Sunday, December 29, 2013

Countdown to New Year's: Day 4: Mao Asada's "Fantasie Impromptu" by Frederic Chopin

This 2008 World Championships freeskate is what made my sister and I Mao Asada fans. To have a jarring opening wipe-out on a Triple Axel attempt, followed up by a triple-triple combination, and a subsequent program of substance and grace, truly showed what courage this Japanese superstar is made of. This performance not only endeared Mao to skating fans, but won her her first of two World Championship titles. Mao's longevity, tenacity, and good sportsmanship has made her a sentimental favorite in this Olympic year.

Click HERE to view Mao's winning freeskate.

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