Yuka Sato is Imai's coach and choreographed all of her programs last season. I assume Imai is being choreographed by her again, too.
As for Suzuki, I would like to see her FS choreographed by Krylova this season.
yes!! I will not get started again.
This thread is for Akiko. Right! and I like her
Akiko is my favorite Japan female skater. I like her coach too
although I don't know about him well.
After reading this interview, I like her more.
She sounds like strong, thoughtful, sweet person.
Plus Kozuka is my favorite male skater in Japan.
I wish her the best of luck next season.
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Is it like her way of flirting with judges? Because she can't be serious with such statements. They simply don't correspond to the facts.
There are also many others who critisize Chan's highs score and the judging system in general. Plushenko, for example.So many skaters acknowledged understanding of Patrick's high scores.Here we go again. Chan Patrol lieutenants never miss a chance to call the audience a dumb crowd. The booing in Nice must be still hurting.This is the difference between an Olympic sport and a common art form.
I feel for Daisuke. After all that he has contributed in her, practically promoting his fellow team member, when she was ignored by J-media, and such a stab in the back he got in return. Very well. It's always better to know the truth about someone.
Whoa, such bitterness Let's talk. Is that necessary?
She did say she prefer Dai's programs over Chan's!
As BOP said earlier, she said she understood why the judges gave the score but that doesn't mean she agrees with it 100 percent or that the judges are always right, etc...
Most skaters are very PC when discussing judging results. They are afraid to speak their heart due to backlash. It will be better when IJS is improved/fixed and then it will be less personal. Surely IJS bigwigs heard the boos i Nice and realize why. Guess we will see how the ball rolls.
On a sidenote keep in mind that Japan Times in English is not widely read by Japanese. 99.9% of them don't read English papers at all, as well as English blogs/forums. Today I showed some of my J-buddies the link and asked what would have been if she had said it in the Japanese language to J-press or on J-TV. They said that many people would 感じる (kanjiru, ~"feel") that she was thinking about points in Sochi, and added that such attitude to a fellow team member is not common in Japan. I especially liked the usage of kanjiru, i.e. feel naturally inside, with heart, not some brain activities as the English "think" stands for. But I am not Japanese. I can afford not kanjiru only but also to vocalize my opinion. I would have had a tiny hope that her words had been somehow misinterpreted in translation from Japanese into English. But Jack Gallagher, a California dude by origin, has been a sport journalist in Japan for more than 10 years.
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Also, given the audience (foreign sportswriters in Japan) it does not make sense to go into an emotional rant of wuzrobbing or hating on the CoP. Akiko was tasked to give the members views of the sport. When I speak to professional organizations, I will often explain certain points about something or explain why something is, but sometimes I don't agree with that view point, but for the sake of context, I will leave my personal views out of it and just explain what is out there.
And as another poster pointed out, if anyone was a vicitm of CoP, it's her — she's been lowballed on PCS for so many years despite skating fantastic programs. But I'm glad that Akiko is classier than that and just worked hard to get to where she is.
Finally Akiko was INVITED to speak to this group, which prompted Gallagher's story. Unless we find out that Daisuke was somehow responsible for the invite, it is uncalled for to say that Akiko owed Daisuke a favor. And again, she said she preferred his programs, so I don't get the fuss.
As for Akiko's true feeling, she can always tell it directly to Daisuke, if she wants to.
She does not need Gallagher's usual 'fishy' stories or 'smoky' speculations ...and fan's barren controversy, of course.
I think they inspire each other
I think Daisuke has a crush on Akiko and vice versa.
Dai needs to make the move though, he is the guy and our beautiful akiko is his ice princess!
I doubt Gallagher had some evil agenda to misinterprete her words for the sake of Chan. Why should he? The poor dude is not even Canadian ! No, I think he published what she said and I am very grateful to him for that. Btw, she wasn't speaking to some professional organzation of foreign sportwriters in Japan. She knew that the inerview will be in media and internet. It means she was speaking to public, and she obviously needed it if she agreed to come.
I dobut that Akiko made the appearance solely for publicity reasons — although it doesn't hurt! Judging by her interviews I've seen of her and this article herself, Akiko is clearly well-spoken and probably someone a conference of sports journalists would like to speak before them. As to that she knew her speech was in the internet/news, that's also a stretch. Maybe it's different in Japan, but journalists don't always write a news story about every event in their coverage area. Just because you attend an event, doesn't mean it gets media coverage. I suppose that since figure skating is so popular in Japan, it's more a given, but still."This season my results were good, so I'm obviously very happy," Suzuki said at a meeting of the Foreign Sportswriters Association of Japan in Tokyo.
2.) We'll have to agree to disagree. I did not see the interview as a huge coup for Chan whatsoever. If that's what you think, fine. I'd rather talk about the article as a whole! Patrick Chan isn't in the whole article, you know.