Here is the third entry of my favorite figure skating moments of 2014:

8. Mao Asada’s Olympic freekskating performance. After a devastating short program two days earlier, the 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist skated her heart out and moved all of us to tears. Twitter exploded with support for her and she showed all of us the true meaning of being an Olympian and the sometimes overused adage about never giving up. While many argued about Yuna and Carolina being underscored, Mao was perhaps the most underscored lady of the evening because she skated in the third to last warm up group.

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