Extra! Korea

December 28, 2009

Mao Asada has won the Japanese Championship and is going to the Olympics

Filed under: sports — extrakorea @ 12:02 am

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 laid all of those bad performances to rest, at least for now. She’s won the Japanese Championships and the right to represent her country in Vancouver.

With a slim, 0.22-point lead from the short programme, she scored her personal best 135.50 points in free skating to win with a total 204.62, in a warning to longtime rival and reigning world champion Kim Yu-Na of South Korea. Asada’s total was also her personal best and closed up on the world record of 210.03 points Kim set in beating Asada into second place at the season-opening Grand Prix in Paris in October.


There’s more from the Chosun Ilbo:

The road to recovery was not easy. Her coach, the legendary Tatiana Tarasova, did not come to Japan, where Asada is based, as she had other skaters to teach in Russia. Asada therefore had to practice and make some alterations to her programs with an assistant coach at the ice rink of Chukyo University in Aichi Prefecture for two months. She simplified the steps leading into her jumps, and the strategy worked.

Her coach didn’t come and help her when she was on the very cusp of not going to the Olympics?


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