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MOSCOW, 20 Jul – The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, called the Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, who announced his retirement, the real Olympic champion.
Hanyu, 27, announced his retirement on Tuesday.
“Congratulations on an outstanding Olympic career. You are a true Olympic champion. Good luck in the next stages of your career. We will follow you and look forward to seeing you again,” Bach was quoted by the IOC on Twitter.
Hanyu is a two-time Olympic champion (2014, 2018), a two-time world champion (2014, 2017), a four-time Grand Prix Finals winner and a Four Continents Tournament (2020) winner in men’s singles. In March, the Japanese missed the World Figure Skating Championships due to a right ankle injury sustained while performing at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, where he failed to defend the title and finished fourth.