Although she is listed as an entry for the 2012-2013 Grand Prix, Japanese Miki Ando seems reluctant to return to competition and prefering to be an artist on ice.
"I don't care about what place I get in competitions now. I just care about how I perform in front of an audience," said Ando in Shanghai last weekend to Lei Lei for China Daily. "I just want to show how I perform and if somebody can feel something from my skating, that's my goal, that's my best performance and why I dreamt of becoming a skater," she added.
After claiming her second world title at the 2011 World Championships in Moscow, Ando announced she would sit out the 2011-2012 season. Over the past year she has been busy taking part in figure-skating shows, like Art on Ice, around the world.
"I was quite busy last year, but I didn't train seriously. This year, I don't feel like I am ready for competition, but I signed a paper (with the International Skating Union) in case I want to do the Grand Prix circuit," Ando told China Daily.
"I was planning to make a decision in June, but I didn't have the time to think about it. So, (I just signed it) just in case I wanted to compete. If I don't sign the paper, I can't go. I don't feel I want to compete yet, but I signed the contract, so I have no choice I will try my best. Let's see how it works out."
Ando picked up skating at the age of eight in 1996. She made history in the 2002-2003 season at the Junior Grand Prix final when she landed a quadruple salchow and became the first female skater to land a quadruple jump of any kind in a competition. She still remains the only woman to ever perform it. Ando won her first world champion title at the 2007 worlds.
"I don't have any goal right now. I have done my job and I think skaters don't have to be competitors because we are like artists. I really enjoy being a show skater," she said. "We all have to quit some day and I'm going to be 25 this year. It's a really hard age for a woman. I don't know, maybe my next goal will be to be a great skater in show skating. Of course, it's really good to be a competitor and get good results, medals and everything. But people have to understand we have to quit some day. We have a future and other choices," she added. "I'm just thinking about the Grand Prix now. An Olympic gold medal is great, but it's so difficult. I don't know if I will attempt to go to the Sochi Olympics yet. So, maybe I will think about the Grand Prix final as the place to get another medal."
Source: China Daily