Japanese figure skater Hanyu Yuzuru announces retirement

Japanese figure skater Hanyu Yuzuru announces retirement

He won his first gold in skating at the Winter Olympics eight years ago. The next time he won gold in the same event, he broke the 66-year-old record. No one else has won gold in skating twice in a row in that long. Although he did not win any medal in the last Beijing Olympics, he was in great form. Yuzuru Hanyu, the legendary star of Japan's skating history, suddenly retired to everyone's surprise.

Yuzuru announced his retirement on Tuesday. His time in competitive athletics is up, says the 27-year-old skater in farewell. He said that he will continue to play in exhibition competitions even if he does not participate in international competitions.

"Don't compare me to other skaters as a competitor from now on. I decided to quit the sport after the Beijing Olympics. After thinking a lot for a few days, I saw that I am no longer needed in skating.

I have no regrets. After thinking a lot, I made a firm decision. I want to build myself stronger for the future. Will participate in exhibition games for the love of the fans. I still want to give my best.

Yuzuru won gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. In 2018, he also won the crown of skating excellence in PyeongChang. Ice Prince famous skater finished fourth in the last Beijing Olympics.