Japan's Ando becomes mother, vows to skate on
Bangkok Post -- Jul 02

Japan's 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.

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 professional Japanese figure skater who retired from competition after the 2010-2011 season.

Her 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.

Ando, who in 2002 became the first and only woman to land a quadruple jump in competition, said she became aware of her pregnancy last October when she pulled out of the 2012-2013 Grand Prix series citing insufficient conditioning.

Ando hinted she had considered an abortion.

フィギュアスケートの元世界選手権女王で今シーズン復帰する安藤美姫(25)が、7月­1日のテレビ朝日「報道ステーション」で放送されたインタビューの中で、今年4月に女­児を出産していたことを告白した。結婚はしておらず、女児の父親については明かさなか­った。来年2月のソチ五輪を目指す一方で、今シーズン限りでの引退の意向も示した。安­藤は「報道ステーション」の録画インタビューに濃紺のドレスで登場し、「1人の女性と­して生きたいというわがままな決断により、4月に赤ちゃんを無事出産しました。もう母­になりました」と告白。復帰を目指していた昨秋に妊娠が判明した際、「スケートよりも­その子の命を選んだ」という。安藤は2011年の世界選手権後に当時コーチを務めてい­たニコライ・モロゾフ氏との関係を解消。コーチが決まらず、2シーズン主要国際大会の­出場を見送っていた。

News sources: Bangkok Post, TomoNewsJP

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