02-22-2014, 12:57 AM
My mom loved Mao's program. She rarely watches figure skating and was shocked Mao didn't win (lol). Then I told her Mao didn't do so well in the SP....
Mao's powerful performance was overshadowed.
02-22-2014, 01:19 AM
totally agree.. like i said, her performance moved me to tears. very powerful, and so happy for her.
02-22-2014, 01:22 AM
Her FS was absolutely gorgeous. This is one of the things I LOVE about the Olympics - the testament to a human being's mental and emotional strength. I have no idea how she managed to pull herself together after her SP devastation, but she created one of the most memorable, touching, and inspirational moments in figure skating history.
02-22-2014, 01:28 AM
not to mention she must have known how much crap all of Japan was saying after her SP.. to go out and skate like that.. truly moving.. they were really saying terrible things about her in Japan
02-22-2014, 02:34 AM
Well, there was this politician named Mori who made some stupid comment about Mao's SP program, and actually got alot of criticism for being insensitive and boorish. And I guess I saw some harsh comments on the internet, but I think a majority of the reaction to Mao's SP was one of sadness and depression. You should have seen all the faces of the media people as they reported news on Mao---they looked like their own daughter had died. I was also sad and depressed, but honestly, if Mao's LP had been a disaster, I would only have thought about how disappointed Mao must be feeling, and totally wondering how we could go about comforting her and saving her.
Originally Posted by kslr0816
Of course, as it turned out, Mao didn't need any saving. She saved us instead and gifted us with the most awe-inspiring performance ever.
02-22-2014, 02:36 AM
A long interview Mao x Shizuka
Daisuke, Yuzuru & Co. on Mao- All the Japanese representatives in the studio
I don't have time to translate all this but just look how satisfied and peaceful she looks!
02-22-2014, 03:15 AM
Interview Mao x Shizuka
Difference between SP & LP: I was totally out of control of my own mind and body in the SP. After the SP coach Sato advised me. You emailed me, too, Shizuka. But I was thinking all sorts of things. I just decided to go for it all in the LP.
How did you do it?: Obviously this is not what I wanted, but in retrospect the disastrous SP had to happen for me to skate like I did in the LP. While I feel a sense of regret ("moushiwakenai" = "Sorry (I couldn't deliver)") about the result as a nation's representative (Shizuka shakes her head), but I couldn't be more satisfied about what I achieved this time.
What makes you love skating?: (After a long pause) I skate for a moment like last night.
How do you rank your LP in Sochi?: Definitely top 5. But given how much was going on mentally, I'd say that's my number 1. 10 out of 10.
Shizuka then said the last time she'd seen Mao skate "in the zone" was 2008 Worlds LP. But last night was just of of this world.
In the second half, a clip of Daisuke and Yuzu cheering shows. Then Shizuka shares how she knew Mao would be the next generation of powerhouse when she saw her the first time.
On Worlds: I want to put SP and LP together.
What do you want to tell the your juniors?: The Olympics is just so magical. It's hard. I hope I showed them a little bit how rewarding it can be. I hope I contributed a little bit.
Then Shizuka candidly shares about the 2006 season where she competed with Mao. Usually calm and collected Shizuka almost looks teary saying how she learned so much from Mao that season, how important it is to enjoy being on the ice. And this time she wanted to pay back to Mao, which is why she emailed Mao after SP, to tell her how a 15-yo Mao made her feel that way and to remind Mao how her 15-yo self used to be.
On the future: After the SP I swore I just had it with this sport. But the feeling I got after the LP... I don't know. I might get tempted to do this again.
On Yuna: She and I have shared ups and downs since Juniors, always under the spotlight, always trying our best. For both me, and I'm sure it's the same for Yuna, this Olympics was about a challenge for ourselves. And we both did it. And I'm so glad.
What a great champion Mao is!!!!!
02-22-2014, 03:23 AM
Thank you, hikki, for the translation. This is a balm for my heart.
I just love Mao's positive attitude to skating (that she appears to share with her teammates), and I love even her stubbornness with the 3A.
I wish her all the best for Worlds.
02-22-2014, 03:23 AM
She was flawless in her FS. I was speechless, and then crushed when she was finished.
(But after watching multiple times I still don't like her costume.. )
02-22-2014, 10:26 AM
Let's forget Kim for a moment.. what about Mao's free skating
The best argument some people are giving for Adelina's win is that she did a more difficult program by having seven triples as opposed to Kim's six triples. Only the jump components were more difficult and perhaps the layback spins - all other components deserved the same levels, except Kim's level-4 designed step sequence got level 3 for an incomprehensible reason that has been never explained by anybody.
Then, what about Mao? Mao did effing 8 triples without a visible landing error like Adelina did, they were all secure except for some underrotations for which she deservedly got base values deducted. Mao did all level four spins and level for step sequence, fantastic one, and a fanstastic and explosive step/choreo, beautiful flow throughout. If the reason that Adelina won gold is that she merely skated to a "more difficult program", is it fair that Mao got 142 points and Adelina got 149?
(I can't wait for the World 2014 showdown between Mao and Adelina by the way)
People seem to care less about Mao because she was out of podium, but let's pretend she didn't bomb her SP and was a contender. Did Mao even have a chance against Russian skaters?
02-22-2014, 10:33 AM
Mao was amazing but skating in the non-essential group both helped and hurt her. Helped because she had the performance of her life without having any pressure and because the technical panel put less scrutiny at some of those landings; hurt because her PCS went down automatically.
02-22-2014, 10:36 AM
It may be the explanation but still doesn't make it right :(
Originally Posted by whatif
02-22-2014, 10:38 AM
Eight triples. Eight. I've been explaining this amazing feat to my friends, and every time I think of it, I get the shivers. It's phenomenal. I think that as time goes on, this will be the program that is remembered, in the way that Midori Ito's program at the 1988 Games put her on the map and is still spoken of with reverence. To add significance to Mao's achievement, Ito's program was at the start of her career, when she was at her strongest, before all the injuries, whereas this is toward the end of Mao's career, when supposedly her powers should be diminishing.
Yes, it seems to be a glaring injustice that this feat was not marked differently by the judges. And then there's the matter of that footwork, which moved like lightning and echoed the music perfectly. The thing that always put me on Mao's side has been that though she has such skill as a jumper, she's extraordinarily musical and fluid. She'd be a joy to watch even if she did nothing but single jumps.
02-22-2014, 10:41 AM
Wonderfully said. There is so much debate between Adelina vs Yuna. But the performances of the night belonged to Mao and Carolina, in my opinion.
Originally Posted by Olympia
02-22-2014, 10:43 AM
I think Mao should have won the FS. Her PCS being was way to low. If she got the PCS I though she should got she would have won.