Wow great skates from Mao and Ashley it seems. Mao's dress looks ok but not keen on the flesh top and the fact that you can see the press studs. Hopefully it will look better while she's skating. Ashley's is....not good Still can't wait to watch this though!
Amazing skate for Daisuke. It really looked like he was from another planet compared to the others out there today!
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Congratulations to Team Japan. Can't wait to see a revitalized Mao Asada.
I LOVE Mao's new LP. Beautiful, beautiful footwork all the way through. She looks so much more healthy this season and it really shows in the jumps which looked the best I've seen them since perhaps even 2008 Worlds. More mileage, that 2x-3t in place plus the spins and final jump combo sorted and this will be 130+ potential by the end of the season.....if done clean
Overall, I think Mao's program has potential and could be one of her better ones. It has nice choreography all the way through. She just needs more mileage on it and to become more consistent.
Really enjoyed Daisuke.
Yay yay yay MAO!!!!
Are the ladies not required to do a layback spin now?
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The only problem that i have with Daisuke's FS is that the program's choreography doesn't really seem to start until after the quad toes are out of the way. He has a long gliding approach where he isn't really doing anything... and it's even more obvious when he does two of them right in a row.
He probably will get better as the season progresses, but other than that, nice job, Daisuke!
Mao looked gorgeous and happy. That is so great
Daisuke was amazing as well. Going to be a great year
Does this mean Mao has dumped the 3 axel for now?
And is Ashley's or Akiko's LP on youtube yet?
So glad for Ashley!!
(But here's hoping she ditches that dress!)
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I'm delighted for Mao, Ashley and Jeffrey!
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!!
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.
Love Dai's passion but I wish he had more choreography in the beginning and was using someone other than Morosov.
From the Daisuke-san thread in Trash Can:
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.
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.
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