Figure Skating

Turin Olympic gold medalist Arakawa pregnant

Kyodo

Shizuka Arakawa, who won the women’s figure skating gold medal at the 2006 Turin Olympics, announced Wednesday that she is three months into a pregnancy.

The 32-year-old Arakawa posted a note on her official website explaining her desire to take a break from performing in ice shows.

“I was very conflicted,” her message wrote. “Until I am ready to return, I intend to devote myself to this little life.”

Arakawa, who retired from competition following the Turin Games, has performed in ice shows and worked as an analyst.