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Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

ese figure skater.

She is the 2010 Winter Olympic silver medalist, the 2008 & 2010 World champion
World Figure Skating Championships
The World Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion...

, the 2008 & 2010 Four Continents champion, a two-time (2005–2006 & 2008–2009) Grand Prix Final champion
Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final
The Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final is an international, senior-level figure skating competition. It is the culmination of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. Skaters compete in men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing....

, the 2005 World Junior champion
World Junior Figure Skating Championships
The World Junior Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union in which younger figure skaters compete for the title of World Junior Champion...

, the 2004–2005 Junior Grand Prix Final champion
ISU Junior Grand Prix
The ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating is a series of international invitational junior level competitions organized by the International Skating Union. Junior figure skaters compete in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing...

 and a four-time (2006–2009) Japanese national champion.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics
2010 Winter Olympics
The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially the XXI Olympic Winter Games or the 21st Winter Olympics, were a major international multi-sport event held from February 12–28, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events held in the suburbs of Richmond, West Vancouver and the University...

, she became the first woman to land three triple axel jumps in the same competition.

Personal life


Mao Asada was born in Nagoya, Aichi
Nagoya, Aichi
is the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan.Located on the Pacific coast in the Chūbu region on central Honshu, it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan's major ports along with those of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, Chiba, and Moji...

, Japan. She was named after the Japanese actress Mao Daichi. She attended Nagoya International School until the middle of 1st grade. After transferring, she graduated from Takabari Elementary School and Takabaridai Junior High. She received her high school diploma from Chukyo University Chukyo High School on March 15, 2009. After that, she enrolled in Chukyo University.

Her sister Mai Asada
Mai Asada
is a Japanese figure skater. She was the 2004–2005 Japanese junior national silver medalist.Mai Asada studied ballet before taking up skating at the age of eight or nine....

 (two years older) is also a figure skater and finished 6th at the 2006 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
2006 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
The 2006 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships were the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships for the 2005/2006 season. Commonly abbreviated "4CC", they are an annual figure skating competition in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of Four Continents Champion. Skaters...

. She is now skating in shows.

Early career


Mao Asada originally studied ballet, but in 1995 switched to figure skating, when her sister, Mai Asada
Mai Asada
is a Japanese figure skater. She was the 2004–2005 Japanese junior national silver medalist.Mai Asada studied ballet before taking up skating at the age of eight or nine....

, also switched from ballet to skating.

She won the Japanese Novice National championships in the 2002–2003 season, and earned an invitation to compete at the Junior National championships, where she placed 4th. She also competed in the Senior National championships and placed 7th.

In the 2003–2004 season, Asada repeated the same placements at the Novice and Junior level and placed 8th at the Senior Nationals. She competed in the Mladost Trophy, the first international event of her career, and won it.

2004–2005 season


In the 2004–2005 season, Asada was internationally Junior age eligible. She competed in the ISU Junior Grand Prix, which is the Junior complement to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. She won both of her events. She, then, won the Junior Grand Prix Final with an overall score 35.08 points ahead of the silver medalist, Kim Yu-Na. Asada won the Japanese Junior National championships and qualified for the team of the 2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
The World Junior Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition. The event is open to figure skaters from ISU member nations who have reached the age of 13 by July 1 of the previous year, but have not yet turned 19. The upper age limit for men competing in pairs and dance is 21...

. The Junior National silver medalist that year was her sister, Mai Asada. Mai had placed ahead of Mao Asada in the two previous years.

Mao Asada's win earned her an invitation to the Senior National championships, where she won the silver medal. Asada was not sent to the 2005 World Championships because she was not old enough. At the Junior World Championships, she won with a 20.31 lead over the silver medalist Kim Yu-Na.

2005–2006 season


Having won everything on the Junior level, Asada moved to the senior level for the 2005–2006 season and competed on the Grand Prix circuit. This choice was made knowing that Asada would not be eligible to compete at the 2006 Winter Olympics
2006 Winter Olympics
The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in Turin, Italy from February 10, 2006, through February 26, 2006. This marked the second time Italy hosted the Olympic Winter Games, the first being the VII Olympic Winter...

, because the age standards for the Olympic and ISU championship competitions were different from those for the Grand Prix.

Asada competed on the Senior Grand Prix circuit for the first time in November 2005 at the 2005 Cup of China
2005 Cup of China
The Cup of China is an international, senior-level invitation-only figure skating competition organized by the Chinese Skating Association. It is part of the ISU Grand Prix. The location changes yearly...

. She won the silver medal, and placed exactly 3 points ahead of future 2006 Olympic Champion Shizuka Arakawa
Shizuka Arakawa
is a Japanese figure skater.She is the 2006 Olympic Champion in Ladies Singles and the 2004 World Champion. Arakawa is the first Japanese skater to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating and the second Japanese skater to win any Olympic medal in figure skating, after Midori Ito, who won silver...

. Asada, then, won her second event, the 2005 Trophée Eric Bompard
2005 Trophée Eric Bompard
Trophée Eric Bompard is an annual elite figure skating competition which takes place annually in Paris, France. It is the fourth of six events in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The competition is named after the Eric Bompard company, which has been its chief sponsor since 2004...

, by a 7.30 point margin over silver medalist Sasha Cohen
Sasha Cohen
Alexandra Pauline "Sasha" Cohen is a U.S. figure skater. She is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World Championship medalist, the 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion, and the 2006 U.S. Champion.-Personal life:...

, who would later go on to win the silver medal at the 2006 Olympics. The gold medal in Paris and silver from China qualified Asada for the 2005–2006 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. She won the event with a 8.14 margin of victory over silver medalist Irina Slutskaya, who would go on to win the bronze medal at the 2006 Olympics.

At the 2005–2006 Japan Figure Skating Championships, Asada won the silver medal behind Fumie Suguri
Fumie Suguri
is a Japanese figure skater. She is a five-time Japanese National Champion, a three-time World Championship medalist, a three-time Four Continents Champion and the 2003-2004 Grand Prix Final Champion.-Personal life:Suguri was born in Chiba, Chiba, Japan...

. At that competition, Asada became the first lady to land two triple axels
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 during a free skate program
Free skating
The free skating competition of figure skating, sometimes called the "free skate" or "long program", is usually the second of two phases in major figure skating competitions in single skating and pair skating. It is the longer of the two programs, the other one being the Short Program...

. She was not sent to the Olympics because she was not old enough. She was sent to the 2006 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
2006 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
The World Junior Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition. The 2006 competition took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from March 6–12, 2006...

, where she was the reigning champion competing against Junior Grand Prix Final Champion Kim Yu-Na. Asada placed second at the competition, placing 24.19 points behind gold medalist Kim, and 18.21 points ahead of bronze medalist Christine Zukowski
Christine Zukowski
Christine Zukowski is an American figure skater. She is the 2006 World Junior bronze medalist....

. At this competition, Asada became the first lady to land a triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 in the short program at an ISU championship.

2006–2007 season


At her first event, the 2006 Skate America
2006 Skate America
Skate America is an international, senior-level invitation-only figure skating competition organized by the United States Figure Skating Association. It was the first competition of six of the 2006–2007 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating...

, Asada won the bronze medal behind Miki Ando
Miki Ando
is a Japanese figure skater. She is the 2007 and 2011 World Champion, 2011 Four Continents Champion, 2004 World Junior Champion, and a three-time Japanese National Champion....

 and Kimmie Meissner
Kimmie Meissner
Kimberly Claire "Kimmie" Meissner is an American figure skater. She is the 2006 World Champion, the 2007 U.S. National Champion, and the 2007 Four Continents Champion...

. Asada had won the short program, but was fourth in the long program to score 171.23 points. She was 21.36 points out of first place. Asada won her second event, the 2006 NHK Trophy
2006 NHK Trophy
The NHK Trophy is an international, senior-level invitation-only figure skating competition. Elite figure skaters compete in the disciplines of ladies' singles, men's singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The location changes yearly...

 with 199.52 points, by a margin of victory of 20.21 points ahead of Fumie Suguri. At the NHK Trophy, Asada set a new world record for highest combined score in a Ladies competition under the ISU Judging System
ISU Judging System
The ISU Judging System , is the scoring system on the event and on the level of competition. At the senior international level, single and pairs short programs contain eight technical elements. The actual eight elements are detailed for single skaters in ISU rule 310...

. Asada went into the 2006-2007 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final
2006-2007 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final
The Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final is an elite figure skating competition event. Its name is often abbreviated "Grand Prix Final". Skaters competed in men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing....

 as the reigning and defending champion. She placed second behind gold medalist Kim Yu-Na with 172.52 points, by a margin of 11.68. Asada had won the short program, but as at Skate America, placed fourth in the long program.

Asada won the 2006–2007 Japan Figure Skating Championships by 26.11 points ahead of Miki Ando and 32.04 points ahead of Yukari Nakano
Yukari Nakano
is a former competitive figure skater for Japan.She is the 2007 Asian Winter Games champion, the 2006 Four Continents silver medalist, 2003 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 2005-2006 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, and a three-time Japanese bronze medalist.She is one of the five ladies...

. At the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships
2007 World Figure Skating Championships
The World Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion. This event is considered the most prestigious of the ISU Championships. Skaters compete in the...

, Asada was fifth in the short program, 10.03 points behind Kim Yu-Na, who placed first in that section of the competition. Asada won the free skate with a score of 133.13 points, setting a new world record for the highest free skate score, a record which stood for eight months. She won the silver medal earning an overall of 194.95 points, 0.64 behind gold medalist Miki Ando and 8.31 ahead of Kim Yu-Na, who won the bronze.

2007–2008 season



In 2007–2008 season, she competed for the first time at the 2007 Skate Canada International
2007 Skate Canada International
The Skate Canada International is an international, senior-level invitation-only figure skating competition. It is part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating...

. She won the event ahead of Nakano, after being third in the short program and first in the long program. Asada won her second gold medal of the Grand Prix season and her second Trophée Eric Bompard gold at the 2007 Trophée Eric Bompard
2007 Trophée Eric Bompard
Trophée Eric Bompard is an annual elite figure skating competition which takes place annually in Paris, France. It is the fourth of six events in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The competition is named after the Eric Bompard company, which has been its chief sponsor since 2004...

. She advanced to the 2007–2008 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. In the short program, Asada did not do the jump out of footwork required element and earned a score of 59.04 in that segment of the competition, placing last in that part of the event. She won the free skate with 132.55 points and won the silver medal overall even with the large mistake in the short program with 191.59 points, only 5.24 behind gold medalist Kim Yu-Na, who repeated as champion. Asada was 12.66 points ahead of bronze medalist Carolina Kostner
Carolina Kostner
Carolina Kostner is an Italian figure skater. She is a three-time World medalist , a three-time European champion , a three-time Grand Prix Final medalist , the 2003 World Junior bronze medalist, and a six-time Italian Champion.-Personal life:Carolina Kostner was born...

.

As in the previous year, Asada won the 2007–2008 Japan Figure Skating Championships with 205.33 points, with a very small lead of 1.15 points ahead of silver medalist and reigning World Champion Miki Ando. The team of Asada, Ando, and Nakano was declared for the World Championships and the team of Asada, Ando, and Suguri was for the Four Continents Championships. This was Asada's first time competing at the Four Continents Championships
Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
The Four Continents Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition. The International Skating Union established it in 1999 to provide skaters representing non-European countries with a similar competition to the much older European Figure Skating Championships and a chance...

. Asada won both segments of the 2008 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
2008 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
The 2008 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships are the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships for the 2007/2008 season. Commonly abbreviated "4CC", they are an annual figure skating competition in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of Four Continents Champion. Skaters...

 to finish 13.71 points ahead of silver medalist Joannie Rochette
Joannie Rochette
Joannie Rochette is a Canadian figure skater. She is the 2010 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2009 World silver medalist, the 2008 and 2009 Four Continents silver medalist, the 2004 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, and a six-time Canadian national champion.-Personal life:Rochette was born in...

. Having left her coach before the Four Continents Championships, Asada competed there and at the World Championships without a coach. An official from the Japan Skating Federation accompanied her as needed.

On March 20, 2008, at the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships
2008 World Figure Skating Championships
The 2008 World Figure Skating Championships was the World Figure Skating Championships of the 2007–2008 figure skating season. The World Championships are an annual figure skating competition in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion. The event was open to figure skaters...

, Asada placed 2nd both in the short program and free skate to place first overall and win the title of World Champion. She was second in the short program with 64.10 points, 0.18 behind Carolina Kostner. In the long program, she fell at the beginning of her performance on her triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 attempt, so that element was not taken on account in the technical pannel and she had only the compulsory 1.00 point deduction for the fall, earning 121.46 points. She scored a total of 185.56 points, 0.88 ahead of silver medalist Carolina Kostner. Yu-Na Kim, who won the free skate with 123.38 points, 1.92 ahead of Asada, won the bronze medal. Miki Ando withdrew from the competition in the middle of her free skate program with injury. The placements of Asada and Yukari Nakano, who placed fourth overall, qualified Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

 three entries for the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships
2009 World Figure Skating Championships
The 2009 World Figure Skating Championships were the World Figure Skating Championships for the 2008–2009 season. Commonly called "Worlds", they are an annual figure skating competition in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion...

.

2008–2009 season


For the 2008–2009 Grand Prix, Asada had been assigned to the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard
2008 Trophée Eric Bompard
The 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard was the Trophée Eric Bompard Grand Prix competition of the 2008–2009 figure skating season. It was the fourth event of six in the 2008–2009 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition. It was organized by the Federation...

 and to the 2008 NHK Trophy
2008 NHK Trophy
The 2008 NHK Trophy was the NHK Trophy Grand Prix competition of the 2008–2009 figure skating season. It was the final event of six in the 2008–2009 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition. It was organized by the Japan Skating Federation...

. At the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard, she placed second overall with a score of 167.59 points, 12.54 behind Joannie Rochette, whereas won gold at the 2008 NHK Trophy with 191.13 points, 23.49 more than Akiko Suzuki
Akiko Suzuki
is a Japanese figure skater. She is the 2010 Japanese national silver medalist, the 2010 Four Continents silver medalist, the 2009 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist and the 2007 Winter University Games Champion....

. That victory supposed her the qualification for the 2008–2009 Grand Prix Final.

At the 2008–2009 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Asada placed second in the short program with a score of 65.39 points, behind Kim Yu-Na by a margin of 0.56. With 123.17 points, Asada won the free skate and the competition overall, scoring 188.55 points. Asada made history in the free skate by becoming the first woman to land two triple axels
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 in the same program in an ISU competition, one in combination with a double toe loop.

After her win at the Grand Prix Final, Asada defended her national championship title at the 2008–2009 Japan Figure Skating Championships
2008–2009 Japan Figure Skating Championships
The 2008–2009 Japan Figure Skating Championships will be the Japan Figure Skating Championships for the 2008-2009 figure skating season. They will be the 77th edition of the Japan Figure Skating Championships. Skaters will compete in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies singles, pair skating,...

. In her short program, Asada's second jump in a planned triple flip
Flip jump
The flip jump is a figure skating jump which takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot.-Flip technique:...

-triple loop
Loop jump
The Loop jump is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same backwards outside edge. For a jump with counterclockwise rotation, this is the right back outside edge. It is named from its similarity to the loop compulsory figure. The invention is widely...

 combination was downgraded to a single loop
Loop jump
The Loop jump is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same backwards outside edge. For a jump with counterclockwise rotation, this is the right back outside edge. It is named from its similarity to the loop compulsory figure. The invention is widely...

. She received 65.20 points for her short program and placed second behind Yukari Nakano. Asada landed six triple jumps in her free skate program, but three of them were downgraded, including two triple axels
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 which were judged to be under-rotated. She received 117.15 points for her free skate for a total of 182.45 points overall. Placing second both in the short program and in the free skate, Asada managed to gain enough points to win her third straight national championship.

Asada came into the 2009 Four Continents Championships held in Vancouver
Vancouver
Vancouver is a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. It is the hub of Greater Vancouver, which, with over 2.3 million residents, is the third most populous metropolitan area in the country,...

, Canada as the defending champion. However, she had a short program placing sixth with only 57.86 points in comparison to the leader, Kim Yu-Na, who scored 72.24. Asada rebounded in the free skate to win that portion of the event with 118.66. Her first triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 attempt was popped into a single, but she successfully executed the second, garnering 8.80 points for the jump. She also completed a triple flip
Flip jump
The flip jump is a figure skating jump which takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot.-Flip technique:...

-double loop
Loop jump
The Loop jump is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same backwards outside edge. For a jump with counterclockwise rotation, this is the right back outside edge. It is named from its similarity to the loop compulsory figure. The invention is widely...

-double loop
Loop jump
The Loop jump is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same backwards outside edge. For a jump with counterclockwise rotation, this is the right back outside edge. It is named from its similarity to the loop compulsory figure. The invention is widely...

, a triple loop
Loop jump
The Loop jump is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same backwards outside edge. For a jump with counterclockwise rotation, this is the right back outside edge. It is named from its similarity to the loop compulsory figure. The invention is widely...

, and a triple flip
Flip jump
The flip jump is a figure skating jump which takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot.-Flip technique:...

-double loop
Loop jump
The Loop jump is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same backwards outside edge. For a jump with counterclockwise rotation, this is the right back outside edge. It is named from its similarity to the loop compulsory figure. The invention is widely...

. Her triple toe loop
Toe loop jump
The toe loop is one of the simplest jumps in figure skating. It is usually the second jump learned after the salchow. It is a toe pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same backward outside edge. - Toe loop technique :...

 was downgraded to a double, but she finished the routine with a double axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 and spins
Figure skating spins
Spins are an element in figure skating where the skater rotates, centered on a single point on the ice, while holding one or more body positions. The skater rotates on the part of the blade just behind the toe pick, with the weight on the ball of the foot...

, spirals, and footwork
Step sequence
A step sequence is an element in figure skating. It is a sequence of steps or moves in the field in a prescribed pattern across the ice. The pattern of the step sequences may be a straight line, circular, or serpentine...

. Asada placed third overall in the competition behind Joannie Rochette of Canada who won silver and Kim Yu-Na who won the gold.

At the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships
2009 World Figure Skating Championships
The 2009 World Figure Skating Championships were the World Figure Skating Championships for the 2008–2009 season. Commonly called "Worlds", they are an annual figure skating competition in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion...

, Asada placed third in the short program with 66.06 points. She lost ground on her competitors in the free skate, where she scored 122.03 points and finished off the podium in fourth place with a combined total score of 188.09 points.

Asada then competed at the last ISU event of the 2008–2009 season, the inaugural 2009 World Team Trophy. In the short program she earned 75.84 points, a personal best, and lead the ladies competition. She also carried the long program with 126.03 points, and finished with a winning total score of 201.87, also a personal best. The Japanese team finished third overall at that event, trailing the United States and Canada.

2009–2010 season


For the 2009–2010 Grand Prix series, Asada was assigned to the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard
2009 Trophée Eric Bompard
The 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard was the Trophée Eric Bompard Grand Prix competition of the 2009–2010 figure skating season. It was the first event of six in the 2009–2010 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series. Skaters earned points towards...

 and to the 2009 Rostelecom Cup
2009 Rostelecom Cup
The 2009 Rostelecom Cup was the Cup of Russia Grand Prix competition of the 2009–2010 figure skating season. It was the second event of six in the 2009–2010 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series. Skaters earned points towards qualifying for...

. She had a shaky start to the season finishing 2nd at Trophée Eric Bompard, 36.04 points behind gold medalist Kim Yu-Na. She also finished 5th at Rostelecom Cup after landing just two triple jumps in her free program. After these two performances, she did not qualify for the Grand Prix Final.

Asada won her fourth Japanese national title at the 2009–2010 Japan Figure Skating Championships
2009–2010 Japan Figure Skating Championships
The 2009–2010 Japan Figure Skating Championships was the Japan Figure Skating Championships for the 2009-2010 figure skating season. They were the 78th edition of the Japan Figure Skating Championships. Skaters competed in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies singles, pair skating, and ice...

. She placed first in both the short program with 69.12 points and the free skate with 135.50 points. She won the gold medal overall with a score of 204.62 points, 8.72 points ahead of Akiko Suzuki
Akiko Suzuki
is a Japanese figure skater. She is the 2010 Japanese national silver medalist, the 2010 Four Continents silver medalist, the 2009 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist and the 2007 Winter University Games Champion....

.

At the 2010 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
2010 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
The 2010 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships was the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships for the 2009–2010 season. Skaters competed in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies singles, pair skating, and ice dancing for the title of Four Continents Champion...

, Asada placed third in the short program with 57.22 points after underrotating her triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

, popping a triple flip
Flip jump
The flip jump is a figure skating jump which takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot.-Flip technique:...

 and receiving a timing deduction of 1.00 point. Then she won the free skate with 126.74 points, 11.9 ahead of Akiko Suzuki
Akiko Suzuki
is a Japanese figure skater. She is the 2010 Japanese national silver medalist, the 2010 Four Continents silver medalist, the 2009 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist and the 2007 Winter University Games Champion....

. She won the gold medal overall with a score of 183.96 points, 10.24 points ahead of Suzuki.

From February 23–25 Asada competed in the ladies event at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In the short program on February 23, she executed a triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

-double toe loop
Toe loop jump
The toe loop is one of the simplest jumps in figure skating. It is usually the second jump learned after the salchow. It is a toe pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same backward outside edge. - Toe loop technique :...

, a triple flip
Flip jump
The flip jump is a figure skating jump which takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot.-Flip technique:...

 and a double axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 as well as receiving level fours for all her spins and her spiral sequence. She scored 73.78 points to place second in this phase. In her free skate on February 25, she succeeded in landing two triple axels
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

, but made mistakes on two other jump elements in her program. With 131.72 points from the free skate she won the Olympic silver medal with a combined score of 205.50 points. She earned a Guinness World Record for the most triple axels
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 performed in a competition, one in the short program and two in the free skate.

At the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships
2010 World Figure Skating Championships
The 2010 World Figure Skating Championships were the World Figure Skating Championships for the 2009–2010 season. Commonly called "Worlds", they are an annual figure skating competition in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion...

, she placed second in the short program with 68.08 points, 2.32 behind Mirai Nagasu
Mirai Nagasu
Mirai Aileen Nagasu , born April 16, 1993 is an American figure skater. She is the 2008 U.S. national champion, 2010 U.S. silver medalist, 2011 Four Continents bronze medalist, and 2007–2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion....

 of the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. In her triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

-double toe loop
Toe loop jump
The toe loop is one of the simplest jumps in figure skating. It is usually the second jump learned after the salchow. It is a toe pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same backward outside edge. - Toe loop technique :...

 combination, the triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 was downgraded to a double, but she executed a triple flip
Flip jump
The flip jump is a figure skating jump which takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot.-Flip technique:...

 and a double axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 and received level fours on all her spins and her spiral sequence. She was also second in the free skate with 129.50 points, 0.99 behind Kim Yu-Na, after executing a triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

, a downgraded triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

-double toe loop
Toe loop jump
The toe loop is one of the simplest jumps in figure skating. It is usually the second jump learned after the salchow. It is a toe pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same backward outside edge. - Toe loop technique :...

 combination, a triple flip
Flip jump
The flip jump is a figure skating jump which takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot.-Flip technique:...

-double loop
Loop jump
The Loop jump is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same backwards outside edge. For a jump with counterclockwise rotation, this is the right back outside edge. It is named from its similarity to the loop compulsory figure. The invention is widely...

, a triple loop
Loop jump
The Loop jump is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same backwards outside edge. For a jump with counterclockwise rotation, this is the right back outside edge. It is named from its similarity to the loop compulsory figure. The invention is widely...

, a triple flip
Flip jump
The flip jump is a figure skating jump which takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot.-Flip technique:...

-double loop
Loop jump
The Loop jump is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same backwards outside edge. For a jump with counterclockwise rotation, this is the right back outside edge. It is named from its similarity to the loop compulsory figure. The invention is widely...

-double loop
Loop jump
The Loop jump is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same backwards outside edge. For a jump with counterclockwise rotation, this is the right back outside edge. It is named from its similarity to the loop compulsory figure. The invention is widely...

, a triple toe loop
Toe loop jump
The toe loop is one of the simplest jumps in figure skating. It is usually the second jump learned after the salchow. It is a toe pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same backward outside edge. - Toe loop technique :...

 and a double axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

. Asada won the gold medal with the overall combined score of 197.58 points.

2010–2011 season


For the 2010–2011 ISU Grand Prix season, Asada was assigned to the 2010 NHK Trophy
2010 NHK Trophy
The 2010 NHK Trophy was the NHK Trophy Grand Prix competition of the 2010–2011 season and the first of six events in the 2010–2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series. The event is organized annually by the Japan Skating Federation.The...

 and to the 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard
2010 Trophée Eric Bompard
The 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard was the Trophée Eric Bompard Grand Prix competition of the 2010–2011 season. Organized by the Federation Française des Sports de Glace, it was the last of six events in the 2010–2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational...

. At the 2010 NHK trophy, Asada placed 8th in the short program with 47.95 points. She made errors on all three jump elements. Asada also made mistakes on most jumps in her free skating. She placed 8th in the free skate gathering 85.45 points and 8th overall with 133.40. At the 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard, Asada placed 7th in the short program with 50.10 points, 5th in the free skate with 97.92 points and fifth overall with 148.02 points.

At the 2010 Japan national championships
2010–2011 Japan Figure Skating Championships
The 2010–2011 Japan Figure Skating Championships was the Japan Figure Skating Championships for the 2010–2011 figure skating season. They were 79th edition of the Japan Figure Skating Championships...

 she finished 1st in the short program and second in the free skating for a total score of 193.69 and won the silver medal behind Miki Ando.

At the 2011 ISU Four Continents Championships
2011 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
The 2011 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships was the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships for the 2010–2011 season. Skaters competed in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies singles, pair skating, and ice dancing for the title of Four Continents Champion...

, Asada placed second in the short program with 63.41 points and also second in the free skate with 132.89 points. She won the silver medal overall with a score of 196.30
points, 5.04 points behind gold medalist Miki Ando.

At the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships
2011 World Figure Skating Championships
The 2011 World Figure Skating Championships are the World Figure Skating Championships for the 2010–2011 season. They are an annual figure skating competition in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion....

, Asada placed 7th in the short program, 6th in the free skate and finished 6th overall with 172.79 points.

2011–2012 season


For the 2011–2012 season
2011–2012 figure skating season
The 2011–2012 figure skating season begins on July 1, 2011, and ends on June 30, 2012. During this season, elite skaters will compete on the ISU Championship level at the 2012 European, Four Continents, World Junior, and World Championships...

, Asada has been assigned to the 2011 NHK Trophy
2011 NHK Trophy
The 2011 NHK Trophy will be the NHK Trophy Grand Prix competition of the 2011–2012 season and the fourth of six events in the 2011–2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series. The event is organized annually by the Japan Skating Federation.The...

 and the 2011 Cup of Russia
2011 Cup of Russia
The 2011 Rostelecom Cup was the Cup of Russia Grand Prix competition of the 2011–2012 season. Organized by the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, the event was the last of six in the 2011–2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series.The...

. At the 2011 NHK Trophy
2011 NHK Trophy
The 2011 NHK Trophy will be the NHK Trophy Grand Prix competition of the 2011–2012 season and the fourth of six events in the 2011–2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series. The event is organized annually by the Japan Skating Federation.The...

, Asada placed 3rd in the short program with 58.32 points with her new program to Scheherazade
Scheherazade
Scheherazade , sometimes Scheherazadea, Persian transliteration Shahrazad or Shahrzād is a legendary Persian queen and the storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights.-Narration :...

, choreographed by Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser. Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World...

. She was first in the free skate gathering 184.45 and won the silver medal, 1.79 behind Akiko Suzuki
Akiko Suzuki
is a Japanese figure skater. She is the 2010 Japanese national silver medalist, the 2010 Four Continents silver medalist, the 2009 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist and the 2007 Winter University Games Champion....

. At the 2011 Cup of Russia
2011 Cup of Russia
The 2011 Rostelecom Cup was the Cup of Russia Grand Prix competition of the 2011–2012 season. Organized by the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, the event was the last of six in the 2011–2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series.The...

, Asada placed first in the short program with 64.29 in front of the two Russians Alena Leonova
Alena Leonova
Alena Igorevna Leonova is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2009 World Junior Champion and 2010 & 2011 Russian national silver medalist.-Career:...

 and Adelina Sotnikova
Adelina Sotnikova
Adelina Dmitriyevna Sotnikova is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2011 World Junior champion, 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final champion and two-time Russian National champion.- Career :...

. She earned a level four on her straight line step sequence with +1.30 GOE. She won the event and qualified for the Grand Prix Final
2011–2012 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final
The 2011–2012 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final will be the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and the Junior Grand Prix Final competition of the 2011–2012 season...

.

Jumping technique and signature moves


During her first two years on the international scene, Asada became known for her signature move, the cross-grab Biellmann position. She is also noted for performing the one-handed Biellmann spin in competition.

Asada landed her first triple axel jump
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 at the age of 12, and she became the first lady to perform a triple-triple-triple combination in national competition, which was a triple flip
Flip jump
The flip jump is a figure skating jump which takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot.-Flip technique:...

-triple loop
Loop jump
The Loop jump is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same backwards outside edge. For a jump with counterclockwise rotation, this is the right back outside edge. It is named from its similarity to the loop compulsory figure. The invention is widely...

-triple toe loop
Toe loop jump
The toe loop is one of the simplest jumps in figure skating. It is usually the second jump learned after the salchow. It is a toe pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same backward outside edge. - Toe loop technique :...

 combination. At the age of 14, Asada landed a triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 in her free skating program at the 2004 Junior Grand Prix Final, held in December 2004 at Helsinki
Helsinki
Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. It is in the region of Uusimaa, located in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is , making it by far the most populous municipality in Finland. Helsinki is...

, Finland
Finland
Finland , officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden in the west, Norway in the north and Russia in the east, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland.Around 5.4 million people reside...

, becoming the first junior girl to do one in an international event. She has since been known for her triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 jumps.

Starting with the 2007–2008 season, criteria for judging jump take-off and landing technique were made more rigorous, and Asada began to be penalized for under-rotating her jumps and for change-of-edge errors on her Lutz jump
Lutz jump
The Lutz is a figure skating jump, named after Alois Lutz, an Austrian skater who performed it in 1913. It is a toepick-assisted jump with an entrance from a back outside edge and landing on the back outside edge of the opposite foot.- Lutz technique:...

, colloquially called a "flutz."

Asada has had problems with the triple toe loop jump
Toe loop jump
The toe loop is one of the simplest jumps in figure skating. It is usually the second jump learned after the salchow. It is a toe pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same backward outside edge. - Toe loop technique :...

, and did not include salchow jump
Salchow jump
The Salchow is a figure skating jump with a takeoff from a back inside edge of one foot. The rotation in the air is made in the direction of the curve of the take-off edge. The landing is made on the back outside edge of the foot opposite the one used for take-off. One or more rotations may be...

s in her junior and senior career programs until 2008. She had stated previously that the triple salchow
Salchow jump
The Salchow is a figure skating jump with a takeoff from a back inside edge of one foot. The rotation in the air is made in the direction of the curve of the take-off edge. The landing is made on the back outside edge of the foot opposite the one used for take-off. One or more rotations may be...

 was the first triple jump she had ever landed and that she did not have a problem landing it cleanly, but she was not comfortable using the jump in competition because it is one of her least favorite jumps. Asada added the triple salchow
Salchow jump
The Salchow is a figure skating jump with a takeoff from a back inside edge of one foot. The rotation in the air is made in the direction of the curve of the take-off edge. The landing is made on the back outside edge of the foot opposite the one used for take-off. One or more rotations may be...

 to her free skate program in the 2008 NHK Trophy
2008 NHK Trophy
The 2008 NHK Trophy was the NHK Trophy Grand Prix competition of the 2008–2009 figure skating season. It was the final event of six in the 2008–2009 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition. It was organized by the Japan Skating Federation...

 and 2008-2009 Grand Prix Final.

Normally, Asada uses a triple loop jump
Loop jump
The Loop jump is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same backwards outside edge. For a jump with counterclockwise rotation, this is the right back outside edge. It is named from its similarity to the loop compulsory figure. The invention is widely...

 as her second jump in a combination, especially after the triple flip
Flip jump
The flip jump is a figure skating jump which takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot.-Flip technique:...

. However, she added the toe loop
Toe loop jump
The toe loop is one of the simplest jumps in figure skating. It is usually the second jump learned after the salchow. It is a toe pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same backward outside edge. - Toe loop technique :...

 to her free program as the second jump of her first triple-triple combination during the 2004–2005 season, a triple flip
Flip jump
The flip jump is a figure skating jump which takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot.-Flip technique:...

-triple toe loop
Toe loop jump
The toe loop is one of the simplest jumps in figure skating. It is usually the second jump learned after the salchow. It is a toe pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same backward outside edge. - Toe loop technique :...

. In the 2006–2007 season she used the double axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

-triple toe
Toe loop jump
The toe loop is one of the simplest jumps in figure skating. It is usually the second jump learned after the salchow. It is a toe pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same backward outside edge. - Toe loop technique :...

, while in the 2007–2008 season she performed the triple flip
Flip jump
The flip jump is a figure skating jump which takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot.-Flip technique:...

-triple toe loop
Toe loop jump
The toe loop is one of the simplest jumps in figure skating. It is usually the second jump learned after the salchow. It is a toe pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same backward outside edge. - Toe loop technique :...

 again.

In the 2008–2009 season she executed the triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

-double toe loop
Toe loop jump
The toe loop is one of the simplest jumps in figure skating. It is usually the second jump learned after the salchow. It is a toe pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same backward outside edge. - Toe loop technique :...

 combination in international competition, first getting full credit for it at the 2008-2009 Grand Prix Final. At that same competition, Asada became the first female skater to land two triple axels
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 in the same program. She is also the only woman to have landed three triple axel
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 jumps in the same competition at an ISU competition.She has a Guinness World Record for the most triple axels
Axel jump
The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first performed the jump in 1882. An Axel jump has an extra ½ rotation in the air due to its forward take-off...

 performed in a competition.

Asada credits training alongside Takahiko Kozuka
Takahiko Kozuka
is a Japanese figure skater. He is the 2011 World silver medalist and Japanese national champion, the 2006 World Junior Champion, the 2009 Four Continents bronze medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Final medalist and the 2005-2006 Junior Grand Prix Final champion....

 for improving her spins. The number of rotations she is able to achieve with one kick increased from 30 to 104.

Coaching changes


Asada originally trained in Japan, but left for the U.S. in August 2006 to train with Rafael Arutunian
Rafael Arutunian
Rafael Vladimirovich Arutunian is an Armenian figure skating coach. He is a former Soviet national competitor.Among his current and former students are Jeffrey Buttle, Mao Asada, Mai Asada, Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Alexander Abt, Sergei Voronov, Alexander Shubin, Ivan Dinev, and fellow Armenian...

 in Lake Arrowhead, California
Lake Arrowhead, California
Lake Arrowhead is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in the San Bernardino Mountains of San Bernardino County, California, within the San Bernardino National Forest, adjacent to Lake Arrowhead Reservoir...

. There she was able to escape the overcrowding of Japanese rinks and the pressure of the Japanese media. Before 2008 Four Continents Championships, she split with Arutunian and returned to Japan to practice on the new Aurora Rink at Chukyo University, where she does not have any problems getting ice time. She went to Worlds, and won, without a coach.

During the summer of 2007, Asada received additional training in Russia from Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser. Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World...

, while Arutunian remained her primary coach. The following summer, after leaving Arutunian, Asada returned to Russia, and formally decided to be coached by Tarasova. However, their cooperation was hampered by Tarasova's health problems and Asada trained mostly in Nagoya, Japan, with her assistant Jeanetta Folle; in February 1, 2010, Asada indicated she had not been coached by Tarasova since the 2009 Cup of Russia in October. Tarasova was present with Asada at the 2010 Olympics but after the event, Asada chose to be based in her hometown Nagoya and parted ways with Tarasova.

On June 17, 2010 Asada announced that her new jump coach was Hiroshi Nagakubo
Hiroshi Nagakubo
is a Japanese retired pair skater who now works as a coach. He is one of the more successful coaches in Japan. As a skater, he is the 1967-1971 Japanese national champion with partner Kotoe Nagasawa. They placed 16th at the 1972 Winter Olympics....

. In September 2010, Nobuo Sato
Nobuo Sato
is a Japanese figure skater and coach. He is a ten-time Japanese national champion. He represented Japan at the 1960 Winter Olympics, where he placed 14th, and at the 1964 Winter Olympics, where he placed 8th. His best finish at the World Championships was 4th in 1965. He is married to Kumiko Okawa...

 became Asada's new coach and Asada ended her relationship with coach Nagakubo.

Public life and endorsements


Asada owns a miniature poodle
Poodle
The Poodle is a breed of dog. The poodle breed is found officially in toy, miniature, and standard sizes, with many coat colors. Originally bred as a type of water dog, the poodle is highly intelligent and skillful in many dog sports, including agility, obedience, tracking, and even herding...

 named Aero
Aero (chocolate)
Aero is a milk chocolate bar filled with bubbles of air, made by Nestlé and primarily sold in the United Kingdom , the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Middle East and Canada.-History:...

, who is named after the chocolate confection made by Nestlé
Nestlé
Nestlé S.A. is the world's largest food and nutrition company. Founded and headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, Nestlé originated in a 1905 merger of the Anglo-Swiss Milk Company, established in 1867 by brothers George Page and Charles Page, and Farine Lactée Henri Nestlé, founded in 1866 by Henri...

. Asada and Aero have been featured in chocolate commercials in Japan, and she has also used her dog in exhibition programs. In 2008, Asada got two new puppies named Tiara and Komachi.

Asada is very popular in Japan and has appeared in variety shows, as well as in commercials for Oji Paper Company, Sato pharmacy, Morinaga Weider in Jelly
Morinaga & Company
is a confectionery company in Tokyo, Japan, in operation since August 15, 1899. Their products include candy and other confectioneries. Morinaga has Ayumi Hamasaki and Mao Asada appear in their commercials....

, Itoham Foods, Nestlé
Nestlé
Nestlé S.A. is the world's largest food and nutrition company. Founded and headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, Nestlé originated in a 1905 merger of the Anglo-Swiss Milk Company, established in 1867 by brothers George Page and Charles Page, and Farine Lactée Henri Nestlé, founded in 1866 by Henri...

, Kao
Kao
Kao may refer to:* Kao, a Japanese term for face., a stylized signature or a mark used in place of a signature in China and Japan* Kao , a crater on the Moon.* Kaō , a Japanese era name* Kao , a film by Michiyo Okusu...

, Omron
OMRON
is a Japanese electronics company based in Kyoto.Omron was established by Kazuma Tateishi in 1933 and incorporated in 1948. Omron's primary business is the manufacture and sale of automation components, equipment and systems, but it is generally known for medical equipment such as digital...

, Nippon Life Insurance Company and Weavajapan. Asada headlined her own exhibition show, called "The Ice," from the summer of 2008, with her sister Mai. Asada is also a big fan of Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki
Ayumi Hamasaki
is a Japanese singer-songwriter, record producer, model, lyricist, and actress. Also called "Ayu" by her fans, Hamasaki has been dubbed the "Empress of Pop" because of her popularity and widespread influence in Japan and throughout Asia. Born and raised in Fukuoka, she moved to Tokyo at fourteen to...

, and was seen congratulating her on her 10th Anniversary. The Asada sisters have also been named as goodwill ambassadors to Canada, and have traveled to Canada to serve in that role. Asada's sponsors include Sato pharmacy, Itoham Foods, Nepia
Oji Paper Company
is a Japanese manufacturer of paper products. It is the 6th-largest paper manufacturing company in the world in terms of revenue.- Operations :Oji Paper produces paper for printing, writing, and packaging...

, Lotte
Lotte (conglomerate)
Lotte Co., Ltd. is a South Korean-Japanese Jaebeol and one of the largest food and shopping groups in South Korea and Japan. Lotte was established in June 1948, in Tokyo, by Japanese-educated, Korean businessman Shin Kyuk-Ho – also known as...

, Omron
OMRON
is a Japanese electronics company based in Kyoto.Omron was established by Kazuma Tateishi in 1933 and incorporated in 1948. Omron's primary business is the manufacture and sale of automation components, equipment and systems, but it is generally known for medical equipment such as digital...

, United Airlines
United Airlines
United Air Lines, Inc., is the world's largest airline with 86,852 employees United Air Lines, Inc., is the world's largest airline with 86,852 employees United Air Lines, Inc., is the world's largest airline with 86,852 employees (which includes the entire holding company United Continental...

, Weider in Jelly
Morinaga & Company
is a confectionery company in Tokyo, Japan, in operation since August 15, 1899. Their products include candy and other confectioneries. Morinaga has Ayumi Hamasaki and Mao Asada appear in their commercials....

 and Weavajapan inc. Her skating music was compiled on two albums by EMI Music Japan: Mai & Mao Asada Skating Music and Mai & Mao Asada Skating Music 2008–09.

In 2011, Asada has launched her own kimono
Kimono
The is a Japanese traditional garment worn by men, women and children. The word "kimono", which literally means a "thing to wear" , has come to denote these full-length robes...

 brand MaoMao.

Programs



Season Short program Long program Exhibition
2011–2012 Scheherazade
Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Sheherazade , Op. 35, is a symphonic suite composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1888. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, sometimes known as The Arabian Nights, this orchestral work combines two features common to Russian music and of Rimsky-Korsakov in particular: dazzling, colourful...


by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five.The Five, also known as The Mighty Handful or The Mighty Coterie, refers to a circle of composers who met in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in the years 1856–1870: Mily Balakirev , César...


choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser. Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World...

Liebesträume
Liebesträume
Liebesträume , is a set of three solo piano works by Franz Liszt, published in 1850. Liszt called each of the three pieces Liebesträume, but often they are referred to incorrectly in the singular as Liebestraum...


by Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt ; ), was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher.Liszt became renowned in Europe during the nineteenth century for his virtuosic skill as a pianist. He was said by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist of his age...


choreography by Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol is a Canadian figure skating choreographer and coach. She was a performer for the John Curry Company from 1983–1986 and won the silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1983....

I Vow to Thee My Country 
by Libera
Libera
Libera may refer to:*Libera , a Roman goddess of fertility*Libera , a boy choir from London* Libera me, a movement of the Requiem*Libera, a song by Italian artist Mia Martini...


choreography by Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol is a Canadian figure skating choreographer and coach. She was a performer for the John Curry Company from 1983–1986 and won the silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1983....



Waltz Op. 64 No. 2
by Fréderic Chopin
Frédéric Chopin
Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist. He is considered one of the great masters of Romantic music and has been called "the poet of the piano"....


choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser. Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World...

2010–2011 Tango
Soundtrack from Agony
Agony (film)
Agony is a film by Elem Klimov, made c.1973-75 and released in Western and Central Europe in 1982 , after protracted resistance from Soviet authorities...

 
by Alfred Schnittke
Alfred Schnittke
Alfred Schnittke ; November 24, 1934 – August 3, 1998) was a Russian and Soviet composer. Schnittke's early music shows the strong influence of Dmitri Shostakovich. He developed a polystylistic technique in works such as the epic First Symphony and First Concerto Grosso...

 
choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser. Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World...

Liebesträume
Liebesträume
Liebesträume , is a set of three solo piano works by Franz Liszt, published in 1850. Liszt called each of the three pieces Liebesträume, but often they are referred to incorrectly in the singular as Liebestraum...


by Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt ; ), was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher.Liszt became renowned in Europe during the nineteenth century for his virtuosic skill as a pianist. He was said by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist of his age...


choreography by Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol is a Canadian figure skating choreographer and coach. She was a performer for the John Curry Company from 1983–1986 and won the silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1983....

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2
by Fréderic Chopin
Frédéric Chopin
Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist. He is considered one of the great masters of Romantic music and has been called "the poet of the piano"....


choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser. Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World...

2009–2010 Waltz from Masquerade Suite
Masquerade Suite
The Masquerade suite is an orchestral work by the Soviet-Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, composed in 1944, based on his incidental music to Mikhail Lermontov's play Masquerade.-Notes and references:...

 
by Aram Khachaturian
Aram Khachaturian
Aram Ilyich Khachaturian was a prominent Soviet composer. Khachaturian's works were often influenced by classical Russian music and Armenian folk music...


choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser. Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World...

Bells of Moscow
by Sergei Rachmaninov 
choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser. Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World...

Caprice No. 24
by Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
Niccolò Paganini was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was one of the most celebrated violin virtuosi of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique...


choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser. Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World...

2008–2009 Claire de Lune
by Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
Claude-Achille Debussy was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions...


choreography by Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol is a Canadian figure skating choreographer and coach. She was a performer for the John Curry Company from 1983–1986 and won the silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1983....

Waltz from Masquerade Suite
Masquerade Suite
The Masquerade suite is an orchestral work by the Soviet-Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, composed in 1944, based on his incidental music to Mikhail Lermontov's play Masquerade.-Notes and references:...

 
by Aram Khachaturian
Aram Khachaturian
Aram Ilyich Khachaturian was a prominent Soviet composer. Khachaturian's works were often influenced by classical Russian music and Armenian folk music...


choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser. Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World...

Por una Cabeza
Por una Cabeza
"Por una cabeza", meaning "by a head [of a horse]" in Spanish, is one of the most famous and popular tango songs by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera , written in 1935. Alfredo Le Pera was a Brazilian from São Paulo, the fourth most Italian-influenced area in Brazil, and also the birthplace of...


Scent of a Woman
Scent of a Woman
This article is about the American film. For the Korean drama, see Scent of a Woman .Scent of a Woman is a 1992 drama film directed by Martin Brest that tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, medically retired Army officer...

 Soundtrack
by Carlos Gardel
Carlos Gardel
Carlos Gardel was a singer, songwriter and actor, and is perhaps the most prominent figure in the history of tango. He was born in Toulouse, France, although he never acknowledged his birthplace publicly, and there are still claims of his birth in Uruguay. He lived in Argentina from the age of two...

 and
Alfredo Le Pera
Alfredo Le Pera
Alfredo Le Pera was an Argentinian journalist, dramatist, and lyricist, best known for his brief but fruitful collaboration with the tango singer Carlos Gardel...


& Payadora
by Julián Plaza
choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser. Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World...



Sing, Sing, Sing
Sing, Sing, Sing
"Sing, Sing, Sing " is a 1936 song, written by Louis Prima and first recorded by him with the New Orleans Gang and released in March 1936 as a 78 as Brunswick 7628 . It is strongly identified with the big band and swing eras. It was covered by Fletcher Henderson and most famously Benny Goodman...

 
by Louis Prima
Louis Prima
Louis Prima was a Sicilian American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter. Prima rode the musical trends of his time, starting with his seven-piece New Orleans style jazz band in the 1920s, then successively leading a swing combo in the 1930s, a big band in the 1940s, a Vegas lounge act in the...


choreography by Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol is a Canadian figure skating choreographer and coach. She was a performer for the John Curry Company from 1983–1986 and won the silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1983....

2007–2008 Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra
from Ladies in Lavender
Ladies in Lavender
The film's original music was written by Nigel Hess and performed by Joshua Bell and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Hess received a Classical BRIT Awards nomination for Best Soundtrack Composer....


by Jean-Claude Petit
Jean-Claude Petit
Jean-Claude Petit is a French composer and arranger, born in Vaires-sur-Marne. After accompanying jazzmen in his childhood, Petit went to the Conservatoire de Paris, where he studied harmony and counterpoint...

 
performed by Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell
Joshua David Bell is an American Grammy Award-winning violinist.-Childhood:Bell was born in Bloomington, Indiana, United States, the son of a psychologist and a therapist. Bell's father is the late Alan P...

 
choreography by Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Tarasova
Tatiana Anatolyevna Tarasova is a Russian figure skating coach and national figure skating team adviser. Tarasova has been coach to more world and Olympic champions than any other coach in skating history. As of 2003, her students have won a total of 41 gold medals at the European and World...

Fantaisie-Impromptu
Fantaisie-Impromptu
Frédéric Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. posth. 66, is a solo piano composition and one of his best-known pieces. It was composed in 1834 and dedicated to Julian Fontana, who published the piece in spite of Chopin's request not to do so....

 
by Fréderic Chopin
Frédéric Chopin
Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist. He is considered one of the great masters of Romantic music and has been called "the poet of the piano"....


choreography by Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol is a Canadian figure skating choreographer and coach. She was a performer for the John Curry Company from 1983–1986 and won the silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1983....

So Deep Is The Night
Étude Op. 10, No. 3
Étude Op. 10, No. 3 (Chopin)
Étude Op. 10 No. 3, in E major, is a study for solo piano composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1832. It was first published in 1833 in France, Germany, and England as the third piece of his Études Op. 10. This is a slow cantabile study for polyphonic and legato playing. Chopin himself believed the...

 
by Frederic Chopin
Frédéric Chopin
Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist. He is considered one of the great masters of Romantic music and has been called "the poet of the piano"....


vocals by Lesley Garrett
Lesley Garrett
Lesley Garrett CBE is an English musician, broadcaster and media personality.- Early life :Garrett was born in the town of Thorne near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, into a musical family. She attended Thorne Grammar School, where she performed in school plays and musicals. As she grew up she...


choreography by Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol is a Canadian figure skating choreographer and coach. She was a performer for the John Curry Company from 1983–1986 and won the silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1983....

2006–2007 Nocturne No.2 Op. 9–2
in E flat major
by Frederic Chopin
Frédéric Chopin
Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist. He is considered one of the great masters of Romantic music and has been called "the poet of the piano"....


choreography by Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol is a Canadian figure skating choreographer and coach. She was a performer for the John Curry Company from 1983–1986 and won the silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1983....

Csárdás
Csárdás (Monti)
Csárdás is perhaps the most famous composition of Vittorio Monti. A rhapsodical concert piece written in 1904, it is a well-known folk piece based on a Hungarian csárdás. It was originally composed for violin, mandolin or piano...


by Vittorio Monti
Vittorio Monti
Vittorio Monti was an Italian composer, violinist, and conductor.Monti was born in Naples, where he studied violin and composition at the Conservatorio di San Pietro a Majella...


choreography by Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol is a Canadian figure skating choreographer and coach. She was a performer for the John Curry Company from 1983–1986 and won the silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1983....

Habanera
Habanera (aria)
In the form of habanera, there is a famous aria from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. It is sometimes referred to as "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle." . Its score was adapted from the habanera "El Arreglito," originally composed by the Spanish musician Sebastián Yradier...

 
from Carmen
Carmen
Carmen is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet. The libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée, first published in 1845, itself possibly influenced by the narrative poem The Gypsies by Alexander Pushkin...


by Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet formally Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer, mainly of operas. In a career cut short by his early death, he achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, became one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertory.During a...


vocal by Filippa Giordano
Filippa Giordano
Filippa Giordano is an Italian crossover singer.-Biography:Filippa was born in Palermo and she is the youngest of a whole generation of musicians. At the age of nine, she started ballet at the National Academy of Rome...


choreography by Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol is a Canadian figure skating choreographer and coach. She was a performer for the John Curry Company from 1983–1986 and won the silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1983....

2005–2006 Carmen
Carmen
Carmen is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet. The libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée, first published in 1845, itself possibly influenced by the narrative poem The Gypsies by Alexander Pushkin...


by Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet formally Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer, mainly of operas. In a career cut short by his early death, he achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, became one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertory.During a...


choreography by Machiko Yamada
Machiko Yamada
is a Japanese figure skating coach. Her current and former students include Midori Ito, Mao Asada, Yoshie Onda, Yukari Nakano, Mai Asada, Kumiko Koiwai and Kanako Murakami.-References:...

 
and Mihoko Higuchi
The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King". It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St...


by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian: Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский ; often "Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky" in English. His names are also transliterated "Piotr" or "Petr"; "Ilitsch", "Il'ich" or "Illyich"; and "Tschaikowski", "Tschaikowsky", "Chajkovskij"...


choreography by Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol is a Canadian figure skating choreographer and coach. She was a performer for the John Curry Company from 1983–1986 and won the silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1983....

Over the Rainbow
by Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen was an American composer of popular music, having written over 500 songs, a number of which have become known the world over. In addition to composing the songs for The Wizard of Oz, including the classic 1938 song, "Over the Rainbow,” Arlen is a highly regarded contributor to the...


vocal by Eva Cassidy
Eva Cassidy
Eva Marie Cassidy was an American vocalist known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop classics. In 1992 she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by a live solo album, Live at Blues Alley in 1996...


choreography by Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol
Lori Nichol is a Canadian figure skating choreographer and coach. She was a performer for the John Curry Company from 1983–1986 and won the silver medal at the World Professional Championships in 1983....

2004–2005 Over the Rainbow
by Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen was an American composer of popular music, having written over 500 songs, a number of which have become known the world over. In addition to composing the songs for The Wizard of Oz, including the classic 1938 song, "Over the Rainbow,” Arlen is a highly regarded contributor to the...


choreography by Lea Ann Miller
Lea Ann Miller
Lea Ann Miller is an American pair skater. With partner William Fauver, she is a three-time U.S. silver medalist and the 1982 U.S. bronze medalist...

La Boutique Fantastique
by Gioachino Rossini and Ottorino Respighi
Ottorino Respighi
Ottorino Respighi was an Italian composer, musicologist and conductor. He is best known for his orchestral "Roman trilogy": Fountains of Rome ; Pines of Rome ; and Roman Festivals...


choreography by Lea Ann Miller
Lea Ann Miller
Lea Ann Miller is an American pair skater. With partner William Fauver, she is a three-time U.S. silver medalist and the 1982 U.S. bronze medalist...

Pick Yourself Up
Pick Yourself Up
"Pick Yourself Up" is a popular song composed in 1936 by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Dorothy Fields. It has a verse and chorus, as well as a third section, though the third section is often omitted in recordings...


by Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
Natalie Maria Cole , is an American singer, songwriter and performer. The daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, Cole rode to musical success in the mid-1970s as an R&B artist with the hits "This Will Be ", "Inseparable" and "Our Love"...


choreography by Machiko Yamada
Machiko Yamada
is a Japanese figure skating coach. Her current and former students include Midori Ito, Mao Asada, Yoshie Onda, Yukari Nakano, Mai Asada, Kumiko Koiwai and Kanako Murakami.-References:...

 
and Mihoko Higuchi
2003–2004 Orchestral Suite from My Girl 2
My Girl 2
My Girl 2 is a 1994 comedy-drama film starring Anna Chlumsky, Dan Aykroyd, Christine Ebersole, Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Masur, Austin O'Brien, and Roland Thomson. This was a sequel to 1991's My Girl.-Plot:...


by Cliff Eidelman
Cliff Eidelman
Clifford Glen “Cliff” Eidelman is an American composer and conductor who scored films such as Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, and Christopher Columbus: The Discovery.- Career :Eidelman began his formal training in violin at the age of eight and continued with...


choreography by Machiko Yamada
Machiko Yamada
is a Japanese figure skating coach. Her current and former students include Midori Ito, Mao Asada, Yoshie Onda, Yukari Nakano, Mai Asada, Kumiko Koiwai and Kanako Murakami.-References:...

 
and Mihoko Higuchi
Waltz-Scherzo in C major Op. 34
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian: Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский ; often "Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky" in English. His names are also transliterated "Piotr" or "Petr"; "Ilitsch", "Il'ich" or "Illyich"; and "Tschaikowski", "Tschaikowsky", "Chajkovskij"...


choreography by Machiko Yamada
Machiko Yamada
is a Japanese figure skating coach. Her current and former students include Midori Ito, Mao Asada, Yoshie Onda, Yukari Nakano, Mai Asada, Kumiko Koiwai and Kanako Murakami.-References:...

 
and Mihoko Higuchi
Habanera
Habanera (aria)
In the form of habanera, there is a famous aria from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. It is sometimes referred to as "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle." . Its score was adapted from the habanera "El Arreglito," originally composed by the Spanish musician Sebastián Yradier...

 
from Carmen
Carmen
Carmen is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet. The libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée, first published in 1845, itself possibly influenced by the narrative poem The Gypsies by Alexander Pushkin...


by Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet formally Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer, mainly of operas. In a career cut short by his early death, he achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, became one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertory.During a...


choreography by Machiko Yamada
Machiko Yamada
is a Japanese figure skating coach. Her current and former students include Midori Ito, Mao Asada, Yoshie Onda, Yukari Nakano, Mai Asada, Kumiko Koiwai and Kanako Murakami.-References:...

 
and Mihoko Higuchi
2002–2003 Say Hey Kids
choreography by Machiko Yamada
Machiko Yamada
is a Japanese figure skating coach. Her current and former students include Midori Ito, Mao Asada, Yoshie Onda, Yukari Nakano, Mai Asada, Kumiko Koiwai and Kanako Murakami.-References:...

 
and Mihoko Higuchi
Inca Dance and Andes
by Cusco
Cusco (band)
The following note applies to many of the individual album pages as well, though they are not individually tagged:Cusco is a German andean new age band named after the Peruvian city of Cusco, which at one time was the capital city of the ancient Incan Empire...


choreography by Machiko Yamada
Machiko Yamada
is a Japanese figure skating coach. Her current and former students include Midori Ito, Mao Asada, Yoshie Onda, Yukari Nakano, Mai Asada, Kumiko Koiwai and Kanako Murakami.-References:...

 
and Mihoko Higuchi

Competitive highlights



Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
Winter Olympic Games
Winter Olympic Games
The Winter Olympic Games is a sporting event, which occurs every four years. The first celebration of the Winter Olympics was held in Chamonix, France, in 1924. The original sports were alpine and cross-country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, Nordic combined, ski jumping and speed skating...

 
2nd
World Championships
World Figure Skating Championships
The World Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion...

 
2nd 1st 4th 1st 6th
Four Continents Championships  1st 3rd 1st 2nd
World Junior Championships
World Junior Figure Skating Championships
The World Junior Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union in which younger figure skaters compete for the title of World Junior Champion...

 
1st 2nd
Japanese Championships  7th 8th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd
Japanese Junior Championships  4th 4th 1st
Japanese Novice Championships 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final
Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final
The Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final is an international, senior-level figure skating competition. It is the culmination of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. Skaters compete in men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing....

 
1st 2nd 2nd 1st TBD
Trophée Eric Bompard
Trophée Eric Bompard
The Trophée Eric Bompard is an international, senior-level figure skating competition held as part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The Trophée Eric Bompard was formerly known as the Trophée Lalique...

 
1st 1st 2nd 2nd 5th
NHK Trophy
NHK Trophy
The NHK Trophy is an international, senior-level figure skating competition held as part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. Figure skaters compete in the disciplines of ladies' singles, men's singles, pair skating, and ice dancing....

 
1st 1st 8th 2nd
Rostelecom Cup
Cup of Russia
The Cup of Russia is an international, senior-level figure skating competition held as part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. Figure skaters compete in the disciplines of ladies' singles, men's singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. It was held as the Rostelecom Cup in 2009 after...

 
5th 1st
Skate Canada
Skate Canada International
The Skate Canada International is an international, senior-level invitation-only figure skating competition organized by Skate Canada. It is the second competition of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. The location changes yearly. Medals are awarded in four disciplines: Ladies' singles, Men's...

 
1st
Skate America
Skate America
Skate America is an international, senior-level figure skating competition held as part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. It is organized by the United States Figure Skating Association. The location changes yearly...

 
3rd
Cup of China
Cup of China
The Cup of China is an international, senior-level figure skating competition held as part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The location changes yearly. Figure skaters compete in the disciplines of ladies' singles, men's singles, pair skating, and ice dancing.The Cup of China is...

 
2nd
World Team Trophy  1st*
Japan Open 3rd** 5th***
Junior Grand Prix Final  1st
Junior Grand Prix, Ukraine  1st
Junior Grand Prix, USA  1st
Mladost Trophy 1st N.
Helena Pajovic Cup
Cup Helena Pajovic
Helena Cup is an annual figure skating competition held around December in Junior and Senior categories. It is named after Helena Pajovic.-References:*...

 
1st N.
  • *Asada placed 1st in the ladies event; Team Japan was 3rd overall.
  • **Asada placed 3rd in the ladies event; Team Japan was 1st overall
  • *** Asada placed 5th in the ladies event; Team Japan was 1st overall.
  • N = Novice level

Post-2006



2011–2012 season
Date Event SP FS Total
November 24–27, 2011 2011 ISU Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup 1
64.29
1
118.96
1
183.25
November 11–13, 2011 2011 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy
2011 NHK Trophy
The 2011 NHK Trophy will be the NHK Trophy Grand Prix competition of the 2011–2012 season and the fourth of six events in the 2011–2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series. The event is organized annually by the Japan Skating Federation.The...

3
58.42
1
125.77
2
184.19
2010–2011 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 24 – May 1, 2011 2011 ISU World Championships
2011 World Figure Skating Championships
The 2011 World Figure Skating Championships are the World Figure Skating Championships for the 2010–2011 season. They are an annual figure skating competition in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion....

7
58.66
6
114.13
6
172.79
February 15–20, 2011 2011 ISU Four Continents Championships
2011 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
The 2011 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships was the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships for the 2010–2011 season. Skaters competed in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies singles, pair skating, and ice dancing for the title of Four Continents Champion...

2
63.41
2
132.89
2
196.30
December 23–26, 2010 2010–2011 Japanese National Championships
2010–2011 Japan Figure Skating Championships
The 2010–2011 Japan Figure Skating Championships was the Japan Figure Skating Championships for the 2010–2011 figure skating season. They were 79th edition of the Japan Figure Skating Championships...

1
66.22
2
127.47
2
193.69
November 26–28, 2010 2010 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard
2010 Trophée Eric Bompard
The 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard was the Trophée Eric Bompard Grand Prix competition of the 2010–2011 season. Organized by the Federation Française des Sports de Glace, it was the last of six events in the 2010–2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational...

7
50.10
5
97.92
5
148.02
October 22–24, 2010 2010 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy
2010 NHK Trophy
The 2010 NHK Trophy was the NHK Trophy Grand Prix competition of the 2010–2011 season and the first of six events in the 2010–2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series. The event is organized annually by the Japan Skating Federation.The...

8
47.95
8
85.45
8
133.40
October 2, 2010 2010 Japan Open (individual) - 5
92.44
-
2009–2010 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 22–28, 2010 2010 ISU World Championships
2010 World Figure Skating Championships
The 2010 World Figure Skating Championships were the World Figure Skating Championships for the 2009–2010 season. Commonly called "Worlds", they are an annual figure skating competition in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion...

2
68.08
2
129.50
1
197.58
February 14–27, 2010 2010 Winter Olympic Games
Figure skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Ladies' singles
The ladies' single skating competition of the 2010 Winter Olympics was held at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The short program was held on February 23, 2010, with the free skating held on February 25, 2010.-Short program:...

2
73.78
2
131.72
2
205.50
January 25–31, 2010 2010 ISU Four Continents Championships
2010 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
The 2010 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships was the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships for the 2009–2010 season. Skaters competed in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies singles, pair skating, and ice dancing for the title of Four Continents Champion...

3
57.22
1
126.74
1
183.96
December 25–27, 2009 2009–2010 Japanese National Championships
2009–2010 Japan Figure Skating Championships
The 2009–2010 Japan Figure Skating Championships was the Japan Figure Skating Championships for the 2009-2010 figure skating season. They were the 78th edition of the Japan Figure Skating Championships. Skaters competed in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies singles, pair skating, and ice...

1
69.12
1
135.50
1
204.62
October 22–25, 2009 2009 ISU Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup
2009 Rostelecom Cup
The 2009 Rostelecom Cup was the Cup of Russia Grand Prix competition of the 2009–2010 figure skating season. It was the second event of six in the 2009–2010 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series. Skaters earned points towards qualifying for...

6
51.94
5
98.34
5
150.28
October 15–18, 2009 2009 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard
2009 Trophée Eric Bompard
The 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard was the Trophée Eric Bompard Grand Prix competition of the 2009–2010 figure skating season. It was the first event of six in the 2009–2010 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition series. Skaters earned points towards...

3
58.96
2
115.03
2
173.99
October 3, 2009 2009 Japan Open (individual) - 3
102.94
-
2008–2009 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 15-19, 2009 2009 ISU World Team Trophy
2009 ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating
The 2009 ISU World Team Trophy was the ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating of the 2008/2009 season. Skaters competed in the categories of men's singles, ladies singles, pairs, and ice dancing as part of teams representing their countries...

 (individual)
1
'"75.84'"
1
126.03
1
201.87
March 23 – 29, 2009 2009 ISU World Championships
2009 World Figure Skating Championships
The 2009 World Figure Skating Championships were the World Figure Skating Championships for the 2008–2009 season. Commonly called "Worlds", they are an annual figure skating competition in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion...

3
66.06
4
122.03
4
188.09
February 4–8, 2009 2009 ISU Four Continents Championships
2009 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
The 2009 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships was the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships for the 2008–2009 season. Skaters competed in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies singles, pairs, and ice dancing. The competition was open to skaters from a non-European Member nation of...

6
57.86
1
118.66
3
176.52
December 25 – 27, 2008 2008–2009 Japanese National Championships
2008–2009 Japan Figure Skating Championships
The 2008–2009 Japan Figure Skating Championships will be the Japan Figure Skating Championships for the 2008-2009 figure skating season. They will be the 77th edition of the Japan Figure Skating Championships. Skaters will compete in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies singles, pair skating,...

2
65.30
2
117.15
1
182.45
December 11–14, 2008 2008–2009 ISU Grand Prix Final 2
65.38
1
123.17
1
188.55
November 27 – 30, 2008 2008 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy
2008 NHK Trophy
The 2008 NHK Trophy was the NHK Trophy Grand Prix competition of the 2008–2009 figure skating season. It was the final event of six in the 2008–2009 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition. It was organized by the Japan Skating Federation...

1
64.64
1
126.49
1
191.13
November 13 – 16, 2008 2008 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard
2008 Trophée Eric Bompard
The 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard was the Trophée Eric Bompard Grand Prix competition of the 2008–2009 figure skating season. It was the fourth event of six in the 2008–2009 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a senior-level international invitational competition. It was organized by the Federation...

2
58.12
2
109.47
2
167.59
2007–2008 Season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 17–23, 2008 2008 ISU World Championships
2008 World Figure Skating Championships
The 2008 World Figure Skating Championships was the World Figure Skating Championships of the 2007–2008 figure skating season. The World Championships are an annual figure skating competition in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion. The event was open to figure skaters...

2
64.10
2
121.46
1
185.56
February 13–17, 2008 2008 ISU Four Continents Championships
2008 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
The 2008 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships are the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships for the 2007/2008 season. Commonly abbreviated "4CC", they are an annual figure skating competition in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of Four Continents Champion. Skaters...

1
60.94
1
132.31
1
193.25
December 26–28, 2007 2007–2008 Japanese National Championships 1
72.92
2
132.41
1
205.33
December 13–16, 2007 2007–2008 ISU Grand Prix Final 6
59.04
1
132.55
2
191.59
November 15 – 18, 2007 2007 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard
2007 Trophée Eric Bompard
Trophée Eric Bompard is an annual elite figure skating competition which takes place annually in Paris, France. It is the fourth of six events in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The competition is named after the Eric Bompard company, which has been its chief sponsor since 2004...

1
56.90
1
122.90
1
179.80
November 1 – 4, 2007 2007 ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada 3
58.08
1
119.58
1
177.66
2006–2007 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 19–25, 2007 2007 ISU World Championships
2007 World Figure Skating Championships
The World Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion. This event is considered the most prestigious of the ISU Championships. Skaters compete in the...

5
61.32
1
133.13
2
194.45
December 27–29, 2006. 2006–2007 Japanese National Championships 1
71.14
1
140.62
1
211.76
December 14–17, 2006 2006–2007 ISU Grand Prix Final 1
69.34
4
103.18
2
172.52
November 30 – December 3,
2006
2006 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy
2006 NHK Trophy
The NHK Trophy is an international, senior-level invitation-only figure skating competition. Elite figure skaters compete in the disciplines of ladies' singles, men's singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The location changes yearly...

1
69.50
1
130.02
1
199.52
October 26 – 29, 2006 2006 ISU Grand Prix Skate America
2006 Skate America
Skate America is an international, senior-level invitation-only figure skating competition organized by the United States Figure Skating Association. It was the first competition of six of the 2006–2007 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating...

1
68.84
4
102.39
3
171.23

Pre-2006

2005–2006 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
March 6–12, 2006 2006 ISU World Junior Championships
2006 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
The World Junior Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition. The 2006 competition took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from March 6–12, 2006...

Junior 1
113.58
2
56.10
2
97.25
2
153.35
December 23–25, 2005 2005–2006 Japanese National Championships Senior 3
66.64
3
121.46
2
188.10
December 16 – 18, 2005 2005–2006 ISU Grand Prix Final
2005-2006 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final
The Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final is an elite figure skating competition. Its name is often abbreviated "Grand Prix Final". Skaters compete in men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing....

Senior 1
64.38
1
125.24
1
189.62
November 17–20, 2005 2005 ISU Grand Prix Trophée Eric Bompard
2005 Trophée Eric Bompard
Trophée Eric Bompard is an annual elite figure skating competition which takes place annually in Paris, France. It is the fourth of six events in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The competition is named after the Eric Bompard company, which has been its chief sponsor since 2004...

Senior 1
63.96
1
118.46
1
182.42
November 2–6, 2005 2005 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China
2005 Cup of China
The Cup of China is an international, senior-level invitation-only figure skating competition organized by the Chinese Skating Association. It is part of the ISU Grand Prix. The location changes yearly...

Senior 2
62.92
3
113.68
2
176.60
2004–2005 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
February 26 – March 3,
2005
2005 World Junior Championships
2005 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
The World Junior Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition. The event is open to figure skaters from ISU member nations who have reached the age of 13 by July 1 of the previous year, but have not yet turned 19. The upper age limit for men competing in pairs and dance is 21...

Junior 1
112.32
1
60.11
1
119.13
1
179.24
December 24–26, 2004. 2004–2005 Japanese National Championships
2004–2005 Japan Figure Skating Championships
The 2004–2005 Japan Figure Skating Championships was the Japan Figure Skating Championships of the 2004-2005 season. They were the 73rd Japan Championships to be held. They were held at the Shinyokohama Stake Center in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture from December 24 through 26, 2004...

Senior 4
60.46
2
106.36
2
166.82
December 2–5, 2004 2004–2005 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 1
57.91
1
114.92
1
172.83
September 29 – October 3,
2004
2004 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Ukraine Junior 1
56.24
1
86.75
1
142.99
September 9–12, 2004 2004 ISU Junior Grand Prix, USA Junior 1
50.14
1
87.88
1
138.02

2003–2004 season
Date Event Level TFP SP FS Total
March 10 - 13, 2004 2004 Mladost Trophy Novice 1.5 1 1 1
December 2 - 5, 2003 2003 Helena Pajovic Cup
Cup Helena Pajovic
Helena Cup is an annual figure skating competition held around December in Junior and Senior categories. It is named after Helena Pajovic.-References:*...

Novice 2.0 2 1 1
  • Personal bests highlighted in bold
  • ISU seasons' bests highlighted in Italic.
  • QR = Qualifying round; SP = Short program; FS = Free skating

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