Nagoya: Reigning world champions Mao Asada and Daisuke Takahashi of Japan will highlight this weekend's NHK Trophy, the first event of the International Skating Union's 2010 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Asada, who won the silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics and is a two-time world champion, will be competing in her first event under new coach Nobuo Sato.
In the pairs event, Olympic silver medalists and world champions Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China are also competing, meaning three of the four world senior champions are taking part in the season-opening event. Jeremy Abbott, the two-time defending national champion, will be among 13 skaters representing the United States.
First Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 20:38