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    Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu says he is stepping away from competitive figure skating. He left it unclear whether he would ever return to the sport. Hanyu won back-to-back gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. But he finished fourth in Beijing five months ago and had been noncommittal since about his future. He is also a two-time world champion. He failed in Beijing to become the first to land a quad axel in competition. Hanyu has been the world’s most watched skater for a decade. He was the first Asian man to win gold in Olympic figure skating.

      The 2028 Los Angeles Olympics kicked off a six-year countdown with the announcement of the dates for the Games’ third time in the city. The opening ceremony will be July 14, with competition through July 30. The Paralympic Games will run from Aug. 15 to Aug. 27. Los Angeles previously hosted the Olympics in 1984 and 1932. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach visited future venues and met with leaders of the Los Angeles organizing committee.

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