Sports: Japanese figure skating star Asada aims for Pyeongchang in 2018

(From Japan Today)

Three-time world figure skating champion and Japanese national sweetheart Mao Asada has declared for the first time that she will aim to compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.


Mao Asada

Asada, 25, took a year off after winning the World Figure Skating Championships in 2014.

She made a full comeback in May last year, but had never said clearly if she has the desire to compete for the next Winter Olympics in neighboring South Korea.

It would be the Japanese athlete’s third Winter Games, and she will be 27.

“As a figure skater, as an athlete, I will be able to compete only for a few more years, not for decades,” Asada told reporters at a product promotion event for a bed-maker, one of her sponsors, in Tokyo.

“As far as I perform competitively, I have a strong desire to do so at an Olympic Games, the greatest stage for athletes. Read More


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