Legend Skater Hanyu Announces Retirement from Competition


Tokyo, July 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese figure skating legend Yuzuru Hanyu, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, announced his retirement from competition on Tuesday.

"I have decided to continue skating as a professional athlete," Hanyu, 27, who also won world championships twice, said at a press conference in Tokyo. "I will no longer continue to be compared with other skaters as a competitor."

But at the same time, he expressed intention to keep trying to land a quadruple axel jump.

Hanyu became the first male figure skater in 66 years to win a gold medal at two consecutive Winter Olympics--the 2014 Sochi Games in Russia and the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea.

He received the Japanese government's People's Honor Award in July 2018 at the age of 23, becoming the youngest recipient of the prestigious award.

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