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1:57 am - 12/09/2012

Japan's Mao Asada, Daisuke Takahashi win Grand Prix Final in Russia

After A Fantastic and Clean Short Program that vaulted him up to the top, Takahashi opened ominously with a fall on his first quad toe. But he recovered with a clutch second quad toe and added five more clean triples. He finished third in the free skate, but not by much, which allowed him to hold on to his lead and win the title.

In addition to it being Takahashi's first gold at the Grand Prix Final, it was also the first time ever that a Japanese man stood on top of the podium at this competition. Japanese men have won 9 of the past 14 silvers and bronzes, including four of which belong to Takahashi.
Daisuke Takahashi - 2012 Grand Prix Final free skate
Daisuke Takahashi - 2012 Grand Prix Final free skate

Moving up from third in the short was teammate Yuzuru Hanyu, who opened with a beautiful quad toe and landed seven clean triples to take the silver medal. A doubled intended quad salchow cost him a chance at the gold.

MEN (final standings)
1. Daisuke Takahashi JPN - 269.40
2. Yuzuru Hanyu JPN - 264.29
3. Patrick Chan CAN - 258.66
4. Javier Fernandez ESP - 258.62
5. Takahiko Kozuka JPN - 253.27
6. Tatsuki Machida JPN - 198.63
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Third Grand Prix Final win for Asada as rivals falter She may have had problems in recent seasons on the Grand Prix circuit, but when Mao Asada gets herself in the Final, she's got a super track record. Asada won her third career Grand Prix Final title today after her two main rivals took rough tumbles in their free skates. She has finished no lower than second in all five career appearances in the Final.

Skating last, Asada landed four clean triples in her free skate, with two others called underrotated. Even with those underrotations, her performance was stellar, as she shook off a subpar free skate two weeks ago at NHK Trophy that led to a somewhat controversial win. And though it was close after the short program, there was no question who the winner was today - Asada breezed to the win with a 196.80, 15 points ahead of the rest of the field.

LADIES (final standings)
1. Mao Asada JPN - 196.80
2. Ashley Wagner USA - 181.93
3. Akiko Suzuki JPN - 180.77
4. Kiira Korpi FIN - 174.94
5. Elizaveta Tuktamisheva RUS - 173.75
6. Christina Gao USA - 154.54
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I know most people here probably don't care, but between Yuzu still holding his world breaking SP scores and Dai's clean 4toe3toe (!!!), nobody can shut me up about this. Now for Worlds, and lets hope they don't underscore Akiko again #teamjapan
maclou 8th-Dec-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
I care! Japanese nats is going to be crazy, especially for the men. Who the heck is even going to make it to worlds? It's going to be such a mess. I was even worried about Daisuke but with this win I now believe he'll do just fine. Ugh but I still hate Morozov and I don't really like his programs this season :/

I'm so happy for all the Japanese men who made it to the GPF! Especially Machida who finished last and had a messy comp but really it was amazing for him to even make it there and I hope he gets it together in the future. In addition to the seniors at the nats the Japanese junior men and ladies will each be fighting for only two slots at the junior worlds ;.; My favorite juniors didn't do so well in the JGPF but Miyahara is still great:

She just needs to rotate those jumps!
takarai_karin 9th-Dec-2012 12:34 am (UTC)
Haven't had much time to pay attention to the Juniors, unfortunately. I'm going to DL their SP and FS right now, but I'd hoped Hino would've done better :P

The Nats are going to be insane indeed. And I was worried for Dai, too, I'd feared that they'd push for Yuzu now and as much as I love the kid, I still think he needs to develop more and he's too talented for his chanflated scores.

I like Dai's FS significantly better with the new all black costume, for some reason. And the SP is fun. But I get what you're saying, though, I'm not particularly emotionally invested in his programs this season. Not a big fan of Yuzu's current LP too. But Javi's Chaplin *hands* first time I saw it I thought that program has so many potentials and once it grew on him it'll be epic. And it did and it was. Would've been awesome if he made podium after that brilliant FS.

Edited at 2012-12-09 12:37 am (UTC)
maclou 9th-Dec-2012 02:20 am (UTC)
I'm glad Hino at least got on the podium but actually I like Keiji a lot more than him but he's been having problems lately ;.; Getting in to juniors is so hard because of all their growing problems and stuff.

I hope Yuzuru will be more like Yuna than PChan... getting points for his amazing jumps which he'll mostly land. I think he still could win nats but he does need to overcome his lack of stamina and asthma.

I don't like Yuzuru's FS but I do like his SP quite a lot. I'm not too crazy about Javi's FS actually, it's a little silly to me and reminds me too much of Oda's Olympic FS, but I haven't watched the GPF performance tho.
katsuno_hitomi 8th-Dec-2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
As much as I love figure skating, I am horrible at following it seriously. Too many other competing interests, I guess.
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takarai_karin 9th-Dec-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Akiko's LP in the NHK杯 made me cry it was so beautiful, I'd hoped she'd do that again here (she should've won that).

And I still think they underscored Taka in NHK杯, and they underscored here too.
brucelynn 8th-Dec-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Russia

...... do they like ... have no good figure skaters at the moment?

I am just curious because I know it's one of their most precious Olympic sports and they are hosting in 2014 :X

He's been one of my favs since 2010
maclou 9th-Dec-2012 12:03 am (UTC)
They have a ton of great ladies, for the last three years they've absolutely ruled the Junior Grand Prix. They've done fairly well on the GP for the last two seasons too but actually not as well as I thought they'd do probably because they're still growing but they do have more difficult jumps and combos than everyone on this podium they just need to get it together. Obviously they still do very well in pairs and alright in ice dancing. As for Russian men they all suck lol maybe Plushenko will be back in 2014.
takarai_karin 9th-Dec-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
As for Russian men they all suck lol

Yeah... and here I thought Yuzu and Artur's rivalry would continue on in the Seniors and we'd be lucky enough to watch it/them grow to epic proportions, or something :/

stole_away 9th-Dec-2012 07:31 am (UTC)
wow congrats to them! ^^ I shall try to go find videos to watch now ^^
whited_79 9th-Dec-2012 08:35 am (UTC)
congrats to them both! they're awesome! XD
rainbow_yarn 9th-Dec-2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
Yaaay congrats to them! Daisuke gets extra props for being so adorable
miyukixrinn 9th-Dec-2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
i care! yay for Team Jpn♥ what exactly happened to Miki tho >_
minacchi 10th-Dec-2012 02:42 am (UTC)
Congratulations to Mao and Dai! And since I so love this adorable kid...
Congrats to Yuzu for winning silver! Yay for Team Japan! <3

I can't wait for the Japanese Nationals and the Worlds. Those competitions will surely be epic. I'm really excited for another brilliant Parisienne Walkways performance from Yuzu. *_* I'm not very much a fan of his current Notre-Dame de Paris FS (I still prefer the Romeo and Juliet FS last season), but I'm in love with his current SP. <3 (By the way, my two favorite Japanese male skaters doing the same hand-through-hair opening move and the same ending pose in their SPs is *___*!~)

I'm also hoping for a good, clean FS from Mao. She has no triple axels and no triple-triple combinations in her program, but her GPF FS was beautiful! And as Kim Yu-na is returning this season, the Worlds will be thrilling!
takarai_karin 10th-Dec-2012 06:32 am (UTC)
The Romeo and Juliet prog was epic and gave me goosebumps just like Dai's La Strada did. the only prog that made me as emotionally invested this season is Akiko's O. But admittedly Yuzu have better spins and edges now. Still think he deserves better prog, yeah. Never been a big fan of Orser's stuf, actually.

I want Mao to add 3as in addition to her improved footwork. Even her other jumps looks better now that she's not so focused on axels, but if Kim is landing her 3as then Mao needs some too.
minacchi 10th-Dec-2012 10:23 am (UTC)
Dai's La Strada was indeed amazing. So fun to watch + he got his Olympic bronze that year *_* His Blues for Klook last season was greatly entertaining as well. I'm not sure why, but I'm not very fond of his current Pagliacci LP, though. (Maybe it's just Morozov? :/)

Yuzu's Romeo and Juliet FS (especially in the Worlds) is one of my top favorites, actually. <3 Very emotional, goosebumps-inducing, indeed epic--I can write a whole blog entry about it. XD So his Notre Dame this season is kind underwhelming, at least in my opinion. Or maybe my expectations were just too high. (Suddenly I miss the Abe Nanami days.) And while he seems to be better in the GPF (compared to the botched SA FS), the lack of stamina still needs to be dealt with. I can feel the tiredness through the screen especially during the second half of his LPs. :| He has the talent though, so I'm excited to see what he can be in the near future!

Mao's jumps are indeed looking better now that she's not too preoccupied with landing the big triple axels. And I think her step sequence is phenomenal, her footwork much improved. Technically a bit weak but her PCS are good. And yes, Akiko is being underscored! I think NHK Trophy's O was amazing *_*

Okay, need to stop ranting now or this'll turn out to be very long. (Too late, I guess. Sorry :DDD)
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