JSF announced entries for the Finlandia Trophy yesterday.
Takahito desparately needs to get himself on the podium to earn points to get a ticket to Vancouver- he has great jumps (super high 3A, a 50-50 4T) and his basic skating is improving too.
It will be Dai Takahashi's first competition in more than 1 1/2 years. Almost positive that he will win the gold if he performs okay- depending on the other candidates in the Men's.
Let's see how well Dai Murakami can appeal himself to the judges in his first Seniors competition. A good performance here, the NHK, and the Japan Nationals, will get him a ticket to the 4CC beating the other candidates (like Nanri, Nakaniwa) - and 2 slots to the GPS next season.
Nana Takeda slipped in the NHK TBA slot in the last minute. She didn't do well in the GPS last year due to leg injury- which in my guess, has a lot to do with overweight ) If she gets herself shaped up, she can get her jumps back (3T-3T, Flip at least- can give up Lz) , her other elements are steady and she can get a PB with 160+. She needs it
Aki Sawada- anyone remember her? Was one of the top skaters in the Juniors during 2004- 2005- 2006, one of the best jumpers. Has been suffering through 2 seasons from overweight. Takeshi Honda has been looking after her jumps from last season (as well as Mai Asada, Mao's sister), and it's all up to her jumps if she can survive in the Japanese Ladies' field or not.
Any info on other entries, anyone?
From the host country
Oksana Klimova-Sasha Palomäki
(According to their interviews in Finnish Figure Skating Magazine, Taitoluistelulehti, they will all go to Finlandia Trophy))
Originally Posted by Kati
So all the 3 Finnish Ladies GPS qualifiers are competing as a warm-up competition! All of them could hit the podium. FYI the three ladies are called "fairies" among Japanese skating fans and they're very popular
Kiira practically will have to face TEB without any rest... wow. Good luck to her!!
I see veterans on the Mens, fresh faces on the Dance. Good luck to all of them!
Does Takahito Mura really have that much of a shot? I would assume a healthy Takahashi, along with Oda and Kozuka pretty much have those slots to Vancouver locked up.
USFS posted their entries on the International Assignments page of their site on Sept. 4: Stephen Carriere, Alexander Johnson (his first senior international), Becky Bereswill, Molly Oberstar, and Jane Summersett/Todd Gilles.
Does anyone know if Jenni Vahamaa will attempt? I hope to see her skate soon!!
Jenni Vahamaa will NOT compete this season. She says she's taking a break from Figure Skating to find real motivation again (which usually is a way of saying I'm retiring because I'm moving on with my life, sadly )
Originally Posted by bibi
Here is the announcement in Finnish.
Oh I've been wondering what happened to Aki Sawada since the TEB fiasco back in 2007. Good to know she's still skating.
So excited to see Daisuke!!