This is her SP from Worlds (Japanese HD version)
She is special because she doesn't go for the same old same 'i am so pretty' lame choreography often used by female skaters. Her programs require constant energy throughtout. They are much more challenging than 95% of the programs used by the ladies.
So much energy all throughout her program. The attention to detail is simply amazing.
They just showed her long program, so I got to see it again, and it's a complete delight. How splendid that she made it onto the podium this year. She is an asset to skating. Thank goodness she skates for a country where the sport is so popular, because whenever she retires (and I hope it's a long time from now!), she'll make a wonderful pro and show skater. Can you imagine how happy a creative choreographer would be to have Akiko to work with?
She is such a joy to watch. Her LP was my favourite during Worlds. I would have marked her 1st. The artistry and technique is really beautiful. I do believe she has what it takes to be a World Champion so she should just give it a go.
I just love her overall improvement as each year comes. This year she had the triple toe-triple toe and polished all aspects of her skating especially with the spins.
She is a skater that reminds me of Michelle Kwan and how I love skating. People may get lost with counting points but Akiko does all of these things seamlessly and sells the programs from the depths of her soul. It is just an absolute honour witnessing greatness and beautiful skating from the heart.
I am thrilled to see more beautiful skates from her in the future and she really has all my respect and admiration.
Last edited by christinaskater; 04-09-2012 at 02:46 AM.