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Most Recent Results:
Event Points Finish Year
2009 NHK Trophy 162.55 1st 2009
2009 Cup of Russia 171.93 1st 2009
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I don’t mind about competing...after skating we are all friends [1]
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Miki Ando is a Japanese Figure skater. She is the 2007 World Figure Skating Champion, the 2004-2005 Japanese and the 2004 World Junior Champion. Ando was the first, and, as of 2008, the only female skater to successfully complete a quadruple jump in competition. Ando landed the first ladies' quadruple Salchow at the 2002 Junior Grand Prix Final.

Latest NewsEdit

  • Earlier this month, Ando competed in Four Continents in Vancouver, BC, Canada against such competitors as Mao Asada and Kim Yu-Na. [2]
  • It is rumored that the new sub-rink at Chukyo University may be nicknamed "Miki and Mao". [3]

VideosEdit

Figure skating montage set to Oboetete Ii Yo (By KOTOKO) Short Program as seen on ESPN
2007 Worlds Free Program, includes 7 triples Miki skates to "Accentuate the Positive"

Image GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

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  • Ando changed the color of her skate blades to gold during the summer of 2003 because "Gold is the color of champions. I wanted to be the champion so I changed to gold." [4]
  • One of Ando's favorite hobbies is making prints with her friends at Japanese photo shops. She also collects Disney and anime videotapes. [4]
  • Ando keeps all the stuffed animals fans have given her, such as Snoopy (her favorite comic character [5]) toys and teddy bears. [4]
  • Ando has two pets: a dog and a parakeet. The parakeet can say "I want to eat" in Japanese. [4]

QuotesEdit

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I did many, many things before skating. I tried swimming, cycling, playing the piano, calligraphy and many more things. I didn't start skating until I was nine after I went to the rink with some friends from school. I thought it was the most interesting for expression and playing a character. [4]
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BiographyEdit

Personal lifeEdit

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Ando with Nobunari Oda

Ando was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1987. In 2006, she entered Chukyo University in her hometown.

CareerEdit

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Miki Ando ather free program at the World Championships in Figure Skating 2008 in Göteborg, Sweden

She began skating in 1996 at the age of eight. She soon turned to Yuko Monna whose students included the Asada sisters at the time. From the 2000-2001 season she was coached by Nobuo Sato, and her program already started to feature 'triple lutz-triple loop'.

In the 2001-2002 season she won the All Japan Junior Championships as well as the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, bronze at the senior nationals and also bronze at the World Junior Championships.

Ando made history next season at the 2002 Junior Grand Prix Final, where she became the first female skater to land a quadruple jump. She remains the only lady to ever perform this feat. That season she defended her national Junior crown, and won silver at the World Junior Championships.

Ando was prominent in 2003-2004, winning again the JGPF, becoming the national Junior Champion three times in a row, and winning the 2004 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. She also won the senior All Japan Championships and placed 4th at her first senior World Championships.

2004-2005 was her first and full senior season which resulted in two GP medals and 4th place at her first Grand Prix Final, defending her national senior crown, and 6th at the World Championships.

It looked as if Ando had started her 2005-2006 season well, with a silver at the Cup of Russia, in her first experience training outside of her country under her new coach Carol Heiss. However, she had to go through four major games within only a month that turned out as 4th at NHK, 4th at the GPF, and slipping to 6th at defending the All Japan Championships. She ended her season with her lowest scoring performance at the 2006 Olympics. She placed 15th after falling three times in her free skate including the fall on her quad attempt. Ando did not compete at the World Championships the following month.

Under her new cach Nikolai Morozov, Ando made a strong return in the 2006-2007 season winning Skate America and picking up the silver medal at Trophee Eric Bompard. It was therefore surprising that she placed 5th at the Grand Prix Final in Saint Petersburg; however, it was later revealed that Ando, along with the rest of the Japanese team, competed there while suffering from stomach flu. At the 2006 Japanese Nationals, though dislocating her shoulder while performing a spin in her free skate, she skated on to place second behind Mao Asada. At the 2007 World Figure Skating Champion, placing second in both the short program and the free skate, Ando scored a total of 195.09 points to win the World Championship by less than one point over her countrywoman, Mao Asada. She set new personal bests in both the short program and free skate and a new personal best total. For these efforts, she was named as one of Vogue Japan's Women of the Year in 2007, and received 6 other prizes including the most valuable mention from the Japan Olympic Committee.

The following season Ando suffered in many aspects. Though winning a silver at Skate America, she fell three times at NHK unabling her to go to the GPF. But she showed brilliance at the 2007 Japanese Nationals winning the free skate with a standing ovation, earning again 2nd place after Mao Asada. She then took bronze at the Four Continents Championships in which she attempted a quad Salchow that popped into a double. At the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships, Ando was 8th after the short program and withdrew during her free skate due to her leg muscle injury she had that morning.

In the 2008-2009 Grand Prix season, Ando placed third after Kim Yu-Na and Yukari Nakano at 2008 Skate America and placed 2nd behind Kim again at the 2008 Cup of China. At the Grand Prix Final, Ando landed a quadruple Salchow attempt in her free skate program for the first time in competition since 2004. Though the quadruple jump was downgraded, and despite her last place finish, Ando expressed that she was very happy with her performance, and that she would still continue to pursue landing her quad Salchow when possible. At the 2008 Japanese Nationals, she clashed with Suguri in the free skate warm-up and had damage to her knee, but managed to place 3rd with her splendid short program, earning one of three spots to represent Japan at the 2009 World Championships.

Media appearancesEdit

SponsorshipsEdit

  • Toyota Motor Corporation



Competitive highlightsEdit

2008 Skate America Ladies Podium

Ando (right) with the other medalists at the 2008 Skate America.

Post-2004Edit

Event/Season 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009
Winter Olympics 15th
World Championships 6th 1st WD TBD
Four Continents Championships 3rd
Japanese 1st 6th 2nd 2nd 3rd
Grand Prix Final 4th 4th 5th 6th
Cup of China 4th 2nd
Skate America 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd
Trophee Eric Bompard 2nd
Cup of Russia 2nd
NHK Trophy 2nd 4th 4th

Pre-2004Edit

Miki Ando with Nikolai Morozov kiss & cry 2008-2009 GPF

Ando sits with coach Nikolai Morozov in the kiss & cry zone following her free skating program at the 2008-09 Grand Prix Final.

Event/Season 1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004
World Championships 4th
World Junior Championships 3rd 2nd 1st
Japanese 3rd 5th 1st
Japanese 7th 3rd 1st 1st 1st
Japanese Novice Championships 1st 1st
Junior Grand Prix Final 1st 3rd 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Mexico 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Mexico 1st
Junior Grand Prix, China 1st
Junior Grand Prix, China 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Czech Republic 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Czech Republic 1st
Mladost Trophy 1st
  • WD = Withdrew

ReferencesEdit

  1. Transcript of JapanSkates' interview with Miki Ando at the Winterhurst Club in Lakewood, Ohio, Wed. October 19, 2005, Japan Skates.
  2. Four Continents could be a preview of the Olympics, Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times. February 4, 2009.
  3. Mao Asada Fan Website - News
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Ando Completes Set of Junior Worlds Medals, Golden Skate, Barry Mittan. May 8, 2006.
  5. Japan Skates: Miki Ando, Japan Skates.

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