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(From Mainichi Daily News)
YOKOHAMA -- Shizuka Arakawa, Asia's first ever Olympic figure skating gold medallist, will announce Sunday night that she plans to turn professional and give up competitive figure skating to perform in ice shows, sources said.
Arakawa will make the formal announcement on Sunday night after she has performed in the Prince Ice World skating show at the Shin Yokohama Prince.
"I want to give something back to the skating that I love so much. The best way to do that is by appearing in ice shows," the …