Meet the beautiful, young Mao Asada, Japanese figure skater. Would you like to learn about her early beginnings, personal life, awards and so much more? Keep reading to get to know her plus take a look at the photos and video below.
Mao was born in Nagoya, Japan on September 25, 1990. Mao and her sister Mai started taking ballet lessons, but subsequently switched to skating in order to get stronger ankle muscles. Once she got on the ice rink there was no turning back. Mao studied as a little kid at the Nagoya International School then Takabari Elementary School and graduated from Takabarai Junior High. Now she is studying at Chukyo University at Nagoya where she still lives.
She started competing in the Nationals Championships in Japan (called Novice) since 2002. When she was older she got into the Juniors championships, she won noticeable places at both. She did the same the next two years that followed, but when she reached the age to be international boundaries she didn’t waste time.
That’s how in 2004 she landed and won at the ISU Junior Grand Prix, won the Japan junior Grand Prix and made it onto the team at the 2005 World Junior Skating championships.
In 2005 Mao was able to compete in the Senior Championships at China where she won the silver, then she won at the annual elite contest Trophee Eric Bompard, the silver at the 2006 Japan Figure Skating Championships, bronze at the 2006 Skate America and set a world record at the NHK trophy, She couldn’t compete at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino because of her age.
In 2007 she won the 2007 Japan Figure Skating event, won at the 2008 Four Continents Championships (the 4 continents of America, Africa, Asia , Oceania). At the 2009; Grand Prix Finals the ended in second. Sadly she took fourth place at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships. In 2010 after a past season where she didn’t do so well, she came back by winning at the 2010 Japan Figure Skating Championships and third place at the 2010 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
Important Facts about Mao Asada.
Her coach is the Russian Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova.
He first triple Axel jump was when she was just 12.
She has several sponsors – United Airlines and Olympus to name a few.
Her rival? Kim Yu-Na.
She went to the 2006 Junior Figure Skating Championships because she couldn’t go to Torino.
Don’t miss the 2010 Winter Olympics with the special performances by Mao Asada, Japanese Figure Skater and meanwhile take a look at some photos and video below.
Mao Asada Video
Photos: Wkipedia.org/ David W. Carmichael, Wikipedia.org/Uwe Langer, Wikipedia.org/Caroline Paré