Professional figure skater Miki Ando has been named among recipients of the 7th Annual Parenting Awards.
Ando, 26, is a two-time world figure skating champion who retired last year after giving birth to a baby girl. She has never disclosed the identity of the baby’s father.
She is currently in a relationship with Spanish professional skater Javier Fernandez, but the couple hasn't announced any plans to get married.
Although Ando said that she does not believe in any official prerequisites for marriage, she said that it would certainly be ideal for whomever she marries to treat her daughter as if she were his own, which Fernandez does, she added.
"He has come to see my daughter as his own," she said. "It is truly a great thing to have someone who stays by your side for the journey."
Joining Ando as recipients of the Parenting Awards at last Thursday's ceremony were kickboxer Masato and his wife Shin Yagiwa, actor Kenichi Takito, "talent" Suzanne and soccer player Tsuyoshi Kitazawa.© Japan Today