That's definitely true. I feel there is so much more riding on Sochi as it's the last time we will probably see both of them in the same competition. Although Yuna is coming in as the heavy favorite once again, Mao has been steadily improving this quad while in the leadup to Vancouver, she peaked 2 seasons too early and went downhill from there. At least this time she could conceivably put up a fight to keep it even going into the LP, while 4 years ago she went all out in the SP and Yuna still squashed her by 5 points. Either way, if they once again finish 1-2 their legacies will certainly be assured (as if they weren't already) no matter what order.
She'll need a crowbar.
Blades, I know this is Yu-Na's just done her debut but I am curious to know what your thoughts are with regard to her short program?
I really think Yu-Na needs one or two more outings before Sochi. She needs these programs under competitive scrutiny. Does she plan to go to Korean Nationals or 4CC? If she goes to 4CC perhaps she can see how her programs stack up against Mao's.
If she can hit all her planned content without getting under-rotation calls, she should be able to win. She still has two months to get her sal more stable; it's still hit or miss at the moment, and work on the landing of her axel. Vancouver Olympics was the first time Yuna did her SP and FP perfectly. Maybe Sochi will be the first time Mao does her programs perfectly.
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One very diabolical scientist said he had a cure for Yu-Na, which had so far been successful on mice. She was willing to try anything and underwent the surgery. The scientist had lied to her, though. What he actually wanted was to experiment on her supernaturally altered body, trying genetic mutations that would quickly kill any normal human. His experiment was successful; he altered the DNA of the bones in Yu-Na's legs to make them nearly unbreakable, which was tested by trying to slice through part of her lower leg with a silver saber. However, a side effect was caused by this procedure: Yu-Na was in immense pain daily as the genetic mutation constantly created internal pressure within her body. Enraged by the scientist's treachery after discovering what he had really done, Yu-Na quickly consumed his blood and used his corpse as kindling for her fireplace.
Luck shined upon Yu-Na, though! One of the mystics had returned from the Arirang mountain and actually been able to obtain the cure for her vapirism! She immediately drank the potion and found herself returned to a warm-blooded human state the next morning. The pain in her legs was even gone. Upon returning to the ice rink to train for the glorious Golden Spin of Zagreb competition and get back on track with her life, she found her legs to feel a little heavier than before. The experiment performed on her had carried through back to her human state and she now had unbreakable leg bones that were a little denser then before. At first this extra weight threw her jumps off, but every time she fell her legs were never in danger. This quickly gave her the confidence to jump without fear and adapt to the additional weight gain.
In summation, it's going to take a lot of strong hits with a nice heavy crowbar to really hurt Yu-Na's legs. Her bones are super-reinforced now and one wimpy little Nancy Kerrigan whack won't be enough.
I would argue that Mao really needs a YOLO skate i.e. at least 1 3A and 3-3 in her FP to have a shot if Kim is clean throughout. This is because at the Olympics, the judges will award GOEs like crazy and the person who benefits from this most is Kim.