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13 2013

Expiration Date

Expiration Date

The refrigerator broke down days ago. Accurately, the ice making function and vegetable chamber completely broke down (the panel in the photo says “arrest of ice making function”), and the freezer hasn’t worked right. Even though I try to turn the temperature settings down, it doesn’t drop to less than -3 degrees Celsius). Now we are waiting for the arrival of new one we ordered.

Actually, I want to write about the expiration date of athletes after one's retirement, not the fridge.

Several Japanese big-time figure skaters announced that they will be retiring this season. Though the judging system and operation of competitions that is bristling with defects and drawbacks has dampened my spirits, I have no choice but to watch the games because this is their last season.

At the same time, I sometimes think about their lives after retirement. All competitive figure skaters are armature and retire earlier than other sports. Most of them would retire when they finish college. Limited talented skaters keep their competitive career after that, but they would retire before thirty, in any case.

It’s unprecedented that the sport has been lionized by the media for the past eight or nine years in this way or manner, and it’s also unprecedented that many skaters who have been lionized will start their new lives all together.

It’s entirely my own personal opinion that Mao Asada and Daisuke Takahashi can do anything they want. In any field, they can get on quite well if they chose it. Akiko Suzuki wants to be a choreographer. Yes, she can, but I think she can be a good coach. Anyway, I really want to see her at Kiss & Cry with her future pupils. Nobunari Oda said he will be a coach in an interview. I hope Takahiko Kozuka who doesn’t announce his retirement officially yet stay in the figure skating field and get into the Japan Skating Federation in the future. In either case, I think they can hold one's ground and live alone.

A single exception is Miki Ando. She will be a professional skater after her retirement, and she will certainly receive show appearance requests from all over the world. However, way I see it, her fulfilling life depends on whether she can get someone who keep pacifying her or not. Watching her inconsistency and straying from its predicted course these years, I realize that her ex-coach kept her mentally stable for a while though I thought she were grown-up. It’s a pity.

What she’s doing these years, especially these months, reminds me of a trouble-plagued Japanese actress who was deprived of any chance to appear on television or movies because she showed a poor attitude toward the staff and audience. She escaped from Japan for a while, then she got private patrons called sponsors and got the chances by their money.

I’m NOT saying that Ando strategy is wrong. That's always an option for some people. What I concern is that she has no facility in that. The actress I mentioned is native-born thick-skinned celebrity-minded person who can gulp down poison and still maintain the way she is. In contrast, I see Ando is an attention-seeking person who has dependent personality. They only share “celebrity-mindedness”.

As for newsworthiness, The expiration date of athletes after one's retirement is so short that one loses all one's news value after one’s retirement. Even a national icon, Mao Asada, will be extremely less exposed through the mass media than now. Well, not apply only to Mao Asada, the situation that many skaters get a lot of media exposure lasts only this season. Ando won’t have to worry about being scrutinized by a press and fly under the media radar from nest spring. Very few ones will be interested in her any more.

When the time is up, Ando has the most to lose as compared with the others. Unless she sells oneself or her closest family member by the piece much further than she already does, she cannot keep the profile of herself.

I hope she will have her expectations realistic.

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