I like this program much more. Mao actually sells this program for me. I think Mao's expression has improved tremendously.
Originally Posted by Medusa
Could be because at Elenas video calza00 says "So hot , uploading for this event is not, thanks.."
Originally Posted by GiuliaPlum
Even hers doesn't start at the begining of the program, so he's probably bored by now and won't be uploading anything else.
Dreaming and dancing
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.
Originally Posted by Bennett
The music is extremely heavy, way too dramatic. Almost overpowering.
Where is has her consistent 3 loop gone???? Took it out entirely?
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.
Skating is art, if you let it be.
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 ???
Dreaming and dancing
My mother said that the music was boring. In the Olympic year, I think it important to pick a piece that non-skating fans can easily associate. I feel that a personality like Fumie might have skated to it better.
Originally Posted by Medusa
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.
Very doubtful she could tackle a 3 toe behind a 2 axel. She just learned it recently. For others this is the easiest triple, not for her. I am sure she could do the loop there, but she is most of the time nailed with an UR on her 3 loop in combo.
Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
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.