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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Sorry I meant her work will be too much to take for Asada.
    Care to explain? Mao is a beautifully expressive skater.

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    Great choice! Asada is such a joyful and light skater, these are qualities that Nichols seems to excel in bringing out of her students. I think Mao's programs will be much better next year, she will be skating with more confidence and I would not be surprised to see her become 3 time World Champ.
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    I think it's a good choice. I love her Nocturne program, it's probably one of my favorite short programs ever. Claire de Lune, Fantaisie Impromptu and So Deep is the Night were lovely too. Didn't like Czardas though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!
    But between TAT and Nichol, I'll take the latter any time, any day.

    Quote Originally Posted by igniculus View Post
    Care to explain? Mao is a beautifully expressive skater.
    I personally don't think she has the artistic maturity and flair of Lambiel to pull off Salome Brunner programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shine View Post

    I personally don't think she has the artistic maturity and flair of Lambiel to pull off Salome Brunner programs.
    True that. ^^
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    It was reported at Ballerina on Ice that Mao's exhibition will be coreographed by Lori and Tatiana.


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    That choice seems very Blah to me, but the programs are guaranteed to be COP- savvy.
    Still, with Dickson, Brunner, Bourne, Camerlengo, Miyamoto, Yuka Sato, sometimes Wilson, Platov, Browning and more thinking out of the box, Nichol seems a safe, but uninspired choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinakt View Post
    That choice seems very Blah to me, but the programs are guaranteed to be COP- savvy.
    Still, with Dickson, Brunner, Bourne, Camerlengo, Miyamoto, Yuka Sato, sometimes Wilson, Platov, Browning and more thinking out of the box, Nichol seems a safe, but uninspired choice.
    ITA. I think it's a safe choice, I guess. Lori's programs for Mao were okay, but to me they were not special. This could have been a great opportunity for her to try someone else, so I'm dissapointed a little.

    So, her SP will be choreopraphed by TAT, LP by Lori, and EX by Lori and TAT...hmmmmm I really wanted to see a different side of Mao next year... oh well...

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    Although I don't always like Nichol's programs, I think that she is a MUCH better fit for Mao than TT. Too bad she isn't doing the SP as well....

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    At first I was wondering if Mao left TAT. To me that would have been a good thing.
    I felt her programs were very dark this year - music was too strong, and I didn't think they fit her too well. TAT usually has her own ideas about her skaters. I was disappointed how she seemed distant to Mao all season. I'd love to see Mao move on to another coach closer to home.


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    This is an article in “Nihon Keizai Shimbun” in Japan.
    Translation into English. 
    Asada requested the choreography to Nichol.
    May 10th, 2010 JST

    As for the next season when she aims at the championship for two seasons running in the Worlds (at Tokyo in next March), Mao Asada (Chukyo University) revealed that she requested the choreography for the free skating to Lori Nichol, in May 10th.
    As for the choreography for the short program, Tatiana Tarasova who canceled a exclusive contract as for the coach with this season takes care of it also in next season.

    As for making the program with Nichol after interval for two seasons, Asada said, "I look forward to it with feeling a longing for those days and would like to skate to the music which is composed mainly by the slow tempo because I had skated to the powerful music for the last two seasons". She is going to go to Russia and Canada in June to choreograph.

    The judging system is revised so as to evaluate the challenge to the high difficulty jump from next season, but she said, “My consciousness doesn't change, because I only do firmly what I can do”. (Kyodo Com)

    The article:
    Asada requested the choreography to Nichol.
    http://www.nikkei.com/news/category/...2E2E2E2;at=ALL


    Reference:
    The programs choreographed by Nichol (quote from wikipedia)

    2008-2009 FS
    Claire de Lune
    by Claude Debussy

    2008-2009 EX
    Sing, Sing, Sing
    by Louis Prima

    2007-2008 SP
    Fantaisie-Impromptu
    by Fréderic Chopin

    2007-2008 EX
    So Deep Is The Night
    Étude Op. 10, No. 3
    by Frederic Chopin
    vocals by Lesley Garrett

    2006-2007 FS
    Nocturne No.2 Op. 9-2
    in E flat major
    by Frederic Chopin

    2006-2007 SP
    Csárdás
    by Vittorio Monti

    2005-2006 SP
    The Nutcracker
    by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    2005-2006 EX
    Over the Rainbow
    by Harold Arlen
    vocal by Eva Cassidy
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 05-11-2010 at 06:36 PM.

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    I'm glad to hear about this change and I think it will suit Mao well this year. She needs something a little less tense for an LP this year.
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    I'm not really a fan of Nichol, but I've enjoyed the programs she's done for Mao, so I'm happy to see this news.
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    Perfect fit for Mao... Although the rest of the programs she has choreographed for other skaters (ie Caroline and Mirai's Carmen early this season) have been boring and empty, the programs she did for Mao fit her skating style perfectly.

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    I'm guessing that Brunner turns a lot of skaters down. I don't think she likes to be McChoreographer like SOME PEOPLE, lol.
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    I am so glad to hear that!
    I love her 'Clair de Lune' and 'So Deep Is The Night'. Lori is a good fit for Mao, IMO.

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    Even though Lori's choreography has been kinda boring recently, she's a big improvement over Tarasova and I think fits Mao a lot more. I'm disappointed that she's keep TAT for the SP, but I did like the Ladies in Lavender program she did for Mao. As I've said before, as long as TAT doesn't make Bells of Moscow into the SP, than it should be OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChibiChibi View Post
    I really wanted to see a different side of Mao next year... oh well...
    Isn't that what she did last season?


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    Quote Originally Posted by igniculus View Post
    Care to explain? Mao is a beautifully expressive skater.
    You are right. Look at her ex programs such as Tango and Caprices. She is beautifully expressive with such passion, power, joy, and happiness with a slight touch of coquetry and sophistication. She may not be matured enough to perform the Bells of Moscow yet, but I think she is a pretty versatile skater now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikiAndoFan#1 View Post
    Isn't that what she did last season?

    Exactly.

    I love this SP-TT, LP-LN idea much better than SP-LN, LP-TT or all LN or all TT.
    I can't wait to see Mao's new programs as always
    I guess we'll get to see Mao's new EX number in couple of months. I'm expecting fourth masterpiece. (So Deep..-Por Una Cabeza-Caprice- ? )

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