Can't remember the name...eek. It's a yearly "special" variety show from the looks of it, not to mention the date it was aired - LIVE - and the athletes that were asked to make an appearance, which include:
Our beloved Mao
Kosuke Kotajima (2-time gold medal swimmer @ Beijing)
Yukiko Ueno (ace pitcher for Japan's gold medal-winning softball team)
Nobuharu Asahara (bronze medalist @ track&field @ Beijing)
Ryo Ishikawa (teenage golf player + media darling)
Miwa Asao (beach volleyball player)
Tatsuya Ueta (head coach for men's nat'l volleyball team)
Tsutomu Sekine, Naoki Nokubi, Yuuko Mizuno and Kazuhiro Watanabe (announcer) are hosting this, so it was aired on Fuji TV, no doubt. Hmm...I can't believe I missed this while I was in Tokyo last semester!
The portion on the YT vid is mainly on a "survey" amongst the athletes.
Questions that were asked:
1) Who do you think is the most athletic?
Split votes, Mao voted "everyone"
2) If given the opportunity, who would you like to train with?
Votes between Mao and Asahara-san. Mao mentions wanting to run alongside Asahara on the track; those that voted for Mao mentioned her charm and how cute she is.
3) Which athlete do you think will do well at your discipline?
Most votes for Ryo, incl. Mao. Heh...?
Mao mentions that she heard about the axis for jumps in FS and for the swing in golf being similar. That's interesting...
4) If you had another chance at life, who would you like to be?
Most votes for Kitajima, not too surprising. His gold medals at both Athens and Beijing did have an impact in Japan.
Clip shifts to Mao (looks like this was shot right before the Gala for Nats), with Mao talking about her goals for the remainder of the season, which is to do well at 4CC and Worlds to the best of her ability. Mao talks about her ultimate goal again - the Vancouver gold - and the clip ends.
Hope this helps!
Hmm...I can't help but feel skaters (and gymnasts, divers, etc.) still aren't being treated as "full-fledged" athletes compared to conventional sportspeople even in Japan where the sport's popularity is high. I guess that's the price you pay when the discipline you follow is even a single bit considered "artistic." I've mentioned it to quite a few people both online and in real life that figure skating is far more exhausting and body-taxing than what the average person gives it credit for - I think it was mentioned that performing Mao's Masquerade is the equivalent of the 400m dash, and then some.
This is me being biased to Mao, though, so don't take me too seriously!