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Japanese skater/skating news & updates

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, May 15, 2011.

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  1. sleepypanda

    sleepypanda Member

    Junior Worlds Assignments (for anyone who cares):
    Men: HINO Ryuju, TANAKA Keiji
    Ladies: MIYAHARA Satoko, HONGO Rika
  2. IoanaC

    IoanaC Well-Known Member

    I can't believe Kozuka's season ends here. I loved both his programs, especially the SP, and he's been skating so well... It's unbelievably unfair.:(
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  3. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

    Congrats to Mura for his worlds debut but I cannot hide my broken hearted feeling for Kozuka:(
  4. floskate

    floskate Vacant

    Not just Kozuka but Oda. Both skaters are clearly top 10 in the world and they don't even get to go to that or 4CC's? I guess in another year it may have been different but with 4CC's in Japan the JSF will want their top 3 from both events headlining. So the chances of Takahashi or Hanyu pulling out of 4CC's and Kozuka or Oda getting the nod seem pretty slim.

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  5. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    No Worlds for Taka? I'm heartbroken!
  6. essence_of_soy

    essence_of_soy Well-Known Member

    The results here seem to indicate that the fall and grand prix skating season are either bang bang bang, one event fast on another's footsteps, forcing the skaters to peak week after week, or like US Nationals used to be when they had multiple ladies who were world medallists, there was intense pressure to make the world team.

    Veterans such as Kozuka, Oda and Suzuki just looked tired.
  7. Lara

    Lara It's JJ style!

    Watching the LP videos, I can't deny Mura's performance. But gutted. No 4CC for Taka/Oda is really harsh when the field was this competitive. :( :wuzrobbed
  8. danafan

    danafan Canadian ladies über

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  9. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

    Thank you for the correction. I would certainly not wanna be one of JSF officials in this situation. Japan's men's field is sooooooooooo deep!
  10. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

  11. tkaug

    tkaug Member

    He got his right arch injured a week before the nationals.
    It is definitely because of the injury that he left out a 3Lo from his free program and put a 2A instead. This seems pretty serious so I think it was a right decision that he didn't make the World team this time.


    As for Oda not making the 4CC team or the World team, perhaps the JSU was sending him a message.
  12. SamuraiK

    SamuraiK Well-Known Member

    With 4CC being in Japan Yuzuru and Daisuke were locks but Im surprised they went with Mura again. I would have given that to 4th place Oda. Heartbroken for Kozuka but with a 5th place finish there's not much you can claim :( :(

    As for Ladies, Akiko didnt make the podium so I was hoping 4CC would be given to Nishino .

    An in dance , no matter they actually had a field this year (4 teams) they are only sending the Reed even when the 2nd and 3rd team have met the TES minimun internationally.

    Damn this results and assignments are SOOOO frustrating.
  13. Jeschke

    Jeschke #teamtrainwreck #teamschott

    the other dance teams have the tes?
    didn´t know that. that is absolutely frustrating.
  14. Carina

    Carina Active Member

    Feel sad for Kozuka :-(((
  15. dinakt

    dinakt Well-Known Member

    So am I.I hope he does not lose heart and comes back strong in Olympic year. It is hard to accept that a Worlds Silver medalist and a skater with one of the most gorgeous SS in the business has not made the Worlds team ( or 4CC team...)
  16. tkaug

    tkaug Member

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  17. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    With Hanyu, Takahashi, Kozuka, Machida, Mura and Oda all skating well at the GPs, I wish the Federation would at least spread the assignments around. Oda missing out on a 4CC spot after coming in 3rd in the free and narrowly missing the podium seems quite unfortunate. Hoping Kozuka a speedy recovery.
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  18. Jeschke

    Jeschke #teamtrainwreck #teamschott

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  19. kittyjake5

    kittyjake5 Well-Known Member

    Deleted. Wrong link.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2012
  20. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Here's Daisuke Takahashi's exhibition skate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVL900snjws

    Other "Medalist on Ice" performances (so far):

    Mao Asada: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucvuig-WS9s

    Yuzuru Hanyu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFKe8aliMmo

    Kanako Murakami: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYJv6lB_Sgc

    Akiko Suzuki: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7H6sqBu1ds

    Takahito Mura: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfVLgLx2Y30

    Finale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkpgFscTIeQ

    Lambiel was the invited guest performer.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2012
  21. kittyjake5

    kittyjake5 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Sylvia I was in such a rush when I posted. I deleted the link.
  22. maureenfarone

    maureenfarone Well-Known Member

    I am also heartbroken for Kozuka. Since he is injured probably the best thing is for him to heal....not try and train through the injury for 4CC or Worlds (JMO). He need to come back strong and healthy for next season if he wants to make the World/Olympic team in this deep field.

    I am also very sad for Akiko since I love her skating. She is going to Worlds and 4CC so that is a good thing. I am really puzzled about her season. Early on she had a lot of problems with the SP and rocked the FS. Now, she seems to be doing fine with the SP and having major problems with the FS. Since I don't read or understand Japanese I wonder if she has an injury which is causing her trouble with the 3Flip? It seems so odd that GPF and here it was such a problem for her. It would be great if she does well at 4CC and Worlds. I hope she continues on to 2014!
  23. skate65

    skate65 New Member

    I can't believe that they didn't assign Oda to 4CC as he skated well at Skate Canada and came 3rd. At Rostelcom he came back with a great long placing 2nd in the long and he came 3rd in the long at japanese nationals. This seems very harsh. The depth is unique. I am very disappointed. These skaters work so hard, sacrifice so much and at any other nationals Oda and Kozuka would have made the world team.
  24. Jeschke

    Jeschke #teamtrainwreck #teamschott


    being fine means 3t2t?
    that´s not fine for a current worlds bronze medalist and wannebe real contender for 2013/14 world and olympic medals.
  25. maureenfarone

    maureenfarone Well-Known Member

    Akiko has never been a real consistent skater. This season at Skate Canada she was 5th in SP and 1st in FS and Overall 2. At NHK she was 5th in SP 1st in FS and Overall 2. Then, at the GPF she was 3rd in all phases. At Japanese Nationals she was 1st in SP (over Mao the Olympic Silver Medalist who popped her loop) and 5th in the FS and Overall 4th.

    No, I don't think a 3t/2t was great - she was going for a 3t/3t but has struggled with it this year.

    It just seemed like she might have some type of injury to have so much trouble with her flip and lutz at Japan Nationals. I don't read or speak the language so I wondered if anyone who does might have heard something in the interview Yukari did with Akiko - or something in an article.

    I still enjoy Akiko more than any of the other Japanese ladies, though of course Mao is also lovely.
  26. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Several skaters complained about the ice being too hard, so it is possible that affected their timing with toe pick jumps. I guess if you were already struggling with a particular jump (flip, in Akiko's case), that would only make matters worse.
  27. maureenfarone

    maureenfarone Well-Known Member

    Thanks Ioana, I hadn't heard about that.
  28. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    I feel bad for Oda. He couldn't capitalize earlier in his career when he had chances and now other skaters have passed him by. Maybe he can do pair ....
  29. hanca

    hanca Well-Known Member

    I thought Oda is quite short for pairs...
  30. loulou

    loulou Let It Snow

    Indeed. I think he's quite a tiny person overall, and although that suits both him and his current skating abilities, he'd have to pair up with a lady close to being invisible.

    -- I'm heartbroken for Kozuka. A lot of his best qualities can't be seen in any other male skater, even in this incredibly deep field. Iìll miss those a lot. May he get back on the ice strong and competitive.

    Thanks! A spoon full of sweet Asada <3
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2012
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