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    Kanako to retire after Sochi?

    I'm not sure if I'm one of the last ones to know, but I did not realize that Kanako does not plan on competing anymore after Sochi. I got the information from here. It's translated from an interview of Team Japan members and where they see themselves in ten years.

    “Probably a skating coach in 10 years. My goal is definitely Sochi… after that, my competition days end and I’ll return to a normal life. By normal life, I mean a normal university experience. Up until now, kindergarten, elementary school, junior high, high school… it’s all been skating. School, hanging out with friends, I’ve never been a normal student. So that’s why I really want it. If I’m still skating by the time I graduate university, I’ll never experience that life even once! So when Sochi ends, I want to try to be a regular student. After that, I want to be a skating coach—that’s my ideal life path. But, I still want to do shows, if I do shows, I’ll still be a student as well. Well, whether or not I’ll change my mind about all this, I don’t know (smiles).
    But if I don’t make it Sochi, or if I don’t do well there, and I feel there’s more I need to do… maybe I’ll continue competing. If I feel I did what I wanted to do… I’ll probably stop (smiles).” —Kanako Murakami
    Thoughts?

    I personally think that it's too soon for her to retire, but of course it is her choice. I know it must be hard to find a balance between school and figure skating, and to still have time to enjoy life outside of competing. I doubt that she won't make it to Sochi anyway, so next season really might be her last.

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    I doubt Japanese fed would want her to retire, unless Mao decides to continue skating until 2018.

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    Sounds to me as if Kanako wants to meet some sort of goal---making it to Sochi, or medaling at Worlds (which she can do if there are retirements after Sochi). Perhaps she's telling the JSF that if she doesn't go to Sochi, she might quit.....

    Seeing as the only promising skater beyond Kanako is Miyahara, with her UR problems, that might make the JSF think twice about their plans for Sochi.

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    Without Mao, Miki, Akiko, the level of the Japanese female skating would go down to a really low one if kanako retires... She's way too young!!

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    Kanako will probably stay for 2 more years after Sochi, Japan wont have a star lady skater until Marin Honda turns Senior
    Miyahara is a flutzer and Underrotater with her tiny jumps.

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    More room for Sugari!!! Japanese national winner 2014-2015

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    Nooooo please stay Kana

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmyers View Post
    More room for Sugari!!! Japanese national winner 2014-2015
    you mean Suguri ????
    If she lands 2 triples probably

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmyers View Post
    More room for Sugari!!! Japanese national winner 2014-2015
    Lol Fumie FTW!!!

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    Aww I'll be sad to see her go. She's such a talent!

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