Is that a lil silly tho? I mean, it's great that the US may get a medal or two, but they're depriving new talents from getting more experience. IMHO, if a senior level skater isn't good enough to go to Sr Worlds, she should just stay home and practice, instead of going to Jr. World.
And personally, I think Akiko is just as beautiful as Yu-Na is. They are both very beautiful ladies.
I feel bad for Yukari, but Mao, Miki, and Akiko is the strongest Japanese ladies team for the Olys, IMO.
I've seen Yuna live though and I don't think she gets big scores just because she's pretty, she is so fast, slender, and elegant on the ice! And she has great posture and really performs out there.
Well yes, of course, you have to skate (relatively) well too.
Can't believe we're having this conversation again. Akiko is adorable and irresistible. I can't believe any judge anywhere would hold anything about her appearance against her. She's accomplished and immensely appealing and she hit the jackpot with her programs, but she's not on the same level as Yu Na or Mao, hence I doubt she's a contender for gold. But you never know. And if by some miracle she won, I wouldn't mind.
Overall I'm amazed at the Japanese ladies. They could easily end up with two of three podium spots and the one who's not even on the Olympic team could easily medal at Worlds. They put the US to shame! Where did we go wrong?
(Not that I really care about skater's nationalities.)
You have a right to your opinion, of course, we all do, but I don't agree with either one of them. Yet, my motto has always been I will support & protect one's right to freedom of speech, no matter how much I disagree with what one says.
Your comments & other posters' comments just reinforce my opinion that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. We are all so diverse. Because I can honestly state that I have never seen Brian Joubert as attractive as others seem to. In fact the only male singles skater that I felt was drop dead gorgeous was that one guy from Canada, Fedor Andreev? or Andre Fedoreev? He's the one that tried to get citizenship from Azberitan? (sorry about the spelling) in order to skate in the Olympics. As for ladies, a young Katarina Witt was equally drop dead gorgeous (btw she hasn't aged as well as Dorothy Hamill has; just an observation, though I do admire European women for not doing plastic surgery, botox, et al, like the North American women do).
Anyhow, I only point the aforementioned out to underline my statement that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. And on that note, as God is my witness, I never thought Akiko Suzuki was homely or unattractive, which is why your comments stood out to me (as well as the one about Cynthia Phaneuf). I liked her big eyes from the start because as anyone knows that has read my posts over the years I like big eyes, always have, they project so much, and remind me of silent film stars from long ago, wherein one had to had big eyes in order to portray emotion (same as traditional ballerinas in order to project out to the masses). This is one reason why I never quite got Meryl Davis, and in turn wrote a long post about her eyes last year or the year before. Lol, now I've gotten over it to a certain extent, but like I said earlier beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, and that doesn't even take into account inner beauty. Nor how we all view artistry, et al. For example, to this day I do not get all the hoopla over Alexei Yagudin nor Jeffrey Buttle nor a bunch of other guys (e.g. Kulik). They're not my cup of tea, never have been, but I know my favorites do not inspire the same feelings for other skating fans as they do for me. So be it.
As for your assertion that Akiko's face is holding her back, I have to disagree, yet I do agree with you about society judging a person face first, so to speak. This is common, whether going for an interview, applying for a modeling job, evaluating a potential mate, etc. But as it applies to skating, I think you are dead wrong, lol! Seriously, the only way it would matter would be if two skaters had everything else in common (i.e. jumps, speed, spins, skating style, personalities, body types, et al), then & ONLY then would looks come into play. Obviously the more attractive skater would win, and I would agree with it if I were on the judging panel, because that's when it comes down to the littlest things/splitting hairs. The more attractive skater would get the nod. But come on, when has that really happened in skating? To be honest I would say never. Even my overheated comments about the Finnish ladies was hyperbole.
That said, I would say body type is more important in skating versus face, as it goes along with presentation/carriage/PCS in my humble opinion. Just like in ballet or modeling, if you don't have the figure, the height, the long limbs, you're out. Well in skating, if one doesn't have the straight knees, the turnout, the pointed toes, the carriage, the refinement, then one shouldn't score higher than the one that has those things as well as everything else. In other words, if everything else is equal, then the nod will go to the one with the refinement, as it should be.
And the ONE that has it all, as it stands now, is Yuna Kim. She has everything & more, as I said at the beginning of the season, and state again now. And I'm not talking about her face, that's just a plus/bonus. The only way for anyone to beat her is for her to make mistakes, which I don't wish on anybody, or to outjump her because she has a 2+ triple jump advantage over anyone else, which I agree with. This is why I wish for everyone to skate their very best and let the chips fall where they may, same as the men. The absolute best competitions are when everyone skates their best and you win!
Last year Japan had sent Hanyu for Men's event, and Mari Suzuki and Haruka Imai for ladies event. all three finished very low and Japan was left with very few spots for this year's junior grand prix event. So in order to allow more new faces a chance, federation are focused to sent some not so new faces to junior worlds.
So if Mirai and Caroline (both are age eligible) don't make it to the senior events, they may be send to junior worlds, if federation feels they have a better chance than the Junior girls.
Thanks for sharing the video christinaskater, Murakami is such such a sweet girl (so is akiko), i have certainly become a fan of her.
Last edited by life684; 12-28-2009 at 03:53 PM.