As I mentioned elsewhere, I am a bit surprised when I read Nobu saying in an interview that he was just too satisfied with the fact that he was going to skate with great competitors in the final group (A Japanese sport magazine, Number). While many ppl thought that he'd be a medal contender, his self-assessment may not have been that way. Now he says in the same interview that he wants to be on the podium at Worlds. So what does he need to do to accomplish that goal, even if not the Gold, but finally a medal at a big comp like the Worlds?
PCS is the single most important area where he could potentially garner a lot more points.
His skating skills are great, his programs are well choreographed, but I feel that Nobu could sell his programs a lot more. The little Vietnamese boy at the Olympic ex did a great job entertaining the audience. I think that his Chaplin program could go as far as that.
There is something introverted about him. I did not feel so when he was skating to the jazzy music choreographed by David Willson and the New Cinema Paradise ex program. I thought that he was a lot more free and sophisticated skating to these programs. I had felt the breeze, sparkle, humor etc, but not lately. Despite the wonderful skating skills and great choreos, he does not project the strong presence needed to be considered as a serious Gold medal contender. Hopefully in the future, but just not yet. I wonder if this is something to do with his self-confidence. His performance just doesn't say, "Look at me! I am here having fun! Let's enjoy together!"
- Try a quad (?).
Nobu said his quad was not consistent enough or something like that. This could have been actually a wiser way to go because Nobu gets huge GOEs on almost every jump. His plus GOE on 3A can match quad attempts by others. It did not work too well at this time just because he was not clean.
On the other hand, his total base value does increase significantly with a quad. So it may be worth doing it if it is ready.
Another thing that I noticed at the Oly was that a lot of ppl gave Dai a credit for trying a quad whereas his practice reports sounded as bad as Miki's quad practice reports four years ago. If trying a quad boosts recognition as a quad jumper, i.e., a serious contender, constant quad attempts may help Nobu's reputation, as I feel that the recognition as a quadless skater has hurt Johnny's and Jeff's reputations.
Nobu's practice reports had been similar to Kozuka's, and Kozuka went for it. Furthermore, Nob practices and lands 4-3-2 (4-3-3?).
- Don't make silly mistakes
Nob had missed his Olympic ticket to Torino and his World medal for the Zayak violation. He violated Zayak again at another Worlds. There was also an incident when he bumped into the fence. Prior to the Oly, I was afraid that he might make sloppy mistakes. And OMG, he did. According to his interview, the lace was cut at the morning practice, but he chose not to change it, as he was afraid that it would feel different with a new lace, and just tied it together to get through the 6-min practice and LP. I do not know how much these mistakes are preventable because it seems something to do with his lovable nature, but I hope that he tries to be a little more cautious.