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Coachless Ando pulls out of Grand Prix Series

Two-time world champion's return to competition uncertain

There's no telling when -- or if -- Miki Ando will next compete.
There's no telling when -- or if -- Miki Ando will next compete. (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(10/09/2012) - Miki Ando, the two-time world champion from Japan, has once again put off her return to competition, saying she will miss the 2012 Grand Prix Series because she is still without a coach. The skater made the announcement Tuesday on her official Facebook page.

"It was a tough decision," wrote Ando, who was scheduled to compete at the Cup of China and Trophée Eric Bompard.

While she has been maintaining a daily practice regimen, Ando has been unable to find a permanent coach. She most recently trained under Nikoli Morozov, with whom she parted ways earlier this year.

"I feel very sorry for my decision to not take part in the LEXUS Cup of China and Trophée Eric Bompard," Ando wrote.

Ando said she still intends to compete this season, declaring, "I will do my best as an active athlete."

The last time Ando stepped on the ice in a competitive setting was April 2011, when she won her second world championship, in Moscow.