Miki Ando is the Japanese Figure Skater who at the moment has done one of the most incredible jumps in history! Miki has been competing since a very early age, now she is one of the most recognized figure skaters in Japan and the world. Would you like to know more about Miki, then keep on reading below plus don’t forget to check out some photos and video below.
Miki Ando was born on December 18, 1987 in Nagoya, Japan
This talented Japanese Figure Skater began skating when she was 8 years old, she recalls her first experience in the ice rink as the most interesting thing, she had the honor to have Nobuo Sato to coach her (He has won the championships in Japan 10 times and is in the World Skating Hall of Fame); as well as his wife Kumiko Sato who is one of the most recognized female coaches in Japan. Miki later switched to Carol Heiss Jenkins (Olympic Medalist in 1960). When she started competing in Japan in 2001 she did it with her right foot, I mean with luck by her side, and she won her first competition at the Junior Grand Prix and Junior Figure Skating Championship, and bronze in the 2002 Junior Championships in Norway.
At the Junior 2003 Championships, Miki won the silver, but this same year she gave a performance that kept her image and skating skills on everyone’s minds, when she became the first and only one ever since to perform a Quadruple Jump also known as Quadruple Salchow. At the the Junior Grand Prix in the Netherlands she won the silver at just 14 years old.
The next years 2003-2005 she won first places at the World Junior championships and the Japanese Championships, as well as she won many medals at the Junior Grand Prix. She made it onto the Japanese Olympic Team.
She won the gold at the 2006 Skate America and silver in the Grand Prix in Paris now by the hand of Nicolai Morozov (there was a rumor circulating that they were allegedly romantically involved). The next year while competing in Japan she suffered an injury on her shoulder.
In 2008 with her shoulder still sore and an injured leg (when she collided with Japanese skater Fumie Suguri) she was forced to leave the 2008 Worlds championships, but returned for the Bronze in 2009. This Japanese Figure Skater won her spot in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Take a look at some cool photos here plus the video Below.
Miki Ando Video
Photos: Wikipedia.org/ David W. Carmichael, Wikipedia.org/ Uwe Langer.