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    Sin/Kats Really Need a Cheer Right Now!

    :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: I just woke up and saw the results! I can't believe it. I don't know who's happier - them or me! CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU!!! Im sure all that hard work paid...
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    Should The Minimum Age That Ladies Can Compete As Seniors In Singles Be Raised From 15 To 17/18 Years Of Age?

    Thank you for bringing up Midori Ito. She certainly was a jumping genius even during her earlier years...1981-86. Perhaps most relevant to current discussion is how her injuries and ISU rules impacted her career. Around 1982-83, she injured her ankle and she did not return till 83-84 Junior...
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    Where will skating be five years from now?

    In 1991, I was an uniformed newbie. Just prior to 91W, Tonya Harding nailed 3Ax at US Nats. At that time, I fully expected GDR (remeber them?) to come up with Ladies triple Axeler before long, as well as a couple more from JPN and USA. I thought rule changes would happen much quicker than the...
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    Where will skating be five years from now?

    Interesting topic! IMHO, the closest analogy to current situation in the Ladies was 1991. Just before attending 91 Worlds, I thought by 96 Worlds 5-6 Ladies would be attempting and landing 3Ax. 3Ax will be allowed in Ladies SP, as Axel type jump. What happened is history. After Midori landed...
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    Japanese figure skating 2019-20 season news & updates

    It is not just the Seniors, the Junior Ladies in Japan looks like a Field Hospital after a major battle! IMHO, only Tomoe Kawabata (and Chisato Uramatsu) skated reasonably well and remained relatively healthy during 2019-2020 JGP season. It was so bad that JPN did not have any Ladies competitors...
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    Trusova breaks 100 in TES.

    There is one aspect which has not been touched on, but I consider this practice to be a borderline cheat, since this practice runs counter to "Well-Rounded Skating". I would like to relate something Midori Ito wrote around 1992. "With the pressure mounting to land the triple Axel, Midori became...
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    What are your favorite 19-20 programs so far?????

    Have only seen Junior Ladies and Dance, Senior Ladies. My favorites are: Tomoe Kawabata "Blue Danube" SP: added bonus was seeing Yukina Ota with Tomoe in Kiss & Cry Alyssa Liu SP and LP Kurakova "Le Corsaire" LP, particularly Gdansk performance: Midori's Calgary LP Music! Nguyen/ Kolesnik...
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    Trusova breaks 100 in TES.

    First, a bit of Midori news: NHK showed a program last night (30th October), as a lead up to NHK Trophy, a show with Kihira,Takeshi Honda and Akiko Suzuki. Near the end of program, Akiko talked about "the great Midori Ito" featuring skating snippets from 88Calgary, 89Worlds and 92Olympics. Akiko...
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    Trusova breaks 100 in TES.

    This statement made me think a bit, and I would like to suggest that "Technical Stagnation" occurred in Mens Division rather than Ladies. Triple Axel was first landed by Vern Taylor in 1978, and Midori was attempting it by 1984-85. By 1991 Worlds, Midori and Tonya was having triple Axel shootout...
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    Trusova breaks 100 in TES.

    Congratulations to Trusova. Last time Ladies Division skater challenged the best of Men, technically, was 1988-92. Midori Ito did have technical content (up to triple Axel), since the quad age was just dawning in Mens Division. Browning's first ratified quad toe was at 1988 Worlds. I have to...
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    The Rika Kihira Cheer Thread

    Rika's coach Ms. Mie Hamada made some comments about Rika's preparation routine as shown below. This reminds me of Ms. Machiko Yamada always scolding Midori Ito, during mid to late 1980s. Start Quote: Mie Hamada, while appreciating Rika’s improvement since moving up to seniors, told the press...
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    World Team Trophy - Who qualifies?

    Yes, it's on TV here and from what I remember it's live or close to it.
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    Sin/Kats Really Need a Cheer Right Now!

    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! I couldn't be happier for you! Congratulations!! It was well deserved, and it's obvious a lot of hard work went into that medal. Keep it up! :rockstar::rockstar::rockstar: :40beers::40beers::40beers: :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2: And of...
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    Sin/Kats Really Need a Cheer Right Now!

    Crossing all my fingers and toes for S/K now. Just about 2 hours to go. Honestly I think Im more nervous than they are! :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2: Come on guys! I know you can do it. Just relax and GOOD LUCK IN THE FD!!!!
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    The Rika Kihira Cheer Thread

    Thank you for starting a thread on Rika Kihira. Please accept my apologies in advance for longish post. Under the RADAR The skating fans in JPN, usually keep an eagle eye on junior/novice level skaters. I could hardly wait for Miki Ando (Senior from 04 Worlds) or Mao Asada (Ditto 07 Worlds) to...
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