I found this article on twitter. Supposedly this interview was published on one of the Japanese newspapers last month. It was so good that I wanted to post it for the people who would love to know inside stories between Lori and Mao, or Lori and Daisuke. Sorry for my poor English. Don't get mad about my rough translation.
Mao interprets even sorrow. I understand Daisuke's soul.
Lori Nichol must be one of the best current choreographers. She grew up the World Champions such as Michelle Kwan and Patrick Chan. Two of the four gold medalists at the last Olympics used the programs choreographed by her. In this Olympic season she choreographed programs for Mao Asada(Chuo University) and Daisuke Takahashi(Kansai University). We interviewed her about these two Japanese skaters.
---You chose 'Nocturne' by Chopin for Asada again, with whom you had worked for a long time. You used it for her in the past when she was at the age of 16.
"Sweet, soft, thoughtful, gentle and strong. That is my 'Nocturn'. And so is Mao's image. She flows on the ice like a light and delicate feather. It seems Chopin is the perfect composer for her. She was a innocent girl seven years ago. However, she's gone through difficulties and sadness since then. I think now she understands the sorrow and other various aspects in Nocturn."
"Seeing Mao, I feel the special relationships between Mao and ice. She flies on the ice using almost no power. As smooth as cutting butter with a knife warmed in hot water. When she skates, she makes so beautiful sound that I can't resist to be fascinated with it."
"After Vancouver Olympics in the process of her reworking on skating, I chose the stressless musics for her. As for this season, I choreographed a program which makes her soul fit her techniques perfectly."
---This is the first time for me to work with Takahashi. I turned down his offer last season but I accepted it this time.
"I usually start choreographing for skaters from their young age. So it made me nervous to accept him since he was already an established great skater. I hadn't known even the habits of his skating. However, I couldn't resist because of his charm. Daisuke was the dream of all the choreographers. I studied his past programs. Also I asked him about what he wanted. "Something different. Something to appreciate my fans," he said."
---Then why Beatles?
"I loved Daisuke skating to tango with that passion. The tango version of 'Come Together' was one of my favorite numbers but I hadn't seen a good skater for this number for years. Using this music, I didn't want him to skate to tango for four minutes. So I made it into medley."
"To the opening number 'Yesterday' he can go for difficult jumps in a calm mood. As for 'In My Life', listening to Sean Connery reciting the lyrics of the song in a CD, I thought the phrase 'I love you more' fit Daisuke's theme. As for 'Long and Winding Road' in the end, life is a journey and the journey is not always beautiful. It must be suitable for Daisuke. While we were choreographing, We had a moment to understand our soul to each other."
---Do you go to Sochi? You appeared at Vancouver as Patrick Chan's coach.
"It was an unusual occasion. (Just before Vancouver Olympics)Chan's coach passed away and the federation asked me. Maybe I'll go to Sochi, if the schedule allows me. First of all I am a wife and a mother. Prediction? Oh, c'mon. I'm a cheer leader. I root for all of them."