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Even with broken axel, Asada rolls smoothly on ice
Good news: Japan’s Mao Asada need not be defined by the triple axel any more. The final 45 seconds of her NHK Trophy free skate Saturday, with no jumps but a striking footwork sequence and a beautiful spiral you wish she would hold longer, show just how much Asada has matured since winning Olympic silver in 2010. Given the remaining uncertainty about how well South Korea’s Kim Yuna comes back from her foot injury, Asada, 23, is the favorite – as of now – for Olympic gold after comfortable wins in both her Grand Prix events.
November 9, 2013