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Figure skating star Hanyu releases message to fans after decision to turn pro

Yuzuru Hanyu waves to fans in a parade to celebrate the second consecutive Olympic gold medal that he won at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on April 22, 2018. (Mainichi/Shinnosuke Kyan)

TOKYO -- Figure skating star Yuzuru Hanyu, who announced his decision to turn pro on July 19 after a career that included back-to-back gold medals at the 2014 Sochi and 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, released a message to fans on July 21, thanking them for their support.

    Below is the full text of his message:


    Thanks to everyone for taking good care of me up until now, I've been able to steadily pursue a competitive career. I have been appearing in competitions overseas since I was 10, and thanks to my visits to various places, I believe my life has been enriched and I have been able to learn various things through competition.

    To everyone who supported me in my competitive career, I truly can't thank you enough. This is not the end, but drawing a line here, I would like to thank you for all the support I've received up until now.

    From here on, I'd like to continue to push the limits to evolve and grow further.

    Thank you very much.

    I look forward to your continued support.

    Yuzuru Hanyu



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