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    Quote Originally Posted by ioanap View Post
    Thanks a lot :D

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    I think I could be a fan of Kana Muramoto/Hiroichi Noguchi once they improve more. They're already pretty good for a team that's been together 4 months.

    SD http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/51381696
    FD http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/51424272


    And it's good that Japan has a decent ice dance team with two Japanese people so they can go to the 2018 Olympics. Now Chris Reed can finally retire.

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    In honor of the upcoming POTO season, I present a cut from Friends on Ice 2008. It's mainly Dai's SlSt but there's also some well known veteran TJ in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayarose View Post
    In honor of the upcoming POTO season, I present a cut from Friends on Ice 2008. It's mainly Dai's SlSt but there's also some well known veteran TJ in it.
    This was very beautiful, thank you for sharing!

    And speaking of POTO, maybe some of you already know but there was a skater named Ryo Shibata whom they called "the Japanese Johnny Weir" and he was the Junior National Champion in 2002, won 2 other JGPs but didn't have any success in the senior circuit so he retired in 2010. The only decent video I could find of him was POTO with lyrics from an exhibition gala. His Biellmann spin was pretty good.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHotfMnczDo

    And a few photos
    https://files.value-press.com/czMjYX...eDVqLmpwZw.jpg
    http://pds.exblog.jp/pds/1/201003/11...64_2335143.jpg
    http://pds.exblog.jp/pds/1/201003/11...4_23353562.jpg
    http://www.eurasia-sports.net/_src/s...06-doi-013.jpg
    http://coco2004.tea-nifty.com/photos...05/26/e018.jpg
    http://www.oei.co.jp/ikumi/2006DOI/IMG_8853.jpg
    http://www.oei.co.jp/ikumi/2006DOI/IMG_8778.jpg
    http://coco2004.tea-nifty.com/photos...p1302071_2.jpg
    http://st132.storage.gree.jp/album/0...a9bc5c_640.jpg

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    I've seen Ryo Shibata before & was really impressed with his flexibility. Probably the only other male skater that can compare is Shawn Sawyer. I think he and Yuzuru might have similar tastes in costumes too. Nicovideo has some videos of him at Japanese competitions. From what I remember, he had a pretty bad fall in every one of them. Jumping was not his strong suit...but definitely a skater with some really nice qualities.

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    ^ Ah, I figured Nicovideo must've had some videos. Thank you for sharing!

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    ^^ You're welcome! Here's a Flickr album with some more photos of Ryo:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/tabine...7623408632285/

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    Quote Originally Posted by gallavich View Post
    ^^ You're welcome! Here's a Flickr album with some more photos of Ryo:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/tabine...7623408632285/
    Oh wow, these are beautiful. It's such a shame he couldn't quite manage to keep up with the rest of the field. He should definitely keep skating as a pro though (is he still?) because he's well suited for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayarose View Post
    In honor of the upcoming POTO season, I present a cut from Friends on Ice 2008. It's mainly Dai's SlSt but there's also some well known veteran TJ in it.
    LOL on the "upcoming POTO season"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayarose View Post
    In honor of the upcoming POTO season, I present a cut from Friends on Ice 2008. It's mainly Dai's SlSt but there's also some well known veteran TJ in it.
    Awwww. Did I tell ya'll already that this FoI 2008 was actually the first experience to watch the sport LIVE for me, and my very first encounter with Daisuke live? I brought my husband there, but almost forgot he was sitting beside me while watching Dai's gorgeous skates...

    As for POTO party, may I add one more performance by Noriyuki Kanzaki, please? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV_OnIICQGs
    This was from the Nats in 2006-07 season, which was his last competitive season and Noriyuki had his skate of his life there! Just look at how all the audience got excited by his fabulous performance. Also how excited and proud his coaches, Mie Hamada and Yamato Tamura (now Satoko's coaches) were. Priceless moments. You will also find little Shoma at 6:35!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gallavich View Post
    ^^ You're welcome! Here's a Flickr album with some more photos of Ryo:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/tabine...7623408632285/
    love the costumes so much and yes, they are something similar to Yuzuru's costumes indeed.

    by the way, I'm going to add this one, great performance by Yamato Tamura.
    I like his hairstyle as well as the SP
    http://youtu.be/-i7DfsFWRvU

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    I didn't know where to talk about this, so I am doing it here. I had already watched the first event in the Junior Grand Prix in France and seen both Rin Nitaya and Miyu Nakashio. I am glad that Rin Nitaya got second and she did skate with considerable passion and artistry and the jumps she landed were quite good, though I hope she can skate cleaner next time. Rin seems a bit more sophisticated and her flexibility is a bit better, but I actually liked Miyu Nakashio's program a little more, probably because it was almost totally clean, except for one two footed landing, and I could tell from the expression on her face that she did too. So, I felt bad for her today when I noticed that she lost out on bronze to Amber Glenn, who made more mistakes, by less than 1/2 a point, even though Miyu beat her in the long by almost 2 points. What do the rest of you think? I hope she is able to get over this heartbreaking result and skates even better next time.

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