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    I love Mao Asada's short AND long programs this year. I do believe that she has grown as a skater in her footwork, artistry, and spins... which I believe is very hard to do. I really don't like the fact that Yuna Kim gets higher PCS than Asada, because I don't think that Kim has that much better artistry than Asada and that she really hasn't done anything to "reinvent" herself in the past 4 years. What Kim DOES have that Asada doesn't is speed across the ice, but I think that she has the more speed because she doesn't have as much footwork or as many "in-betweens" as Asada does.

    Also the fact that Kim gets high GOE on her jumps is ridiculous, because her free foot isn't that stretched out on the landing and she doesn't have that much speed going out of it. So Asada and Kim's GOE should really be that different in numbers. Just look at 2010 Vancouver, even though Kim landed more triples than Asada, Kim's GOE was way too high and she was like 20 points (?) above Asada, which I think is very unfair. Asada even landed 3 triple axels combined and she wouldn't have even been close to matching Kim's scores even if they had the same number of triples.

    I really want Asada to win Olympic Gold because she has improved so much, however, her triples do seem to be a bit underrotated and unfortunately they don't seem to be that reliable as Kim's triples. I'm sort of thinking that even if they both skate cleanly that Kim will win because of her unfairly high PCS and GOE. Asada would probably have to have 3-4 more triples than Kim to probably just barely beat her. Asada's PCS's this year should be closer to 75-78, rather than just 70 in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasminum View Post
    Great interview. Love Mao, I hope she has the performance she is looking for in Sochi

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    I can't find the thread about Mao's plans to maybe include 2 3As in her LP... but the lovely ladies over at fb posted a video with an interview about that. Mao will go for 2 3A's, it seems, one instead of the 3Lz.
    There's a video that includes some practices and around 4:00 you can see a beautiful 3A followed by a beautiful 3A2T

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg834tyWN84

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    Congratulations to Mao for winning her fourth grand prix title! I am so happy that she skated such a wonderful performance in the SP at possibly her last GPF event. Her first win in 2005 really feels like yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miki88 View Post
    Congratulations to Mao for winning her fourth grand prix title! I am so happy that she skated such a wonderful performance in the SP at possibly her last GPF event. Her first win in 2005 really feels like yesterday.
    It really does feel like yesterday, especially when they played nutcracker in the gala, I almost thought that Mao would skate to it again.

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    Striking and impressive delivery by a champion. After missing both of the opening high risk elements in the Free, she still absolutely stood and delivered for the balance of the program. One could say that if you didn't know how the opening two jumping passes went, you would think from the final climactic footwork section that it was a victory dance of emotion. Outstanding!

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    now guys recently I have found myself addicted to watching different versions of Mao's Ballade

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qb9GJ1nS0w

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpSKo0yinQY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58HTu9iwgrI

    but my favorite version is the one from THE ICE I just can't find it anywhere so if anyone has downloaded it or knows where it's possible to watch please post the link

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary01 View Post
    now guys recently I have found myself addicted to watching different versions of Mao's Ballade

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qb9GJ1nS0w

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpSKo0yinQY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58HTu9iwgrI

    but my favorite version is the one from THE ICE I just can't find it anywhere so if anyone has downloaded it or knows where it's possible to watch please post the link
    Found it on Dailymotion (the quality is not great, though).

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    Quote Originally Posted by yuki View Post
    Found it on Dailymotion (the quality is not great, though).
    Thank you soo much yuki, have been searching for the long for this version

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    with her layout now , she have the more chances of winning gold! mao chan gambatte!

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    practice in Sochi, great 3a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI6CoYpzBC4

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    Oh wow, Mao looks so good. What a joy it would be if she could get that gold medal! I hope that she can win the SP at least!

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    GOOOoo Mao! Skate lights out!!!!

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    Wishing Mao the Best in her FS! Dry your tears Mao and skate for yourself and your fans and remember
    that you have been a great champion throughout your career.

    Dai-chan visibly upset after Mao's SP.

    https://twitter.com/homebodyy/status/436399618255888384

    https://twitter.com/homebodyy/status/436402061131780096

    https://twitter.com/homebodyy/status/436404034619342848

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