Originally seen at AYDG:
As much as I'm going to miss seeing him compete on the eligible level, I think this is the smartest decision he could make. I'd much rather see Alexei skate pro than compete on the Oly level and destroy his hip completely.According to Russian press, "the Olympic champion Alexei Yagudin is going to leave amateur sports. This sensational news was informed by the president of national Federation of fugure skating Valentine Piseev, who got fax from Yagudin. So informs ITAR-TASS. The four-time world champion considers, that " has achieved everything that he wanted on this field, and now is going to try itself in the other direction ". As it is informed in a fax, Yagudin is going to publish the official announcement of the his decision on November, 1. Yagudin has thanked federation and its president for everything, that was made for him during his sports career. "