Hee, hee! I don't love Plushy, but I admire his determination and technique. He's a strong individual personality, and I like to see that in skating. The one thing about CoP that we all worry about is that skaters will start to look cookie-cutter and generic. No worries that this will happen to Plushy! (But he'll never replace Browning at the top of my Skate Gods list.)
Originally Posted by seniorita
And thanks for that glorious pic of Mao!
Throwing tomatoes at corrupt judges
She's such a lovely skater, I love watching her, to whatever kind of music, it's always a joy!
And she's so brave, having to deal with so much pressure in Japan...
I loved her SP to Chopin's E-flat Nocturne. I also loved baby Mao--when she beat Irina at the GPF.
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
I loved how Mao proved us all wrong with her gutsy Olympic programs, after we all said she would be lucky to medal she landed three beauiful triple axels and skated a clean short with emotion and joy. IMO she should have been much closer to the leader in the short, but let's not debate that here.
Yes, Baby Mao and her might jumps was a joy indeed!
Constable , Costume Police
Say something nice about Mao? I don't need much ecouragment.
When I first saw Mao , it was like a lovely Japanese woodblock print had come to life on my TV. I was just entranced. I've loved her skating all along , but I haven't felt the Tarasova partnership was a good fit for her ; not for any lack of technical benefits , but the costumes and choreography have been just too much. I can't say I never like Tarasova's choreography , but it's always big and bold. It's like a banner headline , while Mao, herself, is more naturally like an elegant Haiku.
Even while being struck by this uncomfortable dichotomy , I've still loved her skating, and admired her ( samurai-like ) dedication and determination.
So I'm very looking forward to the new season, and hope the changes she's making bring her success.
I think there's a reason that a discussion of the one skater almost always leads to mention of the other. There's such a large qualitative gap (although the qualities themselves differ) between these two and the rest of the field, that no other current benchmark exists except each other.
Originally Posted by brownfox
As a Yuna fan foremost, I believe the following statement can only be made about Mao: if her best qualities were combined with Yuna's best, the result would be a nearly perfect skater.
Princess9, love ya and your many thoughtful posts but big Huh?? from an American about "I feel I have pulled one of your teeth" as an American idiom -- that's a new one on me! What does it mean? Is it supposed to be like when we say we've yanked/pulled someone's chain, or "pushed his button" -- meaning we have brought up an issue that is particularly bothersome or irritating to someone? Or did you mean what we call a "backhanded" compliment? Or did you perhaps mean "pull someone's leg"?
Originally Posted by princess9
Just want to add I know the tiniest bit of French and that's it, I could never comprehend a message board in another language, much less post in a manner that anyone else could understand, so I have the deepest respect for your language skills!
I have to add to my off-topicness by noting that I know several native Germans who often say "really great" as an expression of enthusiasm when they speak English; they use that phrase very, very frequently. There is absolutely nothing grammatically wrong with that phrase but imo it is not in the least idiomatic -- I just don't hear too many native English speakers say something is "really great" much at all. I hear, "excellent" or "wonderful" or "cool" or "sick" or whatever the latest slang is, but not "really great" right and left -- so I'm starting to wonder if there's some commonly-used English textbook in the German school system that gives "really great" as a standard exclamation of approval, lol. Not that it matters as I'm really picking a nit here, and also including as many idioms as I can in this post!
But I do think Mao's determination and her grace under pressure are "really great"! She's tough and tenacious, like Olympia said. I actually like the Bells of Moscow program a lot even though I realize so many fans don't think the style of the program suited Mao at all. I think she carried it off well, esp. of course at Olys and Worlds.
^ I don't know how uniquely American it is, but I think "to pull someone's teeth (or claws)," meaning , to render them powerless, is a legitimate phrase. So pulling one of your teeth would mean something like, "removing an arrow from your quiver." (I think that's an old British idiom from the days of Robin Hood.)
Just for fun, I typed "really great" into Google and got 14,000,000 hits. That's sick.
leave no stone unturned
Whats wrong with That's really great?
I like all of Mao Asada programs. Some more than the others. But I like them all.
Mao like furry animals
furry animals like mao
I like mao, miao and furry animals
oh yeah she also skates good
Isn't that nice... ;P
Last edited by os168; 06-01-2010 at 04:51 PM.
I'll be nice as long as her fans don't attack Yuna.