Kanako looked a bit overwhelmed by the event. Mao was calm and her own self when she participated in senior nationals as a 15 yr old (she was aiming to land 2 3As and she did). But Kanako looked like a little guest here. Yet, it was great she still did what she did and placed as high as possible (just after Miki).
Edit: On a more thread related note, I noticed that as Mao was heading toward the Kiss and Cry and getting gifts from her fans after her LP, just as she was getting a gift from a fan, someone threw a stuff toy that hit the fan giving the gift on the back of head. Luckily I don't think the fan was injured so I had to laugh. Another thing was that someone gave her something in a Lego bag. I had no idea that Mao like building Legos. Maybe it calms her mind... she dropped on the way to the Kiss and Cry, though.
Last edited by Phoenix347; 12-29-2009 at 03:02 AM. Reason: Added comments
I also was surprised when Kanako apparently set-up the start of her program in the wrong spot. She took these cute little sideway hops to get to a better spot. The crowd noticed and let out polite laughter which Kanako responded to with a look over her shoulder and a smile of her own.
I have heard about Kanako but this was the first time I saw her skate.
I think she is just the most charming personality and a really terrific young skater.
Last edited by janetfan; 12-29-2009 at 08:49 AM.
I met Kanako the past year in Madrid's JGP where I was a volunteer, and I couldn't help falling in love with her. She's such a cute girl inside and outside the rink, always with a smile, and you can feel how she enjoys with FS
I am with you Spun and since Medusa tipped me off about Akiko I have become a big fan of her skating.
I like watching Akiko and particularly like the way she smiles at her coach right before she skates out to center ice to start her programs. I think there is something very endearing about her and find it easy to cheer for her.
The truth is I like all skaters and only make fun of Plushy - but I think it is really the "Plushybots" I am fooling with - since I have admired Plushy for years. He is just like Evan in many ways. Not the most elegant skater but a really strong competitor who skates so well under pressure.
Last edited by janetfan; 12-29-2009 at 10:40 AM.
I heard that Mao's coach didn't come to her Nationals because she was busy with Russian Nationals. In my opinion, she really shouldn't keep a coach who doesn't come to support her at big events.
[QUOTE=Tinymavy15;444022]Kanako spent the whole season on the junior circut where Mao had competed in the Senior GP, won a silver and a gold, and won the GPF in the the months before her first senior nationals. I think she had very god reason to be confident![/QUOT
it's not a big problem,but actually Mao's first senior national was 2002, when she was a novice skater.then she did 3F-3Lo-3T(3Twas a little under-roated though)
3A(clearly under-roated) amazing jump layout! she won 7th. In 2003,she did 3Lz-3Lo(perfect for me),4S and 3A. she was 8th this time. of course she competed as a one senior skater from 2005.
i remember japan nationals in 2005 was hot competetion,too! i thought kanako is like mao in 2005.mao seemed to enjoy skating at that time and kanako seems to.
by the way,mao wants to attempt second jump as 3A-2T from interview.my thought is she should put 2A-3T and 3-3.