I simply assumed...after years of reforming her jumps from scratch, losing her mother at such a young age, not being able to reachieve her signature jump for such a long time, announcing to the press loud and clear that she'll go for a 3A and a 3-3 beforehand, Mao must've been nervous like hell in attempting that monstorous layout and her 3A once again. I think that's how most logical people understood how she was feeling during 4CC.
But then, I suppose you're the master mind-reader and others are just stupid medicore ordinary losers with no insight, huh?
Coming back to the main question - I think Mao will get the 3A back for Worlds.
This home ice argument is kinda of weird. She hasn't skated clean on home ice -- NHK was very poor for her, Nationals was better but still with errors, and here she made errors too. The difference I think is that home ice encouraged her to try for harder difficulty. I'm sure it was a wonderful thrill for her in the SP to have her 3A come back, and in front of a home crowd too. She won't have that same encouragement in London, but she is still a favourite and has lots of fans in Canada. I think she'll want to put out a strong performance. What I'm hoping is Yu Na puts up a huge SP score, as does Mao, similar to the Olympics, and in order to catch Yu Na, Mao delivers a FS where she at least attempts the content here. I agree with others who say that a win without a 3A (especially now she knows she can still do one) isn't as satisfying for her.
I just found this clip showing that Mao's present triple-axel take off is exactly the same as her double-axel take off.
I wonder if this means that she could potentially do a triple-axel from a fan spiral??
Who knows, she used to do double brackets entry which I found particularly impressive as there's a lot of potential to lose speed (similar to Radionova's lutz, or the hardest - Hanyu's counter into 3A).
Yes, I don't think Mao's set up into her triple-axel can be seen as telegraphed at all. But just in case, I did go to YouTube to look at set ups of variety of skaters, and really, it's not. I did, however, find that Mao's set up is longer by one second or second and a half in comparison to Plushenko and Yagudin's (lol) whose setup is so, so short! In looking at other skater's triple-axel set ups, I noticed that Harding's set up (which is, yes, longer than Mao's) is really, really strange:
There is no arc! She goes straight back into her axel! She truly was a raw talent. How she managed to do a triple axel from that is freaky.
I love Tonya Harding's 3A! You're right about her entry, hurrah.
Mao's new effortless 3A (much more aesthetically pleasing than the Vancouver season) is testament to her and coach Sato's hard work on her basic skills!
You are right, her set up is great but is there any need to do additional spiral before the 3A? Oh come on, it's a triple axel! She just needs to have it done and fully rotated. If she can do it at worlds I'll be happy enough