AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Mao Asada Gets Her Day

March 29th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

Ice Queens: First Loser Kim Yu-Na and Winner Mao Asada at the 2010 World Figure Skating Championship in Turin, Italy

Name: Mao Asada

Age: 19

Hails from: Japan

Occupation: Figure skater

Known for: Playing second-fiddle to Queen Yu-Na at this year’s Winter Olympics; looking woefully sad on the medal podium while collecting her silver; inspiring some crazy nationalism between Japan and Korea; being the first woman to land two triple-axels in the same program back in 2006; finally getting redemption a month after the Olympics at the World Championships by beating Yu-Na, who fell on a triple salchow during her free skate.

So the rivalry between Yu-Na and Mao? Yeah, it’s ON. Like Ali-Frazier, but with sequins and spangles and a shit-ton of makeup.

Meanwhile, you gotta love the headlines from some of the Korean news outlets, which aren’t reporting Mao’s triumph so much as Yu-Na’s failure. From the Korea Times: “Yu-Na Fails to Defend Title.” And from Chosun Ilbo: “Kim Yu-Na Loses World Title in Turin.”

Ouch!

[SF Chronicle: Japan's Asada tops rival Kim to capture world skating title]

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5 Responses to “AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Mao Asada Gets Her Day”

  1. harald hardrada says:

    your caption — ‘first loser’ — has me laughing aloud

    as to ‘shit-ton’ of makeup, i’ll have to take your word for it — all i know is that you two don’t need makeup

  2. Simon says:

    Kim Yu-Na already won gold at the Olympics. If that’s not good enough for Koreans, then perhaps they need to relearn the meaning of sportsmanship.

  3. MacLu says:

    Slightly OT, and I like ogling cameltoe and wedgies as much as the next guy, but when will they let female skaters wear pants?

  4. rockmanj says:

    @Simon…If you ever lived in Korea, you would know that anytime a Korean person does anything on the international scale, there is NO room for error. It can be a little scary, actually.

  5. Cindy says:

    Just think Jen, you just had your hardass family to deal with. Can’t imagine the pressure of an entire hardass country. That alone makes these women beyond extraordinary.

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