Miki herself has made no mention of quad after NHK Trophy.
It's Morozov who just said,"she needs an opportunity to try a quad (before Olympics), though I'm not sure if she's gonna try it at GPF."
I just thought this talk about bringing her quad back - has it been nine years since she landed it in competition - sounded a little odd.
If she tries it - I hope she lands it. But I hope she and others don't become obsessed with it. It just makes me think of Mao and how the 3A'a seeed to have effected her skating.
Go Miki and Go Mao - two wonderful skaters
I agree, janetfan. As much as I'd love to see Miki (or anyone, frankly) land the quad, I don't want the quad to become to Miki what the triple axel is to Mao. Miki's not my favourite skater (not by a longshot), but I could see that just wrecking her chance for an Olympic medal.
I really enjoy Miki's performances and love Miki as an individual. I agree with everyone here that she's very sincere and honest. I would love to see Miki successfully excecute a quad (esp. in Olympic season), but I think the stakes are too high. Like someone mentioned before, Miki is injury-prone, and an injury now would just break her heart and ruin her chances to win OGM.
Actually, I'm rather torn. I haven't seen any videos of her practicing the quad, so I can't say anything for sure. If, however, she's landing those quads with consistency and not suffering for it (no injuries, no pains), I hope she brings it to the GPF and the Olympic Games. I also hope she has no emotional baggage concerning the Olympics. I heard from a Japanese friend that Miki was treated like Mao by the Japanese media (Mao prior to this season, that is) until she ended up 14th (15th?) in the Olympics. After that, Miki lost all shine for the media and public. She was criticized (a lot) and "dumped." My friend used the word "disowned." I was shocked because Miki is a top skater with stellar jumps and personality. I just can't see why anyone would do that. My friend, who's also into figure skating, also said that one of the reasons Miki avoids the quad is exactly that -- the pain she felt after she was "disowned," the fear that it could happen again (she fell on her quad then). Maybe she shouldn't attempt the quad. We've all seen amazing skaters break apart. It might be emotionally overwhelming for her.
But I'd just LOVE to see her do that quad and regain her confidence (even after her two GP wins, she was unhappy because her performances couldn't "compete at the world level"). I don't know. I just want to see her happy.
Last edited by dlgpffps; 11-15-2009 at 01:11 AM.
hmm.. I don't know if this is a good idea or not ... Personally, I'd love to see her land one of course. But her scores in her GP events make me think she shouldn't be thinking so much about challenging Yuna Kim for gold as making sure some come-from-behind skater like Wagner or Akiko doesn't knock her off the Olympic podium altogether.
If anywhere, the GPF might be the best place to try it. If it causes her to bomb, then I bet she will go conservative at the Olys. Anyway, part of me thinks it simply all hype and game-talk.
If she wants to maximize her chances at an OGM it would to be solid (like at 2007 worlds) and put the pressure on Rochette and Kim, who could easily falter under Oly pressure, especially if they must skate after a perfect program.
Hey, if she wants to do it, let her do it. But other than that, I feel nothing special when I think about Miki doing a quad. She's done it before and it's something that she says every season but never actually happens in competition.
Personally, I don't think it's worth the risk because it's not like the quad will be the element that will allow her to beat Kim or Rochette. But hey, if she can land it consistently, why not, right?
OK, I'm changing my opinion based on recent events.
Judging from the fact that Morozov took both Miki and Nobunari to rural northern Japan (Iwate) to train in isolation for 2 weeks, I'm sure he's aiming to have both qualify through the "top Japanese skater on the podium" criterion. Unless Miki's in the top 3 going into the FS and has a considerable lead on the 4th-place finisher, I doubt that Miki will attempt it.
Wow, Miki may attempt a quad?!
Good luck to her nonetheless.
You know what? she could attempt it at the Olympic Ex!
But then again, she had a lot of jumps downgraded throughout that season.