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Takahashi announces retirement from competition

Olympic bronze medalist, world champion leaves behind grand legacy
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Daisuke Takahashi addresses the media at his retirement press conference. -Getty Images

Daisuke Takahashi, the first Japanese man to win an Olympic medal in figure skating, announced his retirement from competition at a press conference Tuesday in his hometown of Okayama.

"To move on with my life -- and the remaining part of my life will be long -- I needed to draw a line and retire from competition," Takahashi told the gathered media.

Takahashi was a trailblazer for men's figure skating in Japan. His bronze at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver signified the first time a man from his country medaled at the Olympics. He was also the first Japanese man to win worlds (2010), the Grand Prix Final (2012) and the world junior championships (2002).

In his two other Olympic appearances, in 2006 and 2014, Takahashi placed eighth and sixth, respectively. He was crowned his country's national champion five times and won two world silver medals.

Takahashi said his future plans are unclear.

Skaters from all over the world reacted to the news on social media.





Thank you Daisuke. I am proud of you and I love the time when I spend a lot of times with as skater!!!!! You made me strong as skater and happiness with your skating!!!!! Go for your next step and shine as always!!!!! 大ちゃん お疲れ様‼︎ 高橋大輔というスケーターと同じ時代に選手生活を送れて とても嬉しく誇りに思います。 世界中に愛されてる高橋大輔が私も大好きです‼︎ これからも大ちゃんの人生 大ちゃんらしく輝いていける悔いのない選択をしてね(*^^*) 応援してます‼︎ 沢山の感動をありがとう♡ @d1sk_t




I was never afraid to say that even competing with you, I cheered for you! Good luck in your next career! Skating world will miss a huge figure and personality!