Last night, Olympic Silver Medallist and 2-time world champion Mao Asada withdrew abruptly from the Grand Prix Final so she could rush home to be at her mother’s bedside. I have learned that she was unable to successfully make it home from Canada to Japan and her mother at age 48 has since passed due to complications from Cirrhosis. To Mao and her family, I personally wish you my sincere condolences. This is devastating given her tremendous progress this year after opting to rebuild her technique late in her career as an athlete who is already among the most decorated based on accomplishments alone in Japan’s history. It has been three years since she last competed at the Grand Prix Final and this year with a 2nd place finish in Moscow and a win in Tokyo, she was to be among the favourites to take this title. Mao’s technique change was the spark for me to reinvent my tennis technique (which I’ve been open about via this blog), so my thoughts are with her and I hope she finds comfort on the ice when its time to return.
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