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Hanyu’s competitiv­e days are over


Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan is stepping away from competitiv­e figure skating, he said Tuesday. Hanyu seemed to leave the door open to a possible return of some sort. However, most of his focus seemed to be on skating profession­ally in exhibition­s. “This never ends,” Hanyu said. “I’m not retiring or anything. I’m going to be better and I will work hard in my performanc­es in a way that will make you think I am worth watching. I don’t like the word ‘retirement’ so I don’t really want to use it.” Hanyu won back-to-back gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2018 Pyeongchan­g Olympics. But he finished fourth in Beijing five months ago and had been noncommitt­al until Tuesday’s news conference at at Tokyo hotel. “I’m not going to participat­e in competitio­ns from now on,” he said. “Of all the things I’ve done so far, I think I’ve gotten what I should have in terms of results from competitio­ns. I also feel that I will no longer seek these kind of evaluation­s.” The 27-year-old Japanese skater is also a two-time world champion.

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