I love Kanako (Team Japan, really) and I do wish for her to continue until Pyeongchang, but yes, she only made clear that she's staying for this season. As for staying the whole quad, I have a feeling she wouldn't.
Also, I watched one of her interviews a few months ago and she did say that she "didn't need a new coach" -- explains why she's staying in Japan while Yuzu got sent to Canada for training. I think it may also be her personality, as she's very bubbly and friendly and still very much a child at heart (she even uses "Kana" to refer to herself instead of "I" in Japanese) and I think she may be afraid to venture out of her comfort zone.
But really I still want to see her skate until Pyeongchang.
^I'm crossing my fingers Kanako will fix the technical issues as to her jumps and do well in her GP assignments and Japan Nationals this year... and skate in the galas paired with Yuzuru (who's also in the same events). In the same way Yuzuru has said Kanako cheers him up earnestly, I hope some of his competitive fire and resoluteness will rub off on her. I think with good results, she can be convinced to continue until Pyeongchang like Tatsuki. Now is also the time for her to step out of Mao's shadow as Mao will not be competing this season.
Lovely video of Kanako-Yuzuru moments for over a decade (2003-2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRkEY3drRvU. Many thanks to the uploader OliviaCrystal.
Highlight for me was the beginning showing the aftermath of Yuzuru winning the gold medal in the Olympics, where, as described by Tumblr blogger Yuzukana: "The way Kana looked at Yuzu when leaving is somehow mix of happiness and sadness. Luckily, Yuzu walked through those reporters to call her back and hug her. Sweet couple!"
Hi skatefan22! (Coincidentally, you also have "22" in your moniker like the uploader of the Yuzuru-Kanako video, the link of which I posted earlier.) I tried looking for the article but haven't found it yet. I'll PM you once I do. I wish I have bookmarked it.
Re Kanako's programs this season, I really, really want to like it, and I don't exactly dislike it, but I don't think they are the kind of programs that will officially establish her as Japan's No. 1 female skater this season as I so wish for her. In a FSUniverse post (# 221, http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/inde...i.91545/page-8, credit to rosewood for the translation), Kanako said for the first time she did off ice training with a ballet instructor, and I wished she had picked music other than POTO to highlight this. Still skating to POTO is Kanako's choice, and the chances are she'll perform better with music she loves. I'm crossing my fingers for her.
Regarding POTO, I am amazed by her determination to go her way. Hope for the best! I remember how she exceled in Japanese nationals 2013 and I hope that she can do that again this year.
By the way, love the video you posted perviously! I always have a soft spot for childhood friendship. That look of Kanako's face when she was leaving is just ... I am glad that Yuzu managed to spot her and call her back and give her a little hug. That might have just saved something precious.
I guess this was talked about in the other threads but since it wasn't in here, this is Kana's POTO EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVHD-LKGBjs. This is also her planned SP for this year.
This EX is simply divine and I can't wait for her to skate it in CoC!!
【video】"I want to become stronger!" - Kana's commitment this season
Asahi TV broadcast a new program introducing Kana's status in challenging upcoming season. She talked about the reasons to continue the competitive skating this season rather than to retire as she previously planned. (She wants to be a skating teacher.)
One part of reasons is the unsatisfied performances in Sochi and the Worlds. Another part is the result of consulting to her two senior team sisters, Akko and Mao. She witnessed and felt the powerful determination from two ladies, thus she continued to skate this season to aim a higher goal – go to GPF.
She took action in dining control and stamina management. An one-hour new ballet course also included in training schedule before daily practice on ice. Her commitment of becoming stronger was even presenting in the music choice. The coach team didn't quite prefer the POTO. But she insisted and they let her go.