Yuzuru Hanyu confirms ending 12-year career as an adult

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu announced his retirement on Tuesday, ending a 12-year adult career that has earned him worldwide recognition as the greatest figure skater in history.

With programs that combined gravity-defying jumps with graceful athleticism, intricate costumes, and emotional interpretations of Japanese culture, Hanyu was the driving force behind the sport’s boom in popularity as he inspired his peers and juniors to go beyond his own performances.

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