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Figure skater Asada Mao announces retirement

April 11, 2017 @ 9:03 am
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Three-time world figure skating champion Asada Mao (26) announced on April 10 that she is retiring. 


Asada, who is known for her triple axels, started skating when she was just 5 years old. After coming in 6th place at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014, she took a year off then resumed her skating career. However, she struggled with her left knee injury, placing 12th at the Japanese Championships last December. 


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In her blog, she wrote, "The goal that had been motivating me disappeared, and I lost the energy to continue my skating career. Although this is the decision I made, I have no regrets over my life as a figure skater."


Source & Image: Asahi Shimbun

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