The United States' Mirai Nagasu has announced plans to take an indefinite break from competitive figure skating and has ruled out competing at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
The two-time Olympian, who at Pyeongchang 2018 became the first American women to land a triple axel at the Olympics, revealed she will skip this year’s International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating series but could return to action later in the campaign.
The series is due to begin with Skate America in Everett, from October 19 to 21, and conclude with the Grand Prix Final in Vancouver, from December 6 to 9.
"I can definitely tell you that I won’t be around for another Olympics," Nagasu, a three-time Four Continents Championships medallist, was reported as saying by NBC Sports.
"After three Olympic cycles, I won’t last another Olympics, but I don’t know about competing [in non-Olympic events] right now.
"It’s definitely something I have to think deeply on, so I don’t have the answer you’re seeking, but I will always be part of the skating community."
Nagasu, who placed 10th in the women’s singles event at Pyeongchang 2018 and claimed a team event bronze medal, claimed other people deserve the opportunity on the Grand Prix series.
"After 10 years [of senior competition], I think I deserve a break," she added.
"I feel like a lot of other Olympians this year have felt the same.
"After a lifetime of skating, I feel like a little break won’t hurt me."
I’ve been skating every day because of fear of losing shape and I have to say, skating is so hard. You don’t even know.— Mirai Nagasu (@mirai_nagasu) June 19, 2018
Despite taking a break, Nagasu, 25, intends to appear in non-competitive skating shows in Japan and Sun Valley in Idaho this summer.
She also took part in the latest series of Dancing with the Stars, being partnered with professional Alan Bersten.
The pair were eliminated third.
Last month, fellow American figure skater Adam Rippon said he will probably not compete again and will definitely sit out the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.
The 28-year-old was part of the US’s bronze medal-winning team at Pyeongchang 2018.
American brother and sister duo Alex and Maia Shibutani, meanwhile, confirmed in April they will not compete during the 2018-2019 figure skating season.
The Pyeongchang 2018 ice dance bronze medallists revealed they are taking a break from the sport but did not rule out a return to competition in future.
Also announcing last month that she will skip the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series was Canada's Olympic and world champion Kaetlyn Osmond.
Compatriot Patrick Chan, Canada's most decorated male figure skater, confirmed his retirement from the sport at the age of 27 in April.
Chan said he had fulfilled his "dreams and aspirations" after he was part of the Canadian squad which won the gold medal in the team event at Pyeongchang 2018.