Russian figure skater Elena Radionova retires aged 21
Russia’s Elena Radionova has called time on her figure skating career at the age of 21 – but she has promised to remain in the sport.
Radionova, who clinched a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai in China, broke the news of her retirement with a post on Instagram.
The 2015 Russian national champion, who last competed on the ice in October 2018 conceded it was “time to move on”.
But she said she was now looking forward to passing on her experience to the “younger generation”.
“Now I am finally ready to say what I have not dared to say for so long,” said Radionova on Instagram.
“Perhaps for some it will not be news, but still I want to say it officially.
“I am ending my sports career. The time has come when you need to open a new page in life.
“I want to express my deep gratitude to my fans and people who supported me.
“Also say thanks to my coaches, choreographers and people who worked with me. Thanks for making me. Without you, I would not have achieved such results.
“Thanks to my parents who supported and believed in me.