3rd Japanese man who will go to Sochi Olympics
OK lets be real here, we all know that Takahashi and Hanyu are going to next years Olympics even if one of them bombs Nationals next year. So who will be the 3rd and final man going to Sochi if you had to predict now. Right now my odds would be:
All others combined- 5%
Hate to agree, but seems like it's all over for Oda :'(
Guess he had his chance.
I'm still in shock that Kozuka didn't get named to 4CC considering his GP accomplishments. I feel like JSF is testing Mura's capabilities for the rest of this season. So I'd like to believe Machida's chances are closer to Oda's given that Oda at least performs. Machida has really gone down south at both GPF and JN.
My bet is on Kozuka and Mura, depending on how Mura performs at 4CC and Worlds. Though I have a soft spot for Kozuka... and I hope this just means he'll have extra time to practice for next season.
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I think it's going to be Kozuka. It might be sort of flukish that Mura beat Kozuka this year at Nats.
Yes. Kozuka is overall a much better skater, although Mura is very exciting, has more power (maybe speed) and shows excellent potential. I'm kinda sad that Kozuka is not going to worlds this year, because in the gp series he looked one of the best 5 men in the world and showed such beautiful artistry (I love his sp choreo/music). But I'm glad Mura had the opportunity to go, it sounds fair.
Originally Posted by blue_idealist
I wonder if the JSF is considering the possiblity that Hanyu wins OGM and retires after that or follow the path of Plushenko after Torino. In that case, they need someone who can lead Japanese men with consistent quads. Takahashi and Oda are surely retiring after 2014. Kozuka has already passed his prime (jumping abilities) and his "quad" will become unreliable to useless. Machida... looks like he has a "good season" once in three years. The next could be three years later.
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I bet that even if Hanyu wins the OGM, he won't retire. He's too young. I don't think he'll win the OGM though until 2018, I mean, some people were predicting Chan to win the OGM in 2010 and that wasn't really his time yet.
Originally Posted by NMURA