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PostSubject: Yu Na News   Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:48 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Thu Oct 08, 2009 2:29 pm

Oh my God, Brian is copying Mao ROTFLMAO
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:19 pm

Funny...but I still feel a little uneasy as if she is being mocked Neutral

But I won't misinterpret anything or start fights Yep! It's all in good fun, I'm sure!
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:31 pm

Am I hearing wrong?
I heard sth like Masquerade in background music around 4:00.
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:11 am

Sorry guys but I can't help but thinking that they intentionally put on Mao's music and mocked at her...knowing that there were cameras aroudn them and that Mao would eventually see the video. Otherwise why would they put on that music during practise ?

No more of what happened before WORLDS! please.
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:36 am

Guys, someone at the rink just has a program to Masquerade, nothing wrong! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:52 am

Thank you Polosatik. I hope I am wrong.
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:07 am

I really don't think that with TAT around Orser will be misbehaving at his usual rate. Rolling Eyes
No need to worry. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:14 pm

Huh? I'm a little bit confused... what happens at 4:00?
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:19 pm

chiyori wrote:
Huh? I'm a little bit confused... what happens at 4:00?
Someone at Yu Na's rink has Mao's masquerade music. So they must hear it everyday. Then, Brian imitates Mao. I thought that was kind of funny Razz No big deal Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:21 pm

Aah! My computer doesn't have sound at work so that's why I didn't get it hehe. And it's no big deal for me either Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:34 pm

Personally I think it's all the part of a global plan of demoralizing Mao before the Olympics masterminded by the marketing division of Hyundai corporation. Sweatdrop

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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:39 pm

lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Tue Oct 13, 2009 4:18 pm

Check out this article on Yuna I came across:

http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?bicode=070000&biid=2009101478688

It's full of mistakes. It also mentions that "experts" say Mao, Carolina, and Caroline are all "rusty". lol. While that irks me, it also makes me laugh at how rediculous that sounds!

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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:26 pm

Star85 wrote:
Check out this article on Yuna I came across:

http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?bicode=070000&biid=2009101478688

It's full of mistakes. It also mentions that "experts" say Mao, Carolina, and Caroline are all "rusty". lol. While that irks me, it also makes me laugh at how rediculous that sounds!

ROTFLMAO Love the mention of "experts," and then the article doesn't cite anyone. Rolling Eyes

But this is to be expected, I suppose. I've found many skating articles to be full of errors, and it's hardly suprising that this article slants the truth in favor of Yuna.

In any case, I hope everyone can skate their best at TEB so there is no more talk about anyone being "rusty". Thumbs up!
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:28 pm

I came across this article saying that Yuna trains 8 hours a day, and 48 hours a week! Even in the offseason! Now the Donga Ilbo is NOT the most credible source. They get a lot of their facts wrong (or make them up), and bend everything in favor of Yuna (just look at the tittle of the article Rolling Eyes ), but does anyone know if this is really true? That would amaze me if she really did train that much. I don't know how someone couldn't be exhausted doing that much physical activity. She must have not done this much training when she was still in school, cause that would just be too much for anyone.Here is the article:http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?bicode=070000&biid=2009120492138
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:36 pm

Wah... 8 hours? Maybe she is exhausted from training. I hope she gets some rest on the weekends ><...
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:15 pm

I don't think she trains 8 hours a week...since Brian always says that they are careful about injuries..He wouldn't let her train that much!
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:44 am

According to the ISU Biography, Yu-Na does train 48 hours a week--but there is no indication of how much she trains per day or how this is spread out.

http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00007232.htm

I am thinking that she counts her off-ice training time, too in this total, while other skaters who have nearly half of this are counting only their on-ice time.

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Kim's former rival Mao Asada...

Nice, Dong Ilbo, real nice. Now that Mao's been labeled as a "former," it will be interesting to see the shock on their faces with Mao in February Yep!
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:10 pm

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Nice, Dong Ilbo, real nice. Now that Mao's been labeled as a "former," it will be interesting to see the shock on their faces with Mao in February Yep!

Rolling Eyes Journalism at its finest. I think they'll have shock on their faces when she absolutely kills it at Nationals in a couple weeks and claims the title Wink .

And btw, I've read several articles that say Yuna trains 6 hours (3 hours in the morning and three in the afternoon- I don't think it's continuous) a day, 6 days a week. She takes Sunday off. Orser also said he trains Yuna and Adam at the same time, and has them motivate each other throughout training. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:59 pm

i highly doubt that Yuna trains for that long. i think that she has a greater chance of hurting herself if she does.
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:13 pm

Ok, well, I wasn't quite sure where to post this, as its the latest column entry in the Mao wa tobu! [Mao will jump!] series in the Nihon Keizai newspaper, but it's all about Mao's rival, i.e. Yu-Na Kim....

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http://mao.babyblue.jp/news/article_00834.html

[Mao will jump #4] “Yu-Na, a worthy rival—close and far”
December 18, 2009

For Mao Asada (Chuukyou University), Yu-Na Kim is probably a skater that she has to think about no matter what. They’re both 19; the titles they’ve won are roughly the same; and their relationship is becoming the biggest rivalry story in figure skating history. Asada started with a one-step lead, but this season she has been chasing after Yu-Na Kim.

“I will show Yu-Na around!” [Mao said]. That friendly occasion when they went shopping together was in the spring of 2007. It was after they had finished their first World Championship (Tokyo). Asada was 2nd, and Yu-Na Kim was 3rd. That time of mutual innocence was probably the last one.

Being aware of each other

After that, Asada and Yu-Na Kim divided all of the important Ladies’ titles between themselves. And for these two, who were said to be raising the level of Ladies’ figure skating, it became difficult to be friendly. In February 2009, when they were asked about each other, they replied as if they were bored by the question; they gave safe answers that you wouldn’t think
18-year olds would give. “I’m glad that people focus on me and Yu-Na, who is the same age as me.” “I’m used to being compared to Mao. I can understand why people compare us.”

I wonder if that is all they are aware of. When she was asked about the rival that she was concerned about, after a long silence, Asada replied, “Yu-Na, I guess.” Yu-Na Kim answered the same way. Junior Worlds, Grand Prix Final, Four Continent Championships, Worlds… All of these titles—Asada won them 1 year earlier. “Yu-Na has always been watching what Mao does. Now she finally is able to look ahead,” said Brian Orser, Yu-Na Kim’s coach.

Asada’s struggles with her jumps may have benefited Yu-Na Kim and Orser. Yu-Na Kim had wanted to master the triple axel (3.5 revolution jump), which only Asada can do among the ladies. In the beginning of the summer of 2006, when she went to Canada for choreography, she told Orser, “While I’m here, teach me the triple axel.” She ended up liking his teaching style, so she asked him to be her coach.

At that time, Yu-Na Kim was not a performer; she was a young girl who loved to jump and was not afraid of skating fast. Every off-season, she would zealously tackle the triple axel. Even though it would always cause her knee to hurt, she tried it every year until last year.

Orser, who won silver medals at both the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and 1988 Calgary Olympics, was the first man to do two triple axels in a single program, and was called “Mister Triple axel.” And yet, he said “(Mao) will do two triple axels? There are other elements to do, so if you make the first jumps too difficult…” Yu-Na’s team is not attached to the most difficult elements.

“Under the new scoring systems, there are the grades of execution that are applied to each element, and there are also the five program component scores. They measure the quality of the program,” Orser says. The overall balance is important. He respects Yu-Na’s decisions, and to help her become “the total package and a magnificent skater,” he has a fantastic staff. David Wilson, the famous choreographer, teaches expression. Tracy Wilson, the Calgary Olympics Ice Dance bronze medalist, looks at the use of edges and the flow of the overall program. These three Canadians, who have known each other for almost 30 years, use a private club outside of Toronto as their home base, and the three of them watch Yu-Na Kim practically everyday. At the club, they even have technical specialists/judges.

Over the past three seasons, Yu-Na Kim has used roughly the same jump layout. Now that underrotations are being judged very severely, Yu-Na Kim, who improved her accuracy, is the only woman who reliably lands the triple lutz- triple toe loop combination (a men’s level jump) in her short and free programs. She has also fixed her flip jump, for which she received wrong-edge calls, and is stabilizing her salchow, which she notably struggled with last season.

The pressure of being #1

On the other hand, on the performance side, Orser is not very enthusiastic, and gets annoyed. Here the cheerful David takes over. In contrast to the adorable Asada, who can’t help but make everyone smile, Yu-Na Kim is a cool, frank girl. There he found a “chic, refined and cool woman,” who he brought out in Yu-Na’s performances.

“David is good at teaching you how to express things,” Yu-Na Kim said. “Just before last season, it seemed like she had reached a new level. She began to enjoy every aspect of practicing,” Orser said. Yu-Na Kim, for whom technique and expression had meshed at the time when she was changing from a girl into a woman, was a “happy skater” (Orser).

Last year, when Asada beat Yu-Na Kim, it was by a small margin, but when Kim won, it was by a large margin. Yu-Na Kim felt the pressure of being #1 for the first time. “I worried if I could maintain these scores.” After she broke the 200-point mark at last season’s World Championships, she has repeated it numerous times.

In this season as well, at the Trophee Eric Bompard (October), she made a new world record in her overwhelming victory. I wonder if she started to feel that she needed to maintain that. “The high scores became a source of pressure.” In the Skate America (November) free program and at the Grand Prix Final (December, Tokyo), she won, but she made uncharacteristic mistakes. This was the first time she had crumbled since the 2008 World Championship SP. And now the performances where she wasn’t herself have continued.

But it seems that Orser is not concerned about this. “In order to find problems to work on and maintain your motivation, it’s better to have competitions where you do badly. I also don’t like it if things go too well before the biggest competition.” He thinks failure is one step in the process of winning the Olympics.

At this month’s Grand Prix Final, there were many Japanese fans waiting for her to come out. Miki Ando (Toyoto Motor Co.), who finished 2nd and claimed an early ticket to the Olympics, also basked in the spotlight.
During that time, Asada was consumed with practicing in Aichi at Chuukyou University.

Aiming for the Japan National Championships (Osaka, 25-27th), she has been practicing with Tatiana Tarasova’s assistant coach, Zhanna Folle, from the end of November. Tarasova was tied up with the Russian Skating Federation, but the young Folle is someone Asada can easily open up to, and people have high expectations for their efforts. That strength that allowed Asada to come back and beat Yu-Na Kim by over 10 points in the free program at the 2007 World Championships—will it be resurrected?

Masako Hara, Nihon Keizai Shinbun (Nikkei), December 18, 2009 Morning
edition

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Overall, I must say that I am pleased to see a piece of Japanese journalism that is so respectful and even praises Yu-Na. Very Happy

I find it really ironic that “Mister triple axel” is now coaching the skater who doesn’t do them. My friend keeps telling me that she thinks Mao is more like Orser (and Yu-Na more like Boitano), but I didn’t watch the “Battle of the Brians,” so I can’t comment…

I DO think that what Orser says about doing badly before the Olympics = a good thing really argues for MAO winning, but that’s just me. Hell, no!
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:49 pm

Wow! What a nice article... Thank you for translating Batsuchan!! Daisies for you
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:08 pm

Thanks for the translation, Batsuchan!
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PostSubject: Re: Yu Na News   Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:02 pm

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/sports_globetrotting/2010/01/conspiracy-theorists-will-have-a-ball-with-the--pressure-being-applied-on-reigning-world-champion-kim-yuna-to-skate-in-th.html
Yu Na asked to skate at 4CC.
But the part that makes me mad is this one:
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They picked up steam at the Grand Prix Final, when the technical panel gave a questionable downgrade to both Kim’s triple-triple combination and an individual triple toe loop -- especially since the same technical specialists will work the Olympics.
And that technial specialist was also the one at Japan Championships right?? (the one giving the downgrade on Mao's 3axel in the SP)
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