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    Quote Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy View Post
    Why not? If Akiko or Kanako finish 4th at Japanese nationals and have mediocre GP events they haven't made a compelling case to be on the team. I find Miki uninspiring but I do know she can score well if she's clean, and her two world titles are no fluke.
    I agree with this. Japan should send their best 3 skaters, based on who is the best skater at that time. Russia has clearly shown that sending lower placements that are theoretically a good choice can really backfire. At this point, Mao/Akiko/Kanako have shown through varying degrees (and varying performances) that they're good choices for the Olympic team. Until Miki skates, there is no way of ascertaining the shot she has at the Olympic podium, let alone beating her 3 country mates for a shot at the Olympics in general. And who knows what could happen to Mao/Akiko/Kanako next season. The only one I would say has sway is Mao because she's been a world champion and is the defending bronze medalist (which Akiko was last year, and Kanako almost was this year), and she's got the most potential to make the podium even with errors whereas Suzuki and Murakami aren't afforded that. We also can't tell how the judges will receive whatever programs Miki comes up with... her PCS will be high because of her reputation but not exorbitantly high unless she's made drastic improvements to her overall skating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteChris View Post
    I being lucky enough to not know anything about skatin', and unencombered by the thought process, wonder if it is totally out of the question that the JSF would release her to skate for another country?
    How could she do that? Singles skaters must be a citizen of the country they represent. Since Japan does not permit dual citizenship, Miki can't skate for another country, except in pairs or dance, and she has no experience in either.


    I say let Miki compete on the GP circuit....I would have rather seen her at Worlds than 20 of the other ladies that made it to the final skate.....
    Miki doesn't qualify for an GP invitation since she will have fallen off the updated World Rankings, and isn't on the 2012-2013 SB list. She already used up her one-time-only return bid this past season by withdrawing from both GP events. She can't even get a host pick, since the JSF has said they won't send her to any competitions until she qualifies at Regionals.

    As far as Akiko and Mao are concerned, both of them are ten times more musical than Miki Ando, and for that reason they are far more watchable than Miki Ando at her best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckm View Post
    How could she do that? Singles skaters must be a citizen of the country they represent. Since Japan does not permit dual citizenship, Miki can't skate for another country.
    I do not look for Miki to come back or give up her citizenship but technically I was interested in the rules as to if a skater did leave their country and become a citizen of another, could the first federation stop them.


    Miki doesn't qualify for an GP invitation since she will have fallen off the updated World Rankings, and isn't on the 2012-2013 SB list. She already used up her one-time-only return bid this past season by withdrawing from both GP events. She can't even get a host pick, since the JSF has said they won't send her to any competitions until she qualifies at Regionals.

    OK, that clears that up.

    As far as Akiko and Mao are concerned, both of them are ten times more musical than Miki Ando, and for that reason they are far more watchable than Miki Ando at her best.
    Musical is nice but at the end of the day its all about the points. I think Mao is pretty solid now but Akiko has issues...hopefully they will be solved by next season. If they are not, things will get interesting....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteChris View Post
    Musical is nice but at the end of the day its all about the points. I think Mao is pretty solid now but Akiko has issues...hopefully they will be solved by next season. If they are not, things will get interesting....
    In terms of PCS, Mao is solid, but she's had some rough skates this season. I was really surprised at her getting a PB for her Worlds FS, though. Akiko's WTT FS probably would have gotten a PB at Worlds too, but perhaps not as high. I think they're still both potentially solid and will likely hold off Miki, but internationally, there a few skaters who can definitely surpass them should they have an off day.

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