Apr 24, 2017

Mao to receive honorary citizen award from Aichi Prefecture

The Aichi prefectural government said Monday it has created an honorary citizen award and selected recently retired figure skater Mao Asada as the first recipient. The 26-year-old native of Nagoya and silver medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, who announced her retirement earlier in ...

'No regrets' as Mao bids farewell

Apr 12, 2017

'No regrets' as Mao bids farewell

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Mao Asada graciously answered every question she was asked during a news conference on Wednesday, her first public appearance since announcing her retirement from figure skating two days earlier in a post on her blog. Speaking in a large ballroom at a Tokyo hotel, ...

Mao Asada fans, older sister express shock over retirement

Apr 11, 2017

Mao Asada fans, older sister express shock over retirement

Fans across the nation expressed shock Monday night after hearing beloved figure skater Mao Asada, the 26-year-old long-time face of Japanese figure skating, was retiring as a competitor. “I’ll never forget how she won a silver medal in the (2010) Vancouver Olympics,” said 19-year-old ...