Ando warns media to back off

Kyodo

Two-time former world figure skating champion Miki Ando, who gave birth to a baby girl in April, has asked the media to respect her privacy as she continues her preparations to return to competition for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Appearing at her first news conference since revealing in an exclusive TV Asahi interview in July that she had become a mother, Ando called on the media to stop hounding her in her daily affairs.

The 25-year-old also said she has no plans on revealing who the father is.

“I am followed even when I go shopping, and I can’t even have a normal daily life,” Ando said at a Yokohama hotel Monday. “I’m a human being just like anyone else and I have my own concerns, so please stop.

“I have to respect (the father’s) family too, so you will not hear any announcement from me on who (the father) is.”

As for juggling the two tasks of competing and child-rearing, Ando said, “Right now, it’s about half-and-half. When I come home tired and have worries, she’s (my daughter) always there, which helps me push myself to fight.”

Ando, who split with Russian coach Nikolai Morozov after winning her second world title in 2011, has missed all major competitions for the past two seasons.

She returned to Japan on Thursday from training in the United States and has completed the choreography for her short and free programs for the coming season.

  • Truthhurtsiii

    Go Miki!! Your fans love you.

  • Vlad

    I completely agree with her! Media not only should, they must respect privacy. I mean true media. Unfortunately, there are too many “yellow” guys among us, who constantly destroy the general image. Good luck in the coming new season!

  • Janeth Reblora Matsuoka

    I admired you..don’t give up..Goodluck to your next journey…

  • Michael Lara

    That’s great what you have said, but if you choose to be a celebrity, which she is, there are certain things that are a guarantee while they make big money-loss of freedom and privacy. Did Sir Paul McCartney or his deceased soulmate John complain? No. You enter this circus on your own admission so I have no sympathy for her. Miki-grow up and relish the fact that millions of people respect you, for just your sporting talent. Very few have that accolade. Quit being thinking of just yourself. That’s not what a true Olympian is.

    • Krang

      With the popularity of reality TV and the growing ease for anyone to get his/her 15 minutes of fame, I think we tend to forget that in the beginning, what used to make people become “celebrities” was primarily talent. Musicians, writers, actors, athletes… truly love what they do, and they don’t start a career just because they want to be famous some day. Granted, that’s not always the case today, but I think that’s still how it works for a majority of “celebrities”. So no, people don’t necessarily choose to have their private lives scrutinized by the general public, and they have the right to tell the media to back off.

      And really, who cares about the baby’s father? What does it have to do with anything?