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Mao Asada pushing skating's boundaries

Updated: October 20, 2013, 11:01 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | espnW.com

DETROIT -- They had to teach her to smile.

Not the physical act, of course, but how to really feel it, to show it in public. Mao Asada's coaches chose Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm," for her short figure skating program last season, and it doesn't get more upbeat, more Western, than that.

"Most Japanese don't show much expression; it's hard for us," said Asada's agent, Mariko Wada. "It's hard for us to express joy, a big smile, in front of people. Our culture is always ...

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