Figure skating star Mao Asada on April 10 wrote in her blog about her decision to retire. Below is a translation of the full post:
I, Mao Asada, have decided to end my career as a competitive figure skater.
I think I have been able to skate for such a long time and have overcome many things because of the support and cheering on of many people.
In the (2014) world championships after the Sochi Olympics, I finished my program with my best performance and result. If I had ended my figure skating life then, I might still have wanted to return to competition today. There were many things I would not have known had I not come back as a competitive skater.
After returning to competitive skating (after taking a break over the 2014-2015 season), I could not perform or deliver results as I had hoped and I was often distressed.
And after finishing the Japan championships last year, the goals that have encouraged me throughout the years were gone, and I lost my motivation to continue skating as a competitive athlete. Even though I have come to make this decision, I have no regrets in my figure skating life.
While this was a big decision to make, I see it as one of the waypoints in life. I hope to find new dreams and goals and move forward, always with a smile on my face.
To everyone, thank you so much for your great support all this time.