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Fans across the nation expressed shock Monday night after hearing beloved figure skater Mao Asada, the 26-year-old long-time face of Japanese figure skating, was retiring as a competitor.

“I’ll never forget how she won a silver medal in the (2010) Vancouver Olympics,” said 19-year-old university student Hiroya Mukuno in the city of Fukuoka. “It’s sad that we cannot see our national star’s skating anymore.”

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