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Julie Chu to carry US flag at Olympic closing ceremony

AsAm News:

Four-time Olympic medalist Julie Chu will carry the flag in the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, according to the Bleacher Report.

Chu is the forward on Team USA’s women’s hockey team and has won three silvers and a bronze.

The announcement from the US Olympic Committee was made just one day after Team USA lost to its nemesis Team Canada in a 3-2 overtime defeat.

Chu also won the silver with Team USA in 2002 and 2010 and the bronze in 2006.

She is the first Asian American to make Team USA’s women’s hockey team and the first Asian American ever to be a flag bearer for the United States at the Olympics.

She just brings experience,” said U.S. coach Katey Stone, who was also Chu’s coach at Harvard. “She’s in the right place at the right time, ready to make plays. She over communicates with her teammates. She helps them stay calmer on so many levels. She’s a caring soul. We wouldn’t be here without her.”

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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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