Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu confirms his retirement from competition

On Tuesday, Japan’s most beloved male figure skater, Yuzuru Hanyu, announced his retirement, saying he would no longer skate competitively. It’s the end of a 12-year career for the 27-year-old skating champion, who has a host of accolades to his credit, including two Olympic gold medals. Hanyu is widely regarded as one of the finest figure skaters the world has ever seen.

Fans were already expecting the ‘ice prince’ to announce his retirement shortly after his appearance at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Those holding out hopes of finally seeing Hanyu pull off the elusive quad axle competing are disappointed with today’s news.

All is not bleak, however, as Hanyu has made it clear that he will continue to work as a professional figure skater outside of competition, meaning the best may yet be yet to come for the record-breaking athlete.

Japan time quoted Hanyu at his press conference as saying, ‘I’m lucky to have had so much support and recognition from people… Now, instead of just at competitions, I hope there will be more opportunities to show off my skating, and I look forward to creating those opportunities.”

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