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    Oh I see. That's too bad. I guess that could explain why she hasn't solved her jumping problems. I hope she gets a full fledged coach soon.

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    There's only one thing I'd like to know here: Did Asada attempt and land both her 3As at this event?

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.D. View Post
    There's only one thing I'd like to know here: Did Asada attempt and land both her 3As at this event?
    I am not sure what you are getting at - but Mao did a 3A in her SP that I believe was downgraded.
    In her LP she attempted one 3A which I think was ratified.

    I think Mao skated well enough at Japanese Natls to have won the GPF - based on what we saw from Yuna and Miki at the GPF. Reputation scoring basically kept Akiko from winning the GPF or even the GPF LP.

    Like an earlier poster may have mentioned Mao wanted to skate well enough at Natls to come 1 or 2 and avoid any Olympic Team selection controversy.

    I think she did more than enough to show she deserves a spot on the Japanese Olympic team. Other than that I can't say, but maybe a Japanese fan can shed more light on this.

    For me, Mao is a truly wonderful skater. The fact that I am not a big fan of her programs this season doesn't mean much since I am not a judge or part of ISU.

    I think Mao showed she will be a factor in Vancouver - and since she is skating at 4CC we will get to see her again before the Olympics. Without as much on the line at 4CC I think we will see what Mao will be planning to show at Vancouver.

    All things considered - the way Yuna, Joannie and Miki skated this season even a subpar Mao should be in the mix for an Olympic medal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    I am not sure what you are getting at - but Mao did a 3A in her SP that I believe was downgraded.
    In her LP she attempted one 3A which I think was ratified.
    Ok, that's all I needed to know. Hmm, she attempted only 1 in the FS? That's probably the wiser thing to do.

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    Has Akiko said she'll retire after this Olympics? I really hope not! Gosh, I've loved her since seeing her at the 2002 4CC and she and Yukina Ota has always been my favourite Japanese ladies.... Her comeback story is so inspiring and I just want to see more of her!! IMO she definitely has more to give to the skating world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinymavy15 View Post

    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.
    You mean in the short? So she would do 3f, 3a-2t, and 2a? I guess that would get her more points-if she can land it cleanly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.D. View Post
    Ok, that's all I needed to know. Hmm, she attempted only 1 in the FS? That's probably the wiser thing to do.
    Mao planned to do one 3ax before the start of the LP, and replaced the 2nd 3ax with a 2a/2t. She wanted to go clean and have a better chance to secure her spot on the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayayukiituka View Post

    You mean in the short? So she would do 3f, 3a-2t, and 2a? I guess that would get her more points-if she can land it cleanly.
    I think tiny means the second jump pass in the LP (Mao did 2A+2T)

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    Quote Originally Posted by miki88 View Post
    Oh I see. That's too bad. I guess that could explain why she hasn't solved her jumping problems. I hope she gets a full fledged coach soon.
    Tarasova is not known as a technical/jumping coach, so even if she was full time with Mao, Mao wouldn't likely be getting those jumps satisfactorily fixed anyway. I actually think Tarasova is correct about being more of a consultant than a coach, and can't fault her for not being in Japan when her highest priorities are elsewhere. Mao can't have it both ways....wanting to deal with a certain coach but not be willing to travel and train at the primary location of that coach. (Personally I don't think that even if Mao was willing to relocate, that Tarasova would be the best coach for her to chase.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKFSfan View Post
    Mao planned to do one 3ax before the start of the LP, and replaced the 2nd 3ax with a 2a/2t. She wanted to go clean and have a better chance to secure her spot on the team.
    Thanks for the info. Good idea on her part.

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    Hey guys,

    So I know this may not be the right place to bring up talk of other non-Japanese skaters, but I have an honest question.

    Let's say, at a hypothetical event, all of the Olympic medal threats skate their very best programs - the artistry that they planned and envisioned, as well as all of the jumps hit flawlessly. Among candidates like Asada, Kim, Suzuki, Ando, Rochette, Kostner, Flatt (am I forgetting any?) who do you guys think would come out on top?

    Goodness, it's so clear that I can't wait that long for the Olympics to start.

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    Is that a hypothetical question? Seems like you know the answer to that one. Well if the top contenders skate their best, then I don't think Flatt, Kostner, Suzuki will even have a chance. They're just not in the same level. Kim will win because the overall strength of her programs this season is just better than everyone else's. Mao is at an disadvantage due to her choice of choreagraphy and her jump layout. I don't think Ando can beat Kim even at her best honestly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miki88 View Post
    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.
    It was Mao's decision to train part-time with Tat. Why should Tat abandon her full-time students to be with someone who can't even bother to move to Russia to train full-time with her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadia01 View Post
    It was Mao's decision to train part-time with Tat. Why should Tat abandon her full-time students to be with someone who can't even bother to move to Russia to train full-time with her?
    I don't know there is full-time students under TAT now. And I think that TAT's main work during Russian National is commentary. I might be wrong.

    And I don't know why TAT still wants to keep this part-time relationship with Mao even when she thinks this doesn't work. You know, relationship is mutual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miki88 View Post
    Is that a hypothetical question? Seems like you know the answer to that one. Well if the top contenders skate their best, then I don't think Flatt, Kostner, Suzuki will even have a chance. They're just not in the same level. Kim will win because the overall strength of her programs this season is just better than everyone else's. Mao is at an disadvantage due to her choice of choreagraphy and her jump layout. I don't think Ando can beat Kim even at her best honestly.
    ITA.

    Just looking at the TES potential from the jump layout, I think Yuna can score more than Mao, even if they get the same GOE / lvl & PCS.

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