New article on Mao Asada entitled: "Asada seeks to show maturity on Sochi stage." Reads:-
Sounds like she is committed to retirement at the end of the season regardless of the outcome of the Olympics. Nevertheless, looks like she is determined to win the Gold in Sochi, or at least ensure that if she does lose, that she only loses having skated her very best. If she does skate to her maximum potential and still loses, then the only skater that can beat her is KimNearly four years have passed since figure skating star Mao Asada, 23, shed bitter tears with a silver medal in her hand. Asada is determined to use her second and final Olympic appearance to overcome the regret that has long tormented her.
“I was upset about my performance,” Asada said.
At the Sochi Games, Asada will skate again to Rachmaninov, this time Piano Concerto No. 2, one of his most famous works.
Asada is now making her final preparations for the Sochi Olympics, aiming to once again nail three triple axels. “I know the level of my [best] performance in the past, so I won’t be satisfied with a lesser effort,” she said, explaining the reason behind her focus on training.
Having decided to end her competitive career this season, Asada is determined to win. “I want my last skate to be my best at the Olympics, which is the big stage,” she said.
If she can realize the highest level of her performance, Asada will surely be able to capture the gold medal she has longed for.
no offense, but i think mao may have peaked too early this season. just a hunch.
everyone should stick around, especially carolina, nobody created more beautiful programs than her. i fan myself everytime i see bolero (that step sequence).
anyway, sooooo many skaters plan on retiring which makes the next few years dull.
I think the opposite. The rise of skaters like Gold, Sotnikova, Osmond, Lipnitskaya, hopefully Murakami is exciting to see, and it will be even more exciting seeing them battle it out and fight to create a new World pecking order of sorts post Sochi. I am looking forward to the retirement of the old guard, while appreciating their great careers and all the great moments they have given us. Just wish they had more of a pro circuit for us to see them more, but there are signs that might be coming back.
I don't see Mao would continue full-time. She may take a year off and come back half-time to see where she stands.
It must be a tough decision. Here you are, the best in the world at what you do. Whatever you decide to do afterward, the chances are remote that will will be anywhere near as good at it.
Much as I love Mao, I'd never wish 4 more years. She will skate shows as she loves to skate and people love her skating. She has been a valiant warrior. She deserves rest. I loved her 2010 effort. I loved Orser. Gold did not define Nancy, Irina, Michelle. So, whatever.
This time, it will be different. All of the holdovers will be newbies, and countries like the US and Russia have a ton of Junior level skaters that will invade the senior ranks in a couple years.
That's not talking about Sotnikova, Tuktamysheva (when she gets over her back issues), Lipnitskaya, Gold, and others.
If Mao wants to stay in until 2018, she will have to do 2-3 triple axels per competition for 4 more years because the judges will find it increasingly hard to justify gifting her wins based on PCS for that long.
I don't see her being competitive. Even now, she's pushing the envelop and I'm not sure she will be able to do 3 clean 3As, but anything can happen at the Olympics so we'll have to wait and see that...