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    Still hard days coming to the champion

    Recent article from Kyodo NY, July 10th (in Japanese):

    -- "I miss Japanese language" says Miki Ando training in the US --

    Crossing the Hudson River gazing the Manhattan skyscrapers, off the ferry and about 40 minutes drive will take you to Hackensack NJ, and to the in-door ice rink on which Miki Ando, the reigning figure skating champion, places her training camp.

    She practices every day, morning and afternoon, coached by Nicolai Morozov. She says that the most often instructed is "to be able to take off on the inside edge with my triple flip, I tend to take off on the outside edge."

    Since she hurt her shoulder last season she has difficulty in doing the Beillman spin, so she aims to get high scores by doing spirals and flips that get her higher points. "I havn't started practicing the quad," she says. Her new program for this season starting in October isn't completed yet, but she shows eagerness to "reach the highest level 4 if possible" in spins and so forth.

    She told us "I completely rely on Nicolai on my program, and when he gives me the music and the choreo I would like to make them mine. I've never said anything like what I would like to have."

    She is staying in a place about 10 minutes drive to the rink. "I can't speak English, and I don't have a car, so I can't go out to anywhere by myself. I sort of can't get used to huge cities like Manhattan. I know it might be better to take interest in more various things..." she says in a lonely tone.

    She has no one around her to chat freely with. "I miss Japanese language." She faces strict limitations on the calories she takes, and says "I love pizza, pasta, and the like. But I keep myself away from them lest I gain weight."

    Four months have passed since her victory in the World Championships. "I still have some shortcomings compared to other skaters. What I'm trying hard is to catch up, that's where I am," were the words of Mikitty.
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    Poor kid. If there isn't a nearby Japanese-speaking community group, are there any universities or colleges that teach the language, so she could find a student who wants to learn (or practice) Japanese?

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    I can't wait to see those spirals that are going to give her higher scores.

    I thought one of the top Japanese male skaters skated with her. Why is she all alone? Why doesn't she take some English classses so that she can understand her surroundings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flying camel View Post
    I I thought one of the top Japanese male skaters skated with her. Why is she all alone? Why doesn't she take some English classses so that she can understand her surroundings.
    I don't think she doesn't speak any English - otherwise, how would she communicate with her coaches?

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    No matter how well she speaks English, she would probably still want to be able to talk in her native language -- maybe, just to feel more closely connected to home, at least for a little while. After all, on both COI and SOI, there are a lot of Russian skaters who speak English very well -- and they all like to spend some time together speaking their native language.

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    Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
    Math, you just come up with so many pearls.

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    I am surprised that she has returned to the US for coaching. I though that last season she had returned to Japan and admitted to being happy there, athough last year's programs were chreographed by Nicolai Morozov. I hope that she returns to japan soon. She skated so much better and with so much confidence when she was based there. I assume we have seen the last of the quad, if she was serious about landing it again she owuld be training it. I guess she thinks that if she became world champion without it, she dosen't need it. I hope that she will have a good season this year and prove that it just wasn't a fluke that she won. Strange that she dosne't even have a hand in selecting music... music chocies should be personal. no wonder she has been criticzed for not being artistic and not relating to the music. If she is not having a say in what she is skating too i can't belive she is doing that well.

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    It's the price she will have to pay if she wishes to stay on top.

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    Well, I think it is a rough life for any young person, let alone a world champion! If Miki can't find someone better to show her around Manhattan and get her some Japanese food, tell her to get in touch with me! I can't help with the Japanese language, though.

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    how you going to talk to her then?

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    Ever growling, eh, RD?

    I think I've seen her interviewed on TV speaking SOME English....

    If not, better scratch the suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flying camel View Post
    I thought one of the top Japanese male skaters skated with her. Why is she all alone? Why doesn't she take some English classses so that she can understand her surroundings.
    I think she trains with Daisuke Takahashi. So hopefully he's around to cheer her up a bit when she's lonely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    Ever growling, eh, RD?

    I think I've seen her interviewed on TV speaking SOME English....

    If not, better scratch the suggestion.
    Your assumptions are correct

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhC68zFe9AM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN43uMZKuGI

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackrose050 View Post
    I think she trains with Daisuke Takahashi. So hopefully he's around to cheer her up a bit when she's lonely.
    Whee! I'll show them BOTH Manhattan! Go, Miki! Go, Daisuke!

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