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Former mentors, peers and others close to Yuzuru Hanyu had nothing but praise and gratitude for the 27-year-old Japanese figure skating icon after he announced Tuesday he was retiring from competitive skating.

Shoichiro Tsuzuki, 84, who coached the two-time Olympic and two-time world champion during his elementary school days, said he had “never met such a great athlete” and that Hanyu “raised the level of Japanese figure skating and set a great example for children.”

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