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    Quote Originally Posted by brina View Post
    What would be the irony if, in her post-partum season, Miki Ando won it all this year.
    I think making the Olympic team would be a huge accomplishment already. I can't even begin to think whom of Asada, Suzuki or Murakami she would bump off the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danafan View Post
    Here's a clip on YouTube I found, I believe from Nebelhorn practice - a partial run though of her program to firebird, no jumps and not even all the choreography

    http://youtu.be/I0fPPaLcHWI
    Thanks! Well, even if the Olympics doesn't happen, I'm sure Miki would have success teaching a fitness class for new moms called "How to get the figure of an elite athlete 5 months after having a baby". Seriously though, she looks fantastic, fitness wise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I think making the Olympic team would be a huge accomplishment already. I can't even begin to think whom of Asada, Suzuki or Murakami she would bump off the team.
    It would take something drastic for Asada not to go. I have a feeling that if someone got left off the team in favor of Miki, it would be Akiko.

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    I really like Miki, and I wish her the best at Nebelhorn! I really don't understand how she doesn't have a coach though. Can anyone explain that to me? (No, really, I have no idea how one would go about getting a coach!)

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    While I think it quite courageous of Miki to come back, I also worry about who will be left off the team. I am especially worried about Suzuki, she doesn't seem to get as much Federation support as the others. Kanako is probably my least favorite of the four, but they are all too good to miss out on an Olympics.

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    She seems to be in great shape! This is exciting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyBut View Post
    While I think it quite courageous of Miki to come back, I also worry about who will be left off the team. I am especially worried about Suzuki, she doesn't seem to get as much Federation support as the others. Kanako is probably my least favorite of the four, but they are all too good to miss out on an Olympics.
    Suzuki peaking at 4CCs and WTT instead of Worlds (like Murakami) may be very costly.

    At this stage of their respective career though, it makes sense to favour Murakami over Suzuki. I just really hope Ando have a satisfying Nationals (along with Suguri) and call it a career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    At this stage of their respective career though, it makes sense to favour Murakami over Suzuki.
    I love Kanako, but I'm not sure if (from JSF's POV) she's clearly a better bet. If they're hoping for a medal, a kick-ass skate from Akiko has higher scoring potential than a kick-ass skate from Kanako, as the latter has rather wonky technique on 3F/3Lz(e) and often shaky 3L. If they're hoping for long-term benefits, Kanako's not a great bet either, as she to have her mind set on retiring and studying to become a coach.
    Of course, that's assuming they are both in good physical condition - Akiko had a leg injury this off-season, so we can just hope she'll get her jumps back in time.

    Quote Originally Posted by MissJD View Post
    I really like Miki, and I wish her the best at Nebelhorn! I really don't understand how she doesn't have a coach though. Can anyone explain that to me? (No, really, I have no idea how one would go about getting a coach!)
    Getting a coach in Japan might be quite difficult, as most of them have their hands quite full. A few years ago Mao was in a similar situation - she got help from the local coaches (Machida, Nagakubo) but IIRC it took a plea from Mao's mum for Sato to agree to coach her full time, as he was worried that his age and health might not allow him to properly take care of one more elite skater.
    Getting a coach to relocate to Japan wpuld be even more difficult, for obvious reasons.
    Training outside of Japan would be quite challenging for Miki, as I assume her family is helping her take care of Himawari...

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    Miki’s SP at Nebelhorn
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hozvEqV83f4

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    Nebelhorn Trophy 2013

    Ladies Short Program

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    http://www.isuresults.com/results/nt2013/SEG003.HTM

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    http://www.isuresults.com/results/nt..._SP_Scores.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    Thank you!

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    Thanks for the link. She looks great - when exactly did she give birth?!

    Interesting choice of music too...

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    I think she looks amazing for having giving birth not so long ago, but her posture is still weak, she telegraphed the lutz, and the wrap is bad.
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    I think she looks amazing for having giving birth not so long ago, but her posture is still weak, she telegraphed the lutz, and the wrap is bad.
    When you can land triples a few months after giving birth, who cares about 4 out of 5 PCS components anyway.

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    She got the components. Who needs transitions, when you can land triples?
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 09-26-2013 at 11:01 PM.

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    That was a great 1st effort. If I were Akiko or Kanako, I'd be quite concerned, given how Miki is skating, and that she is a 2-time world champ with an army of sponsors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inskate View Post

    Getting a coach in Japan might be quite difficult, as most of them have their hands quite full. A few years ago Mao was in a similar situation - she got help from the local coaches (Machida, Nagakubo) but IIRC it took a plea from Mao's mum for Sato to agree to coach her full time, as he was worried that his age and health might not allow him to properly take care of one more elite skater.
    Getting a coach to relocate to Japan wpuld be even more difficult, for obvious reasons.
    Training outside of Japan would be quite challenging for Miki, as I assume her family is helping her take care of Himawari...
    Thanks so much for the explanation! It makes more sense to me now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyBut View Post
    That was a great 1st effort. If I were Akiko or Kanako, I'd be quite concerned, given how Miki is skating, and that she is a 2-time world champ with an army of sponsors.
    Um yeah. Dude she gave birth 5 months ago and looks in top condition physically and can pull out a 3lz-2lo combo (if imperfect) and a +2 GOE 3lo in competition. The spins weren't there yet but that's easier to work on and worth less points anyways. I think Suzuki is especially vulnerable because she's even older than Miki, was OTP at Nationals last season, and can be hit-and-miss with her jumps. Kanako is young and so consistent with her jumps even though the technique is fug and she sometimes URs, that I tend to think she is safe. That 3rd spot though, I think Miki could definitely take it. That was quite a strong skate and score for the first competition of her comeback, after giving birth no less. This season will be crazy intense to watch for the Japanese men and ladies gunning for the Olympic spots!

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    I give Miki a lot of credit for coming back and looking this good! It's amazing that she looks like this having just given birth only 5 months ago. I really like this short program for her! I can see that she has worked on making her skating appear lighter and more elegant. The music works, the costume works, she looks beautiful, and is in terrific shape. This is exciting to see! GO MIKI!
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