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“Although I made such a decision, there is absolutely no regret in my skating life. It is a big decision for me, but I take it as a milestone of my life. Moving forward, I will find my new dream and goal, I will keep smiling, and I will keep moving on.” #ThankYouMao

Every time she did this, it told me everything about her character and validated why she is forever my favourite and the real Queen of figure skating. She would stay on the ice sometimes two or three minutes picking up every flower she could alongside the flower retrievers. It was her way of trying to personally thank every one of her loyal supporters of the wonderful crowds in Japan. A small gesture, but massive symbolism. Thank you, Mao, not just for your legendary skating, but for your integrity and heart.

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This is the decision I’ve made, but I have no regrets for my figure skating career. This is an enormous decision for me, but I believe it is only one waypoint in the journey of my life. From here on I want to find new dreams and goals, and to keep moving forward, never forgetting to smile.” 

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women in figure skating who inspire me ♥ – international women’s day, march 8th

mao asada - symbol of her nation, experienced the highest highs and lowest lows, rises and falls and rises again, she may bend but she will never, ever break; akiko suzuki - overcame an eating disorder and fought her way back to the top, a speaker for women’s health, radiates pure joy and love of skating; yuna kim - trailblazer, shouldered a country’s expectations and did not crack, returned so her compatriots could reach their olympic dreams, ambassador and activist; ashley wagner - the almost-girl-turned-queen, faces challenges head-on and doesn’t take shit from anyone; mirai nagasu - the child star who fell from grace but refused to let that be her story, the young woman who grabbed life by the reins and writes her own destiny; michelle kwan - the eternal champion, a model of grace, faced disappointments and triumphs with dignity and class; carolina kostner - living proof that you only get better with age; wenjing sui - stares down the impossible, lets nothing, not even injuries, stand in her way, loves what she does with every fiber of her being