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PostSubject: A short Kanako article that mentions Mao   Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:40 pm

Hi everyone! I wasn't exactly sure where to post this, so I just started a new thread.

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/other/090930/oth0909300814002-n1.htm

[Figure skating] Continuing from Mao! 14-year old Murakami is a 'cute child close to you'

Kanako Murakami (Grand Prix Toukai club), who had an overwhelming victory at the recent Junior Grand Prix Poland competition, is a 14-year old for whom Machiko Yamada, the famous coach of Albertville Olympics silver medalist Midori Ito and Mao Asada (Chuukyou University), has great expectations.

Last season when she won a Junior Grand Prix competition for the first time, she placed fourth at the Junior Grand Prix Final among the series' top competitors. At Japan Nationals she finished an impressive 7th. Coach Yamada spoke of her charm by saying, "She doesn't leave an overwhelming impression like Mao, but she is growing steadily. If Mao is an angel descended from the floating world, Kanako is that bright, cute child near and dear to everyone." From last season, she has increased her practice time about 2 hours and now spends about 6-7 hours on the rink each day, and now her jumps are stable. She is aiming to learn triple-triple combinations and other new techniques.

Her goal for this season is to appear at the JGP Final for the second time and to make her first appearance at Junior Worlds. "In the future, more than going to the Olympics, I want to become a figure skating teacher." That unselfishness is just another part of her charm.

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Aww, how cute! Go Kanako!

I'm totally out of the loop, but didn't she already win two competitions (and therefore guaranteed spot in JGP Final)? If not, I hope she does.

I am in love with this description of Mao as an angel of the floating world! That's too perfect! That fleeting beauty associated with the 'floating world' - that's so fitting for Mao! [I think we need an angel smiley!]
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PostSubject: Re: A short Kanako article that mentions Mao   Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:29 am

Thank you for sharing the article, Batsuchan! flower

I've always loved the cheerful, humble demeanor of Kanako and the honesty in her skating. I watched parts of the recent performance in the regionals found her toe jump techniques were much improved. cheers

Her competitive performances are becoming more and more stable, particularly her entries to her jumps and use of upper body in the step sequences. She IS maturing v. steadily. Nothing delights me more to be able to bear witness to a skater's growth. Love Hearts

I think what drew me to figure skating in the first place was their strong determination and the pure love for skating that sparkled in the athletes' eyes. This is what makes a performance special for me and makes me want to stand up and applaud the skaters, irrespective of the scores they receive. I've always been able to find these qualities in Kanako.
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PostSubject: Re: A short Kanako article that mentions Mao   Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:24 pm

Thank you, Batsuchan, for translating! It was a great article. cheers

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If Mao is an angel descended from the floating world, Kanako is that bright, cute child near and dear to everyone.

Aww. Wub

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PostSubject: Re: A short Kanako article that mentions Mao   Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:23 pm

Aww. I love you

It's great to see Kanako progress and improve. Very little was expected of her in the beginning because of shaky results at Novice A/B; it really wasn't until her successful junior debut last year that she began to be noticed. Since then she has worked on her spins, her speed, her jumps (including getting the 3 loop) and she established herself as a competitive and consistent performer on the junior circuit. I'm so happy for her. Yep!

I hope she'll do well at JGP Croatia and make it to the finals for the second year in a row. cat

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