As for the Grand Prix Slam, i don't how this record can be considered as impressive when Yuna Kim has never been invited to participate in NHK Trophy. Yuna has already won the Grand Prix Final 3 out of the 4 years she participated, the other time she came 2nd. Mao failed to qualify 2 out of 9 years she participated, 1 times due to withdraw for entirely understandably reason. She had 5 more years to accomplish this. Had she accomplished in her 5th year I'd be far more impressed than the 5 years extra it took her, which is almost by default since she and Carolina has the longest career today. So this claim should always followed by a MASSIVE astrix since her main rival and arguably the leader of the sport was left out of Mao's home event completely, and that even had Yuna continued to take part in Grand Prix, she would have never able to accomplish this. I can't imagine this happen in any sport, the unfairness seems utterly ridiculous.
I'd be genuinely curious how MASSIVE the following the two skaters are around the world. Take attendance figures of the competition they entered for instances. Or how about looking at opinion poll from the next generation of skaters? I do recollect many like Gracie, ZiJun, Julia, Liza seems to went on the record for their admiration for Yuna, some even copied her costumes, and certainly their approach to skating seems to have emulate Yuna far more than attempting a 3A or being balletic and skate to soft classical music.
I wish there are more reliable indicators than youtube views given:
- Most people in non English speaking worlds like China, Korea and probably Japan don't use youtube, they have localised version of these vids services. What does the viewing stats tell?
- Yuna's youtube vids with millions of hits always get mysterious deleted by copyright infringement. How come?
Keywords on Google.com, search for Yuna Kim and Mao Asada. What are the search results? 6:1, it isn't even close.
How about who had the most and the biggest headline among the international press, past present and the future? Why not get a general consensus among the world media/ punters on the leading story and figure in this sport? NBC/BBC/CNN/CBC/Ruteurs/CNE/Eurosport/ESPN, Olympics.org to name a few
Who's scores in their entire career history are able to stand up to the greatest scrutiny, and what reasons for them? Who has been most overscored, who underscored, and how that affect the rankings.
The talks about legacy, who's to carry on the torch from Mao. While there are more possibility of someone available to head up the ladies in Japan, arguably that is because of the federation national support and infrastructures are there, rather than credit to that one skater. Other wise, Kanako, and other Japanese juniors would have followed the 3A training already, as difficult as it might. Or that China would have already had multiple artistic skaters already leading the race due to LuChen, who like Midori Ito are both one Gold World Champion medalist.
Had any of the above questions stand up to scrutiny, I'd be far more impressed.