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
Tripping on the Podium
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....?
04-28-2014, 12:02 PM
No instead, I think team Sato may consider other layouts that could maximize her points, I also think that if Mao decides to continue she and her coaches know what to focus on, and how to prepare in the best way by now.
Originally Posted by makaihime
I think the real question will be is Sato capable of continuing being a full time coach, I wouldn't be surprised if Mao decided to hire someone else too, because if I remember right I think Sato once mentioned that he was not able to travel as much as before.
04-28-2014, 03:47 PM
If she continues, this would rule out the possibility of an "ultimate SP" from Mao (3A, 3F-3Lo, 3Lz) for the immediate future. In the LP, she might replace the 3Lz with a 2A, though continuing her current layout really wouldn't cost her that much; she gets -GOE already, another 1.8 point deduction isn't that much when she has 7 other triples planned. I do wish she'd try once more to at least improve her Lutz to a '!' but that's probably too much to expect.
04-29-2014, 03:49 AM
Even without the 3lz as long as she adds 3f-3lo in the sp along with the 3A, it would be enough to set a new record.
Originally Posted by CarneAsada
05-16-2014, 11:03 AM
Does anyone know of any news from Mao on whether she will continue? I'm sure there's nothing about it in English, so are there any Japanese speakers who can tell us of any new developments?
05-16-2014, 11:31 AM
Size 7 Knife Boots
I'm wondering the same thing. When is the deadline to notify ISU of intent to compete. You would think in fairness to the Feds and skaters there should be at least a week or two to know their seedlings before selecting the first events.
On a personal level and for many reasons, I hope she takes an entire year off and starts training the day after 2015 Worlds for her return in the 2015-2016 season
05-16-2014, 11:53 AM
Off topic but the way you said "seedlings" makes me imagine the skaters as little trees. I don't know what the deadline is, but it seems like the ISU doesn't care too much. Yuna Kim was scheduled for two events but she pulled out due to her foot injury. I'm sure competitors can cancel pretty close to the competition date.
Originally Posted by Sam-Skwantch
05-18-2014, 05:15 AM
05-18-2014, 06:26 AM
I am a bit ambivalent about Mao continuing, so I will be happy with whatever she decides, so long as it is what she wants. The suspense is really getting to me though. I decided to write a few lines about Mao.
Pirouetting on a pliant blade
that glides lightly across the ice
as sharply clipped wing tips
soaring through the sky,
forming acrobatic arabesques
that carve serpentine arcs into the ice.
Fully stretched leg extensions
rotating in a tight semi-circle.
Mesmerized by multi-directional step sequences
that dig into the emotions from every angle,
tapping channels into the tear ducts
like peeling layers off an onion
to reveal the full depth of human expression.
The pulse pounds as she tackles the triple axel.
With arrow straight back
and beautifully tight symmetrical spirals,
she drills whip-saw chills into the tingling spine.
Then in an exquisite wave-like motion
she releases us into the ebb and flow
of redemption and melancholy.
05-18-2014, 02:45 PM
Well described gotoschool, it's always interesting to see what kind of association and emotions people get after watching a a really great performance.
Originally Posted by gotoschool
05-18-2014, 07:23 PM
Mao seems to take a year off according to this news.
I am not sure if she comes back after the break, but hope she will enjoy her life and skating with no burden.
05-18-2014, 09:15 PM
I guess she is sitting this season out then. If she comes back, I hope her break is enough rest and she can come back better than ever. If she doesn't, then I'll miss her but at least we can appreciate her magnificent performances from the past decade.
05-19-2014, 05:22 AM
I'm not entirely sure but I think this is the video of the press conference she did where she announces her break next season.