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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:14 am

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This is from after the 2006 World Junior championships, where Takahiko and Mao both competed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm0x0jGujd0

Takahiko and Mao were really shy when they had to skate together in the finale of Gala!!! Too sweet!
Their reaction towords each other automatically reminded me how they were in this video too! Many Hearts It so nice to see that they've grown so much but still really adorable like they were in this press conference. Cloud 9

Too bad that the finale wasn't on the broadcast.
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:05 am

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As for the crowd, I thought it was OK as far as I saw the broadcast. Sorry if I offended anyone with my previous post Sweatdrop
I read a breif report on a Japanese forum by someone who saw the EX live. It said, the audience tend to cheer more for the men than the ladies (well ofcourse except for Yuna - but that's totally fine with me), so compared to that, I guess it sounded like Mao got less applauds.

Don't worry, it is quite subjective and I can imagine the audience wasn't too enthousiatic about Mao winning over Yu-Na, though maybe not downright rude.
I don't know I didn't really pay too much attention to the reaction of the crowd so I can't say, but people might feel differently about it.

What I did find quite offending though was the broadcasting of the medal ceremony. You usually don't skip the gold medalist, right?Hmmm... scratch
Never mind, Mao deservedly won and that's the important thing!
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:22 am

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I saw that video as well and I think Kosuke doesn't really understand the hardness of two 3A. Sweatdrop I guess it's all because the Japanese media kept telling about the quad after Miki succeeded in landing one. Commentator I hope the media doesn't give too much pressure to Mao at the Vancouver OP like they did to Miki about her quad in Torino!!!
That was a bit...yeah. Sweatdrop I can respect Kitajima as a multiple gold medalist who broke world records, having followed the Beijing Olys pretty extensively. Landing a triple axel in the ladies event is on a different dimension, however, than breaking the world record in swimming disciplines which regularly happens with each competition - especially with breakthroughs in swimsuit technology. And Mao landed two!!!! And one in combination as well! That's an incredible feat. Thumbs up! In my book, that's a heck of alot more impressive than Phelps's multiple gold medal campaign this year, when you consider the number of events swimmers can participate in...a good chunk of them being team events (not to take away from his accomplishments, of course). Razz

I'm actually glad that the Japanese media backed off from Miki (mostly because they don't expect her to medal anymore) Disappointed - without the pressure she was able to challenge the 4S for the first time in years, and I think she regained some confidence again. Yep! This does mean that more attention will be given to Mao yet again tho.... Drama! But Mao will be fine - she thrives under pressure; NHK and this GPF proved that. cat I'm looking forward to Nats next week. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:48 pm

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I'm looking forward to Nats next week. Very Happy
When does it start exactly?
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:05 pm

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Quote :
I'm looking forward to Nats next week. Very Happy
When does it start exactly?
It's on Dec. 26 and 27.

Mao looks mature and pretty I love you
http://cfile214.uf.daum.net/image/124895044945D2461B44EA
http://cfile231.uf.daum.net/image/1203B3034945D10C0929CA
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:08 pm

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I'm looking forward to Nats next week. Very Happy
When does it start exactly?

25.12.
Ladies SP - 26.12.
Ladies FS - 27.12.

oops, too late. Ok, so at least here is the link to the schedule of the event:

http://www.skatingjapan.jp/National/2008-2009/fs/national/J/schedule.pdf
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:22 pm

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bibi wrote:
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I'm looking forward to Nats next week. Very Happy
When does it start exactly?
It's on Dec. 26 and 27.

Mao looks mature and pretty I love you
http://cfile214.uf.daum.net/image/124895044945D2461B44EA
http://cfile231.uf.daum.net/image/1203B3034945D10C0929CA
WOW! She looks sooooooooo gorgeous there!!!!!!!!!!!! Queen!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:37 pm

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Mao looks mature and pretty I love you
http://cfile214.uf.daum.net/image/124895044945D2461B44EA
http://cfile231.uf.daum.net/image/1203B3034945D10C0929CA

Mao so pretty!! Many Hearts
I remember its the dress Mai was wearing at some another banquet!!!


I found finale
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=hyTkBEhnucE
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:50 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:02 pm

Wow! WOW! Gorgeous Mao! Many Hearts I hope there will be more banquet photos... Mushy Love This is a gorgeous look for Mao! Yep!

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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:15 pm

WHOA! WOW! Mao looks so grown-up and gorgeous!
But isn't she smiling? She looks so serious! Sweatdrop

Here is a video of Mao returning to Japan
http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlines/articles/CONN00145930.html

Apparently there were about 300 people waiting for her - enough that they had to call in the security guards/police! And Mao was surprised to see so many people! lol!

In the interview, Mao says "Combining the short and the free, I am pleased with everything, so I want to face the next competition in this condition. After relaxing [removing my fatigue] a little bit, I'll look to Japan Nationals, where I want to try to do two triple axels and do everything without any mistakes."

Looks like Shanetta Folle [I want to call her Shanna-sensei] is staying with her in Japan again. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:33 pm

Here's a cute clip of the exhibition rehearsal focusing on Yu-Na and Mao. Wub
rtsp://sbsievent.gscdn.com/newsevent/nw/0123/nw0123c220958.asf

(It took a really long time to load. I had to record it to watch it, actually.)

What the subtitles say:
0:45 "We are rivals"
0:54 And..."friends"
1:06 Yu-Na and Mao's sweet look
1:29 "We are friends"

And since we're on this topic, I really like this pic. Swoon
http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fzs5JMbVp6bN/grand_prix
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:08 pm

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Here's a cute clip of the exhibition rehearsal focusing on Yu-Na and Mao. Wub
rtsp://sbsievent.gscdn.com/newsevent/nw/0123/nw0123c220958.asf

I can't view it! ...

Quote :
What the subtitles say:
0:45 "We are rivals"
0:54 And..."friends"
1:06 Yu-Na and Mao's sweet look
1:29 "We are friends"

OhH! THat's just like the montage I made about them!!Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy so sweet!!
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:51 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:00 pm

Banquet pictures are AWESOME!!! Faint2

The pic of Mao and Charlie!! Love Hearts

And all the Yu-Na and Mao pics are so PRETTY! Many Hearts

Bibi - I used RealPlayer to watch the clip and record it.
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:08 am

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Banquet Love
http://cfile212.uf.daum.net/original/145CCA064946F29805FBF5
http://cfile212.uf.daum.net/original/155CCA064946F29806B1C2
http://cfile212.uf.daum.net/original/115CCA064946F29807B3D3
http://cfile212.uf.daum.net/original/125CCA064946F29808123F
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http://cfile212.uf.daum.net/original/135CCA064946F2990B8A48
http://cfile224.uf.daum.net/original/136BB2054946F335044EB6


Thank you for the pictures!!!! Embarassed They are all so beautiful and its so nice to see Mao and Yu-na smiling together. Love Hearts Mao looks as gorgeous as when she was shootin Asience poster.

I hope she can take a good rest since she's gonna be so busy attending all the competitions and skate shows from now! :albino:
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:14 am

A big thank you to everyone for posting all the beautiful pictures from the banquet!

Mao and Yu-Na look fabulous. Thumbs up!
And it looks like there was a mini-Aichi reunion after all. Great to see Yukiko and Kanako hang out with the senior skaters. Yep!

ETA: http://www.requiredelements.com/2008/12/15/asadakim-rivalry-leads-to-cyberattacks/#comments
Goodness me. No This is just embarrassing to read. Neutral It's a good thing I never participate in 2ch! That and its English equivalent 4ch are quintessential reasons as to why unregulated, anonymous internet forums are terrible ideas Evil or Very Mad - the users from those two sites make the youtube trolls and bots "look like tootsies" (to quote Uncle Dick). Wink

It's a good thing I have the banquet pics to look at and brush off such immature conduct! Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:50 am

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ETA: http://www.requiredelements.com/2008/12/15/asadakim-rivalry-leads-to-cyberattacks/#comments
Goodness me. No This is just embarrassing to read. Neutral

Ugh. I agree with you. It's just embarrasing to read. Disappointed

I visited 2ch a few times, but gave up after reading some really nasty words. I still visit dcinside occassionally - sometimes the users post some rare photos or homevideos. As I can't read Korean I'm not bothered by the posts ( Too sweet! ), unless they are well visualized with pictures or videos. However, some users on dcinside forced me to install Firefox extensions that block Flash and unwanted scripts. The forementioned users have a "nice" habit of embedding into their posts a handful of links/youtube videos which open automatically as you open the post. A perfect method to increase the hit number on Youtube videos bashing Mao... while freezing my laptop, which is just not fast enough to handle that many videos playing simultaneously. Disappointed

But enough of that, because this topic makes me depressed. pale

The banquet pictures are just beautiful! Love Hearts It was great to see the mini-Aichi reunion. Many Hearts
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:20 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPwPr-oBSQ4&feature=related

an interesting video of mao's journey through the grand prix...and a synopsis of the latest gpf..
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:32 am

photos I love you
http://mainichi.jp/enta/sports/graph/2008/GPfinal/
http://www.jiji.com/jc/d2?p=fgr10001&d=001winter&j4
http://www.daylife.com/search/photos/all/1?q=mao+asada
http://www.asahi.com/sports/spo/figure_gallery08/index.html
http://photos.nikkansports.com/sports/figure/07-08/top-figure.html
http://image.sports.livedoor.com/photo/6/c/6cba1efe5e39295637390fa99d684be1-o.JPG
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:20 am

cera wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPwPr-oBSQ4&feature=related

an interesting video of mao's journey through the grand prix...and a synopsis of the latest gpf..
Thank you so much for this vid! flower
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:12 am

cera wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPwPr-oBSQ4&feature=related

an interesting video of mao's journey through the grand prix...and a synopsis of the latest gpf..

"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by TV- Asahi Corp. " Sad
Has anybody managed to download the video before it was deleted? Worship

BTW, those registered at FSU might want to drop in the Trash Can and vote for Mao in the Ladies FS Game:CE as it is about to end. Who, me?
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:49 pm

Lol Okami I guess that did the trick because Mao won!!
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:53 pm

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Lol Okami I guess that did the trick because Mao won!!

Actually, I think I was too late... I started typing the message after MRFan posted the corrected totals, and by the time I posted the message, watched a montage on YT and went back to FSU, Mao has already won. Laugh

So, in addition to being the reiging World Champion, 4CC champion, GPF champion and Japanese National champion Mao can boast being the reigning FSU Trash Can champion! Thumbs up! queen Laugh
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PostSubject: Re: Grand Prix Final 2008!!!   Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:57 pm

Congrats to Mao! Another come from behind victory! Happy dance And at least I can say I contributed to that one. Sweatdrop
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