2008/02/17

Mao Asada Takes Flight On Ice

21st century ice skating plus 19th century Chopin's "Fantasie Impromptu" equals a winner. Japan's Mao Asada took the Gold in the Four Continents ice skating championships held in Goyang, South Korea on Saturday. Her flawless and seemingly effortless triple axel and triple loop were absolutely breathtaking. Enjoy.



In addition to this achievement, making her the 2008 Four Continents Champion, she is the 2007 World silver medalist and the 2007 & 2008 Japanese national champion. 17 year old Asada is currently ranked first in the world in ladies singles. Her slender form and grace belie the tremendous power behind her performance. She makes it all seem so easy, and never lets up to the very last. No rest for the talented though - next month she will compete in the International Skating Union (ISU) World Figure Skating Championship in Sweden.

8 comments:

Don Snabulus said...

Beautiful skating. If she stays healthy, Asada should exceed the accomplishments of Midori Ito. I wish her health and luck!

The Moody Minstrel said...

Japanese figure skating has really been producing some quality competitors in recent years. Yuki Ando was the fourth place finisher in that same competition only because she had one unfortunate brick during her final routine. Don't forget that the gold medalist in the last winter Olympics (which Mao was just too young to attend) was Shizuka Arakawa, another Japanese. They're really on a streak.

ladybug said...

I hope we'll be seeing her in the next Winter Olympics...that and the Summer ones are about the only sports I watch.

Pandabonium said...

Snabby - Midori Ito is a hard act to follow, but I agree.

Moody - I almost included Ando's performance, but the fall was too sad to watch. She is a great skater too.

Ladybug - Me too. Lack of a TV has made watching Olympic games a problem for me, though I was so turned off by the commercial domination of the ones in Utah, it made me choke. Sigh. It would be nice to have them on cable with no commercials and also be able to turn off the commentary without losing sound - most of these guys don't know when to shut up. (Like that'll happen).

ladybug said...

Panda-I concur! When the Summer Olympics in Greece was on, I actually shut off the sound because I was tired of Katie Couric et al jibber-jabbering over the competitions...

Also, I seem to remember alot less commentary, alot more showing of ALL competitors from ALL countries (even the preliminary runs), and of course, just regular commercials.
Now it seems we only hear about American athletes, with alot of stupid personal "trivia"and non-stop talking.

That's the only time I'd like to get cable and/or dish and the special overseas channels that show everything like the old days...but you've been watching for alot longer than me, so you'd probably seen more changes!

The Moody Minstrel said...

I still can't get over the opening ceremony debacle here in Japan for the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002. TV coverage of the event consisted of maybe a cumulative total of a minute or two of actually showing the ceremony with the remainder concentrating on the totally unnecessary (but still standard in Japan) celebrity guest panel and their annoyingly inane prattle. There was so much of a public outrage over that...mainly among the expat communities...that things were a bit better in 2004 and 2006.

Emphasis the "a bit".

Pandabonium said...

Moody - that's ridiculous. The sponsor and teevee people know how much we want to watch, and since they have a monopoly on it abuse us. The Olympic committee ought to make it a requirement that public television - in countries which have it - can cover the games. Of course, the money interests would never allow such a thing.

Martin J Frid said...

Of course, with Youtube, we will bypass the inane prattle and get to see the great athletes. All it takes is some clever blogging.