Asada could be the biggest hurdle for reigning Olympic gold medalist Yuna Kim to skate order in Sochi, having won silver in Vancouver and winning the World Championships later that year in Torino. Asada was third at the World Championships in 2013, an event that had the fullest international field since the Vancouver Games. After 2010, Asada re-built her skating, starting from scratch and trying to perfect her triple Axel, a jump in which she is the only top woman to try.
- 2014 Sochi Olympics - Sixth
- 2014 Japan National Championships - Bronze
- 2013 Grand Prix Final - Gold
- 2013 World Championships - Bronze
- 2011 and 2012 World Championships - Sixth
- 2010 World Championships - Gold
- 2010 Olympic Games - Silver
- 2008 World Championships - Gold
- 2007-2010 and 2012 and 13 Japanese National Championships - Gold
Things to know:
1. In 2010, a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver named a sushi roll after Asada, the "Asada Roll," which Mao helped design.
2. When working with coach Tatyana Tarasova, Asada lived in Russia and learned some of the language. Her favorite thing to do there? Take in the Russian ballet.
3. Asada won the 2008 World Championships title without a coach.