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Mao Shimada Aiming for Repeat Victory at Japan Junior Championships

As a debutante, the 14-year-old skating starlet captured the women's title at the Japan Junior Championships in November 2021.

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Mao Shimada performs her free skate program at the Junior Grand Prix competition in Gdansk, Poland, on September 30. (ⒸISU)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website.

HITACHINAKA, Ibaraki Pref. ― Teen sensation Mao Shimada will look to defend her title when she takes the ice on Saturday, November 26 for the women's short program at the Japan Junior Championships

The 14-year-old pulled off a rare double last season when she won the Japan Novice Championships and followed that up with a triumph in her first appearance at the national junior event.

Shimada has taken the Junior Grand Prix circuit by storm in her debut season, capturing the crown comfortably in both the Czech Republic and Poland to qualify for the JGP Final in December in Turin, Italy. With a quadruple toe loop and a triple axel in her jump arsenal, Shimada will be a prohibitive favorite to win her second junior title here.

Read the full story on SportsLook.

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Author: Jack Gallagher

The author is a veteran sports journalist and one of the world's foremost figure skating experts. Find articles and podcasts by Jack on his author page, here, and find him on Twitter @sportsjapan.

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