03-19-2014, 09:01 AM
re floskate: If possible, your new video at the very end of her career would be very much appreciated. I'm a big fan of yours.
This slide show made me into tears, especially her face and own words in the last part are so bitter and sweet.
03-19-2014, 03:42 PM
03-19-2014, 07:59 PM
rosewood - I do have a Mao montage in the works. I started it in 2011 and still haven't finished it but, after Sochi I revisited it and have changed it around a little. I'm hanging on for Worlds and, hopefully some really beautiful moments before I complete it. It will be the story of her struggle between Vancouver & Sochi
03-24-2014, 11:52 AM
Today's practice video, including 3F-3Lo and 3A. Hope she'll skate relaxed.
03-24-2014, 12:07 PM
I hope Mao never retires, but I am sure when she does she will make the best of all her new missions and goals.
03-24-2014, 12:45 PM
It's always interesting how Mao's 3 axel in practice is fully rotated and clean compared to the one she does in competition.
Originally Posted by rosewood
03-24-2014, 06:43 PM
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Mao, what you did at Sochi already made you a heroine for the ages, but I wish you a stellar Worlds! May you have the skates of your dreams!
I do hope she wears that stunning "blue Firebird" costume again. It is now iconic.
03-24-2014, 06:56 PM
I hope she can compete as relaxed as she practices for once. She has nothing left to prove to anyone, least of all herself. Isn't the 'blue Firebird' dress based on a Japanese flower that was a favourite of her Mother's?
03-24-2014, 07:51 PM
That is so touching. Every time it think about this I cry. Mao is the only one who brings the The Iron Lady to tears.
Originally Posted by floskate
03-24-2014, 07:55 PM
I am rooting for her to win this world title.
03-24-2014, 09:16 PM
03-26-2014, 01:37 AM
here's another practice clip of her short http://youtu.be/kKvsxHR5AGI
Originally Posted by smarts1
03-26-2014, 02:17 AM
I think for old time's sake Mai needs to come sit with her in the kiss-n-cry. That would be so sweet.
03-26-2014, 04:48 AM
Originally Posted by TheIronLady
Mao is looking good.
03-26-2014, 06:29 AM
I came across this video yesterday and deeply moved by Mai's words. (Maybe this interview was done hours after the ladies free skating in Olys.)
MC: We cried.
Mai: Well, in the short program she placed very low. As an older sister I trembled thinking "Oh, is she OK?"...(chocked with tears)...well, I think she truly did her best (in the long program).
MC: Sanmiya-san, you rooted for her counting the numbers of her jumps.
Sanmiya: Well, I suppose Mai as an older sister has got over many things together with Mao, so I understand the meaning of her tears, my eyes are full of tears watching Mao too, maybe it is not only me but many people who shed tears for her.
MC: How hard it was for her to leave feelings behind after the short program.
Mai: Well, after the short program her face showed how badly she lost her confidence. Honestly speaking, I was wondering like "Can she complete her long program?" or "Is it possible for her to skate?" My heart was filled with such thoughts.
MC: I heard you made a call.
Mai: Well, seeing her morning practice before the long program, her face was just the same as it was after finishing the short program. I fell anxious and I made a call. She was really dispirited. I didn't know what to say.
MC: Then what did you say?
Mai:: Although I wanted to say "You are OK", I told her off instead since I thought it would bring her to her senses.
MC: You told her off since you wanted her to come to her senses?
Mai: Since I believed people around her had told her "You are OK, you are OK". I thought she needed something beyond the supportive words. Since I'm a family member...(chocked with tears)
Female MC: That's the older sister should be.
MC: So you knew her mind and the situation very well and gave those words.
Female MC: What did you think of Mao's facial expressions or words after finishing her long program?
Mai: Of course she had been aiming at OGM and worked very hard since Vancouver Olympics. Even though she ended up with no medal, I believe she gave special feelings such as happiness and inspirations to people all over the world by doing her best all through her long program.
Female MC: So older sister's words brought her to her senses, right?
Mai: If so, I'm glad but well no one knows. She was supported by her trainer, manager, Mr and Ms Sato and many other people. In Sochi Olympics I could see the strength and weakness inside of herself .
MC: What do you think about her long program looking back this quad?
Mai; Well, I was saying to myself "She's OK. She's OK" even before she started her skating. During she was skating I was still saying "She's OK, She's OK." And when she finished her skating, "She did truly her best" was the only words which came to me.
MC: Her hard work paid off as her highest score.
Mai: Well, it was very much impressive that she was holding back the tears out there. Our hearts were with her and we shed tears. So I want to hug her tight and say "Now you can cry as much as you want" when she's back home.(chocked with tears)
MC: (He read Yagudin's comment.)
Mai: Well, "thank you" is not enough to express my feeling. Just wordless. When she's back I'd love to talk with her a lot.
03-27-2014, 07:25 PM
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Anyone else saw the SP yet? OMG I'm so, so glad and happy to see her do such a fantastic job, especially after the disappointment at Sochi with the same program.
03-27-2014, 07:39 PM
Yes! I'm so happy for her! Rooting for her to win her 3rd World title!
03-27-2014, 07:42 PM
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She was sublime. The whole performance was in the same zone as her free skate at Sochi. Bravissima, Mao!
03-27-2014, 08:19 PM
That was an amazing skate. So happpy for her!
03-27-2014, 08:54 PM
Yay Mao! Here is her record-breaking SP: