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Skating star Yuzuru Hanyu suffers ankle harm, 3 months earlier than Olympics


Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu competes within the males’s free skating in the course of the ISU World Group Trophy determine skating occasion in Osaka on April 16, 2021. (Picture by Philip FONG / AFP)

Japan’s double Olympic determine skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu on Thursday pulled out of this month’s NHK Trophy due to an ankle ligament harm, simply three months earlier than the Beijing Video games.

Hanyu, who’s aiming to win his third straight Olympic title in February, mentioned in a press release on the Japan Skating Federation’s web site that he harm his proper ankle in a fall.

The NHK Trophy, happening in Tokyo from November 12 to 14, was set to be his first competitors of the Grand Prix season.

The 26-year-old mentioned he was “very pissed off” at being compelled to drag out however vowed to “get again on the ice rapidly” — with out saying when that might be.

Hanyu’s defence of his Olympic title in Pyeongchang in 2018 was virtually scuppered by a ligament harm to the identical ankle, suffered in a coaching accident simply months earlier than the Video games started.

He was out of motion for 3 months main as much as the competitors and mentioned after profitable the Olympic title for a second time that he had by no means totally healed.

“I’m aiming to get into rehab on the ice whereas controlling the ache,” he mentioned Thursday after an analogous setback.

“I’m going to attempt to make the time it takes to get again to competitors stage as brief as potential.”

In Beijing, Hanyu — anticipated to be one of many greatest stars of the Video games — seems more likely to battle it out for Olympic gold with American Nathan Chen.

Chen beat Hanyu to the world title in March and received Skate Canada final week in his second Grand Prix look of the season.

Hanyu’s adoring followers took to social media to vent their frustration.

“Pricey God, I don’t want something so please simply give Hanyu a wholesome ankle,” wrote one Twitter consumer.

“Once I consider how Hanyu should be feeling, I can’t cease crying,” wrote one other.

“For this to occur when his dream was proper in entrance of him — why does God maintain placing Hanyu via these trials?”

At Pyeongchang, Hanyu turned the primary man to clinch back-to-back Olympic figure-skating titles in additional than six a long time.

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