Asada finishes first in Skate America short programme


Former Japanese world champion Mao Asada grabbed the early lead at the Skate America by finishing first in the ladies short programme.

The 23-year-old Asada scored 73.18 points to beat runner-up Ashley Wagner (69.26) of the United States at the Joe Louis Arena.

Asada, who has skated for nearly a decade on the international stage, on Saturday performed her short programme to Chopin’s “Nocturne”. Her skate included a triple Axel.

Skate America is the first of six stages of the International Skating Union-sponsored Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

In the pairs short programme, Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the short programme over Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch.

The men’s free skate and the ice dance free skate also takes place Saturday.


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