, she said, "I would like to express really 'Miki Ando' who is as a skater, with Ando-like". Aiming at the shining way which anybody can't do except Ando, she is going to embark on the final battle.

    The article:
    Miki Ando had given birth to a girl and said, "I thought of the happiness as the woman".
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/n...2-1150968.html
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 07-03-2013 at 12:15 AM.

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    The photo and article in Miki's Facebook.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
    Translating to English from Japanese.
    July 4th, 2013

    By "Miki Ando" official
    Miki Ando in "Art on Ice". She resumed the practice in about one month after childbirth and came back to the performance in about two months. Because the muscle power of the various parts of her body is hurting, it was every day which she can't skate in the way of the own thought. Nevertheless, she tackled the 'muscle training' earnestly and was returning a jump fairly, but she gave up attempting the jump in the real show, because she injured the hip just before "Art on Ice".
    She regret it.
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 07-05-2013 at 03:43 AM.

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    Thanks for translating all these articles! Google translates "thew" (not an English word I know) as "strength."

    Re-posting from the other Miki thread:
    Quote Originally Posted by allezfred View Post
    I think "thew" refers to "kinryoku" which is literally "muscle power" ie strength.
    Last edited by Sylvia; 07-05-2013 at 12:55 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Thanks for translating all these articles! Google translates "thew" (not an English word I know) as "strength."

    Re-posting from the other Miki thread:
    Thank you very much for your pointing-out an error.
    I could correct the word in the article immediately, to "muscle power" from "thew".

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    JSF intends to set the technical objective for Ando to respecify to certified athlete

    This is an article in "Kyodo News" in Japan.
    Translating to English from Japanese.

    JSF intends to set the technical objective for Ando to respecify to the certified athlete.
    July 21st, 2013

    In July 21st, it found that Japan Skating Federation's policy is to set the target value of technical score which Miki Ando should clear in Higashi Nihon Championship (at Maebashi in November) which is the preliminary competition of Japan Nationals for deciding whether they respecify her to the certified athlete. As for the specific score, they decides in the committee of the training section from now on. The person concerned of the training section of the said Federation said, "For winning the world, it needs the high technical score. After inspecting her in the Kanto Championship in October, the Higashi Nihon Championship becomes to the place of determination for her". It seems to make succeeding in five kinds of triple jumps, too, a condition.

    The article:
    JSF intends to set the technical objective for Ando to respecify to the certified athlete.
    http://number.bunshun.jp/articles/-/562940

    http://www.chunichi.co.jp/s/chuspo/a...101001551.html

    Translator's note:
    For aiming at Sochi Olympics, Miki Ando must clear many subjects.
    The first step:
    She must win the upper place in Kanto Championship (the block competition, October) which is the preliminary competition for the area competition.
    The second step:
    She must win the upper place in Higashi Nihon Competition (the area competition, November) which is the preliminary competition for Japan Nationals.
    The third step:
    She must clear the technical score for Sochi Olympics in the international competition before the Japan Nationals in December.

    However, for participating to the international competition, she must be specified to the certified athlete in Japan Skating Federation.
    This article is as for the specification to this certified athlete.

    After clearing these subjects as for Ando, Japan representative for Sochi Olympics is decided finally by the result in Japan Nationals.
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 07-21-2013 at 11:03 PM.

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    Does she have to win the Higashi Nihon Competition in November before she can become a certified athlete? Typically, the final application deadlines for internationals tend to be five-seven weeks before the start of the competition with preliminary application deadlines several weeks before that.

    Will she be able to apply to for one in time to compete before Japanese Nationals?
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    They can fill the application form by number or just "TBA".
    Not a few organizers will welcome famous skaters like Ando.

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