In the past 2 years I think she had a false sense of security that if she just showed up and did 3As, then she would get the OGM. Someone should have had a tough talk with her back then. However, I think she is realizing that she has some home work to do. I think that is great. I can't wait to see her new programs in near future.
Hmmm.....I have read almost all the threads, but hardly did not find Mao's future plan. Does she have the potential for next season??????
I have a completely different take on her past 2 yrs. She was rewarded for her 3/3 in the past, then the system punished her for UR. Tech issues that faced her in the past 2 yrs include fixing the UR second jump, get a real lutz, and improve on the 3A. Mao and team chose the 3A. It is a strategy call, not necessarily a bad one, she did win the OSM. They are trying to fix the other 2 in the future. And no matter how willing and how humble she is, there is a chance she may not be able to fix the other 2 problems. So if she is unable to fix the other 2 problems will ppl again say that she is not willing to be humble ?In the past 2 years I think she had a false sense of security that if she just showed up and did 3As, then she would get the OGM. Someone should have had a tough talk with her back then. However, I think she is realizing that she has some home work to do. I think that is great. I can't wait to see her new programs in near future.
Kwan was coachless, Mao has never been without a coach, so I disagree and frankly don't understand your point. Since Mao is willing to have a team of coaches, i.e. she is willing to work with and listen to ppl who can help her. How is her situation similar to Kwan. TAT was officially Mao's coach, but b/c of her health she was not able to go to all comps with Mao, I give kudos to Mao to be able to skate under this less than ideal situation. BTW, as a coach TAT has a reputation of not taking any nonsense from her students. She has a reputation of demanding absolute obedience or listenting to her instructions from her students, and she had fired students or quit coaching students (e.g. the very public separation with Cohen, when Cohen did not listen) . And thre is no account of Mao not listening to TAT.Originally Posted by aurora
I think she is on track to find a good coach or a coaching team. She may stick to a plan, do whatever it takes, or die trying and still may not be OGM. All she can do is try.Mao needs to find a good coach and stick to a game plan for four years, and do everything it takes, if she wants to be an Olympic Champion
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The original poster did say there will be one "head coach" of the team, so I guess it depends on the leadership of this person and the cooperation of the rest of the team.
I saw Elizaveta Tuktamysheva on YouTube, as well as the other Russian girls, and they are formidable! Sochi is going to be an even greater drama than Vancouver.
If Mao wins OGM, which I hope is the case, it will because the whole Japanese skating community rallied together and learned new coaching techniques.
[QUOTE=rtureck;496241]Again I did not say that Mao is not humble, but YOU perceived that way. I don't know how or what other skaters have tried to fix the wrong edges. Did they keep trying to jump triple with the different edge? Or did they try it starting with a single jump? This is just my suggestion. Try to reprogram the problematic jump.
When I said "be humble", I meant "be ready to start from the beginning". I read a post in another forum that one of the reasons Mao changed the coach to Tarasova was that Rafael was going over basic techniques with Mao. And Mao and her mom thought that wasn't necessary. If this was true, obviously that was a bad decision in Mao's part. Maybe after not so successful seasons in Mao's point of view, perhaps she'll be more willing to comb through the basics.