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Yuzuru Hanyu may have departed the competitive figure skating arena after winning every major accolade in a glittering career, but the 27-year-old supernova has promised no let-up in his pursuit of perfection.

Keen to avoid the word “retire,” Hanyu announced Tuesday at a packed news conference that he had decided to no longer compete, with the two-time Olympic and world champion saying he was now looking forward to a new beginning.

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