Tokyo, April 11 (Jiji Press)—Japanese figure skater Asada Mao, a silver medalist in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and three-time world champion, is retiring from competitive skating.
In her blog posting on Monday, Asada, 26, said, “I’ve made a decision to quit as a competitive figure skater.”
“After last year’s Japan national championships, the goals that had kept me going disappeared, and I lost my motivation to continue as a competitive skater,” she said.
The female figure skating icon is scheduled to hold a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.
“The time has finally come after all those hardships she went through,” Satō Nobuo, who has been Asada’s coach since 2010, said in an interview. “I’m proud of her hard work.”
Japan Sheds Tears as Figure Skating Star Asada Hangs Up Boots
Tokyo, April 11 (Jiji Press)—Monday’s abrupt announcement by Japanese female figure skating icon Asada Mao of her decision to retire from competition has saddened many people in the country, including other skaters and locals in her hometown.
“You’ve really done great for such a long time,” Andō Miki, a former figure skater who vied with Asada in many competitions, said on her Instagram account.
“You must have struggled so much to reach your decision,” Andō said, adding, “I’m proud that I was a skater in the same period as Mao and played with her for Japan.”
Higuchi Wakaba, a figure skater who finished second in Japan’s national championships last year, thanked Asada on Twitter, saying that she admires her character and her performances that moved people.
“I’ll never forget your performances that I have watched since I was a kid as a fan. Thank you very much,” wrote Higuchi, a high school student.
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