Who do you expect to be 1, 2, 3 lady at japan's Nationals next year. best guess?
Nobody knows what kind of form she shows up at the Nats; physically and more importantly MENTALLY, you know...
If it's true Miki is now Nikolai-free (on and off ice) and she is fully prepared by the end of December, she of course can win it.
Rumored that Stephane Lambiel did the choreo for her SP and I am really looking forward to it! We may see the improved version of Miki who beautifully skated to Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence and looked so
promising in the 2005-06 season.
Who will be her coach, idk...but I would love that if she could join Team Nagamitsu in Osaka! She can improve skating skills, speed, edge work, and of course artistic side of her skating under Mrs. Nagamitsu. And Takeshi Honda surely will help her to regain jumps.
I saw a lovely SOI skate 2012 on Youtube. Miki has been more than a jumper for a long time. I hope Mao comes back. Her "Jupiter" is just exquisite. It is so easy to love Mao. I think she is loved round the world. Miki looked lovely and very happy in her SOI skate. I think she has washed NM out of her hair. Good. I wonder if you see Akiko as the third lady? I love these 3, and find Haruka Imai lovely with a beautiful way of moving. I am not such a Kanako fan. She is fast but her positions are not lovely. The judges like her well enough. I so hope Mao does well in her GPFs. I hope she finds the motivation to continue having lost her beloved mother.
Miki is your favorite Japanese lady?
It seems she's been chatting alot with Daisuke, since he trained with Morozov for 3 yrs. In Dai's book he had thanked him for helping him overcome his self confidence issues. Dai wasn't sure after his departure and injury whether he would continue skating competively. Hopefully Dai will give her the emotional support she needs to decide for herself.
Reading some articles about her and twitter, it seems she's looking for a reason to convince her to come back. The coaches, fans and others can be the rudder to help reach her destination. But she needs to find her desire to be a champion from within. The "wind in her sails" can only come from her and noone can give that to her.
I think it would be great if Miki came back, though she's not my favorite skater, or even my favorite Japanese skater. (That's Mao.) I agree that she'll need to be hungry in order to make her way through the next two years.
If she maintains or regains her technical strength, she'll still be at or near the top. I hope she ends up with a Lambiel program and the Nagamitsu team! That will give her far more than mere mechanical superiority.