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.