The fact that Mao's PCS in LP was so low just makes me mad!
Her second mark should be the highest of the night.
It would suit her. She's that kind of an honest person (for the lack of a better word) towards herself and othersOriginally Posted by chleopoco
But Mao is happy. Her marks are crap, but no PCS in the world could have made her as happy as her skating to her full potential anyway. Happy Mao is the most important part about thisOriginally Posted by JayW
(And CarneAsada is right, looking at everyones popularity right now, Mao was never so high up )
And thanks, StellaCampo!
I agree that Mao might not have had that astonishing free skate if she had done well in the short program. It's a paradox. but maybe the old song "Me and Bobby McGee" was right: freedom's just another word for "nothing left to lose." Would she have been too tight to cast her fate to the wind as she did? Whatever led to that incredible, literally awesome free skate, we will indeed always remember it, and as Li'Kitsu says, how much more poetic does it get?
Thank you!Originally Posted by aa456
Aww, Yuna, such a beautiful woman inside and outside. It's still not getting into my head this was the last time seeing those two amazing women at the same competition.
Just bumping this to get more attention on my post. No, since quite a few of you mentioned Mao was able to perform the BEST LP because she had nothing to lose, I just wanted to confirm yes she herself indeed said that might have been the case.
I've been watching her Rachmaninov on a Japanese website with commentaries from all over the world. China had Lu Chen and she was ECSTATIC, saying how much she admires Mao and how she's made history, overcoming the pressure. Lulu said the scores don't matter at all at this point and this performance has made history! The Korean commentators were wonderful as well. I'm gonna check out the French and Italian
What a phenomenal performance. I can't get over it!!!
You've gotta register first. After that try the following links:
CCTV China: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm22941081
Tarasova's commentary: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm22935524
Canada's CBC: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm22936534
No commentary: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm22935292
Failing that you can type 浅田真央 in the search box so it hits more than typing it in English.
The subtitles are in Japanese so I'm not sure how much you'd enjoy these unless you can read Japanese. Enjoy!!
This is a translated excerpt of posts in 2channel, a very famous anonymous message board in Japan. The selection basically centers on 2channel posters commenting on famous people who wrote on twitter and such about Mao's performance:
Asashoryu is a very famous retired sumo wrestler from Mongol
FIFI_Egypt is an Egyptian who works in Japan as a television personality and can speak Japanese
Matsuoka Shuzo is a former professional tennis player who nows works as a sports commentator, and is known for a very demonstrative style of cheering for athletes (like Tat)
Seeing/Hearing Rachmaninoffs Piano Concert in the Closing Ceremony - I saw Mao in my head skating without boundaries again! I know I should just enjoy the beautiful skate, but it still annoys me that she only got 142,71 for it.
mao is an icon of figure skating and has done so much to boost the sport's popularity she deserved to have her most spectacular performance judged as such. i thought she should have won the freeskate with a score rivaling yuna's in vancouver. i know in the months and years to come, her performance would be one i would watch over and over again on youtube.