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Japan’s Takahashi to quit after 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

Japan’s former world champion Daisuke Takahashi plans to hang up his skates after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Takahashi, the 2010 world champion and Olympic bronze medalist at Vancouver the same year, told local media on Saturday: “I think my career will finish with Sochi.

“I want to enjoy the little time I have left and leave without any regrets,” added Takahashi, the reigning Grand Prix Final champion.

He became Asia’s first male world champion in Turin in 2010, briefly stealing the limelight from the women’s competition where Mao Asada’s rivalry with South Korea’s skate queen Kim Yuna has become something of a national obsession.

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