It's a pity because she put herself in position to win for once. Hopefully this was an isolated poor performance and she can rebound at the upcoming 4CC.
Akiko was is in tears backstage after her freeskate. A skater's life is no walk in the park, so many highs and lows.
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^Takahashi being a gentleman.
^ Agreed. It was so touching to see him support her like that.
I teared a bit seeing Akiko like that, she's performed well so far this season and one less than stellar skate doesn't make her a non contender. I'm happy she'll get the chance to bounce back up in 4CC and Worlds. You go girl!!!
And also, what Mathman said: no one is saying Suzuki deserved a higher placement at Japanese Nationals. I'm disappointed she didn't skate a better program, but obviously that doesn't mean she should have been placed higher just because I like her. A skater's deserved placement at one competition with one performance at one day has nothing to do with where she should be placed at a completely different event on a different day with a different skate. Apparently now that there isn't any outcry at all for you to distort and ridicule, you imagine one so you can ridicule that. Lol.
I love Akiko so much. I am glad Dai was there for her.
Skaters have their good and bad days. I do hope Akiko can really deliver 2 solid programs consistently (that would make her a definite challenger).
I do think she is a definite World Championship winner and possible medalist. I think the pressure has been getting to her the past 2 events.
Some would say she peaked early in the season by delivering 2 stunning frees but hopefully by 4CC and WC- she would be ready Go Akiko!
Rumour has it that Akiko and Dai are a couple