I am glad there were no falls from the top ladies. That is very positive.
Watching Mao in the interview posted earlier breaks my heart.
I agree w ith the turnout issue of course, but I decided against raising that point because I know exactly how hard it is to have a good turnout. You can't look at a picture of Sasha Cohen or walk up to barre once a day for 20 minutes at age 19, as some posters have suggested. It takes not only natural ability but years and years of practice, preferably from a very young age.
So it was easy for me to work out the question of Yuna's turnout (and many other skaters, in fact nearly all) I guess even though turnout is absolutely essential in ballet it's just not in figure skating, and that's fine.
But the pointed feet thing was a puzzle to me because it didn't seem like it should be such a hard quirk to iron out. OTH, I had to believe that it IS more complicated that it seems or a skater such as Yuna would have fixed it.
Well, you raised an interesting theory, so thanks again.
Also Frank with Mirai. Those run-thoughs do make a difference between the SOHL and a great first world competition and a complete meltodwn (Carolina).
So yes, I'm hoping that someone will come along from Mao and better show her all-around skating. I want her and Yuna to duke it out in 2014 (though I don't know if that will happen).
For Mao to put up such a fight despite all the odds, it's a testament to her immense amount of raw talent. With a better coach and strategy, she can achieve so much more.
I have a question will Yu-na retire before World on Turin ?:|
I thought it would be interesting to see how Yu-Na would fair in the men's event. So i refactored her components using the men's factor and this is what it came out to!
SP - 86.95 (4th)
FS - 168.00 (1st)
Total - 254.95 (3rd)
LOL, if Yu-Na was competing with the men, she would have WON the free skate and placed third overall. This is laughable.
If Mao continues without top flight coaching and continues to be her own strategist then I see little chance for her in 2014. The sport moves forward and other skaters can see how Yuna's all around skating can beat the big jumps.
Mao is a great talent but to downplay what Orser and Wilson have done for Yuna is to miss the big picture.
I take nothing away from Yuna who delivered one of the best performances in Olympic history last night under pressure most of us can't begin to imagine.
But Mao was great in her own right too but did not play the CoP game well enough. Even had Mao been clean Yuna was always going to score more points due in part to her team's meticulous preparations.
We saw this with the Men to an even greater extent as Evan and Carroll played the CoP to maximize every possible point for him.
The scary thing about Yuna is if she chooses to continue competing she can get even better.
Mao seems to be working hard to get back to where she was a few seasons ago and that is why I think she needs a better team around her to maximize her considerable talents.
That won't happen right away either as Mao needs to get back the 3Lz, and 3x3's.
It will be interesting to see how things play out at worlds.
ETA: Mirai beat Mao in TES but not GOE but was close.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 02-26-2010 at 01:47 PM.
Ok. Before people start saying that Mao doesn't have 3-3 anymore, we should see if she has it in her layout for next season.