It is rare for an athlete to make history the first time they embark on a new level in their career. Usually they settle in, bide their time, and work their way up. But one aspiring Japanese skater has a different plan for the upcoming season. Moa Iwano, a 13-year-old from Kobe, who finished second […]
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Shoma Uno claimed his first national title, came close to winning the world championships this past season and is likely to be one of the top contenders at the Pyeongchang Olympics next February. But the teenager is taking it one step at a time, saying the 2018 Winter Games will just be one chapter of […]
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 […]
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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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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Figure skater Kanako Murakami appeared in a competitive event on Sunday for the final time, when she skated as a guest in Sunday’s exhibition at the World Team Trophy in Tokyo. When introducing Murakami, the announcement at Yoyogi Gymnasium said it will be her final performance as an active skater. The 22-year-old, dressed in a […]