This is a recent video of Mao at The Ice skating show in Japan. I’m not a huge fan of the music or the choreography but it’s nice to see her landing her jumps. They’re a hair lower than I’d like to see them but she’s landing them and that’s a good sign for next season.
Whenever I watch Mao, I just can’t help but note her wonderful qualities like her great skating skills and her lyrical movement. I simply cannot relegate her to the position of “has been” like Caroline Zhang because she’s far from being a “has been.” She’s still sublime and she’s got fans who hope that her divinity can transfer to medals when the competitive season begins. For now, it’s encouraging to see that’s she’s still got a hopeful energy (her little speech in the opening program was pretty cute – it was all about giving happiness and hope to people after the devastating earthquake in Japan) and the beginnings of solid jumps.
Here’s to hoping that Mao can be competitive against Yuna and the baby Russian divas! Cheers!
~The Rinkside Cafe
For more videos from The Ice, the lovely people at ontd_skating have made a post about it.
Just a postscript: doesn’t Kanako Murakami’s skating in this show sort of remind you of Joannie Rochette? Not that being an Olympic bronze medalist is a bad thing, but I feel as if Kanako can do a lot better in terms of choreography.