-･- From My Everyday Life to Japanese Culture -･- Why don't you see the real Japan, not the typical foreigners' version.
Japan Open was an ISU’s official figure skating team competition in which invitational pro-am skaters representing their region (Japan, Europe and North America) performed their LP.
Japan: Mao Asada, Miki Ando, Daisuke Takahashi, Takahiko Kozuka
Europe: Sarah Meier, Julia Sebestyen, Evgeni Plushenko, Michal Brezina
North America: Joannie Rochette, Cynthia Phaneuf, Adam Rippon, Jeffrey Buttle
Shizuka Arakawa, Takeshi Honda, Cathy Reed & Chris Reed
A little while ago, I watched a recorded broadcast of the event, which was held this afternoon.
Unfortunately, it seemed that most of skaters came to the site with a lack of conditioning.
(in the performance order)
Buttle: Glenn Gould Medley by Glenn Gould
It should be hard for him to perform LP that was judged on a uniform basis because he retired from competitive skating at the end of 2007/2008 season. Good job. (128.39)
Brezina: An American in Paris by George Gershwin
He is going to continue to use the program though it’s rearranged. I think he’d better change his costume at the very least. Though I like it, I'm tired of watching his pink vest. (134.90)
Kozuka: Piano Concerto No.1 by Franz Liszt
Japan’s No.2 (!?) male skater is going to perform a classical and authentic LP this season. Though he couldn’t make a quad, nice try! (150.71)
Rippon: Piano Concerto No.2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
He is fully ready to compete. His jumps including “Banzai 3Lz” were stable. Curious to say, I found that this 20-year-old skater looks somewhat alike my father. (166.63 personal-best score)
When his score was displayed, Joannie Rochette was wide-eyed with surprise. He was good, but….
Plushenko: Nijinsky by Edvin Marton
Plushenko’s Nijinsky. It was enough to make me happy. When he performed Bielmann Spin, I was afraid if he would hurt his muscles. (151.00)
Our Daisuke: Tango "NVIERNO PORTENO” by Astor Piazzolla
Well, I was looking forward to see his new program too much. The music and choreography (Camerlengo) are perfect for Daisuke, but I couldn’t stop comparing it to “Eye”. To tell the truth, his new one didn’t have much of a presence at the first viewing. I'm also a little worried that he might get into a rut because I felt he’s recycled his image of Eye - his new costume reminded me of Eye, too. Anyway, I’m sure that he’s going to evolve his program. (159.19)
Ando: Piano Concerto No.2 by Edvard Grieg
I think her new program is charming. She is almost ready to compete. Though she missed several jumps, her performance was good. Especially, movements of her arms were improved. I really didn’t like the way she swung her arms without grace. Just out of curiosity, she’d be better off stopping exaggerate facial expressions. (115.02)
Mao: Liebestraume by Franz Liszt
It was told from her face before the performance that her condition wasn’t good. Her expression of tension made the audience nervous. Then, she did poorly and couldn’t convey the program’s charming points. However, I don’t worry about her. She’s brushed up on all jumps and brought in a new coach, Mr. Nobuo Sato, just a month ago. She’ll be great. I’m just going to watch and wait. (92.44)
Rochette: Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saëns
It was best performance and fun to watch. Japan Open was only one competition in which she would take part this season. (122.71)
Just to let you know, Japanese team won. I don’t care about the results though.
The 2010/2011 figure skating season is just around the corner.
I hope all skaters will be well prepared and have nice season!