Japan’s Mao Asada is a champion once again. Asada took home her third world figure skating title last weekend, making her the first Japanese to be a three-time world champion. She pushed past Russia’ Julia Lipnitskaia, who ended with the silver, and Italy’s Carolina Kostner, who took the bronze.
Asada, who finished sixth at the Sochi Olympics, had a slim lead of 1.42 points over the other skaters after the short program. Her lead increased to 9.19 ahead of Lipnitskaia even after she under-rotated some of her jumps, which earned her a total of 216.69 points. Her piece skated to Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Conecrto No. 2, opened with a triple axel, which she under-rotated as well as a triple flip and double loop. Despite this, Asada expressed satisfaction with her performance, saying, “I was able to control myself and I have done what I had to do.” She added, “I was much more nervous than I was for the short program but the cheering from the fans was with me and made me relax.” Kostner, on the other hand fell on a triple toe loop and changed double jumps to single. Lipnitskaia on the other hand, fell on a triple salchow, which affected her score greatly. Russia’s Anna Pogorilaya and United States’ Gracie Gold won fourth and fifth places respectively.
Italy’s power duo and European champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte took home the ice dance title despite placing fourth in the free dance with a total 175.43 points. Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje were close at second with just 0.02 points behind. French Nathali Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat placed third at 175.37 point. Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu set a new record as the first man in 12 years to win the Olympics and world skating titles in the same year. Germany’s Aliona Savchneko and Robin Szolkowy captured their fifth title in the pairs event.
[via Inside the Games]
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