I'm glad I logged onto the computer to see your reply. Though I see your point, I have to disagree. TEB wasn't the first time Yuna Kim walked away with the gold after skating a flawless SP, she also did it at 2009 Worlds. Yes, Mao & a few others made mistakes, but there was no way in h*ll Mao was going to catch Yuna in the FS even if she landed both 3As (even the commentators were saying that). It's pretty much over when the leader is ahead by 10+ points (it's all relative, could be 20/30/40/50, that's my point).
So unless one can hang tough in the SP by skating to one's utmost potential, which in Mao's case is a 3A & a 3/3 combo., then one might as well concede the whole competiton. That's unless one isn't going for gold, but rather silver or bronze.
Btw, in reply to Yuna's fans & 3/3 combos., I never said 3/3 combos. were easy, they're not. Nor did I ever mean to imply such in regards to Yuna. If I did, I would have said so, straight forward.
I'm talking about Mao's jumping potential here & what she is capable of, that's my focus. And Mao is capable of landing exquisite 3axels, as well as 3/3 combos.
One last note, the biggest difference between 6.0 & COP is that in the old system as long as you were in the top 3 after the SP, you had a shot at gold, as whomever won the long won the competition. However, with COP, that's not true anymore. Basically if you can lead by 10 or more points after the SP, it's finished, you've won. And once again that's JMHO, and I'm sticking with it.
Off to bed now, the cocoa did the trick. Night everyone.