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Figure skating: Asada defers decision on retirement

Japanese figure skater Mao Asada said Sunday, the day after winning the world title, that she needed more time to decide when to retire from competition. Asada, the runner-up to South Korean star Kim Yu-Na at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, has kept her fans and skating officials in suspense by saying she had a "50-50 chance" of continuing to compete after this season. "What I feel is that I need some rest now," the 23-year-old told reporters during an exhibition after the season-closing world figure skating championships in Saitama near Tokyo.

Figure skating: Asada wins world crown after Olympics misery

Japan's Mao Asada won her third women's world figure skating title on Saturday before a roaring home crowd, springing back from a disappointing result at last month's Sochi Olympics. Russia's 15-year-old European champion Julia Lipnitskaia finished second and Italian veteran and Olympic bronze medallist Carolina Kostner took third at the world championships in Saitama, near Tokyo. Asada, the 2008 and 2010 world champion, finished sixth in Sochi landing her trademark triple axel, fighting back from a disastrous 16th spot in the short programme.

Figure skating: Resurgent Asada breaks world record

Japan's Mao Asada broke the short programme world record in a bid for a third women's title at the world championships Thursday, putting her disastrous Olympic performance behind her. Skating to Frederic Chopin's "Nocturne in E Flat major" in what could be the last competition of her career, the 23-year-old nailed her trademark triple axel in her opening element, followed by a clean triple flip and a triple-double loop combination.

Figure skating: Resurgent Asada breaks world record

Japan's Mao Asada broke the short programme world record in a bid for a third women's title at the world championships Thursday to put her disastrous Olympic performance behind her. Skating to Frederic Chopin's "Nocturne in E Flat major" in what could be the last competition of her career, the 23-year-old nailed her trademark triple Axel in her opening element, followed by a clean triple flip and a triple-double loop combination.

South Korea to file complaint to skating body over Sochi judges

(Reuters) - The South Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) will file an official complaint to the International Skating Union about the figure skating judging panel used at the Sochi Games which deemed Kim Yuna's routine only worthy of a silver medal. Kim had arrived in Russia for the February Games as the hot favorite to successfully defend the title, but despite completing a faultless final routine she was left with only a silver as home favorite Adelina Sotnikova took a shock gold.

Seoul to award three Winter Olympics medalists highest sports honors

SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government announced on Monday it will seek to award three medalists from the recent Winter Olympics the most prestigious national order of merit in sports, in an apparent attempt to assuage critics of its revamped qualification requirements for the honors. In a statement, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said speed skater Lee Sang-hwa, short tracker Park Seung-hi and figure skater Kim Yu-na will be considered for the Chungryong Medal, the highest decoration in South Korea's Order of Sports Merit.

Winter Olympics stars honored as top amateur athletes

SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa and figure skater Kim Yu-na were named South Korea's top amateur athletes at an annual award ceremony on Wednesday. They shared the highest individual honors at the corporate-sponsored event, which has been recognizing the country's amateur athletes since 1995. Lee and Kim were honored for their accomplishments at the Sochi Winter Olympics held last month in Russia.

Winter Olympics stars honored as top amateur athletes

SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa and figure skater Kim Yu-na were named South Korea's top amateur athletes at an annual award ceremony on Wednesday. They shared the highest individual honors at the corporate-sponsored event, which has been recognizing the country's amateur athletes since 1995. Lee and Kim were honored for their accomplishments at the Sochi Winter Olympics held last month in Russia.

Kim Yu-na to hold farewell ice shows in May: agency

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean figure skating icon Kim Yu-na will hold farewell ice shows in Seoul this spring, her agency announced Monday. All That Sports said Kim will take the center stage at her corporate-sponsored ice shows from May 4 to 6 in the nation's capital. The 23-year-old star retired from competition after the Sochi Winter Olympics last month. She picked up the silver medal behind Adelina Sotnikova of Russia, after winning the gold at the previous Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.

Figure skating icon Kim Yu-na dating hockey player: agency

SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- Figure skating star Kim Yu-na is dating a hockey player, Kim's agency said Thursday while confirming an earlier report, a development that sent shockwaves through cyberspace and sports communities alike.
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