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SOCHI, February 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Japanese figure skater Mao Asada said she would do the triple Axel twice at the Sochi Olympics.
Asada went down in history at the Vancouver Olympics after performing one triple Axel in the short program and two during free skating, winning silver.
“I am planning to do one triple Axel in the short program and one during free skating. There is some risk in it, but I will take it. I did it twice during free program in Vancouver, but I see no need for that in Sochi. The Axel is important for me, but I can show a pretty good program without it as well,” the athlete said.
Asada is the only figure skater to have announced her intention to do the triple Axel at the Sochi Olympics. Ladies’ short program is scheduled for February 19 and free skating for February 20.
Asada is 23 years old, she is a student at Chukyo University, Nagoya. She began skating in 1995 after her mother thought her older sister Mai needed to strengthen her ankles in order to improve her ballet, so the siblings began taking skating lessons together. Her sister Mai is also a skater and finished fourth at the 2004 World Junior Championships and sixth at the 2006 Four Continents Championships.
Asada intends to finish her career with a medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.