It’s been Orser who has been bringing up Mao’s name and her initial interest in him and the team, time after time as a factor in the split with Yu-Na, so take it to him if you want. It (his accounts on Mao’s interest) is noteworthy since it clearly played a part in the split, as also implied by Yu-Na’s response later on. It also can present some clue on what might develop, or not develop, in his collaboration with the Japanese federation from now on.
It’s interesting that Orser had been consistently (since early May until recently) mentioning the approach made by Mao’s side, while Yu-Na had been silent on this matter. And amidst the split, Orser surprisingly went so far as disclosing the email to the media, as if he wanted to say that he wasn’t making things up. Maybe he hated to be viewed as being untruthful, as Mao’s side, IMG (Mao’s and Orser’s agent), and the Japanese federation were denying such contact was made with Orser. It was only at his last interview with a Canadian media that he denied the existence of such contact from Mao’s side, and he finally stopped talking and let his attorney handle the calls from the media.
It’s conceivable Orser sooner or later will be working closely with the Japanese federation, or IMG Japan, or Mao, or any combination thereof. And I believe he has, or he thought he had, a substantial deal with them.
If it weren’t the case, it would have made much more sense if he had found a way to retain Yu-Na (or at least keep the bridge intact for future possibilities) at the same time working with the Japanese clients by balancing the needs and managing the sort of a Chinese wall between the sides.
But he chose to cut his and his team’s ties with Yu-Na completely, which indicates he has the deal in front of him and made a firm business decision on it. Again, I don’t blame him on making such decision as it’s his business, but the way he handled the split was far from being classy, to the point of being malicious. He practically defamed Yu-Na and her mom, who came to him with a phenomenal talent and put him in the mainstream spotlight for the first time in more than a decade. I am glad Yu-Na has chosen to remain silent as to the details of the split so far, and not made the things worse.
It interests me what would happen as to his priorities if he get to work with a top Japanese skater, while working with Rippon and Gao, both being the top prospects. And what if he pick up a Canadian contender along the way? It might not bring on such delicate situation as Yu-Na/Japan combination would make, but still there will be some fine balancing acts needed to be done to keep such partnerships working.