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.