For Mao fans. Following Japanese nationals, what does everyone think about Mao and where she is at?
I, for one, am worried. Coming only 3rd at her own Nationals and over 15 points behind Akiko?? This is totally unexpected and not good. Up until now, Mao's season has been very impressive, if not quite as brilliant and dominant as I was hoping for. But now this. And with this being her last competition before Sochi, I am worried it will damage her standing in the judges' eyes. Especially if Yuna is strong at Koreans and Carolina at Europeans.
What does everyone think Mao needs to do? My opinion: Dump the 2nd triple Axel in the LP. It's too much pressure and risk, too distracting. Concentrate on skating as cleanly/beautifully as possible. Don't forget the program; don't overfocus on the triple Axels. Really work on audience connection/feeling the music throughout the LP. Remember what Tarasova said: It will take an incredible, emotional program--a standing ovation and more--to beat Yuna at the Olympics.