Japan Times article
OSAKA—Daisuke Takahashi will take a year off from figure skating and decide whether he wants to continue a career that has taken him to three Winter Olympics.
“I want to think it over for a year. I will not take part in any competitions next season,” the 28-year-old Takahashi said following a ceremony Monday honoring him and others at Kansai University in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.
Takahashi, who won the silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games to become Japan’s first male Olympic medalist in the sport, competed in his third straight Olympics at the Sochi Games last February.
Although he finished sixth in what he said would be his last Olympics, he withdrew from the ISU World Championships the following month because of a right leg injury that has plagued him since last year.
“I’ve only started practicing again about a month ago,” Takahashi said. “I don’t think I could be ready for the season, so I thought it would be best if I took a break and got away for a while.”