Seriously, we are going to need another Mao vs Kim thread for all of this Mao vs Kim debate so that we can save this thread for the OTHER skaters within the competition.
Folks there are more than TWO skaters at this competition lets widen the conversation to talk about them.
Just back from lunch, I'm psyched!
I too am just waiting for reports from the other disciplines, in particular dance.
Hopefully I'll get some work done today, lol.
On a serious note, I really am worried about the pressure Mao's receiving from the Japanese press, but she *must* rise above it, this is part of being a champion. Yet despite all that I cannot help feeling sorry for her.
As a country, Japan tops the list when it comes to teenage suicides, wherein the youngster studies hard & does not get into thee presitigious university. The pressure to be p-e-r-f-e-c-t is moreso in Japan than any other country IMHO. Korea's right behind. Here's an article about it:http://www.cbc.ca/news/viewpoint/vp_.../20040527.html
I honestly feel that Japan would have won more Olympic Gold Medals if they didn't pressure their athletes so much (e.g. Midori Ito).
I'm glad I'm an American, my country doesn't expect me to be perfect.
GOOD LUCK, MAO!!!!
P.S. kudos to Yuna Kim, she looks like a World Champion, and seems to be dealing with the pressure like a champion. Though I'm a Mao Fan, I cannot help but admire this.
Is Yu Na Kim doing THREE 2As again?? Geez.
I love that Mao is doing away with pretty pretty princess programs. But I think there is all kinds of music that would be different from her and yes challenging because of the type of moods she can convey, that Mao is currently NOT trying.
I'd love to see Mao have a program where she put together dramatic Mao and lighter Mao, something that hasn't happened which I think would actually be challenging for her, and would also allow her to highlight her strengths.
I think not highlighting your strengths is a not very smart strategy...Surely there's a way to challenge yourself artistically while showcasing your strengths.
In the case of Mao though my biggest feeling is challenge is good and stuff, I think that consistency is important too. I feel like Mao is always moving to the latest trick, and I think she would be very well served it she took a deep breath stopped and started just working on perfecting the tricks she already has...
Instead of working on a triple axel/triple toe, why not work on getting her triple flip/triple toe consistent? Then once she has that consistent and solid, then put effort on moving to the triple axel/triple toe. I.e triple flip/triple toe and a solid triple loop could be a winning short program plan for Mao. I mean its awesome that Mao wants to do all these cool skills but it seems like the cool skills are at the expense of her consistency and at the expense of winning.
I do wish though there were clips of Kostner, I have a feeling she could be a big factor at this competition.
Unfortunately, this thread will be about Mao and Yu-Na until somebody posts a practice report about the other ladies.
And how verner and ponsero were doing today, only news i ve read tonight were about Oda!
If Mao truly believes herself that these choices she and her team have made for this season are the best ones for her, then regardless of whether we the fans and the critics might view them as mistakes or not, I wish her the best of luck.
But somehow I just get the impression that she might not be all that happy with the current circumstances.
I don't know.... we will know soon enough.
And sorry, folks. This was another Mao / Yuna post.
Kim's program looked great, jumps real solid, especially that 3L 3T