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    Kanako Murakami

    Kanako Murakami (村上 佳菜子) is a Japanese figure skater who was born November 7, 1994, in Naka-ku, Nagoya, Japan.

    Kanako pronounces her name ( video by sabinfire)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znyUqjdODok


    2011 Worlds debuted at 11. 2012 she was 5th already and this year just nearly there with here 4th place finish. Some people hate her jumping technique, others adore her spins. Is she the next leading lady in Japan when Mao Asada will retire? I don't know, but I just adore and enjoy Kanako. Each season I like her more and I'm curious if she will be able to overcome her weaknesses and maybe medal at Worlds in Tokyo next year! She seems like a very positive girl and is not afraid of the ice.
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    I love Kanako! She is always so perky, and she has the best smile in the business!!! I especially loved her SP this year.

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    i am now a fan, much more finesse.

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    I do enjoy Kanako's skating quite a lot. She has really improved over the last 2 seasons and I beleive
    has a great future ahead of her.

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    I want Kanako to take some summer camp with Russians, like Bestemyanova&Bobrin, for example. She has way more artistic potential than her current team can offer.

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    She needs to get her jump techniques fixed asap, if she shooting for 2018. Her UR and < are going to keep burying her in standing.

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    Kana looks absolutely serene and beautiful today! Though not very high score, I love her program the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maria Victoria View Post
    Oh these two! It seems somehow Kanako is always there there for Yuzuru in good times (when he won the Olympics) and in bad (this year's Cup of China). Thanks for sharing skatefan22. I hope NHK will be a better event for both of them so we can see them in GPF.
    She is always there, for better for worse.
    And Yuzu is there for her in good times (2010 all japan k&c) and for bad times ( OG).

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    ^That would be lovely thanks! It must be so difficult to have your triumphs and disappointments be out there for all the public to see (and critique and not always in a well-meaning way) so it's good Kanako and Yuzuru have each other's support.

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    I wasn't prepared to like her LP but I must say that there's some nice movements that I really enjoy. This event must be very emotionally taxing for Kanako. NHK Trophy would be a bloodbath but I hope she can redeem herself there.

    Love her beaming smile at the press conference. She's very upset about herself, but she knows how to shake off that disappointment and gracefully understands that sometimes you have a rotten day, but life goes on.
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    Shae-Lynn Bourne's name disappeared from Kanako's ISU bio page (where she had appeared listed after her coaches Yamada and Higuchi).
    I don't believe her name appeared out of nowhere before, but it might be that Bourne acted simply as a consultant and they realized putting her name there was causing confusion. Who knows. Did Kanako go to Canada for a certain period of time during the off-season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalina View Post
    Shae-Lynn Bourne's name disappeared from Kanako's ISU bio page (where she had appeared listed after her coaches Yamada and Higuchi).
    I don't believe her name appeared out of nowhere before, but it might be that Bourne acted simply as a consultant and they realized putting her name there was causing confusion. Who knows. Did Kanako go to Canada for a certain period of time during the off-season?
    Who knows. Shae-Lynn Bourne's name appearing on Kana's profile is a bit weird in the first place. Has Shae-Lynn any coaching experience? I think you are right. She is probably only acting like a consultant. As far as I know, Kanako didn't go to Canada during the off-season.

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    I feel sad for her. But getting a break after worlds is not a good sign of her commitment. I have to prepared myself for her retirement announcement then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatefan22 View Post
    I feel sad for her. But getting a break after worlds is not a good sign of her commitment. I have to prepared myself for her retirement announcement then.
    Oh dear did Kanako say she's going to take a break from skating after Worlds and what kind and how long of a break will it be?

    Still recovering from Tatsuki...

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    It's all up to Kana. It's all whether her heart is still in this. I would hate to see her skate out of obligation because the main reason why I enjoy her programs is the pure joy she puts into them (even if they're sad and dark). I don't know if she will ever have the "fire in her belly" competitive spirit to outlast the bouts of young girls climbing through the ranks but I will continue to root and cheer for her indefinitely

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