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Mao Asada
Mao Asada 2010 OP Press conference.jpg

Asada in a press conference
at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Personal information
Country represented:  Japan
Date of birth: September 25, 1990 (1990-09-25) (age 19)
Residence: Nagoya, Aichi
Height: 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Former coach: Tatiana Tarasova
Rafael Arutunian
Machiko Yamada
Mihoko Higuchi
Yuko Monna
Choreographer: Tatiana Tarasova
Shanetta Folle
Former choreographer: Lori Nichol
Lea Ann Miller
Mihoko Higuchi
Machiko Yamada
Skating club: Chukyo University
ISU personal best scores
Combined total: 205.50
2010 Winter Olympics
Short program: 75.84
2009 World Team Trophy
Free skate: 133.13
2007 Worlds
Olympic medal record
Ladies figure skating
Competitor for  Japan
Silver 2010 Vancouver Singles
Japanese name
Kanji 浅田 真央
Kana あさだ まお
Rōmaji Mao Asada

Mao Asada (浅田 真央 Asada Mao?) (born September 25, 1990) is a Japanese figure skater.

She is the 2010 Winter Olympic silver medalist, the 2008 World champion, the 2008 and 2010 Four Continents champion, the 2005-06 and 2008-09 season Grand Prix Final champion, the 2005 World Junior champion, the 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final champion and a four-time Japanese national champion (2006–09). As of March 2010, she is ranked 3rd in the world by the ISU.[1]


Personal life

Mao Asada was born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. She was named after the Japanese actress Mao Daichi. She attended Nagoya International School until the middle of 1st grade. After transferring, she graduated from Takabari Elementary School and Takabaridai Junior High.[2][3] She received her high school diploma from Chukyo University Chukyo High School in March 15, 2009.[4][5] After that, she enrolled in Chukyo University.

Her sister Mai Asada (two years older) is a figure skater as well and finished 6th at the 2006 Four Continents Championships. She is now skating in shows.


Early career

Mao Asada originally studied ballet, but in 1995 switched to figure skating, when her sister, Mai Asada, also switched from ballet to skating.

She won the Japanese Novice National championships in the 2002–2003 season, and earned an invitation to compete at the Junior National championships, where she placed 4th. She also competed in the Senior National championships and placed 7th.

In the 2003–2004 season, Asada repeated the same placements at the Novice and Junior level and placed 8th at the senior nationals. She competed in the Mladost Trophy, the first international event of her career, and won it.

In the 2004–2005 season, Asada was internationally Junior age eligible. She competed in the ISU Junior Grand Prix, which is the Junior complement to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. She won both of her events. She, then, won the Junior Grand Prix Final with an overall score 35.08 points ahead of the silver medalist, Kim Yu-Na. Asada won the Japanese Junior National championships and qualified for the team of the 2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. The Junior National silver medalist that year was her sister, Mai Asada. Mai had placed ahead of Mao Asada in the two previous years.

Mao Asada's win earned her an invitation to the Senior National championships, where she won the silver medal. Asada was not sent to the 2005 World Championships because she was not old enough. At the Junior World Championships, she won with a 20.31 lead over the silver medalist Kim Yu-Na.

2005-2006 Season

Having won everything on the Junior level, Asada moved to the senior level for the 2005–2006 season and competed on the Grand Prix circuit. This choice was made knowing that Asada would not be eligible to compete at the 2006 Winter Olympics, because the age standards for the Olympic and ISU championship competitions were different from those for the Grand Prix.

Asada competed on the Senior Grand Prix circuit for the first time in November 2005 at the 2005 Cup of China. She won the silver medal, and placed exactly 3 points ahead of future 2006 Olympic Champion Shizuka Arakawa. Asada, then, won her second event, the 2005 Trophée Eric Bompard, by a 7.30 point margin over silver medalist Sasha Cohen, who would later go on to win the silver medal at the 2006 Olympics. The gold medal in Paris and silver from China qualified Asada for the 2005–2006 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. She won the event with a 8.14 margin of victory over silver medalist Irina Slutskaya, who would go on to win the bronze medal at the 2006 Olympics.

At the 2005–2006 Japan Figure Skating Championships, Asada won the silver medal behind Fumie Suguri. At that competition, Asada became the first lady to land two triple axels during a free skate program.[6] She was not sent to the Olympics because she was not old enough. She was sent to the 2006 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, where she was the reigning champion competing against Junior Grand Prix Final Champion Kim Yu-Na. Asada placed second at the competition, placing 24.19 points behind gold medalist Kim, and 18.21 points ahead of bronze medalist Christine Zukowski. At this competition, Asada became the first lady to land a triple axel in the short program at an ISU championship.[7]

During these first two years on the international scene, Asada became known for her signature move, the cross-grab Biellmann position.

2006-2007 Season

Asada entered the 2006–2007 Grand Prix season with rival Kim Yu-Na also competing on the circuit. At her first event, the 2006 Skate America, Asada won the bronze medal behind Miki Ando and Kimmie Meissner. Asada had won the short program, but was fourth in the long program to score 171.23 points. She was 21.36 points out of first place. Asada won her second event, the 2006 NHK Trophy with 199.52 points, by a margin of victory of 20.21 points ahead of Fumie Suguri. At the NHK Trophy, Asada set a new world record for highest combined score in a Ladies competition under the ISU Judging System.[8] Asada went into the 2006-2007 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final as the reigning and defending champion. She placed second behind gold medalist Kim Yu-Na with 172.52 points, by a margin of 11.68. Asada had won the short program, but as at Skate America, placed fourth in the long program.

Asada won the 2006–2007 Japan Figure Skating Championships by 26.11 points ahead of Miki Ando and 32.04 points ahead of Yukari Nakano. At the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships, Asada was fifth in the short program, 10.03 points behind Kim Yu-Na, who placed first in that section of the competition. Asada won the free skate with a score of 133.13 points, setting a new world record for the highest free skate score, a record which stood for eight months. She won the silver medal earning an overall of 194.95 points, 0.64 behind gold medalist Miki Ando and 8.31 ahead of Kim Yu-Na, who won the bronze.

2007-2008 Season

Asada with her gold medal at the 2008 World Championships.

In 2007–2008 season, she competed for the first time at the 2007 Skate Canada International. She won the event ahead of Nakano, after being third in the short program and first in the long program. Asada won her second gold medal of the Grand Prix season and her second Trophée Eric Bompard gold at the 2007 Trophée Eric Bompard. She advanced to the 2007–2008 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. In the short program, Asada did not do the jump out of footwork required element and earned a score of 59.04 in that segment of the competition, placing last in that part of the event. She won the free skate with 132.55 points and won the silver medal overall even with the large mistake in the short program with 191.59 points, only 5.24 behind gold medalist Kim Yu-Na, who repeated as champion. Asada was 12.66 points ahead of bronze medalist Carolina Kostner.

As in the previous year, Asada won the 2007–2008 Japan Figure Skating Championships with 205.33 points, with a very small lead of 1.15 points ahead of silver medalist and reigning World Champion Miki Ando. The team of Asada, Ando, and Nakano was declared for the World Championships and the team of Asada, Ando, and Suguri was for the Four Continents Championships. This was Asada's first time competing at the Four Continents Championships. Asada won both segments of the 2008 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships to finish 13.71 points ahead of silver medalist Joannie Rochette. Having left her coach before the Four Continents Championships, Asada competed there and at the World Championships without a coach. An official from the Japan Skating Federation accompanied her as needed.

On March 20, 2008, at the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships, Asada placed 2nd both in the short program and free skate to place first overall and win the title of World Champion.[9] She was second in the short program with 64.10 points, 0.18 behind Carolina Kostner. In the long program, she fell at the beginning of her performance on her triple axel attempt, so that element was not taken on account in the technical pannel and she had only the compulsory 1.00 point deduction for the fall, earning 121.46 points. She scored a total of 185.56 points, 0.88 ahead of silver medalist Carolina Kostner. Yu-Na Kim, who won the free skate with 123.38 points, 1.92 ahead of Asada, won the bronze medal. Miki Ando withdrew from the competition in the middle of her free skate program with injury. The placements of Asada and Yukari Nakano, who placed fourth overall, qualified Japan three entries for the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships.

2008-2009 Season

Asada performing her short program to Claire de Lune at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships.

For the 2008–2009 Grand Prix, Asada had been assigned to the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard and to the 2008 NHK Trophy. At the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard, she placed second overall with a score of 167.59 points, 12.54 behind Joannie Rochette, whereas won gold at the 2008 NHK Trophy with 191.13 points, 23.49 more than Akiko Suzuki. That victory supposed her the qualification for the 2008–2009 Grand Prix Final.

At the 2008–2009 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Asada placed second in the short program with a score of 65.39 points, behind Kim Yu-Na by a margin of 0.56. With 123.17 points, Asada won the free skate and the competition overall, scoring 188.55 points. Asada made history in the free skate by becoming the first woman to land two triple axels in the same program in an ISU competition, one in combination with a double toe loop.[10]

After her win at the Grand Prix Final, Asada defended her national championship title at the 2008–2009 Japan Figure Skating Championships. In her short program, Asada's second jump in a planned triple flip-triple loop combination was downgraded to a single loop. She received 65.20 points for her short program and placed second behind Yukari Nakano. Asada landed six triple jumps in her free skate program, but three of them were downgraded, including two triple axels which were judged to be under-rotated.[11] She received 117.15 points for her free skate for a total of 182.45 points overall. Placing second both in the short program and in the free skate, Asada managed to gain enough points to win her third straight national championship.

Asada came into the 2009 Four Continents Championships held in Vancouver, Canada as the defending champion. However, she had a short program placing sixth with only 57.86 points in comparison to the leader, Kim Yu-Na, who scored 72.24. Asada rebounded in the free skate to win that portion of the event with 118.66. Her first triple axel attempt was popped into a single, but she successfully executed the second, garnering 8.80 points for the jump. She also completed a triple flip-double loop-double loop, a triple loop, and a triple flip-double loop. Her triple toe loop was downgraded to a double, but she finished the routine with a double axel and spins, spirals, and footwork. Asada placed third overall in the competition behind Joannie Rochette of Canada who won silver and Kim Yu-Na who won the gold.

At the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships, Asada placed third in the short program with 66.06 points, 10.06 points behind Kim Yu-Na. She lost ground on her competitors in the free skate, where she scored 122.03 points and finished off the podium in fourth with a combined total of 188.09.

Asada then competed at the last ISU event of the 2008-2009 season, the inaugural 2009 World Team Trophy. In the short program she earned 75.84 points, a Personal Best, and lead the ladies competition. She also carried the long program with 126.03 points, and finished with a winning total score of 201.87, also a Personal Best. The Japanese team finished third overall at that event, trailing the United States and Canada.

2009-2010 Season

Asada performs a Kerrigan spiral during her free program Bells of Moscow at the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard.

For the 2009-2010 Grand Prix series, Asada was assigned to the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard and to the 2009 Rostelecom Cup. She had a shaky start to the season finishing 2nd at Trophée Eric Bompard, 36.04 points behind gold medalist Kim Yu-Na. She also finished 5th at Rostelecom Cup after landing just two triple jumps in her free program. After these two performances, she did not qualify for the Grand Prix Final.

Asada won her fourth Japanese national title at the 2009–2010 Japan Figure Skating Championships. She placed first in both the short program with 69.12 points and the free skate with 135.50 points. She won the gold medal overall with a score of 204.62 points, 8.72 points ahead of Akiko Suzuki.

At the 2010 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Asada placed third in the short program with 57.22 points after underrotating her triple axel, popping a triple flip and receiving a timing deduction of 1.00 point. Then she won the free skate with 126.74 points, 11.9 ahead of Akiko Suzuki. She won the gold medal overall with a score of 183.96 points, 10.24 points ahead of Suzuki.

From February 23-25 Asada competed in the ladies event at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In the short program on February 23, she executed a triple axel-double toe loop, a triple flip and a double axel as well as receiving level fours for all her spins and her spiral sequence. She scored 73.78 points to place second in this phase.[12] In her free skate on February 25, she succeeded in landing two triple axels, but made mistakes on two other jump elements in her program.[13] With 131.72 points from the free skate she won the Olympic silver medal with a combined score of 205.50 points.

Jumping technique

Asada landed her first triple Axel jump at the age of 12, and she became the first lady to perform a triple-triple-triple combination in national competition, which was a triple flip-triple loop-triple toe loop combination.[14] At the age of 14, Asada landed a triple axel in her free skating program at the 2004 Junior Grand Prix Final, held in December 2004 at Helsinki, Finland, becoming the first junior girl to do one in an international event. She has since been known for her triple axel jumps.[15]

Asada has had problems with the triple toe loop jump, and did not include salchow jumps in her junior and senior career programs until 2008. She had stated previously that the triple salchow was the first triple jump she had ever landed and that she did not have a problem landing it cleanly, but she was not comfortable using the jump in competition because it is one of her least favorite jumps.[6] Asada added the triple salchow to her free skate program in the 2008 NHK Trophy[16] and 2008-2009 Grand Prix Final.[17]

Normally, Asada uses a triple loop jump as her second jump in a combination, especially after the triple flip. However, she added the toe loop to her free program as the second jump of her first triple-triple combination during the 2004–2005 season,[18] a triple flip-triple toe loop. In the 2006–2007 season she used the double axel-triple toe, while in the 2007–2008 season she performed the triple flip-triple toe loop again. In the 2008–2009 season she executed the triple axel-double toe loop combination in international competition, first getting full credit for it at the 2008-2009 Grand Prix Final[17]. At that same competition, Asada became the first female skater to land two triple axels in the same program. She is also the only woman to have landed three triple axel jumps in the same competition at an ISU competition. She accomplished it in the 2010 Winter Olympics, one in the short program and two in the free skate.[10]

Coaching changes

Asada originally trained in Japan, but left for the U.S. in August 2006 to train with Rafael Arutunian in Lake Arrowhead, California. There she was able to escape the overcrowding of Japanese rinks and the pressure of the Japanese media. Before 2008 Four Continents Championships, she split with Arutunian[19] and returned to Japan to practice on the new Aurora Rink at Chukyo University, where she does not have any problems getting ice time. She went to Worlds, and won, without a coach.[20]

During the summer of 2007, Asada received additional training in Russia from Tatiana Tarasova, while Arutunian remained her primary coach. The following summer, after leaving Arutunian, Asada returned to Russia, and formally decided to be coached by Tarasova.

Public life and endorsements

Asada owns a miniature poodle named Aero, who is named after the chocolate confection made by Nestlé. Asada and Aero have been featured in chocolate commercials in Japan, and she has also used her dog in exhibition programs. In 2008, Asada got two new puppies named Tiara and Komachi.[6]

Asada is very popular in Japan and has appeared in variety shows, as well as in commercials for Oji Paper Company, Olympus Corporation, Itoham Foods, Nestlé, and Omron. Asada headlined her own exhibition show, called "The Ice," in the summer of 2008, with her sister Mai. Asada is also a big fan of Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki, and was seen congratulating her on her 10th Anniversary.

The Asada sisters have also been named as goodwill ambassadors to Canada, and have traveled to Canada to serve in that role.[6]

Asada's sponsors[21] include Itoham Foods, Japan Hotlife, Kao-Asience, Olympus, Meitetsu Estates, Nepia, Lotte, Omron, United Airlines, and Weider in Jelly.

Her skating music was compiled on two albums by EMI Music Japan: Mai & Mao Asada Skating Music and Mai & Mao Asada Skating Music 2008-09.


Asada during her short program to Masquerade at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Asada performing her exhibition program to So Deep Is The Night at the 2008 World Championships.
Season Short Program Long Program Exhibition
2009–2010 Masquerade
by Aram Khachaturian
choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Bells of Moscow
by Sergei Rachmaninov
choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Capriccio Number 24
by Niccolò Paganini
choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
2008–2009 Claire de Lune
by Claude Debussy
choreography by Lori Nichol
by Aram Khachaturian
choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Por una Cabeza
Scent of a Woman Soundtrack
by Carlos Gardel and
Alfredo Le Pera

& Payadora
by Julián Plaza
choreography by Tatiana Tarasova

Sing, Sing, Sing
by Louis Prima
choreography by Lori Nichol
2007–2008 Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra
from Ladies in Lavender
by Jean-Claude Petit
performed by Joshua Bell
choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
by Fréderic Chopin
choreography by Lori Nichol
So Deep Is The Night
Étude Op. 10, No. 3
by Frederic Chopin
vocals by Lesley Garrett
choreography by Lori Nichol
2006–2007 Nocturne No.2 Op. 9-2
in E flat major
by Frederic Chopin
choreography by Lori Nichol
by Vittorio Monti
choreography by Lori Nichol
from Carmen
by Georges Bizet
vocal by Filippa Giordano
choreography by Lori Nichol
2005–2006 Carmen
by Georges Bizet
choreography by Machiko Yamada
and Mihoko Higuchi
The Nutcracker
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
choreography by Lori Nichol
Over the Rainbow
by Harold Arlen
vocal by Eva Cassidy
choreography by Lori Nichol
2004–2005 Over the Rainbow
by Harold Arlen
choreography by Lea Ann Miller
La Boutique Fantastique
by Gioachino Rossini and Ottorino Respighi
choreography by Lea Ann Miller
Pick Yourself Up
by Natalie Cole
choreography by Machiko Yamada
and Mihoko Higuchi
2003–2004 Orchestral Suite from My Girl 2
by Cliff Eidelman
choreography by Machiko Yamada
and Mihoko Higuchi
Waltz-Scherzo in C major Op. 34
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
choreography by Machiko Yamada
and Mihoko Higuchi
from Carmen
by Georges Bizet
choreography by Machiko Yamada
and Mihoko Higuchi
2002–2003 Say Hey Kids
choreography by Machiko Yamada
and Mihoko Higuchi
Inca Dance and Andes
by Cusco
choreography by Machiko Yamada
and Mihoko Higuchi

Competitive highlights


Event/Season 2006–2007 2007–2008 2008–2009 2009–2010
Winter Olympic Games 2nd
World Championships 2nd 1st 4th TBD
Four Continents Championships 1st 3rd 1st
Japanese Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 2nd 2nd 1st
Rostelecom Cup 5th
Trophée Eric Bompard 1st 2nd 2nd
NHK Trophy 1st 1st
Skate Canada 1st
Skate America 3rd
World Team Trophy 3rd


Event/Season 2002–2003 2003–2004 2004–2005 2005–2006
World Junior Championships 1st 2nd
Japanese Championships 7th 8th 2nd 2nd
Japanese Junior Championships 4th 4th 1st
Japanese Novice Championships 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 1st
Trophée Eric Bompard 1st
Cup of China 2nd
Junior Grand Prix Final 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Ukraine 1st
Junior Grand Prix, USA 1st

Detailed results


Asada at the 2010 Winter Olympics medal ceremony.
2009-2010 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 22–28, 2010 2010 ISU World Championships -
February 14–27, 2010 2010 Winter Olympic Games 2
January 25–31, 2010 2010 ISU Four Continents Championships 3
December 25–27, 2009 2009-2010 Japanese National Championships 1
October 22–25, 2009 2009 ISU Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup 6
October 15–18, 2009 2009 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard 3
2008–2009 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 16–19, 2009 2009 ISU World Team Trophy 1
March 23 – 29, 2009 2009 ISU World Championships 3
February 4–8, 2009 2009 ISU Four Continents Championships 6
December 25 – 27, 2008 2008-2009 Japanese National Championships 2
December 11–14, 2008 2008-2009 ISU Grand Prix Final 2
November 27 – 30, 2008 2008 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy 1
November 13 – 16, 2008 2008 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard 2
2007–2008 Season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 17–23, 2008 2008 ISU World Championships 2
February 13–17, 2008 2008 ISU Four Continents Championships 1
December 26–28, 2007 2007-2008 Japanese National Championships 1
December 13–16, 2007 2007-2008 ISU Grand Prix Final 6
November 15 – 18, 2007 2007 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard 1
November 1 – 4, 2007 2007 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada 3
2006–2007 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 19–25, 2007 2007 ISU World Championships 5
December 27–29, 2006. 2006-2007 Japanese National Championships 1
December 14–17, 2006 2006-2007 ISU Grand Prix Final 1
November 30 – December 3,
2006 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy 1
October 26 – 29, 2006 2006 ISU Grand Prix Skate America 1
  • SP = Short program; FS = Free skating
  • Personal bests highlighted in bold


2005–2006 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
March 6–12, 2006 2006 ISU World Junior Championships* Junior 1
December 23–25, 2005 2005-2006 Japanese National Championships Senior - 3
December 16 – 18, 2005 2005-2006 ISU Grand Prix Final Senior - 1
November 17–20, 2005 2005 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard Senior - 1
November 2–6, 2005 2005 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China Senior - 2
2004–2005 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
February 26 - March 3,
2005 World Junior Championships Junior 1
December 24–26, 2004. 2004-2005 Japanese National Championships Senior - 4
December 2–5, 2004 2004-2005 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior - 1
September 29 - October 3,
2004 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Ukraine Junior - 1
September 9–12, 2004 2004 ISU Junior Grand Prix, USA Junior - 1
  • Even though she placed second at the 2006 Japanese Nationals, Asada could not go to the Senior Worlds nor the Olympics for not being age eligible in the 2005-2006 Season.
  • QR = Qualifying round; SP = Short program; FS = Free skating


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  2. ^ "Official website news 17/3/06". 
  3. ^ "Official website news in Japanese 17/3/06(The name of the school is written here.)". (Japanese)
  4. ^ Strength In Numbers | Sports | Trends in Japan | Web Japan
  5. ^ "The local news article of Asada entered high school". (Japanese)
  6. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (2008-06-27). "Asada Assumes Azimuth". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  7. ^ Pirkkalainen, Jyrki (2006-03-08). "Davis and White in Third After Compulsory Dance". U.S. Figure Skating. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  8. ^ Crystal Report Viewer
  9. ^ Asada takes 1st gold in women's event at world championships in figure skating - Japan News Review
  10. ^ a b "Figure skater Asada seeks 'supreme smile' before Olympics". Google AFP. 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  11. ^ Short program protocol
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^ ""Iced By The Rules," San Diego Union-Tribune article about Mao Asada". Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  15. ^ "Asada, with two triple Axels, not going to Olympics". Daily Times Pakistan. 2005-12-30. Retrieved 2008-07-26 Starting with the 2007–2008 season, criteria for judging jump take-off and landing technique were made more rigorous, and Asada began to be penalized for under-rotating her jumps and for change-of-edge errors on her Lutz jump, colloquially called a "flutz.". 
  16. ^ 2008 NHK Trophy protocol
  17. ^ a b 2008-2009 GPF protocol
  18. ^ ISU Junior Worlds QF
  19. ^ "World champion Asada to train with Tarasova". International Herald Tribune. June 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  20. ^ Figure skating: Asada parts with coach, moves back to Japan+ - AOL News
  21. ^ Mao Asada official website-sponsorships

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Simple English

Mao Asada (born September 25, 1990) is a figure skater from Japan. She is a former World Figure Skating Champion (2008) and is ranked no. 3 by ISU. She won the Japanese national championships in 2007 and 2008 after winning two silver medals in a row. She is the 2005 World Junior Champion. She won the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Her older sister Mai Asada is also a high-level skater.

Asada was a child prodigy. She landed her first triple axel in competition while still at the junior level. She is one of five female figure skaters who have ever landed that jump in international competition.

Asada won won everything on the Junior level in the 2004-2005 season. The next season was the Olympic season. Asada would be too young to compete at the 2006 Olympics. But the Japanese skating federation thought there was not a good reason to keep her at the Junior level when she had already won everything. Asada was old enough for the Grand Prix, but not for senior level ISU championships. Asada went into the Grand Prix without any of the pressure that was on the other skaters who were old enough to go the Olympics and were trying to qualify for spots on their country's Olympic team. Able to compete without pressure, Asada won the Grand Prix Final in December 2005.

Following her win, the Japanese skating federation petitioned the International Olympic Committee to make an exception to the age rule for Asada, claiming that depriving her of a chance to compete at the 2006 Olympics would be denying a medal contender a chance to compete. However, this petition, even if it had worked, would have been too late. Other skaters had been effected by the age rule. The South Korean skating federation, for example, held Kim Yu-Na back in juniors for the 2005-2006 season, even though she could have competed successfully on the Grand Prix, because she also was not old enough for the Olympics, and because of it did not earn a spot to the Olympics at the Olympic Qualifying Competition in the fall of 2005. Asada had been a force in Japanese skating for many years, so the federation could have petitioned for an exception years earlier. There had previously been a loophole in eligibility rules regarding the World Championships and medalling at the World Junior Championships, but that loophole had been closed years earlier, and it had never applied to the Olympics.

Instead, Asada went to the World Junior Championships again, where she lost to Kim Yu-Na.

In 2006-2007, Asada's first season being old enough for senior Worlds, she won the silver medal at the World Championships behind fellow Japanese skater Miki Ando.

Mao Asada is known for her amazing flexiblity. She is known for her one-handed Biellmann spin and her cross-grab Biellmann spiral, in which she uses the hand opposite her leg to hold up her leg in the position. She is consistent with the triple axel.

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