Will Asada have the 3A for Worlds?
Will Mao have the triple axel for World's?
Will she need it to Win her third World Crown?
Her Swan Lake FS is probably one of her best, so will she go for quality than quantity.
The Comeback Kid
I dont think she will have the triple axel. I hope she has a 3 3. I agree that she will need one to win gold but not to medal . I do get ghe sense that Mao's end goal by reworking her jumps is 2014 olympics. Of course she would like to win her 3 world title, but I think her hope is perfect jumps by Sochi
Oh, man, wouldn't that be wonderful.
I'll never forget her sheer grit in the 2010 Olympics, putting in two triple axels in the long program even knowing how "on" YuNa was. I'd love to see her find that zone again and prove everyone wrong about her current potential.
I strongly believe so, the 3A's she showed in practice at japan nationals were absolutely stunning. so if her 3A are looking just as good at 4CC/Worlds practice then I think it's time for her to put them back in her programs. But I don't think she needs it to win Worlds this year, her FS is already packed with content and includes 7 triples.
It will be exciting if she does.
"The Swan Lake" is already a very difficult program. I think she has to focus on fully rotating all her seven planned triples.
A flawless skate is what Mao needs for winning a world title, but I think she will go for a triple axel at least in the free skate, hoping that won't take too much energy out of her for the rest of the program. Probably she is going to test it at 4ccs
IMO, no, she won't. I won't say "she did a 3A at practice, she can do it at competition!". Even Gracie and Liza(though they did it year or two ago) can jump 3A at practice, but they're not doing 3A at competitions.
But even if she does jump 3A, remember how Yuna won the Olympics. Mao did 3A there and Yuna was still 20 points ahead of her. I doubt Mao would win this year's WC gold-she won GPF, but that was a GPF without Carolina or Yuna. I think she can beat Carolina since Carolina doesn't have many triple jumps. But Yuna? Unless she manages to make one or two major mistakes and Mao skates clean, no. Thus she can win the world title with her program without 3A, but only if Yuna makes mistakes.