Mao Asada wins Cup of China

Mao Asada at the Cup of China 2012

2010 Olympic silver medalist and a two-time world champion Mao Asada of Japan overtook Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia and won the Cup of China in Shanghai.

Mao Asada was second after the short program but her total score of 181.76 was 3.84 points better than the result of Lipnitskaia. Asada claimed the ninth Grand Prix title (including GP Finals) in her career.

Russia’s vice-national champion Julia Lipnitskaia dominated the world junior scene last season and won her international senior debut at Finlandia Trophy last month but she was unable to repeat the trick on her Grand Prix bow in Shanghai. Her overall score is 177.92 points.

She failed to complete clean her opening two combinations and had to settle for silver ahead of Kiira Korpi of Finland (169.86). Anyway, 14-years-old showed that she’s able to compete with any of top world skaters.

In men’s competitions, 2010 World champion Daisuke Takahashi of Japan was beaten on his season debut in the men’s event by his teammate Tatsuki Machida.

Takahashi lost his advantage of short program to young Machida, whose final total of 236.92 was 5.17 points better. Takahashi earned 231.75 points. The bronze medalist of 2012 Skate America took advantage of free skating program mistakes from Takahashi to take the overall victory.

Russia’s Sergei Voronov showed that he deserves to be among skating leaders by taking the third place with 217.61 points.

In ice dance, reigning European champions Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France took a comfortable victory earning in total 169.73 points.

The French team finished 5.44 points ahead of Russians Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev (159.46) who were also second at 2012 Skate America last month. The team of Bobrova/Soloviev secured its spot at the Grand Prix Final, which will be held in Sochi.

Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje finished second with 158.97 points.

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Cup of China 2012 – Mao Asada, FS

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