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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:07 am

Thanks for the translation! I love everything that Sato says, especially the part "Some of her jumps which look a failure to you are indeed not failure at all to me. Her jumps are getting better." and how he refused to name a technical problem- so smart of you Sato sensei!! cheers Although that means more mystery for us fans, we'll have the patience just like Sato wants Mao to have Thumbs up!
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:24 am

linglang wrote:
Thanks sky for the link

Rush translation. It's way difficult to translate Sato Sensei's Japanese! LOL
I paraphrased some phrases because I couldn't find them in Japanese-English dictionaries.
Also, I'm not sure if I interpret his first answer properly. Please correct me Very Happy

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Q: Mao Asada has not been able to show her true strength at competitions.

Mr. Sato: If there is only one cause, it’s easy to solve a problem. I’ve been telling Mao that skating is something like a mixed juice drink. Mixed juice drink tastes good because it uses a variety of ingredients -- apples, bananas, strawberries. Like a tasty mixed juice drink, you have to bring three factors into balance, otherwise you will not find a good solution. Then, what are apples or bananas for her? It’s a matter of feeling and I cannot give you any specific idea about it. It will just take time.

Q:I saw many times during official practices of TEB that you gave instructions with gestures.

Mr. Sato: I said we have to wait until her jumps get better though, when it comes to competition, I cannot keep saying only about basics. But, if we skip basic things and deal with jumps in a makeshift manner, there is a risk of returning to her former techniques. We will have to work on two aspects, one for getting ready for Nationals and one for making steady improvement from the basics.

Q: Could you tell me what in particular you are going to correct?

I’m not going to tell you anything specific about techniques. If I mention one technical problem of her and the press covers it, it will get out of control. Some of her jumps which look a failure to you are indeed not failure at all to me. Her jumps are getting better. It a matter of time and we just have to wait. I think things will be depend on her patience.

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My favorite ingredients for mixed juice drink are bananas, apples, milk, sugar and ice rock.
Anyway, as for the first answer, Sato Sensei wants to say that Mao needs to find a good balance between timing, speed, posture, etc, I guess. He said "three factors" but I don't think he really meant "three."

Great job linglang!!!! cheers cheers cheers

I love Sato' words. He's so right about FG being a mix. I love his example about bananas. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:25 am

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Q: Could you tell me what in particular you are going to correct?

I’m not going to tell you anything specific about techniques. If I mention one technical problem of her and the press covers it, it will get out of control. Some of her jumps which look a failure to you are indeed not failure at all to me. Her jumps are getting better. It a matter of time and we just have to wait. I think things will be depend on her patience.

These words made me much calmer!
Thank you for translation linglang! I love you

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- Taka wore a white costume for the EX, and Taka and Mao came out one after the other during the ending (I didn't see a video for this though)- they were matching haha!

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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:36 am

THIS PHOTO IS SO COOL


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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:42 am

http://www.flickr.com/photos/romaindauphin/5218103530/

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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:58 am


Oh Sato-san, why must you be so mysterious? Faint2 First, it was a wooden tub, now you're making fruit comparisons. ROTFLMAO Hopefully, Sato's solution is similar to medical procedures when during the curing process, everything seems to get worse before it gets remarkably better.
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:41 am

aoi88 wrote:

Oh Sato-san, why must you be so mysterious? Faint2 First, it was a wooden tub, now you're making fruit comparisons. ROTFLMAO

Yep! That was why I refrained from translating the article this time...sorry! I actually couldn't make out what Sato was trying to say. I've hardly ever seen him talking on tv either, so it's hard for me to imagine words like banana and strawberries coming out of the man's mouth. Sweatdrop

However...

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I’m not going to tell you anything specific about techniques. If I mention one technical problem of her and the press covers it, it will get out of control. Some of her jumps which look a failure to you are indeed not failure at all to me. Her jumps are getting better.

this part of the article sounded very nice. Although I like Nagakubo, maybe Sato knows better about how the press can be disturbing to skaters. Thank you for the translation, linglang! Thank you!

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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:43 am

aoi88 wrote:

Oh Sato-san, why must you be so mysterious? Faint2 First, it was a wooden tub, now you're making fruit comparisons. ROTFLMAO Hopefully, Sato's solution is similar to medical procedures when during the curing process, everything seems to get worse before it gets remarkably better.

metaphors or analogies are good. people respond to them. i bet mao understands what sato sensei means.
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:02 pm

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aoi88 wrote:

Oh Sato-san, why must you be so mysterious? Faint2 First, it was a wooden tub, now you're making fruit comparisons. ROTFLMAO Hopefully, Sato's solution is similar to medical procedures when during the curing process, everything seems to get worse before it gets remarkably better.

metaphors or analogies are good. people respond to them. i bet mao understands what sato sensei means.

Well...she may understand it I guess, but in her own way I think. But that's good in the sense that she won't be doing simply what he tells her, but she'll have to think about it and find the answers on her own. I think you achieve more from what you figure out yourself, rather than having the answer easily given to you. Smile

But I think Sato is a bit more practical when he coaches Mao and his other students. He's just being like this to the media, because he doesn't want to feed them much info. Mind you, the Japanese media is very low levelled. Sometimes they'd go on writing or broadcasting unbelievably irresponsible things. I'm sure Sato is aware of all this, so he's probabaly talking in metaphors on purpose to them. In that way, all they can do is quote his words, since they can mean almost anything. Clever man! Thumbs up!

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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:26 pm

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linglang wrote:

Q: Could you tell me what in particular you are going to correct?

I’m not going to tell you anything specific about techniques. If I mention one technical problem of her and the press covers it, it will get out of control. Some of her jumps which look a failure to you are indeed not failure at all to me. Her jumps are getting better. It a matter of time and we just have to wait. I think things will be depend on her patience.

These words made me much calmer!
Thank you for translation linglang! I love you

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- Taka wore a white costume for the EX, and Taka and Mao came out one after the other during the ending (I didn't see a video for this though)- they were matching haha!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1734162438977&set=o.10875554708#!/photo.php?fbid=1734162438977&set=o.10875554708&pid=1892616&id=1386051790
Hell, no!

Thanks so much for the picture kaarolcia! They are so cute together haha! Couple outfit?

I really liked what Sato said in his interview- he confirms that Mao is making progress, and he knows how to protect Mao from the media Cheering
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:52 pm

The infamous Dragonlady has posted her review of TEB and she's seems very optimistic about Mao's progress.

http://forums.isu.org/viewtopic.php?t=1730&start=60

She notes that Mao's skating skills (speed and flow) have improved. She says Mao has the right attitude and that the process will take a long time.

You can also see her thoughts on Mao in this FSU thread http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?p=2970449#post2970449

I'm glad that she made the comment that skating fans are usually so impatient (I admit I am guilty at times as well. Embarassed ). But patience is key, since this sport is a marathon. I just realize that her view is similar to Sato's. Razz It's sort of relieves me that to see someone who have been quite critical of Mao's team in recent years be optimistic for a change. It could be a good sign.
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:06 pm

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The infamous Dragonlady has posted her review of TEB and she's seems very optimistic about Mao's progress.

http://forums.isu.org/viewtopic.php?t=1730&start=60

She notes that Mao's skating skills (speed and flow) have improved. She says Mao has the right attitude and that the process will take a long time.

You can also see her thoughts on Mao in this FSU thread http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?p=2970449#post2970449

I'm glad that she made the comment that skating fans are usually so impatient (I admit I am guilty at times as well. Embarassed ). But patience is key, since this sport is a marathon. I just realize that her view is similar to Sato's. Razz It's sort of relieves me that to see someone who have been quite critical of Mao's team in recent years be optimistic for a change. It could be a good sign.
Thanks aoi! This is for sure a good sign! Many Hearts I know that some people still think TAT was not a good choice for Mao,but in that period a lot of Russian fans became Mao fans. Too sweet! Not bad.
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:38 pm

Thanks aoi! I'm glad some people aren't so quick to shut Mao down.

I don't go to other forums so I'm unaware of "Dragonlady"- can anyone fill me in?

It looks as though Mao is intending on entering 4CC.

http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/winter/news/20101129-OHT1T00260.htm

ETA: The article states that Mao and Coach Sato are going to undergo a training regime as if it were a real competition- in front of fellow club members at the Shin-Yokohama rink. Her workouts will be divided into 45 min. - 1 hr
training sessions that will be repeated to develop her level of concentration. She is intending to compete at Four Continents next year in February.
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:49 pm

maowataiyo wrote:
Thanks aoi! I'm glad some people aren't so quick to shut Mao down.

I don't go to other forums so I'm unaware of "Dragonlady"- can anyone fill me in?

It looks as though Mao is intending on entering 4CC.

http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/winter/news/20101129-OHT1T00260.htm
I've never really been a member in the ISU forums but what I do know is that the Dragonlady is a respected forum member who knows a great deal about figure skating and what's going on backstage. Basically, most of her info are accurate and her insights shouldn't be overlooked. Well that's all I know, but surely some of our members here are more familiar with her so they can explain better than me! Laughing

And Mao entering 4CC is expected. Don't overwork yourself! Whirly

edit: Mao's training regimen took me by surprise, but I hope it'll help her build up on her concentration.
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:48 pm

Thank you for the translations, linglang again! cheers

When I first came across the words "apples" and "strawberries", I stopped and thought, "I must be reading it wrong. There must be another meaning to 'りんご' other than 'apple' ". Too sweet!

I have always found Sato-san's comments to be rather ambiguous, especially when reporters ask him to comment on a skater's performance/condition. But I think pochi got it right, this style is the perfect way to protect Mao from the press. Thumbs up!

Thank you for the tidbits about Mao in the article as well, maowataiyo! flower Somehow, the idea of Mao training in a skating center with a lot of other skaters, just puts my mind at ease. She's no longer alone, training by herself. As tough and as disciplined she is, the distance-coachiing arrangement has resulted in Mao training too much in solitude. Mai has always supported her at the rinkside but the level of motivation is very different from having training mates who are currently competing in the same system as you are.

I am so happy to hear that Mao is intending to compete at 4CC whether she goes to worlds or not. As the event will be held in Taiwan, am seriously considering of flying to watch Mao live... Swoon It also gives us fans something to look forward to. Nationals will not be the last time we will see Mao on ice for this season.

aoi88 wrote:
The infamous Dragonlady has posted her review of TEB and she's seems very optimistic about Mao's progress.

http://forums.isu.org/viewtopic.php?t=1730&start=60

She notes that Mao's skating skills (speed and flow) have improved. She says Mao has the right attitude and that the process will take a long time.

You can also see her thoughts on Mao in this FSU thread http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?p=2970449#post2970449

I'm glad that she made the comment that skating fans are usually so impatient (I admit I am guilty at times as well. Embarassed ). But patience is key, since this sport is a marathon. I just realize that her view is similar to Sato's. Razz It's sort of relieves me that to see someone who have been quite critical of Mao's team in recent years be optimistic for a change. It could be a good sign.


Thank you for the news, aoi88! Confetti I sometimes visit the isu forum and have always found Dragonlady's posts to be grounded and fair. She definitely has her preferences but her criticisms are always reasonable. She may be critical of Mao for the past two seasons, but I feel it stems from the frustration of seeing so much of Mao's potential and strengths to be unrealized or poorly presented - great talent being mismanaged. Love that some people understands Mao's objectives and is supporting her decisions so far. Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:11 pm

aoi88 wrote:
The infamous Dragonlady has posted her review of TEB and she's seems very optimistic about Mao's progress.

http://forums.isu.org/viewtopic.php?t=1730&start=60

She notes that Mao's skating skills (speed and flow) have improved. She says Mao has the right attitude and that the process will take a long time.

You can also see her thoughts on Mao in this FSU thread http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?p=2970449#post2970449

I'm glad that she made the comment that skating fans are usually so impatient (I admit I am guilty at times as well. Embarassed ). But patience is key, since this sport is a marathon. I just realize that her view is similar to Sato's. Razz It's sort of relieves me that to see someone who have been quite critical of Mao's team in recent years be optimistic for a change. It could be a good sign.

Thanks for the link aoi88. I always find it so funny that so many commentators and people on forums just can't understand why Mao is doing what she does! They just don't understand why someone would not want to win! ROTFLMAO Hahaha...I find it so amusing. It kind of shows what our society is like- placements, medals. The moral of many stories that "winning is not everything" obviously did not convey to them. Self-improvement is regarded as something that they cannot comprehend!
Just like some (stupid) uber-fans couldn't understand why Mao cried after a competition...sigh* Some people's children...
I like what DragonLady said though...patience is a virtue Yep!

ETA: Someone posted a video comparing TEB and NHK skates. You can definitely see that her speed is better and she's taking the time for her spins Wub
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRIbdBLi30M&feature=related
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:18 pm

Wow, the rest of that FSU thread is quite a downer! I wonder if the posts about her jump technique (especially CantALoop's post on the 2nd page) are referring to the jumps in practices (which seemed much better) as well as the ones in competition, or are only talking about the ones in competition? To me the jumps landed in her practice sessions seemed completely different, like she was on the right track, but then got confused and tense during the competition. I'm not sure though.
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:59 pm

Thank you for getting me up to speed, klarification! Smile I'm so happy someone with credibilty is actually praising Mao's efforts! It was so frustrating reading some of the other crappy short-sighted comments from all the Hershs out there.

snowdrops24 wrote:
As tough and as disciplined she is, the distance-coachiing arrangement has resulted in Mao training too much in solitude. Mai has always supported her at the rinkside but the level of motivation is very different from having training mates who are currently competing in the same system as you are.

ITA. There is a heightened sense of awareness and self-consciousness when you're training with the eyes of fellow skaters on you. I think in essence, recreating the feeling of skating for a live audience and the direct feedback will help Mao tremendously. Yep!

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ETA: Someone posted a video comparing TEB and NHK skates. You can definitely see that her speed is better and she's taking the time for her spins Wub
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRIbdBLi30M&feature=related

Exquisite. Even without all the jumps, the program still has the ability to enrapture. I love all the positions of her spins.

bellarina wrote:
Wow, the rest of that FSU thread is quite a downer! I wonder if the posts about her jump technique (especially CantALoop's post on the 2nd page) are referring to the jumps in practices (which seemed much better) as well as the ones in competition, or are only talking about the ones in competition? To me the jumps landed in her practice sessions seemed completely different, like she was on the right track, but then got confused and tense during the competition. I'm not sure though.

Tell me about it. FSU is the first forum that I skimmed through when I wanted to talk about Mao and there was so much negativity I just didn't want to get involved with. Great thing that this forum exists. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:45 am

bellarina wrote:
Wow, the rest of that FSU thread is quite a downer! I wonder if the posts about her jump technique (especially CantALoop's post on the 2nd page) are referring to the jumps in practices (which seemed much better) as well as the ones in competition, or are only talking about the ones in competition? To me the jumps landed in her practice sessions seemed completely different, like she was on the right track, but then got confused and tense during the competition. I'm not sure though.

Sorry! I should have added an users discretion: It is recommended that one skips through the negative posts at FSU.

I don't think you should take specific user's posts seriously, because the person mentioned that Mao has lost her toe and sal and that is certainly not true. IMO. And I don't think the remarks about her loop is correct either because they seem fine to me and Mao got around the normal range of GOE's for her loop at TEB. In practices, her flip has definitely improved and she was landing her axels and I didn't see a difference in the height from last year. Although I did hear some say her rotations in the air seem slower but I was getting the feeling that it's a good thing because it is aimed to help her get less URs. The one thing I'm unsure about is the lutz, but mainly because I have seen few shots of that jump in practices and none seemed to be successful. A while ago, Inskate showed of Mao doing a lutz with Nakagubo and it seemed much improved. I'm thinking perhaps they are putting that jump aside for now, and focusing on her flip and axel since they make up most of her layout. It could make sense since the lutz is the hardest to fix and probably requires all of her concentration.
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:19 am

aoi, thanks for the links to Dragonlady's posts. I'm relieved that she thinks Mao is on the right track cause I do trust her knowledge on FS. Of course she's not always right, but her opinions comes mostly from experience and thorough details of past skaters. So if anyone's views concerning FS on the net are trustworthy, she'll be top on my list.

But I'm getting kind of worried about Mao again...the Dragonlady said Mao is on the right track but it'll take quite a long time to have the jump reforming completed. Sato was quoted in the newspaper article saying '...it's only a struggle against time from here. It all depends on how patient she (Mao) can cope with it'. So I guess it will take much more time until Mao is fit for competing at her usual level. I have no problem with that.

However, I think Mao has a problem with this situation.
This is a recent article from Sankei Sports:
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20101130-00000018-sanspo-spo

Maybe somebody intorduced it already, but it has quotes from a brief interview they did when Mao returned to Japan from TEB at the airport. Mao said 'I wasn't capable of making the best of my abilities. The next competition (Nats) will be my last chance. There is nothing to fix, all I need is to practice. I want to figure out how to keep my mental state as usual'. It says in the article that Mao also wants to enter 4CC, whether or not she can make Worlds.

I think she might be getting hasty a little. I suppose she means 'last chance' as her possibilities for making Worlds this year, but it kind of sounds like she's pushing herself into a corner. If she doesn't make it to Worlds, I'm scared she might be very disappointed and lose confidence in herself. I know Mao puts alot of effort into what she does, and I trust she'll complete her jump reforming at some point. But at the same time, I think being patient is one of the things Mao is not so good at. Even though she knows she may not make Worlds, I think she is going to do everything she can, maybe even too much of what she can to make it there. I fear what may happen if she fails.

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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:28 am

PochinkoPotanko wrote:

I think she might be getting hasty a little. I suppose she means 'last chance' as her possibilities for making Worlds this year, but it kind of sounds like she's pushing herself into a corner. If she doesn't make it to Worlds, I'm scared she might be very disappointed and lose confidence in herself. I know Mao puts alot of effort into what she does, and I trust she'll complete her jump reforming at some point. But at the same time, I think being patient is one of the things Mao is not so good at. Even though she knows she may not make Worlds, I think she is going to do everything she can, maybe even too much of what she can to make it there. I fear what may happen if she fails.

Yea, that's my biggest fear too. pale But I think it's hopeful to hear her say that she'll enter 4CC whether or not she makes Worlds. If that happens, I think how Mao is going to handle the "Worst-case scenario" will be indicative of her long-term success. If she can make it through this potential hurdle, then she'll make it to end.
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:01 am

I know I haven't posted anything the last weeks (or maybe months o.Ô)...I were too busy Whirly but I followed the forum and actually I think you all do such a great job in analysis everything, I didn't find it necessary to write anything, and btw thank you for posting those links to the live streams!

About TEB: I think it's a huge step in the right direction (she improved a lot compared to JO and NHK!) Even though she's going through all these changes, she was still the best Japanese at TEB and the 5th place is really not that bad (and with a bit more luck she could have made it on the podium because I think the other skaters were not at all superior or anything)! & honestly I didn't expect her to improve so much in such a short time! She said before TEB that her goal is winning, which means that she must feel pretty confident right now with her jumps and everything....all she needs is time! She already showed that she can beat Fumie and Haruka! There are still Miki, Kanako & Akiko but she only needs to become third at nationals and I think that she can do it! I mean she's MAO ASADA Swoon I want her to make it to the worlds because that's the only competition I can watch live on german TV (apart from european championships, which I don't find that interesting for obvious reasons Razz).... but even if she doesn't make it to worlds, we all know that Mao is working towards a higher goal and if all this leads her to Sochi and becoming the skater she wants to be, then it's fine with me Too sweet!

ok, that's it LOL I hope I didn't bore you by repeating quite much what has already been said Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:15 pm

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Wow, the rest of that FSU thread is quite a downer! I wonder if the posts about her jump technique (especially CantALoop's post on the 2nd page) are referring to the jumps in practices (which seemed much better) as well as the ones in competition, or are only talking about the ones in competition? To me the jumps landed in her practice sessions seemed completely different, like she was on the right track, but then got confused and tense during the competition. I'm not sure though.

But its the jumps in the competitions that count. Well we shall see with time, I know Mao is probably practicing very hard. I just hope she's concentrating on just doing her best. I remember during the time of the Olympics, she said numerous times that she wanted to win the GM..but I'd rather her aim towards just skating clean programs. Sometimes putting too much emphasis on medals can lead to self sabotage.
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:40 pm

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bellarina wrote:
Wow, the rest of that FSU thread is quite a downer! I wonder if the posts about her jump technique (especially CantALoop's post on the 2nd page) are referring to the jumps in practices (which seemed much better) as well as the ones in competition, or are only talking about the ones in competition? To me the jumps landed in her practice sessions seemed completely different, like she was on the right track, but then got confused and tense during the competition. I'm not sure though.

But its the jumps in the competitions that count. Well we shall see with time, I know Mao is probably practicing very hard. I just hope she's concentrating on just doing her best. I remember during the time of the Olympics, she said numerous times that she wanted to win the GM..but I'd rather her aim towards just skating clean programs. Sometimes putting too much emphasis on medals can lead to self sabotage.

And you think Mao doesn't want that? I am sorry, but if Mao really wanted to just medal, she wouldn't even embark on this extremely difficult journey because she doesn't need it to do well.
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PostSubject: Re: Thophy Eric Bompard 2010   Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:54 pm

It's been a couple weeks since I've posted. Wow, I've been busy! And now there's (gulp) 47 pages on this thread that I can't even try to catch up on.... lol.

Anyway.... Well I don't really know what to say about Mao that probably no one else has already said... It was not really any easier to watch her skate like that again. I know Mao said she felt like she needed to compete in the GP, but I really wish she hadn't have. I know that once your signed up for them, it's hard to back out, unless you're injured. I wonder if reworking all of her jumps was her plan back when she signed up for the GP?.... Anyway, Mao obviously needs more time, and I hate to see her out there struggling when she's no where near ready yet. That's all. I think she will probably be better by nationals, but still not 100%. I wouldn't even be willing to bet she will be at 100% by the end of the season. A lot farther along though, yes. Sorry to be negative, but that's just my realistic opinion.

I really felt like Mirai was robbed! Kira did better than she usually does, but Mirai was better in BOTH the SP, and the LP IMO. But I'm not a judge, so what do I know?

I have to stop and say something about Amodio. I really liked him before, but I'm loving him this season. Not only because of his entertaining style, but when he nails is jumps (which he often does), they're just.... so pretty! Haha. Kazuka did super good too. Either one of them could have won as far as I'm concerned, but I don't agree that he should have won by that much. But again, I'm not a judge, so what do I know?

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