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    Should Mao have attempted the 3-3 in the short?

    She's been in maybe the top jumping condition of her life since the start of Sochi practices. She's definitely been in the best mental state of her life since the Sochi LP. Her 3-3 in practice looked even better than in Sochi. As things stand she is in the lead with a new WR after doing 3A, 3-2, and 3F, but Carolina Kostner is just about 1.4 points behind her thanks to her 3-3 and her Yuna Kim Nationals-level PCS. The WR is nice, but Mao could have broken 80 with a 3A and a 3-3. And being the first to do 4 triples in the SP means a lot more than having a WR by 0.16 points (to me at least, though some bean-counter fans might disagree and claim that having the top numerical scores matters more than what you actually do on the ice). Should she have attempted it?

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    Personally I think not... a bit risky at this point... and "If it aint broke, don't fix it!"

    But she should totally NOT retire... keep up these confidence building performances... and go for a 4-triple SP next season! :-D

    PS. I do agree that a world "first" is better than a WR score, because being the first to do something is everlasting (whereas WR's will be broken). And I note that Mao has a LOT of "world's first" records already...!

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    She only need Carolina's components to get 80 sadly i dont see that happening even in the free

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    she just broke a world record in the sp so i'm gonna go with no..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyperinflation View Post
    she just broke a world record in the sp so i'm gonna go with no..
    Perhaps it's better this way. She can break one WR today and then if she continues she can do a 4 triple SP and break the record again!

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    That would have been great wo watch, but I also go with No. I think going clean and landing the triple axel is the most important thing. For her mental state it certainly seems to be. Yes, Carolina is close but that was mainly due to higher PCS. If she repeats Sochi LP (which will be VERY hard to do) with 3-3 I see no need to do it in the short.

    It may be selfish but as Mao is only 23 and getting better, seeing that kind of short program with 3A and 3-3 combi next season would be awesome for the fans and it seems possible right now.

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    I think she'd have to train the different layout, because she would likely do a 3F-3Lo and so her solo jump would have to be different. Another reason for her to stay longer and try to break 8o next season.

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    If she's smart she'll focus on adding doubles to her tiples in the bonus section of her long.

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    It is Mao, we never know.
    It is all about her mentality of the moment right after her 3A. If she succeeds the 3A, she may as well just pull the trigger of 3F-3L and the rest for sure will be fantabulous. She could have a gargantuan score.

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    I think she should go for the 3L-3T.
    It's easier than the 3F-3L, and her loops are gorgeous.

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    I think her main focus was on doing a great and clean SP to set herself up in position to win. Especialy after her SP performance in Sochi cost her an Olympic gold medal. Adding a 2nd huge risk along with the 3 axel to worry about, was just something she didnt want to do, and understandably so.

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    Seeing how Mao and Carolina looked today I hope their recent suggestions of continuing are true. I would love nothing more than to see both those incredible women skate another 4 years, especialy with Yu Na retired and the womens field already losing her. Those russian wonderbabies, other than Radianova who I like, are about as much fun to watch as paint peeling.

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    Yes absolutely because kostner will probably win now because of better tech and pcs for free skates

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmyers View Post
    Yes absolutely because kostner will probably win now because of better tech and pcs for free skates
    Huh? Kostner's technical content in the LP is significantly lower than Asada's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades of Passion View Post
    Huh? Kostner's technical content in the LP is significantly lower than Asada's.
    What was Kostner's score at the Olympics? One of the things I'm wondering is if Mao's FS score will shoot up, simply for being out of Sochi.

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