I <3 Laura! She improved so much since last year, and yes, she does remind me of Sasha from time to time, but without the head case. I'll add her into my favorite ladies' list.
Good for Joannie. A PB at so early in the season, wow! First we saw Miki, then there comes Joannie, then Laura, the lady's field is finally getting excitied!
Don't know why Tarasova picked such a heavy music for Mao, it doesn't suit her personality at all. Good news is after GP she'll have plenty of time to rework it, I hope she'll ditch it and go with something that she feels confortable with.
I agree that Mao's facial expressions are a lot better. TAT also expresses absolute faith in Mao's presentation. She was like, "this is a very difficult piece of music to skate to, but Mao is the only one who could do it." It is nice to have a coach who is always so absolutely supportive. I recall that she did not do well with the last year's program at first and then it became better. I hope that it will be more convincing when she skates to its full potential.
I just saw Mao's performance and I am so disappointed.
I absolutely hate the dress. She should wear something more flowy with drapes. And it should be something lighter in color, like dusky purple.
I hate the fact that she is opening her mouth. I much prefer her to just focus on her skate and let the passion of her skate express itself.
The choreography is not that bad except that little part where she slaps herself to and fro. That really needs to go. Masochism and Mao is like water and oil.
I feel like crying....
Many thanks all who gave information and videos.
I just saw Mao's program.... I don't like it at all. She really should have gone back to Lori Nicols. Tarasova just doesn't suit her.
I have to say that I am much much more exicited about Miki Ando LP than Mao's.
It seems like Team Asada is trying to copy Yu-Na's style.
Mao can skate to anything well but I worry about this choice.
Also, they need to change her jump layout. It's really bad. She is wasting her combinations and she needs to include the Lutz - with the old technique, not the new one. Stop worrying about the edge and just do the jump. She always had great flow and air position on the Lutz. A solo 3T is such a waste. This would work a lot better:
3Flip (out of footwork)
3Lutz-2Loop-2Loop (out of footwork)
3Loop (near the end of the program; she can do this jump like it's nothing)
Great expression, great choreography, great moves but ouch ! What on earth is this dispressing repetitive horror of a music ???
Somehow the happy Mao says that she likes it a lot and that it is full of highlights. I hope that we could see that next times.
I love Joannie's S&D so much more than Aranjuez!!
Not sure I love it as much as Firebird or Don Juan, but I can totally see her
winning OGM with a performance like here.
Mao's Prelude is a vast improvement over Masquerade, but jumps should be there, and I'm appalled she's keeping the same jump layout that cost her so many placements last season.
Is it me, or her flip technique became a bit odd, sort of like her new lutz entry?
I heart Laura, and she's been fairly consistent with the lutz lately. She needs to plan her layout so that whenever she misses the 3-3, she should replace one of the axels with a 3toe. She hasn't been hitting 3-3 for a while, and she needs to really think about points. Glad to see her hitting 7+ in all the areas of pcs.
Yukari, ditch the program and that leotard ASAP! She took the theme of Firebird much too literal, and she looks like a phoenix/pheasant. If she still wants that Olympic spot, she should be going back to Capriccio Espagnol or Giselle. With her jumps as they have been recently, I can easily see Fumie or Akiko easily topping her. Yukari can't afford to lose pcs point with a less-than-spectacular program.
Wow, Joannie was strong. I think we really have to watch out for Joannie this year.
I hope Yukari is gonna be okay. I really don't like the pants look on ladies, let alone for an Olympic year.
I'm probably in the minority here (from reading your guys posts)- I actually really liked Mao's program. I know some say it's Masquerade all over again, but if she is more solid on the jumps it'll be a great & powerful program. The dress was eh, but I never really liked what she wears.