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Figure skater Mao Asada 50-50 on retirement

Japanese figure skater Mao Asada says there is a 50-50 chance she will continue her career after an impressive performance in the free skate at the Sochi Olympics.

Has impressive performance in free skate in Sochi

Figure skater Mao Asada was reportedly weighing retirement before the Sochi Olympics. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Japanese figure skater Mao Asada says there is a 50-50 chance she will continue her career after an impressive performance in the free skate at the Sochi Olympics.

Asada fell on her trademark triple axel to finish a disappointing 16th after the short program in Sochi but came back strongly in the free skate, recording a career best of 142.71 that gave her a total of 198.22 points for sixth place.

Japanese media reported Asada would retire after Sochi but the 23-year-old skater said she may continue skating after next month's world championships in Saitama, Japan.

Asada said she did not regret attempting the difficult triple axel in Sochi and took a lighthearted jab at former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who criticized her for falling.

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