Who is the mystery figure skater?

Hello darling readers! I realize that by now, my GPF post is super super late and I apologize again. I’ve been working on a few things not related to this blog in my spare time and I admit that it’s been preventing me from posting too much. For now, I’ll offer this short post asking you for some sleuthing skills.

I was listening to some Japanese music recently and I came across this song and music video. Does anyone know who the skater is?

Edit: Thank you, my wonderful readers!!! The figure skater in the video is Chika Suguri, sister to Fumie Suguri. Chika looks as if she has some pretty decent technique but I guess she’s not prominent in the competition circles.

Let me know if you know!

~The Rinkside Cafe

 

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A Call to Arms!

First of all, it took me forever to re-find this video:

I had to sift through a ton of videos in order to find a video of Mao and Takahiko practicing their ice dance/pair program to music from Lupin the 3rd with that twizzle sequence. Seriously, I’m super impressed with Mao’s footwork. (She’s one of the few ladies with footwork sequences that are intricate and NOT boring to watch.) If she can’t jump anymore, I hope she finds a good partner and takes up ice dancing. She could be pretty darn good at it.

I’ve been searching for the finished product for a little while and can’t seem to find it. Does anyone know if such a video exists? If so, a link would be greatly appreciated.

Also, the new figure skating season is approaching. I’ll probably be posting something on the highlights of the 2010/2011 season and some exciting things to look forward to in the 2011/2012 season.

~The Rinkside Cafe

Edit: Many thanks to Rino, who found it!

Jeff Buttle continues to be fabulous and it’s lovely to see Mirai be her charismatic self. I sense some sort of improvement from her but I have yet to pinpoint how she’s improved in the past few months. As for Mao, I still think she should take up ice dancing when her singles days are over. Footwork and twizzles are no joke.