11-27-2010, 12:48 AM
Actually, I believe she's in 7th which means she won't even be part of the final group for the FS. Wow. Fastest decline I've seen since Meissner. Then again, she (Asada) was in the same boat last year and she got her act together quick enough to win the Olympic Silver so who knows.
11-27-2010, 12:58 AM
I do too but I'm worried. Mirai seemed to be breathing pretty hard at the end of her SP (it's hard for me to tell watching on webtv). I think stamina due to her lay off from injury was a factor in the LP at COC. I hope she's had time in the weeks that followed to work on endurance-and consistency!
Originally Posted by burntBREAD
IA and I also thought some of Mirai's jumps were a little iffy as well as her usually solid spins.
Originally Posted by burntBREAD
I think Csizny may yet surprize and Mao could definitely still at least win the LP. I'm fond off all the skaters in the final group (especially Mirai) and I wish all the ladies in the competition some good skates in the LP.
Last edited by Sasha'sSpins; 11-27-2010 at 01:13 AM.
11-27-2010, 03:16 AM
lilshorty, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFfBj0qEzUc
Originally Posted by lilshorty
Too bad about the flip, but nice height on the combo. And I really like the footwork! She looked fast out there; perhaps PCS were a bit low.
11-27-2010, 03:25 AM
To be perfectly honest, Czisny does nothing for me, the only program I liked of hers, not loved, was her Swan program. She reminds me of Kira Korpi, both physically lovely, nice technique on the jumps when on, pleasant overall skater, but vanilla in the end. That doesn't mean they don't have what it takes to win competitions, obviously they do, but I'm not a big fan of either one. However it's not just them, there are way more skaters that I'm apathetic about versus the ones that actually pique my interest. I can count on one hand the former.
So good for Czisny, Korpi, or any one of the others if they win or land on the podium, but hopefully whomever does so actually does it with a 7-triple LP without falls or bobbles. That alone will perk me up & cause me to cheer, same goes for the guys (except I would add a quad where the guys are concerned)!
As for Mao, knowing what she is capable of, including a flutz or slightly downgraded 3A, makes it all the more hard to see what she is going through this year. She caught my interest the past two seasons because first & foremost of her 3A (my favorite jump for the ladies!), but also because she has the overall complete package as well, including beautiful posture, pointed toes, lovely spins, nice footwork, fast speed when she's on, lyrical quality, drama when she's "on", and to top it all off her personality complemented her skating; she was a skater I could love both inside & out. But I still say she eventually needs to play both the White Swan & the Black; she has to be both: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jaI1XOB-bs
I actually really enjoyed Mao's "Bells of Moscow" routine at the Olympics, it's my favorite. I still remember the feeling I got watching it live on t.v. when she landed first one 3A, then the second one, I thought my heart was going to burst out of my chest, and I wanted to run around the block a hundred times. I felt empowered as a woman. Then came the heartbreak of the 3F, the caught edge before the aborted last triple jump, knowing she was capable of so much more. Yet the d-r-a-m-a hasn't left me, that's the best she ever *performed* it imho. She could've scrapped that routine after the bad reception it got, she could've scrapped the 3axels all together, and brought back all her old triples, even with the bad technique on some, and she probably would've done better (not beat Yuna Kim of course, but gotten a better score). But, no, she went & forged ahead with only a few triples she was consistent with and which wouldn't receive bad edge calls, et al. My respect for her went up tenfold, especially now when she chooses to rework technique despite calls from some (including Phil Hersch) that it is no longer necessary. She walks her own path, no matter the consequences, she walks her own. For that she has my complete & utter admiration moreso than all the lady skaters put together. She might not make it, but her sheer determination & will to do it her own way has me her all-time fan.
11-27-2010, 04:06 AM
i don't know where you can find it, but she said that at the press conference right after the olympics. i saw that on tv and was surprised to hear what she said. just for your info.
Originally Posted by burntBREAD
11-27-2010, 04:35 AM
It was right after the Olympics. I believe Mao said she wanted to beat Yuna.
Originally Posted by zoozle
Then she was asked what she would do if Yuna retires after the Olympics.
She said even if Yuna retires, her score remains, so in that case, she wants to beat Yuna's highest score.
Last edited by joy k.k; 11-27-2010 at 07:43 AM.
11-27-2010, 07:33 AM
Well, the rules have changed and there's less opportunity to rack up scores (no more spiral sequence, 1 less spin, etc.) so it may be impossible to beat Yuna's top score in the current environment. Even Yu Na would be unlikely to hit 70 in the SP under the new rules.
Originally Posted by joy k.k
11-27-2010, 10:14 AM
Damn, I miss that feeling...I remember every time US nationals or Worlds was on, the adrenaline would start flowing. At least I got to experience it again briefly at this year's Nats. We need a serious rivalry/contender group that will heat things up.
Originally Posted by Nadine
11-27-2010, 10:35 AM
Nadine, I remember how I felt through that final flight of the Vancouver Olympics, and you put it into great words. All the ladies made me feel exhilarated, but especially Mao and YuNa, who were at their best. What an amazing feast they gave us! Just about the best event in the entire skating array (except of course for Virtue and Moir's Mahler program.)
I feel that a skater with Mao's talent (people on here have frequently pointed out that she and YuNa are exponentially ahead of anyone in third place) won't just dissolve into mediocrity. Kimmie was a different case: her loss of skill came because of many factors, including a growth spurt. But Mao is beyond the years where such a situation is likely to occur. She was also better to start out with--by miles. She has deliberately taken herself apart to rebuild her technique. It's a tremendously gutsy move, but if anyone can make it pay off, it's Mao.
11-27-2010, 11:27 AM
"I was sad because people can't see my legs" -Yuzu