Still hard days coming to the champion...part 2
This is an extracted translation from the article on the 20th that appeared on Yomitime, a bi-weekly Japanese community paper in NY.
This event "Miki Ando and Friends" is a dedication to the arena (Ice House) by Ando on volunteer basis, who wanted to show her gratitude for the results she had from training there every season.
This is the arena where she came to tweak herself up before the Worlds.
Takahashi, the silver medalist in the Worlds, was caught sight of on this day, also training here. He says he has been training with Ando and other skaters, this time since 2 weeks ago.
Prior to the show, Ando practiced for about two hours in the afternoon and then received interviews by the media, Japanese and American.
The 19-year-old ice fairy was in full tension before the show.
Now here comes Ando, through with her practice, zipping up her windbreaker and saying "kon'nichiwa (hello)".
She tells us that she with Nicolai, her coach since last season, are putting effort in spins, steps, and spirals that can get higher scores.
She has only several days of NY life left before going back to Japan, (ETA by sorcerer: this shows that at this point before the injury she was actually planning to do so.) and asked about her impression of NY, she shyly says "Manhattan is crowded, so instead I do my shoppings in a mall near the arena."
Clothing is duty-free in NJ that she "bought quite a lot". As for meal, she's been strictly told by her coach Nicolai not to eat junk food "because they gain your weight". But for herself, "my favorites are pizza and hot-dogs," she says with a childlike smile.
But the big games like World Cups (ETA this reporter seems to have no prepared knowledge), Olympic Games, and World Championships are coming, so to keep staying in the forefront, sacrifices are always required even in your everyday life.
"I eat at home, cooking my own soup, etc. When I have to kill the time, I read books. Favorites are love stories, whoever the writer, and the like."
She was responding in some English to the American press, not so broken, but says "I have difficulty speaking English. To tell the truth, I'm relieved when I don't have to." and there came Miki's another shy grin.
As of July 26th, the news is told that Miki will be at the Nobeyama JSF event on the 28th, to show to the JSF her MRI and the supplementary diagnosis, to explain her situation in her own words to the JSF, and to join the ice show if her knee condition is good enough at that point.
Sorcerer is not the only one over here that feel the malice and the inadequacy (if not stupidity) of this guy Mr.*** of JSF, but we'll have to wait and see.
On ice again, a bit of relief...
Miki appeared in the Nobeyama show yesterday held by the JSF, along with other members except Fumie and Nobu. Shizuka made a surprize appearance performing last after Miki and received a standing ovation.
I would love reports to come up here from those who went.
I've already read some of fans' reports in Japanese, and they say that Miki's smile was charming as ever, but looked somewhat tired, maybe by arriving at the latest possible for the event, maybe because of the stress she's had these 2 weeks, maybe because it was right after she had to explain things to the JSF personnel, did make jumps though rather suppressed; that she was seen escorted into the JSF staff room with a frail voice saying excuse me when passing by the crowd, had rash in her face probably caused by the pain killer, etc, etc, etc.
On TV news shows reporting this event, Miki said the swell in her knee is going down. She looked slightly slender than usual, more mature and lady-like, and what the fans' reports said seemed true to me.
Last edited by sorcerer; 07-29-2007 at 02:33 AM.
JSF speaks the least of the outcome (Update)
1. On 30th July, there was a brief article in the paper "Nikkan Sports" that as of 29th the JSF had already accepted officially the medical certificate showing the diagnosis of Miki's injury.
The newspaper says that a doctor within the JSF diagnosed her and that he admitted the condition of her knee to have been practically what was written in the diagnosis she obtained in the US.
2. Miki appeared in th Nobeyama show (28th) and the Olympus "The Ice" show (29th & 30th).
Some fans sensed her fatigue, physical and mental, but her skating got better as the days passed, seemed to enjoy chatting and cooperating with other skaters she's familiar with, and in each "grand finale" of the show, she seemed happy doing a duet (not pair) skating with Daisuke Takahashi, having fun doing moves she usually doesn't. Her own programs were the same as was in Hackensack, though saved to one music per show.
3. The last day of "The Ice" contained a short talk-show portion featuring Miki and Mao together, in which Miki was relaxed and smiling with Mao. But when interviewed solo by the media afterwards, it seemed at least on the TV screen that she was trying to hide some kind of...yes, maybe loneliness, probably the same tone that the reporter of the Kyodo NY wrote of.
However, she said in firm words that she would be preparing for the competition season and that she would face every coming game with her best effort. "One by one, with care." she said.
Last edited by sorcerer; 07-31-2007 at 03:25 PM.
Thanks for the interesting reports.
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
thanks for posting. She's so sweet. I hope that next season is as good( or better) than the past one for her and hope that she gets to go home soon. Any news of her programs?