- physical ... spirit
- win world championships
- 世界選手権で優勝する（後出 national championships は全日本選手権）
- make a comeback
- add to ～
- Grand Prix Final
- strike (→ struck) an emotional chord with ～
- fall on ～
Retiring Without Regrets
Figure skating star Asada Mao, 26, has no regrets about her decision to retire.
"I, Asada Mao, have decided to end my career as an athlete. I put all my physical strength and spirit into it, so I have no regrets now," she said at a news conference in Tokyo on April 12.
Asada led Japan's figure skating scene since her teens with her trademark triple axel. She started skating at the age of 5 and won world championships in 2008, 2010, 2014, and a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Asada decided to take a break from competitive skating in 2014 and made a comeback the following year. While she had some positive results, a career‐low 12th‐place finish at the national championships last December convinced her it was time to end her career.
"I did notice things were more difficult after coming back, and after the national championships I felt it's enough, it's OK (to retire)," said Asada, who announced her retirement from her 21‐year career on her blog on April 10.
Soft‐spoken and exceedingly polite, many regarded her as their own "younger sister" and her photogenic looks added to the aura. When her mother died in 2011 while Asada was away for the Grand Prix Final in Canada, her loss struck an emotional chord with her fans.
"Over my long career, I encountered a lot of mountains," Asada said. "I was able to get over those mountains thanks to the support of many people and I'm full of gratitude."
Asada called her performance in the free skate at the 2014 Sochi Olympics her most memorable. She placed 16th in the short program in Sochi after falling on her triple axel. But in a stirring free skate which included eight triple jumps － which no other skater did in that event － Asada rebounded, earning a personal best score of 142.71. That placed Asada third in the free skating and sixth overall. Even though she didn't win a medal, it was a performance that many will never forget.
As for what's next, Asada said she is ready to take a new step in her life and will continue appearing in figure skating shows.
"I have no unease about the future," Asada said. "I want to try new things and keep moving forward in a positive way."
(Compiled from AP and Mainichi reports)