Did NBC ever interview Arakawa after her win?
Did I miss it...or did NBC (or USA) not show a normal post-award interview of Shizuka Arakawa? Was Shizuka not invited to the TODAY Show...or the NBC set...or to Olympic Ice? [or was she invited & didn't want to go? I doubt that.]
Why was Shizuka's well deserved victory not honored with an interview by NBC & its affiliates?
Her weak English is no excuse...she could be interviewed in Japanese with an interpreter.
p.s. - The three words that Shizuka uttered to Andrea Joyce, who caught her in the passageway out of the ice, don't count! OI showed the tiny clip of Shizuka with Andrea Joyce...but that's not a proper interview.
Just to add -
Even Irina showed up on the TODAY Show on Friday, along with Sasha, Emily & Kimmie. Irina & Kimmie also went to the OI for their final show.
Where was Shizuka???
What does this portend for Shizuka's post-Oly marketing power?
I wondered about this as well. Then again, maybe the Japanese media has been all over her. She's the only Japanese athlete to win a medal at these games - and she won the 'glamour' event of the games!!!! So, maybe that's why there hasn't been much US media coverage of Shizuka.
OT, I saw a TV ad this morning for COI. They prominently had Michelle, Sasha, and Irina.
I'm thinking maybe Shizuka declined - all of Japan was likely after her for interviews, I don't think the Today show was at the top of her list.
Originally Posted by Frau Muller
I saw her very briefly on the Olympic Ice show. Her English is not good. She just said so happy!.
Language never stopped the US networks from interviewing Oksana Baiul many times after her 1994 win. At that time, Oksana spoke probably less English than does Shizuka...who, by the way, has been living in the US for a while (first in Detroit with Callaghan, then in Simsbury with Tarasova & currently with Morozov).
I am so mad they haven't done interviews with her! She IS the Gold-medal winner and earned it all the way. I am sure they could find translators.
It's a sad state of affairs but being Japanese and being a figure skater, unfortunately do not add up to American mainstream interest. Special interest, however, would go to a European skater. JMO
I agree with you Joe on the European skater thing. I mean, Irina was the bronze medallist and they still had her on the Today show.
I remember, didn't ESPN interview Mao Asada through a translator? So Shiz could definitely have been interviewed, even if it was for a short while.
Joe - If you are correct, then I don't see many interviews with gold medal winners coming in the years ahead. Between Mao Asada for the women & Nobunari Oda for the men -- not to mention other possible World Champs in either gender -- I can see many years without interviews of the winners.
Conceivably, NBC may be interviewing only the ice dance winners of the 2010 Vancouver games, because there is a very real possibility that the three other gold medals will go to Asians:
Ladies - Mao Asada (or other Japanese or Korean lady...and we know who they are)
Men - Nobunari Oda (or Takahashi or other Japanese man)
Pairs - pick your pick from several Chinese teams, including those too young to have skated in Torino
Four years is a long- I repeat, LONG- time. No one knows who's going to dominate when, or at all.
I remember in 02 there were some predictions that really fell flat.
According to CBC commentary during her exhibition -- can't remember if it was Mark Lee, Underhill, or Martini who said this -- Arakawa was up all night with the Japanese media and got only one hour of sleep before she skated in the gala.
Yeah - Who were we predicting after the Salt Lake games?
Originally Posted by Red Dog
Ladies - COHEN first and foremost. Suguri perhaps. Arakawa wasn't even at the '02 games. Not everyone felt that Irina (or Michele) would still be around. So we were right on Cohen & Suguri being in the top four at the next Olys.
Men - PLUSHENKO...we all knew that one, clear as day, four years ago. Silver medalist at one Olympics becomes gold medalist at the next - easy! 'Quad King' Goebel was to have been his big rival. We were right on Plush but not on Tim, alas. I don't think that anyone had any idea about Lambiel.
Pairs - SHEN/ZHAO & TOT/MAR (3rd & 4th in Salt Lake) were easy predictions & they made the podium. The Zhangs were already beign considered serious threats back in Salt Lake..they made many peoples shortlist of 'who to watch for 2006.'.
Dance - Here are the big surprises, vis-a-vis our post-Salt Lake knowledge. I assumed Lobacheva/Averbuck and Chait/Sakhnovsky through to 2006....L/A retired after '03 (as did B/K...who I didn't think would continue after '02) C/S took a nosedive in the standings aftr the infamous '02 Worlds bronze. I knew that Navka/Kostomarov would be on the podium but I assumed they'd be the #2 Russians through Torino. I *never* imagined Belbin/Agosto being in the picture just because 'newbie' Americans teams usually have to pay their dues with very slow climbs up the ladder. Thankfully, that was not the case here.