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Mao Asada of Japan falls while competing in the Figure Skating Ladies’ Short Program on day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

  1. Pain is temporary. It may for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year. But eventually, it will subside and something else will take its place. If you quit, however, it will last forever.
"   Mao Asada’s Goodbye Asada landed the triple axel, the hardest jump in the women’s competition.
These Olympics were the last hurrah for some of the most dominant skaters of the last few years. Yuna Kim, the queen of ladies figure skating, said this was her last go. Carolina Kostner, the bronze medalist from these Games, is pretty much a guarantee too. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the two time medalists from Canada said they would likely retire. And everyone is assuming that Meryl Davis and Charlie White are going to hang up their skates after a long career, too. That’s seven Olympic medals, and a slew of world championships from the last two years. I’ve enjoyed watching these people skate, and probably rooted for all of them at one time or another. But I’m not going to miss them the way I will miss Mao Asada from Japan. Asada was arguably the best skater in the world in 2006, but was too young to compete at the Winter Games. So she stuck around for Vancouver, where she came in second place after two tremendous performances from Kim. Not content with that finish she waited another four years, a period of time which also saw the death of her mother, to compete in Sochi. And during that time she was pestered over and over about when she would retire. Fast-forward to last week’s short program where Asada turned in one of the most dismal performances of her life and found herself in 16th place. Asada could have crumbled. But she didn’t. In her free skate, she didn’t back down. She hit her triple axel (the only woman in the competition to do so) and gave the most breath-taking performance of the night and climbed all the way to 6th place. Asada hasn’t always been my favorite. But I will miss her the most. — Alexander Abad-Santos   "

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she is the best as the always, she will be missed next season!

I really she can come back.

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this program is the most beautiful program in my mind. When I watch it per time, I just can not stop crying because her every step and move so touching. This girl is deserve everything, even she made a big mistake in Olympic. BTW I still wanna this girl can compete again. #MaoAsada #figuerskating #thegirlwillbemissed #world2014