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Mao Asada still unsure of figure skating future

Mao Asada

Japan’s Mao Asada shows her gold medal during the awards ceremony of the ladies free skating competition at the world figure skating championships in Saitama on March 29, 2014. Japan’s Mao Asada won her third women’s world figure skating title on March 29 before a roaring home crowd, springing back from a disappointing result at last month’s Sochi Olympics. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

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World champion Mao Asada remains undecided on if she will return to competitive figure skating, she said after graduating from her university in Japan on Thursday, according to Japanese reports.

“I am not sure what will happen in the future,” Asada said, according to the Asahi Shimbun, which reported Asada added that she will continue practicing at her university’s ice rink.

In May, Asada said she was “50-50" about returning to competition after she would take the 2014-15 season off.

Asada, 24, won silver at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics behind Yuna Kim, but she lost any shot of a medal in Sochi with a 16th-place showing in the short program. She rebounded to finish sixth at her second Olympics and then won her third World Championship one month later in Saitama, Japan, without Kim and Russian Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova in the field.

Asada said last year she was mentally and physically tired and wanted a chance to focus on other things, like college.

The World Championships, without Asada, are next week in Shanghai. The women’s field includes zero previous Olympic or World Championships individual medalists.

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