Mao Asada retained her NHK Trophy title

29 Nov

Mao Asada captured her first gold in the Grand Prix circuit by winning the NHK Trophy, in front of her delighted fans. She won by a margin of more than 23 points over the silver medalist, Akiko Suzuki and Yukari Nakano, who took home the bronze medal.

Mao Asada of Japan competes in the women's free skating at the NHK Trophy Figure Skating in Tokyo, Saturday, Nov. 29. 2008. Asada won the gold medal i

Mao Adasa performing a spiral sequence during her long program

This was the best performance by Mao so far after a rather dissappointing weekend at Paris during Trophee Eric Bompard. She overcame the difficulty to execute her jumps, and judging from the judges score at ISU.org, she had overcome the edge problem which had haunted her last season.

Japanese figure skaters from left, silver medalist Akiko Suzuki, gold medalist Mao Asada, and bronze medalist, Yukari Nakano smile during an awarding

From left, Akiko Suzuki, Mao Asada and Yukari Nakano, all from Japan posing with their respective medals.

Following this event, Mao Asada and Yukari Nakano qualified for ISU Grand Prix Final which will he held in Korea this December, alongside Kim Yuna from Korea, Joannie Rochette of Canada, Carolina Kostner of Italy and Miki Ando of Japan.

Tomorrow, the rivalry between the men figure skaters will continue in long program. Will Johnny Weir make it to the final? Let’s all wait and see.

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