Here she comes again: Japan’s Mao Shimada gets ready to shine on the ISU Junior circuit. The 14-year-old won each international competition she entered in the past season, including the ISU World Junior Championships and Junior Grand Prix Final titles.
“My most memorable experience was the Junior Worlds,” Mao recalled. “I had made a very frustrating experience at the Nationals and after that I went to Junior Worlds. Before (the competition), I wasn’t able to get into a good shape and then the competition had already started. Despite (these circumstances), I was able to pull off a good short and Free Program, that’s why this event left a strong impression on me.”
Shimada has been named in honor of three-time ISU World Champion and Japanese super star Mao Asada and follows in her footsteps. Like Asada, she made a splash on the international scene right in her debut season and like Asada, she has the triple Axel in her arsenal. However, on top of that, the “new Mao” has mastered the quadruple toeloop.