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A Hero of the Moment: Dissecting the Popularity of Asada MaoInamasu Tatsuo

Headlines across Japan blared the news of Asada Mao’s retirement following the figure skater’s announcement in an April 10 blog post that she was hanging up her skates after more than a decade on the ice. At a press conference two days later, the 26-year-old Asada made her decision official amid blinding flashes and a cacophony of camera shutters. Born in 1990, Asada skated onto the scene as a …

Retiring Figure Skater Asada Has No Regrets about Career (News)

Tokyo, April 12 (Jiji Press)—Japanese figure skating icon Asada Mao, who shocked the country with her abrupt announcement of retirement from competitive skating this week, said Wednesday she made the right decision to end her career. "I've done all I can and feel fine," Asada, 26, said with her signature radiant smile at a press conference. Figure skater Asada Mao talks at a press conference…

Figure Skating Icon Asada Mao Retiring (News)

Tokyo, April 11 (Jiji Press)—Japanese figure skater Asada Mao, a silver medalist in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and three-time world champion, is retiring from competitive skating. Asada Mao acknowledges the cheers of the crowd after receiving her silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver on February 25, 2010. (© Jiji) In her blog posting on Monday, Asada, 26, said, “I’ve made a deci…

Timeline for May 2015

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Timeline for February 2014

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Asada Mao’s Skating Comeback Wins HeartsYanai Yumiko

The moment her performance finished, Asada Mao looked up and burst into tears. Then, in the midst of thunderous applause, she gave a little nod and with a beaming smile lifted her hands to the crowd. Asada’s poor showing in the short program on the first day of the ladies’ single skating event in Sochi had left her well behind the field in sixteenth place. She bounced back in the following day’…

Japan’s Gold Medal Hopefuls at SochiYanai Yumiko

The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics is set to be held on February 7 in the Russian city of Sochi, on the Black Sea coast. It is the first Olympic Games to be held since the announcement was made in 2013 that Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 summer games. Hashimoto Seiko, the head of Japan’s Olympic delegation, pledged that the Japanese athletes would aim to top Japan’s record medal tally at…

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