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Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu announces end to competitive skating career

Two-time Olympic gold medalist says he will turn pro, perform in ice shows

Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu speaks at a news conference on July 19 in Tokyo. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto) 

TOKYO -- Iconic Japanese figure skating superstar Yuzuru Hanyu on Tuesday announced that he will no longer take part in competitive skating, though said he will keep performing in ice shows.

"I will continue skating as a professional athlete, but will no longer be compared to other skaters as a competitor," the charismatic 27-year-old said at a news conference in Tokyo. "I don't intend to enter competitions in the future."

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