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    Watched it on TV.

    Akiko...well...she's my sentimental favorite, but she wasn't top 3 best today. W/ flawed SP & LP, she wasn't going to make top 3.

    Kanako was good, but her LP didn't have the usual spark. But no mistake.

    Mao was also good, and it was lovely to see her smile throughout the program and so on.

    Miki really deserved to win. She was very good, and her jump layout was by far the most difficult out of all the ladies, and she nailed everything.

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    Congrats to Miki, Mao and Kanako. Sad for Akiko tho.

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    I'm so happy for Kanako, I'm sorry for Akiko, but IMO Kanako deserves it after her GP season and her Nationals programs. She earned that Worlds spot.
    Miki did a great job, and I don't like Mao's programs but she's skated her best so far this season

    Congrats to the medalists

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadia01 View Post
    Watched it on TV.

    Akiko...well...she's my sentimental favorite, but she wasn't top 3 best today. W/ flawed SP & LP, she wasn't going to make top 3.

    Kanako was good, but her LP didn't have the usual spark. But no mistake.

    Mao was also good, and it was lovely to see her smile throughout the program and so on.

    Miki really deserved to win. She was very good, and her jump layout was by far the most difficult out of all the ladies, and she nailed everything.
    what really thrills me is what you said about mao's smile throughout the program. i loved her TEB liebestraum program not for the flawless jumps but because she seemed to really enjoy moments within it. it's the one program from this season that i rewatch over and over

    Quote Originally Posted by hikki View Post
    Miki & Mao congratulating each other. I haven't seen a ladies podium this warm for quite a while!! We're used to the civil hands-around-without-actually-touching sort of gestures these days
    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/photos/spor...1927020-p5.jpg
    that's very warm indeed. i'm so happy. i like akiko too but mao and miki have become my two favorite japanese ladies (mao was always up there, but miki took a step up this season). i just love how happy mao looks. so happy both these ladies will be at worlds in japan.

    Quote Originally Posted by demarinis5 View Post
    Congrats to Miki, Mao and Kanako. Sad for Akiko tho.
    i hear that akiko's long program was flawed, so can't argue with the results, but i too wish akiko could represent japan in worlds this year. to me kanako needs a little more refinement and smoothness--of course she already has spark and personality. anyway, i'm just SOOOOOO happy mao made it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayayukiituka View Post
    A rumor says that Mao looks slow on TV or Youtube because she doesn't stroke much,but in contrast her skating is smooth and fast. Of course I know a skater's fastness depends on its condition and even isn't same as today and yesterday.
    I got to see her twice in Canada (2007 SC back when I lived in Chicago, 2009 4CC during Chinese New Year break). She's smooth and very soft, but definitely slow in comparison.

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    Mao's FP:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho0S8P-XiGg

    I rewatched her performance, she was not that slow. I could not watch her calmly, today...
    Last edited by Morning Glory; 12-26-2010 at 10:53 AM.

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    Congratulations to all three ladies! Though like many of you I am sorry Suzuki won't be on the Worlds team, I'm so glad (and relieved) that Mao is there. And she did it in splendid style. This just goes to show...never count that kid out. She doesn't know the meaning of defeat. When people talk about the mental toughness needed for a skater, they can put a photo of Asada next to the definition.

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    any video links for kanao,miki and suzuki???

    just watch Mao andshe isn't slow at all. She doesn't stroke alot, but she is one of those skater that can glide easily and fast with out too much work.

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    Last edited by cvg16; 12-26-2010 at 11:27 AM.

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    Kanako´s lp

    And I loved Mao´s, this was a special program!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nena View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YZvprWoHk8

    Can you translate what Daisuke said too?
    Q: How was your performance?

    A: As audience cheered me up from the warming up, I could skate comfortably to the end. I'm happy to skate pleasantly despite the mistakes.

    Q: You tried the quad.

    A: In the official practice, I could stand on one leg. It was not perfect, but I had a feeling that I could land it. My quad in the competition was not bad, so I think I will do better in the future competitions.

    Q: Yesterday, you said " I have no idea why I made the mistakes". How was today's condition?

    A: Today, I could control myself. It's regrettable to fail the last jump, but during skating I knew what I did.

    Q: Now, you are waiting for the final results.

    A: I don't care which standing I will be, if only I can be on the podium. I do want to go to Worlds. Today, I'm really happy as I could show the performance which I enjoyed myself.

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    To all those complaining Akiko made mistakes and Murakami skated very well so Akiko deserved to be off the team. Anyway as I expected none of the Japanese ladies impressed that much or showed to be any threat to Yu Na Kim for Worlds. I guess we will need to wait for U.S Nationals or Europeans to see if anyone does. It is good to see Mao skating better but obviously still has a long way to go to be anywhere near her best again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Congratulations to all three ladies! Though like many of you I am sorry Suzuki won't be on the Worlds team, I'm so glad (and relieved) that Mao is there. And she did it in splendid style. This just goes to show...never count that kid out. She doesn't know the meaning of defeat. When people talk about the mental toughness needed for a skater, they can put a photo of Asada next to the definition.
    I simply love your posts, you actually say what I would want to say about Mao, only you do it better
    I'm so proud of Mao

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangtongfan View Post
    To all those complaining Akiko made mistakes and Murakami skated very well so Akiko deserved to be off the team. Anyway as I expected none of the Japanese ladies impressed that much or showed to be any threat to Yu Na Kim for Worlds. I guess we will need to wait for U.S Nationals or Europeans to see if anyone does. It is good to see Mao skating better but obviously still has a long way to go to be anywhere near her best again.
    I think we can say that Miki is a threat for Yuna. We don't know what Yuna's layout will be yet and she hasn't skated all season so it's not 100% certain that she will win Worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nena View Post
    I think we can say that Miki is a threat for Yuna. We don't know what Yuna's layout will be yet and she hasn't skated all season so it's not 100% certain that she will win Worlds.
    I guess we should never count Miki out. Last season, she seemed to lose steam as the season passed but this year she's been maintaining her momentum. When worlds was held in Japan last time, she won. So you'll never know.

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