Yuzuru Hanyu, the legend who has decided to retire from the sport, looks back on his “glorious career” with his treasured photos | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Yuzuru Hanyu, the legend who has decided to retire from the sport, looks back on his “glorious career” with his treasured photos

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Hanyu showed a spectacular performance at the ice show held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba in May this year (Photo: Kyodo News)

It has been 23 years since he started his career as an athlete at the age of 4.

Men’s figure skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu (27) will hold a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo on July 19 at 5 pm. In his own words, he will express his decision on his future career.

At the Beijing Winter Olympics in China this past February, Hanyu attempted his signature quad axel (quadruple jump), but unfortunately, he fell and finished fourth. Unfortunately, she fell and finished 4th. There were rumors that she might retire, but at a press conference held immediately after the competition, she commented positively, “I want to master figure skating, which I love. It was thought that she would continue to skate in the future,” said a skating federation official.

However, there were some subtle comments. In an exhibition on the last day of the Beijing Olympics, she told the press, “I don’t care what field I’m in.

I don’t think it doesn’t matter what field I’m in. I want to make “Yuzuru HANYU’s skating” more convincing. Whether it is an ice show or a competition. …… I would like to come to a conclusion after much consideration.

A “Great Dream” for the future

Hanyu’s popularity is high not only in Japan but around the world (Photo: Kyodo News)

According to several sources, Hanyu has the intention to turn professional in the future.

According to several sources, Hanyu intends to turn pro in the future. “His future dream is to create an ice show, which he will chair. Preparations are steadily underway. What is worrisome is that he has not entered the Grand Prix Series, which starts in October. It is said that he also intends not to compete in the World Championships scheduled for next March in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

Hanyu won the first gold medal for Asian men at the Sochi Olympics held in Russia in 2002. He also won back-to-back gold medals at the following Olympics in Pyeongchang (Korea) in 2006. In 2006, at the age of 23, the youngest ever recipient of the National Medal of Honor, he is a legend in the world of sports.

Hanyu is a sports legend, and in 2006, at the age of 23, he became the youngest ever recipient of the National Medal of Honor. Hanyu is also a lone medalist who overcame numerous injuries and continued to fight alone. His contribution to the Japanese figure skating world is immeasurable. No matter what he decides, his fans will pay their respect to him from the bottom of their hearts.

Hanyu’s future will surely bring forth another legend.

After the free skate at the Beijing Olympics. His divine expression was impressive (Photo: Japan Magazine Association)
On March 11, 2012, exactly one year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, he and Shizuka Arakawa observed a moment of silence at a rink in their hometown of Sendai (Photo: Kyodo News)
Daisuke Takahashi (right) smiles after winning the Grand Prix Final for the first time in December 2012, with Hanyu in second place (Photo: Kyodo News)
Hanyu at the spring garden party in April ’14, right after winning the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.
Former Prime Minister Abe smiles while wearing the gold medal Hanyu won at the Sochi Olympics. On the right is Mao Asada (Photo: Kyodo News)
17 years, when he was studying under Coach Orser. By her side is Winnie the Pooh, said to be her lucky charm (Photo: Kyodo News)
Just after winning the gold medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics
The Beijing Olympics, where he was on the verge of winning the gold medal in an upset. Just before entering the rink (Photo: Japan Magazine Association)
Falling down, falling down, and still challenging (Photo: Kyodo News)
Immediately after the free skate. What thoughts ran through his mind (Photo: Japan Magazine Publishers Association)
Hanyu waiting for his score. Other athletes had coaches sitting beside them, but no one sat next to Hanyu at the Beijing Olympics (Photo: Japan Magazine Publishers Association)
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Medvedeva and her Russian teammate, who professes to be a “Hanyu fan.”
Medvedeva dedicated an ema (votive tablet) at Seimei Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. It is an ema (votive tablet) dedicated to Medvedeva at Seimei Shrine in Kyoto, Japan, with the wish, “May the wishes of me and my loved ones come true.
  • Image: Takayuki Ogawauchi Takayuki Ogawauchi, Japan Magazine Publishers Association, Kyodo News, Inc.

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