Mar 17 - 23, 2008
Official Page: http://www.goteborg.com/default.aspx?id=23606
Wiki Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_World_Figure_Skating_Championships
The results will eventually be up here: http://www.isufs.org/results/wc2007/
And here is a short fluff with Mao, including interview, short practice clip and a clips from ballet lessons in Russia:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qje_iRaR8M4
And another one with YuNa, Brian Orser and a bit of Mao's practice:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUHWpxuZ9R4
Here is my translation:
Q: Since I saw you first time 2 years ago you became really more mature-looking... I was surprised!
M: I grew a lot, so that's probably why I look more mature!
S: Although she grew a lot, her dynamic jumps are as consistent as usual, plus she has more power now. This season this girl undertook a new challenge.
M: When I started training in Russia last year I started watching ballet, and I started practicing it.
S: Mao started learning dance in Russia. She practices ballet to help her to achieve better power of expression and beauty of movement. She also challenges a new choreography created by former coach of gold medallist Shizuka Arakawa.
M: I went to Russia and had a new short program created. It's really... how should I put it? It shows me as I have never been before.
S: Last year she made an unexpected mistake in the short and it was Miki who became the queen. That's why this year short program is like a battle. By combining great jumps with beautiful expression she strives to challenge her rivals.
Q: Who do you consider your rival?
M: The skater that beat me at last year's Worlds (Miki)... and Yu-Na Kim.
Q: In this World Championships what kind of program do you want to skate?
M: Last year I became second, so this year I want to do my best to win.
Q: Do you think you can win?
M: If I don't make any mistake... Hm... I'll do my best not to make any mistake and this is my goal!
S: With second-to-none powerful jumps and newly improved power of expression she now enters the road to victory.