Sad to say, but I knew that Mao was doomed at this Olympics, and has been for a long time, actually. Whoever made her focus on the 3A to the exclusion of all else should be shot. Where are the triple-triples? What happened to the attempt at a true lutz? Why have even her normally strong jumps (eg. the flip) deteriorated?
Mao could rely on the 3A at any event besides the Olympics, because hey, sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn't, but anyone with half a brain could tell that the axel is too risky an element to bank on at the biggest event of them all.
And of course she has always continued in trying to land the 3A, which I feel she should have axed a long time ago.
Like some people you seem to be living in the past, as if last two years did not exist. Mao worked very hard on retooling her jumps. They are much improved. She has not skated a clean LP this season, but she has skated well enough- meaning landing the important jumps- Lz, flip, loop, toe (except the 3A which she two-footed a couple of times), and delivering beautiful performances. No, the jumps are not labored. Her whole skating has become mature and yet light. You have clearly not seen her skate in a couple of years, it seems. She had not lost a competition this season until the Japanese national. I thought that was an aberration, so I never expected anything close to today's meltdown. I had expected her to land the 3A, the 3R2R combination, and score higher than Yuna. She had looked great in practices.
Yes, the 3A is risky but some skaters go for the high risk high reward option because without it they don't stand a chance of winning. It's sort of like men going for the quad. Everyone does not play it safe like Evan Lysacek. It's Mao's choice that she wants to go for the 3A. It's something she has been doing since she was 15. She has lost the ability to land it in competitions, but in practices (from what I read) she was landing it consistently.
I agree with Vash. This is a fan thread, not the place to mention forecasting meltdown predictions for a skater, esp if you haven't even been following her skating in the last season and a half.
Shoulda sent Ando.
Still... Mao was very beautiful yesterday.
However, it doesn't seem she has come to her senses in today's dress rehearsal. Her face looks even blank. (((Mao))) You're loved by many people. Don't be too strict to yourself, Mao.
She was in a new dress---very similar design to the one in SA but made with lighter and stretchable cloths/spangles.
P.S. You don't need to tell me who I should put on ignore. I have my own list of 'ignore'. You can do whatever you want.
And since it seems to be a prerequisite to do the 'rah rah' bit in this thread, here's to hoping Mao has the FS of her life and miraculously pulls up into the top five.
ETA: Oh, and I'll tell you to do whatever I like. If you don't like to read that, put me on ignore. Hah!
Last edited by mrinalini; 02-20-2014 at 08:01 AM.
I am devastated for Mao. She has worked so hard and been through so much. The Olympic ice is so cruel.
^ My feelings exactly!
My wish for Mao right now is that she can regroup and skate her heart out in the long program. Cyber hugs to Mao.
She would have had at least one clean 3-axel this season if it weren't for Shin Amano.
I admire so much how she has improved her technique over the years. Much cleaner lutz, real toe-loop and salchows. She has so much to be proud of. I hope she just goes out there and enjoys the performance today.
She was not doomed,infact,she was the one to beat at sochi after vancouver and worlds where she beat YUNA with a GREAT performance. Tarasova had Mao on the right path but she went back to her old coach (comfort zone) and lost all her momentum. Changing her jumping technique when there was NOTHING wrong with it is INSANE. After that,Mao started to become more and more inconsistent at the most inoportune time,and now you see the results. I think she is going to skate better now without the huge pressure from japan.
Last edited by crs; 02-20-2014 at 04:37 PM.
Best freeskate ever. Tears.
You will be missed Mao
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