Miki Ando

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Miki Ando
Miki Ando 2009 Worlds.jpg
Personal information
Full name Miki Ando
Country represented Japan
Born (1987-12-18) December 18, 1987 (age 26)
Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Coach Valter Rizzo
Former coach Yuko Monna, Nikolai Morozov, Carol Heiss Jenkins, Nobuo, Kumiko Sato, Sachiko Kozuka
Choreographer Natalia Bestemianova, Igor Bobrin, Lea Ann Miller
Former choreographer Stéphane Lambiel, Kenji Miyamoto, Noriko Sato, Nikolai Morozov, Patricia Wilcox, David Wilson, Marina Zueva, Kumiko Sato, Yuko Monna
Skating club Toyota SC
Former skating club Prince Hotel
Training locations Nagoya
Milan
Began skating 1995
Retired 2013
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 201.34
2011 Four Continents
Short program 67.98
2007 Worlds
Free skate 134.76
2011 Four Continents
Japanese name
Kanji 安藤 美姫
Kana あんどう みき

Miki Ando (安藤 美姫 Andō Miki?, born December 18, 1987) is a retired Japanese figure skater. She is the 2007 and 2011 World champion, 2011 Four Continents champion, 2004 World Junior champion, and a three-time (2004, 2005 & 2010) Japanese national champion.

Ando is the first and only female skater to complete a quadruple jump successfully in competition. She accomplished this at the 2002–2003 Junior Grand Prix Final in The Hague.

Personal life

Ando was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1987. Her father died when she was eight years old.1 In 2006, Ando joined Toyota and also entered Chukyo University as an adult learner, from which she graduated in March 2011.23 She learned English during her time training in the U.S.1 In January 2013, she left Toyota Motor.4

Ando gave birth to a girl in April 2013.567

Career

Early career

Ando began skating in 1996 at the age of eight.8 She soon turned to Yuko Monna whose students at that time included Mao Asada and Mai Asada. Beginning in the 2000–2001 season, she was coached by Nobuo Satō, and her program already featured a triple lutz-triple loop.

In the 2001–2002 season she won the Japan Junior Championships, as well as the Junior Grand Prix Final. She also earned bronze medals at the Japanese Championships (senior) and at the Junior Worlds.

Ando made history the next season at the 2002-2003 Junior Grand Prix Final, when she landed a quadruple salchow and became the first female skater to land a quadruple jump of any kind in a competition. She remains the only woman ever to perform this feat. That season she defended her national Junior crown and took silver at the World Junior Championships.

Ando was prominent in 2003–2004, winning all her junior games including the Junior Grand Prix Final, her third consecutive national junior title, and the Junior Worlds. She also won the Japan Championships (senior) and placed 4th at her first senior World Championships.

Ando (far left) at the 2004 NHK Trophy ceremony

2004–2005 season

The 2004–2005 season was her first full season as a senior skater. She won two medals in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series and qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where she placed fourth. She won her second national senior title and placed sixth at 2005 Worlds.

2005–2006 season

Ando relocated to the United States to train with Carol Heiss Jenkins in preparation for the 2005–2006 season which included the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. The season began well, when she won the silver medal at the 2005 Cup of Russia, but she finished 4th at the 2005 NHK Trophy and narrowly qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where she placed 4th. At Japanese Nationals, she placed 6th.

Ando was named to the Japanese Olympic team in accordance with the criteria that were to include two seasons into consideration. At the Olympics, she placed 15th, after falling three times in her free skate, once on her quad attempt. She was not placed on the team to the World Championships the following month.

2006–2007 season

Ando with former coach Nikolai Morozov.

Ando changed coaches again for the 2006–2007 season. Training with her new coach, Nikolai Morozov, Ando made a strong showing in the 2006–2007 season, winning the 2006 Skate America and taking silver at the 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard. She qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where she placed 5th. It was later revealed that Ando, along with the rest of the Japanese team, competed in Saint Petersburg while suffering stomach flu.

At the Japanese Nationals, Ando dislocated her shoulder while performing a spin in her free skate but skated on to place second overall behind Mao Asada.

At the 2007 Worlds, Ando placed second in both the short program and the free skate, and scored a total of 195.09 points to win the World Championship by less than one point over Asada. Ando set new personal bests in both the short program and the free skate, and a new personal best total score. She was named one of Vogue Japan's "Women of the Year for 2007"9 and received six other awards including the "most valuable mention" from the Japanese Olympic Committee.1011

2007–2008 season

Ando's 2007–2008 season began with a silver medal at the 2007 Skate America but went down to 4th place finish at the 2007 NHK Trophy, where she fell three times in her free skate. She did not qualify for the Grand Prix Final.

At the Japan Championships, she won the free skate to place 2nd overall, again behind Asada.

In the following February, Ando competed for the first time at Four Continents, where she attempted a quadruple Salchow but popped it to a double. She won the bronze medal. At Worlds, Ando was 8th after the short program and was forced to withdraw during her free skate due to a leg muscle strain she had been suffering since that morning.

2008–2009 season

In the 2008–2009 Grand Prix season, Ando placed third after Kim Yu-Na and Yukari Nakano at Skate America and placed 2nd, behind Yu-Na, again, at the Cup of China. At the Grand Prix Final, Ando stayed on her foot after an attempted quadruple salchow in her free skate program, the first time in competition since 2004, though the rotations were not considered enough and the jump was downgraded. Despite her last place finish, Ando stated that she was very happy with her performance, and that she would continue to work on her quad salchow.12

At the Japan Championships, she was in 3rd place after the short program. During the free skate warm-up, she collided with Fumie Suguri, and injured her knee. She placed 3rd place, and earned one of three spots to represent Japan at the 2009 World Championships. Before the event, the Japanese skating federation wanted her to leave Morozov.1 There, she won the bronze medal with a total of 190.38 after placing fourth in the short program and second in the free program.

Ando represented Japan in a team competition, 2009 ISU World Team Trophy, in Tokyo, Japan, where she placed 3rd at the short program, 6th at the free skate and 5th overall. Team Japan was placed 3rd, winning the bronze medal.

2009–2010 season

The Japan Skating Federation set, as one of its criteria for choosing the skaters to send to the 2010 Winter Olympics, the highest Japanese medal finisher at the Grand Prix Final. With this in mind, Ando competed at Rostelecom Cup, where she placed 3rd in the short program and won the free skate to win the competition overall. At the NHK Trophy, she placed 2nd in both the short program and the free skate, which placed her 1st overall. The two wins qualified Ando for the 2009–2010 Grand Prix Final,13 which was held in Tokyo.

At this GP Final, she scored 66.20 points in the short program and was placed in 1st at that segment of the competition, 0.56 points ahead of second place finisher Yu-Na Kim. In the free skate, she placed in 2nd scoring 119.74 points, and winning the silver medal overall behind Kim but ahead of the bronze medalist Akiko Suzuki, which made Ando earn a place to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

At the Japanese Championships, Ando placed 4th overall. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, the short program took place on February 23, where Ando executed a triple lutz-triple loop combination, however the triple loop was downgraded. She earned levels 3 and 4 on spins. She scored 64.76, ending in fourth in this segment. In the free skate on 25th, Ando placed sixth with 124.10 points and settled for fifth overall with 188.86 points. Although she originally intended to miss the 2010–11 season, she changed her mind following the Olympics.1

Ando competed at the 2010 World Championships. She placed eleventh in the short program with 55.78 points due to a fall in her opening triple lutz, but came back third in the free skate with 122.04. She earned 177.82 points to finish fourth overall.

2010–2011 season

Ando was assigned to Cup of China and the Rostelecom Cup for the 2010–2011 ISU Grand Prix season. In August, shortly before the beginning of the season, she changed her training base while abroad from Hackensack, New Jersey, USA, to Daugavpils, Latvia.14 She was originally said to have intended to move to Russia, but this plan had to be changed due to the smog and heat wave in Moscow.14

At Cup of China, Ando attempted a triple Lutz-triple Loop combination in the short program, but the loop was deemed underrotated by the Technical Panel and she placed in 3rd in this segment. She won the free skate segment with a clean performance and won the event overall, ahead of silver medalist Akiko Suzuki and bronze medalist Alena Leonova.

Ando competed with a back injury at Rostelecom Cup after a collision with Abzal Rakimgaliev, from Kazakhstan, earlier in the week in practice.15 An underrotated triple Flip in the short program left her in 5th place after the short program but she placed first in the long program with 120.47 points, winning the gold medal ahead of silver medalist Akiko Suzuki and bronze medalist Ashley Wagner.

With two gold medals in the Grand Prix circuit, Ando qualified for the Grand Prix Final in Beijing, where she performed her renewed short program that was completed only a week prior. Mistakes on two jumps left her to 5th place following the short program, but she performed a near flawless free skate which earned her 122.70 points for 1st place in that segment of the competition. However, this was not enough to make up the gap from the short program, and she stayed 5th with 173.15 points.

On December 26, Ando won her third Japanese National title over silver medalist Mao Asada and bronze medalist Kanako Murakami, and these three were nominated into the Japanese team for the World Championships, which at the time were scheduled to be held in Tokyo in March 2011. At the Four Continents Championships in February, Ando placed first in both the short program and free skating segments to win the competition overall. Her total score of 201.34 was a season's and personal best.

Ando won the gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia, beating silver medalist Yu-Na Kim by 1.29 points and bronze medalist Carolina Kostner by 11.11 points.16

2011–2012 season

In June, it was reported that Ando would sit out the 2011–2012 Grand Prix series.17 She later decided not to compete all season, and in ISU events she appeared only once as an invited skater in the exhibition of the World Team Trophy. Instead, Ando participated in numerous shows worldwide, and among them, a benefit event for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, called "Reborn Garden",18 was planned, co-choreographed and co-produced by Ando herself.19 The characteristic choreography by Ando and Tsurutani is to a non-stop sequence of various music assembled into one story scene, similar to a ballet program.2021

2012–2013 season

Ando was assigned to the 2012 Cup of China and 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard.22 In May, Ando said she was uncertain if she was ready to return to competition but she had to sign a commitment.23 In October, she withdrew from both events because she was unable to find a permanent coach.22 At the end of the same month, Ando learned she was pregnant. She gave birth in April 2013 to a baby girl and resumed training a month later.5

2013–2014 season

After two years of absence and 5 months after giving birth, Ando returned to competition at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy where she won the silver medal behind Russian senior debutant Elena Radionova. Following her seventh place finish at the 2014 Nationals, Ando announced her retirement from competitive skating and said that she intended to pursue a coaching career.24

Programs

Ando at the 2011 Four Continents.
Ando at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Ando performs her exhibition Handcuffs at the 2008 Four Continents.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
25

2012–2013 Did not compete
this season
2011–2012 Did not compete this season







2010–2011
26




2009–2010
1327



2008–2009
2829


2007–2008
3031



2006–2007
32
  • Scheherazade
    by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

2005–2006
3334

2004–2005
35

2003–2004
36
2002–2003
37
2001–2002
38
2000–2001

Competitive highlights

Results39
International
Event 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011-12 2013–14
Olympics 15th 5th
Worlds 4th 6th 1st WD 3rd 4th 1st
Four Continents 3rd 1st
Grand Prix Final 4th 4th 5th 6th 2nd 5th
GP Bompard 2nd
GP Cup of China 4th 2nd 1st
GP Cup of Russia 2nd 1st 1st
GP NHK Trophy 2nd 4th 4th 1st
GP Skate America 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd
Golden Spin of Zagreb 2nd
Ice Challenge 2nd
Nebelhorn 2nd
International: Junior, Novice
Junior Worlds 3rd 2nd 1st
JGP Final 1st 3rd 1st
JGP Canada 1st
JGP China 1st
JGP Czech Rep. 1st
JGP Japan 1st
JGP Mexico 1st
JGP Sweden 1st
Mladost Trophy 1st N. 1st N.
National
Japan Ch. 3rd 5th 1st 1st 6th 2nd 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 7th
Japan Jr. Ch. 7th 3rd 1st 1st 1st
Japan Nov. Ch. 1st 1st
Team events
World Team 3T / 5P
Japan Open 1T / 2P 3T / 6P
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results

Ando at the 2009 NHK Trophy.

(Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.)

2013–2014 season
Date Event SP FS Total
December 5–8, 2013 2013 Golden Spin of Zagreb 2
62.81
2
114.01
2
176.82
September 26–28, 2013 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy 2
59.79
4
103.07
2
162.86
2010–2011 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 25 – May 1, 2011 2011 World Championships 2
65.58
1
130.21
1
195.79
February 15–20, 2011 2011 Four Continents Championships 1
66.58
1
134.76
1
201.34
December 24–26, 2010 2010–2011 Japan Championships 2
64.76
1
137.58
1
202.34
December 8–12, 2010 2010–2011 Grand Frix Final 5
50.45
1
122.70
5
173.15
November 19–21, 2010 2010 Rostelecom Cup 5
54.00
1
120.47
1
174.47
November 5–7, 2010 2010 Cup of China 3
56.11
1
116.10
1
172.21
2009–2010 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 22–28, 2010 2010 World Championships 11
55.78
3
122.04
4
177.82
February 14–27, 2010 2010 Winter Olympic Games 4
64.76
6
124.10
5
188.86
December 25–27, 2009 2009–2010 Japan Championships 3
68.68
4
116.76
4
185.44
December 2–6, 2009 2009–2010 Grand Frix Final 1
66.20
2
119.74
2
185.94
November 2–5, 2009 2009 NHK Trophy 2
56.22
2
106.33
1
162.55
October 22–25, 2009 2009 Rostelecom Cup 3
57.18
1
114.75
1
171.93
2008–2009 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 15–19, 2009 2009 ISU World Team Trophy 3
62.08
6
105.44
5
167.52
March 23–29, 2009 2009 World Championships 4
64.12
2
126.26
3
190.38
December 25–27, 2008 2008–2009 Japan Championships 3
65.02
4
109.07
3
174.09
December 10–14, 2008 2008–2009 Grand Prix Final 5
55.44
5
102.81
6
158.25
November 5–9, 2008 2008 Cup of China 2
59.30
2
111.58
2
170.88
October 23–26, 2008 2008 Skate America 2
57.80
3
110.62
3
168.42
2007–2008 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 17–23, 2008 2008 World Championships 8
59.21
WD
February 11–17, 2008 2008 Four Continents Championships 2
60.07
3
117.59
3
177.66
December 26–28, 2007 2007–2008 Japan Championships 2
68.68
1
135.50
2
204.18
November 29 – December 2, 2007 2007 NHK Trophy 2
60.52
7
85.29
4
145.81
October 25–28, 2007 2007 Skate America 2
56.58
1
105.31
2
161.89
2006–2007 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 19–25, 2007 2007 World Championships 2
67.98
2
127.11
1
195.09
December 27–29, 2006 2006–2007 Japan Championships 2
69.50
3
116.15
2
185.65
December 14–17, 2006 2006-2007 Grand Prix Final 2
67.52
6
89.80
5
157.32
November 17–19, 2006 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard 2
65.02
2
109.42
2
174.44
October 26–29, 2006 2006 Skate America 2
66.74
1
125.85
1
192.59
2005–2006 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 10–26, 2006 2006 Winter Olympics 8
56.00
16
84.20
15
140.20
December 23–25, 2005 2005–2006 Japan Championships 6
60.24
6
113.12
6
173.36
December 16–18, 2005 2005-2006 Grand Prix Final 3
56.70
4
100.60
4
157.30
December 1–3, 2005 2005 NHK Trophy 4
54.56
4
99.78
4
154.34
November 24–27, 2005 2005 Cup of Russia 2
60.76
2
111.54
2
172.30
2004–2005 season
Date Event QR SP FS Total
March 14–20, 2005 2005 World Championships 2
27.66
7
59.30
7
106.18
6
193.14
December 24–26, 2004 2004–2005 Japan Championships 3
63.23
1
109.24
1
172.47
December 16–19, 2004 2004-2005 Grand Prix Final 5
51.06
3
100.04
4
151.10
November 11–14, 2004 2004 Cup of China 4
49.76
4
100.56
4
150.32
November 4–7, 2004 2004 NHK Trophy 3
50.90
1
119.46
2
170.36
October 21–24, 2004 2004 Skate America 1
53.64
6
89.00
3
142.64
2003–2004 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
March 22–28, 2004 2004 World Championships Senior 2 3 4 4
March 1–6, 2004 2004 World Junior Championships Junior 1 1 1 1
December 25–26, 2003 2003–2004 Japan Championships Senior 2 1 1
December 12–14, 2003 2003–2004 JGP Final Junior 2 1 1
November 22–23, 2003 2003–2004 Japan Junior Championships Junior 1 1 1
October 16–19, 2003 2003 JGP Mexico Junior 1 1 1
September 25–26, 2003 2003 JGP Japan Junior 1 1 1
2002–2003 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
Feb. 24 – March 2, 2003 2003 World Junior Championships Junior 3 3 2 2
December 20–22, 2002 2002–2003 Japan Championships Senior 2 6 5
December 12–15, 2002 2002–2003 JGP Final Junior 5 2 3
November 23–24, 2002 2002–2003 Japan Junior Championships Junior 1 1 1
October 17–20, 2002 2002 JGP China Junior 2 1 1
September 26–29, 2002 2002 JGP Canada Junior 3 1 1
2001–2002 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
March 4–10, 2002 2002 World Junior Championships Junior 1 4 3 3
December 21–23, 2001 2001–2002 Japan Championships Senior 3 3 3
December 13–16, 2001 2001–2002 JGP Final Junior 2 1 1
November 23–24, 2001 2001–2002 Japan Junior Championships Junior 1 1 1
November 1–4, 2001 2001 JGP Sweden Junior 1 1 1
September 27–30, 2001 2001 JGP Czech Republic Junior 3 1 1
  • QR: Qualification round

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