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The Mao cheer thread ---"After finishing the season I could truly say figure skating is wonderful."

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by rosewood, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    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.:wuzrobbed:wall::cheer::cheer:
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2013
  2. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    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/images/AS20131107000282_comm.jpg

    Thank you for the WORDS and thank you for the beautiful piece, Lori. :wuzrobbed ::inavoid:
  3. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    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.

    narration: In the final season as a competitive skater, she puts every her thought in her skating. (Her name is) Mao Asada.
    Mao: I want to try my best. So hard as I say "I can't do anything more."
    narration: Four yeas since Vancouver, she's experienced lots of difficulties.
    Mao: Such as thinking too much and unable to put my thoughts and techniques together.
    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.
    Mao: My goal of this season is to give my final performances so good as I feel "I made it!".
    narration: She keeps challenging believing herself to show brilliant skating at Sochi.
  4. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    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.

    Last edited: Nov 7, 2013
  5. miki88

    miki88 Active Member

    Thank you, rosewood for your translations. :)
  6. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    This article has a really good close shoot of Mao at her offcial practice yesterday. Open the link and see it.
    Japan Times article:

    AP article in English
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2013
  7. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    Pj's Preview: NHK Trophy

    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." :D
    Her spirals are one of the highlights in the ladies field. :swoon:
    Love her balletic postrues in any protram of hers. Just brilliance on ice. :saint:
    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! :cheer2:
  8. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    According to this article, Mao has won 13 of the Grand Prix events. And it means she won as many as Kwan did. :respec::40beers:

    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=20131109-00000105-nksports-spo.view-000
  9. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    Mao makes her fans threatened in every season. People, she said she wanted to do two 3As in her long program.:eek: Now here comes "You should be lion-hearted or you give up rooting for her" time again :lol: It's no use to say "you should do this or you should do that." She always does what she wants.:hat1:
    And thanks for the words, Lori. Your words tell how much you loves her.:respec:

    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. 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

    An English article on Japan Times:
    Mao wins fourth NHK Trophy title
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2013
  10. AndyWarhol

    AndyWarhol Well-Known Member

    Mao is amazing.
    loulou and (deleted member) like this.
  11. Spun Silver

    Spun Silver Well-Known Member

    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!
  12. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    I don't mind the choker in the FS dress. I like it and love the fact that it's blue.
  13. AndyWarhol

    AndyWarhol Well-Known Member

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

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    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.

    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. :p 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:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    Medal Ceremony
    1 2
    1 2 3 4 5 6

    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.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2013
  15. Spun Silver

    Spun Silver Well-Known Member

    ^ 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!
  16. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    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.

    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
    Shooting the TV ad
    Asada sisters
    The close shot of her footwork
    Super slow shot of a 3A
    Shadow boxing
  17. Rondoboy

    Rondoboy New Member

    Nice article of Mao on RUETERS CANADA, November 28th,2013:)

    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...
  18. loulou

    loulou Let It Snow

    If it was up to me, I'd put that on the signs of the Sochi rink.
  19. leapfrogonice

    leapfrogonice Active Member

    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.
  20. loulou

    loulou Let It Snow

    I was joking.
  21. Rondoboy

    Rondoboy New Member

    Woops!:eek: I am sorry, Mods, for taking your time. I did not know I should not copy&paste all the article. Won't happen again!

    From a recent video of Mao's practice, she appeared to be in a very good condition. GPF will be exciting. I like all six ladies to skate there and look forward to seeing everyone skates clean.
  22. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

  23. leapfrogonice

    leapfrogonice Active Member

    So many high profile opportunities for Japanese fans to see her this season. So special.
    Japan Open. NHK. GPFinal. Japan Nationals. Worlds.
  24. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

  25. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

  26. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    Today is the second anniversary since Kyoko Asada passed away. She must be glad that Mao bumped up and won the 4th gold medal(this season and last season in a row) at the grand prix final, which she could not appear at two years ago. :)

    *** collecting the words related to Kyoko(Mao's mother) and also summary of Mao's life as a competitive skater from the people around them***

    The portrait of Mao Asada by the story which Tatiana Tarasova talked about.

    Rafael Arutunian: "I know what Plushenko knows…"

    After three hard years, Mao Asada hopes to shine at Sochi

    Choreographer Lori Nichol talks about Mao Asada and Daisuke Takahashi

    London calling: Nichol talks Kostner, Asada music
    beautiful photo of her exhibition number "Smile" at Grand Prix Final
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
  27. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    Translating this and that from Japanese articles published after finishing Grand Prix Final.

    NHK article:Mao and Hanyu talked about their thoughts on Olympics.:
    The day after(finishing her long program) Asada appeared at the press conference. "I reached every goal aside from 3As. I'll focus on 3A in my practices from now since 3A is the only and the last thing remained to work on," said Asada with a smile.

    As for the Nationals held on 21st this month, which is the final qualifying events for Olympics, "I'll try my best to give the performances I'm aiming at without thinking too much of Olympics. I'll decide whether I try two 3A or not after some more practices," said Asada.

    Hope she goes back to the first layout of the long program and show us clean 8 triple program at Sochi. Finger crossed! ;)
  28. inskate

    inskate Well-Known Member

    Thanks for collecting the articles & translating the post-competition interview!

    I also hope that Mao will go back to the jump layout. Doing 3As seems so stamina-consuming, and Mao will probably have to compete both in the individual and the team event. Plus, I though there was a lot of improvement in her basic triples at GPF (aside from the 3F-2L-2L, which IMHO is placed a bit too close to the boards). 3F and 3L-2L in the SP had lovely, buttery flow out of them, and 2A-3T and 3S in the LP had very nice height (and got very good GoEs).

    The users at BoI reported that Mao competed in the GPF on painkillers due to chronic back injury (gained during her junior days by overtraining Biellman spins and spirals) getting too painful. She apparently had to limit her spins practices (and, to the lesser extent, working on jumps) before the competition :( I'm happy she didn't let the pain influence her performances, and (aside from missing a spin level in the SP) she executed her spins well and skated with fire, but I hope she'll have enough time to let her back rest nefore Nats. :cool:
  29. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    Sponichi article published on December 9th

    Mao skips Four Continents Competitions considering the Team Events at Olympics

    Piling up good results, Mao Asada is adjusting herself to the Olympic schedule. She won Skate America, NHK Trophy and Grand Prix Final by over 200 points. Even before the Nationals it seems that she'll surely qualify for the Olympics, the events of her dream. It revealed that she skips the Four Continents Competitions held from January 22th to 25th. "If possible, it's better to participate in one more competition after the Naotionals. But it will make her schedule too hard in this season," said a person around her.

    Asada has participated in Four Continents Competitions 6 times in a row. It was her last competition before Vancouver Olympics in 2010. However, the schedule of this Olympics is different from it of four seasons ago. The short program was held on February 23rd, and the long on 25th in Vancouver. As for this season, the short program event is held on February 19th and the long on 20th. They have Team Events in this season. It seems that Japan will qualify for Team Events. The Team Events start from February 6th and the ladies' events of them start from 8th. If she participate in Four Continents Competitions, her schedule will go very hard. She's had pain on her back since before Grand Prix Final. So she chooses to prepare for the Olympics in stead of participating in a competition. It's an 'Olympic strategy.'

    One day after finishing Grand Prix Final she appeared at the media conference. "Performing with my full power using all my muscles, I was exhausted after finishing my long program. I had pain a bit," she mentioned to the pain just in brief and didn't tell further. In spite of the trouble, she landed a 3A which looked clean but judged as underrotated in the short programm. "I think I rotated fully. I go with the same image. I'll show 3As which will be judged as fully rotated by anyone," she felt more confidence.

    She showed the difficult jump twice in the long program. She fell on one of them and underrotated the other. She met Midori Ito at the arena, who shone with a 3A and won the silver medal in Albertville. "Going for two 3As is very tough but you can do it. I did not think about anything," Midori encouraged her. "Me also go for it without thinking too much!" responded Mao. The Nationals and then Sochi Olympics. Mao challenges the difficult jump having no-mindness.

    Love Midori. She's such a hilarious and adorable lady. :)
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
  30. kittyjake5

    kittyjake5 Well-Known Member

    Thank you rosewood!