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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ando and Oda say goodbye

The ultra-competitive Japanese Nationals have ended with a very strong Olympic team in the singles disciplines (Hanyu/Machida/Takahashi and Asada/Suzuki/Murakami), as well as the first of the Olympic season retirements: Miki Ando and Nobunari Oda are hanging up their skates. Or at least, their competitive skates, since both hope to move on to coaching. These are just the first of many retirements that we can expect in the coming months... here's Oda's emotional farewell statement at the post-Nationals exhibition - you don't need to understand Japanese to be moved by his announcement.

Oda kicks off his final season with a win at the Nebelhorn Trophy

Ando en route to her second world title in 2011

Ando and Oda are both parents and they've both had careers that they and their children can be proud of. I'll look forward to seeing them in the Kiss and Cry at some point down the line.

On a somewhat related note, if he can keep this up, Evgeni Plushenko might never retire.

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