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Shoma Uno, two-time figure skating champion, retires at 26


Shoma Uno figure skating retirement

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 8, 2022 shows Shoma Uno of Japan performing during the 2022 Japan Open Figure Skating competition in Saitama. (Photo by Yuichi YAMAZAKI / AFP)

Japan’s two-time world figure skating champion Shoma Uno announced his retirement on Thursday at the age of 26, saying his years on the ice had been “wonderful”.

Uno finished fourth at the world championships in Montreal in March where he had been attempting to win his third consecutive title.

“I have made the decision to retire” from competition, Uno wrote in Japanese on his Instagram account.

READ: Shoma Uno adds to Japanese glory in Grand Prix Final

“After being introduced to skating at the age of five, I was able to continue for 21 years,” he said.

“I’m grateful to have had a wonderful time competing,” said Uno, who will explain his decision at a news conference on May 14.

Uno had been unable to match the domination of his unbeaten campaign in 2022-23, with runner-up Grand Prix finishes in China and Japan.

READ: Bronze medalist Shoma Uno says he wants to be ‘like Nathan Chen’

He also suffered a Grand Prix Final loss to 19-year-old American Ilia Malinin, the only skater to land a quadruple Axel in competition.

At the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018, Uno won silver medal in men’s singles. At Beijing 2022, he won bronze in both the men’s singles and team event.



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