Asada wins short program at Grand Prix Final

Mao Asada at the Cup of China 2012

Mao Asada of Japan took first place after the short program in ladies competition at the Grand Prix Final in Sochi. Ashley Wagner of the United States is at the second position, while another Japan’s skater Akiko Suzuki is third.

Mao Asada and Ashley Wagner got almost identical points for the technique as well as for the components of their programs. Japanese skater finished with 66.96 points. Performance of Wagner was estimated at 66.44 points. Akiko Suzuki received 65.00 points.

“Today I was able to execute all the elements as I should have done,” Asada told the press. “Tomorrow I have to make sure that I am psyched up and ready to skate in the free program as I did today.” she added.

“I’m really excited about how that program went down. Another solid performance, it’s something I can really put under my belt.” Ashley Wagner commented.

“I was able to perform like myself today.” said Akiko Suzuki.

Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva made a mistake while performing the short program: she doubled her second jump in the cascade of triple toe – triple toe. With a result of 56.61 points she is in fifth place, behind, among the top three, Kiira Korpi of Finland, who has 63.42 points. American Christina Gao closes the standings with 48.56 points.

Photo: Zimbio

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