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Thread: LADIES- Japanese Nationals (Senior)

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    Quote Originally Posted by herro View Post
    Thanks so much Phoenix347! Although it's hypothetical, I enjoy your analysis so much. It's interesting that even after giving GOE and PCS boosts, Joannie and Miki can score the same or even better than Mao. I somehow hope that Mao's coaching staff could see this. Yes, triple axels make history, but is it as good as an OGM which can define your whole career...

    But I bet many teams do this sort of thing already though. I wish I were as knowledgeable about the system as you are!
    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.

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    Other Girls

    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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raXVrAp7eM4

    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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlcOL_GrIdw

    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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbVfTHSaP1c

    Haruka Imai FS (SP 7th/FS 6th/ 6th)
    Junior Nationals 2nd
    Last season's Junior Champ.
    15 years old

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbTRJodMvGw

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    Quote Originally Posted by miki88 View Post
    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.
    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....

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