Ando reveals she gave birth in April

AFP-JIJI

Two-time world figure skating champion Miki Ando has revealed she secretly had a baby during a break from competition, but vowed to come back and seek a spot in next year’s Sochi Olympics.

Pictures showing the 25-year-old and her baby girl were splashed over the front pages of sports dailies Tuesday, the morning after her revelation on a late-night television show.

“I became a mother after successfully giving birth in April,” the 2007 and 2011 world champion said with a big smile on the TV Asahi network on Monday night.

Ando, who has shunned competition in the last two seasons, did not say who the baby’s father was. But media speculated he might be a 27-year-old Japanese skater who retired from competition after the 2010-2011 season.

The interviewer quoted Ando as saying off camera that she definitely wanted to get married when “various arrangements have been made with the partner”.

Ando said she would pursue her dream of competing in her third Olympics in February and then retire.

“I want to continue working hard on the rink in a responsible manner,” she said.