After this season Mao, Ando, Akiko and even Murakami are retiring. Japan will be without top skaters for at least a couple years. Mirai could be easily challenging for the top spot until the new girls arrive.The SP was very good but she will ur in LP. I think she had one good skate, but retirement and school would serve her better. Japan has way too much competition. I think several ladies in US will quit. The judges buried Sam, and no respect for Flatt. It wasn't bad at all. Sad for several. Caroline had no one with her again!