Takahashi to retire from sport after Sochi Olympics
2010 World champion Daisuke Takahashi said he is going to retire from competitive figure skating after 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.
“I think that my athletic career will be over along with the Olympic Games in Sochi. Now I want to enjoy the little time I still have in figure skating. I would like to leave the sport without regrets,” Kyodo News quotes Takahashi.
“My quads are gradually getting better. I will continue to work hard to bring them to perfection.” Vancouver Olympic bronze medalist added.
This season Takahashi won his first Grand Prix Final gold medal. He is also the first Japanese man ever to win a gold medal at the Grand Prix Finals.
With three available spots on the Japanese men’s world team and six strong competitors, Japan Nationals, which was held last month, was considered as the most important competition for the Japanese men this season. Daisuke fell in the short program, coming in second behind his main rival Yuzuru Hanyu. Although he came back and beat Hanyu for first in the free skating, it was not enough to claim the champion title.
Despite coming in second, Takahashi has secured his spot for the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships held in Takahashi’s current hometown Osaka from February 6–11 and the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships, which will be held in London, Ontario, Canada from March 10–17.