With this year of sumo at an end, let's run through the rikishi who featured in this poll.Aminishiki
- despite having one leg which consists mainly of bandages, Ami is thriving in the top half of the Makuuchi division, his lowest rank this year being Maegashira 4. For me, he has taken a place alongside Kyokutenho and Wakanosato as one of the elder statesmen of ozumo.Hamanishiki
- the other nishiki lasted for just a single basho this year, retiring after the Hatsu basho and taking over Kasugayama-beya when the previous shisho became a Kyokai director. While I was sad to see him leave the dohyo, I'm happy he's found a place to stay in the sumo world.Kyokutenho
- where to start? It was a foregone conclusion that Kyokutenho would retire in April to succeed his retiring shisho. But the veteran Mongolian had other ideas, and it paid off in the very next basho when he clinched an under-the-radar yusho. He just keeps on going. I really must congratulate Jejima, ilovesumo, Vikanohara and the eight anonymous members
of Kyokutenho's family
who believed he would survive. Miyabiyama
- the sad decline of this former Ozeki continued in 2012, to the point where he is now just (maybe) clinging on at the very bottom of the Makuuchi division. He wasn't on the intai list after the Kyushu basho, but we wait to see if he will fight at all in 2013.Takamisakari
- he and Miyabiyama are polar opposites in every way, but at least they're declining together. Robocop is also just about clinging onto his active career, albeit at the bottom of the Juryo division. He'll retire if he falls to Makushita, but maybe he can eke out a couple more basho before that happens.Tochinonada
- weighed down by the dozen gold stars he collected over the years, Tochinonada called it a day after the Hatsu basho and is now a coach in Kasugano-beya.Towanoyama
- he keeps toiling away in Makushita but can't quite seem to get close enough to becoming a sekitori again. He's 35 now but he hasn't given up, presumably still aiming for that elusive return to the paid ranks.Wakanosato
- with Aminishiki still holding his own at the top and Kyokutenho bouncing around in between, Wakanosato provides a nice bookend for the lower Maegashira ranks. Maybe the old raw strength isn't there quite so much now, but with age comes experience and Wakanosato survives the year in good shape.
Screenshot of the original results (someone voted after I unlocked the topic and neglected to re-lock it):
Edited by Yubinhaad, 05 January 2013 - 16:11.