Anything is possible, I guess.
Denis Ten did it, but the point difference from 3rd-10th in SP wasn't huge. Even if Mao skated perfect in the FS and everyone in the final group splatted like the men, she still has almost 20 points to make up. Also don't forget, she doesn't even get to skate in the penultimate group in the FS.
There's always a chance that 13 of the 15 ladies ahead of her could implode..... Not likely, but there's a chance
Two things (well, 3 really) would need to happen:
1. Mao would need to land her 8 triple program perfectly. That could get her around 150.
2. 2 of Yuna, Adelina, Carolina, and Gracie would need to skate poorly (low 130s or worse).
Now I never actively wish ill upon skaters so my message to Mao is: 8 triples on the protocol. DO IT.
I don't think there is a chance now. I'm agree with CarneAsada she can try 8 triple skate tomorrow. That can be a record I believe.
Why do you guys think what happened happened? Was it nerves? Lack of a psychologist?
Stubborness about the triple axels, which if she falls, takes the wind out of her?