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    Skate America Virtual Preview - The Ladies

    The Seattle Times tells us that the skaters feel like rockstars in Washington
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...49_judd22.html

    The Snohomish County Herald on line is crowing about the quality of the Skate America competitors. So am I.
    http://www.heraldnet.com/article/200...73333430017733
    http://www.heraldnet.com/article/200...WS01/710199887

    It's time for the ladies preview. Get there early. Practice standing in line at the ladies room. Sneak your snacks in, the lines will be long at the food stands. Get your programs, your programs here!!

    This is one heck of a competition.

    Buy some ice cream, preferably Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream bar. The rink is hot when its crowded, and the ice cream will taste especially good. Now lets check the program and see who's here?

    First up:

    1 Mira LEUNG CAN 1
    Mira's 21 and her birthdate is the same as mine. Skate fans always seem to talk about 4 things about Mira, her mother, her costumes, her coaching changes, and how it's Mira's fault that Hawker or Phaneuf or whomever their favorite is didn't make it to Worlds. For those who think Mira's skating has not improved over the years, please view her 2005 Jr. Worlds video and compare it with recent videos. Mira probably did herself no favors by skipping through novices and juniors quickly and going almost direcltly to seniors - looking at the cake before its done is not a good idea. But please clap for this determined young lady if you are at Skate America for me?

    Coaching History: ?, Joanne McLeod (??-2006; Since 2006) Christine McBeth (2006)
    Training Town: Burnaby, BC

    SP: La Bayadere by Leon Minkus
    LP: Piano Concerto No. 2& 3 by Sergei Rachmaninov

    Personal Best Total Score 157.36 Four Continents Championships 2008
    Personal Best Score Short Program 53.01 Four Continents Championships 2008
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 104.35 Four Continents Championships 2008

    Recent Competitive History
    2008 BC Summer Skate SP 2nd 50.64 (Laney Diggs won) Mira fell on an underrotated 2A.
    2008 World Championships 14 14 14 (140.59)
    2008 Four Continents Championships 7 6 5 (157.36)
    2008 Canadian National Championships 2 4 2 (162.10)
    2007 Trophée Eric Bompard 7 4 5 (144.57)
    2007 Skate America 6 4 5 (139.14)
    2007 World Championships 20 24 24 (120.74)
    2007 Canadian National Championships 3 2 2 (159.59)
    2006 Skate Canada 6 7 6 (150.92)
    2006 Skate America 7 8 8 (128.07)
    2006 World Championships 14 13 13 (168.80)
    2006 Olympic Games 14 12 12 (145.16)
    .....
    2003 Canadian National Championships 18 14 14
    2003 BC/Yukon Sectionals 1 1 1
    2002 Skate Slovakia [JGP] 10 15 14
    2002 BC/Yukon Junior Sectionals 8 5 7

    Articles:
    October 2008 article about Leung breaking up with her coach again
    http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/2007/090307.shtml
    October 2008 Golden Skate article by Barry Mittan, "Leung Hopes for Podium Finish at Grand Prixs"
    http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/2008/100508.shtml
    2004 Golden Skate article - Myra skipped juniors and novices and went directly to seniors
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2004/073104.shtml

    Videos:
    Mira's SP practice at the Skate Canada High Performance Camp
    http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=PtvdzkIMPFY&feature=user
    2008 4CC's LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv4g6moSD5s (her highest scoring international performance)
    2008 4CC's SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv4g6moSD5s
    2005 Jr Worlds LP Firebird
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOjZHMe8Oa4
    Her icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100175&mode=I

    Website:
    Alas, there is none.

    2 Yan LIU CHN 2
    Her hero is Lu Chen (of course). I find her skating very interesting, but mostly you can catch her performances at 4CC's.

    Coaching History: Lijie Yu (Since 2007) Yu Sun (??-2007)
    Choreographer: David Wilson
    Training Town: Beijing

    SP: The Impossible Dream by Enrique
    LP: Why Are The Flowers So Red

    Personal Best Total Score 145.92 Cup of China 2005
    Personal Best Score Short Program 53.34 Four Continents Championships 2007
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 98.20 Cup of China 2005

    Recent Competitive Results
    2008 World Championships 31 31 (FNR)
    2008 Four Continents Championships 16 12 14 (124.09)
    2008 Chinese National Championships 1 1 1 (147.77)
    2007 NHK Trophy 8 10 10 (119.66)
    2007 Cup of Russia 10 9 9 (126.14)
    2007 World Championships 21 23 22 (123.22)
    2007 Four Continents Championships 5 15 9 (126.69)
    2007 Asian Winter Games 9 6 7 (130.16)
    2007 Winter Universiade 8 5 5 (128.62)
    2006 Cup of Russia 11 11 10 (114.65)
    2006 Cup of China 11 7 9 (125.23)
    2006 World Championships 19 15 16 (159.05)
    2006 Olympic Games 15 11 11 (145.30)
    2006 Four Continents Championships 10 5 7 (138.55)
    2005 Cup of China 5 5 5 (145.92)
    2005 Skate Canada 7 4 4 (142.58)
    2005 Karl Schäfer Memorial 1 1 1 (140.81)
    2005 World Championships 25 19 21 (142.33)
    2005 Four Continents Championships 8 9 8 (128.50)
    2005 Winter Universiade 6 2 3
    2004 Cup of Russia 11 8 8 (119.60)
    2004 Cup of China 10 8 10 (120.24)
    2004 Four Continents Championships 10 8 9
    2003 Cup of Russia 12 12 12
    2003 Cup of China 12 12 12
    2003 Four Continents Championships 13 14 14

    Videos:
    2008 Chinese National Champions CUP SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU6ef85sIO0
    2008 Worlds SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sJLnwNkkNk
    2005 Cup of China LP A beautiful, musically expressive performance)(Canadian coverage)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay7euMYXNMs
    2005 Cup of China SP (Chinese coverage)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBnfT...eature=related

    Articles:

    Website:
    Odd fan page
    http://d.hatena.ne.jp/towako-katie/20061012/1161000805

    3 Susanna PÖYKIÖ FIN 3
    She's 26. Susanna has been around a while, and these days, we mostly hear about Laura Lepisto and Jenni Vahamaa, but Susanna is still very elegant to watch.

    Training Town: Oulu
    Coaching History: Heidi Pöykiö (Since 2006) Berit Kaijomaa (Former) Larissa Papchenko (Former)
    Choreographer: H. Pöykiö, O. Martikainen (SP), Lori Nichol (FS)

    SP: Leeloos' Tune by Maksim Mrvica
    LP: Scherzando from Cello Sonata in G minor by Sergei Rachmaninov; Melody on a Theme by Sergei Rachmaninov;
    Allegro Scherzando from Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninov

    Personal Best Total Score 163.98 World Championships 2005
    Personal Best Score Short Program 57.62 HomeSense Skate Canada Intern. 2006
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 106.99 World Championships 2005

    Recent Competitive History:
    2008 Finlandia
    2008 Finnish National Championships 3 3 3 (147.35)
    2007 Cup of China 6 9 8 (124.00)
    2007 Finlandia Trophy 3 2 2 (162.26)
    2007 World Championships 10 7 8 (160.12)
    2007 Nordic Championships 1 1 1 (149.28)
    2007 European Championships 7 5 4 (146.02)
    2007 Finnish National Championships 1 1 1 (156.36)
    2006 Trophée Eric Bompard 8 3 5 (148.81)
    2006 Skate Canada 3 5 5 (161.58)
    2006 Finlandia Trophy 1 4 2 (144.05)
    2006 World Championships 9 9 9 (180.06)
    2006 Olympic Games 12 15 13 (143.22)
    2006 European Championships 7 8 7 (144.75)
    2006 Finnish National Championships 2 1 1 (153.42)
    2005 Cup of Russia 5 4 4 (131.30)
    2005 Japan International Challenge - 5 5 (81.23)
    2005 World Championships 8 6 8 (187.67)
    2005 European Championships 3 3 2 (158.93)
    2005 Finnish National Championships 1 1 1 (155.46)
    2004 Skate Canada 6 3 3 (148.94)
    2004 Skate America 8 1 5 (140.38)
    2004 Finlandia Trophy 2 1 1
    2004 World Championships 15 10 12
    2004 European Championships 4 6 6
    2003 NHK Trophy 6 4 4
    2003 Bofrost Cup on Ice 2 3 2
    2003 Skate America 8 5 5
    2003 Finlandia Trophy 1 1 1
    2003 European Championships 8 8 9
    2003 Finnish National Championships - W
    2002 Bofrost Cup on Ice 5 3 3
    2002 Skate Canada 10 9 9
    2002 Finlandia Trophy 1 2 1
    2002 World Championships 13 9 11
    2002 European Championships 6 7 6
    2002 Finnish National Championships 1 1 1
    2001 Sparkassen Cup on Ice 8 8 8
    2001 Finlandia Trophy 8 6 6
    2001 Nebelhorn Trophy 8 16 15
    2001 World Junior Championships 3
    2001 Finnish National Championships 3
    2001 Junior Grand Prix Final 6
    2000 JGP Kiev 3 4 3
    2000 Finnish National Championships 1
    1999 Finnish Junior National Championships 1

    Videos:
    2008 Finlandia SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp87KLbUl54
    2008 Finlandia LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV-Z2K9toYQ
    2008 Heavy Metal on Ice Exhibition
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCV1pNJ9RYY
    2005 Europeans EX A Dream Worth Keeping (GBR Eurosport)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XavWyE5xZjA
    2005 Europeans LP Romeo and Juliet by Nina Rota (silver medal performance)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_LUb...eature=related
    2005 Europeans SP Henry the Eighth
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVJQN...eature=related

    Articles:
    Goldenskate article from 2002 about Susanna
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2002/100902.shtml
    Susanna's icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100228&mode=I

    Website:
    A friend of hers registered http://www.susannapoykio.com but it has never been used, really.

    4 Annette DYTRT GER 4

    She's 25. She's been the national champion of three different countries. And her personal bests were all achieved this last year. Perhaps we should not be so quick to give up on young skaters?

    Coaching History: Michael Huth; Karel Fajfr (former) ; Shanetta Folle (Former) A. Vedenin (Former) V. Kopriova (Former)
    S. Ruttkies (Former)
    Training Town: Oberstdorf
    Choreographer: Yuka Sato, Rostislav Sinitsin, M. Huth, Costa

    SP: The Feeling Begins from The Last Temptation of Christ (soundtrack) by Peter Gabriel
    LP: The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens

    Personal Best Total Score 144.31 World Championships 2008
    Personal Best Score Short Program 51.99 European Championships 2008
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 93.32 World Championships 2008

    Recent Competitive History
    2008 Karl Schäfer Memorial
    2008 Nebelhorn Trophy 5 12 8 (117.67)
    2008 World Championships 12 11 12 (144.31)
    2008 European Championships 9 13 12 (132.95)
    2008 German National Championships 1 5 3 (129.25)
    2007 Golden Spin of Zagreb 11 5 6 (120.22)
    2007 Finlandia Trophy 14 10 10 (113.69)
    2007 Nebelhorn Trophy 2 6 4 (134.78)
    2006 World Championships 23 24 24 (137.31)
    2006 European Championships 12 9 10 (131.11)
    2006 German National Championships 2 1 1 (133.90)
    2005 NHK Trophy 8 8 8 (125.38)
    2005 Trophée Eric Bompard 7 7 7 (131.88)
    2005 Nebelhorn Trophy 9 8 8 (119.36)
    2005 World Championships 14 14 15 (163.49)
    2005 European Championships 9 13 12 (127.13)
    2005 German National Championships 2 1 1 (152.72)
    2004 Cup of Russia 6 6 5 (136.20)
    2004 Trophée Eric Bompard Cachemire 6 6 6 (123.80)
    2004 Finlandia Trophy 10 12 12
    2004 World Championships 20 22 21
    2004 European Championships 12 12 11
    2004 German National Championships 1 1 1
    2003 Trophée Lalique 6 7 7
    2003 Finlandia Trophy 7 7 7
    2003 European Championships 20 22 21
    2003 German National Championships 1 1 1
    2002 Bofrost Cup on Ice 10 10 11
    2002 Finlandia Trophy 7 5 6
    2002 German National Championships 6 3 4

    Videos:
    2008 Karl Schaeffer SP The Feeling Begins
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gd6onAXRz0
    2008 Worlds LP Scherazade
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI6Oo...eature=related
    2008 Worlds SP The Feeling Begins
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whADNuTntqM
    2007 Oberstdorf Gala
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmuTKVrt4sE
    2005 Nebelhorn Report (also has Lindemann & Savchenko and Szolkowy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPmDueDWo28
    Articles:
    2004 Golden Skate article-Annette has won the national championships of 3 different countries!
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2004/082904.shtml

    Website:

    I didn't find a website, but she's on facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/people/Annette_Dytrt/708155621

    5 Valentina MARCHEI ITA 5
    She's 23. She's drop dead gorgeous. She's perennially behind Carolina Kostner at Italian Nationals. However, because of Carolina, she gets to Worlds and Europeans frequently.

    Coaching History: Cristina Mauri; Pierre Trente
    Choreographer: Corrado Giordani, Nikolai Morozov
    Training Town: Milan; Paris (FRA)

    SP: La Traviata by Guiseppe Verdi; Le Zingarelle by Guiseppe Verdi (info from 2007/2008)
    LP 2046 (soundtrack); Requiem for a Dream (soundtrack) by Clint Mansell

    Personal Best Total Score 153.60 World Championships 2007
    Personal Best Score Short Program 53.69 European Championships 2008
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 101.72 World Championships 2007

    Recent Competitive Results
    2008 World Championships 17 9 13 (142.93)
    2008 European Championships 6 6 6 (153.34)
    2008 Italian National Championships 2 1 1 (141.36)
    2007 Trophée Eric Bompard 8 9 9 (118.99)
    2007 Skate America 9 10 10 (116.44)
    2007 Finlandia Trophy 11 12 12 (106.03)
    2007 Merano Cup 4 1 1 (121.63)
    2007 World Championships 14 10 11 (153.60)
    2007 Heiko-Fischer-Pokal 1 1 1 (130.29)
    2007 European Championships 12 3 5 (144.28)
    2007 Winter Universiade 2 3 2 (141.23)
    2007 Italian National Championships 3 3 3 (130.28)
    2006 Trophée Eric Bompard 7 6 6 (129.73)
    2006 Skate America 9 9 9 (116.81)
    2006 Karl Schäfer Memorial 4 3 4 (113.72)
    2006 World Championships 20 23 23 (141.51)
    2006 Heiko-Fischer-Pokal 2 4 3 (105.75)
    2006 European Championships 19 18 19 (111.66)
    2006 Italian National Championships 6 6 6 (104.32)
    2005 Golden Spin of Zagreb 9 3 6 (111.76)
    2005 Merano Cup 2 2 2 (118.15)
    2005 World Junior Championships 15 18 16 (104.74)
    2005 European Championships 31 31 (31.91)
    2005 Italian National Championships 2 2 2
    2005 French National Championships 4 3 3
    2004 Trophée Eric Bompard Cachemire 10 8 10 (106.24)
    2004 NHK Trophy 11 11 11 (95.18)
    2004 Karl Schafer Memorial 9 5 5
    2004 Merano Cup 4 2 2
    2004 World Championships 21 23 23
    2004 World Junior Championships 18 11 13
    2004 European Championships 17 14 15
    2003 Golden Spin 8 5 7
    2003 Junior Grand Prix - SBC Cup 6 7 6
    2003 Merano Cup 2 2 2
    2003 Skate Sofia [JGP] 9 10 9
    2002 Pokal der Blauen Schwerter [JGP] 18 13 13
    2002 Belgrade Sparrow [JGP] 6 6 6
    2002 Junior Gardena Spring Trophy 4 6 5
    2001 JGP The Hague 7 6 6

    Videos:
    2008 Europeans SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJmhczsyjjY
    2007 Worlds LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpxAp-Zaj0w
    2008 Grenoble Gala I wanna be Loved by you
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu2_yiUr2yg
    2007 Courchevel Gala, performance with Brian Joubert
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xudCeanRAeI

    Articles:
    Her icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100400&mode=I
    2004 Golden Skate article about Valentina
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2004/071904.shtml

    Website:
    http://www.valentinamarchei.com/news_inglese.htm

    6 Miki ANDO JPN 6
    She's not yet 21. She's been world champion. She was the first ever woman to land a quadruple salchow. She's been injured, but she says she's in good health again. I hope so!

    Coaching History: Nikolai Morozov (Since 2006); Yuko Monna (Since 2006)
    Carol Heiss Jenkins (2005-2006) Nobuo Sato (??-2005) Kumiko Sato (??-2005)
    Training Town: Hackensack, NJ (USA)

    SP: The Chairman's Waltz from Memories of a Geisha (soundtrack) by John Williams
    LP: Giselle by Adolphe Adam

    Personal Best Total Score 195.09 World Championships 2007
    Personal Best Score Short Program 67.98 World Championships 2007
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 127.11 World Championships 2007

    Second Alternate for the 2008 Grand Prix Final
    First Qualifier for the 2007 Grand Prix Final
    Sixth Qualifier for the 2006 Grand Prix Final

    Recent Competitive Results
    2008 World Championships 8 - W
    2008 Four Continents Championships 2 3 3 (177.66)
    2008 Japanese National Championships 2 1 2 (204.18)
    2007 NHK Trophy 2 7 4 (145.81)
    2007 Skate America 2 1 2 (161.89)
    2007 International Counter Match 4 2 (Team)
    2007 Japan Open - 1 1 (Team)
    2007 World Championships 2 2 1 (195.09)
    2007 Japanese National Championships 2 3 2 (185.65)
    2007 Grand Prix Final 2 6 5 (157.32)
    2006 Trophée Eric Bompard 2 2 2 (174.44)
    2006 Skate America 2 1 1 (192.59)
    2006 Campbell's Cup 1 N/A 1 (Team)
    2006 Olympic Games 8 16 15 (140.20)
    2006 Japanese National Championships 6 6 6 (173.36)
    2006 Grand Prix Final 3 4 4 (157.39)
    2005 NHK Trophy 4 4 4 (154.34)
    2005 Cup of Russia 2 2 2 (172.30)
    2005 Japan International Challenge - 3 3 (97.19)
    ....
    2003 Japanese Junior National Championships 1 1 1
    2002 JGP China 2 1 1
    2002 JGP Canada 3 1 1
    2002 World Junior Championships 4 3 3
    2002 Japanese National Championships 3 3 3
    2002 Junior Grand Prix Final 2 1 1
    2001 Salchow Trophy [JGP] 1 1 1
    2001 Czech Skate [JGP] 3 1 1

    Videos:
    2007 Worlds SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZfttfa9yRE
    2007 Worlds LP (CBC)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANTBu...eature=related
    2006 Cup of Russia SP Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Japanese TV)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qA2NDd1R9Q


    Articles:
    The Japan Times reports on Miki Ando's departure for Skate America
    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-b...0081022it.html
    April Golden Skate article and photo by Barry Mittan, "Highs and Lows for Ando"
    http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/2007/042008.shtml
    Her decision not to try the quad at Worlds 2008
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    2007 worries about her future by Japanese fans
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    2004 Golden skate article about Miki's junior career
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2003/050804.shtml
    Her icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100172&mode=I

    Fan Forum
    http://mikiando.topgoo.net/


    7 Yukari NAKANO JPN 6

    She's 23. She gets better every year. She was totally robbed at Worlds of a bronze medal l. She has a strange leg wrap on some of her jumps. She has an awesome triple axel. And when she was very young, she looked sort of like Mira Leung. (Check out the first article on her and her oldest video)

    Coaching History: Nobuo Sato; Machiko Yamada (Former) Mihoko Higuchi (Former)
    Choreographer: Marina Zueva
    SP: Romance from The Gadfly by Dmitri Shostakovich
    LP: Giselle by Adolphe Adam

    Personal Best Total Score 177.40 World Championships 2008
    Personal Best Score Short Program 61.10 World Championships 2008
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 116.30 World Championships 2008

    Fifth Qualifier for the 2008 Grand Prix Final
    Third Alternate for the 2007 Grand Prix Final
    Fourth Qualifier for the 2006 Grand Prix Final

    Recent Competitive Results
    2008 World Championships 3 4 4 (177.40)
    2008 Japanese National Championships 4 3 3 (184.31)
    2008 Grand Prix Final 4 5 5 (172.96)
    2007 Cup of Russia 2 3 2 (172.77)
    2007 Skate Canada 4 2 2 (169.43)
    2007 World Championships 7 6 5 (168.92)
    2007 Asian Winter Games 2 1 1 (162.38)
    2007 Japanese National Championships 3 2 3 (179.72)
    2006 NHK Trophy 3 3 3 (160.93)
    2006 Cup of China 2 2 2 (151.27)
    2006 World Championships 6 6 5 (195.65)
    2006 Four Continents Championships 3 1 2 (161.49)
    2006 Japanese National Championships 5 5 5 (175.66)
    2006 Grand Prix Final 4 3 3 (161.82)
    2005 NHK Trophy 2 3 1 (158.66)
    2005 Skate Canada 4 3 3 (149.54)
    2005 Four Continents Championships 9 12 11 (121.74)
    .....
    2002 Trophée Lalique 8 6 6
    2002 Skate America 8 6 7
    2002 Junior World Championships 3 2 2
    2002 Japanese National Championships 4 5 5
    2002 Junior Grand Prix Final 4 4 5
    2001 SBC Cup [JGP] 2 2 2
    2001 Sofia Cup [JGP] 3 4 3

    Videos
    Her 2008 Tokoyo Regionals - interviews and short clips (Japanese)
    http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=gw8WvTGdjXI
    2008 World Championships LP Capriccio Espagnole(GBR Eurosport)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciole3dgLqM
    2008 Worlds Championships SP Fantasie Impromptu (ESPN)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd7Lp...eature=related
    2008 World Championships Gala
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uecXl...eature=related
    2003 4CC's SP with triple axel combination (Japanese TV)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRIW5...eature=related
    2002 Jr world Championships LP (Japanese TV)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=petso1jrccw

    Articles
    2002 Golden Skate Article about Yukari and her triple axel
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2002/110202.shtml
    2008 post worlds-wondering why Nakano didn't get the world bronze
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    2007 Nakano always searching to improve
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    her icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100181&mode=I

    Website
    official website
    http://goyukarin.exblog.jp/i9/
    fan website
    http://goyukarin.exblog.jp/i9/

    8 Yu-Na KIM KOR 7
    She's Just 18. She is recovering from an injury. In her country, everything she achieves in skating is the first of its kind. She is amazinly elegant, and she is the reigning world bronze medallist.

    Training Town: Toronto, ON (CAN)
    Coaching History: Brian Orser (Since 2006) Bun-Sun Park (??-2006) Se-Yol Kim (Former)
    Hyun-Jung Chi (Former)
    Choreographer: David Wilson

    SP: Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens
    LP: Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Personal Best Total Score 197.20 Cup of Russia 2007
    Personal Best Score Short Program 71.95 World Championships 2007
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 133.70 Cup of Russia 2007

    First Qualifier for the 2008 Grand Prix Final
    Fourth Qualifier for the 2007 Grand Prix Final
    First Qualifier for the 2006 Junior Grand Prix Final
    Current World Senior Ladies bronze medallist

    Recent Competitive Results
    2008 World Championships 5 1 3 (183.23)
    2008 Grand Prix Final 1 2 1 (196.83)
    2007 Cup of Russia 1 1 1 (197.20)
    2007 Cup of China 3 1 1 (180.68)
    2007 World Championships 1 4 3 (186.14)
    2007 Grand Prix Final 3 1 1 (184.20)
    2006 Trophée Eric Bompard 1 1 1 (184.54)
    2006 Skate Canada 1 4 3 (168.48)
    2006 World Junior Championships 1 1 1 (177.54)
    2006 Junior Grand Prix Final 1 1 1 (174.12)
    2005 Sofia Cup [JGP] 1 1 1 (153.43)
    2005 JGP Slovakia 1 1 1 (168.83)
    2005 World Junior Championships 6 2 2 (158.93)
    2005 Junior Grand Prix Final 2 3 2 (137.75)
    2004 JGP Harbin 4 1 2 (131.22)
    2004 JGP Budapest 1 1 1 (148.55)
    2003 Novice Golden Bear 1 1 1
    2002 Novice Triglav Trophy 1 1 1

    Videos:

    2008 World Championships LP Miss Saigon (GBR Eurosport)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJAZJ...eature=related
    2008 Worlds Championships Exhibition Only Hope by Mandy Moore(GBR Eurosport)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee8hZ...eature=related
    2008 Festa on Ice Opening with Johnny Weir
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw5ui...eature=related
    2007 Cup of Russia SP Die Fliedermaus
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmedPPVBIYI
    2007 Cup of Russia LP Miss Saigon (her highest ever LP score)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NU8N4Com8Y
    2007 Worlds Championships SP El Tango de Roxanne(ABC)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FmncaNGLOI
    2006 Jr Worlds LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PbI0...eature=related
    2005 Jr Worlds LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVSpo...eature=related
    2003/2004 Season LP Carman
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40clAD3Ae4g

    Articles:
    Korean Times says Yu-Na Kim is ready for Skate America (English)
    http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news...136_33078.html
    September Article about Yu-Na's preparation for the season (English)
    http://english.chosun.com/w21data/ht...810010004.html
    Kim is Healthy, ready for new season
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    2008 Yu-Na along with other Nike endorsed athletes, takes part in Nike's Human Race
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    Golden Skate article about Yu-Na about the many "firsts" she has achieved
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2008/081108.shtml
    Her icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100182&mode=I

    Website:
    Fan website (mostly Korean)
    http://www.yunakim.net/profile.html
    Global fansite
    http://www.yunakim.net/profile.html

    9 Tugba KARADEMIR TUR 8
    Tugba is 23. She has been the inspiration for a whole group of skaters in Turkey. It hasn't been easy. Her parents, particularly have sacrificed for her. She sometimes has a 3F, and I never have seen her land a 3Lz, but there are some very, very special things in her skating. Maybe it's Kurt Browning's choreography.

    Coach: Robert Tebby
    Choreographer: Kurt Browning
    Training Town: Barrie, Ontario

    SP: Ocean's Thirteen (soundtrack)
    LP Ratatouille (soundtrack) Perhap, Perhaps, Perhaps

    Personal Best Total Score 138.73 European Championships 2008
    Personal Best Score Short Program 50.28 European Championships 2008
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 89.84 World Championships 2006


    Recent Competitive History
    2008 Nebelhorn Trophy 8 15 14 (108.03)
    2008 World Championships 27 27 (FNR)
    2008 AEGON Challenge Cup 3 2 2 (128.17)
    2008 European Championships 11 11 11 (138.73)
    2007 Golden Spin of Zagreb 5 7 5 (122.93)
    2007 Skate America 10 8 9 (119.26)
    2007 Nebelhorn Trophy 7 14 11 (121.51)
    2007 World Championships 27 - 27 (FNR)
    2007 European Championships 13 8 10 (131.00)
    2007 Winter Universiade 13 14 14 (107.03)
    2006 NHK Trophy 9 10 10 (112.59)
    2006 Skate Canada 9 11 11 (112.09)
    2006 Karl Schäfer Memorial 12 9 11 (97.99)
    2006 Central Ontario Summer Skate 1 3 2 (117.16)
    2006 World Championships 22 16 18 (153.25)
    2006 Olympic Games 22 21 21 (123.64)
    ......
    2003 European Championships 26 - 27
    2002 Golden Spin 10 6 7
    2002 Nebelhorn Trophy 11 11 11
    2002 European Championships 26 - 27


    Videos:
    2007 Worlds SP "Coeurs a Cordes" by Pierre Porte of France.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3_c64HKPlg
    Barrie Skating Carnival Exhibition
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YIcGKxpDJ4
    2006 Worlds SP (this is an entertaining program!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DByTy6jpRSw

    Articles
    Extensive personal biography from her website (interesting!)
    http://www.tugbakarademir.org/Biography.html
    Her Journal
    http://www.tugbakarademir.org/Journal.html
    2002 Golden Skate article about Tugba and Turkish figure skating
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2002/092602.shtml

    Website (English/Turkish)
    http://www.tugbakarademir.org/

    10 Rachael FLATT USA 9
    She's 16. Her birthday was too late in July for her to attend World's last year. I saw her skate at Liberty again this summer and was just blown away by her Moon River SP. Ok the music is sappy. It still sent shivers down my spine. It was the best program I saw at the entire event, and that included the new programs of Patrick Chan, Alissa Czisny, Ashley Wagner and Jeremy Abbott and Ryan Bradley. Well, maybe it wasn't quite as good as Ryan I hope Rachael knocks them dead in Everett. It's interesting that her former coach was Suzie Semanick the ice dancer. If you look, you can see that in her skating.

    Coach: Tom Zakrajsek Former Coach: Suzie Semanick, Tiffany Mayes, C. Sullivan, R. Chalmers,
    Choreographer: Lori Nichol

    SP: Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's (soundtrack) by Henry Mancini; Piano Conecrto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninov
    LP: Dialogue Du Vent et de La Mer from La Mer by C. Debussy; En Bateau from Petite Suite by C. Debussy - arr. H. Busser;
    Dialogue Du Vent et de La Mer from La Mer by C. Debussy

    Personal Best Total Score 172.19 World Junior Championships 2008
    Personal Best Score Short Program 60.16 World Junior Championships 2008
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 112.03 World Junior Championships 2008

    Reigning World Junior Champion & US Ladies Senior silver medallist

    Fourth Qualifier for the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final

    Recent Competitive History
    2008 Liberty Sp group B, 1st place 58.94
    2008 Liberty LP group B, 2nd place 82.94 (Alissa Czisny won)
    2008 World Junior Championships 3 1 1 (172.19)
    2008 U.S. National Championships 3 1 2 (188.73)
    2008 Junior Grand Prix Final 3 1 2 (159.66)
    2007 Pokal der Blauen Schwerter [JGP] 3 2 2 (130.85)
    2007 International Counter Match 3 1 (Team)
    2007 Vienna Cup [JGP] 2 1 1 (154.65)
    2007 U.S. National Championships 6 5 5 (159.75)
    2007 U.S. Midwestern Sectionals 1 1 1 (159.27)
    2007 U.S. Southwestern Regionals 2 1 1 (134.30)
    2006 U.S. Junior National Championships 1 5 2 (137.45)
    2006 U.S. Midwestern Junior Sectionals 2 1 1 (132.06)
    2006 U.S. Southwestern Junior Regionals 1 1 1
    2005 Junior North American Challenge Skate - Kansas City 6 3 3 (107.06)
    2005 Novice Triglav Trophy 1 1 1
    2005 U.S. Novice National Championships 2 2 1
    2005 U.S. Midwestern Novice Sectionals 1 1 1
    2005 U.S. Southwestern Novice Regionals 1 1 1

    Videos:
    2008 Colorado Springs Invitational (a short clip of her final reversing spins)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFKE9...eature=related
    2008 Liberty SP Moon River (Did I say I love this program!!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbCu-ZmKV5o
    2008 Liberty LP Rachael had only just gotten this program, so she had problems
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46xqe...eature=related
    2008 Junior Worlds SP (Also has high quality option) It Ain't Necessarily So
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1ST9...eature=related
    2008 Junior Worlds LP (Japanese TV-click on the high quality button!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2-kAoLs2Pc
    2008 Rachael US Nationals press interview
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg1R_WiniYY
    2008 Skate for Hope - post interview
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsYtwfcVp5c
    2008 Sun Valley Show exhibition Respect
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNjjbXhMj64
    2005 US Nationals Exhibition (Rachael at 12 as Novice National Champion) Summertime ABC commentary
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xzvEfa_MKc

    Articles:
    Rachael Flatt is ready for her Skate America debut
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    LA times says "For figure skater Rachael Flatt, multitasking's a way of life"
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympi...,4274916.story
    Rachael skates out of the Broadmoor. The Colorado Springs Gazette has published the hometown girl pre Skate America puff piece.
    http://www.gazette.com/sports/champi...att_world.html
    Golden Skate Article "Respect for Rachel" after her Jr. Worlds Victory Article and photo by Barry Mittan
    http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/2007/040608.shtml
    Rachael Flatt was great at Liberty in July, especially in the SP
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    Rachael wanted people to sport red,white and blue brace in support of the Olympic team
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...e_pressrelease
    Her icenetwork BIO
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100068&mode=I

    website
    Fan site
    http://rachaelflatt.net/


    11 Kimmie MEISSNER USA 9
    She's just turned 19. She's a past world champion. And everyone talks like it's all over for her. Not necessarily. I can't wait to see what Richard Callaghan and Todd Eldredge have done with our Kimmie. Remember, Callaghan managed a world medal and a US championship for the notoriously hard to coach Nicole Bobek....If I had a daughter, I'd want her to grow like Kimmie-not skate like her, be like her. Kimmie is very serious about her charities, and has been even when her skating has been a struggle. I hope the only thing she's struggling with now is her hair, which she says is a real problem in Florida.

    Training Town: Coral Springs, FL
    Coaching History: Richard Callaghan, Todd Eldredge, Pam Gregory (??-2008)
    Choreographer: Lori Nichol

    SP: Un Ange Passe by Alan Lefevre
    LP: Concerto Grosso No 11 in D Minor by A. Vivaldi; Adagio in G Minor by T. Albinoni; Concerto Grosso No 11 in D Minor by A. Vivaldi

    Personal Best Total Score 189.87 World Championships 2006
    Personal Best Score Short Program 64.67 World Championships 2007
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 129.70 World Championships 2006

    Third Qualifier for the 2008 Grand Prix Final
    Second Alternate for the 2007 Grand Prix Final
    2006 World Champion in Senior Ladies

    Recent Competitive History
    2008 World Championships 9 12 7 (149.74)
    2008 U.S. National Championships 4 7 7 (157.56)
    2008 Grand Prix Final 5 6 6 (154.22)
    2007 Trophée Eric Bompard 2 3 2 (158.74)
    2007 Skate America 1 2 1 (163.23)
    2007 Japan Open - 6 3 (Team)
    2007 World Championships 4 3 4 (180.23)
    2007 Four Continents Championships 6 1 1 (172.75)
    2007 U.S. National Championships 1 3 1 (181.68)
    2006 Trophée Eric Bompard 4 4 3 (158.03)
    2006 Skate America 3 2 2 (177.78)
    2006 Campbell's Cup N/A 2 2 (Team)
    2006 World Championships 5 1 1 (218.33)
    2006 Olympic Games 5 6 6 (165.71)
    2006 U.S. National Championships 4 2 2 (171.04)
    2005 NHK Trophy 3 5 5 (152.18)
    2005 Trophée Eric Bompard 6 4 5 (155.72)
    2005 Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic N/A 2 2 (109.08)
    2005 Marshall's U.S. Figure Skating Challenge N/A 4 4
    2005 World Junior Championships 3 4 4 (146.63)
    2005 U.S. National Championships 4 3 3
    2005 Junior Grand Prix Final 7 2 3 (133.14)
    2004 Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic N/A 5 5
    2004 Skate Long Beach [JGP] 2 2 2 (133.73)
    2004 JGP Courchevel 2 2 2 (146.15)
    2004 World Junior Championships 3 2 2
    2004 U.S. Junior National Championships 2 1 1
    2004 Junior Grand Prix Final 7 5 5
    2003 Skate Bled 3 1 1
    2003 Skate Sofia [JGP] 5 2 2
    2003 Novice Triglav Trophy 3 3 3
    2003 U.S. Novice National Championships 1 1 1
    2003 U.S. Eastern Novice Sectionals 3 1 1
    2003 U.S. South Atlantic Novice Regionals 1 2 2

    Videos:
    2008 Worlds LP British Eurosport Nessun Dorma
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_tzqBlFH6Q
    2007 Worlds Send Off Exhibition at UDel
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6NI4Q-eEZ0
    2006 Olympics 2006 LP Queen of Sheba
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEXjtUsEXv4
    2006 Worlds Exhibition (Deutsche Eurosport)Over the Rainbow
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZgI5T82XxI
    2004 US Nationals EX (she won Juniors) Here Comes the Sun
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VHxFtcFiA0
    2003 US Nationals EX Say a Little Prayer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhSCs...eature=related

    Articles:
    Icenetwork has also discovered that Kimmie likes Florida
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    The Florida Sun Sentinel took time to interviw Kimmie
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/o...,5188139.story
    LA times has an October 2008 interview with Kimmie
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/spor...er-no-lon.html
    Another long Kimmie article, this from the Miami Herald
    http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/731950.html
    2004 Golden Skate about Kimmie going to the JGPF
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2004/110404.shtml
    icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100059&mode=I
    Kimmie will participate in the Jim McKay tribute event
    http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/o...,5387689.story

    Website:
    http://www.kimmiemeissner.org/

    12 Mirai NAGASU USA 9
    She's 15. This is her Senior international debut. She's the US champion, but she was beaten at Jr Worlds by Rachael Flatt. She'll be out to even the score here. She's amazing.

    Coaching History: Charlene Wong; Sandy Gollihugh (Former)
    Training Town: Burbank, CA
    Coach: Charlene Wong
    Choreographer: Lori Nichol
    Former Coach: Sandy Gollihugh


    SP: City Lights by C. Chaplin; Charlie Chaplin Medley by C. Chaplin
    LP: Caprice Fantastique by E. Korngold; Fairy Tale and Devil's Beauties by Dompierre; Orpheus in the Underworld by J. Offenbach

    Personal Best Total Score 163.84 World Junior Championships 2007
    Personal Best Score Short Program 65.07 World Junior Championships 2008
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 106.62 World Junior Championships 2007

    First Qualifier for the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final

    Reigning US Ladies Champion; Bronze Medallist at Junior Worlds; Gold Medallist 2008 JGPF

    Recent Competitive Results
    2008 Golden West -withdrew without skating
    2008 World Junior Championships 1 3 3 (162.89)
    2008 U.S. National Championships 1 3 1 (190.41)
    2008 Junior Grand Prix Final 1 2 1 (162.09)
    2007 International Counter Match 2 (Jr) 1 (Team)
    2007 Croatia Cup [JGP] 1 1 1 (143.52)
    2007 JGP Lake Placid 1 1 1 (159.14)
    2007 World Junior Championships 2 2 2 (163.84)
    2007 U.S. Junior National Championships 1 1 1 (155.46)
    2007 U.S. Pacific Coast Junior Sectionals 1 1 1 (135.04)
    2007 U.S. Southwest Pacific Junior Regionals 1 1 1 (151.77)
    2006 U.S. Southwest Pacific Novice Regionals 3 5 5


    Videos
    2008 Summer in Denver 1st program
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQI9RVWa-xA
    2008 Summer in Denver 2nd program Love Don't Come Easy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTUPQIcDN50
    2008 US Nationals Exhibition Don't Stop Me Now
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ1qW-mOoVY
    2007 Junior Worlds Exhibition A drum machine version of A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8Xypzx88SA
    2007 Mirai talking in front of her middle school interspersed with clips
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NFlBdp1wBI
    2007 Mirai Nagasu and Mao Asada on Japanese Interview Show
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plNx4zaLHdo
    2007 US Nationals Juniors LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnBt-K1J5Mc

    Articles:
    Mirai Nagasu ready for her Grand Prix debut
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    August 2008 Golden Skate article and photo by Barry Mittan; Simply Mirai-culous
    http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/2008/082408.shtml
    Mirai skated at the McDonald's Family Tribute
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/spor...skaters-g.html
    Ice network July article about Mirai
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    Icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/detail.jsp?id=100067

    Website:
    official website
    http://www.figureskatersonline.com/mirainagasu/

    I am not a huge fan of the ladies, but even I would bestir myself to watch this competition. I can't make it this year, but I hope you all will, and will make videos, and write reports, and come back here and tell us all about it!!

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    I love watching Susanna's skating. Her stroking is so smoooooth. Actually most Finnish ladies have excellent basic skating skills and jump technique. Annette is also entertaining. Valentina's skating bothers me a lot, I have no idea why. Mira Leung has been a drama queen of every skating fans' board for a loooog time, I bet she will not disappoint us this time around. Yu-Na Kim is obviously the favorite, but her music this season does not sound very exciting. I'm also looking forward to seeing Mirai's senior debut. By the way, Tugba used to have some brilliant programs, but she's getting quite generic these days. We'll see ...

    The rest of the field is just blah to me, nothing particularly interesting about their skating... Overall, it's an insanely tough field though.
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    Awesome! Thanks so much.

    Here's official website of Yu-na (in English and Korean)
    http://www.yunakim.com/
    English fan forum
    http://yunaforum.com/

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    Thanks for all the info. One more day and the season begins!!!

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    Good job for the details!

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    Great post!
    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    6 Miki ANDO JPN 6
    Coaching History: Nikolai Morozov (Since 2006); Yuko Monna (Since 2006)
    Carol Heiss Jenkins (2005-2006) Nobuo Sato (??-2005) Kumiko Sato (??-2005)
    Training Town: Hackensack, NJ (USA)
    I'm not perfectly sure but most probably:
    Yuko Monna (1996-2000 and since 2006)
    Nobuo Sato (2000-2005) Kumiko Sato (2000-2005)

    The 2003-4 season, though abbreviated on the list, was the first peak of her brilliance, I'd say.

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    I really like Susanna's program for this season!
    I hope she will be able to land a few more triples than at the Finlandia competition because her flow and style on the ice is just so first grade.This competition is going to be very exciting!
    I missed her last season and wish her good luck this year

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