I personally like figure skating. Figure skating has been for Western countries sports for a long time. However, Asian skaters compete with other skaters in final stage now.
Japanese skaters, Daisuke Takahashi and Mao Asada got a gold medal in 2008 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Korea this week. I can’t believe Asian, two Japanese skaters could win. Though high ranking skaters did not take part in this competition, I couldn’t imagine Japanese skaters can win. Takahashi and Asada got high points for technical elements and artistic impression. Their skating fascinated audiences. Elegance and posture of Western people is superior than Asian. Long leg and shapely body etc… We had always inferiority complex for Western people. However, Japanese posture changes now.
Daisuke Takahashi is strong skating and has technical talent. And he is famous for elegance straight line step. His short program in this year is excellent.
And Mao Asada is very popular in Japan. She is still 17 years old and her good rival is Korean skater, Yuna Kim. She is very beautiful skater, too. Mao is like a ballet dancers on ice.
In Torino Olympic game, Shizuka Arakawa won as first Asian female single skater. Japanese were enthused with her skating in Japan. After Olympic the competitions were on air in TV. Japanese people can cheer Japanese skaters at home. Also Japanese skater, Miki Ando won in 2007 World cup.
2008 World cup will be held in Sweden. These skaters will take part in. If Tkahashi and Asada could win, they would be real world champion.