Friday, December 24

Japan Needs Six Mens World Championship Entries

I think the title of this post is enough said. My favorite Takahiko Kozuka has quite a lead after the short program at the Japanese National Championships, while reigning World Champion Daisuke Takahashi is in fourth place after stepping out of two jump elements. World Junior Champion Yuzuru Hanyu is a surprise second, and Nobunari Oda once again went for the quad in the short here, but he was unsuccessful and finds himself in third.









Here's sixth-place Takahito Mura. I raved about him during the Grand Prix, and he's another skater that I could watch all day for the quality of his skating. I really like him!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish Fuji TV had shown Machida and Murakami too.

Japan just has too many good skaters and it seems so unfair that they can't send 6 to Worlds.

It looks like Kozuka will win. I'm so happy for him

Anonymous said...

They also need at least four spots for the ladies. GR.

Miranda said...

Yeah, such a deep field!
I'm so happy for Kozuka-kun. I think he'll win:)
But it was so painful to watch Takahashi-kun skate like that......he wasn't the usual Takahashi, it looked like he didn't have the strength to land his jumps and to move like he always does. Sooo sorry for him, I really hope he'll skate a great FP.
Yuzuru-kun is such an impressive skater!!! I loved him right away when I saw his junior performances, but this year he's just wow! A star! and he looks like Johnny Weir!:D
I personally don't like Oda...his got great knees so his jumps are amazing, but that's it....there's nothing else, in my opinion.

morozombie said...

Barring a complete meltdown in the FS, I think we can safely say that Kozuka is the new Japanese men's champ.

I'll be very surprised if Takahashi doesn't pull himself up to the top 3, however. Hanyu's LPs have not exactly been his strength this season....

Anonymous said...

Takahashi apparently is still hurting from the Kozuka collision. He's not using it as an excuse, though - his coach mentioned it. Poor guy. At least he has a couple months until worlds to recover. I wonder if he'll go for Four Continents this year.

Anonymous said...

I hope Takahashi won't go for 4CC. He really needs to recover. His collusion with Takahiko was too tough and he's injured.As I know Daisuke heavily injured muscles and vertebrae of the neck.

Anonymous said...

The world team is Takahashi, Oda, and Kozuka while the 4CC team is Takahashi, Kozuka, and Hanyu. Thankfully, they're in mid-February so that Takahashi has a full month-and-a-half to recover.

Anonymous said...

dude are you dead? its been like a month

Anonymous said...

Sad...I really miss your take on everything, Tony !!

Jo said...

I'm wondering where you are too Tony.
I've just got back from the Canadian Nationals, and all I will say is if.. and I do appreciate that it is a medium sized if.. but IF Patrick Chan skates as well at the Worlds.. the Japanese could have 10 entries and they still wouldn't win.
A perfect Quad and a trip Axel in the short and 2 perfect Quads [one in combo with a trip Toe] and a trip Axel in the long...
He's talking about doing a Quad flip next.
Can't wait...
Jo xx

Anonymous said...

Chan didn't do a triple axel in the short. He doubled it.

Anonymous said...

Great to see you back, Tony!
Yes, I want to hear your opion about what Jo said.
Will Takahiko need to put a quad into his SP in order to at least try to compete with PChan?
And what do you think about THAT score? Is it reasonable or abusrdly too huge? I'm completely at a loss...

Jo said...

Of course Patrick was over marked.. and yes he did do a double in the short.. I didn't have net access at the hotel so I only realised that when I got home.
It looked so good in the arena.
National champs are always over marked.. eg Plushenko scoring over 100.09 for his short last season..
that's why the ISU doesn't recognise the scores.
I figure by approx 10%.. in both programmes.
It was still the greatest free skate I have ever seen.
Jo xx