Ando was sent to Olympics 2006 because back then in order to make the Olympic team the skaters had to collect the highest possible amount of points by winning medals in international cometitions and Nationals. Miki had very succesful seasons leading to the Olympics, and even if she came dead last in the Nationals, she still would make the team. In fact, Shizuka was in the greatest danger of being dropped from the team. Yukari, who started peaking at that time (and whom many fans would like to see skate at Torino) had less points than Yoshie Onda.
After that JSF decided that their qualification process was faulty and subsequently changed it. Since then, the spots are distributed between:
1. The skater who placed the highest at GPF. (Note: the skater has to compete at Japanese Nationals. Their placement is not important, but if they fail to attend Nats, they are dropped from the team).
2. The winner of the Japanese Nationals.
3. Whoever places the highest at Japanese Nationals (aside from the 2 already qualified) - but the international standing is taken into consideration.
The JSF already stated that according to the rules the only way for Miki to make the Olympic team is to win Nationals (she doesn't have GP assignments and her international standing is low due to the missed seasons) and that they plan to stick to the rules: http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/n...9-1196855.html