It's interesting to see how demanded Mao and Julia are even at the beginning of the season.
From what I have seen during the off season,Mao's practice at Shiyokohama is doing great not only skating itself but jumps.They have speed going in and nice flow out.
It sounds like Julia got nervous for the first time at competitions.She looked like a mature skater in her attitude last season,but she is only 14 year old. All I can say is another skater with tons of talents move up to the senior world.
Mirai looks in good shape. It's nice to see fire in her. That's what I have longed for.
I love Princess Zijun Li. She's one of my favorite skaters from the first time she showed up at JGPS!! Her lightness and grace makes me smile. Good debut for her.
That's what I think from CoC. I suppose a competition except OGM or WC is just too few to consider or to bush a skater's strategies or conditions.
No. And I'm not really interested, it's not going to get sense into your 'PCS are senseless' argument I guess.Originally Posted by mikeko666
Mao attempted all 5 kinds of triples (minus the 3 axel) in her long program. She wasn't exactly successful with all of them, but you make it sound like she deliberately did only loops and salchows. I watched the whole competition live on TV and it was a splatfest. After Mao finished skating, I was convinced she was going to end up with silver because her score should have been beatable by Julia. This was Julia's competition to lose. Had Mao medalled at worlds with this kind of jumping content, I would understand the outrage. Had she beaten a clean or nearly clean Lipnitskaya here, I would consider it unfair. But she didn't. She won a poorly-skated GP event and yet people are outraged that a jumping bean who didn't even have great jumps today lost to her.
I don't even want to see Julia either! The exteme level of atriciousness that skate must be to lose must be awful to witness!
Last edited by gmyers; 11-03-2012 at 02:58 PM.
Last season, she attempted a program with 6 different triples- not many ladies do that nowadays, sure it wasn't a great season in terms of placement but she was also dealing with personal issues.
Before that, of course she was struggling- she was revamping her technique. I really had a lot of respect for her during that time- for her to win Worlds in 2010, then come out in competition the next season being only able to do 2 clean triples in competition and having all of the world watch her as she struggled.
Sure, it easy to criticize as audience members, but it's not like skaters mean to fail- they're trying their best. She's being a trooper just by stepping out onto the ice every single season. I'm glad that she didn't decide to retire even though she thought about it this summer.
FYI, this is what she said at the press conference:
One journalist from Japan asked mao if she has any advice for young skaters. She said that she is not in a position to give advices because they are already high level skaters and she is looking forward to competing with them.
She also said that she was not at all happy with her performance, was surprised at her win and needs to do a lot of work.
showed up at NHK 2010 and also did just a loop and salchow! Now she singled stuff and fell a lot but this two kinds of triple Mao is in so many ways like the 2010 NHK that came in 8th