Akiko Suzuki

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Akiko Suzuki
2012 WFSC 07d 1077 Akiko Suzuki.JPG
Akiko Suzuki at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France
Personal information
Country represented  Japan
Born (1985-03-28) March 28, 1985 (age 29)
Toyohashi, Aichi
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Coach Hiroshi Nagakubo, Yoriko Naruse
Former coach Masoko Ogino
Choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo, Massimo Scali
Former choreographer Anjelika Krylova, Kenji Miyamoto, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Yukako Sugita
Skating club Howa Sports Land
Training locations Nagoya
Began skating 1992
Retired 2014
World standing 5 (As of 25 January 2014)[1]
Season's bests 4 (2013–2014)[2]
3 (2012–2013)[3]
4 (2011–2012)[4]
11 (2010–2011)[5]
8 (2009–2010)[6]
13 (2008–2009)[7]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 199.58
2013 World Team Trophy
Short program 71.02
2014 World Championships
Free skate 133.02
2013 World Team Trophy

Akiko Suzuki (鈴木 明子 Suzuki Akiko?) (born March 28, 1985) is a retired Japanese figure skater. She is the 2012 World bronze medalist, a three-time Grand Prix Final medalist (2011 silver, 2009, 2012 bronze), a two-time (2010, 2013) Four Continents silver medalist, the 2007 Winter Universiade champion, and the 2014 Japanese national champion. She finished eighth at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Suzuki trains in Nagoya, Japan.[8] After her competitive career, she would like to become a choreographer.[8] She suffered from anorexia nervosa and therefore missed the entire 2003–2004 season of skating.[9][10] Suzuki works for Toho Real Estate which has its own skating rink.[10]

Career[edit]

Suzuki with coach Hiroshi Nagakubo

Suzuki won the bronze medal at the 2001–2002 Junior Grand Prix Final. After having a successful junior career, Suzuki was hampered by her struggles with an eating disorder which began at age 18 when she left home for university.[9] Her weight having fallen to 32 kg, she was unable to jump and missed the entire 2003–2004 season.[9] It took her a year to gain back the weight she had lost.[9] Suzuki returned to competitive skating in the 2004–2005 season after being inspired by Shizuka Arakawa's victory at the 2004 World Championships.[11]

Suzuki began working with coach Hiroshi Nagakubo in the early 2000s.[10]

She had a breakthrough in 2007–2008, winning several events, and achieving her highest finish at Japanese nationals since 2002. She consequently received her first senior Grand Prix assignment in 2008-9, and won the silver medal at the 2008 NHK Trophy. That same season, she also won the Finlandia Trophy and finished 8th at the 2009 Four Continents Championships.

2009–2010 season[edit]

Suzuki had two Grand Prix assignments in 2009–10. She won the 2009 Cup of China and finished 5th at the 2009 Skate Canada, qualifying her the 2009-2010 ISU Grand Prix Final. There, she won the bronze medal. Suzuki earned a place on the Japanese Olympic team after she placed second at the 2009-2010 Japan Figure Skating Championships. She was also assigned to compete at the 2010 Four Continents, where she won the silver medal. At the Olympics, she finished 8th, and was later 11th at the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships – her first senior Worlds.

2010–2011 season[edit]

Suzuki returned to the Finlandia Trophy in 2010, and again won the event. She was the silver medalist at both of her 2010 Grand Prix events, the 2010 Cup of Russia and the 2010 Cup of China. She qualified for her second consecutive Grand Prix Final, this time finishing fourth. A fourth place finish at the national championships left her off the Worlds team, but she was selected to go to the 2011 Four Continents Championships, where she was 7th.

2011–2012 season[edit]

In the 2011–2012 ISU Grand Prix season, Suzuki won the silver medal at the 2011 Skate Canada International with a combined total of 172.26 points, and the gold medal at the 2011 NHK Trophy with a personal best score of 66.55 points for her short program and a combined total of 185.98 points, also a personal best. Suzuki's placements qualified her for the 2011 Grand Prix Final where she won the silver medal. She won the silver behind Mao Asada at the Japan Championships.[12] At the 2012 World Championships, Suzuki won the bronze medal,[13] becoming the oldest ladies' single skater to medal at the event since Maria Butyrskaya. At the 2012 ISU World Team Trophy, Suzuki won the ladies' event, defeating World champion Carolina Kostner. Team Japan also won the event overall. She then won the silver medal at the 2013 Four Continents.

2012–2013 season[edit]

For the 2012–2013 Grand Prix season, Suzuki received the same assignments as the previous season. She won the silver medal at the 2012 Skate Canada and the 2012 NHK Trophy, qualifying her for the Grand Prix Final. At the final, Suzuki placed third in the short program. She fell twice in the long program, finishing third overall.[14] In December 2012, Suzuki said that the 2013–2014 season would be her last.[15] Suzuki finished fourth at Japan Nationals behind Satoko Miyahara. Suzuki won the silver medal at the 2013 Four Continents, as part of a Japanese sweep of the ladies' event with teammates Mao Asada and Kanako Murakami taking the gold and bronze medal respectively. Suzuki's combined total score of 190.08 is was her personal best. Akiko placed twelfth at Worlds. At the World Team Trophy, Suzuki placed first; Team Japan placed third overall. Her free skate score of 133.02 and her combined total score of 199.58 are her personal best scores.

2013–2014 season[edit]

In the 2013–2014 season, Suzuki started her season at the 2013 Finlandia Trophy where she won the silver medal behind Julia Lipnitskaya. She won another silver medal at the 2013 Skate Canada behind Lipinitskaya. At the 2013 NHK Trophy, after placing second in the short and fourth in the free skate Suzuki won the bronze medal behind Elena Radionova.

Suzuki won gold at the 2014 Japan Championships, ahead of Kanako Murakami and Mao Asada, after placing second in the short program behind Asada but rebounding to first place coming in the free skating, winning that segment of the competition. She skated clean through both programs and earned the highest Free Skate and Total Score to date in the Ladies event at the Japan Figure Skating Championships.

Programs[edit]

Suzuki at the 2010 Olympics
Suzuki at the 2012 Worlds
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[16]

2012–2013
[17]
2011–2012
[18]

2010–2011
[19]
  • Tango Jalousie
    by Jacob Gade
    choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto

  • Ice Queen
    by Paul Dinletir  
  • Prophecy
    by Harem
    choreo. by Miki Sakagami and JANSU

2009–2010
[20]
  • Andalucia
    by Bill Whelan
  • Fire Dance
    by Bill Whelan
    (from Riverdance)
     choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
2008–2009
[21]
2007–2008
  • Titanic
    by James Horner

2006–2007
  • Firedance
    (from Riverdance)
    by Bill Whelan
    choreo. by Nanami Abe

2005–2006
2004–2005
  • Bolero Fantasy
    by The Planets
2003–2004
  • Bolero Fantasy
    by The Planets
2002–2003
  • The Red Violin
    from Rodorigo
2001–2002
[22]
  • Piano Concerto #1 in E minor, op.11
    by Frédéric Chopin
    by Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
2000–2001

Competitive highlights[edit]

2004–present[edit]

Results[23]
International
Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 8th 8th
Worlds 11th 3rd 12th 6th
Four Continents 8th 2nd 7th 2nd
Grand Prix Final 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd
GP Cup of China 1st 2nd
GP Cup of Russia 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd
GP Skate Canada 5th 2nd 2nd 2nd
Finlandia 1st 1st 2nd
Nebelhorn 3rd
Challenge Cup 1st
Golden Spin 7th 1st
Triglav Trophy 1st
Universiade 8th 1st
New Zealand WG 1st
National
Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Japan Champ. 12th 12th 10th 5th 4th 2nd 4th 2nd 4th 1st
Japan Junior 3rd 5th
Team events
World Team 1T / 1P 3T / 1P
Japan Open 3T / 3P 1T / 3P
GP = Grand Prix
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.
Suzuki did not compete in the 2003–2004 season.

1998–2003[edit]

Results[23]
International
Event 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
Four Continents 8th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 7th
JGP Final 3rd
JGP China 5th
JGP Czech Rep. 3rd
JGP Japan 1st
JGP Norway 8th
JGP Ukraine 6th
JGP USA 1st
Triglav Trophy 2nd J.
National
Japan Champ. 4th 4th 9th
Japan Junior 3rd 5th 2nd 5th 5th
JGP = Junior Grand Prix

Detailed results[edit]

Suzuki at the medal ceremony of the 2013 Four Continents Championships
Suzuki at the medal ceremony of the 2012 World Championships

(Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only. )

2013–2014 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 24-30, 2014 2014 World Championships 4
71.02
8
122.70
6
193.72
February 20–21, 2014 2014 Winter Olympic Games 8
60.97
8
125.35
8
186.32
6–9 February 2014 2014 Winter Olympics team event - 4
112.33
5T
December 20–23, 2013 2013–2014 Japan Championships 2
70.19
1
144.99
1
215.18
November 8–10, 2013 2013 NHK Trophy 2
66.03
4
113.29
3
179.32
October 25–27, 2013 2013 Skate Canada 2
65.76
2
127.99
2
193.75
October 4–6, 2013 2013 Finlandia Trophy 2
64.57
3
115.97
2
180.54
2012–2013 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 11–14, 2013 2013 World Team Trophy 2
66.56
1
133.02
3T / 1P
199.58P
March 10–17, 2013 2013 World Championships 7
61.17
13
103.42
12
164.59
February 8–11, 2013 2013 Four Continents Championships 2
65.65
2
124.43
2
190.08
December 20–23, 2012 2012–2013 Japan Championships 1
65.09
5
114.94
4
180.03
December 6–9, 2012 2012–2013 Grand Prix Final 3
65.00
3
115.77
3
180.77
November 23–25, 2012 2012 NHK Trophy 5
58.60
1
126.62
2
185.22
October 26–28, 2012 2012 Skate Canada International 5
55.12
1
120.04
2
175.16
2011–2012 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 18–22, 2012 2012 World Team Trophy 2
67.51
2
120.28
1T / 1P
187.79P
March 26 – April 1, 2012 2012 World Championships 5
59.38
2
121.30
3
180.68
December 23–25, 2011 2011–2012 Japan Championships 3
59.60
1
119.67
2
179.27
December 8–11, 2011 2011–2012 Grand Prix Final 2
61.30
3
118.46
2
179.76
November 11–13, 2011 2011 NHK Trophy 1
66.55
2
119.43
1
185.98
October 27–30, 2011 2011 Skate Canada International 4
52.82
1
119.44
2
172.26
2010–2011 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 7–10, 2011 2011 Triglav Trophy 1
57.15
2
90.83
1
147.98
February 15–20, 2011 2011 Four Continents Championships 6
57.64
7
104.95
7
162.59
December 23–26, 2010 2010–2011 Japan Championships 7
56.86
4
119.10
4
175.96
December 9–12, 2010 2010–2011 Grand Prix Final 4
58.26
5
115.46
4
173.72
November 19–21, 2010 2010 Cup of Russia 1
57.43
2
115.31
2
172.74
November 5–7, 2010 2010 Cup of China 2
57.97
2
104.89
2
162.86
October 8–10, 2010 2010 Finlandia Trophy 2
57.74
1
108.83
1
166.57
2009–2010 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 22–28, 2010 2010 World Championships 20
48.36
7
111.68
11
160.04
February 12–28, 2010 2010 Winter Olympic Games 11
61.02
7
120.42
8
181.44
January 25–31, 2010 2010 Four Continents Championships 1
58.88
2
114.84
2
173.72
December 25–27, 2009 2009–2010 Japan Championships 4
67.84
2
128.06
2
195.90
December 3–6, 2009 2009–2010 Grand Prix Final 5
57.54
3
116.46
3
174.00
November 19–22, 2009 2009 Skate Canada International 8
53.10
5
94.62
5
147.72
October 29 – November 1, 2009 2009 Cup of China 4
59.52
1
117.14
1
176.66
2008–2009 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 2–8, 2009 2009 Four Continents Championships 9
55.40
8
104.96
8
160.36
December 25–27, 2008 2008–2009 Japan Championships 6
57.02
3
116.96
4
173.98
November 27–30, 2008 2008 NHK Trophy 4
55.56
2
112.08
2
167.64
October 9–12, 2008 2008 Finlandia Trophy 1
58.40
1
112.28
1
170.68
September 25–28, 2008 2008 Nebelhorn Trophy 3
55.02
3
91.91
3
146.93
2007–2008 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 6–9, 2008 2008 Challenge Cup 1
53.70
1
98.32
1
152.02
December 26–28, 2007 2007–2008 Japan Championships 5
58.66
5
101.27
5
159.93
November 8–11, 2007 2007 Golden Spin of Zagreb 1
55.62
1
101.28
1
156.90
2006–2007 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 17–27, 2007 2007 Winter Universiade 1
50.40
1
97.84
1
148.24
December 27–29, 2006 2006–2007 Japan Championships 11
48.72
9
96.50
10
145.22
  • ^team event – This is a team event; medals are awarded for the team results only.
    • ^T – team result.
    • ^P – personal/individual result.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2011/2012 : Ladies". International Skating Union. March 31, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
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  12. ^ Fielding, Gus (December 26, 2011). "Mao scores emotional national crown victory". The Japan Times. 
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  15. ^ "Suzuki says next season will be her last". Kyodo News (The Japan Times). December 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Akiko SUZUKI: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 24, 2013. 
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