Indeed Mao seems to have Chopin in her bones. She is so light-footed and fluid. Her arms are astonishing. Think how rare it is that a lady who can do triple axels would also have such airy musicality.
Originally Posted by TheCzar
The Comeback Kid
And when you compared this SP to the one she did back in 2007 you see the growth and maturity as a skater.
It is as Olympic-caliber as any of the Olympic SP programs in recent memory.
Originally Posted by aftertherain
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!
I don't think she will do thou. Having 3A, 3F+3T, 3Lo in the SP, her score will go through the roof, if she can fully rotate than and will give her 5+ point cushion over Kim. But chances of fully rotating them is no so good. The last time she tried 3F+3T and got credit with +GOE was back in 2008 world. And I think no incentive for her. Having 3F+3T< vs 3F+2Lo with +goe will get her almost the same score, plus I think Mao feels more comfortable with doing the latter.
Originally Posted by Cherryy
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.
Skating is art, if you let it be.
Maturity, yes, but she has lost a lot of her effortless flow over the ice and a lot of her beautiful lines.
Originally Posted by Minze2001
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.
Six Point Zero
Sure the program has more time to gain mileage, but her jumps need to be ready in 2 months for the Grand Prix. She cannot afford to lose any more momentum to Kostner or Kim if she wants a decent shot at the OGM.
Originally Posted by noskates
She has lost her LINES of all things???
Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
Sorry, I have absolutely no idea what you are trying to say.
You may not like the program but, if anything, her lines are better than ever now!
The Comeback Kid
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
Mathman, very well put! I agree 100 %.
Originally Posted by Mathman