Asian ladies representing in figure-skating World Championships

Kwak Min-jeung

World championships women’s result fropm Nice, France on Saturday.

1. Carolina Kostner (Italy) 189.94 2. Alena Leonova (Russia) 184.28 3. Akiko Suzuki (Japan) 180.68 4. Ashley Wagner (U.S.) 176.77 5. Kanako Murakami (Japan) 175.41 6. Mao Asada (Japan) 164.52 7. Zhang Kexin (China) 157.57 8. Valentina Marchei (Italy) 150.10 9. Ksenia Makarova (Russia) 149.48 10. Elene Gedevanishvili (Georgia) 149.20 11. Viktoria Helgesson (Sweden) 148.54 12. Yretha Silete (France) 148.18 13. Elena Glebova (Estonia) 144.28 14. Jenna McCorkell (Britain) 143.84 15. Sonia Lafuente (Spain) 140.24 16. Amelie Lacoste (Canada) 138.60 17. Nataliia Popova (Ukraine) 136.36 18. Juulia Turkkila (Finland) 135.56 19. Polina Korobeynikova (Russia) 129.98 20. Sarah Hecken (Germany) 129.20 21. Kerstin Frank (Austria) 126.17 22. Alissa Czisny (U.S.) 124.11 23. Romy Buehler (Switzerland) 116.21 24. Alisa Mikonsaari (Finland) 110.40 25. Victoria Muniz (Puerto Rico) 43.27 DNQ 26. Isabelle Pieman (Belgium) 38.45 DNQ 27. Alina Fjodorova (Latvia) 39.06 DNQ 28. Kwak Min-Jeong (Korea) 39.61 DNQ 29. Clara Peters (Ireland) 34.03 DNQ 30. Lejeanne Marais (South Africa) 32.22 DNQ

Rising star Yuzuru Hanyu inspires Daisuke Takahashi to silver

Daisuke Takahashi admitted that rapidly improving young teammate Yuzuru Hanyu had helped inspire him towards silver at the world figure skating championships. National champion Takahashi, 26, finished runner-up behind two-time winner Patrick Chan of Canada on the final day of competition on Saturday with 17-year-old Hanyu taking a surprise third.

It was the first time that Japan have had two skaters on the men’s podium, and Takahashi, the first Japanese man to win an Olympic medal with bronze in Vancouver and a world title in 2010, said that he had not wanted to be overshadowed by Hanyu. “I heard the crowd cheering and knew Yuzuru had been perfect. I said ‘ok I have to do well. I can’t let him beat me’,” said Takahashi.

“It’s like a race trying not to be left out. Yuzuru and the other skaters can still improve in the future. “Practising with Yuzuru in this competition I really feel he’s going to be a real strong rival…”


Akiko Suzuki come of age with World bronze

NICE, France–Akiko Suzuki gave herself the perfect birthday present–her first-ever medal at a world figure skating championships.  Having turned 27 three days earlier, she knows she doesn’t have many chances left.  “I believed that you can make progress from any age, and that’s what led to this medal,” Suzuki said after becoming the oldest world medalist in Japan figure skating history. “And I still believe I can get even better.”

Suzuki, who was fifth after the short program, leapfrogged young compatriots Mao Asada and Kanako Murakami to finish third behind Italy’s Carolina Kostner and Russian Alena Leonova. Suzuki, despite a minor muff on a jump in the second half, made up for it with speed and emotion to score the second-highest in the free skate behind Kostner.

While Suzuki would not comment on her prospects for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, it would seem the perfect place to close a career that has had more than its share of ups and downs. Suzuki struggled with an eating disorder early in her career, missing the entire 2003-04 season. It took several years to get back to a competitive level, but she did made Japan’s team for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where she placed eighth.  The 2010-11 season saw Suzuki… via


Patrick Chan captures men’s gold at World Skating Championships

NICE, FRANCE (AP) – Patrick Chan of Canada captured the men’s title second straight year despite a flawed free skate that included a late tumble. He is the first man to win consecutive titles since the now retired Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland in 2006.

”It’s more special than the first to be honest. I had my doubts,” Chan said. ”I think I kind of made it over the hump now. I think the world championships were harder for me this year,” Chan said. ”My quads were on a roll last year. I’ve had to work harder this season, work through it.”

Some of the crowd jeered when Chan won, perhaps because of his errors and Takahashi’s superb performance. Chan had an overall score of 266.11 points to 259.66 for Takahashi and 251.06 for Hanyu. Chan was deducted one point for going over his allotted time on the ice. He also lost a point after falling on his double axel, a jump where he could have picked up more than 3 1/2 points for completing it in the second half of his program.

”I felt like I had won, anyway, I skated smart this week,” Chan said. ”I made sure the little details added up and I still ended up on top.”

Wearing a dark red shirt and black trousers, Chan’s elegance hushed the crowd into total awe, with only the whispers of his gliding edges breaking the silence. Every jump was pure, every landing clean, until Chan wobbled coming out of a triple lutz. ”On the highlight reel it’s not going to look great,” Chan said. ”It shows that I’m human, right?” Heading into a double axel, his final jump, he pulled out of it and fell over. He twice lost his balance in Friday’s short and on Saturday did enough in the early part of his routine to avoid an upset result.

The five-time Canadian champion has won every event he’s entered this season: Skate Canada, the Trophee Bompard, the Four Continents, and a second straight Grand Prix final. Chan placed fifth behind Lambiel at the 2010 Olympics in a season beset by injuries and a coaching change shortly before those Vancouver Games. Now his sights are set on Sochi in two years.

Kim Yu Na Receives Service Award at the 17th Coca Cola Sports Awards

Kim Yu Na was a part of the “17th Coca Cola Sports Awards,” (The direct translation of the word Sports was physical activity) where she received the “service” or “meritorious deed” award. She gave her thoughts on receiving the award at the awards event.

The “Coca Cola Sports Awards” is an amateur sports awards created in 1995 in order to improve sports in Korea and also find and train new talent. Kim Yu Na received the award because of her service to the advancement of sports in South Korea through receiving a gold medal during the Vancouver Winter Olympics and also playing a big part in the allocation of the Pyeong Chang Olympics.

via Kim Yu Na Receives Service Award at the 17th Coca Cola Sports Awards.

Yani Tseng named female athlete of year by US Sports Academy

Yani Tseng with Michelle Wie

Taiwanese golf sensation Yani Tseng received any early Christmas present this year — she has been crowned the Female Athlete of the Year by the US Sports Academy, in conjunction with USA Today and NBC Sports, chosen by hundreds of thousands of sports fans worldwide in online balloting. The ballot included 12 men and 12 women from 15 countries and lasted from Dec. 1 to Monday. Tseng, from Taoyuan County’s Gueishan Township, had been named the academy’s Female Athlete of the Month twice this year, following stellar performances in July and September.

She had a historic season, claiming her fifth major championship this year at the age of 22, which made her the youngest golfer, male or female, to do so. When Pak Se-ri and Tiger Woods won their fourth major titles, they were both 24 years old. Tseng’s victory in the British Open was her second straight and had at the time been her fourth victory out of the past five women’s major tournaments.

Tseng finished the year at No. 1 in scoring average, driving distance, birdies and rounds under par en route to her second consecutive Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Player of the Year award. She collected seven LPGA titles, including two majors, as well as four other international events, and has now spent 45 straight weeks at the top of the Women’s World Golf Rankings.

runner-up Miki Ando

The runner-up to Tseng in the Female Athlete of the Year voting was Japanese figure skater Miki Ando, who had won the women’s World Figure Skating Championship in Moscow by overcoming last year’s Olympic gold medalist Kim Yu-na. It was Ando’s second world title.

via Yani named female athlete of year by US Sports Academy – Taipei Times.