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    Midori Ito

    Midori Ito or Midori Itō (伊藤みどり Itō Midori?, born August 13, 1969 in Nagoya) is a Japanese former figure skater. She is the 1989 World champion and the 1992 Olympic silver medalist. She is the first woman to land a triple-triple jump combination and a triple axel in competition. At the 1988 Calgary Olympics, she became the first woman to land seven triple jumps in a free skating competition.


    Competitive Programs:

    1995-1996:
    SP: Firebird
    FS: Cinderella
    EX: Nessun Dorma

    1991-1992:
    SP: Tango Jalousie, Espana Cani
    FS: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1
    FS: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 and No. 2
    EX: Rhythm of the Rain, Singing in the Rain, and Over the Rainbow
    EX: On My Own

    1990-1991:
    SP: Warsaw Concerto
    FS: Beethoven Concerto No. 5, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Finlandia
    EX: Rhythm of the Rain, Singing in the Rain, and Over the Rainbow
    EX: On My Own

    1989-1990:
    SP: Anvil Chorus, Memories of You
    FS: Scheherazade
    EX: Yotei No Matsuri
    EX: Mission Impossible
    EX: On My Own

    1988-1989:
    SP: Fantastic Tango
    FS: Mills Piano Concerto No. 1, A Classical Rock
    EX: Somewhere Out There
    EX: Conga

    1987-1988:
    SP: Yotei No Matsuri
    FS: Le Corsaire, Grand Pas Classique, Paquita
    EX: Time Passage
    EX: Aramis 78 Image Album
    EX: Sweet Dreamer

    1986-1987:
    SP: Nine to Five OST
    FS: Magical City
    EX: Aramis 78 Image Album

    1985-1986:
    SP: Tyrolean Fairy
    FS: Magical City

    1984-1985:
    SP: Sweet Dreamer
    FS: Ice Paradise

    1983-1984:
    FS: Righting Attacker
    EX: The Bird Shop
    EX: Aim For The Ace!

    1982-1983:
    FS: Righting Attacker

    1981-1982
    FS: Nine to Five OST

    Firsts:
    First woman to land a triple-triple jump combination (1981).
    First woman to land a double loop-triple loop combination (in the short program) (1983).
    First woman to land five different triple jumps in competition (1983).
    First woman to land a triple Axel in competition (1988).
    First woman to land six different triple jumps in competition (1989).
    First woman to land a triple Axel in the Olympics (1992).

    And here's a montage of her triple axels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SOgMe-MpII

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    Thanks for the creation of the fanfest. You beat me into it. I considered making a place for her since she is one of the greatest skaters in history.

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    midori ito : the best female skater ever.. never anyone has reached her level.
    i have nothing to share for the fan fest except my admiration so here it is!!!

    We love you Midori!!!!

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    She was so exciting. You never knew what she would do when she stepped on the ice, but you knew it would be spectacular. She was so emotional, fist pumps while skating, clapping, her huge smile ....such an engaging character, much bigger than her teeny, tiny stature. I would bet she had the biggest real height vs. Jump height ever....

    I think she was also probably the first skater to jump out of the rink and then back into it to continue on with the program, lol!!!

    True legend!!!!

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    I'll never forget her in the 1992 Olympics! She was incredible!
    Last edited by Arriba627; 05-23-2016 at 08:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arriba627 View Post
    I'll never forget her in the 1992 Olympics! She was incredible!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQaE6Y6Sq5k
    1990 Worlds LP, probably, one of the best performances
    Her performances are so energetic (what a speed! the height of her jumps....), which gives me a power.
    Further, she's so lovely...
    Last edited by hamaguri; 05-23-2016 at 08:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamaguri View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQaE6Y6Sq5k
    1990 Worlds LP, probably, one of the best performances
    Her performances are so energetic (what a speed! the height of her jumps....), which gives me a power.
    Further, she's so lovely...
    She was so amazing. I think some of the men wish they could jump as well as she did! She was a little powerhouse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamaguri View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQaE6Y6Sq5k
    1990 Worlds LP, probably, one of the best performances
    Her performances are so energetic (what a speed! the height of her jumps....), which gives me a power.
    Further, she's so lovely...
    How about that triple axel?! Wow! And the Scheherazade music is beautiful (and so is Midori).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arriba627 View Post
    How about that triple axel?! Wow! And the Scheherazade music is beautiful (and so is Midori).
    Yes! I cant believe my eyes with that 3A. The word UR cant be seen at all in her skating!
    She is famous for her techniques with jumps, but I find her artistry is so nice. She and Yamada coach must have had so much effort at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamaguri View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQaE6Y6Sq5k
    1990 Worlds LP, probably, one of the best performances
    Her performances are so energetic (what a speed! the height of her jumps....), which gives me a power.
    Further, she's so lovely...
    Really a exiting performance. It's so impressive.
    These jumps themselves are worthy to watch and that speed. she makes them look so easy to do even a 3A.
    I also love her back counter 2A that looks very cool for a lady skater

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    Quote Originally Posted by yhmafan View Post
    Really a exiting performance. It's so impressive.
    These jumps themselves are worthy to watch and that speed. she makes them look so easy to do even a 3A.
    I also love her back counter 2A that looks very cool for a lady skater
    i think if the current scoring system were adapted in her years, how high tes would be.

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    I saw a video of Midori competing in 2013 at the adult level in her 40s.

    While obviously she's no longer doing 3As, her skating is lovely and you can still she still enjoys performing on the ice.

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    Midori Ito, to me, is just one of the greatest figure skaters of all times.
    A great place belongs to her in the F.Skating Hall of Fame.
    All the videos you can find online are a reminder of how she was ahead more than 25 years ago (quiet 30!!!). Can you imagine? How could she jump so high? and the death drop? So powerful ...And the speed on ice ? And her spins? And the footwork ? And recovering from the 1) collision warm-up and 2) jumping off the rink and returning to ice sooo quickly in 1991 WC? How many 6.0 she’s got in her career? and I wouldn’t put less than 5.8 for artistic marks... And how bold she was in 1992 OG to present a second 3 A at the end of the program after falling on one before to get an Olympic medal ?
    And besides all the ability she had, she was A d o r a b l e.
    In total admiration still today!
    So, thank you for the thread.

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    If she was young now, and capable of what she could do then... she'd still be way ahead of the times...such gorgeous 3A/3toe combos as well... the practice videos show it perfectly.

    When I think of legends in the sport in the women's competition I think of your typical group, and then there is a special place for Midori. She is just incomparable. I think with time that has become more evident. I don't think that at the time of her competing, people/experts etc., really knew how special she was/is and now in hindsight, with what is valued in the sport today, you can see how far above she really was.
    Last edited by liv; 05-24-2016 at 04:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamaguri View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQaE6Y6Sq5k
    1990 Worlds LP, probably, one of the best performances
    Her performances are so energetic (what a speed! the height of her jumps....), which gives me a power.
    Further, she's so lovely...
    Gorgeous program and even more electrifying performance. Not only great technical prowess but also brilliant choreography. Probably that was my first time watching that, well I am excused as that was before I was born. I remember that thread about the best Sheherazade program on goldenskate. I answered: Davis & White Free Dance with big margin but now Midori Sherezade instantly became my close 2nd favourite.

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