EDIT: NVM, someone already posted the answer
EDIT: NVM, someone already posted the answer
I finally have the chance to post my thoughts on Mao's FS (& SP), which I watched earlier today.
Her SP was very nice, though both the 3A & 3R were underrotated by 1/3, but she skated clean ~ YES!
And then the FS, extremely lovely & elegant as always, but once again she underrotated the 3A by 1/3, yet she skated another clean program (her first two all season long). For that she deserves another thumbs up from me. Also, her other jumps were fully rotated by 1/4 per the rules, therefore deserving of full credit. (:^)
That said, it seems to me that she is reverting back to her old technique in order to complete the jumps in order to make the World Team, which makes sense but still it leaves me a tad bit unsettled. It's like she's back where she started from ~ she still underrotates the 3A & 3R (when in combination) ~ and flutzes her 3L. But then I think "big deal", I love the old Mao, that's what made me her fan in the first place. I'll take a slightly underrotated 3A & 3R (in combo.) & 3Flutz anyday over anything I see on ice nowadays, and that's the truth. But for her sake, I truly hope she does what makes her happy, and if it's correcting her 3flutz and fully rotating her 3A & 3R (in combo.), then I hope she goes for it, even if it costs her a medal here & there.
And I think if she's serious about correcting her technique, then I maintain (as I have all season long) she will be a non-factor when it comes to medalling at Worlds. BUT, if she reverts back to old technique, et al, like she has at Japanese Nationals, then of course she's in the hunt for a medal at Worlds.
As a big fan of hers, I confess I personally would like to see her skate two clean programs at Worlds. It's exciting & joyful & exhilarating when she skates clean with 3axels & 3/3s galore, it's like nothing I've ever felt since the days of Tonya & Midori! But that's me being selfish. And when I stop & think about it I realize the little things like underrotations on a few jumps & a flutz will most likely cost her in the long run, as it did at the most recent Olympics. But if she fixes it now imho she'll be unbeatable and won't have to rely on others making mistakes in order to win. She will be able to go head-to-head with anybody in the world on her own merit, and that's includes Yuna Kim, up & comers, et al.
p.s. before I forget, Congrats to Miki as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Re: Mao's 3axel
Wobbly landing doesn't always mean an UR jump. Looking at slo-mos I agree with the calls for SP and LP.
Akiko says her jumps were not in good condition before the competition. She doesn't think she will compete at Sochi but she cannot retire with this result. She wants to conclude her armature career in more satisfying way.
In today's Nikkei, she said she wasn't in good condition but she did her best. However, she wasn't able to do jumps without thinking anything. She was thinking to decide whether she'd retire or not after each season, but she cannot retire with this result.
Akiko also wrote on her twitter. "Thank you everyone for supporting me. I will make a new start after refreshing mentally and physically. I will pursue my dreams a little further."
I took the liberty of translating her message on twitter because I wanted to share it with her fans who do not understand Japanese.
I'm having an enjoyable time on wikipedia looking up National Title Record Holders in Figure Skating (Singles).
Btw, the reason why I decided to investigate in the first place is because I recall Mao saying in the past that she wanted to win 10 National Titles. A worthy undertaking indeed, and one I've always wished her great sucess on. It's unfortunate she didn't win this year, but totally understandable, and she still has 6 more chances until 2016! She will only be 26 yrs. old at the time. And I know she can do it because she has already broken records left & right galore ~ first woman to land two 3Axels in the FS, first woman to land a 3Axel combo. in the SP, first woman to land three 3Axels in the same competition, and this year she should shatter Midori Ito's record for the most ratified 3axels ever performed by a woman.
***Note: and when she does all the triple jumps she has planned, including 3axels & 3/3 combos., she will make history once again by being the first woman to execute 8 triple jumps in the FS. Only a woman that has a 3axel in her arsenal can even attempt this feat, as women are only allowed 7 jumping passes, therefore one must be able to execute a 3axel in order to do 8 triple jumps (aka Mao Asada). ***
Okay, back to what I was stating originally ~ National Title Record Holders in Singles (for women only):
Gabriele Seyfert (GER) -- ten!!!!
Michelle Kwan (USA) -- nine!
Chen Lu (CHN) -- nine!
Midori Ito (JPN) -- nine!
Constance Wilson-Samuel (CAN) -- nine!
Anne Karin Dehle (NOR) -- nine!
The number 9 seems to be the magic number for most, as only the East German lady Gabriele Seyfert holds the most at 10! Btw, for the men, a handful have actually achieved this feat (i.e. 10) ~ Carlo Fassi (ITA) and two SWEDISH gentlemen (Bo Mothander & Hans Landh). However, NOBODY (man or woman) has ever won 11 National Titles, bar none...
That said, if Kristoffer Berntsson of Sweden wins another one next year he will tie the aforementioned gentlemen with 10 of his own. Likewise, Evgeni Plushenko has 2 more to go before he ties with them as well. And if either one really wants to reign supreme, then they know what to do.
Ooops, just now noticed that Nobuo Sato (aka Mr. Sato/Sensei Sato) has also achieved the remarkable feat of having won 10 National Titles, so please add his name to the list of men. My apologies. Lol, I should know this, after all he is now the coach of one of my favorite skaters, Mao.
Thanks for that, aftertherain, I feel so embarrassed. I meant no disrespect, just a tired mind is all, which I meant to rectify ASAP, but am glad to see that you did so, thanks!
And please feel free to add to the list, everyone, as I find it most interesting & fascinating...
Btw, I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays, especially Christmas, and next up New Year's!
Now if the Japanese Federation has decided that Mikki should have been the champion, OK. She skated very well, possibly well enough to win. But please don't insult our intelligence by giving her a 137, 10 point lead on Mao & Kanako in the free. Especially when Murakami won a bronze at the GPF when Ando could only place 5th. I add this to say that there is no way Mikki's skating skills are that much better than Kanako's and definitely not Mao's. These comments are NOT meant as knocks against Mikki. I like her. She is what she is - a great athlete. I'm thinking more about the injurious judging of Mikki's LP at this point.