Congratulations to Akiko for the silver medal at the Four Continents
Her short was superb, the long (minus the popped axel) was as inspiring and expressive as ever! If she can get the errors fixed, I really feel that she has a realistic chance for the podium at the Worlds.
Congratulations Akiko for winning the 4CC Silver medal with a new personal best 190!!!!! Whohoooo!
I love you Akiko! I hope she does well in Worlds The pressure is on the top 3 super girls- Yu-Na, Mao Asada and Carolina Kostner.
I think Ashley has a possible underlying injury.
Had Akiko landed her 2 axel-triple toe, she may have gone above 200+
Akiko is a 2 time Japanese National silver medalist, World bronze medalist, 2 time 4CC Silver medalist, 3 time ISU Grand Prix Final medalist (1 silver and 2 bronze medals). Multiple GP winner!
Akiko's comment after her Free skate at 2013 Worlds in London, Canada:
"The ice was too soft tonight, so that it was hard for me to gain the speed enough for jumps. Could not fly over the ice the way as I wished/wanted...my performance throughout was as if desparately struggling in the water, instead of flying over the sky."
Message to Akiko:
"Otsukare-sama! & come back home safely, Akiko. You don't forget a lot of your fans are awaiting your return here in Japan, do you? Please rest well first and take good care of your body. I hope you and Daisuke will soon have a little chat with Shizuka Arakawa, who had a similar disappointing pre-Olympic season by placing 9th at 2005 Worlds, then miraculously came back strong to super-surprise everyone by winning OGM at Torino the next season.
On behalf of your fans in the world, 'A Million of 'Thank-You' for showing us another 2 FABULOUS programs this season once again!"
My favorite performances by Akiko 2012-13 season:
SP at Osaka 4CC : :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkkma4-__D4
Free at NHK Sendai :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOuaUMgFOcg
Thank you deedee that message is so sweet. Akiko had 2 beautiful programs this season and it was unfortunate for her and her fans
that she could not show her brilliance at Worlds.
You could see the ice was very soft during the dance-this would be part of the reason for people catching edges in spins, too.
I hope Akiko will skate at WTT, although I fear it will be Murakami instead.
But if Akiko skates, I hope she manages a season's best