02-24-2014, 06:03 AM
Hikki, thanks so much for the translation. The interview reveals so much about not only Mao but also Shizuka, always one of my favorite skaters, and YuNa. Can you imagine how she'll be greeted on her return to Japan?
I hope she has a dream Worlds. But for now, she should just rest for a few days and savor the memory of what she created.
02-24-2014, 09:26 AM
mao's history-making fs is now on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjpnsqJQGu4 1st half shows her short from vancouver and then the long from sochi.
02-24-2014, 10:35 AM
Watching her Vancouver and Sochi skating back to back made me see just how much smoother and more powerful Mao's skating is now compared to four years ago. At Vancouver, her strokes are floaty and light, and her skating has a ethereal quality to it, which I still love. At Vancouver, though, the floaty softness has been replaced by powerful smoothness and each stroke just vvrrrmmms across the ice.
Originally Posted by karkit
02-24-2014, 10:08 PM
s I mentioned in other thread, Mao moved me to tears midway of her LP. She definitely deserved the top score of LP in the Olympics, history making 8 triples , beautifully woven into the program that was skated to perfection. hands down the best of the night!
02-25-2014, 02:03 AM
Sonia Bianchetti Garbato paid this beautiful tribute to Mao:
The 2014 Olympic Games
by Sonia Bianchetti Garbato
"I want to pay tribute to Mao Asada of Japan. She has proven to be a real champion, able to overcome her great sorrow after her appalling short program and come back and execute a fantastic free program, technically very strong, even with a successful triple Axel, and very emotional and captivating. Thank you, Mao, for all you did for our sport and for the joys you gave to all your millions of skating fans."
02-25-2014, 02:55 AM
Haha how cool you can understand those languages. I personally loved the passionate Italians (they were so angry at the marks!!) and the gentle Chinese who showed so much respect for Mao.
Originally Posted by CarneAsada
You're very welcome, Olympia. Re: Worlds, I almost want her to just retire now and rest! Then create a vibrant pro circuit with Yuna, Caro etc!
Originally Posted by Olympia
What a beautiful tribute from Sonia Bianchetti. Thanks for sharing.
Originally Posted by starrynight
02-25-2014, 03:18 AM
While I don't agree with Ms. Bianchetti on everything, I share her sentiment for Mao. What a journey she has had as a skater. True hero.
(I still can't get over her costumes, though.. Does Mao pick her own costumes? )
Edit: Gosh, watching Mao's SP in Vancouver again makes me re-live that moment. I had a goose bump with that performance. Good times.. Unlike this mess that is Sochi.
02-25-2014, 03:21 AM
By the way, Mao said today she is only 50/50 on retirement. She will probably do what Yuna did past quad, and maybe give another shot in 2018, it seems.
Her comments about the former prime minister were funny.
""I think maybe he regrets his comments a bit."
02-25-2014, 03:27 AM
One small thing that I really like about Mao's (and Yuna's) skating is that they seem to know the size of the rink like it's part of her body. Other skaters, often I see, check and measure the distance before they skate around. Mao just knows by her stroking. She need not look ahead or look back not to hit the billboards. She lives and breathes the ice. So natural, so light.
And her musicality is second to none, though I do take issue with the choice of her music sometimes.
02-25-2014, 03:48 AM
leave no stone unturned
Mao, apart from her gorgeous skating, light as a batterfly, her athletic abilities, her guts for the triple axel, for me she is a real inspiration for what a human can achieve and the hightlight of highlights of these Olys for me.
02-25-2014, 06:10 AM
Mao went to the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo straight after arriving back in Japan to take questions from the media:
Her comments about Mori were really funny. She basically objected to his comments, but in such a sweet, sweet way that Mr. Mori, upon watching this interview, will probably just hang his swollen old head in shame like a little boy.
Mao is looking as free and joyful as she used to look when she was 15-years-old! Luv her!!
02-25-2014, 06:43 AM
Awww, I cried with her again.
Originally Posted by karkit
That was my favourite program in Sochi. I am truly disgusted that judges gave her lower pcs than what they gave to Yulia and Adelina.
I sincerely hope she continues to skate as long as possible.
02-25-2014, 07:03 PM
Mao's Sochi FS in HD from CBC:
that's a lot of abbreviations
02-26-2014, 08:54 AM
The Comeback Kid
I loved when she said she wanted to be the sucessor of her idol Midori Ito. Awwwwwwwww.
Originally Posted by hurrah
02-26-2014, 09:17 AM
Tripping on the Podium
I was very sad and disappointed when she fell in the short program.