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    Ando out of GP - No coach

    Japan's two-time world figure skating champion Miki Ando has pulled out of this year's Grand Prix series citing insufficient conditioning after she failed to find a new coach, officials said Tuesday.

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    Poor Ando.....

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    If she really wanted to skate she doesn't need a coach. Hmm...

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    This is very distressing.

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    I am very disappointed!

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    All the hype about her coming back to competition and now this. *Sigh* Poor Miki...I hope she finds a coach and gets everything figured out soon.

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    Miki is crossed out in ISU list of entries.
    http://isu.sportcentric.net/db//files/serve.php?id=3811

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    It's weird because you'd figure that as a two time world champion, she wouldn't have trouble finding a huge list of candidates. I guess that many of them were either too busy or didn't gel with her. Such a pity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skater Boy View Post
    If she really wanted to skate she doesn't need a coach. Hmm...
    hmmm.......if she really wanted a coach they would be lined up around the block.

    This announcement makes me a little sad - but points to other reasons - which Miki has every right to keep to herself.

    Hope she will be happy - with or without competitive skating.

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    All summer I had a feeling this would happen, so I'm really not surprised.
    But how does she go from here... Will she compete at Japanese Nats?

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    Personally I don't think Miki has anything to prove - and if the motivation is not there or if she hasn't found the right training environment - she should go ahead and skate in shows etc. Sometimes I think as fans we forget how lonely figure skating can be for the athletes....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skater Boy View Post
    If she really wanted to skate she doesn't need a coach. Hmm...
    Go the Kwan route? We saw how that worked out for her...

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    I just hope she doesn't feel unwanted and that's what makes me sad mostly for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mskater93 View Post
    Go the Kwan route? We saw how that worked out for her...
    well this route worked for Mao, she won her first world title without any couch and even the second was without a couch since tat never was really there to couch Mao, heck she never wasn't even beside her at the most important competitions. so i think that in the end it depends on what kind of skater miki is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trewyn View Post
    All summer I had a feeling this would happen, so I'm really not surprised.
    But how does she go from here... Will she compete at Japanese Nats?
    I'm not surprised either. I'm not sure if Miki really wants this comeback or not. I'm certain any number of high-level coaches would be more than happy to take her on, if she were interested and flexible regarding location.

    Speaking of coaches, what is Yu-Na Kim's coaching situation? Has she hired anyone yet?

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