Tuesday, January 29

In Some Not-So-Shocking News...

Narumi Takahashi already has a new partner. One that will be able to fulfill Japan's need of a pairs team (with citizenship) at the team event come Sochi 2014.

Ryuichi Kihara was 10th at the 2011 World Junior Championships and in the top 12 at the Japanese Senior Nationals twice.

As far as qualifying to the individual pairs competition in Sochi, the team will have to grab one of the four additional spots granted in an early-season competition in 2013/2014.

While I am excited to see the potential of the new pair, it seems pretty clear to me that Mervin Tran not being a Japanese citizen absolutely had to do with the break-up of the former team, as I suggested when the initial news broke.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's been reported here that although this newly formed pair will no way be able to grab a spot for the official pairs event, there seems to be a rule allowing countries to send teams not participating in the real thing for the nation-group event if the country itself ends up qualifying for it.

Anonymous said...

Why won't they be able to grab a spot for the official pairs event?

Anonymous said...

Anon.8.08
As a newly formed pair, red tape rules apparently prevent them from entering the Worlds. As for the qualifying competitions starting in Sep., with Kihara having absolutely NO pairs experience, the sub-par training environment in pairs in Japan, etc etc it is considered as realistically an impossibility.
Of course, they might surprise us yet.

Tony said...

Any skaters can enter an early-season 2013/2014 competition, where six singles (men and ladies), five dance teams, and four pairs teams will qualify in addition to the 24 ladies and men, 19 (or is it 20?) dance teams, and 16 pairs that qualify at the 2013 World Championships.

I'd say that Takahashi and new partner have a fair shot of getting one of those four spots based on what we've seen qualify in the past.

Anonymous said...

Narumi is still recovering from surgery, so she wouldn't have been able to enter this year anyway. She will go to the Olympics next year, probably, as they are kind of Japan's ONLY pairs team and everyone is allowed one entry.

Tony said...

Are you referring to each country getting one entry to the individual competitions (ie. the mens championship, the pairs championship, etc)? If so, you are completely wrong and I have no idea where you got that idea.

Read this brief explanation of how the Olympic individual event qualifying takes place:

http://www.flutzingaround.com/2012/11/why-2013-world-championship-is.html

Anonymous said...

Chan isn't at 4CC