Mao vs Yuna?
Beautiful skaters. But I think they are different style.
Yuna (2006 WORLDS SP) : [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oRk1HHmrqo[/url]
Mao(2008 DOI) : [url]http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=805WnwiO-5k[/url]
Mao : [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHTCDELTHrw[/url]
Yuna : [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSYNdh-wr-o[/url]
Mao : [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5geXZ6VRaUI[/url]
Yuna : [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUaUrTm6BsI[/url]
i don't really think it's a good idea to compare those two, but to me Yu-na's skating is more natural and flowy than Mao's, but i do admire Mao's power and ability to do jumps near the end of the program!
Originally Posted by jaejang2001
And i personally think that Yu-na's 2006/2007 gala was the best I've ever seen.
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Both skaters are incredibly talented, it comes down to which style you prefer. Both skaters at their best are absolutly breathtaking. IMHO they are the 2 best female skaters ever.
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I by far prefer the style of Yu-Na and feel that her programs, musical interpretation, expressions, presentation, flow, and quality of technique exceed that of Mao. I really appreciate the sensitive, delicate quality of Yu-Na's skating and find it enormously pleasing to watch. I will forever be in awe of Mao's fierce determination and the technical difficulty she is able to achieve. What a fighter she is! What I find not as pleasing about Mao's style is her tendency to be bouncy when she is skating, almost giving the impression that she is pumping her back when stroking. Her arms are not as beautiful to watch for me as Yu-Na's are and her facial expressions have a tendency to be stoic. To me, her basic skating is just not as smooth as Yu-Na's and so many of Mao's jump landings are questionable with the wrong edges, the two-footings, and the possibility for downgrades. Both are unquestionably the top 2 ladies in the world currently and both are immensely talented skaters. It's always exciting to watch them!
Comparison does no service to neither of them. But if anyone can combine Mao's flexibility and Yu-Na's arms, that would be something.
Honestly I agree, I think Mao and Yu-na are in someways mirror images of each other. But if you could combine both girls into one skater. That Skater would be the Greatest Skater Ever.
Originally Posted by Wrlmy
I like Mao on Monday; YuNa on Tuesday and leave it to the judges to decide the better of the two on Wedenesday.
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Originally Posted by Joesitz
I don't think it's a good idea to compare those two, either.
I think the gala at Trophee Eric Bompard was the best one she performed to 'Reflections'. I'm a very critical observer and I found her other performances of that number less than fluid or sloppier than the one in Paris. Although I consider myself a fan of Yu-na skating, I don't find all of her performances equally great. In fact, I thought her SP at 2007 Worlds in Tokyo were overmarked - I thought she skated rather sloppily than her usual self and I could tell she wasn't fit either. Anyway, although many of you might disagree with me, I thought Mao was better when she was 14 and 15 in expressing herself. I just saw her SP to Carmen in 2005 and she skates like she's not holding anything back, so carefree and CHARMING. I remember Dick Button and some other lady commentator (not Peggy) saying how immature Mao's skating is and she's just a 'very talented jumper' back when Mao was 14 or 15. But, I totally disagreed with them then. Mao skated like she had no limit, going out there all the way. Now, she's become very 'reticent' in terms of skating and not so natural anymore. When I see Yu-na's skate back in 2005, her skating was very stiff, like a robot with abrupt jumps here and there, but she's skating more naturally now.
Originally Posted by fairskating01
2005 jr worlds gala
Yuna : [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp5shdEP6a8[/url]
Mao : [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Kv2MDJEaE[/url]
Last edited by jaejang2001; 07-02-2008 at 12:04 AM.
Originally Posted by jaejang2001
To me, Mao looks more flirtatious and 'lively' and Yu-na's skating, while fairylike and graceful mostly due to her ethereal physique, somewhat subdued, especially her face.
This is my favorite recent Yu-na exhibition. I think it was at the Fiesta show in Korea. I love it because Yu-na's every moment to the first song is done in connection with the music. It's as if her body and the music are one.
Last edited by bekalc; 07-02-2008 at 12:20 AM.
For ages I prefered Yu-Na by far because she's so graciouse and emmotional and because I found Mao boring. However, now I feel it's a tougher call as mao has turned into a truly brilliant skater
Mao is very powerful, she's got a strong character.
Yu-Na is graciouse.
They're very different but both great.
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