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    Taking my hat off to Mao

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeUTbZqXlpM

    What other top level lady could do what she did? To have the courage to rebuild your career and fix your jumps... she is my favorite but i just cant believe the heart she has. That Axel is beautiful. I know that the naysayers are going to wait until she lands it in conjunction with the rest of the elements before they applaud her but she is such a testament to sport!

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    I like mao, but has she really fixed her jumps. In the GPF long program, she got two under rotations and an edge call.

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    ^^ Maybe it's the caller's abilities that need fixing and not Mao's

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    Go Mao!!!

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    I really hope Mao can make it back to the top of the podium this year! 3 TIME WORLD CHAMPION!!!

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    It is a pleasure to watch her skate whether the jumps are a problem or not. I wish her well.

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    Just stay away from those chokers, Mao, and you will be fine!
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    I would love to see her come back strong. She use to be such a joy to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apatinar View Post
    I really hope Mao can make it back to the top of the podium this year! 3 TIME WORLD CHAMPION!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Cachoo View Post
    It is a pleasure to watch her skate whether the jumps are a problem or not. I wish her well.
    I second you both.

    Thanks for the thread, arakawafan2006. For how nice the girl is, I wish her that you'll be able to make another account: maofan2014.

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    Im so glad someone started a Mao thread. She is just fabulous!

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    She has impressed me immensely. After her showing at worlds the past 2 years, I thought she was a past number, and that maybe it was a mistake for her to rework everything.
    But then she kicked ass recently :O

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    Quote Originally Posted by arakwafan2006 View Post
    It's still uinderrotated by less than 180 degrees, but more than 90 degrees, about 135 degrees short. So that means no downgrade, just an UR call is all, which isn't bad. She's getting there, she's getting there.

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    [QUOTE=AndyWarhol;3831145]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5MMw-a-Jc0

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    What a tremendous performance, absolutely stunning, that 3A was to die for, and love the changes she has made in the choreography and the steps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy03 View Post

    What a tremendous performance, absolutely stunning, that 3A was to die for, and love the changes she has made in the choreography and the steps
    I wonder where all the people (on FSU or elsewhere) who were saying that Mao Asada was on a downward slope and that in one year, she wouldn't be able to jump a single triple, are at the moment

    That was one hell of a performance - great to see her getting such a strong 3A back in competition, and one more reason to look forward to the ladies' competition at Sochi next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyWarhol View Post
    Thanks so much for posting!

    The crowd support was amazing, after she landed her 3A they were incredibly happy for her. And when she shushed the audience (by choreography) before starting the step sequence, it was really funny because there was no way they would keep silent.

    You go girl!

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    Incredible SP ! what a gutzy lady!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratatouille View Post
    Incredible SP ! what a gutzy lady!
    I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY FOR HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She did that Axel like it was nothing. I am also taking my hat off to Mr Sato. Mao made the perfect choice to go to him. That man really knows what he's doing. I like that he got rid of that crazy long setup she used to do into that jump.

    I actually think that I am more excited to see if she lands the flip/loop in the free. Her protocols for the short program were fantastic. GO MAO!!!

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    Thank you for recognizing her genius. She is amazing, and I have watched her carefully since 2002. I have pretty much prayed every time I watched her skate. She has made the most of the requirements of IJS, creating original art even when IJS basically just dumped on her. And she is several classes above Yu Na in her spins, her line, and her risk taking. She will prove irreplaceable when she retires.

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    Mao is really the 21st century's Peggy Fleming.

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