5:15 pm - 02/16/2014

Mao Asada Aims for New Guinness Book Record

Japanese figure skater Mao Asada is hoping to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for a second time. Asada, who will retire after the Olympics in Sochi, plans to nail eight triple jumps -- triple axel, lutz, flip, loop, salchow, and toe loop -- in her free program.

No woman has ever managed eight triples in one program at the Olympics.

Female skaters must perform seven jumping passes, so Asada will need to achieve a triple-triple combination in order to hit eight. The more difficult the program, the higher the base score is and the bigger the buffer against possible mistakes.

Asada already got her name into the Guinness Book of World Records by landing three triple axels at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Nailing eight triple jumps is fiendishly difficult, but the aim is probably to raise the base score to close the gap with Kim, who usually gets massive bonus on grade of execution for each element.

Mao's FS practice run-thru:

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keepitcrispy 16th-Feb-2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
I would DIE
beatlesluv 16th-Feb-2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'm wishing her luck, that's for sure. That would be an incredible feat.
bardotlashes 16th-Feb-2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
I like Asada but I'm not holding my breath she'll pull this off.
eaglefan2011 16th-Feb-2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
lovesfreddiem 16th-Feb-2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
ivysaur 17th-Feb-2014 12:38 am (UTC)
mte :(
mrsdracula 17th-Feb-2014 01:27 am (UTC)
gogeta1 17th-Feb-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
i know :(
xgirldc 17th-Feb-2014 03:43 am (UTC)
i like carne asada. does that count?
numbedtoe 16th-Feb-2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
I always wonder what figure skaters ankles, knees and hips are like 10, 15, and 20 years after they retire. we know most have bad backs.
beatlesluv 16th-Feb-2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
Lorddd :/ They must have lifetime vouchers for massage therapy.

Edited at 2014-02-16 10:52 pm (UTC)
imnotasquirrel 16th-Feb-2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
hasn't tara already had a hip replaced or something?
shamanqueenanna 16th-Feb-2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
I think she had both hips replaced? Michelle Kwan also had hip surgery.
petecarl 16th-Feb-2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
omg, what?? I'm always terrified that I'll have to have knee or hip replacements, since my grandmother has had both hips replaced, but that wasn't until probably her 70s. (she's 90 now.)
cenicitas 17th-Feb-2014 02:09 am (UTC)
i'm an ex figure skater and basically i'm busted all over. i'm sure when i'm older i'll need joint replacements :(
merel_93 17th-Feb-2014 12:46 pm (UTC)
Absolute shit probably. Being a top athlete is not good for your body in the long run. I can't imagine in what state Plushy's body is
brucelynn 16th-Feb-2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
I like her and I would prefer she gets gold over Yuna

but idk if she can pull this off
shania_cares 16th-Feb-2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
Same. I've been a fan of hers for years, and while she's done great in her GP events, sometimes her jumps can be inconsistent. :( I really hope she nails it and shows everyone though; it'd be a great "take that!"
xeroxicide__ 16th-Feb-2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
Visually will this be cool or overkill? The idea of her falling on several of them is giving me anxiety and I don't really follow Guinness world records anymore so idek what's out there.
shamanqueenanna 16th-Feb-2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
Really most top girls do all those jumps except the triple axel. So it's just a normal jump layout + the triple acel.
maclou 16th-Feb-2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
I believe in Maosus! I'm glad she took out the second 3a and I hope she's able to rotate the one she's doing but I think the 3-3 she wants to do will be a big challenge for her as well.
rainbowtomatoe 16th-Feb-2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
she's adorable!!! i hope she or yuna get gold. i'll be happy with either.

none for the flop americans.
daisyazul 16th-Feb-2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
imnotasquirrel 16th-Feb-2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
considering the lack of a rest day in between programs this year, idk if this is such a good idea. remember how sloppy the guys were getting in the FS?

lbr yulia's probably going to win, she's plotting regicide as we speak.
brucelynn 16th-Feb-2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
she's plotting regicide as we speak.

I'm weak
blue_birds 16th-Feb-2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
I missed the men's free skate, but damn, how sloppy were they?
bunica1990 16th-Feb-2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
Everyone fell except for one person or something. It was a mess.
imnotasquirrel 16th-Feb-2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
just...not good. if a guy wasn't outright tanning all over the place, then he was wilting from a lack of stamina. if you have time, check out the final flight of the men's FS, you'll be hard pressed to find a sorrier mess. although tbh i think all the tanning/sloppiness could have been due more to nerves than exhaustion, but the lack of a rest day couldn't have helped. i know that johnny weir has said that he hated having a rest day because it just made him more anxious, but i think that it's still overall beneficial to let the skaters wind down a bit before having to do it all over again.
moonbeam59 16th-Feb-2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
very, very sloppy. even the medalists fell on their asses.
rhymenocerouss 16th-Feb-2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
literally everyone but like 3 people (including jeremy abbot ironically??) fell

curse of plushenko
xgirldc 17th-Feb-2014 03:44 am (UTC)
i had seen spoilers earlier in the day and i kept rewinding to see if i had the information wrong of who was performing. everyone fell...a bunch. it was a hot mess.
yurasama_love 16th-Feb-2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
idk if she'll take gold, but probably silver
blue_birds 16th-Feb-2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
I really hope she pulls it off. She's one of my favs.
thebadunkadunk 16th-Feb-2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
This could be absolutely amazing or a complete DISASTUH

When she skates cleanly though she is stunning
nekorae 16th-Feb-2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
Her 3-3 will never be ratified so this can't happen :(

I just hope she doesn't pop anything or fall on the 3A. I want her to get a medal soo badly but other girls can skate cleaner so I'm really worried.
kairoso 16th-Feb-2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
I think this is not gona go well but I'm wishin her the best
megustaelmoney 16th-Feb-2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
mao asada means poorly roasted in portuguese
just letting you guys know that
bunica1990 16th-Feb-2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
haruhiko 16th-Feb-2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
Lmao thanx bb
ekrelly 16th-Feb-2014 10:56 pm (UTC)
rollthedice23 16th-Feb-2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
ourferocity 16th-Feb-2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
lol i love when names translate to something else
petecarl 16th-Feb-2014 11:42 pm (UTC)
pastelstar 16th-Feb-2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm dying
hypermuseic9 16th-Feb-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
lovesfreddiem 17th-Feb-2014 12:00 am (UTC)
aprilbegins 17th-Feb-2014 12:02 am (UTC)
omg best thing I've read all day
mrsdracula 17th-Feb-2014 01:54 am (UTC)
xgirldc 17th-Feb-2014 03:45 am (UTC)
this is relevant to my interests. thank you.
yurasama_love 16th-Feb-2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
omg Mao, good luck bb
After that fall in team skate I'm scared
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