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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny0760 View Post
    Isn't she given some belated, deserving attention from Japanese media now?

    I just came from Japan after 5 day visit. My impression is that in Japan, baseball is the utterly popular sports and what about FS? Is it that hugely popular there?
    Anyway, I believe at least there is more media coverage about FS in Japan than in any other countries.

    This clip is focusing on Takahashi and Suzuki as senior members who will participate as Team Japan in the World Team Trophy.

    About Akiko, see 6:10~8:50.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=bJyofDEa4xw

    Really impressive. See 7:20~7:46.
    The clip shows her many falls in practicing 3-3s and the SP of NHK 2012 where she finally succeeded it in for the first time.

    "Young skaters tend to learn jumps faster but for me it was hard. I challenged and your(Arakawa) advice who happened to visit my link in Oct last year was a great help for me."

    Have you heard any other case that a 27 year old female skater got a 3-3 for the first time?
    Admirable. So happy for her.
    It is good she is receiving attention already in Japan! So happy for her. I'm sure popularity and fame is not the reason why she skates but if she does have support then that would really be good as well.

    Japan is a truly baseball and football crazy country and it's good FS is one of their favourite sports and receives great media coverage

    It's wonderful that Shizuka is helping and inspiring the current Japanese skaters

    The idol has helped her fan and has given her great advise in making the triple-triple happen! Kudos to Shizuka! I love her so much as well!

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    Shizuka helped her? That's lovely to hear. It makes me love both skaters all the more.

    It's amazing that a skater who's almost thirty has been able to perfect a triple-triple at her age.

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    I think she did. It's wonderful that she really takes care of all of of these Japanese skaters. She is a real inspiration to all of them.
    Shizuka was a bit stoic at first but when she got the right people, coaches, choreographers etc- she became the total package. One of my favourites ever.
    I admire her for going to different rinks, motivating and sharing her knowledge and experiences to help skaters like Akiko!

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    Quote Originally Posted by christinaskater View Post
    I think she did. It's wonderful that she really takes care of all of of these Japanese skaters. She is a real inspiration to all of them.
    Shizuka was a bit stoic at first but when she got the right people, coaches, choreographers etc- she became the total package. One of my favourites ever.
    I admire her for going to different rinks, motivating and sharing her knowledge and experiences to help skaters like Akiko!
    I think her facial expression is still stoic. Very articulate, professional young lady.
    Yes, according to the clip, Shizuka's advice was timely and very helpful, which Akiko will never forget.

    By the way, after watching the vid, Takahashi is starting to grow on me. He seems to be nice, responsible, caring and most of all very honest. He shows self confidence in expression/performance part of figure skating as well as speaking of Chan highly about his stamina. He also said he considers Suzuki as 'friend of heart' after talking about her earnest, caring character.

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    Hmmm....."Friend of heart", looks promising hehehe.

    If they were like coach/choreographer couple 10 years from now- they will be the top in the world

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CWOmvD_kts

    Here is a nice parallel video of Yukina Ota and Akiko Suzuki! 2 of the most musical and artistic skaters

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8MNx9QmR8A
    Interview of all the Japanese medalist with Akiko with English Subtitles! Thanks!

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL4jBARceNI
    New interview of Akiko!

    Any translations?

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    It's been over 2 weeks since the Worlds, so getting a bit an old news...but some quick translation for Akiko fans.

    Just thought might still be of interest for those do not read Japanese...My apologies in advance if someone already translated here or elsewhere on this.

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    Sources: Column in Sports sec., Nikkei shimbun, April 2nd, 2012

    Reminder to readers: Japanese is a rather indirect language. In order to make more sense in English, I may add and/or replace some English words in the process of translations. Also, I am no expert in stanslation, please ignore grammatical errors if any. Thanks!
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    <<"Being myself." says Suzuki;
    A late bloomer who believes in herself and has captured the Bronze at age 27>>


    Ever since steppend on the ice for the first time in her life at the age 6, she has been through many ups and downs. On March 31st, her efforts overcoming countless hardships over the years have finally paid off in Nice, France for Akiko Suzuki. Just turned 27 y.o. 3 days ago, she has become the elderest world medalist in the history of Japan's figure skating.
    "I have always believed that I could improve myself everyday: improve somewhere with my skating today, then improve elsewhere tomorrow, as long as I believe so. This is the very first present I got for my birthday!", Akiko said, proudly looking at the shining bronze medal on her chest.

    Right after Carolina Kosnter who made the audience in Nice get wildly excited with her brilliant and the world title winning performance, Suzuki steppend on the ice, appearing with her composure. Dressed in a vivid blue costume and flying over the ice, she performed the strong Free skate.
    "Well, that was typical of myself at the end. I never disappoint you, don't I?" she said jokingly with a smile, pointing out the only visible mistake to pop her second Lutz into single.

    When entered Tohoku Fukushi University at age 18, Suzuki suffered an eating disorder and lost 15 kg (approx. 33 lbs). She had to drop out of the competitive skating for a couple of years due to this disease. The disease also reminded her how she loved what she did, and changed her attitude towards skating; in a much stronger, more positive way than any others.
    "One one can beat Akiko concerning the amount of practice time on the ice here. I always tell her, 'Are you practicing more?'"; says one of junior skaters at her rink in Nagoya.

    After arriving at Nice, her condition went back and forth during daily on-ice practice; hitting all jumps one day, then fall after fall another day. Even on such a bad day, she never had a doubt in herself: "You had prepared enough back home for this event. You landed jumps hundreds of times already, didn't you?"

    Prior to the biggest competition of the season, which was to be the second one for her to compete after 2010 Worlds, Suzuki reminded herself that this might be her last one in her whole competitive career. She promised, in herself, to fight for it to the utmost of her capability.

    And she did (won the first world medal and satisfied with the result). But Suzuki regrets that pop, a mistake on jump, too.

    A late bloomer admitted to the media after the competition, with a happy smile, that Mr Nagakubo her coach told her as follows: "You are leaving Nice with your homework undone. You can not quit, just yet!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post

    <<"Being myself." says Suzuki;
    A late bloomer who believes in herself and has captured the Bronze at age 27>>

    Thank you for the translations, deedee1! They are incredibly insightful and helpful to us non-Japanese speakers.

    I have another question about Akiko...how does she fund her skating? Skating is an expensive sport and I assume the JSF does cover part of the expenses, but does Akiko have a sponsor or anything like that? I know the very famous big-name skaters like Daisuke and Mao have lots of advertisements, sponsors, etc., to supplement their income in addition to their official federation funding, and others like Takahiko Kozuka have the support of sponsors like Toyota, but we never seem to hear anything about Akiko....

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    Quote Originally Posted by evangeline View Post
    Thank you for the translations, deedee1! They are incredibly insightful and helpful to us non-Japanese speakers.

    I have another question about Akiko...how does she fund her skating? Skating is an expensive sport and I assume the JSF does cover part of the expenses, but does Akiko have a sponsor or anything like that? I know the very famous big-name skaters like Daisuke and Mao have lots of advertisements, sponsors, etc., to supplement their income in addition to their official federation funding, and others like Takahiko Kozuka have the support of sponsors like Toyota, but we never seem to hear anything about Akiko....
    My pleasure, evangeline!

    As for Akiko's sponsorship, I am pretty sure she does have a couple of them.

    I recall, right after Vancouver Olympics, the media reported Akiko was sa busy visiting and thanking for those who had supported her up until the Olympics, that she had no time to get herself prepared for Torino Worlds (because she was the first alternative upon Yukari's withdrawal from the worlds). I believe the word 'those' meant her sponsors.
    Also I remember she used to have a part time job, probably until 2009-10 season, as the receptionist at her rink where she trained, but not anymore since then.
    Besides, she is already famous enough. People, who come to the rink for fun-skating while opens to the public and ask for rental skating shoes, shall meet the receptionist who is an Olympian and now a world medalist. They will be surprised to death!

    Rena Inoue also used to have a part time job at a supermarket while competing for US back then, didn't she?
    Competitive skating costs hell a lot of money...

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    I am so happy for Akiko!! I hope she continues winning medals, and end her career on a high note

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    Akiko was simply glorious during the WTT!

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5Kva...efFUAAAAAAACAA
    Akiko's FS from WTT
    She scored a career best score of 187.79!
    I am a bit sad though because she wanted a clean performance for her LP all season but she has not been able to produce a perfect performance. I could sense her frustration. She is happy to have finished first overall and beat Carolina, Alena and Ashley but would have been more satisfied had she given a perfect performance.

    Hopefully next season she could have a clean and perfect skate when it matters

    Her achievements this year has been amazing and she has not been off the podium in all of the event she has entered this season.

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