And when you compared this SP to the one she did back in 2007 you see the growth and maturity as a skater.
I prefer this to Yuna's Bond SP, Shiz's Fantasy Impromptu SP, Sarah Hughes' SP, Tara's SP, Oksana's SP, and even Kristi's SP.
She's grown as an artist, and she started out very strong.
Russian girls, this is how you move your arms!
I wouldn't worry about her jumps. In fact, I was even surprised she tried the 3A in shows. Last season she started to do it in competition on 4CC, so it's way earlier now. She'll probably try it on the GP, which is good for her. I also hope she'll try a 3F-3T in the SP instead of 3F-2L, but there have been no indications she's going for it
Oh, Mao is just magical. She positively floats on the ice and this program really highlights her strengths!
Will be cool thou, if she try.
Mao has 6+ months to put the finishing touches on this program. I think it's delightful and well-suited to her style skating. I don't think a musical piece has to be heavy and dramatic and angst-ridden to be Olympic calibre. It's how it's skated...... People keep talking about Kostner and Kim as the front-runners, don't count out Mao.
Sorry, but this program is totally mediocore to me. Very little of it is truly one with the music, most of it looks like its just there to tick off a required box (her flying camel is NOT good), and there are no special highlights. Look at the gorgeous way she came out of her Triple Lutz in the 2007 program (and also how she goes into it), her wonderful spiral extensions, her light-as-a-feather double axel, and the magical position and timing of her twizzles at the end of her footwork sequence. That's 4 special, memorable things. This program has 0.
I just hope that Mao is at least able to skate with freedom at the Olympics. It used to feel like she was at home on the ice, but now the majority of the time it looks like she doesn't really want to be out there.
This is a master piece indeed even if her jump is not in a good state.
The steps is so fluent and elegent and mao fits the music perfectly
This had some beautiful moments.
I loved the first part of the ending layback. So classic and elegant, and I think she held the position longer than most. Of course, like all the other ladies, she junks it up at the end to gain the levels... such is CoP.
I am not a huge fan of her catch-foot camel, but maybe that's just me.
I think it's as "Olympic caliber" as anything else we'll see.
I look at her grace and maturity, and I recall how she was the "jumping bean" back in the early days. What a beautiful transformation; it's like we've all watched her grow up.
This video is from an ice show in late july so nitpicking the jumps is premature. Also, it is hard to jump with the lights and Mao was also getting use to new boots