Mao to take year off from skating

May 19, 2014

Mao to take year off from skating

Figure skater Mao Asada will take a season off from competitive skating and says there is a 50 percent chance she will return to the sport. Speaking at a news conference Monday, Mao said she is mentally and physically tired and wants a chance ...

Feb 22, 2014

Sotnikova inspired by watching Mao

Newly crowned Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova has revealed that she had been inspired by Mao Asada in her journey toward Winter Games’ gold. Mao’s bid to give Japan a second figure skating gold in Sochi fell foul of her trademark triple Axel jump on ...

Remarks on Asada misconstrued, Mori says

Feb 22, 2014

Remarks on Asada misconstrued, Mori says

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori said Friday his remarks about figure skater Mao Asada, who placed a disappointing sixth in the women’s singles competition at the Sochi Games, were taken out of context. Mori, chairman of the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic ...

Mori criticizes Asada, draws international fire

Feb 21, 2014

Mori criticizes Asada, draws international fire

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, the head of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic organizing committee, came under fire Friday after he criticized Japanese figure skater Mao Asada’s performance in the women’s short program at the Sochi Olympics. The two-time world champion finished 16th in Wednesday’s short ...