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    Quote Originally Posted by Ambivalent View Post
    Yes Mao deserves for making the changes she saw fit in order to reach higher heights. I mean for heaven's sake, an Olympic silver medallist and two time world champion completely reviewing her technique and taking the falls for it in the past two years? She is a wonder.
    Completely agree.

    I don't have time to translate this now, but here's a great interview with Mao's coaches (Nobuo and Kumiko Sato) from May 2012 on their hesitation to take on such a big deal skater, Mao's slow yet definite process of technical reform, her new attitude towards skating (showing interest in other disciplines like Ice Dancing etc), her maturity during the tough times and so on.
    http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/column/sh...OHT1T00176.htm

    So they were saying all along, "This is a 3-year process. Please be patient for just a bit longer. We will get there"!

    I've gotta admit when I saw Mao in Nice, I didn't expect this big a come back. What a skater she is!! Just like I didn't expect Yu Na to come back with the jump content she showed earlier in Germany and Korea. The Worlds will be sooooooo exciting! The ladies figure skating is BACK!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hurrah View Post
    She could have become legendary as the pioneering quad female jumper, but early CoP broke her will to train the quad, and now she's just a former World champion. Well, two-times World champion actually, which ain't shabby, but still, she gave up on her quad! I'm kind of upset about that because early CoP really gave her no other viable choice.
    While we're going off topic...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2KRWFCiyKA
    2008 GPF Miki Ando FS

    And don't forget the 2008 Cup of China, the competition that I think killed Miki's 3lutz/3loop
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62IehJ8jovg#t=27m45s
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    Quote Originally Posted by hurrah View Post
    Awww, I get that Akiko's skate is emotionally satisfying, but I do feel bad for Miki sometimes!
    Hehe, I'm probably the shallow kind who goes for "emotionally satisfying" instead of technically fantastic. But when I think of Miki Ando, her sad face immediately comes to my mind..... She often looked like she couldn't really relax herself, which is really a shame. I have no doubt that if/when she comes back, it will be harder for Akiko. All I was trying to say is that Akiko probably couldn't have had the recognition and respect she has now, if Miki hadn't stopped. Even Mao would have had a hard time remaining Japans number 1 in the last two years. Japan would have probably even put their money on Kanako over Akiko because she is the youngster. So she would have been Japans Number 4, and Number 4 means out of the picture internationally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikki View Post
    While we're going off topic...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2KRWFCiyKA
    2008 GPF Miki Ando FS

    And don't forget the 2008 Cup of China, the competition that I think killed Miki's 3lutz/3loop
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62IehJ8jovg#t=27m45s


    CoP at its most evil! Where the h*ll is the under-rotation there, huh? Who cares if it's under-rotated, eh? Those were beautiful jumps!

    That 3lutz-3loop, just wonderful! I wonder when we are going to see a female jumper attempt that combination even, cause if that wasn't good enough to be ratified, what would be??

    Early CoP really killed Miki's potential to make figure skating history. If it weren't for early CoP, she could have become a legend. I'm so pissed off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikki View Post
    While we're going off topic...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2KRWFCiyKA
    2008 GPF Miki Ando FS

    And don't forget the 2008 Cup of China, the competition that I think killed Miki's 3lutz/3loop
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62IehJ8jovg#t=27m45s
    Too bad there really wasn't much to see in her skating besides the jumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenaj View Post
    It wasn't her first time. She skated it at the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Final and at Japan Nationals. She is undefeated with it so far. Has she skated it clean yet? I know she didn't at her Grand Prix events.
    She changed the layout. I dont what you are talking about. But like someone said before people see what they want to see, when it comes to Mao

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    I'm not convinced Miki will be back next year. Really, what is the point? After 2.5 full years off, it's unlikely she'd be in great form, and IMO it's quite unlikely she would get a medal at the Olympics. She's a two-time World champion; not many can say that. Maybe it's better to just leave it at that.

    If she does come back, I'd be happy enough to see her on the Olympic team, as long as Akiko is on it too. I love Akiko and completely agree with the comments comparing her to Michelle Kwan. Like Michelle, Akiko has the gift of being able to open and share herself with the audience. So few skaters really have this very special quality. The spectators see and understand it, even if the judges don't. I absolutely want to see Akiko and her wonderful, joyous, heartfelt skating in Sochi. What a wonderful end it would be to her career, medal or not.

    Kanako I find overrated and overmarked. She did not show one bit of expression in that long program until the final minute, when the jumps were over and I guess she felt she could relax. I thought her PCS were way too high, there was definitely home-country inflation going on there. She has talent, but in the end I think her career will be very much limited by poor jumping technique, and artistically there's not much there yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexRus
    Did anybody of Ladies ever perform 8-triples FS?
    I don't remember that any Lady did it, I believe it is first at FS history.
    Another poster said that both Kimmie Meissner and Midori Ito tried it once, Midori popped one of her jumps, not sure for Kimmie but it wasn't an international ISU competition.
    So if Mao would succed, it would be a first! That's why it's so exciting. Mao went for that layout for the first time, and for that insane content, I think you can't expect her to nail everything right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hurrah View Post


    CoP at its most evil! Where the h*ll is the under-rotation there, huh? Who cares if it's under-rotated, eh? Those were beautiful jumps!

    That 3lutz-3loop, just wonderful! I wonder when we are going to see a female jumper attempt that combination even, cause if that wasn't good enough to be ratified, what would be??

    Early CoP really killed Miki's potential to make figure skating history. If it weren't for early CoP, she could have become a legend. I'm so pissed off.
    Agreed. I think Mao also suffered from u/r calls, and when I think of the splendid skating these ladies gave us, it makes me very peeved that it wasn't appreciated. The ironic thing is that, except for YuNa, there wasn't anyone better who showed up to benefit when those two "incorrect" jumpers were penalized by judging. Has this been a golden age of record-breaking advances in jumps? No, it hasn't.

    I'm not the world's biggest Miki fan, but I admire her very much and like her as a person. She seems like a modest, gentle soul who works really hard (a trait I always have a soft spot for), and I'm sorry she was discouraged from doing what she does best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sask8 View Post
    Interesting! Did you read this somewhere, and if so, where?
    It was in this USA Today article


    http://www.usatodayeducate.com/stagi...ool-or-skating
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    Quote Originally Posted by leafygreens View Post
    They both fell here yet Gao still beats Gold... Gold fell at nats yet beat Gao by a long shot. You know good and well what the point is. Gold-flation is alive and well in the U.S.
    Gold gave up 16.5 points technically here for stupid errors on her part (things she doesn't do in practice: skip the 3T on the combo, popped Lutz, fall and < on loop, only L3 on the change combo spin) in the LP. She would have blown Gao out of the water in the LP without any increase in PCS with those 16.5 points, even if Gao had landed the Lutz (-3) as she was only 7 points behind her total (and about a point in PCS with arguably a very bad skate for Gold). If Gold skates that clean, she's more than makes up that point in PCS as well.

    Gao fell at Nationals in the SP too, and was ahead of Gold in the SP. Gold's tech content is unmatched by the US ladies when she's on, she just needs to figure out how to always be "on" like her LP at Nationals. And apparently, there wasn't too much inflation in Gold's PCS at Nationals either when she gets a 56.73 from an international panel for a crappy skate and a 60+ at Naitionals for a lights out skate. This was only Gold's fourth Senior international event and I would imagine being on practice ice with 2 World medalists is something new for her and probably distracting. Better to learn from it here at 4C versus the same mistake at Worlds. Also, only two weeks removed from Nationals and a trip around the world can be disconcerting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverFish View Post
    I wasn't denying that Gold-flation is present in the US, but that's the case for every skater on home ice. Gold's FS at Nats was also miles better than any of the others, as evidenced by her seven-triple program.

    Gao fell once with an edge call. Gold fell once, popped a lutz, got two edge calls, and had a hand down. So, yes, I'm failing to see your point.
    Remember the SP at Nats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Li'Kitsu View Post
    Another poster said that both Kimmie Meissner and Midori Ito tried it once, Midori popped one of her jumps, not sure for Kimmie but it wasn't an international ISU competition.
    So if Mao would succed, it would be a first! That's why it's so exciting. Mao went for that layout for the first time, and for that insane content, I think you can't expect her to nail everything right away.
    I believe Suryay Bonalay did too and in that program also attempted a quad which was downgraded to a triple. As I recall many of the triples were not well performed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades of Passion View Post
    That first 3Flip was totally excellent. The second 3Loop was a little short but not < worthy. Zzzz.

    When will people ever learn. WHAT YOU JUST SAID MEANS NOTHING. The point a jump lands means NOTHING unless you give a reference point for where the jump started. Everything exists within a circle. Also, 6:48 is before she even takes off for the entire combination, so I'm not sure what you're talking about to begin with. Both of the jumps in the combination were 1/4 short. A jump should get a deduction if it's more than that. Doing a clean 3Loop like she did on the end of a combination is a difficult task. Congrats to her, and too bad the scoring system doesn't care.
    Oh lordy, you know I meant 6:48 is where to see the combination in slow motion -- okay it starts at 6:50 -- thank you for being ridiculous. 6:52 is where she lands the flip and her toe pick clearly hits the ice before 1/4 turn on the exit of the flip. 6:54ish she lands the loop and that is definitely underrotated. I know you're adamant about these things, but the video shows it right there. And if you want to use a reference point, then really, Mao under rotated the flip and loop even more because look on the 3F where her left blade takes off as she picks (it's already started to rotate, so arguably her landing is even more under-rotated), and look where she pre-rotates on the loops -- although it's obvious that loops are done that way, since you're bringing up this nitpicky reference point 'logic', the 3L was even less fully rotated.

    As for Murakami's underrotations, I agree that the first 3F did not look to be under-rotated, yes (though calling it as clean wouldn't have affected the result). The second 2L in her 3-jump combo looked to be under-rotated. And her 3L was without a doubt under-rotated. (and even if all 3 were cleanly rotated, the result would have stood).
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    We will see if Mao use the momentum to cnosistently land the combos and axel and get no underrotations. This will be key to beat Kim. I think Gracie and Katelyn will gain a lot of good experience out this - maybe Osmond moreso since she really does not have a lot of international experience. both have huge potential and could be in the top ten in their first senior year. This is more important for Osmond and Canada..

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