Mao Asada makes skating Grand Slam

Mao Asada at Skate America 2013

Yesterday, at 2013 Skate America a two-time World Champion Mao Asada of Japan took the title and became the first lady to win gold in all six Grand Prix events.

American Ashley Wagner took the silver medal and Elena Radionova of Russia captured the bronze in her debut at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.

Asada fell on her opening triple Axel but recovered to produce four triple jumps and level-four spins and footwork. The reigning Four Continents Champion picked up 131.37 points for this performance and had 204.55 points overall.

“I’m not completely satisfied with my performance today, but this was a learning experience that I’d like to use for my next competition, which is NHK.” the 23-year-old commented.

Wagner ‘s program to “Romeo and Juliet” by Sergei Prokofiev featured a triple flip-triple toe combination and three more triple jumps, but a triple loop and a triple Lutz were underrotated. The U.S. Champion scored 124.55 points which added up to 193.81 points overall.

“Today was really a huge accomplishment for me. I did the triple-triple in the long program and back-to-back clean programs, which is exactly the way I wanted to start this season. I think that I still have room to grow with this program, especially because it’s something that’s not my natural type of skating.” Wagner told the press.

Radionova had to overcome a shaky start when she missed the first jump, a triple Lutz, but rallied back to nail six triples, including a triple Lutz-triple toe combination. The reigning World Junior Champion earned 116.94 points and had 183.95 points overall.

“I’m not completely satisfied with my performance today. My goal was to skate clean, and I didn’t do that, but I’m very pleased with the result. I got third place and I think this is a good result for me.” the 14-year-old said.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) pulled up from ninth to fourth at 176.75 points and was ranked third in the free skating. Samantha Cesario (USA) moved up from eighth to fifth at 167.98 points and Maé-Bérénice Meité (FRA) finished sixth (167.35 points).

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Photo: Sport Malaysia

Information from ISU press release was used in this report.

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