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Fame has come late for Ayaka Hosoda, but she acknowledges that is better than it never having come at all.

The Kansai University student grabbed the headlines at the Japan Championships in December by landing three triple axels at the age of 23 while competing against the nation’s biggest stars. So great was her impact that one of her coaches, Yamato Tamura, referred to her as “the MVP of this event” despite her finishing eighth.

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