Yeah it was a shame, Japan's chances at Bronze are pretty much gone now. Mao really needed to win the SP.
It's shame that Japan's Pair team is awful and their Dance is weak. Mao can not be blamed for TEAM Japan losing the medal.
maybe if pairs and dance could inject one iota of quality into their programs, mao wouldn't have to carry the burden of their crappy skating
Yeah with their dance and pair, team Japan didn't really have any shot at medal to begin with. Even if Mao had won ladies SP, I don't see team Japan could medal overall.
I feel the triple axel is both Asada's greatest strength and weakness. She relies too much on it. Thank goodness she took one out of her FS, though the 8-triple program is pretty crazy.
in other news, where does goldenskate house its servers, in the heated butthole of satan? jeez
^Practice and competition are two different matters.
I feel this article was a little harsh by pinning it on her, it kind of makes it sound like it's Mao's fault that Japan is out of the hunt when the team was a long shot to begin with Hopefully the Japanese-language media is taking on a different tone.
How do I watch the team skate? I watch the skaters, and pay little attention to the scores. I hope the judges score fairly, but we all do our own scoring, in our heads. That's the only score I really care about. If one person drags down the whole 'team', so be it.
I don't think Japan not winning a medal in the team event was or will be all mao's fault. Really even if she was first the problem is the dance and pairs teams really can't compete. In order for them to win bronze they needed team USA to have a couple of blunders like Jeremy so had Wagner fallen and placed sixth or seventh and the pairs from the STates lost another position an d Canada beat the US in dance those kind of things would be more helpful and realistic. It didn't . In the last three events the worst scenario for the Us and hten it wold be a fluke 4th, 5th and 2nd and Japan's best would be two firsts and 5th. In short, they couldn't do it even if you added 2 or 4 more points. They just didn't have the ammunition.
This is not Mao's fault Japan lost bronze hopes. They don't have decent pairs and ice dance teams.