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4:17 am - 02/27/2010

Ayu's support helps Asada Mao win silver medal



The news of figureskater Asada Mao (19) winning the silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics has excited even the entertainment world. Singer Hamasaki Ayumi (31), who knew Mao to be a big fan of hers, sent an autographed CD to her just before the games, with the words of appreciation "Thank you for your courage and passion".



Translation from Misa-chan @ AHS:

The news of figureskater Asada Mao (19) winning the silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics has excited even the entertainment world. Singer Hamasaki Ayumi (31), who knew Mao to be a big fan of hers, sent an autographed CD to her just before the games, with the words of appreciation "Thank you for your courage and passion".

The presence of her love for ayu helped Mao to achieve the silver medal.

According to insiders, Mao received an autographed copy of ayu's new "You were.../BALLAD" CD just before the games from an ayu staff. On it was the message "Mao-chan, good luck for Vancouver". Mao was said to have treated the CD as a good-luck charm.

Hearing the excited crowd's thundering after Kim Yuna's performance, Mao listened to the tunes ayu gave her just before her own performance to calm herself down.

ayu, who was watching the games on TV, showed her appreciation with the words "With no end in sight, just like a lasting forever, these 4 years have passed by like a dream in just the blink of an eye". She also added "Mao-chan, who has accomplished such big things in the past, what is she thinking of right now?"

The 2 share a strong bond. They met in August in 2005, at the a-nation event in Nagoya. Ever since visiting ayu backstage then, Mao has attended more of ayu's lives countless times. When ayu lost the ability to hear in her left ear in January of 2008, Mao's personal words of encouragement were leaked and managed to reach ayu herself, "I wish for her to stand strong, and continue singing".

During the same year, on 9th April, 10th anniversary live performance, 12,000 audience members sang "Who..." as a surprise for ayu, moving her to tears. Mao was in the audience as well.

This time, ayu's support has helped Mao win her silver medal. ayu, who is looking forward to meeting up with Mao after her return, says "I really really look forward to the day when she comes back to Japan, with a brilliant smile on her face". She also added, "I thank Mao for her deep passion and courage to not give up!!"

Sources:
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/entertainments/music/100227/msc1002270701000-n1.htm
http://www.chunichi.co.jp/chuspo/article/sports/news/CK2010022702000131.html
http://www.daily.co.jp/gossip/article/2010/02/27/0002744199.shtml
http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/entertainment/news/20100227-OHT1T00024.htm?from=related
& truehappiness + misa-chan @ AHS for the translation

this is so cute, she really is a big and supportive ayu fan, and ayu is so sweet!
jessilestrange 27th-Feb-2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
shonen_key 27th-Feb-2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Aww <3
eatingthepie 27th-Feb-2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
aww ♥
chloe1910 27th-Feb-2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
ayu is really sweet♥
katherinekate 27th-Feb-2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
That is such a great story!
casenumber825 27th-Feb-2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Awww that is really lovely ♥♥♥
pandapples33 27th-Feb-2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
♥♥♥♥♥
cnidaria_jin 27th-Feb-2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
so sweet ♥
kyra_chann 27th-Feb-2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
I love Mao ♥
ayustar 27th-Feb-2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Nice!!
pilkul_calpico 27th-Feb-2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
How sweet! It's just nice to see this!
~much luv
faunkegin 27th-Feb-2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Awee, this is so touching! ;___;
logical_fish 27th-Feb-2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Not all that big a fan of Ayu, but that was sweet of her.
nakurity 27th-Feb-2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Ayu ♥
usakochan 27th-Feb-2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thats adorable. ♥
nene718 27th-Feb-2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
That's adorable.
wackypinkbunny 27th-Feb-2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
aww, that's such a cute story.
volume1995 27th-Feb-2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
i hate ayu's music to death but seems like a really nice person
wotdoumean 27th-Feb-2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
i like this compliment because it is sincere and not backhanded
replay_dolly 1st-Mar-2010 07:57 am (UTC)
MTE. I'd become her fan just for that personality of hers XD
midnitexsonata 27th-Feb-2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
ayu<3
kimivalkyrie 27th-Feb-2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
She is such a lovely person ♥
zeopower6 27th-Feb-2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Ayu <3.
aprilisloca 27th-Feb-2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Love how the 2 continue to support each back and forth
lane_myer 28th-Feb-2010 12:27 am (UTC)
Not a fan of Ayu, but that's so sweet how supportive they are with each other as fans.
cuizy 28th-Feb-2010 01:33 am (UTC)
that's cute

even tho i was rooting for kim yuna :P
rainbow_yarn 28th-Feb-2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Ayuuu &Hearts;
stole_away 28th-Feb-2010 02:45 am (UTC)
this is so sweet <3 ♥
aozora7 28th-Feb-2010 03:06 am (UTC)
my heart feels so warm reading this article, these two woman are amazing (*_*)
shiroikazex 28th-Feb-2010 05:24 am (UTC)
aww <3
mjspice 28th-Feb-2010 05:55 am (UTC)
YAY AYU! :D
convenience93 28th-Feb-2010 06:13 am (UTC)
awwwss sooo sweet!! that's just so cute! ;)
sakura10101 28th-Feb-2010 06:27 am (UTC)
Very sweet :)
kurosaki_akane 28th-Feb-2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
This is such a sweet story!
carazon 28th-Feb-2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
As much as I loathe Ayumi's recent music and lack of creative talent with a passion, she does seem like a genuinely sweet person.
greenteafroyo 28th-Feb-2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
(: aww.
even_in_death88 1st-Mar-2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
ayu is so sweet
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