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Thread: Mao Asada announces retirement

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    Quote Originally Posted by frida80 View Post
    Awww... She will be sorely missed.

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    I can't believe it. I know the writing was probably on the wall for Mao but I was so hoping she'd make one last run for the Olympics.

    Thank you Mao for your beautiful skating, the 3A and a wonderful career that I very much enjoyed following from afar. I wish for you every happiness and great success in all of your future endeavors.
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    I can't really say it was a shock, but I am SHOOK.

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    I'm so glad I got to see her at Skate America this season. Even if her jumps weren't completely there, I will never forget being mesmerized by her step sequences!

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    Thank You Mao. Thank you for all the memories :,)

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    Sad for us fans but understandable. I wish her all the best for her future! Thank you Mao!

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    So who of us is the first to put together a 'best of Mao' video playlist so we can all shed tears together. She truly was wonderful.

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    I knew she would retire the next year no matter what. Also, her chances of making the Olympic team were very low and I actually didn't expect her to make it.

    And yet, I can't deal with this annoucement.

    Mao is one of the finest skates to ever lay foot on ice and I wanted to witness her greatness for just one more year... Even though she wouldn't be at her best. It's very sad to think that she never had the opportunity to win that elusive Olympic Gold.

    But then again, all downsides has a positive. And had Sochi not happened, I probably wouldn't have cared at all. Yuna was my all time favourite. I didn't care about Mao's failure at her SP at all. When I heard she was going for eight triples, I expected her to fail and was actually expecting to se her fall down the standings. But then she delivered one of the best free skates of all time. I still wasn't completely sold on her, but the fact she did right triples and was very expressive in her steps made my heart melt.

    I thought I would cry if anyone broke Yuna's world records. When I found out Mao broke her SP record, I nearly cried. But it wasn't just the sadness. It was mainly happiness of how a stunning program broke the record and that Mao finally got her redeption and won my heart.

    Arigatou Mao.
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    She is one of a few ladies who has beautiful skating...
    I will definitely miss her. Thank you for everything Mao. :')

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    No. Noooo. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

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    ... I thought that she was going to wait until 2018... we may have been waiting for it but it still comes across as a kind of shock tbh.
    So...

    Thank you Mao-Chan, you are the reason the eleven year-old me started watching figure skating after seeing you on the 2005 Bompard trophy on tv. I was already skating for 3 years but you're the one who got me inspired with moves, music and training harder. I was bumped that you couldn't go Torino 2006, you could have won it.
    Thank you for that LP in sochi. MAJESTIC.
    Thank you for being one of the greatest skaters of all time. (You realise that people are going to make movies about you, right ?)
    You inspired a generation of skaters in your country, BE PROUD.

    I hope we get to see you light up the 2020 olympic torch in Tokyo.

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    Thank you, Mao! I was lucky enough to watch you skating live more than once. 2014 Saitama WC~ that was the best Nocturne!

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    Thank you so much, Mao. We'll miss you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha'sSpins View Post
    beautiful skaing, the 3A and a wonderful career
    Let's remember her good times fondly and warmly.
    Last edited by asp11; 04-10-2017 at 12:15 PM.

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    Jackie Wong's tribute to Mao's Career.

    http://www.rockerskating.com/news/20...redible-career

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