Japanese figure skater Uno Shoma retires from competition

Japanese figure skater and Olympic medalist Uno Shoma has announced his retirement from competition.

The 26-year-old made the announcement on Instagram on Thursday. He won a silver medal in the men's singles in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and took bronze in the 2022 Beijing Games. He also won two world championships in a row in 2022 and 2023.

In the message, Uno expressed his gratitude for people who have supported him as a competitor until today.

Uno wrote that he started figure skating at the age of five and has continued in the sport for 21 years. He said he is very grateful for having had a wonderful athletic career.

Uno said he will hold a news conference next Tuesday, May 14, to talk about his thoughts and future plans.

Uno is from Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. He tried performing difficult jumps from an early stage in his career and stood out in international junior competitions.