Great story! It was very detailed. Interesting what she said about Patrick Chan:
Also interesting is her comments on her coaching relationship:When put on the spot about whether she liked Takahashi's programs over two-time defending world champion Patrick Chan of Canada, Suzuki thought for a moment and provided some interesting perspective.
"I prefer Daisuke's programs over Patrick's, but Patrick has really accurate edge work," she observed. "It seems sometimes like he has a turbo engine on his edge. That's how fast he is and how much speed he has. It just flows. He has very deep edges. He is very accurate on where to put his edges on the ice. That's why he is so strong with his edge work and footwork.
"Patrick is improving on how to express his emotions, but I prefer the originality of Daisuke's programs. But I understand why Patrick gets such high scores despite the mistakes he makes.
"If you ask other skaters to do the same things with those transitions in their programs, it's impossible. From the first step it just starts flowing, he gets up to speed. He is very accurate."
Suzuki suggests that skating judges today are better able to assess the quality of performances because they have been there themselves.
"I personally think that today many of the judges are former skaters and ice dancers who have done compulsory and school figures," she said. "By having more of these kind of judges, they know how accurate Patrick and the footwork of other skaters are. If they do the right thing, they get the scores that they deserve."
"It has been nearly 10 years since I have been working with Mr. Nagakubo," she said. "When you are working with somebody that long, you start saying things very straightforwardly to each other. So we are fighting all the time.
"Some people say it is like fights between father and daughter. He will scold me sometimes and I will say something back. At the same time, afterward we can have communication. He can explain his feelings about why he said something.
"There are advantages and disadvantages to having such a long relationship. Sometimes I feel like I don't want to see his face today, but tomorrow will be OK. I think our relationship is really strong and good."
Thank you for the link, great read! It was interesting to hear her thoughts regarding her eating disorder and how she felt about being known for the disorder rather than her skating.
Her interview is honest, open, and heartfelt, just like her skating.
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Interesting read. She sounds very candid and levelheaded. I like her even more!
I love her insights on Patrick and Daisuke. Her description of what makes each of them a great skater is so precise and articulate. I hope she stays in skating for a long time to come.
So she thinks today's judges are better judges on skating performances.
So many skaters acknowledged understanding of Patrick's high scores. But many skating fans don't. This is the difference between an Olympic sport and a common art form. I do not claim that I fully understand them, but I do respect the judge decisions with an open mind for learning and studying.
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LOL, she didn't say the judging result was accurate. Only that Patrick deserves high(est) skating skills scores.
My favourite note about the intereview was how often it has her pausing, thinking and then answering. She seems both generous and thoughtful, which is a lovely combination.
DSC (Detroit Skating Club) Twitter reported:
"Currently, three of the top four Japanese ladies, Akiko Suzuki, Kanako Murakami, and Haruka Imai, are training here at DSC. More to come."
"Top Japanese Mens skater Takahiko Kozuka (2012 World competitor ranked 2nd in Japan) is also here at DSC working with Yuka Sato."
I am wondering if the Japanese ladies are having their programs choreographed by Pasquale Carmerlengo. Time will tell.
I love Akiko! Thank you Akiko is you read goldenskate for inspiring us with your fight to stay skating when people wrote you off. I started a thread that went not far about what we want to see you skate to next year. I hope classical music experts like Olympia find you some great piece. I saw Paul Taylor dance company and lost the program, but the music they used for a funny piece was perfect...I'll have to look up the company and see what they used. I also liked the Brandenburg piece they danced to, which would be a good serious piece but if anyone here is a fan (New Yorkers?) of the famous Paul Taylor Dance Co, they do this very fun, funny dance as bees-male and female-sounds weird I know, but it is classical, orchestral, uplifting and I could see u skating to it.
Akiko, I hope you win the WC next year. You are a very delightful skater. I just hope you podium again. I am your biggest fan. You inspire me! I'd love to see David Wilson do your Sp and Pasquale do your LP. Maybe I won't be here to see it, but I hopoe you have great confidence and good luck. Japanese ladies have Akiko, Haruka and Mao, and the budding Kanako, but you stand your ground. Japan looks to dominate singles and grab the Sochi podium. I hope you can hang in with the Russian babies. Akiko is a special person. She may not look like Shizuka and be tall and thin, but she is like a cool drink. I know I am gushing. Great to have seen Carolina realize her potential and Akiko do so well. It was an inspiring year for ladies. Only downside was Leonova on the podium and not Wagner, but next year, I hope to see Akiko move up to silver.
I like how she honestly and fairly compared Patrick and Dai. She is a diplomat but truthful! Go Akiko!!!!