Life isn't fair; I feel for Oda and Kozuka. As much as I like Dai's skating if things were just he would not podium at the Olympics. But life isn't fair and I predict he will while poor Oda and Kozuka have to watch from some Japanese made tv at home or worse a Korean made tv. Dai is so so so lucky they didn't even stop him from going to world's. Let see if the skating god's will bring justice?
I've heard Keiji Tanaka's mother is a Taiwanese.
Maybe Taiwanese federation "wanted" him for 4CC in Taipei.
Nobunari Oda announced his retirement.
So Mura will get the 4CC spot.
Sad for Oda, but he's been around since forever and well....it has to end some day. I think the biggest nightmare of this forum would be Machida winning OGM instead of Hanyu, Chan or even Plushenko. Actually I would like to see that happen for the reactions only. And the possibility is there.
There I was happily going through this thread thinking "YES! Japan are sending a strong team to everything that's coming up!!!
And then I see this.
First Liza finishes only 9th in the Russian Ladies SP, and then reading this.
Talk about spoiling a guy's Christmas!
I really like Nobu, and I was absolutely delighted with how he did in Nationals. He was just very unfortunate to get pushed off the podium in the closing stages by 2 brilliant performances by Machida and Kozuka.
I would have loved to see Oda go out on a high at an international championship. Let's face it, with the way he has been skating lately, he would probably have got on the podium at 4 Continents.
But, at least now he will get to spend more time with his family rather than training as much.
You have entertained us well over the years, and deserve a happy retirement.
Good luck for the future Nobunari-san!
EDIT: And good luck in 4 Continents, Takahito-san! I was with everybody else and couldn't understand why you hadn't been picked for anything!