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Thread: Will Ando make the Olympic Team?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lcd View Post
    When exactly will the team be chosen? Japan Nationals is usually right around the holidays/Christmas. But do they have some committee process for making a decision and is the decision during or immediately after Nationals? Timeline would seem to really matter as far as Miki is concerned.
    Japans top 4 ladies are so good they deserve 4 spots

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    Miki has the drive and international judges still welcome her
    the problem is her federation doesn't want her and this might drop her motivation

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    Miki has the drive and international judges still welcome her
    This is purely speculation at this point, there is no proof of this one way or the other. At Nelberhorn she skated so soish and her marks were mediocre. We would have to see her skate really well in an international and how she was scored to even have half a clue on this.

    Most likely I doubt we will even find out though. As you said the JSF does not seem enthused by her return, and as a result (along with that her level of skating isnt even impressive at this point based on her appearances so far) I doubt it will end up going anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lcd View Post
    When exactly will the team be chosen? Japan Nationals is usually right around the holidays/Christmas. But do they have some committee process for making a decision and is the decision during or immediately after Nationals? Timeline would seem to really matter as far as Miki is concerned.
    Yes. or, that's my understanding at least.
    I agree, Icd, it's unfortunate for Miki timeline-wise but Ladies field is also that deep in Japan. Feel sorry for skaters such as Miki Haruka in this regard, and for Yukari in the 2005-06 AND 2009-10 seasons, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    Miki has the drive and international judges still welcome her
    the problem is her federation doesn't want her and this might drop her motivation
    I don't necessarily think this is the case. As Patongfan noted, her marks at Nelbehorn weren't that great. When she won her most recent world championship she was on fire that entire season, winning all but one competition she entered. Assuming she even makes the team, she won't have nearly the same momentum going into Sochi since she will have far fewer performances in front of international judges this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy View Post
    I don't necessarily think this is the case. As Patongfan noted, her marks at Nelbehorn weren't that great. When she won her most recent world championship she was on fire that entire season, winning all but one competition she entered. Assuming she even makes the team, she won't have nearly the same momentum going into Sochi since she will have far fewer performances in front of international judges this season.
    Miki skated even more slowly then she ever has and her spins were not good either and she's not that artistic. She's going to need some help to make the team.

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    I don't think Miki will make it. She's not the same... and I don't think she should be in the competitions anymore right after having a baby! My gosh, I don't even want to know what that could do to your body.... :(

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    I guess we encourage people to live their lives truthfully and to their desires. Ando certainly has a chance with ice being so slippery and she seems to be getting her jumps back - still it is an ambitious comeback. She has probably a better chance of making the Japanese team than Alissa has of making the American team or at least equal. I understand it is the olympics = I guess they have the energy, the drive and money.

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    Hmm it seems Murakami is still getting nailed for URs. I'd say Suzuki is certainly a better bet at this point for the 2nd spot and it'll be Murakami holding off Miyahara and Ando for the 3rd spot.

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    I never thought Murukami's spot was assured like many have, although I think she is equal with Akiko as far as the two favorites for spots behind Mao. If neither Akiko or Kanako make the GPF I would think the two highest finishers between them and Miki would be sent to Sochi. Really none of the Japanese women are reliably consistent but Mao at least has a high enough BV to still get a great score even with a few mistakes.

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    Mao is the only shoo-in. For the other two spots, the contenders are Murakami, Miyahara and Suzuki in that order. Of those, so far, only Suzuki has won a GP medal. Miyahara squares off next week against Asada, Suzuki, Gold and Radionova, so her chances of medaling are slim. Murakami and Miyahara try again against Lipnitskaia, Kostner and Tuktamysheva at CoR.

    It looks as if Mao and Suzuki have the only shot at the GPF for Japan.

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    I think if Suzuki makes it to the GPF her spot is practically assured. If she medals then I think the 2nd spot will be hers.

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    I am surprised anyone still thinks of Ando as a factor for the Japanese Olympic team. She would have to make a miracelous improvement in a short time and the women would have to blow up at Nationals for her to make it.

    Miyahara I have not seen this year so I cant really comment, although I dont think she is really ready for the Olympics at this point either.

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    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/olympic/201...OYT1T00429.htm
    http://www.asahi.com/articles/TKY201...l?ref=com_top6
    After SP she is the 13th out of 26 competitors. She needs to be in top five to go to Nationals.
    She URed the first combo, and missed the take of the second jump (loop), gained 41.97

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    I read my tea leaves at breakfast this morning and the answer is "NO." The Japanese ladies' Olympic Team will be Asada, Suzuki and Murakami. No Miyahara and no Ando. (I should point out that this was Chinese tea leaves.)

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