Extra! Korea

December 23, 2009

This weekend’s competition is Mao Asada’s last chance to go to the Olympics

Filed under: sports — extrakorea @ 11:51 pm

What a difference a year makes. At last year’s Grand Prix, Mao Asada defeated Kim Yu-na and was touted as Kim’s greatest potential rival for the gold medal at the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Now, after an abysmal few months, the 2008 World Champion will have to fight just to get onto the Olympic team. The Japanese national championships begin tomorrow (Friday), and Mao will have to win one of the two spots available. (There are three spots, but one has already been guaranteed to 2007 World Champion Miki Ando due to her second-place performance at this year’s Grand Prix.)

Japan’s figure skating icon Mao Asada will have her final chance to earn a ticket to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver with the start on Friday of the Japanese national championships.

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Meanwhile, Kim [Yu-na] had some words of encouragement for her rival in a recent interview. “I know Asada is going through tough time, but I’m sure that she’ll come to the Olympics,” she said.

Edit/Update:

She won and will go to Vancouver.

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1 Comment »

  1. […] Previously, I had written about how the Japanese Championships, which took place this past weekend, were Mao Asada’s last chance to go to the 2010 Winter Olympics, due to the bad year that she’s been having. Well, she’s […]

    Pingback by Mao Asada has won the Japanese Championship and is going to the Olympics « Extra! Korea — December 28, 2009 @ 12:02 am


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