Yuna said during the All That Skate Summer 2010 press conference today the reason why she's skipping the GP series is because in previous seasons, by this time, she was already training and working on new programs. But, this time, she has not worked on any new programs, so they felt that extra time and preparation by skipping GP series would be beneficial, so Yuna can be at her best and at the same time she needs more rest.
Sounds like Yuna is competitive again.
The alternative, by missing one season fully, is that YuNa could:
...end up competitively rusty by the next season (no, shows are not good substitutes for this. Rustiness is not just about the muscle memory, but also being accustomed to competitive pressure.)
...lose too much momentum and favour from judges. You want to keep them refreshed in their memories about how good you are, if you're one of the top skaters.
Also, thanks to sorcerer's thoughtful posts on this subject--YuNa probably wants to keep 2 spots for S. Korea, and ayayu's post is true in that YuNa isn't technically obligated to state so early on that she will commit to skating at World's, but I suspect these announcements are also to not disappoint her team and fans.
Lastly, perhaps YuNa wants more World's medals.
In addition, YuNa has been busy enough to not have decided on and started training new programs for this fall so far, and if she had been serious about doing the Grand Prix, she would have only gotten the equivalent of a college summer break after winning the Olympics (4 months officially off, about 3 months needed for dedicated training.) The only difference is that college students are kids who haven't yet graduated and want to get a move on to the next pre-determined thing. I'd say YuNa is more like a fresh grad who wants to figure out what she wants to do next. So, YuNa opted to take 6-7 months off rather than 4 months--good for her. It is NOT long, at all. My 4-month summers end far too quickly.
Shyuh ya dweh.
Like i said before,she's done and won't get any better,plus she knows she didn't do well and got over scored at worlds herself,and with the new rules she's too nervous to fail,that says enough.
Worlds is in Japan this year and the new SP rule about the Axel jump specifically benefits Mao Asada. I think Yu-Na going to Worlds will depend on how Mao performs throughout the season. If Mao's 3Axel is inconsistent, then Yu-Na may show up. Otherwise, I think Yu-Na will skip Worlds and then either start training a 3Axel of her own for the 2011-2012 season or stop competing altogether (while keeping her options open for later seasons, if she sees no competitors with a good 3Axel).
Last edited by Blades of Passion; 07-24-2010 at 01:49 AM.
As for Mao i am laughing after seeing her landing with two feet and shaky landings etc,unbelievable,no,the new rules won't benefit if you cheat like that.
But isn't it also a new rule that skaters can't do as many double axels in the free skate? And that triple axels are worth more and double axels worth less?
Mao can put the Triple Axel in the SP without having to do it in combination, which means she can still do a 3-3 combination. And the Triple Axel is now worth 8.5 compared to 3.3 for a Double Axel. That's a huge difference.
Although, I have big doubts about Yu-Na doing the Triple Axel. Orser will surely provide her with plenty of motivation and great technique, but I really don't think Yu-Na has the talent for that specific jump. Her jumping strength is in toe-pick jumps.
The other scenario is that Yu-Na will continue to compete and not train the Triple Axel. However, if that's the case (and if Mao is skating at the technical level she did back in 2007 and 2008), she will have to hope for mistakes from Mao to defeat her. Let's not forget that Yu-Na has only placed over Mao at Worlds once. The reason Yu-Na became so dominant, aside from her excellence of course, is because Mao was completely mishandled by her coach and was given programs that were poor not only artistically but also in terms of the jump layouts for gaining points.
I don't think Mao is going to make that mistake again. She can get way more points than Yu-Na in the jumps if she does the correct layouts and Yu-Na's PCS won't be much higher than Mao's anymore considering Mao will actually skate nice programs again.
I do hope Yu-Na keeps competing, though, because the Yu-Na vs. Mao rivalry is an epic one and Tatiana Tarasova ruined it with her awful coaching of Mao. They are two of the most talented skaters ever and they have totally different styles in both their artistry (extroverted vs. introverted) and their technique.
Mao also has problems with URs though, and last I heard she still doesn't have a true lutz. Further, as we've seen in men's competition, the men who do 4t-3t as their combination in the SP which is worth about 4+ points more than the men who do 3lz-3t or 3f-3t, don't seem to really have that big of an advantage in points. If the skater who does the 3-3 is good enough, he'll get the same score if not higher than the skater who does the 4-3, and this is assuming they all are clean (Worlds 2010 as an example). So the same thing might happen with the 3a, even though it's worth 5 more points than a 2a, it's likely Yuna will be able to make up for those 5 points and potentially more, elsewhere in her program. Further, if Mao goes for 3f-3lo she'll likely get it downgraded from time to time, so then it's only worth 70% of it's initial value, and the same could happen with the 3a. If she gets both downgraded, and gets dinged for her flutz, then a clean Yuna would probably still beat her by a substantial margin.