Thank you for the link. The smoothness and fluidity of Mai's movements are simply sublime, with edges like a knife cutting butter and her jumps are quite good considering it has been such a long time since she skated on ice and most of all she skates with a lot of feeling and soul. The legacy of Mao's marvelously artistic and expressive skating lives on in wonderfully unique ways in two skaters who expressed that she was their inspiration: Rika Kihira and Mai Mihara.
Kagiyama's SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67MeOTbiu9sKanto Regionals Senior men SP (2 skaters)
1 Yuma Kagiyama 98.46
4S3T 4T 3A
2 Shun Sato 77.90
4T3T 3Lz(foot down) 3A(fall) (botched spin)
Kinki Regional Junior Men final results: https://twitter.com/tsuyoboogie/status/1312308356040650752The top 12 jr ladies from Kinki Regionals advance to West Sectionals. Sara Honda [Marin's younger sister] unfortunately ended in 16th place after a rough SP and FS, so her road to this season’s Jr Nationals ends here.
Kinki Regional Senior Ladies final top 10 - FS play-by-play with program music: https://twitter.com/figureskatingm1/status/1312635964943024128
Kaori Sakamoto 218.35 1 1 (143.47 in FS) - Matrix OST - landed 7 triples (eta: 5 were called clean)
I am one happy person!
Mana Kawabe 188.48 4 2 (130.56) - 3A< step out+7 triples (will make her senior international debut at NHK Trophy)
Mai Mihara 173.38 3 3 (113.69) 4 clean triples
Ayumi Kagotani 165.71 6 5 (109.78)
Riko Takino 165.36 2 7 (104.90)
Yuna Shiraiwa 164.64 5 6 (107.44)
Ayaka Hosoda 156.23 7 8 (100.71)
Nonoka Noguchi 151.02 13 4 (110.33) - skated #12 of 24 (final skater of FS group 2, 5 clean triples)
Harue Inoue 141.03 9 9 (94.47)
Moa Iwano 139.96 10 10 (93.88)
It's just my guess but basically 1) they chose skaters for NHK based on last season's SB 2) they wanted to give a chance to as many Sr debuting up-comers as possible 3)they thought Mihara is worthy to get a spot for NHK as a comeback skater.
Her skating is really beautiful but I hope she gets her health issues sorted out. She looks way too thin, not sure if it’s the result of an eating disorder or other illness or both. Hope she continues to recover so we can see her back on international I’ve eventually!
Top FS scores of this season so far- 100+
Kaori Sakamoto 143 JPN REG
Mana Kawabe 130 JPN REG
Mako Yamashita 126 Japan Open
Wakaba Higuchi 123 Japan Open
Rika Hongo 115 JPN REG
Mai Mihara 113 JPN REG
Tomoe Kawabata 112 Japan Open
Nonoka Noguchi 110 JPN REG
Yuhana Yokoi 109 Japan Open
Ayumi Kagotani 109 JPN REG
Yura Matsuda 108 JPN REG
Hana Yoshida 107 Japan Open
Yuna Shiraiwa 107 JPN REG
Miyabi Oba 105 JPN REG
Rin Nitaya 105 JPN REG
Riko Takino 104 JPN REG
Ayaka Hosoda 100 JPN REG
Hina Takeno 100 JPN REG
Oh poor Mai! It’s an awful condition to deal with and difficult to get the meds right (lots of trial and error to find the best combo). I hope she can continue to manage it well and compete from time to time.I heard a rumor it's an auto-immune desease, started serveral years back.
ETD: I found the article, https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASJBK3F4QJBKUTQP00D.html. She's been suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). Please correct me if I misinterpreted the article.
Did I miss something about Mai? Has she been having difficulties? I thought her FS here looked pretty good.Watching her two performances at the 2020 Regionals, I'm filled with mixed feelings for Mai.
Mai, you are a so strong woman. Your love for skating is amazing. I don't know what to say other than this.