2020-21 Japanese Ladies' Figure Skating

plushyfan

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So apparently Rika was in fact considering a move to Plushenko? Oh god, I hoped he was bluffing.

https://www.nikkan-gendai.com/articles/view/sports/279649/2 via google translate

Information on "studying under Plushenko" to Rika Kihira who gave up going to Canada

According to European media such as Russia, the name of the Russian emperor has emerged as a new coach to replace Mr. Orser. Evgeni Plushenko (37), who stood at the top of nine times in total at the Olympics, World Championships and GP Finals. Currently, he runs skating classes in Russia, mainly in Moscow, and is working hard to train the next generation of top skaters, mainly juniors.

 Kihira is currently communicating with Mr. Plushenko of Moscow through online such as SNS and receiving specific acting advice.

 Kihira has been whispering a feud with coach Mie Hamada, who has been instructed for a long time, due to a disagreement over the practice method. It is said that the reason why the coach was changed from Canadian to Russian this time is because he prioritized overcoming the challenges, although it was influenced by the coronavirus wreck.

 Kihira is improving his jumping and skating skills by succeeding in the quadruple salchow, which is said to be difficult for girls to practice in the off-season. On the other hand, there remains a problem with expressiveness, which is said to be inferior to overseas players. The aim is to improve his level by studying under Plushenko, who used his expressive power to express emotions as a weapon when he was active.

 Can the Russian coach's guidance destroy the Russian stronghold?
 

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I really wish the best for Plushy. I think he can achieve great things as a coach but taking Kihira seems to be a bad choice in the long term for his team. It could even cause a small internal war for coach attention that was promised by him to the other skaters. I support Kihira 100% with Lambiel and hope that Plushenko understands that by taking her a "spill-over" star student effect could cause him trouble in his coaching career (meaning that by taking Kihira, Trusova and Kostornaia may feel a bit too crowded and start having second thoughts about this new arrangement). He is a promising coach but he has to know his limits.
 

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https://www.nikkan-gendai.com/articles/view/sports/279649/2 via google translate

Information on "studying under Plushenko" to Rika Kihira who gave up going to Canada

According to European media such as Russia, the name of the Russian emperor has emerged as a new coach to replace Mr. Orser. Evgeni Plushenko (37), who stood at the top of nine times in total at the Olympics, World Championships and GP Finals. Currently, he runs skating classes in Russia, mainly in Moscow, and is working hard to train the next generation of top skaters, mainly juniors.

 Kihira is currently communicating with Mr. Plushenko of Moscow through online such as SNS and receiving specific acting advice.

 Kihira has been whispering a feud with coach Mie Hamada, who has been instructed for a long time, due to a disagreement over the practice method. It is said that the reason why the coach was changed from Canadian to Russian this time is because he prioritized overcoming the challenges, although it was influenced by the coronavirus wreck.

 Kihira is improving his jumping and skating skills by succeeding in the quadruple salchow, which is said to be difficult for girls to practice in the off-season. On the other hand, there remains a problem with expressiveness, which is said to be inferior to overseas players. The aim is to improve his level by studying under Plushenko, who used his expressive power to express emotions as a weapon when he was active.

 Can the Russian coach's guidance destroy the Russian stronghold?
I think it's too early to take it seriously, because "Nikkan-Gendai", plushyfan quote, is a kind of tabloid, which often publish topics based on nothing but rumor, or pictures focusing female skaters' butt.  I want more reliable information.
 
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plushyfan

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I think it's too early to take it seriously, because "Nikkan-Gendai", which plushyfan quote, is a kind of tabloid, which often publish topics which based on nothing but rumor. I want more reliable information..
Me, too.
 

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Does anyone know what happened to Mako? She was one of my favorite skaters back in 2018 and she had a really nice long program that I think got her on the podium at skate Canada. I really liked her skating but she kind of seemed to disappear
 

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Does anyone know what happened to Mako? She was one of my favorite skaters back in 2018 and she had a really nice long program that I think got her on the podium at skate Canada. I really liked her skating but she kind of seemed to disappear
She was at Japan Open and she did really good.
 

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Does anyone know what happened to Mako? She was one of my favorite skaters back in 2018 and she had a really nice long program that I think got her on the podium at skate Canada. I really liked her skating but she kind of seemed to disappear
I don’t think anything in particular really happened. Mako has always been technically inconsistent even in juniors and I guess after 2018 Skate Canada that inconsistency just started to get worse and kept hammering her down the standings. She also regularly struggles with URs and downgrades (her jumps have fantastic height but it seems she can’t complete the rotation sometimes).

Personally, I’ve also always thought that her team needs to package her better (similar to Mai Mihara). While I enjoyed her Nocturne and Madame Butterfly (senior version) programs, her programs seem to have a recurring soft character, and even somewhat of a generic princess type of feel? So I guess her Scent of a Woman FS last season was an experiment, but unfortunately that program was pretty bad...:slink:

That being said, I do think the program she showed at Japan Open a couple weeks ago was quite nice. She’s someone I’ve been rooting for as well and I hope that program (and whatever her SP is!) can help her move up the standings again.
 

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In the 2019 season, Mako injured her insteps during the summer and she could not practice jumps until September. Mako only showed at the NHK Cup that year, hoping to do her best despite the leg injuries. The new season is her comeback season as she has made a full recovery. Mako did better than Wakaba Higuchi, who landed the opening triple axel but missed a couple of other triple jumps at the Japan Open.

Japan Open Ladies
1 Mako Yamashita 126.94
2 Wakaba Higuchi 123.01
3 Tomoe Kawabata 112.63
4 Yuhana Yokoi 109.57
5 Hana Yoshida 107.56
6 Chisato Uramatsu 95.70
 
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Sorry, I've been a bit out of the loop so that's why I didn't see her at the Japanese Open. I'm sorry to hear about her injury in 2019 but It's nice that she been able to make such a good comeback! Thanks for the information (also agree, it would be nice if she had some stronger packaging)
 

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Yes, she was injured last season and had to water down her layouts. I can’t wait to see her skate this season. I like Mako’s new FS quite a lot, the SP is recycled and it’s not my cup of tea. She’ll skate at NHK Cup this season. If that event happens...
 

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There is a local competition ‘All Hyogo’ on going this weeken. Both Kaori and Mai enter the competition. SP has just finished. The scores reported are as:

1 Kaori Sakamoto 76.10
2 Mai Mihara 63.10 (upgrading the jump combo to 3Lz3T, seemed to be having problems with landing the 2nd jump in combination)

FS will be held tomorrow.

(Adding: In local news report)
 
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