Extra! Korea

January 31, 2010

Mao Asada wins Four Continents Championships, dances to “Abracadabra”

Filed under: sports — extrakorea @ 2:50 pm

Mao Asada has been in a slump. Once touted as Kim Yu-na’s greatest rival for the gold medal at the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympics, she had to fight just for a berth on her country’s Olympic team. She came to this week’s Four Continents Championships to try to turn a new page. At first, things didn’t look good, as she finished third after the short program. However, she did very well on Friday’s long program to take the title at the last major competition before the Olympics.

When Kim was told that Asada had not qualified for the Grand Prix final, Kim fought to hold back a smile. But now, that schadenfreude is likely vanishing. Just when it counts the most, Asada appears to be on the upswing.

Kim’s such a sweetie that I find it hard to imagine her behaving like that, and I bet that her heart would be filled with rainbows and sunshine for Mao if she saw her performing “Abracadabra” at the exhibition performance.

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