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Thread: Nobunari Oda Withdraws from 4CC and announces his retirement during MOI

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    Nobunari Oda Withdraws from 4CC and announces his retirement during MOI

    He won't compete at 4CC "to give the younger skaters a chance at the 4CC."

    We all knew he planned to retire, but I would've liked to see him at 4CC.

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    Aw ... I was hoping he would skate @ 4CC.

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    First Miki, now Nobunari :'(

    At least Miki was a 2X WC...Nobunari deserves at least one World Medal =(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becki View Post
    First Miki, now Nobunari :'(

    At least Miki was a 2X WC...Nobunari deserves at least one World Medal =(
    Not to be harsh but no one deserves medals they have to be earned.

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    There seem to be two threads, can we blend, mods?!

    That said, I think Nobunari saw the writing on the wall. He probably knows (or got the indication) that even getting a spot for Worlds was a stretch, so better to retire on a high note and provide an opportunity for someone else.

    Also consider the fact that Mura totally got NOTHING and passed over for a skater who finished below him for 4CC, so it is nice that he got this opportunity.

    Even without a world medal, Oda has achieved plenty in his career and he certainly made a great run of it this year, earning a personal best in the FS and medaling at all his GP events.

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    Merry Christmas (Eve)!

    I hope you all cry.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgT7tNHPuG8#t=2m05s

    http://magicaleggplant.tumblr.com/po...u-are-so-loved
    Nobunari Oda you are so loved

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    Yup it got to me too. Sad!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftertherain View Post
    That did make me tear up!

    Regardless of how he is scored or how he is seen by his federation, it's quite clear from that scene that he is very much loved by his fellow Japanese skaters.

    So glad that he received so much love.

    Awwwww...that was the best Christmas gift ever!

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    For something more bittersweet, here he is rooting for Dai. It's really sweet to know that even through the stress of the competition and coming from the high of his skate, he can still cheer for Dai.

    http://eggplantgifs.tumblr.com/post/...s-free-skate-x

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    The camaraderie of Team Japan makes me so friggin' emotional. I really wish the 2010 men's team could have reunited one last time for 2014.

    http://magicaleggplant.tumblr.com/po...ra-brot3-4ever

    http://xxxtrxxsgxxx-figureskating.tu...less-akko-chan

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketry View Post
    For something more bittersweet, here he is rooting for Dai. It's really sweet to know that even through the stress of the competition and coming from the high of his skate, he can still cheer for Dai.

    http://eggplantgifs.tumblr.com/post/...s-free-skate-x
    Classy guy, that Nobunari.

    Now for something cute...

    http://eggplantgifs.tumblr.com/post/...e-oda-babies-x

    He's such a doting father!

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    I was so unprepared for his announcement ;_;

    It's all the more poignant now, to watch his magnificent Gala exhibition, and understand his tears and emotion.

    What a sad loss for the skating world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    Classy guy, that Nobunari.

    Now for something cute...

    http://eggplantgifs.tumblr.com/post/...e-oda-babies-x

    He's such a doting father!
    Back when he was 19, he talked about his dream of having a family. He is now choosing to cherish that dream. He will continue to be happy.

    Seeing his little one's moves and the warm relationship with the charming loving dad, I hope the name Oda will be prominent again in the skating world in a dozen years from now.

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