Joanne Macleod is such a random choice.According to her fan site, someone who runs the site received a message from Rika Hongo that Rika's moving to Vancouver to work with Joanne Macleod, Tsutomu Seki (former Yuka Nagai's coach) and Neil Wilson.
I can't help but thinking that it's a bit too late in her career, but best of the luck for her journey!
That was my thought, too. Maybe it was too late in the season for looking for a coach who has a better reputation? Dunno. But, anyways it was better to move to someone else than staying if the team didn't work well in her long time home club which doesn't have her former coach any more.Joanne Macleod is such a random choice.
Joanne Macleod is such a random choice.
In this column by Jack Gallagher, which starts with Shoma but continues on to other skaters, he just says she is training with Megumu Seki in Vancouver. Maybe MacLeod is not part of it?That was my thought, too. Maybe it was too late in the season for looking for a coach who has a better reputation? Dunno. But, anyways it was better to move to someone else than staying if the team didn't work well in her long time home club which doesn't have her former coach any more.
To date, Riko's international championship selection seems to be all about timing.In this column by Jack Gallagher, which starts with Shoma but continues on to other skaters, he just says she is training with Megumu Seki in Vancouver. Maybe MacLeod is not part of it?
Speaking of Yuka Nagai, @Jeschke was thrilled to learn she has qualified for Nationals in December by placing 3rd at the Eastern Section championshops last weekend - link to results/protocols in English is posted in the Kiss & Cry section here: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/2018-19-japan-national-qualifying-domestic-competitions.104469/#post-5445983Hongo recently relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she has begun training under Megumu Seki, formerly the coach of Yuka Nagai.
Seki told Ice Time in a phone conversation on Monday that he is hoping the change of environment will help revive Hongo’s career. The 22-year-old was sixth at the 2015 worlds, but tumbled to 16th two years later, and did not qualify for them last season.
“Rika has only been here for a couple of weeks, so right now we are just trying to get her acclimated to a new environment,” Seki said. “She has to get used to a new language, new training conditions, new food, etc.”
Seki, who also coaches junior Rinka Watanabe, noted that Hongo’s focus isn’t on the Helsinki GP, but rather looking further ahead.
“She has been improving technically since she began working with us, but it has only been a short time,” Seki stated. “We are hoping to have her in good form for the Japan championships in December.”
Interview with Rika Hongo, conducted during Finlandia: https://youtu.be/6oI_Dn-6RzIIn this column by Jack Gallagher, which starts with Shoma but continues on to other skaters, he just says she is training with Megumu Seki in Vancouver. Maybe MacLeod is not part of it?
Also, his planned 3-3 is 3F3T, which is a combo he has last attempted in juniors... According to google translate of the same article:I was greedy - I wanted quads, I wanted a 3-3 and 2 axels, and while thinking all of this, turned out an axel after the 4T was the only place it could go (laughs)
There were options to make the flip Lutz, but we considered the right leg that hurt last season.
ETA: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201811050035.htmlWestern Section (Senior and Junior), Nov. 1 - 4, 2018 in Nagoya - results/protocols in English are published:
Senior Men - top 11 advance to Nationals:
1. Daisuke TAKAHASHI Kansai univ.Kaisers Fsc 1 1 244.67
2. Kazuki TOMONO DOSHISHA F.SKATING CLUB 2 2 233.00
3. SHU NAKAMURA KANSAI UNIV SKATING CLUB 3 4 203.40
4. Taichiro YAMAKUMA Hyogo Nishinomiya F.S.C. 5 3 196.71
5. Taichi HONDA KANSAI UNIV SKATING CLUB 4 5 191.98
6. KEIICHIROH SASAHARA DOSHISHA F.SKATING CLUB 9 6 177.66
7. Kazuki KUSHIDA 6 9 172.00
8. Ryuju HINO 7 8 171.46
9. Junya WATANABE 11 7 168.48
10. KOSHIN YAMADA SMBC 8 10 166.96
11. KOUSUKE NAKANO 12 11 160.52
Top 2 in FS:
1 Daisuke TAKAHASHI 161.11 74.61 86.50 8.60 8.40 8.70 8.75 8.80 0.00 #17 (Jumps: 3F, 3A+3T+, 3S, 3A+ / 3Lz+2T(-), 3Lo, 3F+2T<)
2 Kazuki TOMONO 149.73 77.83 72.90 7.35 7.00 7.45 7.20 7.45 1.00 #16
FS protocols: https://www.jsfresults.com/National/2018-2019/fs_e/west/data0105.pdf
Senior Ladies - top 11 (in addition to Kihira who is seeded for Nationals but elected to compete here) advance to Nationals:
1. RIKA KIHIRA Kansai univ.Kaisers Fsc 1 1 198.71 (seeded) - landed 3A & 3A+2T but had issues on both 3Lz
2. Hina TAKENO 2 3 170.76
3. Sui TAKEUCHI Daido HS SC 3 4 169.92
4. Miyabi OBA TOKAI TOKYO FH 4 5 168.38
5. Saki MIYAKE 6 7 164.98
6. Ayaka HOSODA KANSAI UNIV SKATING CLUB 10 2 164.52
7. Rin NITAYA 7 6 164.37
8. Hinano ISOBE 5 9 155.31
9. Ayumi KAGOTANI 15 8 151.11
10. Miyu NAKASHIO 8 12 147.72
11. Hiyori TOKURA KANSAI UNIV SKATING CLUB 11 10 146.13
12. Riona KATO 12 11 144.62
Takahashi said his goal at the national championships is to score enough points in the short program to be among the final group of competitors in the free skate.
“If I look beyond that goal and see a medal, then I would like to set that as my goal,” he said.
According to the 32-year-old, his biggest challenge now is having enough physical energy for the latter half of his program.
Jack Gallagher's latest column - Mai Mihara aims for comeback season: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2018/11/07/figure-skating/mihara-aims-comeback-season/Japanese article about Wakaba's withdrawal from Rostelecom is published. The reason is mentioned that she's been injured in the instep of her right foot.
One of the most poignant scenes of the 2017-18 skating season came at the Japan nationals in Tokyo. Mihara, who placed fifth, was leaving the ice after her free skate as her training partner Sakamoto was coming on.
Mihara had to know at this point that her dream of making the Japan team for the Pyeongchang Games was gone. While most people would be devastated at seeing something they had worked so hard for disappear, Mihara somehow found the composure to encourage her teammate.
“Kao-chan, gambatte,” TV cameras picked her up saying. It was an incredible gesture and tells you what kind of person Mihara is.
Ice Time questioned Mihara about this moment.
“Kaori and I have been skating together for 10 years,” Mihara told me. “She is my good friend.”
How did Mihara feel watching Sakamoto (who finished sixth) skate in Pyeongchang?
“I was cheering for her at the Olympics. I’m so glad Kaori was smiling there,” Mihara recalled. “I did feel a bit of sadness not being there, but I felt more like cheering for Kaori. I also got motivation for the future.”
All the NHK competition-related threads are in the Kiss & Cry section (I expected a cheer/fan thread for Rika to have been started in the Trash Can forum by now ).I can't find a Rika Kihira or NHK thread
Here's Kihira's amazing FS from her GP debut (British Eurosport): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYC0RzEB3Y0Rika's freeskate at the NHK:
Amazing combination of marvelous artistry, technical excellence and emotional resonance from Rika! Brought tears to my eyes with the final triple salchow and rapid spin on the ice with her arms extended in a pose of graceful triumph in the air at the end. It was the culmination of fabulous jumps including triple axels with a triple toe combo, beautiful tanos, highly artistic and varied arm movements, intricate transitions, wonderful smooth and sharp edges with nice running edges in her jumps , fabulous spins, and the step sequence here was so full of quick rapid change of directions and expansive rink coverage.
Here is part two with their answers to fans questions!
What now? she'll give Rika an administrative "knee wack" before GPF? no winning over Satoko command? i know that's what Med wanted Eteri to do with Zag.. But it is not working... young ones want to win...Unlike most coaches, though, Hamada is clear about which student she wants to win, be it at NHK or this season’s Japanese and world championships.
“I hope the champion is 18, because we want to see a senior lady, not a senior girl, don’t you think?” Hamada said in Everett. “A skater who has a story, not only jumps.”
I will need to review, repeat, review, repeat...I'm sort of feeling I need to review names of current Japanese skaters.
Rika Kihira (Sr ladies)
Ryuichi Kihara (pairs)
Mariko Kihara (Sr ladies)
Rika Hongo (Sr ladies)
Riko Takino (Jr ladies)
Shoma Uno (Sr men)
Satoko Miyahara (Sr ladies)
Mai Mihara (Sr ladies)
Refer to @rosewood's translation/summary earlier in this thread: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/japanese-figure-skating-2018-19-season-news-updates.103938/page-3#post-5380740What is the criteria for selection for the World team?
(my quick summary)
Selection criteria for 2018-2019 international competitions
1 Worlds (Men/Ladies 3 spots, Pairs/Ice Dance 1 spot)
 Winner at Nats
 2nd spot goes to a skater selected in a comprehensive way from skaters who meet any of the criteria below
a) Skaters who placed 2nd-3rd at Nats
b) Skaters who placed 1st-2nd of Japanese skaters at the GP final
c) Skaters who placed 1st-3rd of Japanese skaters on ISU world standings at the end of Nats
 Including the two skaters selected above, up to three skaters will be selected in a comprehensive way from skaters who meet any of the criteria below
a) Skaters who meet a)-c) but not selected
b) Skaters who place 1st-3rd of Japanese skaters on ISU season's world standings at the end of Nats
c) Skaters who place 1st-3rd of Japanese skaters on ISU season's world best scores at the end of Nats
*Skaters are required to participate in Nats which is the final selection meeting for Worlds. (This requirement does not apply to substitutes.) That said, if the skater placed the 3rd or higher at Worlds in the past, and if the reason is unavoidable such as injuries, there will be a case that the skater can be selected in a comprehensive way by taking it into considerations that the skater's results prior to the injury, for example, are good enough to meet the criteria above. The perspectives of how the skater's condition at Worlds will be are to be taken into the considerations.
(2) Pairs/Ice Dance
Skaters are to be selected in a comprehensive way from the skaters who meet any of the criteria below, and their international competitiveness is to be taken into considerations in the selection process.
a) Winner at Nats
b) Skaters who places 1st-3rd of Japanese skaters on ISU world standings at the end of Nats
c) Skaters who place 1st-3rd of Japanese skaters on ISU season's world standings at the end of Nats
d) Skaters who place 1st-3rd of Japanese skaters on ISU season's world best scores at the end of Nats
*Skaters are required to participate in Nats which is the final selection meeting for Worlds.