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Mao receives lifetime achievement award

Mao Asada was presented with a special lifetime achievement award at the Japan Skating Federation’s annual awards ceremony Thursday. It was the first award of its kind given out by the JSF. Mao, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics silver medalist and three-time world champion, announced her retirement from figure skating April 10. “I’m overcome with joy […]

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Hanyu looks at raising bar going into Olympic season

Yuzuru Hanyu’s greatness is unquestioned. Olympic champion, world champion, holder of multiple world records, he is quickly becoming the giant of his generation. Now the 22-year-old is planning for the future and examining how he can improve even more. Speaking to the media after his winning free skate at the World Team Trophy on Friday, […]

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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 the month, “has achieved remarkable results and given dreams and hopes […]

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Japan completes wire-to-wire lead to capture second World Team Trophy title

Inspired free skates from Mai Mihara and Wakaba Higuchi in women’s singles powered Japan to the World Team Trophy title on Saturday night at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Both skaters finished their first year on the senior circuits with clean programs before another capacity crowd as the host nation went wire-to-wire to capture its second World […]

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Hanyu, Uno finish 1-2 in men’s free skate at World Team Trophy

Strong free skates from Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno kept Japan in the lead after the second day of the World Team Trophy at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Friday night. Hanyu, who had a calamitous short program on Thursday which saw him finish seventh, rallied to take the free skate with a tally of 200.49 […]

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Uno, Medvedeva triumph in short programs at World Team Trophy

Despite a poor performance by world champion Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan is in first place after the first day of the World Team Trophy on Thursday at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Skating in the final event of the 2016-17 skating season, and just three weeks removed from winning his second world title with an epic free skate […]

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