Yuzuru Hanyu to miss ISU World Team Trophy due to ankle injury
Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu will have to sit out the World Team Trophy as he still hasn't fully recovered from his ankle injury, the Japanese Skating Federation announced on Monday.
The 24-year-old Japanese superstar finished runner-up at the World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama in his first competition after a four-month injury layoff.
Hanyu originally suffered the injury to his right ankle at practice during November's Rostelecom Cup in Russia, forcing him to miss the Grand Prix Final.
The World Team Trophy will be held from April 11-14 at the Marine Messe Fukuoka Convention Centre. The six top-ranked ISU member countries are taking part. Japan will be challenged by Team USA, Russia, France, Italy and Canada.
Now what Yuzuru?
Team Japan won their second World Team Trophy in the 2016-2017 season. Hanyu won the free skate back then ahead of his compatriot Shoma Uno.
Hanyu delighted the home crowd during the wolds in Saitama. He landed four quads for a season’s best free skate of 206.10 to finish second with a total score of 300.97 but it was not enough to beat American Nathan Chen.
The day after the men’s competition Hanyu vowed to come back stronger: “I’m back where I started,” he said.
“Watching a strong opponent, I get psyched up. I want to savour that emotion more and more and from there triumph.” - Yuzuru Hanyu
And here is his plan:
“I aspire to have a program that cannot be beaten if I can skate it cleanly.” - Yuzuru Hanyu
Hanyu's coach, Brian Orser also said that the Japanese star has "probably already figured out some math on how we can get those extra points" in an exclusive Olympic Channel interview.