Mao Asada http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31644/all en Figure skating: Asada nails triple axel to lead 4 Continents http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/figure-skating-asada-nails-triple-axel-lead-4-continents-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Former world champion Mao Asada landed a risky triple axel for the first time in two years to lead Japan's 1-2-3 finish in the short programme at the Four Continents championships Saturday.</p> <p>Skating to the tune of "I Got Rhythm" by George Gershwin, the 2008 and 2010 world champion opened her routine with the highly demanding 3.5-revolution jump before nailing a triple-double combination and a triple loop.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/figure-skating-asada-nails-triple-axel-lead-4-continents-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Axel jump Figure skating Mao Asada Mao Asada AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 12:45:12 +0000 5750948 at http://www.globalpost.com Figure skating: Asada leads Japan sweep at Four Continents http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/figure-skating-asada-leads-japan-sweep-at-four-continents <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Former world champion Mao Asada led Japan's medal sweep in the women's singles at the Four Continents championships, remaining unbeaten with five wins in the pre-Olympic season.</p> <p>Cushioned by a comfortable lead from the short programme and skating to Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake", the 2012 Grand Prix Final winner topped the free skating table with 130.96 points for a two-day total of 205.45.</p> <p>Akiko Suzuki, the 2012 world bronze medallist, marked the second best free-skate sore of 124.43 points to finish second overall with 190.08.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/figure-skating-asada-leads-japan-sweep-at-four-continents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Figure skating Kanako Murakami Mao Asada Mao Asada AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:00:37 +0000 5751628 at http://www.globalpost.com Figure skating: Asada leads Japan sweep at Four Continents http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/figure-skating-asada-leads-japan-sweep-at-four-continents-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Former world champion Mao Asada led Japan's medal sweep in the women's singles at the Four Continents championships, remaining unbeaten with five wins in the pre-Olympic season.</p> <p>Cushioned by a comfortable lead from the short programme and skating to Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake", the 2012 Grand Prix Final winner topped the free skating table with 130.96 points for a two-day total of 205.45.</p> <p>Akiko Suzuki, the 2012 world bronze medallist, marked the second best free-skate score of 124.43 points to finish second overall with 190.08.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/figure-skating-asada-leads-japan-sweep-at-four-continents-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Figure skating Kim Yu-Na Mao Asada Mao Asada AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:30:31 +0000 5751637 at http://www.globalpost.com Figure skating: Asada leads Japan sweep at Four Continents http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/figure-skating-asada-leads-japan-sweep-at-four-continents-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Former two-time world champion Mao Asada led Japan's medal sweep in the women's singles at the Four Continents championships, remaining unbeaten with five wins in the pre-Olympic season.</p> <p>Cushioned by a comfortable lead from the short programme and skating to Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake", the 2012 Grand Prix Final winner topped the free skating table with 130.96 points for a two-day total of 205.45.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/figure-skating-asada-leads-japan-sweep-at-four-continents-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Figure skating Kim Yu-Na Mao Asada Mao Asada AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:31:09 +0000 5751669 at http://www.globalpost.com (Sports) Japan's Asada wins ladies' gold medal in ISU GP Finals http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131207/sports-japans-asada-wins-ladies-gold-medal-isu-gp-finals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Sports) Japan's Asada wins ladies' gold medal in ISU GP Finals</p> <p>TOKYO, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Japanese player Mao Asada on Saturday won the gold medal of ladies figure skating in the International Skating Union Grand Prix Finals, marking her second straight ISU Grand Prix Final championship and the fourth of her career.</p> <p>With a 3.98-point lead after short program on Thursday, Asada gained 131.66 points in the free skating and held 204.02 points in total to claim the champion.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131207/sports-japans-asada-wins-ladies-gold-medal-isu-gp-finals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Figure skating Figure skating competitions Mao Asada Mao Asada Xinhua News Agency Sat, 07 Dec 2013 16:47:16 +0000 6012753 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Asada all set for figure skate gold showdown http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140205/olympics-asada-all-set-figure-skate-gold-showdown <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japanese figure skater Mao Asada said Wednesday she was all set for another Olympic showdown with South Korean rival Kim Yu-Na, who beat her for gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games.</p> <p>"The time has come. That's how I feel," Asada, the 2008 and 2010 world champion, told reporters at Tokyo's Narita airport before leaving for Russia.</p> <p>"My physical fitness and skating have been very good since the start of the year. I will adjust my condition after arriving in Sochi and go out competing with a positive attitude."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140205/olympics-asada-all-set-figure-skate-gold-showdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Figure skating Kim Yu-Na Kim Yu-Na Mao Asada Mao Asada AFP Wed, 05 Feb 2014 09:21:56 +0000 6061993 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan's sports minister plays down ex-PM Mori's remarks on Asada http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140221/japans-sports-minister-plays-down-ex-pm-moris-remarks- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Japan's sports minister Hakubun Shimomura on Friday downplayed remarks by former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori that were viewed as being critical of the country's star figure skater Mao Asada, who failed to win a medal at the Sochi Games.</p> <p> However, new Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe, who departed for Sochi the same day to attend the closing ceremony of the Winter Games, called Mori's remarks troubling and said he intends to advise Mori to refrain from such comments in the future.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2014 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140221/japans-sports-minister-plays-down-ex-pm-moris-remarks-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Figure skating Mao Asada Mao Asada Politics Politics of Japan Kyodo News International Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:17:28 +0000 6076922 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympic: Sotnikova inspired by battling Asada http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140222/olympic-sotnikova-inspired-battling-asada <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Newly-crowned Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova has revealed that she had been inspired by Japanese star Mao Asada in her journey towards Winter Games' gold. </p> <p>As Sotnikova, 17, glided to her first major title, 23-year-old Asada was competing in her last Games. </p> <p>Asada's bid to give Japan a second figure skating gold in Sochi fell foul of her trademark triple Axel jump on Wednesday -- leaving her in 16th position after the first night of the competition. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140222/olympic-sotnikova-inspired-battling-asada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Adelina Sotnikova Adelina Sotnikova Figure skating Mao Asada Mao Asada AFP Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:31:17 +0000 6077836 at http://www.globalpost.com Figure skating: Asada to sit out competition next year http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140519/figure-skating-asada-sit-out-competition-next-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japanese figure skating world champion Mao Asada said Monday she will sit out competitive events next season but will take part in potentially lucrative commercial ice shows in the coming months.</p> <p>But Asada, the runner-up to South Korean star Kim Yu-Na at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, kept fans and skating officials guessing about her retirement, saying there was a "50-50 chance" of her going back to competition later.</p> <p>"I would like to stay away from all competitions this coming season," Asada told reporters.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140519/figure-skating-asada-sit-out-competition-next-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Figure skating Kim Yu-Na Mao Asada Mao Asada AFP Mon, 19 May 2014 11:20:28 +0000 6150598 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan's Asada to sit out next season, think about retirement http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140519/japans-asada-sit-out-next-season-think-about-retirement <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Elaine Lies</p> <p>TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese figure skater Mao Asada, the veteran of two winter Olympic Games, plans to sit out the 2014-2015 competitive season but remains unsure about retirement and wants to take the year to think about her future plans.</p> <p>Asada, who took a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, had been tipped as a top contender for gold in Sochi this year but had a disastrous short program, although she rebounded with a strong free skate that left her in sixth place overall.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140519/japans-asada-sit-out-next-season-think-about-retirement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Figure skating Kim Yu-Na Mao Asada Mao Asada Thomson Reuters Mon, 19 May 2014 12:51:19 +0000 6150780 at http://www.globalpost.com