MAO CHEER THREAD---starting on her 23rd BD <3

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  1. Rondoboy

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    Woops!:eek: I am sorry, Mods, for taking your time. I did not know I should not copy&paste all the article. Won't happen again!

    From a recent video of Mao's practice, she appeared to be in a very good condition. GPF will be exciting. I like all six ladies to skate there and look forward to seeing everyone skates clean.
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    So many high profile opportunities for Japanese fans to see her this season. So special.
    Japan Open. NHK. GPFinal. Japan Nationals. Worlds.
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    Today is the second anniversary since Kyoko Asada passed away. She must be glad that Mao bumped up and won the 4th gold medal(this season and last season in a row) at the grand prix final, which she could not appear at two years ago. :)

    *** collecting the words related to Kyoko(Mao's mother) and also summary of Mao's life as a competitive skater from the people around them***

    The portrait of Mao Asada by the story which Tatiana Tarasova talked about.

    Rafael Arutunian: "I know what Plushenko knows&#8230;"

    After three hard years, Mao Asada hopes to shine at Sochi


    Choreographer Lori Nichol talks about Mao Asada and Daisuke Takahashi

    London calling: Nichol talks Kostner, Asada music
    ETA:
    beautiful photo of her exhibition number "Smile" at Grand Prix Final
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20131209-00000062-sph-spo.view-000
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  7. rosewood

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    Translating this and that from Japanese articles published after finishing Grand Prix Final.

    NHK article:Mao and Hanyu talked about their thoughts on Olympics.:
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    The day after(finishing her long program) Asada appeared at the press conference. "I reached every goal aside from 3As. I'll focus on 3A in my practices from now since 3A is the only and the last thing remained to work on," said Asada with a smile.

    As for the Nationals held on 21st this month, which is the final qualifying events for Olympics, "I'll try my best to give the performances I'm aiming at without thinking too much of Olympics. I'll decide whether I try two 3A or not after some more practices," said Asada.
    .....


    Hope she goes back to the first layout of the long program and show us clean 8 triple program at Sochi. Finger crossed! ;)
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    Thanks for collecting the articles & translating the post-competition interview!

    I also hope that Mao will go back to the jump layout. Doing 3As seems so stamina-consuming, and Mao will probably have to compete both in the individual and the team event. Plus, I though there was a lot of improvement in her basic triples at GPF (aside from the 3F-2L-2L, which IMHO is placed a bit too close to the boards). 3F and 3L-2L in the SP had lovely, buttery flow out of them, and 2A-3T and 3S in the LP had very nice height (and got very good GoEs).

    The users at BoI reported that Mao competed in the GPF on painkillers due to chronic back injury (gained during her junior days by overtraining Biellman spins and spirals) getting too painful. She apparently had to limit her spins practices (and, to the lesser extent, working on jumps) before the competition :( I'm happy she didn't let the pain influence her performances, and (aside from missing a spin level in the SP) she executed her spins well and skated with fire, but I hope she'll have enough time to let her back rest nefore Nats. :cool:
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    Sponichi article published on December 9th

    Mao skips Four Continents Competitions considering the Team Events at Olympics
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    Piling up good results, Mao Asada is adjusting herself to the Olympic schedule. She won Skate America, NHK Trophy and Grand Prix Final by over 200 points. Even before the Nationals it seems that she'll surely qualify for the Olympics, the events of her dream. It revealed that she skips the Four Continents Competitions held from January 22th to 25th. "If possible, it's better to participate in one more competition after the Naotionals. But it will make her schedule too hard in this season," said a person around her.

    Asada has participated in Four Continents Competitions 6 times in a row. It was her last competition before Vancouver Olympics in 2010. However, the schedule of this Olympics is different from it of four seasons ago. The short program was held on February 23rd, and the long on 25th in Vancouver. As for this season, the short program event is held on February 19th and the long on 20th. They have Team Events in this season. It seems that Japan will qualify for Team Events. The Team Events start from February 6th and the ladies' events of them start from 8th. If she participate in Four Continents Competitions, her schedule will go very hard. She's had pain on her back since before Grand Prix Final. So she chooses to prepare for the Olympics in stead of participating in a competition. It's an 'Olympic strategy.'

    One day after finishing Grand Prix Final she appeared at the media conference. "Performing with my full power using all my muscles, I was exhausted after finishing my long program. I had pain a bit," she mentioned to the pain just in brief and didn't tell further. In spite of the trouble, she landed a 3A which looked clean but judged as underrotated in the short programm. "I think I rotated fully. I go with the same image. I'll show 3As which will be judged as fully rotated by anyone," she felt more confidence.

    She showed the difficult jump twice in the long program. She fell on one of them and underrotated the other. She met Midori Ito at the arena, who shone with a 3A and won the silver medal in Albertville. "Going for two 3As is very tough but you can do it. I did not think about anything," Midori encouraged her. "Me also go for it without thinking too much!" responded Mao. The Nationals and then Sochi Olympics. Mao challenges the difficult jump having no-mindness.
    ...


    Love Midori. She's such a hilarious and adorable lady. :)
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    Thank you rosewood!
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    Glad to hear she is skipping 4CC. She needs to focus on the Olympics, and she is doing that.
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    Translating this and that

    Daily Sports article published on December 7th
    Lipnitskaia and Wagner praised Mao

    On the last day of Grand Prix Final(December 7th at Marine Messe, Fukuoka)

    Lipnitskaia(Russia) who placed 2nd for the long program and Wagner(US) who placed 3rd praised Mao Asada.

    At the press conference after the medal ceremony Lipnitskaia(at the age of 15) praised Asada who won all of the competitions which she appeared at in this season so far. "Of course she is the strongest skater in the world. Especially I love her skating. Her skating is so beautiful and smooth. I respect her and she is my favorite skater," said Lipnitskaia sending a admiring look at Asada. "Of course she's very strong this season. Moreover, I respect her as a female skater because she can nail 3As. That's worthy of respect," said Wagner.



    Love Ashley. When she competes with Mao, she often mentions to Mao's 3A. Ashley is such a fighter and a hard worker, too. She might understand Mao deeply.
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    Translating this and that

    Daily Sports article published on December 9th
    Mao won the competition and the viewer rating hit a high of 34.8%! Mao along with Hanyu pushed average rating over 20%

    On December 9th it revealed that the live coverage of Grand Prix Final aired by TV Asahi earned over 20% average rating on December 6th and 7th when Yuzuru Hanyu and Mao Asada won the competition. Especially on the day when Mao won the competition, the viewer rating hit the high of 34.8%. The high rating indicates people's expectation for Sochi Olympics.

    The details about the four days are as follows: Men's and ladies' short program were held on 5th and the average rating was 16.0(the highest rating reached 25.0%). Yuzuru Hanyu won the competiton on 6th and the average rating was 21.0%(the highest reached 23.1%). Mao Asada won the competition on 7th and the average rating was 23.1%(the highest reached 34.8%. The exhibition show was held on 8th and the average rating was 11.2%(the highest rating reached 19.0%).
    (Research done by Videoresearch, on Kanto area)
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    "Chopin Saved My Life" is a documentary filmed by Oxford Film and Television in 2012. It was aired in UK this summer via Channel 4. I assume the person inside Danceworks'(in UK) facebook was moved and posted Mao's photo on their facebook. It was also aired in Japan this September(and again in December). This is a very touching documentary. I found a partial clip of the documentary on youku which was originally aired via NHK in Japan. So I translate the video today.

    The teaser clip:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J6KDmTE0F0

    About the story(quoted from Channel 4):
    This hour-long documentary, directed by BAFTA and Emmy award-winning director James Kent, meets Japanese teenager Momoka and Scottish music student Paul Murray to explore how Chopin&#8217;s extraordinary Ballade Number 1 transforms the lives of ordinary people and illustrates how classical music still penetrates contemporary life in unexpected and powerful ways.

    It introduces Momoka, a 15-year-old pianist from Sendai, Japan, whose community was decimated by the 2011 tsunami and earthquakes. For Momoka, the Ballade embodies the anguish and rebellion she feels but doesn&#8217;t allow to surface.

    For 22-year-old Paul from Glasgow, the piece is life-changing. Paul grew up in Bellshill, a poor, working class suburb of Glasgow. He first played piano at 15, and it opened up a whole new world for him. During his first term at uni Paul was diagnosed with a brain tumour and then MS, which both eventually caused him to lose the ability to walk and to play with his right hand. Waiting in his hospital bed in between operations over three months, he played the Ballade again and again on the iPod his dad Stephen had given him. It was that single piece&#8217;s emotional pull that Paul credits with the return of his memory.



    "Chopin Saved My Life"(Momoka's episode)
    http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjA3NzY1MTIw.html
    my rough translation

    (Walking on the shore where tsunami swept everything away.)
    Momoka: As we had tsunami etc, I've felt depressed.

    (Offering flowers in order to morn people's death)
    Momoka: Twenty thousand people had died. I realized the fact being there.

    (In Momoka's room there are ofuda(paper charms) given by shrines, which is for good luck in entrance examinations .)
    Momoka: I saw her a month later. After the earthquake disaster. I saw Mao playing it.
    ***this young pianist intentionally uses the word 'play' instead of 'skate' like "I saw her playing Chopin's Ballad number 1," instead of "I saw her skating to Chopin's Ballad number 1. She prefers 'play' in the case of relationship between the music and Mao. She also uses 'hear' instead of 'see' due to the same reason."***

    (Mao skating to Chopin's Ballad number 1 which is her exhibition number in 2010-2011 season. She skated to this number a month after the disaster in a charity show to support the people affected by the disaster. )
    Momoka: I saw her wonderfully playing Ballad number 1. I was moved and encouraged by her. The inspirations which I might never feel before the disaster. If Ballad number 1 had had lyrics, it would be "Roars of souls." When I heard her(playing it), the image came to me that souls were flying around, people who died in the disaster were calling for help. Inside of my mind I felt the messages from the people.

    (The scenery out of the window of Momoka's lesson room. Then Momoka plays the piano with her instructor.)
    Momoka:Chopin tells something to us. I imagine Chopin had hard time with composition, like he struggled but didn't give up finishing it.



    This clip is the ending part of the documentary in which Stephen Hough plays Chopin's Ballad number 1.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KJ2Llvc60g


    ETA:
    Mao's Ballad number 1 at Dreams on Ice in 2010
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xit3cf_mao-asada-doi-2010_sport?search_algo=2


    Analysis of Chopin's Ballade number 1 by the four musicians who appeared at this documentary:

    It begins with a sad discord which gives audience no idea about how it will go. The first theme is introvert and disconsolate melody. The second theme has a touch of furtive happiness and
    presage&#65363; the hope. In he epitasis comfortable energy breaks forth. In the coda distinct characters collide to each other and it goes back to the darkness again, with fury and despair.The story is left to the audience without any conclusion.


    This number is not a long one. However, it contains many aspects. Mao became the music and the story was left to Momoka. She felt the despair and the longing for help. She felt Chopin struggled but never gave up finishing the composition. She felt Mao struggled but never gave up her progress. From those inspirations Momoka was encouraged and given a hope to live.
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  16. Rondoboy

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    Thank you, rosewood, for all your work!
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    Thank you so much, rosewood!

    :cheer2:
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    Thanks rosewood for this translation. Ballade is my favorite program of hers. "Ballade embodies the anguish and rebellion she feels but doesn&#8217;t allow to surface." I agree with this description of the music. The piece has a seemingly calm surface but there is great passion bubbling just beneath it, which only erupts at certain parts during the music.
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    The glimpse of the official practice on Saturday. 3As look solid. I really feel she changed her technique for 3A. When she skated to 'So Deep in the Night', she did three 2As in it, and those 2As were so light that they looked like transitions. I don't say her 3As of today is as light as those 2A but it look much lighter and has good flow than it in Vancouver season. Midori and Mao are the only ladies who nailed 3As in multiple seasons. And it's so surprising that Mao still nails it after almost a decade since she debuted her 3A in an international competition.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyFBd3yt7Pc
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    Three days before the long program her 3A looked good(see the video I posted above) but as the competition schedule went, her 3A went worse. I wonder if her pain on her back got worse even during the Nationals. Her back injury is a chronicle one, so I also wonder if it gets worse as the season goes because of the intensive training. Mr. Sato said after Grand Prix Final in last season that Mao had serious pains so she had to keep lighter pace in working on jumps, especially she couldn't work on lay back spins because of the back pains. In the official practice the injury got worse and she said that it would be impossible for her to show the long program. It was Mr. Sato who pushed her back by saying like "Show everyone what you can do in your worst condition." Wish her quick and full recovery by taking a rest considering this is the Olympic season. Skipping 4CC was a wise choice.


    Sankei article published on December 23rd.
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20131223/fig13122320190010-n3.html

    my rough translation

    (in the press conference after the long program)
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    Mao:
    I hadn't grasped the timing of going for a 3A before I skated in the competition. I'll keep this regret&#65288;and the frustration) in my mind and revenge in the Olympics. The mistakes costed and I ended up with silver medal in Vancouver Olympics. In Sochi the color of the medal is important as well. However, My goal is to show perfect programs I'm aiming at."
    .....

    Mr Sato:
    She hadn't recovered as fast as I expected, so she couldn't train enough. She still has pains on her back. Going back to the beginning I'll support her to recover from the injury.
    ......

    note: Japanese athletes often say "kuyashii" when they are not satisfied with his/her own performances. "kuyashii" is a feeling which is the mixture of 'regret' and 'frustration against himself/herself'.
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    Re-posting from GSD:
    Asada, After a Struggle, Is Soaring Over the Ice Again
    By JERÉ LONGMAN
    Published: December 27, 2013
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    Mao has constantly supported and inspired young people in Tohoku area, who were affected by the great earth quake disaster. Momoka, who appeared in "Chopin saved my life" which I'm quoting here, is one of them. Mao held her "The Ice show" in Tohoku area and invited many suffers for free, skated in some other charity shows, held skating lessens for kids in Tohoku area, published a charity book and donated all of the benefits etc etc. She doesn't blow a horn but people who were supported by her grow their love inside of themselves. It's very Mao.:)

    It seems she received a messages from those kids. She put it on her official site. I translate it today.
    I can read the biggest message. It says "Never give up, Mao-chan."

    Go Mao!
    And Go Kamaishi kids!! :cheer2::biggrinbo:cheer2:
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    Sumitomo Life Insurance co is one of Mao's sponsors. SLI is now asking on their official facebook which SP costume do her fans love. They say that they show (the summary? of) your messages to her. Why not post your message on it? It's not sure but she might take your messages into consideration when she decides which costume she'll wear in Olympics/Worlds. The dead line is 19th(Japan Time) and they start about the LP costume from 20th. It must be OK to write in English.

    1-A=Japan Open
    1-B=Skate America
    1-C=she wore in other competitions besides those two competitions
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...53.22825.102083393212861&type=1&stream_ref=10
    or
    https://www.facebook.com/sumitomolife

    ETA
    It looks 1-B and 1-C are both loved by many fans. Maybe 1-B is the most loved one. Reading messages already posted on the facebook, the reasons are:
    1-B: suitable for the music, the lavender color is beautiful, the most elegant
    1-C: stands out in the rink, it looks better than 1-B with skaters in dark colors together in the rink

    New year's card from Mao on SLI facebook.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...39232753.22825.102083393212861&type=1&theater
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    As for the votes about the costumes, you can see the result here. Hope Mao will wear them in Sochi. :encore:
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    Nikkan sports article: http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140205-00000014-nksports-spo

    (my rough translation)

    Figure skater Mao Asada(23) left Narita airport for Sochi on February 5th.

    "I feel Olympics is starting finally. My physical condition is good. I'm in a very good shape. I've done everything I had to do." she said.

    As for her programs, "I do one 3A in the short program and one in the long program, twice in total."

    photo:http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140205-00000014-nksports-spo.view-000


    I assume she went back to the original 8 triple(or 7 triple; doing 3F-2Lo in stead of 3F-3Lo) program. It contains all 6 kinds of triple jumps, better balanced than two-3A-program, and also it'll be the first achievement in ladies' field. :cheer2:
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    I'm very happy to hear that, I would love nothing more than Mao to be at her all-time best at this Olympics. That layout is a lot smarter and less stressful, and will still give her an advantage over the field if clean.
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    No Mao sighting yet!! (None of the ladies skaters actually).
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    Mao and Akiko left Japan about six hours ago. So they'll arrive in hours. ;)
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    Explains it. I didn't see any of the ladies yesterday. But I think Kaetlyn was there since I saw her coach.
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    She looks great. :) I hope she can stay relaxed and in the moment, that first 3axel was the best one I've seen her do in a long time.
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    Interviews with Mao
    (my rough translations)

    Leaving Japan(at the airoprt)
    Mao:
    (about 3A)I decided to do one in the short program, and one in the long.

    The long program with one 3A is better balanced (than the program with two 3As.) It doesn't affect the base values much.

    I had achieved the goal in Vancouver to nail those three 3As. I have nothing to regret.

    This time I aim at nailing all those six kinds of triple jumps which I couldn't do in Vancouver.

    (3F-3Los were) very good in the practices.

    My thoughts have changed gradually. I've done everything I had to do.

    The time has come. I'm facing the Olympics with good image.


    Arriving Sochi(at the airport)
    Mao:
    Four years since Vancouver Olympics. I wish I can show the fruits of what I've reworked from the basics.


    After the first official practice
    Mao:
    I was in the best form ever in the practices in Japan.

    The time has come. This Olympics is special. I'll do my best. I wish I'll finish the Olympics smiling.

    This is the first Team Event ever so skaters are excited for it.

    I skated once in the same arena. I have a good image.(my note: She won the last season's GPF in the arena.)


    my note:
    It seems Mao is aiming at doing the 8 triples in her long program. Of course if she nails all of them, it will be the new achievement in the ladies field. But if she doesn't go for 3-3, and does 3-2 instead, she'll still achieve the first achievement(doing those all six kinds of triple jumps) in the ladies field.


    Go Mao! Show your programs of your life!!
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    I'm *really* relieved that Mao is only going for one 3A in the LP! I think she has a much better chance of winning this way, with or without the 3F-3R. Go, Mao!
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    beautiful photos from the official practice
    http://imgnews.naver.net/image/421/2014/02/06/751549_article_59_20140206205602.jpg
    http://imgnews.naver.net/image/421/2014/02/06/751546_article_59_20140206205605.jpg
    http://imgnews.naver.net/image/109/2014/02/06/201402062049776055_52f376ee4ef83_59_20140206205104.jpg
    http://imgnews.naver.net/image/076/2014/02/06/2014020601000569800036581_59_20140206202503.jpg
    http://imgnews.naver.net/image/109/2014/02/06/201402062059771010_52f3792b782e8_59_20140206210003.jpg
    http://imgnews.naver.net/image/117/2014/02/06/201402062059152282_1_59_20140206210002.jpg
    http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bfy3M64CIAAbVak.jpg

    Glad to see both of Mr.Sato and Folle are at the bar. Folle polished her long program around the middle of January. She'll work with Mao at the Team Japan's camp in Armenia after Team Events for 4-5 days. It's nice to see Folle's hands on Mao's on the bar. :)
    http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BfyVNsFCQAAM0ru.jpg
    http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BfyVG8HCcAA2Jj5.jpg

    Mao is under the big pressure from the Japanese and Korean media even at the rink. :(
    http://imgnews.naver.net/image/109/2014/02/06/201402062053777114_52f377ef3ca88_59_20140206205504.jpg
    http://imgnews.naver.net/image/117/2014/02/06/201402062048272288_1_59_20140206204903.jpg
    http://imgnews.naver.net/image/109/2014/02/06/201402062045772872_52f375f07a9ea_59_20140206204702.jpg

    It's nice to see her relaxed and smiling at the rink side. ;)
    http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bfy1i6MCAAAGMaI.jpg
    http://imgnews.naver.net/image/109/2014/02/06/201402062039774783_52f3748467c43_59_20140206204102.jpg

    I can't blame her for retiring after the Worlds considering those big pressures she has lived for more than a decade under. However, as a fan I'll miss her so much. Anyways, best wishes for the team and individual events.
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    Thanks for collecting the links, rosewood! :)

    Here's a clip from the afternoon practice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jGuBWUw9UQ
    According to the reports, Mao's practice went well, she landed 4 3As; her 3-3 and other jumps were also good.

    Some of my favorite photos:
    Great turn out in the attitude position: http://jto.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/w3-jack-a-20140207-e1391692186159.jpg
    Great lines and full split in the I spin: http://www.wikitree.co.kr/webdata/editor/201402/06/img_20140206170601_fc28d94e.jpg
    Perfect landing position: http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Mao Asada Previews Winter Olympics Day 1 FWzIbeGgcLkx.jpg
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    Lynn Rutherford &#8207;@LynnRutherford
    WOW MAO :kickass:


    big smile from mao
    http://imgnews.naver.net/image/117/2014/02/07/201402071327442282_1_59_20140207150702.jpg


    ETA:
    Alex Shibutani &#8207;@AlexShibutani
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    People were so curious about the queen of the 3A at the rink. :D :biggrinbo:biggrinbo
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    This is AMAZING. GAME ON!!! Go, Mao!