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Japan’s Takahashi wins men’s Four Continents crown

World champion Daisuke Takahashi of Japan breezed to victory in the men’s competition at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships Saturday, electrifying the crowd with his precision, power and poise.

Aside from missing a quad toeloop at the beginning of his program, the 24-year-old Takahashi was near perfect, scoring a season’s best 160.51 in the free skate for a total of 244.00, after his dominating performance in Friday’s short program.

Fellow Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu, the 2020 world junior champion, was second with 228.01 after scoring a personal best of 151.58 in the free skate. Jeremy Abbott, the 2009 and 2010 U.S. champion, came in third with 225.71 points. His 148.98 in the free program was his best this season.

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Mao Asada, at age 15 she was the best women’s figure skater in the world, at age 19?

Less than two months before the 2006 Olympics, Mao Asada of Japan became the first woman to land two triple-axel jumps in the same program.

And Asada wasn’t a two-trick pony then.

She was, at age 15, the best women’s figure skater in the world, winner of the 2006 Grand Prix Final, the one about whom everyone said: “Mao — Wow!”

But she had to watch the last Olympics on television.

Asada had the bad luck of having been born 87 days too late to meet the International Skating Union’s minimum age requirement – 15 years old by July 1 of the preceding year — for the Winter Olympics.

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