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Full text of Mao Asada's blog to announce retirement

Mao Asada and Yuzuru Hanyu, winners of the 2014 world championships, perform together during the exhibition program after the competition at Saitama Super Arena, on March 30, 2014. (Mainichi)

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.

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