Friendship - what can be better than that?
But I was wondering since I read an article written by a Japanese writer after Sochi about why Japanese ladies couldn't be on the podium. Her point is there is something to do with their good relationship. In Torino, Arakawa and Suguri were known as severe rivals. They didn't talk each other for years prior to that. It was a big surprise that Fumie asked Shizuka an advice on her spin before the competition in Torino.
And now Mao, Akiko and Kanako are like the best sisters in the world. (I suppose it's not only them, the whole Japanese top skaters have good relationships each other.) So probably that's caused something, when the one wasn't successful to beat the nerve at the biggest competition, the others were drawn to the same direction. Could be.