12-28-2009, 11:09 PM
Is that a real interaction or some creative video editing??? So cute if real! What is the connection between Akiko and Kanako?[/QUOTE]
Originally Posted by MKFSfan
Yes it really happened. Kanako and Akiko train sometimes at the same rink and they are friends.
12-28-2009, 11:25 PM
Dreaming and dancing
Kanako looked a bit overwhelmed by the event. Mao was calm and her own self when she participated in senior nationals as a 15 yr old (she was aiming to land 2 3As and she did). But Kanako looked like a little guest here. Yet, it was great she still did what she did and placed as high as possible (just after Miki).
12-28-2009, 11:41 PM
Actually Miki earned her spot fair and square before Nat. So there's nothing wrong with her getting a spot on the Oly team.
Originally Posted by roogu
12-28-2009, 11:51 PM
I guess. She has more of an athletic build like Alena Leonova, although Leonova looks taller and sturdier. I don't think body type makes that big of an impact though, all the top ladies are built differently and that's why it is so interesting to watch because they all attack the jumps differently.
Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
12-29-2009, 02:26 AM
I'm afraid I'd have to agree with you. There is something about Akiko's body that doesn't say elegant or supple. Even though she seems like a wonderful person, I think image can sometimes affect people's judgment. However, even though Kiira Korpi has a pretty face, her blank look and lack of charisma doesn't translate into beautiful skating for me. It is still mysterious to me how she gets the PCS score that she does get. Maybe the judges think Grace Kelly is skating instead. Judges just can bear to give a movie star and a royalty bad PCS scores!
Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
Edit: On a more thread related note, I noticed that as Mao was heading toward the Kiss and Cry and getting gifts from her fans after her LP, just as she was getting a gift from a fan, someone threw a stuff toy that hit the fan giving the gift on the back of head. Luckily I don't think the fan was injured so I had to laugh. Another thing was that someone gave her something in a Lego bag. I had no idea that Mao like building Legos. Maybe it calms her mind... she dropped on the way to the Kiss and Cry, though.
Last edited by Phoenix347; 12-29-2009 at 03:02 AM.
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12-29-2009, 04:13 AM
She's really growing on me--love, love, love her personality!!
Originally Posted by christinaskater
12-29-2009, 04:26 AM
Dreaming and dancing
I thought that it was her childhood hobby. But in 2008, I watched a TV showing the products that she herself built and displayed at home. The products were boyish stuff, something mechanic like a car. Adorable. She might still do that, perhaps?
Originally Posted by Phoenix347
12-29-2009, 07:16 AM
I thought it was a very nice moment. It is unusual to see a skater about to compete take time to celebrate another skater's score.
Originally Posted by ks777
I also was surprised when Kanako apparently set-up the start of her program in the wrong spot. She took these cute little sideway hops to get to a better spot. The crowd noticed and let out polite laughter which Kanako responded to with a look over her shoulder and a smile of her own.
I have heard about Kanako but this was the first time I saw her skate.
I think she is just the most charming personality and a really terrific young skater.
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12-29-2009, 08:48 AM
I met Kanako the past year in Madrid's JGP where I was a volunteer, and I couldn't help falling in love with her. She's such a cute girl inside and outside the rink, always with a smile, and you can feel how she enjoys with FS
12-29-2009, 09:23 AM
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12-29-2009, 10:48 AM
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
Kanako spent the whole season on the junior circut where Mao had competed in the Senior GP, won a silver and a gold, and won the GPF in the the months before her first senior nationals. I think she had very god reason to be confident!
Originally Posted by Bennett
12-29-2009, 12:19 PM
Haha very true. But Mao maybe had her best success earlier than is ideal, I think maybe Kanako will peak later like Yuna and be the next big thing. Plus Kanako looks a little more mature than Mao was at 15 so maybe she has already had her big growth spurt and won't have to go through that in the upcoming years as we have seen so many other skaters (Caroline, Mirai, Kimmie) struggle due to growth spurts and injuries resulting from them. I can't wait to see her at Jr. Worlds and the senior GP circuit next year!
Originally Posted by Tinymavy15
12-29-2009, 12:51 PM
I heard that Mao's coach didn't come to her Nationals because she was busy with Russian Nationals. In my opinion, she really shouldn't keep a coach who doesn't come to support her at big events.
12-29-2009, 12:53 PM
[QUOTE=Tinymavy15;444022]Kanako spent the whole season on the junior circut where Mao had competed in the Senior GP, won a silver and a gold, and won the GPF in the the months before her first senior nationals. I think she had very god reason to be confident![/QUOT
it's not a big problem,but actually Mao's first senior national was 2002, when she was a novice skater.then she did 3F-3Lo-3T(3Twas a little under-roated though)
3A(clearly under-roated) amazing jump layout! she won 7th. In 2003,she did 3Lz-3Lo(perfect for me),4S and 3A. she was 8th this time. of course she competed as a one senior skater from 2005.
i remember japan nationals in 2005 was hot competetion,too! i thought kanako is like mao in 2005.mao seemed to enjoy skating at that time and kanako seems to.
by the way,mao wants to attempt second jump as 3A-2T from interview.my thought is she should put 2A-3T and 3-3.
12-29-2009, 12:55 PM
Originally Posted by miki88
Tarasova has made it clear that she is more of consultant rather than a coach hence she could skip it. i think it is tats assistant that is full time in japan