Figure skating world champion Mao Asada has stunned Japan by announcing her retirement on Monday.
Asasa mentioned a lack of motivation as the reason for her decision.
“After last year’s Japan nationals, all the goals that had kept me going disappeared, along with my will to compete,” she stated in her blog.
Asada wrote that she was not able to achieve the results she aimed for since her return to competition after a break following the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
In spite of her successes on the world stage, Asada, with her trademark triple axel jump, never won an Olympic gold.
The closest she climbed was silver at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, with South Korea’s Kim Yuna getting the gold.
In Sochi in 2014 she came in sixth because of a fall during her short programme, still winning her third World Championship title a month later.
The 26-year-old took a year off after her 2014 season, but never entirely regained her form after her return to the sport.