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Fumie Suguri continues competing after failing to qualify for Nationals 3 times

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by tkaug, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. Blondie12

    Blondie12 New Member

    Does she have a full time job or is she wealthy? If she just wants to compete for her own joy as a hobby I don't see why people have a problem with it. Does she devote full time to it or does she have a real life on the side and then just do this on and off?

    That said, if my assumption is not correct and if she actually thinks she could make Olympic team then she needs serious help, though I do not think that is really the case. How does she have money to train if she is doing this full time?
  2. caseyedwards

    caseyedwards Well-Known Member

    It has been posted That a company hired her to be their figure skater!
  3. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller #1 Dick Button Fan

    Fumie has every right to continue to enjoy the sport and art of figure skating, as she enters middle age. Even into old age. It's a great recreational sport for all folks with relatively healthy legs. However, Fumie may need the aide of a psychiatrist, if she thinks that she can be competitive with the elite ranks. I'm sure that there are a lot of needy people in her own country who could use the money that she is throwing out the window, e.g., people who lost everything near Fukushima power plant, still displaced.
  4. OliviaPug

    OliviaPug Well-Known Member

    I always enjoyed Fumie's skating. I'm not sure how I feel about this. But, who cares how I feel?!

    If Fumie wants to continue -- even if she doesn't have another job or the money to skate -- it is still her choice and her right.

    I only hope she really does enjoy what she's doing and is not frustrated by it. (I know I would be frustrated.) She must have the patience of a saint! I do wish her all the best of luck and hope she finds the performance she is looking for.

  5. CantALoop

    CantALoop Well-Known Member

    Fumie's had a great career, but if her current results are the return on the investments they're getting...:shuffle:

    Seriously, does she have any coaching/strategy? She got the fourth lowest TES in the free skate (Yuki Nishino had a higher TES in the SP). Most of the field was doing 3T and 3S, and two of the girls in the top 5 don't even have a 3Lo, 3F, or 3Lz. Considering that Fumie's PCS were less than a point away from Risa Shoji, Fumie probably would've made it to Nationals if she had done nothing but clean doubles.
  6. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Are we sure they're paying full price for her coaching and ice time? I remember the company Akiko works for does real estate and is a (co-?) owner of the rink where she trains, so she gets free ice time. Maybe having a former Olympian who still skates is all they're going for, i.e. "look how cool our employees are and look how many varied interests they have outside of work; we even have a competitive figure skaters who went to the Olympics a while back.'
  7. PairSk8Fan

    PairSk8Fan Banned Member

    Well, whatever the reasons for hiring her, what is astounding is the load of BS Fumie spouts about being a world class skater when, in reality, she no longer is a world class skater.

    Reality check - Suguri in 2013-2014 STINKS. FREEEEEEE BIIIIIIIIIIIIRD!!!!!

    N. B. "Free Bird" is what a person can yell at a concert instead of, "YOU SUCK!!!!!!" without getting kicked out of the concert. Free Bird is a notorius "request" for bands that suck.
  8. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure that's all relative. I for one enjoy watching some of the lower-ranked skaters at US Regionals and -as an adult skater myself- think it's very cool she's trying to qualify for Nationals in a competitive field in Japan. She said she wanted to keep skating until she had a good performance, not until she medalled in a certain event. She seems to still enjoy skating; her current company seems ok with paying for it. All the parties involved are fine with the arrangement.
  9. icellist

    icellist Active Member

    Does anybody know how well she trains? As in, in practice, does she fully rotate her toe/flips/lutz? If so, maybe she just wants to compete until she delivers a performance of her true ability and artistic talent?

    Haunted by perfection~~~
  10. Yazmeen

    Yazmeen Well-Known Member

    Hey, PairSk8fan, a message for you...


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  11. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    Only at concerts where the majority of the audience is in their 50s and 60s, has long straggly beards, and tie-dyed T-shirts, and the band last had a hit in the mid-1970s. Which is the time period where your understanding of figure skating seems to be located.
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  12. Carolla5501

    Carolla5501 Well-Known Member

    My only concern is the goal of this "skate" that she's aiming for...

    You know I have a friend who went to the Olympics as a runner and he said the hardest thing he ever had to realize was that "I am no longer going to get faster" and to change his goals from "winning" to "enjoying" I am afraid that she may not be able to do that and most elite athletes have to face that at some point. Growing old is just a pain :) But he's still a great runner and can run faster then most of us at his age.

    But if she enjoys skating and is doing it because she wants then why is it any of our business. Not like any of us are funding this! She's probably a better skater then 90% of us!
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2013
  13. burntBREAD

    burntBREAD Active Member

    Someone posted a video advertisement-type thing about "never giving up" and it featured Fumie, who appeared to also work full-time in some office position (possibly at Kappa) and skating at night.
  14. antmanb

    antmanb Well-Known Member

    :rofl: :rofl:
  15. KimGOAT

    KimGOAT Active Member

    She still dreams of the World titles she missed in 2003, 2004, and 2006, the World silver she missed in 2005, and the Olympic bronze she missed in 2002 and 2006. So she continues to chase those dreams and missed goals until she reaches them.
  16. ks777

    ks777 Well-Known Member

    This is only my guess and some others but I think Fumie can't give up skating because Shizuka, her arch nemesis(since she lost the spot on the Nagano Olympics team, Fumie hates(obsessed with) Shizuka), won the Olympic gold at Torino. She just can't let it go. She is obsessed with Shizuka and can't let it go.. Shizuka is still improving her artistry since turning pro and Fumie can't stand it. There I said it.
  17. mia joy

    mia joy Well-Known Member

    Sometimes you just have to move on, change your dreams and set new goals. You can't always get what you want, you know?
  18. Vagabond

    Vagabond Well-Known Member

    But if you try sometimes well you might find you get what you need. :)
  19. tkaug

    tkaug Member

    Suguri said she was happy that she had finished 1st among Japanese ladies at 2005 Worlds(Suguri 5th, Ando 6th, Arakawa 9th). So I think it was more about beating Arakawa for her than taking a medal in the Olympics in Torino.
  20. PairSk8Fan

    PairSk8Fan Banned Member


    Now that's the spirit! It is just misdirected, and I never will respond to the hyper-polite, sensitive approach to fandom in any sport, even FS. "Be nice! The skaters TRY SO HARD.... They are just youngsters.... How would YOU FEEL? and BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH...." It's ridiculous. PointBlankDOTcom.

    As I mentioned once before, go check out the sport fan message boards, websites and commentaries of other sports. This discourse provokes so much from the gentEEEEEEEL. I am entertained. Keep up the good work!
  21. yukisnowflake

    yukisnowflake Active Member

  22. Akira Andrea

    Akira Andrea Well-Known Member

    This is her message in her official blog "The Guri Guri Daiary of Fumie Suguri"

    Finishing Higashi Nihon Championship or Eastern Japan Sectionals,
    November 9th, 2013


    In other day, I had participated to Higashi Nihon Championship which was held in November 3rd-4th. To everyone who cheered me, thank you very much.

    Although I had continued to train aiming at my third participation to the Olympics while having been supported by many persons, I couldn't get the qualification to Japan Nationals because of my poor result with 11th place.

    After the competition, the various feelings had welled up, but what I am feeling with strongest now is the feeling which I would like to become more skillful at the skating.

    I am not satisfied by the result of my performance in the competition.

    I rather feel strongly that there are a lot of things which I should do and must learn in the skating.

    Although I has continued the life which is full of the skating for over 20 years, the skating which I image as my ideal is far from me yet by yet.

    I feel really that the skating is deep and difficult.
    It never make me cut corners and never permit me to compromise.

    But I think that it is just attractiveness of the skating.

    The younger skaters have increased before I knew it and I had become the oldest when I found. Really, it is fairly difficult to recover the fatigue and It is easy to become ill and I often feel the weakness of the physical strength.


    I will continue the skating because it is indispensable in my life.

    I had piled up the training while aiming at the skating which is not only as the person who has watched me impresses but also as my own mind is excited, so far.

    But I have not reached my goal.
    Therefore I will continue to pile the effort from now on.

    Because the 32 years old Fumie Suguri will do my best with energetic moreover, please cheer me.

    Hoping that all persons become happy, I will do my best from now on, too.

    The message:
    Finishing Higashi Nihon Championship or Eastern Japan Sectionals,
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2013
  23. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    That message does sound like she has some slightly unrealistic goals... but if it's what she wants it's what she wants.
  24. Kelvster

    Kelvster Well-Known Member

    I think the most unrealistic thing is that she keeps talking about the Olympics (I have also read other articles where she talked about Sochi ...). Aiming to have that "perfect" skate at nationals is one thing; aiming to skate in Sochi is quite another .....
  25. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    Yes, exactly, or another Olympics unless she has some miraculous re-improvement before 2018 lol. I can't remember if she has hinted about continuing on to 2018 or not.
  26. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    Does Fumie seriously still talk about the OLYMPICS. Get a grip girl. Even Mira Leung knew to retire eventually.
  27. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the translation Akira Andrea.

    Fumie... :(
  28. Jeschke

    Jeschke #teamtrainwreck #teamschott

    fumie = chusovitina of figure skating :D
    so she really has some more years left :p
  29. jiejie

    jiejie Well-Known Member

    ^^ well not exactly. Chusovitina at age 33 won a Silver Medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and also ended up a respectable 9th in the Indiv All-Around. And that was after taking a break, becoming a mother, then returning to gymnastics. I'd say Miki Ando has a better shot of pulling a Chusovitina at this point than Suguri.
  30. shah

    shah Shhh... shhh...

    Well... Good luck, Fumie! However, I presume a thread entitled "Suguri didn't qualify for the 4th time" next year...
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