04-17-2014, 10:33 AM
Say no to horrendous costumes
I am thinking, it seems to me that Russian Fed are too greedy this time, it might hurt them in 2018 you know.
Originally Posted by gotoschool
What a pity since they are having all these girls at once: Yulia, Radionova, Anna Pogo, Liza, Sotnikova... I mean I don't want to see these talents wasted at 2018 because of all politiking between those greedy Feds. Why can't they just wait, just 4 more year? The ladies field in Russia is so deep at the moment, I am sure they would have at least 60% of a gold medal next Olympic. But now... with all the controversial judging, I am not sure anymore.
Or it is because Plushy withdrew so they couldn't give him the gold as plan (not that I mind if they gave him the gold because men event was tedious, at least Plushy would have a high chance of stand still) so they had to give it to another Russian?
04-17-2014, 10:34 AM
Last month I found one Japanese user who upload all high def videos of all Japanese sketers with Japanese commentators. She/He avoided the IOC web police by posting the whole thing in Japanese. But I couldn't find them anymore.
Originally Posted by nimi
04-17-2014, 11:02 AM
Well, I thought all of those ones were on the "official" Sochi youtube channel somewhere? If not, I guess they might show up eventually.
Originally Posted by Meoima
They haven't seen fit to put Asada's FS there (yet).
Don't really understand why they don't just splurge eveything on there straight way though :-/
04-17-2014, 12:10 PM
If anyone was underscored in the Olympics free skate, it was Mao. That was a performance for the ages. Just thinking about it tears me up a little.
I'm baffled by what happened with the components score. It's not a given that starting order determines the score. Shen & Zhao won the Olympics by virtue of their short program, and they went first. Mao should have more than enough stature to defy the starting order.
There wasn't any reason to lowball her. She was out of medal contention even if she won the free skate (and she definitely should've), barring huge meltdowns from everyone at the top. Or maybe that's why they lowballed her. Decided it didn't matter, she was out of a medal anyway, and they were gonna punish her even more for the short program disaster.
04-19-2014, 03:36 PM
Does anyone have news about her possible/probable retirement ?
04-19-2014, 04:01 PM
There is no news yet, I read somewhere that she may make an announcement in May, the JSF wants to have an answer then, but if Mao can't make up her mind by then I think her answer might be delayed further.
Originally Posted by FS.Addict
04-19-2014, 04:51 PM
Wicked Yankee Girl
I watch too much skating. I was watching an Hawaii travelogue and thought these fried dough treats were named after Mao. After all, she is sweet.
04-20-2014, 08:15 AM
hah I can totally imagine myself mistaking it too if I saw the name
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
04-20-2014, 02:54 PM
could someone who understands japanese please give a brief translation of what Nobu said about Mao:
04-21-2014, 10:16 AM
This is more than "brief" but here is a translation of almost everything Oda says about Mao.
Originally Posted by mary01
Oda says that the fundamentals are really important in skating but he wasn't stoic enough to endure the fundamental skating practices. The person who has the skills to be stoic to enhance herself is Mao. She practices like a monk in training.
Oda: 3A is a really difficult technique even for men and the fact that she succeeded in jumping 3A when she was just 14 is a result that comes from nothing but her efforts. Also, she spent 4 years correcting her jumps from scratch. Her jumps suffered for 1~2 years but she overcame them. I had a problem where I'd crouch before doing axels and the judges used to advise me to correct them, but I ignored them. Usually, people don't correct jumps after reaching maturity because they're extremely difficult to change so they give up after 1~2 months. Mao broke down her old techniques and spent 2 years redoing her fundamentals step by step with her coach and showed us the compilation of her skating skills in Sochi.
MC: She didn't do well in her SP. Weren't you shocked?
Oda: Totally shocked. The skater before Mao was Sotnikova and she skated really well and the cheer from the crowd was enormous.
MC: And how much time did she have to start her program?
Oda: 1 minute. When the crowd cheers like that for the skater before you, you curse your bad luck and just want to run away. The crowd was so loud and the fence between the rink and the coach is wider at the Olys than at other competitions so I was afraid she'd be unable to hear what her coach was saying, then she went off to start her program so I was really concerned, then she made mistakes like I'd never seen before. I think they were caused by the pressure from the crowd, pressure of the Olys. But I thought her skating was beautiful as a result of the 4 years of hard work so I sent her a message on LINE saying that "there were mistakes, but thank you for your beautiful skating" and she replied "Thank you" and we exchanged a few words like "I'll do my best tomorrow" and "You can do it. I trust you" then after she skated the FS, I cried.
MC: I think everybody cried. She's like the "national daughter".
Oda: I just want to say that the scoring was really strict. She skated in the earlier group as a result from her SP so I don't think the judges knew what to do when she skated so well. I think they should have scored her higher. She received URs for a couple of the jumps. When I was watching her in slow motion, I was shouting "That was NOT a UR!", "That 3-3 was rotated!", "She needs to be scored higher!". Of course, I was shouting at the TV because I can't say it to their faces…
MC: You're retired now. You're the only one who can say those things.
Oda: I think they were extremely strict on her.
MC: Those jumps were fully rotated right?
Oda: Those jumps were fully rotated! Anyone could tell that they were perfect! What were they looking at!?
04-21-2014, 03:34 PM
Thank you soo much for taking the time to translate this, it was really interesting, another skater that was speechless and disgusted by the injustice and the ridicoules marks the judges gave Mao.
Originally Posted by mikaboo
04-21-2014, 04:30 PM
Although I assume that is one of her strengths, I recall Coach Sato saying it's also one of her weaknesses. Seems she'll often practice something like 5 hours a day, and Sato's opinion was that this can create a habit of only skating at "70%" all the time (because you can't practice that long, unless you're holding back)
Originally Posted by mikaboo
His view is, it can be a bad habit, because it can make it more difficult to skate at "100%" when she needs to (in competition).
He likes it when she is exhausted after 30 minutes of practice... because that means she practiced at 100%...! :-D
04-22-2014, 06:02 AM
No problem! I'm glad you found it interesting
Coach Sato seems to be a very wise man. That makes total sense. I wonder if it is the case with Mao (skating 70%).
Off the topic but since Coach Sato was mentioned, there was a TV talk show a couple of nights ago where he was the guest.
They showed him skating in 1964 which I found on YouTube if you'd be interested. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25uut2HMrBo
04-22-2014, 06:59 AM
Team Japan Auntie
According to Shunkan Bushun(Japanese tabloid) there is a rumor that Mao and her manager will establish a figure skate school after retiring. They didn't mention whether she will retire right now or not but seems like she will take a break for a while. but remember it's a tabloid so not really a reliable source.
They also mention that Mao's CM fee is around 20 million yen but JSF took 20% of it. (They predict Yuzuru's endorsement will increase but male athlete doesn't earn more than female athlete - I kind of doubt it thou..)
It said she really want to teach the kids how to skate and help them to won a OGM.
It sounds great if she want to build a school for the kids since Japan is a little bit lacking of ice rink.
04-28-2014, 10:23 AM
So with the reappearance of !/e calls, do you think this will impact Mao's decision to retire....?