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Mao Asada bursts into tears after Olympic figure skating performance (photos)

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Mao Asada was seen crying after her performance at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday night. The proud Japanese skater took the ice in the Olympic figure skating ladies free skating program and did her personal best with a season's best score of 142.71. While the skater should have been elated, she was crying. According to the Today show on Friday, the reason the figure skater was so upset was not because of the program, but because of the stress.

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Mao Asada is a 23-year-old and most likely it will be the last time the fans will see her at an Olympic competition. While that moment might be heavy to hold, the figure skater was lambasted on Wednesday by the head of Tokyo's 2020 Olympic organizing committee, former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. His comments about her first performance on Wednesday night were mean and questioned her skills. Any athlete that has to endure wrath from a public official would be hurt about the situation, but for Mao Asada to wait until it was all over before letting go, well that’s honorable!

Add that Asada probably was carrying around a lot of hope to be in the top three for the competition and it would make perfect sense why the athlete would burst into tears after the competition was all over.

Take a look at the photo slideshow of Mao Asada on the Olympic ice. Figure skating is tough even without all the critics and she definitely did her best!