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Japan’s Nikkan Sports under fire after publishing hugely unflattering photos of Mao Asada

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Mao Asada, the figure-skating darling so adored in Japan that she’s more commonly known simply as “Mao-chan”, hasn’t had the best week ever. After a less-than-stellar performance at the women’s short event at Sochi 2014, which ended in tears for the young skater, thousands of people took to Twitter and Facebook to voice their support for her.

But a photo spread in a recent issue of Japan’s Nikkan Sports, an affiliate of the Asahi Shimbun, almost definitely won’t make Mao-chan feel especially good about herself, and many net users are decidedly unhappy about it.

The issue of Nikkan Sports in question carries a spread of photos of the 23-year-old skater mid-routine. The photos they chose, however, are far from flattering, and many Japanese have described the article as “awful” and “cruel”.

“Are they making fun of Mao-chan here!?”

“This is really insensitive.”

“These are awful. I mean, she’s such a cute girl!”

“Is this newspaper aimed at Koreans or something!?”

Published on February 18, the paper has been around for a few days now. We’re not quite sure why Nikkan Sports decided to run such unflattering images, especially since Mao-chan is at Sochi representing the country to which the paper belongs, but we have to admit we’re happy to see her fans rallying for her so.

▼ The Nikkan Sports article

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Source: Matometa News

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Meet Yuzuru Hanyu, your first figure skating Olympic star

 

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There are spoilers here. Please don’t continue if you don’t want to find out the results…

The team skating event of The 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off with the men’s short program on Thursday. It’s a new event this year in which men’s, women’s, pairs, and ice-dancing teams from 10 countries compete together in a Davis Cup-like team competition.  The men took the ice on Thursday, a lineup which included three-time world champion Patrick Chan and skating legend Evgeni Plushenko. Those two have commanded headlines of late with some saucy verbal fighting.

But it was Japan‘s Yuzuru Hanyu (and Team Japan) who stole the show with a dazzling quadruple toe loop. Hanyu made this really, really difficult jump look ridiculously easy:

He followed that up with a breezy triple axel:

The ease and beauty of Hanyu’s performance were highlights on a night when U.S. hopeful Jeremy Abbott bobbled on his triple axel and Patrick Chan doubled one of his combination jumps. The Japanese team, which includes 2010 silver medalist Mao Asada, were happy for their teammate (which is one of the nice things about the team competition):

Hanyu’s strong performance put Japan in first, followed by Plushenko’s Russian team, and Chan’s Canadian team. The U.S. was in seventh following Abbott’s popped axel.

 

The pairs component is currently underway and will be followed by ice-dancing and the women’s competition. Because Japan’s pairs team isn’t considered as strong, Russia and Canada are hoping to make up some ground and cut into Hanyu and Japan’s lead.

 

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Meet Yuzuru Hanyu, your first figure skating Olympic star