12-31-2009, 04:13 PM
I think the focus on triple axels is also influenced by the Japanese media. From the interviews with Mao, it seems to be main thing everyone is interested is if she can land her 3As. This also goes back to Midori Ito who is known for landing the first 3A in competition. Ito is Mao's idol, so it's natural that Mao wants to follow her idol's footsteps in breaking a record. Also, Mao kinda became famous for being a young skater that can land 3As, so it's understandable that she is frustrated that she is having problems with something that kinda distinguished her among others in the past. This is my guess but I have a sneaking suspicion that Mao's team probably only concentrate on Yuna so that's why they may overlook the potential scores of the other competitors. I think this works vice versa. Although Yuna says there are other competitors, she knows her biggest rival is Mao because the last time she lost was to Mao and you bet Yuna remembers that.
Originally Posted by herro
01-01-2010, 09:33 PM
Some of other girls' performances are up on YouTube.
Shion Kokubun SP (SP 16th/FS 14th/ 14th)
Eastern Sectionals 1st
She won at Golden Spin right before this competition.
18 yeras old
Satsuki Muramoto SP (SP 17th/FS 12th/ 13th)
Western Sectionals 1st
As her coach is Yukina Ota's ex-coach, Hamada,
her style reminds me of Yukina's though she has jumps only up to 3Lp.
19 years old
Ayumi Goto FS (SP 8th/FS 8th/ 8th)
Western Sectionals 2nd
A New Girl from Nagoya city where so many other great skaters are from,
Her coach is Nagakubo, who is Akiko's coach and also Shizuka's ex-coach.
16 years old
Haruka Imai FS (SP 7th/FS 6th/ 6th)
Junior Nationals 2nd
Last season's Junior Champ.
15 years old
01-01-2010, 09:35 PM
Good analysis. You are right. Miki and Joannie, even Carolina, have always been contenders for Olympic medals, but I feel like they fly under the radar a little more than Mao because of Mao's huge name and competitive record, even though recently, others have been outperforming her in competition. I tend to the if the GPF 2008 was not in Korea Yuna would have won though....
Originally Posted by miki88