Just two weeks after teammate Mao Asada announced her retirement, four-time Japanese medalist Kanako Murakami did the same. She took the opportunity at the World Team Trophy exhibition gala to make the announcement.
Murakami enjoyed a stellar career but perhaps never completely lived up to her potential. After winning Junior Worlds in 2010, she was top ten at Worlds five years in a row, including twice in the top five. But the height of her technical consistency and difficulty did not coincide with the height of her skating abilities. Her past two seasons were marred with inconsistency, but she finished her career with a memorable free skate at Japan Nationals.
Here's a look at some of the greatest performances of her career.