(I posted more interview quotes etc. in his fan thread, e.g. he says that ever since last year's injury, his ankle is looser and sprains easily)He had to use a crutch to help him walk into the post-event press conference and his injured right ankle is the same one which almost ruled him out of PyeongChang 2018.
And he admits there is a doubt over his participation at next month's Grand Prix Final in Vancouver, and the Japanese nationals later in December.
"Figure skating is such a sport where even when the injury heals, you still can't skate the same way you were skating prior to it."
I loved this! As for the clips at the beginning, I have to say that the mind still boggles at the height and spring of Midori's jumps back in the day.
My feelings exactly.I am simultaneously in agony and ecstasy over the plethora of fabulous Japanese ladies right now. I can barely choose among them who I'd rather have on the world team. Satoko has long been a favorite and was joined by Wakaba (with her speed and power and big skating) as well as Kaori with her diamond-in-the-rough abandon. Now Mako, now Mai, now exquisite Marin, now Yuna, NOW RIKA!!! I can't help but root for them all - I'm heartbroken for whoever is left home from Worlds ...
Thanks for posting the article link. The top 2 men were not on the JGP this fall and Sato, 14, won the FS, landing 2 quads and 7 triples: 4T+2T, 4T, 3Lo, 3A+3T / 3A, 3F!+1Eu+3S & 3Lz. His only previous international was winning the Junior silver at the Bavarian Open in early 2018.Meanwhile, on the junior side, Yuhana Yokoi won Jr. Nationals.
It's shaping up to be a potential battle at Junior Worlds among 4 countries for the top 3 country spots: Russia, Japan, Korea & USA (now that Ting Cui made a statement at Tallinn Trophy).I do expect Japan to do just fine at Junior Worlds, likely placing second to Russia (Korea is a threat, and who knows whom the U.S. will send). They'll be able to maximize their spots on the JGP.
The second-year high school student, who turned 17 on Nov. 26, said she needs about 6 million yen annually to fund her activities.
“There is a limit to what I can do in procuring the funds on my own, so I’ve been finding it difficult to devote myself to the sport the way I would like to,” she said.
Shiraiwa asked for 4 million yen by Jan. 15, 2019. But by Dec. 2, about 2,200 people had contributed nearly 13 million yen.
“I hope to make sure I will be able to deliver one result after another so I can live up to the expectations (of supporters),” Shiraiwa said to express her appreciation.
The Japan Skating Federation established procedures for the use of crowdfunding platforms by skaters in the last fiscal year.
“Top athletes need substantial funding as JSF training expenses alone are no longer enough to support them,” said Hidehito Ito, head of the JSF figure skating committee. “We have been surprised that Shiraiwa managed to raise such a large amount."
Toyota (one of Shoma's sponsors) release a nice article and interview with Shoma.
Yura has been battling an ankle injury this season. She wanted to make it through both of her GP events then seek treatment.Any info why Matsuda is off the roster for nationals?
What are the results in dance?Japanese Nationals preview articles:
ISU feature article on Komatsubara/Koleto: https://www.isu.org/figure-skating/figure-skating-news/interviews/12365-love-story-is-not-just-a-program-for-misato-komatsubara-tim-koleto-jpn?templateParam=15
The 18-year-old from Kobe [Kaori Sakamoto] was absolutely spectacular in her free skate to “The Piano” and overtook Grand Prix Final champion Rika Kihira to capture the senior title for the first time. <snip>
Known for her big jumps and bigger guts, Sakamoto withstood all of the pressure and put on the skate of her life as the last skater of the evening.
The crowd showered Sakamoto with a raucous ovation as she finished and again when her score was announced.
Kihira skated to “Beautiful Storm” and cleanly landed two triple axels to take the lead as the second skater in the final group, but her struggles in the short program proved costly.
Kihira had a problem with her right boot in the short program and said she regretted not having it fixed before this competition.
“That is my lone regret because it impacted my score. I will be sure to have it corrected before the next event,” Kihira promised.
Sakamoto stuns Kihira, Miyahara to win national title (includes many photos): https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2018/12/76faf9db7ba5-figure-skating-sakamoto-stuns-kihira-miyahara-to-win-national-title.htmlMiyahara, who came in fourth in the free skate, came on the ice immediately after [Mai] Mihara had brought the house down. When Miyahara’s score was announced, there was a very noticeable murmur from the crowd, indicating disbelief.
With a fifth straight title, Miyahara would have joined a select group that includes the legendary Etsuko Inada (who skated in the 1936 Olympics at the age of 12), Miwa Fukuhara, Emi Watanabe and Hall of Famer Midori Ito as the only women to accomplish the feat. ... <snip> ...
There is certain to be considerable debate over Mihara’s placement in the coming days. After just missing out on the making the GP Final, it looks like she will draw the short straw again when it comes to selections for the worlds team on Monday night.