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Miki Ando requests privacy from media

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Two-time figure skating world champion Miki Ando, 25, who gave birth to a baby girl in April, on Monday asked media to back off and refrain from invading her privacy.

Speaking at a news conference in Yokohama, Ando asked the media to keep their distance as she continues her preparations to return to the world stage at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Sports Nippon reported.

Ando said over-zealous journalists had made it impossible for her to go shopping without being mobbed.

Speaking about the pressures of raising a daughter while competing in world-class figure skating, Ando remarked that although it was tiring dividing her time between training and motherhood, seeing her daughter's face made her want to do her best.

Responding to press questions about the girl's father, Ando responded that his family valued their privacy and that she would not be making any official announcements about his identity.

After Ando announced she was a mother last month on TV Asahi, media speculated the father 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, 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.

"Skating is something indispensable that has brought me up to where I am," she said. "I could not make up my mind all the way but I hated to make a decision to say goodbye (to the baby). I have chosen the baby's life over skating. It was a decision I made naturally as a woman."

Ando resumed practice a month after giving birth in April, adding muscle toning to her regime. She appeared in a domestic ice show on June 28 where she displayed her triple salchow.

To qualify for the Olympics, she needs To finish on the podium at the national championships in December. Japan has three women's singles figure skating spots in Sochi.

Ahead of that she will have to qualify for the nationals through regional championships in October.

Ando, who finished 15th in the 2006 Turin Olympics and fifth in the 2010 Vancouver Games, parted company with Russian coach Nikolai Morozov after winning her second world title in Moscow in 2011.

Ando and Morozov were once romantically linked in media reports, which they did not deny, until they ended the professional relationship. Morozov told the Fuji TV network he was not the baby's father.

In May, a Japanese paparazzi magazine published photos of Ando and the 27-year-old Japanese pro skater, with a caption claiming they were living together in Yokohama.

Figure skating is wildly popular in Japan with domestic competitions nationally televised. The country has produced five women's world champions, including Mao Asada who was also the 2010 Olympic silver medalist, and one men's champion.

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Fat chance.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Hmm I thought the father was the Russian coach. Maybe thats why she needs some privacy so that people can't see her kid is a halfling.

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if she wants privacy then she's gonna have to answer that big question looming over her, "who's the father?" until then, they press are gonna be on her like white on rice, or brown on genmai.

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"Ando said over-zealous journalists had made it impossible for her to go shopping without being mobbed."

Oh, please, Mini-Mao! Or wait... which one was 'Mini-Mao'? Where is Mao? She busy out with Ishikawa Ryou?

The media here is more disgusting than the paparazzi. I'd ask them to give the woman a break, please, but they will not, and her asking them to will make her a pariah, especially if she doesn't grant them instant sell-out rights.

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Ando responded that his family valued their privacy

If its the father's family that is holding her back then they need to get their priorities straight.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

If its the father's family that is holding her back then they need to get their priorities straight.

That's what they do. As long as the man is not known by the media, he is like any Japanese dad, he can do his business, take his daughter to places, the grand-parents, too, they can walk to the koen with the baby, go to a pool or the beach...and everybody lets them live quietly. They don't want the paparazzi stalking them like they already do with the mother.

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Leave the poor woman alone. I am no Miki fan but christ, the media here is treating her like a woman with a scarlet A. She is a grown women, sex is all over the place in this country from porn to sex shops out in the open but heaven forbid she decides NOT to marry like the rest of the idiots here...

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haha I can see the media telling her "people deserve to know!". I am sure some of them are thinking like "we are making her famous, and she doesn't play the game, who does she think she is uh?". They are the worst.

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Ando needs a few gold medals under her belt before she can say get out of my face and the media understand it's not just a "sell out or get out" situation they can control. People like Murakami Haruki and The Southern Allstars can tell the media off and despite the media afterwards suggest they wrong the media will want more, but Ando isn't there yet. I WISH the media would leave her alone, but alas, in Japan if you do something famous, especially if you are praised for it internationally, it needs to be seen/heard from elevator muzak to coffee can poster by the end of the day.

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Why does the father deserve privacy, and she does not? Doesn't seem fair. If he discloses his role, instead of covering it up, then the media would back off.

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Jeff, she DOES deserve privacy, hence the issue. The media would not back off until they have this horrible role model single mother married off.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Wasn't she the one milking the media cash cow with her story in the first place? And she considered an abortion? Zero respect for this girl.

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Respect her or not, she's entitled to privacy just like you and I.

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@tmarie, then she shouldn't have sought out the media's attention in the first place.

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I don't think did.

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Generally, people don't do interviews about topics that they want to be kept private, let alone exclusive interviews (which generally involve a fee paid to the interviewee), which she did. You can google for her interviews if you don't believe me. This deplorable "role model" was using her scandal to bring her back into the media spotlight. Now, she's had enough, but too late, her Pandora's Box has been opened for the public eye to see.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

That's what they do. As long as the man is not known by the media, he is like any Japanese dad, he can do his business, take his daughter to places, the grand-parents, too, they can walk to the koen with the baby, go to a pool or the beach...and everybody lets them live quietly. They don't want the paparazzi stalking them like they already do with the mother.

My point is what JeffLee said above. If the father revealed himself, they will at least back off Miki a bit instead of constantly following her to see who the father is. Paparazzi could care less about the father himself and would get bored with him in a few days.

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Magnet

And she considered an abortion? Zero respect for this girl.

Oh Jesus, another one who thinks (s)he can tell a stranger what she can or cannot do with her own body.

The only thing that shocks me is that there are people out there who have unprotected sex and are surprised it can result in a pregnancy. Do they not have sex education? We're not even talking about a teenager (physically). According to Japanese law, since she isn't married, is the child fatherless?

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Japan if you do something famous, especially if you are praised for it internationally, it needs to be seen/heard from elevator muzak to coffee can poster by the end of the day.

This is hardly unique to Japan. One of the most disgusting things to witness celeb-wise was how voracious and violently the American paparazzi behaved as they harrassed and stalked a mentally ill Britney Spears. The way the media fed of her breakdown was disgusting and I haven't seen anything in Japan that compares.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

The baby's parents are both figure skaters? I foresee a bright future for that child!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The disgusting, uneducated vultures that are Japanese media should leave the poor lady alone. At the end of the day she should be praised for choosing to have a child here - unlike almost everyone else.

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Hey just do what Tiger did......release the story to one magazine (for a hefty sum) in a tell-all with photos of the baby and what not. It will stop the media frenzy because there won't be any scoop to get anymore.

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I dont care.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Am I missing something? Why is she a 'deplorable' role model?

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Why is she a 'deplorable' role model?

She is a woman that dares not being a childless married full-time housewife, in a sexless marriage, and whose major contributions to society are doing the ikebana on Thursday and shopping at Isetan the other days.

According to Japanese law, since she isn't married, is the child fatherless?

Fatherless, it is in case the father is dead or unknown. The kid officially has 2 parents in Japanese law. It's the same status as for the child of a divorced couple.

a tell-all with photos ... It will stop the media frenzy

No, it wouldn't. The demonstration is in this article, She had admitted her relationship with former coach and boyfriend, and even announced that they split. And 2 yrs after the split, there the photo of the guy in any article about her (like here) and the media go to ask him if he is dad of her baby. If they find you an interesting target, the paparazzi never let you. Rie Miyazawa had also lived it, and took it particularly painfully. When she had her child, she has not let the media know the dad's identity... till after, they separated and divorced.

You can google for her interviews if you don't believe me.

She gave exactly ONE interview about the baby before this one, it was communicated on JT then. I have not found she did anything like for Yu Darvish and Mrs when they were having the media film all their life.

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@Pukey2, technically, an abortion involves terminating (killing) a fetus, a seperate (human) lifeform in itself, therefore, not her body. Not gonna get any further into this argument with you about it.

I agree with you though about the surprise pregnancy thing. People are stupid. If you don't want to have kids, use protection.

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JeffLee: "Why does the father deserve privacy, and she does not? Doesn't seem fair."

It doesn't matter, since it's not him, but Ando herself, asking for it. She's wishing for something the media will not give.

"If he discloses his role, instead of covering it up, then the media would back off."

You base this on what? Past example? What the media would do is sell more magazines and get more play, which they would therefore go after later. Once given a name they would dig up and publish the man's history.

Magnet: "Generally, people don't do interviews about topics that they want to be kept private, let alone exclusive interviews (which generally involve a fee paid to the interviewee), which she did."

So, not in many cases, is what you mean to say. Or wait... where are all your links to the interviews she gave for the nine months she was pregnant? Drop the baggage at the door, please.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

She's a public figure, a celebrity in fact. Which means she enjoys certain benefits and privilege that the average person won't have - the eyes and ears of the media and public platform.

Since she has enjoyed these benefits, she can't just request privacy when she is a public figure. If she decides to retire from the public eye and venture into a normalized life, then given time, the public will automatically reciprocate. Legally, its more of a tort thing.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Why can't she "just request" the privacy. It's not just abotu her and she knows that, it's about her daughter. Dislike her and disrespect her but her daughter has a right to privacy.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

To get to Olympics she has to finish on top in October, then do it again in December....Yeah I would ask for some privacy too. As for privacy, I'd get the of region if I were her.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Cos. Well said! LMAO.

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