Yay! Been waiting for this. I think she also attempted one back in 4CC this last season, right?
I have mixed feelings. She obviously needs to increase her TES but if she's having problems rotating her easier triples I don't see how she'll pull this off.
It's been a LONG time since she's had a 3A ratified. She gets lots of < as it is. I don't think she should rely on a jump she hasn't been successful with in several years.
I think her last good one was 4CC 2011. I am more interested if she can rotate a flip.
The title of this thread is a bit misleading. In the article, Mao's agent said the jump isn't left off permanently, but neither did she say she will definitely use it later in the season. The media always asks Mao about this jump, but from most recent interviews, it does appear it has become a much less of a focus in her training.
Yes, a clean 7-triples FS without UR jumps would be a lot better than a mistakes-full program even with a good 3A...
After having seen her trainings at world championship last year and all those billions 3axel she attempted without success I really hoped she would have forget this idea of doing it....she is a gorgeous skater...she just needs to fix the rotation of her jumps and to gain consistency and the 3a is not going to give her any of these things
well i think the issue she had with her jumps at COC are due to her being 3 month short of practice, so i am not worried about that. after seeing all the beautiful 3A she attempted at 2012 worlds practice, i am really looking forward to see her deliver them in competition again!
Most of the 3A attempts at 2012 Worlds practice were at best UR and worst DG. There may have been one or two that may have gotten the benefit of the doubt, but that's it. She should focus on cleaning up her other triples.
Mao doesn't need a 3A in a field like this - her focus is to rebuild herself or she won't even be on the podium at the next Olympic Games.
At the end of the day, I think she will try it. She has already won multiple WC and an OSM. She clearly wants that OGM and I suppose she needs to take the risk to pull that off.
If I'm not completly mistaken there were reports about Mao practicing the 3A as part of her FS before JO - in exchange for the 2A-3T. So it's not really suprising to hear she might try it again later in the season.
Besides, there was a video of one of her 3As too, and it looked clean to me. And if she manages to stand up on it, even a > is not that bad. Pretty sure she's going to take the risk, and I like it.
Maybe Mao is really going for a 8-triple FS
I really look forward to see her skate in NHK!