Tuesday, December 28, 2010

This and That



The Chinese are deep into winter training.  Cheng Fei, yang Yilin and He Ning are all training together.


A few days ago, videos emerged on youtube declaring that the Japanese NTV secretly taped Yu-Na Kim training in LA.  All That Sports has issued a statement asking for an apology and says it will blame NTV if Yu-Na is unable to compete.  (One article initially had a statement that they would blame NTV if Yu-Na failed to win Worlds.  It was a possible mistranslation, but they probably would blame them anyway.) NTV is not believed to have captured Yu-Na training either of her programs.  Realistically, there isn't much the Japanese could change at this point by knowing Yu-Na's programs.  Assuming her jump layout is relatively the same, they cannot add too many new combinations.  Most of their skaters are likely already attempting the most difficult content they are currently capable of handling.  Given how the Japanese value honor, this is another rather amusing tale of the JSF/Japanese media being shady.  One can only imagine that this goes on with both the Korean and Japanese federations, as they are highly competitive in the ladies field.  The paranoia and Yu-Na-mania is entertaining and should be considered downright flattering for the Olympic Champion.



Holiday Festival On Ice captured Canada's fancy this holiday season.  A few highlights from the mini-tour:







Amanda Evora and Jeremy Barrett are engaged.

Dubreil and Lauzon announced the birth of their daughter, Billie-Rose, on Dec. 24th.  Billie-Rose weighed six pounds, 12 ounces.

The Canadian Press named Joannie Rochette Female Athlete of the Year for 2010.


Anna Li was featured on Gymnast's Flashback Interviews.


Shannon Miller was also interviewed about her wins at Nationals.  She spoke about actually planning her petitioning onto the '96 Olympic Team.  It is nice to know that Shannon and Steve even strategized about which meet they'd petition.  She certainly had experience with the process.


Highlights from Arkansas' recent intrasquad:

122 comments:

  1. Cheng Fei is back!? Wow.


    I love the Yu-Na stuff. The attention is great for skating, and I hope she doesn't take the weird Korea/Japanese media frenzy too seriously!

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  2. The Japanese filiming was wrong, but ATS's spin on how this will hurt Yu-Na's performane at Worlds is just LOL-worthy.

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  3. Jeff Buttle could get it. Just sayin'.

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  4. NTV is the same broadcasting company that aired the judging process of a figure skating judge at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

    In 2006, three NTV reporters were caught trying to break-in David Beckham’s house in Madrid, Spain.
    They tried to climb over the neighboring fence with digital cameras in hand, but were caught by the security guards that spotted them on the security cameras.

    The security guard called out “Stop. Don’t move” while pointing a gun.
    The three held up their hands and identified themselves as reporters of a Japanese TV broadcasting company.
    Beckham was at practice and not home at that time but his wife Victoria and their youngest son, then 1 year old, had to leave for their safety.

    Secretly filming someone without their consent is a crime.
    If NTV has on-ice footage of Yuna that they did not air, they should discard it at once.

    Whether their true intentions were to simply get a scoop, spying to get information on Yuna’s new programs and training methods,
    or to add psychological pressure, we shall never know.

    One thing is clear.
    It is a low act that goes against media ethics and sportsmanship as well.

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  6. It is really rude.. Japanese media is so horrible.
    I hope she does not hurt.

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  7. ATS never said they will blame NTV if Yuna fails to win worlds. You got the point wrong. The thing is, this is not the first time the Japanese media did such things.

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  8. NTV,Japanese broadcasting,filmed Yuna Kim, without a permisssion :::::
    http://www.feverskating.com/fevers/46540357

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  9. yes, right! ATS never said they will blame NTV if Yuna fails to win worlds. You got the point wrong.

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  10. Joyce, I am sorry but there's one thing that should be corrected about ATS's comment. They said if this event present an obstacle to Kim taking part in the world championships in Tokyo next March, Nippon TV will have to take full responsibility. They have never mentioned about winning in any point of view.
    I kindly ask you to correct it, please.

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  11. “If NTV repeats such actions, we will ban them from all future interviews and press conferences related to Kim.
    Also, if this effects Kim’s preparation for the World Championships, or in the case Kim cannot skate at Worlds, we will hold NTV fully responsible,” said ATS.

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  12. don't all the top chinese girls train together?

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  13. Aunt Joyce, as Eugene noted above, ATS' press release did not mention anything about Yuna failing to win at 2011 WC as a result of NTV's idiotic act. You should really correct your statement.

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  14. just to give you further information about the issue, Yuna's agency never said it would blame NTV if she does not win at the worlds. It said that it would blame NTV if Yuna decides not to participate at the worlds after knowing the secret filming.
    also, i am afraid that you are getting the wrong point about this whole issue; the main point of this issue is that NTV "secretly filmed" Yuan's training footage, not whether or not she would skip the worlds.

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  15. Every human being should be protected from a planned effort by a 'broadcastin company' to film one's daily life secretely. It is unexcusable and detestable, period. ATS should go strong to protect its athlete(s) and to prevent similar attempts in the future.

    As often mentioned, figure skating is as much mental as physical. Considering that the World Chapmpionship will be held in Japan, one of the most powerful figure skating sponsoring nations in the world, considering the sensitive relationship between Korea and Japan, fair play is critical. The Japanese broadcasting company has distastefully crossed the line.


    As often mentioned, figure skating is as much mental as physical. Considering that the World Chapmpionship will be held in Japan, one of the most powerful figure skating empires, considering the sensitive relationship between Korea and Japan, fair play is critical. The Japanese broadcasting company has clearly crossed the line.

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  16. Joyce, I don't particularly care for the word "paranoia" but after 2008WC, 2008COC, and 2009GPF(among other things), it's not too hard to understand the level of sensitivity among Yuna fans.

    One more things, it's Japan V Korea in figure skating, it's Yuna V Japan in figure skating.

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  17. Sorry I meant to say it's NOT Japan V Korea.

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  18. If you are trying to write stuffs on other nations' news other than from the states, please get "right" source. It's okay to give your inputs on stuffs. but it could only be done when you have correct information and source.

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  19. What a outrageous country. They never stop even After finishing olympic when many people still think the silver medal was too much enough for their strange girl. Disgusting....

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  20. WOW.. Japanese media is crazy fan!LOL

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  21. NTV is so rude and horrible:( I just hope everything is going well.

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  22. I think the main point of this whole issue is japanese broadcasting company secretly taped Kim's private life, NOT whether Kim is gonna skip worlds or not.

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  23. Why did ATS just issue a warning? One shouldn't just ask a chronic stalker not to stalk again, let alone consider it "flattering". Should seek to get a restraining order.

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  24. Remember Irina Slutskaya said she would never compete in every single event held in japan? She said it after 2005 Gand Prix Final. Wonder why.

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  25. I'd like you to know Korean federation does not give a darn about supporting Yu-Na, except collecting her prize money.

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  26. Today, Japan TV said,
    "No problem. We filmed the video in public place."
    Where is the public place? kwan's skate rink?

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  27. Looking at that vedio, they are analyzing athletics yuna's behavior.
    maybe...
    somewhere.. they may be analysis to another video.
    maybe...

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  28. Mao side tried to steal her coach before. That caused big tregedy to Kim. And everybody but blind know what's been going on figure world with Jap money. Now what..? What they wanna do? What we have to c more?. Is there more ugly things to watch?

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  29. Seriously? You would be thankful for any stocking... Pathetic.

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  30. If only jumps do matter, why have you been torturing Miki Ando?

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  31. NTV says "The rink is p.u.b.l.i.c place so there is no problem to tape Yuna."They don't know what is PUBLIC. It's Kwan's private rink. no camera no picture)

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  32. this goes on with both the Korean and Japanese federations,<---this part was the most hilarious.
    i bet you overestimated the Korean federation.
    lol

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  33. It just makes me laugh to recall how absolutely nuts the Japanese media and JSF went for an incident where Asada was taken a photo by a hotel bell boy while she was waiting for her team to arrive at a Korean hotel about a year ago. A picture perfect example of Japanese two-faced dual standard... always so generous and forgiving to their own faults and so outspoken about others' mistakes. Disgusting.

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  34. "Given how the Japanese value honor..." Where does this 'Karate-kid' stuff come from? Since you are generalizing, only if you knew about these people well enough to realize just how excellent they are at backstabbing.

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  35. If I remember correctly, the same Nihon TV program crew once broke into David Beckham's home in Madrid to take a video of him in 2006. Beckham's bodyguards almost shot them with their handguns, taking them as kidnappers.

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  36. I find it funny people are calling ATS too sensitive and over reacting.

    People forget Japanese NTV is actually NHK of the NHK Trophy championships. In otherwords, Japanese main national network like the NBC. This is not some third rated cable or tabloid show.

    If they consider this type of converted privacy and rule breaking reporting is ethical and acceptable, God knows what they will come up next in the weeks/months leading up to March?

    By targeting and single out a rival competitor in a foreign country so blatantly in a stalkish manner during the Japanese Nationals, it is not that hard to consider act to be distracting and antagonise their main rival.

    Can you imagine the Russia NBC pull this shit to Michelle Kwan in the months/weeks leading up to WC? The world would be in flames already.

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  37. Is the world championship broadcasted by NHK?

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  38. All Japanese media says, "We are just repoters. Let know our poor intention." But I know, Japanese media get to honor the bananas. They are called 'You know who'.
    NTV doesn't shame their horrible action.

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  39. correction nhk is not ntv

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  40. "The paranoia and Yu-Na-mania is entertaining and should be considered downright flattering for the Olympic Champion" I can't agree with you more. It can be flattering for Yuna, the best skater of all time.

    That said, Japanese stocking & duplicity is really disgusting. Even when they smile, they prepare a knife for backstabbing. My teachr of sociology said this duplicity like 'Light'and 'Darkness' is one of Japanese characteristic, and never trust their smile or deep bow in front of you.

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  41. What's wrong with you, jap? what more do you want?

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  42. Yes, Cheng Fei is back in action! If she makes it to London, it'll be a comeback to overshadow either Shawn or Nastia's.

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  43. I think EWpalace should sue NTV. Who is the owner of EW palace? Kwan family should let the figureskaing world know they are protective of their greatest treasure(s) Not only ATS but EWpalace go strong to condemn Japanese media for the shameful crime.

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  44. Keeping watch and ward on someone is considered as a kind of stalking... Yes, Jap media crossed the line.

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  45. Unfortunately, the Japanese media treats their own skaters in this odd, stalkerish, obsessive manner

    http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_skating/964300.html?thread=117723084#t117723084

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  46. "All That Sports ...says it will blame NTV if Yu-Na fails to win worlds...."
    -> I've never heard this. Believe me. I'm a native Korean speaker. :)

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  47. The Japanese media doesn't know honor. They taped her secretly. Basically stalking

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  48. 48 comments? Over nothing? Obviously YuNa's rink needs better security. NTV shouldn't be filming private training. ATS and thier over the top response is fanning the flames. ATS really needs some savvy PR types to manage the YuNa stories. I have no horse in this race (don't have a favorite between YuNa or Mao) but ATS again comes up looking like amateaur hour. They mishandled the coaching change, and now this. They are good at putting on ice shows, but lousy at PR.

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  49. I think everyone and I mean absolutely all involved are weird. All this back and forth is just ridiculous.

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  50. Oh wow and you thought the Johnny Weir fans were nuts .... don't cross the YuNa-ers. Wowsers.

    In other news, I wish China would let poor Cheng Fei retire while she can still walk. The poor thing has had enough, for sure.

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  51. this ntv program even filmed the JUDGES during the olympics.
    Can u imagine that they PROUDLY showed their hidden camrea things about judges on TV.
    Maybe they wanted to check if the judges w/ jap money do the right job for them or not.
    and after everything was over, the ntv staff followed the judge and asked why mao got low points (was it low???). the judge answered mao's jump was not good w/ angry voice. That’s what the jap tv do w/o a shame..

    And this program’s staff got arrested for trying to filming Beckham ‘s house.
    Victoria was scared and Beckham was very upset at that time.

    Sadly Jap media don’t realize what they do.
    even until now...
    cos they didn't apologize.

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  52. Yu-Na is hardly the greatest skater ever. She has done a clean long program once in her entire career. Congratulations.

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  53. funny how post like this bring out the Yuna bashers continuing to bash with little attempt to address the issues at hand.

    I suppose Yuna should just stay quiet and let NTV continue to violate her basic human rights and walk all over her.

    Problem is, it is her today, what about tomorrow, Alyssa? Mirai? Rachel? Mao? How about the girls changing room with a zoomed lens from a public building across the street? Or hidden camera record of them having a bad day and private conversations? If you think things like this doesn't affect someone's psychological well being, you clearly need a sensitive chip!

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  54. => that's really sad for other skaters like ando miki, innit? she did a clean long program many times but can't touch ppl's heart and even match yuna's so-so program.
    cos they are not in the same league.

    if yuna only focus on her jumps and change her jump layout to easier jumps like many other skaters do nowadays and then we can see her clean programs more often but i guess that's not what we really want to expect from her.
    cheers.

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  55. Jap media loves Yuna, right? lol :)
    anyway, sale & Pelletier the best!

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  56. ATS never said 'if Yu-Na fails to win worlds' part. Why did you made up?

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  57. Uh, to all you Yuna supporters, you are hardly doing her any favors at least amongst westerners by throwing the slur "Jap" around - especially as the average westerner can barely even distinguish between Japan/Korea in the first place.

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  58. Anonymous December 29, 2010 12:45 PM, you are hardly doing the average westerner any favor by your ignorance and stupidity either. How about get an education and start paying attention?

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  59. Dear whack-job Yu-na and Japanese fans:

    You have caused this fan to detest BOTH Mao and Yu-na with all of your pointless crazy banter. From here on out, I hope Alena Leonova kicks serious ass at Worlds!!

    The MGMT.

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  60. WOW, things certainly escalate when it's Japan vs. Yu-Na!

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  61. I agree with Anonymous@2:02. I was a fan of Mao, Miki and mostly Yu na and now....wow. Just so disappointing. One of the reasons I became neutral when it comes to Yu na. Now I don't root or cheer. It's like whatever happens. Constantly reading the word jap is disappointing and I'm not Asian.

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  62. Wow... Cheng has really gained weight. I'm excited that she's training again, but she's got a serious amount of work ahead of her to make 2012.

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  63. If what they are doing is illegal, then she should pursue legal action to the fullest extent. If not, then she should sit the fuck down and not release embarrassing press releases.

    Broadcasting agencies exist to make money. If she doesn't want to be a celebrity then she should stop appearing in commercials and lower her profile. Otherwise, learn to deal.

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  64. Universal Sports' take on the Nihon TV's sneaky shot: "They took it too far"

    http://www.universalsports.com/blogs/blog=gofigure/postid=507669.html#asada+kim+rivalry+overdone+japanese+tv

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  65. OMG! It is absolutely illegal and immoral. Shame on NTV! I love Yuna, but it doesn't matter if you're Yuna fan or not. Even a child know it is obviously wrong to do such shameful secret taping. I also think EWP as well as ATS should show strong reaction to prevent such crime against rule. NTV should apologize publicly.

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  66. It would be very depressing if this was the post that received the most comments ever on this blog...

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  67. They really would like a spy camera more than AV...:P

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  68. we all know what japanese skater's programs are like and their jump layout. so eventhou korean tv secretly taped them and show those stuffs to the korean figure skating experts and asked what they are practicing or what they are doing in their practice session (if they sat down on the ball or not. lol) it'll be just FINE~
    cos we all saw their programs already and they are in commercials!!! right?
    and secretly filming and stalking will affect nothing to japanes skaters as someone said.
    (i guess u already forgot how japanese fed. and tv,newspapers, japanese ppl acted when a hotel staff put short video clips about mao on his blog. actually he was too excited to see her and put cute comments about mao w/ the vid. was it too dangerous? lol
    Korean fed had to make an apology for that. -_-
    but NTV flew to the USA ON PURPOSE. this was not like yuna came across the NTV cameraman by chance.)

    Following the video, NTV even made a phone call to the company that yuna ordered her boots and found out she recently ordered new boots and her boots got slightly narrowed. and they visited the restaurant and showed what yuna ate and mentioned yuna really liked it even she asked doggybag on her leftover.
    How creepy is that?
    but still NTV is normal, others are overeacting.
    cos yuna’s program will be the same and japanese skaters jump layout will be the same? lol

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  69. @ Anon 8:50 PM "OMG! It is absolutely illegal..."

    Citation, please?

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  70. @December 29, 2010 9:44 PM
    I totally agree with you. They definitely crossed the line.

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  71. From when does a skater's program contains only jumps, AJ?

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  72. Yuna guarantees high rating in japan.
    This was the highest rating of this program in this mon.
    lol

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  73. "Most of their skaters are likely already attempting the most difficult content they are currently capable of handling."
    I have no idea who it is. Not a clue.

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  74. The ATS statement sounds like yuna is reluctant to compete at worlds and her team wants to find excuses...:(

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  75. 1:22<= doesn't it sound like a warning than excuses?
    why does she need excuses in the first place?

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  76. They need no excuse. Fear of secret taping, warning statement, everything is so ridiculous.

    If she doesn't want to compete she can say that she won't go.

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  77. @December 30, 2010 1:44 AM
    Maybe, Most of them who want yuna to skip the w/c would be japs. :P

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  78. @December 30, 2010 2:07 AM
    Unfortunately, she wouldn't do that. How disappointed you are.

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  79. Whoa whoa whoa. no need to put out the "j**" slur at all. That is soooooo very offensive! Carries the same connotations as the "n" word and so many people do not realize that!

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  80. They could be upset at being called "J.." not that someone got offended, I guess. Funny.

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  81. I don’t want NTV to stop this crap.
    Cos it’s entertaining.
    Pls do this w/ other skaters too.
    Can’t wait. :-) 

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  82. If spy cam doesn't matter, why don't you consider making E02, Jap Media? Starring Mirai, Rachael, Carolina and Adelina. But, be careful not to get sued or get shot.

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  83. People need to quit throwing the word "jap" around. It's so offensive and you instantly show yourself to be dumb.

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  84. How much are you decent? As much as you do not offend others or do not deny your fault? Shame on you at this time.

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  85. "j" this, "j" that. AJ conveniently doesn't have a clue reg what's going on in the comments on his own blog.

    _I take it you're perfectly okay with that, Dave._

    As long as those crazies don't offend other nationalities and races, right?

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  86. I'm so disappointed. Secretly filming yuna? I never thought about it. How far will they go?

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  87. In a new article released on Dec. 29th, 2010, NTV expressed their thoughts on this situation.

    "It's not a problem (about filming Kim) because it was done in a public space. We also explained it thoroughly to Kim's people and reached an understanding," said NTV in Sports Nippon, a Japanese newspaper specializing in sports.

    While NTV said “We have worked everything out,” ATS denied these claims saying, “This is not true.”

    “NTV has yet to apologize, and they certainly did not request any assistance from us (to film Kim) beforehand.

    On the day of the filming, some of the rink employees at the site spotted a suspicious filming crew. They asked the crew what company they were affiliated with but the crew did not answer and turned back.

    We can assume that they secretly filmed footage of Kim even after the staff told them to leave" said ATS.

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  88. December 30, 2010 6:27 AM

    Same here.
    I want other version of this c**p, too.

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  89. Hit and run. It's a typical type, I guess.
    Do they apologize? I'm afraid not.
    They may just want this to be forgotten.

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  90. There's not much competition in blogging about figure skating and Dave is clearly not a journalist on a payroll. Don't expect objectivity or utter truth for that matter. Blogging is for writing whatever comes into your mind.

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  91. That being said, NTV is a press and what they do is even more...

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  92. What's with all the racism. Please stop calling people japs. It's even offensive to us non Asians too. So rude and ugly to act racist. This is all so ignorant on all sides.

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  93. They even taped what points judge gave on the skaters at the olympics.
    why not yuna?

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  94. There's a Report Abuse link at the top of this page. I've just used it. I checked the Hate or violence option and reported this thread and the comments.

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  95. More surprised that NTV didn’t apologize and lied about this.

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  96. Thanks Anon@1:44.

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  97. Kim Yu-na's camp demands apologyEmail Print Comments Associated Press

    SEOUL, South Korea -- The management agency representing figure skater Kim Yu-na is demanding an on-air apology from a Japanese network for broadcasting footage of the Olympic champion training in California.
    All That Sports has accused NTV of airing footage of Kim shot secretly during a training session in Los Angeles. Director Koo Hee-sung said Thursday that the agency sent NTV a formal letter of complaint demanding an apology.
    NTV could not immediately be reached for comment.
    Kim won the gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics earlier this year, but lost the world title to longtime Japanese rival Mao Asada at the world championships a month later.
    Kim and Asada are expected to face off again at the next worlds in Tokyo in March.

    Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

    http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/figureskating/news/story?id=5969596

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  98. I'm not surprised.
    They've never admitted their fault until the end.

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  99. NTV secretly videotaped an athlete, a young athlete who is on the national team of another country.
    That footage was aired on national television without the prior consent or knowledge of the athlete. Approximately 20 million viewers watched that program.
    The broadcasting company has yet to release an official apology to Yu-Na Kim, the victim of this offense. Instead, they released a false explanation to their own national media.

    If NTV is acquitted from this wrongdoing without submitting an official apology, there is reason to believe that they will continue to infringe on the privacy and the safety of our athletes, regardless of nationality.

    http://www.feverskating.com/fevers/fevers_media/46540357

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  100. @December 30, 2010 5:31 PM
    I agree with that.

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  101. Can't blame NTV for unwilling to apologize. NTV may not even know why it shouldn't have done this. Secret cam is a part of Japanese culture, so it is well-accepted in Japan. Apparently, the only times they encounter problems is when they try to stalk and tape international stars. Got away with stalking Oda Nobunari or Miki Ando without any backlashes. NTV really should keep it domestic.

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  102. Wow, these comments are hilarious. Kim Yu-Na is 20 years old, a legal adult, and has more credentials (Olympic gold medalist, millionaire, spokesperson, UN Goodwill Ambassador) than you, me & 99% of us will achieve in our entire lifetimes. Combined. A Japanese tabloid TV crew tapes & airs a tiny part of her workout, and people freak out on her behalf? Awesome.

    Yes, the rink is public, not private. If you have money, you can do anything from skate in public sessions to renting out the whole place for a birthday party.
    http://www.eastwesticepalace.com/info.html

    Yes, she is training in Los Angeles, an international center of entertainment media, including tabloid media. No, it's not illegal to take a camera somewhere and tape something and air it on Japanese television. Besides, Kim Yu-Na is not hidden away in some delicate mountain village secretly training while sleeping in an sensory deprivation chamber at night.

    If you think a short NTV video clip of her stretching & working on a small sequence is going to affect and somehow damage and terrorize her, you have no respect for Yu-Na as a competitive athlete and media icon. If it does affect her at all, she needs to work on that, pronto.

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  103. @December 30, 2010 5:31 PM
    Thanks for your comment.

    @December 30, 2010 10:08 PM
    Whatever you may say, spy cam is disgusting.
    Maybe you could live with that.
    But, it must be only your call not others.

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  104. December 30, 2010 10:08 PM

    Same here.
    That’s the reason why I hope that korean tv do the same thing to mao. 
    MAO ASADA is 20 years old, a legal adult, and has more credentials (Olympic silver medalist, millionaire) than you and me.
    she needs to work on that, too. :-)

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  105. Whoever said using the term "jap" is like using the n-word towards black people....

    Let me tell you something. Caucasians used the n-word to oppress, discriminate, and make African Americans look inferior to them.
    Japanese people attacked, oppressed, killed, discriminated several Asian countries including China, Korea, Taiwan, etc in early 20th century....Hell, they even attacked the mighty United States.

    People don't use the term "jap" because of pure hate and racism like the n-word. they use it because Japanese people do some nasty shit to other people and still think it's ok.

    But yeah it's offensive to Japanese people. so try not to use it everybody.......

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  106. According to NTV,
    they explained a spy cam before they film her.
    So it’s no big deal.
    Am I correct?
    Geez

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  107. @January 1, 2011 9:42 PM
    They lied.
    Hit and Run, Deny and lay the blame on another.
    Very classic.

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  108. Korean = racist :)

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  109. Leave yunna alone for god's sake. I don't get the whole japanese media thing. Sometimes I wish figure skate were not all that popular in Japan. They're losing thier mind.

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  110. Im japanese. so it's okay to say jap. just like JayZ calls himself nigga :)

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  111. Idiots need to stay out of this. :)

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  112. NTV made mistakes, and should be blamed. Since the Japanese media are always so sensitive with Korea, I don't think NTV's intension was to hurt Yuna. They wanted to to praise Yuna for her strategies for getting prepared for Worlds, comparing with Mao. Yuna shuts out media, trains hard, and skips GPS, while Mao keeps getting exposure to the media, trains hard, but not succeeding in the GPS. NTV broadcasted this at the same time another channel was showing the National ladies freeskating. NTV wished Mao would fail at nationals, and claim Yuna and Korea is much more clever. But what was unfortunate for NTV, was that Mao made a comeback, and got the ticket to Worlds. NTV does not have televising rights for Worlds, so it's obvious they don't want Worlds to get high audience ratings. It doesn't mean that would justify NTV's behavings though. They did no good for anybody.

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  113. @January 2, 2011 12:45 PM

    You think only koreans say ‘japs’?
    I guess you’re the racist w/ short eng. Not koreans.

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  114. I never had scantiest knowledge or impression of korean before they run riot all over skating blogs around the world, but now I am fully informed of their nastiness, viciousness and irrational temper easy to be agitated.
    What in the world are they doing even when a potential war is approaching on the horizon? They should rather be preparing emergency packs in case they have to kill each other.

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  115. Anonymous January 3, 2011 4:58 AM,

    Yes I definitely think so because all the people except Korean are civilized and well-educated enough to avoid words like that.
    And as an American of Indian descent who has been to Korea and other Asian countries, I can definitely tell that Korean are the most hideous racists in the world. They literally insulted me saying that I was from 'inferior race' to my face. Even worse, Korean call Japanese/Chinese 'yellow monkey'. So, what do they think they are? Caucasians? It seems that Korean have no mirrors in their country.

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  116. Some guys seem to need help Googling before you condemn someone as racist. Japan massacred and raped hundreds of thousands of civilians indiscriminately (e.g. the Nanking Massacre), and still remain silent on that issues, justifying war of aggression.
    Always the way. Aggress and deny and lie.
    I know some Japanese personally, but the nation's history is a different story, and their nationalism seems to be aggressive towards other nations especially asian.

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  117. Anonymous January 4, 2011 3:41 AM

    That's so ridiculous.
    i hope that you have the conscience mirror in your country ,JAPAN. cos i guess you don't.
    Many japanese are really good at changing the issues to others when they become the target even w/ their apparent fault.

    putting japs:)
    and coming back w/ racist things doesn't always work.

    There is no way koreans are the most hideous racists in the world cos there is Japnese on this planet!

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