Suguri retires from figure skating at 33
9:30 pm, November 13, 2014
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Fumie Suguri, who finished in fourth place in women’s figure skating at the 2006 Turin Olympics, announced her retirement from competition on Thursday.
The 33-year-old skater has led the sport in Japan since she became national champion for the first time at 16.
Though she earned four more national titles, Suguri finished fifth in her Olympic debut in Salt Lake City in 2002.
The following year, she became the first Japanese to claim victory at the Grand Prix finals.
“I’ve worked hard with the aim of competing in the Olympics one more time,” Suguri said during a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday. “However, I failed to win a berth at this season’s national championships, and I’ll be 37 at the time of the next Games [in 2018].
“These factors led me to decide that the time has come to call it quits.”
She said she is eyeing a new career as a choreographer.