At the 2010 Winter Olympics, she became the first woman to land three triple axel jumps in the same competition.
Mao Asada was born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. She was named after the Japanese actress Mao Daichi. She attended Nagoya International School until the middle of 1st grade. After transferring, she graduated from Takabari Elementary School and Takabaridai Junior High. After that, she enrolled in Chukyo University.