She remains the only woman ever to perform this feat.
That season she defended her national Junior crown and took silver at the World Junior Championships.
Ando was prominent in 2003–04, winning all her junior competitions including the Junior Grand Prix Final, her third consecutive national junior title, and the Junior Worlds.
The 2004–05 season was her first full season as a senior skater.
She won two medals in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series and qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where she placed fourth.
She won her second national senior title and placed sixth at 2005 Worlds.
Ando relocated to the United States to train with Carol Heiss Jenkins in preparation for the 2005–06 season which included the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.
The season began well, when she won the silver medal at the 2005 Cup of Russia, but she finished 4th at the 2005 NHK Trophy and narrowly qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where she placed 4th. Ando was named to the Japanese Olympic team in accordance with the criteria that were to include two seasons into consideration.
At the Olympics, she placed 15th, after falling three times in her free skate, once on her quad attempt.
She was not placed on the team to the World Championships the following month. Training with her new coach, Nikolai Morozov, Ando won gold at the 2006 Skate America and silver at the 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard.
She qualified for the Grand Prix Final, where she placed 5th.
She is the 20 World champion, 2011 Four Continents champion, 2004 World Junior champion, and a three-time (2004, 2005 & 2011) Japanese national champion.