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skatesindreams
10-06-2012, 04:22 PM
I'm delighted for Mao, Ashley and Jeffrey!

floskate
10-06-2012, 04:57 PM
Does this mean Mao has dumped the 3 axel for now?


Nope, she did a few in practice at Japan Open and they looked a LOT better than any of her attempts last year. She's said she is going to try and add it later in the season.

Mao gave a LOT of points away here (UR's 2ft 2x at the beginning and a spin that didn't even score anything) but still racked up 122+. I'd say internationally this program will be very well received. But whatever happens, I'm just really happy that she seems happy out there and most importantly, she looks healthy!! :cheer:

ETA: Better quality version of Mao's new FS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfkkuI5vXyw

Love Dai as always but ITA with zebobes - where is the choreography at the beginning? Is this the actual choreography or has Morosov's editing been at work? There are moments that I just love however.

jenny12
10-06-2012, 05:06 PM
Nope, she did a few in practice at Japan Open and they looked a LOT better than any of her attempts last year. She's said she is going to try and add it later in the season.

Mao gave a LOT of points away here (UR's 2ft 2x at the beginning and a spin that didn't even score anything) but still racked up 122+. I'd say internationally this program will be very well received. But whatever happens, I'm just really happy that she seems happy out there and most importantly, she looks healthy!! :cheer:

ETA: Better quality version of Mao's new FS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfkkuI5vXyw

Love Dai as always but ITA with zebobes - where is the choreography at the beginning? Is this the actual choreography or has Morosov's editing been at work? There are moments that I just love however.

Agreed. I really appreciate that Mao has choreography throughout her entire program and hope she is able to keep it that way and add jumps throughout the season. I know she has struggled the past few years, but hope she can finally get it together.

Love Dai's passion but I wish he had more choreography in the beginning and was using someone other than Morosov.

caseyedwards
10-06-2012, 05:23 PM
http://www.brecorder.com/sports/other-sports/84133-plushenko-ready-for-big-olympic-fight.html

This says Plushenko did 2 quads and a 3A and 2 quads for the first time since 2005. Says he is 50/50 happy about it but it's too early.

aftershocks
10-06-2012, 05:41 PM
From the Daisuke-san thread in Trash Can:


Congrats to Daisuke and Team Japan for winning Japan Open

1 Takahashi 172.06
4T 4T<(2foot)-1T 3A 3A-3T 3Lo 3S 3Lz-2T-2Lo 3F

2 Kozuka 165.08
4T 4T(stepout+hands) 3A 3A-2T-2Lo 3F 3Lo 3Lz-3T(turn) 3S

3 Buttle 160.86
3F-3T 3A 3Lo-2T 3Lz 3S 3Lo 3S-2T-2T 2A

4 Plushenko 156.21
4T(hand) 4T-2T 3A 3Lo 1A 3Lz-2T-2Lo 2S~2A 2A(fall)

5 Brezina 151.53
4S(hand) 1F 3A 3A-2T 3F-2T 2Lo 3Lz 3S-2T-1T

6 Chan 137.42
4T(fall) 4T(fall) 3Lz 3A(fall) 3Lo 3Lz(fall) 2F 1A

So, it looks like Dai has started off the season very strong, and I hope his strength and success continue to build :cheer:

As far as complaints about Dai's choreo, IMO, trying to successfully land quads requires a lot of energy and mental focus. Preparation in going into quads is also important so its a given that choreo will not be the main focus in the sections of his program where f'ing quads for point-gathering are needed.

ETA:
Thanks kittyjake for the link to Dai's fp performance at Japan Open! Wow! I have to say, Dai has certainly started out the season very strong. It's clear that he has been focusing hard on getting two quads into his fp without sacrificing any of his artistry. So what re the opening choreo? Why so nitpicky? The opening IMO is still very powerful. Good strategy on Dai's part. He is a true artist and athlete, and he's right now, IMHO, the best male skater in the world.

Okay, there are plenty of talented challengers out there too... several of them his own countrymen (Hanyu, Oda, Kosuka). Surely that fact has bolstered Dai's focus on continuing to improve. But I also think that Dai doesn't really worry about his competition, as much as he is inspired by the best that his top competitors have to offer. Dai feeds on that inspiration and he focuses always on what he can do to be better. Above all, he's gracious in either victory or defeat.

Lanie
10-06-2012, 06:10 PM
I'm normally not a big Mao fan, but I love that LP!

DimaToe
10-06-2012, 06:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8AjG4VKyTA
Mao's Swan Lake
And according to Japanese new report, Mao got 0 on one of her spins. That explains the low TES

:D Seems like Mao is getting her groove back, as well as Tarasova choreography wise!! :cheer:

Madmarch
10-06-2012, 07:10 PM
Love Daisuke's LP, does anyone know what the music is?

jenny12
10-06-2012, 07:22 PM
Really glad to get to see these programs this early. Can't wait to see others including Patrick Chan, even if it sounded like he had a pretty horrid skate.

flipforsynchro
10-06-2012, 07:25 PM
Are there protocols for JO anywhere?

FSfan107
10-06-2012, 07:25 PM
Mao's program is lovely! I love ending with the spread eagle into the spiral part.

emma1227
10-06-2012, 07:36 PM
Great way to start the season for Ash and Mao!! But Agnes...what happened? Has high hopes for her after US Classic...was hoping her inconsistencies in the free might be a thing of the past!!

emma1227
10-06-2012, 07:37 PM
Mao's dress is just stunning!!

ratatouille
10-06-2012, 07:44 PM
I am sure Chan will be back on the right track. It's just the first competition.

Well done to Daisuke! and nice quads although the second one was 2 footed. I don't mind not seeing any transitions in the first few minutes. Quads need a lot of speed and preparation.

So proud of Jeff. He's been competing 2 days in a row and look at him! he's surely missed. I love his skating.

Mao's FS is simply gorgeous in every way: the costume, the music cut, the choreo and her skating. It will get better and better. But what's so good to see is Mao in good shape. She's gained more weight and muscle after so many years being worried about her late mother. Well done to TAT too!

This will be an exiting season ! although I must admit that with all the rule changes, I don't understand them any longer.

Cloudy_Gumdrops
10-06-2012, 07:51 PM
Mao's Swan Lake is gorgeous.

Ashley needs to ditch that dress. And go back to brunette.

Much as I love Dai, I'm just not feeling the program, yet. Maybe I just loved last year's LP too much.