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    A nonfiction book of Mao's life was published last month and the first 30,000 copies were sold out in a couple of weeks. It is written in Japanese and the title of the boook is (my translation) "Mao Asada --and, to the moment--" It has nice photos(including the photos of Mao in all of the costumes from 2010-2011 season to 2012-2013). Also the book is written based on the real interviews with Mao and the people around her(including Mai Asada and Mr.&Mrs. Sato). You can feel what a strong and warm-hearted person Kyoko Asada(Mao's mom) was. You can see how she lived and died loving/loved-by her family. My eyes were full of tears when I was reading it. Such a painful and wnderful family.
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    On Asahi Shinbun(Japanese major news paper) there was an article about Lori Nicol today. I saw it on twitter and their website. So I quote a bit from the article.

    my rough translation from Japanese

    Takahashi's "Love" and Asada's "Life"...choreographer's thoughts put in the pieces

    Adding to "first love" as the theme, Asada's Nocturne portraits her own life. She challenged to rework on her jumps and she's been going through disappointing seasons. Also she faced her mother's death in the process of it.

    "In your life, sometimes you laugh tremendously, and sometimes you face sadness. However, there is a hope at any time. Mao is traveling in the world of this program with a hope," said Nicol.

    photo: http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...00282_comm.jpg


    Thank you for the WORDS and thank you for the beautiful piece, Lori. :

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    NHK(Japanese TV station) of NHK Trophy put a teaser videos of the Japanese skaters who participate in NHK Trophy, such as Mao, Daisuke and Akiko on their website. I translate the whole video featuring Mao. She at the beginning of the video looks so cool!

    Open the link below. Mao's video is on the lower part of the site. Click on Mao and it starts automatically.
    http://www1.nhk.or.jp/sports2/figure/

    0:06
    narration: In the final season as a competitive skater, she puts every her thought in her skating. (Her name is) Mao Asada.
    0:16
    Mao: I want to try my best. So hard as I say "I can't do anything more."
    0:22
    narration: Four yeas since Vancouver, she's experienced lots of difficulties.
    0:31
    Mao: Such as thinking too much and unable to put my thoughts and techniques together.
    0;35
    narration: However, she is recovering her confidence. She did not give up because she had something to aim at.
    telop: I want to give my best performances at Sochi Olympics.
    0:46
    Mao: My goal of this season is to give my final performances so good as I feel "I made it!".
    0:55
    narration: She keeps challenging believing herself to show brilliant skating at Sochi.

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    I cross-posted the translation of an article about her official practice at NHK Trophy on K&C.
    via Sponichi Anex

    my rough translation:

    Mao in good shape, nailing 3As
    "Hope to be in a good mood"


    NHK Trophy of ISU Grand Prix Series starts on November 8th. The official practices were held at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo. In the first practice group Mao Asada(Chukyo University), who won Skate America, nailed multiple 3As. She's going to compete in good shape.

    After finishing her practice, Asada told about the key of her performance, "3A is the key. Hope to be in a good mood."

    The short programs in men's and ladies' field are held on November 7th. In the ladies' field the starting order of Asada is 8th, Suzuki(Howa Sports Land) 9th and Miyahara(Senior High Scool Attached to Kansai University) 1st. Miyahara makes her debut in senior grand prix series. In the mens' field Takahashi's starting order is the 9th, Oda(Kansai University) 6th, Mura(Okayama International Rink) 7th.

    Photos:
    Mao
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...x-spo.view-000
    http://www.jiji.com/news/kiji_photos/0131107at56_p.jpg
    http://daily.co.jp/general/2013/11/0...06479771.shtml
    http://daily.co.jp/general/2013/11/0...06479771.shtml
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/images/...9140000-p8.jpg
    http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/photo/201...829642-1-L.jpg
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/images/...9140000-p3.jpg
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/images/...9140000-p5.jpg
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/images/...9140000-p6.jpg
    Last edited by rosewood; 11-07-2013 at 11:57 PM. Reason: to add photos

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    Thank you, rosewood for your translations.

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    This article has a really good close shoot of Mao at her offcial practice yesterday. Open the link and see it.
    Japan Times article:
    “I’ll take it one day at a time, first the shorts then the free,” Asada said on the eve of the start of the competition, which she has won three times.

    “In both programs, the triple axel will be important. Hopefully, my performance here will get me going for the rest of the season.”

    The 23-year-old was sharp in practice Thursday morning, landing a series of triple axels to underline her impressive, present form.
    “This season, I want to improve my performance every time I step out on the rink,” she said. “I did OK in the shorts at Skate America, but I feel like I can do better.”

    “At Skate America, because I missed my first triple axel in the free, I probably wasn’t as aggressive as I should have been and I’ll try to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

    ETA:
    AP article in English
    Last edited by rosewood; 11-08-2013 at 02:10 AM.

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    Pj's Preview: NHK Trophy
    I love the fact that Mao Asada is back to being herself. For the last few seasons, every time I mentioned her name and potential it was always with some sort of caveat about her life or her skating. With all that she has been through personally, and after changing her jump technique, it is wonderful to see that her tenacity is paying off. Asada took the title in Detroit and I think she will in Japan as well. But she’ll face a challenge from fellow Japanese skater Akiko Suzuki and American Gracie Gold, who finished second and third respectively at Skate Canada.

    My favorite photos so far:

    She skated to "So deep in the nigjt" several years ago and this is "so DEEP EDGE in her Nocturne."
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/n...ada-ns-big.jpg
    Her spirals are one of the highlights in the ladies field.
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/images/...9140000-p8.jpg
    Love her balletic postrues in any protram of hers. Just brilliance on ice.
    http://daily.co.jp/general/2013/11/0...06480462.shtml
    I love both of them so I'm very happy to see Mao and Miral were laughing together at the rink. Stay relaxed and go for the medal!
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/new...68390_view.jpg
    http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/photo/201...839094-1-N.jpg

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    According to this article, Mao has won 13 of the Grand Prix events. And it means she won as many as Kwan did.


    Mao, V with improvements/ "I can go upper"

    my rough translation(bolded by me)

    ......

    "I touched my free leg on the ice yesterday(SP)....again today...I'm so sorry since I really wanted to nail clean one today," she said with a smile in stead of showing disappointment.

    "Comparing to the same stage of the Vancouver season, my 3As are going much better. I want to show the perfect one in front of the audience as soon as possible."

    Flaw but pretty solid. The opening 3A was not satisfiable. However, her vaunted stamina let her keep the speed all through the footwork in the second half of the program.

    Light and dynamic. Asada's performance grabbed hearts of not only the audience but also the judges. Although it's still in the process, she received the scores over 205・20 which she received at Vancouver Olympics where she won silver by 2・39.

    She won 13 Grand Prix events including this NHK Trophy. It means she won as many Grand Prix events as Michelle Kwan did and they are in the second place.

    "I think I can still go up. I want to show my performances up graded at Grand Prix Final."

    Asada, who has already announced her retirement after this season, progresses even further until the last day to leave the rink.

    photo: http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...s-spo.view-000

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    Mao makes her fans threatened in every season. People, she said she wanted to do two 3As in her long program. Now here comes "You should be lion-hearted or you give up rooting for her" time again It's no use to say "you should do this or you should do that." She always does what she wants.
    And thanks for the words, Lori. Your words tell how much you loves her.


    Yomiuri Shinbun(one of the Japanese major newspapers) article:

    my rough translation(bolde by me)

    Mao progresses further
    Private best scores updated even with the mistake on the difficult jumps


    "I made it to show that even in one or two steps I had improved since last competition."

    She looked radiant after finishing her skating. She updated her private best record for the SP scores by 1.96 points. Also she updated her private record for the total scores by 2.09 points since Vancouver Olympics.

    However, she said, "I can improve further on the technical side." She two-footed and also underrotated the opening 3A. She doubled the second jump of the planned 3-3 cascade. [B]As she received big scores with the mistakes on the difficult jumps, she must expect for the even better scores by focusing on giving a clean plogram with easier jumps. But Asada said unexpected words, "I hope to do two 3As in my long program at some competition in this season."

    Asada's choreographer Lori Nichol who has done many of her programs said, "Being a Queen does not depend on winning the Olympics but it depends on how faithfully you face your skating". "Mao is attractive in a different way from Kwan. However, her attitude to aim at progressing further at any time is the same as Kwan's. I say Mao is a Queen already.", she praises.

    If she wins the Grand Prix final, it makes her to win more Grand Prix events in total than Kwan. In greed no one around her can even imagine, her maverick challenge continues.

    photo: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/zoom/20131110-OYT9I00300.htm


    ETA:
    An English article on Japan Times:
    Mao wins fourth NHK Trophy title
    Last edited by rosewood; 11-11-2013 at 09:52 AM. Reason: to correct the translation and add an English article

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    Mao is amazing.

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    I am so impressed with Mao this season. First of all, she looks strong. She will slways be slim, but for a while there she looked frighteningly fragile. It seems as though she has a new power and reserve of strength. She doesnt even look tired after her programs. Second, she has two perfect programs which form an interesting contrast. The first one is Mao 2006.2, the second one is Mao 2010.2. She goes back to the same composers but skates to them now as a mature, confident lady. It is especially interesting that she returned not only to heavy Rachmaninov music, but to Tarasova and the choker dress -- all of which came under heavy criticism in 2009-2010 for ruining Mao's beautiful, light, lyric style. She seems to be owning her whole career in these two programs and saying, Yes, I AM capable of being powerful as well as lyrical. To me she is really throwing down the gauntlet. Sochi is looking to be a real competition. It is exciting and I am very, very happy for Mao. I pray she does not let her 3A mania ruin everything. Two are enough!

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    I don't mind the choker in the FS dress. I like it and love the fact that it's blue.
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

    from Speedy Death

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    Yes, I would like her to wear blue also.. just in case...

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    According this article, the rating of ladies' FS in NHK Trophy was 20.3 percent. Considering the rating of the baseball game(held on 8th) between Team Japan and Team Taiwan was 10.9, it seems this sport (especially the competition in which Mao appears) is still a killer content in the country.
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000056-jij-spo

    I think her fandom is kinda silent majority of the country. They don't scream at the rinks but they root for her in their living rooms being bothered by the s**k commentaries. First of all it's a bit difficult to get the tickets of the big competitions there.They love her as if she's one of their family member...such as a daughter, granddaughter, sister or even niece. That's why people don't quit supporting her even when she falls on multiple jumps in a competition with reworking on her basic techniques. You support your family member more closely when he/she is struggling , don't you?.


    My favorite photos form NHK Trophy:
    SP
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    FS
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    Medal Ceremony
    1 2
    Gala
    1 2 3 4 5 6


    Addition:
    Thanks to Akira Andrea, the interview with Tatiana Tarasova was translated and posted in GSD. She talked a lot about Mao. Please read this if you're interested.
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...ova-as-for-Mao
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    ^ Oh my gosh, so many smiles! I remember starting a thread (elsewhere) after Vancouver called something like, Will we ever see Mao smile again? It is so wonderful to see her looking healthy and happy and to see her skating with freedom! What a long way she has come!

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    Today I translate my favorite TV ad of Sumitomo Life Insurance. It shows young people think Mao is their role model. They support Mao and Mao encourages them.

    my rough translation

    Our Winter

    Female narration(Supposedly this young lady is having interviews for the job):
    Dear, Mao Asada. I know you've faced many difficulties and got over them. When your heart was broken and things went worse, you never gave up. It's impossible for me to compete at international events like you. But I'll never give up like you never did.

    Telop:
    We are living in the same winter.

    Male narration(Supposedly this guy was a former high school baseball player)
    Dear, Mao Asada. I know you've practiced day by day aiming at your dreams. My dream finished in that summer. But I believe you can nail (your jumps). Now I go for my new dream like you.


    Other videos from SLI official site:

    Mao ad truck running around the center of Tokyo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpUFDpC1Gao
    Shooting the TV ad
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o6vqimXLM0
    Asada sisters
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9gqD-rU1Yk
    The close shot of her footwork
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxRzI3L--bM
    Super slow shot of a 3A
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4qmUtv2XoY
    Shadow boxing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0nZudI_Nh0

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    Nice article of Mao on RUETERS CANADA, November 28th,2013
    http://ca.reuters.com/article/sports...nnel=0&sp=true

    Figure skating-After three hard years, Asada hopes to shine at Sochi

    By Elaine Lies

    TOYOTA, Japan (Reuters) - The first time Japan's Mao Asada set foot on a skating rink nearly two decades ago she wore a helmet and protective pads on her knees and elbows, wanting only to follow her big sister.

    Now she stands as a prime contender for gold at the Sochi Games, where she will once again lock horns with long-standing rival and reigning Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yuna of South Korea.

    Yet as recently as 2012 Asada was thinking about quitting.

    ...read the rest at the link above...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyWarhol View Post
    Mao is amazing.
    If it was up to me, I'd put that on the signs of the Sochi rink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loulou View Post
    If it was up to me, I'd put that on the signs of the Sochi rink.
    I'm sure if there are dedicated fans of ANY skater that will make the trek to Sochi with banners to hang almost forsaking their own clothes/belongings in their luggage … it will be MAO's fans who do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leapfrogonice View Post
    I'm sure if there are dedicated fans of ANY skater that will make the trek to Sochi with banners to hang almost forsaking their own clothes/belongings in their luggage … it will be MAO's fans who do so.
    I was joking.

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