Mao Asada Speaks Out During Korea Visit

Korean figure skating fans got another treat on Saturday and Sunday as many Olympic medalists staged an ice show at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul. The Hyundai Card Super Match X – Medalists on Ice show featured recent Vancouver Olympic stars such as men's gold medalist Evan Lysacek of the United States, pairs' gold medalist Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo of China, and women's silver medalist Mao Asada of Japan.

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After official practice on Friday, Asada told reporters, "Figure skating got more attention because of rivalry between Kim Yu-na and me. I hope the momentum carries on with more such 'good' rivalry."

Turning to changes to the scoring system by the International Skating Union that have already been dubbed the "Asada rules," the skater said there is no truth in the claim that they work in her favor. At the official press conference at Hyundai Card headquarters in Seoul, Asada said, "It's good that the ISU raised the base value of certain jumps. But that in itself isn't to my advantage. What's important is that I nail the triple axels in the competition. If I don't, the rules don't matter at all."

The ISU in early May announced new rules for its figure skating scoring system, which included increasing the base value of technically more demanding jumps while decreasing it for easier jumps. Kim Yu-na expressed dissatisfaction at the change by saying, "I don't understand why they tried to change the rules in such a way."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 07, 2010 12:35 KST