Retiring Figure Skater Asada Has No Regrets about Career (News)

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Tokyo, April 12 (Jiji Press)—Japanese figure skating icon Asada Mao, who shocked the country with her abrupt announcement of retirement from competitive skating this week, said Wednesday she made the right decision to end her career.

"I've done all I can and feel fine," Asada, 26, said with her signature radiant smile at a press conference.

Figure skater Asada Mao talks at a press conference on April 12 in Tokyo after announcing her retirement. (© Jiji)

"Figure skating was my life," Asada, a silver medalist in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and three-time world champion, said before more than 400 members of the press. "I just loved skating."

She thanked her fans and the people who have supported her, saying it was because of them that she was able to overcome many difficulties.

Asada, credited with boosting the popularity of figure skating in Japan since her years in junior competitions, announced on her official blog on Monday that she was hanging up her skates.

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