Mao's dress does not do her justice and makes her look totally juvenile.
I am the minority who like Mao's dress.
Very girlish and the neck was beautifully beads.It just didn't go with her program. What did she changed from last year? Just smile vs non smile version of last year.
No need to say anything about Yuna 's program, just wish for her staying healthy all season and she will get the gold medal.
The issue is less whether Mao's dress looks good, which is subjective no matter how hideous it is, but whether it fits the program. Somewhere, I think much was lost in translation. Masquerade Waltz got interpreted simply as Waltz, where a Rococo gown styled dress would be suitable. However, it is Masquerade Waltz. She needs something darker and more vampy/costume-y, as a girl would wear to a masque. Points deducted for interpretation.
I like Mao's dress too for a little 6 year old girl at her birthday party. I like Mao's music - but not for Mao to skate to( ....again.zzzzzz)
I feel bad for Mao because she is a beautiful skater, but it feels to me that Tarasova must be getting paid off for the way she is presenting Mao.
Geez, a recuperating Caroline Z, not skating her best almost beat Mao today. A year ago I would not have thought that possible. Or that Laura Lepsito would beat Mao at Japan Open. I repeat, that I like Mao, but something is terribly wrong with the way she is being presented. If you don't believe me just look at how she is being marked.
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Must be wonderful to have sponsors paying for all those dresse$
I am really saddened at Carolina Kostner's performance, but I can't say I'm totally surprised. She's basically changed EVERYTHING about her training situation and to expect a complete turnaround from 2009 Worlds after only a matter of a few months is not very realistic. New country, new city, new training rink, new coach, new technique/teaching style . . . everything is so new for her! Still, I wanted her to do much better than she showed today.
Still cheering for you, Caro!
Well, Mao has another competition next week. If she doesn't perform well there, then she has enough time to regroup and strategize before the GP Final. Though I wonder if we would expect a coaching change.
Mao reworked her 3F (she had a 'toe hammer' - she was lifting her free leg over her head before the take-off, and as she grew this caused her to lose control on the landing and underrotate 3-3s starting in 3f). She no longer picks so high, but because she changed her technique recently she now enters 3F very tentatively and still has not enough speed out of the jump. It might change in a season or so as Mao's confidence in the jump grows.Originally Posted by jenaj
Her best 3-3 in the summer practice clips was 3L-3L. And I think she could get a 2A-3T if she put her mind to it.
But that was in the summer practice clips, when she was flying 3As left and right... Here jumps looked definitely much worse at JO/TEB. Less speed going in, less height (except for 2A, which looked great). I wonder if she is overtrained and/or injured.
ITA.Originally Posted by janetfan