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    http://www.icenetwork.com/news/2013/09/17/60843116

    article about mikis comeback at nebelhorn

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    Good for her. I can't wait to see her in competition.

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    The German Federation published a press release on Miki's return to competition at NHT and also a general press release that mentions her:
    http://www.eislauf-union.de/50-Natio...view_news.html
    http://www.eislauf-union.de/Miki-And...view_news.html

    (in German)

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    I just read an article by Jiji Tsushin (Japanese equivalent of Reuters/AP) about Ando's entry in Nebelhorn and there was an interesting paragraph that said (my translation):

    Japanese Skating Federation officials were not aware of Ando being entered in the competition. She is not a "designated athlete" (Tokubetsu kyoka shitei senshu) of the federation and at present can't be assigned to competitions abroad.
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000004-jij-spo

    It seems a bit strange that Ando's entry would be accepted by the German federation if she hadn't been entered by the JSF.
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    Especially since the entry form requires the federation's signature.
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    Wow am surprised she is coming back. She is not a medal contender anymore even if she makes it to the Olympics so I wonder what motivates her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimGOAT View Post
    Wow am surprised she is coming back. She is not a medal contender anymore even if she makes it to the Olympics so I wonder what motivates her.
    It doesn't seem like she will be but given her history (2-time world champ) and the fact that she has been known to capitalize on situations where the better skaters falter, I think she has as good a shot as any other Japanese lady other than Mao...probably more than both Kanako and Akiko if we're honest. I don't agree with that (I think Kanako and Akiko are better overall skaters) but Miki is a jumper who can stack points.

    If she's back in form she could shake up the standings...

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    In September 26th, Miki Ando participates to the Nebelhorn Trophy

    This is an article in “Yomiuri Shimbun” in Japan.
    Translating to English from Japanese.

    In September 26th, Miki Ando participates to the Nebelhorn Trophy
    September 18th, 2013.

    It became clear on September 17th, Miki Ando (Shinyokohama Prince Club) who aims at Sochi Olympics after the child-birth in April participates to Nabelhorn Trophy which is held in Germany from September26th.

    Because Ando has been in a rest after won the championship in 2011 Worlds, the said event becomes the competition of comeback for the first time after three seasons.

    Because Ando is being excluded from the certified athlete of JSF in this season, JSF was going to decide whether it sends her to international competition after having inspected her skating in the Kanto Championship on October.

    However, according to the person concerned, the invitation from the side of the said competition
    reached to the former champion Ando.

    The said event is the official competition of ISU and she can clear one of the conditions for participating to Sochi Olympics if she can get the minimum technical point which is specified by ISU.

    The article:
    In September 26th, Miki Ando participates to the Nebelhorn Trophy
    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/news...htm?from=ylist
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 09-18-2013 at 01:35 PM.

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    In Germany, the former Worlds champion Miki Ando returns to the competition

    This is an article in “Sankei Shimbun” in Japan.
    Translating to English from Japanese.

    In Germany, the former Worlds champion Miki Ando returns to the competition
    September 18th, 2013.

    In September 17th, the German Skating Federation released that the former Worlds champion Miki Ando (25, Yokohama Prince Club) who aims at the Sochi Olympics via the girl birth in April returns to the competition at the Nebelhorn Trophy which is opened in Oberstdorf in Germany from September 26th.
    Ando who rested until last season deviated from the certified athlete whom Japan Skating Federation sends to International Competition but was groping about the possibility to participate with International Skating Union's ( ISU ) invitation frame.
    Ando who aims at Olympic participation of the 3 games continuation must break through the minimum technical point which ISU specified as the condition in International Competition.

    The article:
    In Germany, the former Worlds champion Miki Ando returns to the competition
    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/news...1460000-n1.htm
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 09-18-2013 at 01:35 PM.

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    I find it hard to believe that German Federation had the former coming back world champion from a most lucrative market for figure skating on the waiting list. Do they think we're all stupid?

    Likely scenario: TV Asahi who have exclusive broadcasting rights to Nebelhorn persuaded organizers not to release Miki's name so no other media can have opportunity. Money talks.

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    The invitation to Nebelhorn is a kind of mystery. The article of IN says German Skating Federation maintained an unofficial substitute list. What the " unofficial substitute list" is ?
    http://www.icenetwork.com/news/2013/09/17/60843116
    Nebelhorn is the final qualifying competition for the 2014 Olympic Games; many countries that did not earn Olympic spots based on their skaters' finishes at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships have entered competitors. Due to the high number of entries, the German Skating Federation maintained an unofficial substitute list. Ando was entered after Finland's Kiira Korpi withdrew Monday due to injury.
    ...and can someone please explain why Finland earned 2 ladies spots? Also Finland and Israel have 2 men spots each. Korpi was inveted by ISU like Miki?...but then men....how come?
    Last edited by rosewood; 09-18-2013 at 04:28 AM.

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    As for the comeback of Ando, Japan Skating Federation released, too.

    This is an article in "Nihon Keizai Shimbun" in Japan.
    Translating to English from Japanese.

    As for the comeback of Ando, Japan Skating Federation released, too.
    September 18th, 2013

    In September 18th, Japan Skating Federation released formally that the former Worlds champion Miki Ando (25, Shinyokohama Prince Club) who aims at Sochi Olympics via the girl birth in April returns to the competition at Nebelhorn Trophy which is opened in Obestdorf in Germany from September 26th.

    Ando deviates from the certified athlete whom JSF sends to International Competition.
    According to the said federation, the invitation from the German Skating Federation reached to Ando and she showed the intention of the participation.
    〔By Kyodo Press 〕

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    As for the comeback of Ando, Japan Skating Federation released, too
    http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNSS...3A910C1000000/
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 09-18-2013 at 01:36 PM.

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    Miki Ando returns to the competition at Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany

    This is an article in Asahi Shimbun" in Japan.
    Translating to English from Japanese.

    Miki Ando returns to the competition at Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany.
    September 18th, 2013

    In September 18th, Japan Skating Federation announced that Miki Ando (25, Shinyokohama Prince Club) who won the championship in Worlds twice participates to Nebelhorn Trophy which opened in Germany in September 26th.
    For Ando who gave girl-birth in April, it becomes the comeback to the competition for the first time after three seasons since the Worlds in October, 2011 when she won the championship.
    Ando who deviated from the certified athlete this season has been scheduled to return with Kanto championship on first in October.
    The Japanese Skating Federation has supposed that it investigates her condition and that it reviews 'the returning to the certified athlete and the sending to International Competition' but it hastened Ando's International Competition participation by receiving the invitation from the side of the event.
    The Nebelhorn Trophy is an International Skating Union ( ISU ) authorization event.
    To get the entry qualification of Sochi Olympics, Ando must get the minimum technical point which ISU specified by the authorization.

    The article:
    Miki Ando returns to the competition at Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany.
    http://www.asahi.com/sports/update/0...309180050.html

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    Miki Ando decided that she participates as invitation player to Nebelhorn Trophy

    This is an article in "Miki Ando's official face book".
    Translating to English from Japanese.

    Miki Ando decided that she participates as invitation player to Nebelhorn Trophy (9/25-9/28, Oberstdorf) which is held in Germany.
    September 18th, 2013

    By Miki Ando official.
    In September 13th, she received a contact as for the invitation from Japan Skating Federation.
    She seems to have thought of declining, too, because she has been tuning-up for the important domestic competition.
    However, she seems to have decided to participate, feeling that she has no choice but to go with the feelings of gratitude, because the invitation letter from the chairman Dieter Hillebrand of the German Skating Federation was spelled by the word which filled consideration as anyone is moved.

    Ando is saying, "Although I have anxiety, too, as for the return to the competition, I would like to do my best because it is the first step to Sochi Olympics". Everybody, please cheer her.

    The article:
    Miki Ando decided that she participates as invitation player to Nebelhorn Trophy (9/25-9/28, Oberstdorf) which is held in Germany.
    https://www.facebook.com/miki.ando.o...77473498979693

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    Thanks for all the translations, Akira Andrea!

    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    ...and can someone please explain why Finland earned 2 ladies spots? Also Finland and Israel have 2 men spots each. Korpi was inveted by ISU like Miki?...but then men....how come?
    Did you see this explanation that was posted in the Nebelhorn Thread in Kiss and Cry? http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post3995562
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Did you see this explanation that was posted in the Nebelhorn Thread in Kiss and Cry? http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post3995562
    Thanks, Sylvia. I actually skipped some pages of that thread so I didn't notice his post. Also thanks a lot for the inquiry, Eislauffan! That helps me a lot.

    So Finland historically has 2 spots and their federation sent Korpi and Turkkira. Japan has at least one spot (maybe 2 historically) but JSF didn't send Miki because her test skate has not been done. Then Korpi withdrew and German Federation invited Miki at their expense to fulfill the field, even though she is not in JSF's international pool ("designated athletes"). JSF accepted the invitation because Miki reportedly wanted to participate in the competition, though they were so confused by the invitation. OK That's understandable.

    Now Miki really wants to come back and German Federation really loves her.

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    Miki affirmed to return in September 26th, saying “It is my first step to Sochi”.

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

    Miki affirmed to return in September 26th, saying “It is my first step to Sochi”.
    September 19th, 2013

    By September 18th, it became clear that the former Worlds champion Miki Ando (25, Shinyokohama Prince Club) who gave girl-birth in April returns to the competition at Nebelhorn Trophy which is opened in Oberstdorf, Germany from September 26th. Challenging the return match after an interval of 3 seasons since 2011 Worlds where she won her second champion, she begins to step to the Sochi Olympics of goal.

    In September 17th, the German Skating Federation who hosts the event announced the participation of Ando. In September 18th, the Japan Skating Federation revealed that the formal entry notice had reached from the German Skating Federation. Although Ando is deviating from the certified athlete of JSF who becomes the object who JSF sends International Competition, it seems that the invitation letter from German Skating Federation reached. Within JSF, there were pros and cons on whether to admit participation, but it was admitted because Ando showed the intention of the participation.

    At first, it was the flow which participates in International Competition after returning to the certified athlete after returning with Kanto championship (October 12th-14th, Shin-yokohama Skate Center) which combines the 1st preliminary competition of the Japan Nationals in December. For participating to Olympics, she must break through the minimum technical point which ISU specified in International Competition. If acquiring a minimum technical point by this event which ISU authorized, she gets to clear one condition for the Sochi representative already.

    Ando showed the readiness to face the return match which was accelerated about 2 weeks on "the face book" of the alternating current site, saying, "As for the return to the event, I has anxiety, too, but I would like to do my best because this is my first step to Sochi".

    The road to the Sochi as for Ando:
    The Ladies of Japan have three spots for the Sochi.
    First, winning within 7th place with Kanto Championship of the preliminary competition of Japan Nationals, and winning within 6th place with the Eastern Japan Championship (November 1st-4th, Gunma General Sports Center), she must get the qualification to participate to Japan Nationals (December 21st-23rd, Saitama Super Arena) of the Sochi Olympics representative selection meeting.
    Her Olympics of the 3 games continuation is fixed if clearing the minimum technical point which ISU specified by the Japan Nationals and winning the championship in the Japan Nationals.
    Until now as for Miki Ando

    At April-May, 2011:
    She won her second championship in Worlds (Moscow) after an interval of 4 years.
    After the said event, she canceled a teacher-pupil relationship with Morozov coach.
    At June:
    She announced that she is absent in the GP series which is opened from October.
    At November:
    She announced that she takes a full rest in 2011/2012 season.
    At October, 2012:
    She announced that she takes a rest in 2012/2013 season, too, because of coach absence and she expressed the intention to retire from the eligible after 2013/2014 season.
    On the same time, she found the Pregnancy.
    At April, 2013:
    She gave birth of a girl.
    At July:
    She participated to an ice show in Tokyo Metropolitan area after an interval of 9 months.
    At June:
    On TV news program in the evening of June 1st, she announced that she gave a girl birth.
    At August:
    She interviewed in a press conference at the first time after having announced the child-birth.
    At September:
    JSF announced that she returns to the competition at Nebelhorn Trophy after an interval of three seasons.

    The article:
    Miki affirmed to return in September 26th, saying “It is my first step to Sochi”.
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000220-sph-spo
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 09-20-2013 at 01:59 PM.

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    Miki Ando showed the short program in this season at the first time.

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

    Miki Ando showed the short program in this season at the first time.
    September 21st, 2013

    The photo:
    photography: by Akemi Taemi
    Ando who made the jump succeed at an ice show.
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/n...1-1193067.html

    The former worlds champion Miki Ando (25, Shinyokohama Prince Club) who returns to the competition after an interval in 3 seasons passing through the child-birth in April showed the short program for this season.

    In the ice show "Prince Ice World" which was held in Ibaraki Prefecture in September 21st as the charity event for supporting the revival of the eastern Japan large earthquake disaster, she participated as guest skater and charmed the audience who thronged by the costume which colored the gold color.

    The music name was made undisclosed to the competition with the hope of the very person, but she challenged 3 jumps, too. She said, "I drew my skating life so far in the heart in my own way".

    The triple Lutz of the beginning became single, but as for the following triple Salchow and double Axel, she have let it succeed and bathed the big clapping.
    She said "I will raise the probability from now on, too, by the practice. I can advance on the next step because I could jump in front of the audience".

    The article :
    Miki Ando showed the short program in this season at the first time.
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/n...1-1193067.html

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    In the press conference after the show, she asked the media not to reveal the name of her short programme music for "contractual reasons". Which kind of makes you wonder why she chose to skate it at all in public.

    It's "My Way".
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    Quote Originally Posted by allezfred View Post
    In the press conference after the show, she asked the media not to reveal the name of her short programme music for "contractual reasons". Which kind of makes you wonder why she chose to skate it at all in public.

    It's "My Way".
    Yeah, people tweeted after seeing her SP in the show.

    I heard her FS is to "Fire Bird". It's still a rumor, though.

    As for the contracts, this article gives us a tip:
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/new...006663360.html
    "Please don't reveal the name of the short program music. Because there are contracts withe other companies." Having contracts with Fuji TV and TV Asahi, she asked other TV stations, whose crew participated in the media conference, to air "Amazing Grace” instead of her short program.

    P.S.
    Supposedly her friend had some contract with her to post a picture of Miki in the costume of her SP "My Way". j/k
    Last edited by rosewood; 09-22-2013 at 06:04 AM.

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