Hmm... Now I'm going to put Yu-Na Kim in top for this one...
She's doing 3A + 2T, 3Lo, 2A, 3F + 3Lo + 2Lo
Amazing 3S there and 3F + 2Lo + 2Lo
Watch from 2:40 onwards on this video, Mao is practicing 3T as her second jump and possibly replacing her 3Lo to avoid under-rotation.
These are nice things but what worries me is that she is going to attempt 3A+3T
It's going to be so early in the season and it might just not be ready then...
Last edited by pokky_oc; 08-17-2009 at 05:27 AM.
Mao will not attempt all of those jumps/combinations. She is practicing so many of them because it increases her confidence and she likes to have many options to chose from. Also, doing things like 3T out of half loop, loop, 1A, another 3T helps her improve her technique on the solo jump.
Her best combo in those practice clips was 3L-3L:
And here you can see 3T out of a loop entrance and some 3As:
I doubt she will attempt 3A-3T at TEB - too much at stake.[*] I think she will start with the more safe jump layout, and if she'll put 3A-3T in her programs, it will probably be at GPF or Nationals.
She just said in a conference for Japan Open that she doesn't plan to concentrate on jumps. She plans to do one 3A and concentrate on performance instead.
[*] - JSF has changed the Olympic/World Team qualification rules for the upcoming season. Now they are planning to name the team based on the results from the whole season, not just the Nationals. So it's important for Mao to make GPF.
Oh! Good then... But I kinda want to see Mao doing 3A+3T!!
She has lots of option since she's very consistent in most of her triples!
She's able to do them right? But even so at TEB, I think she should be doing either 3F+3Lo, 3F+3T, 3Lo+3Lo or 3A+2T in the SP! For the FS, I don't know what she's planning, but it'll be amazing!
If Mao can whip off those triple axels consistently, she will be unstoppable.
The Asada camp sure is talking the talk, eh?
That said, I have no doubt she is capable of doing it. Can she (or will she) attempt the jumps in competition, though, and if so, will she be successful? (I'm thinking of Miki Ando, who tried the Quad jump at the Olympics, fell, and wound up out of the top 10)
Still, this early showdown will set the tone leading up to the Olympic event. At this point, both her and Yuna Kim are the favorites for the OGM.
Umm.. Kristi Yamaguchi?
I thought Ito would've been considered the favourite in 1992.
Was Baiul really not considered the fave? She was the reigning world champion, after all.
So what you're saying is... that who ever wins the two Grand Prix events and the Final... Will most likely not win the Olympics??
Let me see...
Prediction for now...
TEB: 1. Yu-Na Kim 2. Mao Asada 3. Yukari Nakano/ Caroline Zhang
COR: 1. Mao Asada 2. Miki Ando 3. Alena Leonova/Alissa Czisny
COC: 1.Joannie Rochette 2. Carolina Kostner 3. Rachael Flatt/ Mirai Nagasu
NHK: 1. Miki Ando 2. Yukari Nakano 3. Alena Leonova/ Sarah Meir/ Laura Lepisto
SA: 1. Yu-Na Kim 2. Rachel Flatt 3. Sasha Cohen/ Rachel Flatt
SC: 1. Joannie Rochette 2. Caroline Zhang 3. Mirai Nagasu/ Laura Lepisto
Entries for GPF in Tokyo
Caroline Zhang/ Rachel Flatt
Since it's held in Tokyo...
GPF: 1. Mao Asada 2. Yu-Na Kim 3. Joannie Rochette/ Miki Ando
And Olympics?? Who's the favorite then?
8 ladies have won the title over 14 seasons.
In those 14 seasons, there have been 3 Winter Olympic Games. Of the the 3 Olympic champions, only Tara was a past Grand Prix Final Champion.
Last edited by PolymerBob; 08-18-2009 at 12:59 PM.