Tokyo 202o summer Olympic chairman and former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori had some not-so-nice words to say about famed Japanese figure skater Mao Asada after she failed to medal in Sochi.
The Olympics are all about coming together as one and finding joy in friendly competition, and it looks like former Japanese Prime Minister and 2020 Olympic chairman Yoshiro Mori needs to be reminded about that Olympic spirit. Yoshiro cruelly dissed famed Japanese figure skater Mao Asada after her less-then-perfect Sochi performance.
Yoshiro Mori Insults Japanese Figure Skater Mao Asada
Mao may not have performed her best at the Sochi Olympics — finishing a disappointing 16th after falling during a triple axel in the short program on February 19 — but she’s still one of the best skaters in Japanese history, as a two-time World Champion and a silver medalist at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver .
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Maybe Yoshiro should be reminded of that — as well as the fact that if you don’t have something nice to say, maybe you really should just not say anything at all.
Yoshiro, who became the Olympic chairman last month, said that Mao has a bad habit of “always falling at the most critical time” during a competition. And she did fall during her short program, but Mao still scored a season’s best of 142.71 during the free skate held on February 20. Pretty impressive, if you ask us.
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Yoshiro continued by saying that competing in the team event the week before was a major factor in Mao’s loss, as she must have endured some “psychological damage” from that event.
“We shouldn’t have taken part in the team competition,” he said. “The psychological damage [Mao] incurred must have remained.”
Way harsh, Tai.
Mao Asada’s Sochi Performance
While it is unfortunate that Mao did not perform as expected, she is probably her own worst critic ,and does not need further scrutiny of her performance! We hope that between now and 2020 Yoshiro will get into the Olympic spirit, and not criticize his athletes.
What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Do you think chairman Yoshiri Mori is in the wrong? Should Mao respond to the chairman’s statements?
— Caitlin Beck