Sources: Jiji Press, Mainichi shimbun
On April 22nd 2012, JSF has confirmed to the Japanese media that Mervin Tran, who is a Canadian but represents Japan as a pair team with Narumi Takahashi, has an intention try to get Japanese citizenship, aiming for Sochi Olympic Games.
Here is my thought on Mervin's intention to give it a try for Japanese citizenship.
Japanese government and its laws do not allow duel citizenship. That means he has to give up his Canadian citizenship as long as he continues his competitive skating while representing Japan. Japanese laws also set very strict requirements for getting a citizenship. None of Mervin nor JSF is not sure, at this point, whether it will ever work out, or make it in time for 2014 Sochi Olympics.
I can easily imagine it's already been too big and hardest a decision to make for Mervin and his family. If he is about to be criticized by his home people, it will only add more pains in his and his family's heart...
I hope and would appreciate if Canadian people, or some of skating fans in Canada at least, understand and respect for Mervin's decision, and support him and his family.
I love Mervin's skating.
He does have a great skating skills, beautiful posture, lines and carriage on the ice. These things are which I normally see from many Canadian skaters in general and which I always appreciate for.
Thanks to their Canadian coaches, Narumi does have the same quality in her skating as Mervin's through her trainings in Canada over the years.
I love Mervin and Narumi as a pair team.
They may not be a powerful pair team, or the strongest technically like Tatiana/Maxim or Aolina/Robin yet. But together, they look very elegant and subtle in styles, which I do not always find in other pair teams.
In order to be successful as a pair team, it takes so much time to get used to each other, and get good unison. I can clearly see both Narumi and Mervin trust each other, and care the other as her/his partner a lot. That is very important and comes first priority when you are to skate such a dangerous discipline as Pairs, doesn't it? Neither Narumi nor Mervin can have the same quality in skating with another partner, I believe.
He told the Japanese media last night, that to compete at the Olympic Games is one of the biggest goals for every athlete in the world to dream of and want to achieve.
If it's one of his dreams and goals to achieve to represent Japan as the pair team at Sochi Olympics, I wish from the bottom of my heart his dream will come true. I truly look forward to seeing broad smiles from Narumi and Mervin on the Olympic ice on the nights of Pairs competition.
I am most grateful to Mervin for his decision to give it a try for Japanese citizenship. I am sure a lot of skating fans in Japan feel the same way.
I hope people in his home country will also understand his decision and cheer for him.
Last edited by deedee1; 04-23-2012 at 04:38 AM.
Definitely hope not, the guy doesn't deserve citizenship.
Narumi and Mervin are a wonderful, wonderful pair to watch. I don't care if they can't make it to the Olympics, they're still fabulous to watch both on and off the ice. I hope they stay together for a while because I don't think other partners can match up to the unison this pair already has together. They have improved so much year after year since they first paired up and I can still see them improving even more.
Also, I'm grateful for the rare upbeat fun they added to the galas this season!
According to Narumi's blog, they're already starting choreography for next season; the music is still a secret.
If anyone is interested, I translate Narumi's blog as a side project: http://narumiblogtranslations.tumblr.com
thank you for translating.
Originally Posted by ohheyskaters
i wonder if the new short will have its debut at The Ice or one of the other summer shows, like 'imagine' was last season.
can veteran watchers comment on whether mervin has had more trouble with solo jumps this season than last, and whether that's due to increased difficulty (2a to 3t, 3t to 3s, etc.). i remember how surprised i was this season when narumi landed her solo jump and mervin fell.
as to the citizenship question, dinakt on FSU made a well-reasoned comment in post #82
i think if he learned japanese and coached in japan for a certain time-span, that, combined with the attention pairs skating would receive were he and narumi able to compete in olympics, would go a long way toward encouraging more grass-roots pairs skaters in japan.
That certainly would be nice, but another factor why there hasn't been many pairs teams in Japan, is the height Japanese men tend to be short which isn't ideal for pairs (I remember Shizuka commenting on this in the past).
Originally Posted by skfan
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Of course, that's changing. The average height of men in Japan is 5'7", according to the Official Statistics of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology- http://www.e-stat.go.jp/SG1/estat/eStatTopPortal.do
Originally Posted by bibi24
That's the height of Bryce Davison. The average height of women in Japan is 5'2"--which was the height of Jessica Dube. They were pretty successful.
I think Japanese men are not only generally short but also slight. Men like Oda and Takahashi are very small in height and weight, but even skaters like Hanyu, Kozuka, Hino who are a little taller are all very wiry in their build, definitely not suited to pairs skating. The only men in Japan currently who are somewhat suited to pairs skating build-wise that I can think of would be Kihara and Mura, maybe Hino if he were to grow a couple more inches and put on some weight in the coming years, which he feasibly could as he's only just 17.