Japan, Saitama – Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu returned to the ice in a practice session on March 19 ahead of the world championships here, to the delight of his fans.
Hanyu will compete in the championships, which start from March 20, after being sidelined for four months with an ankle injury.
The superstar’s appearance in the morning practice session drew more than 1,000 spectators who paid 3,500 yen ($31.45) for a seat. Hanyu fans cheered and shouted “Yuzu” as he tested the ice at Saitama Super Arena in the city’s Chuo Ward.
Hanyu glided around the rink and landed quadruple jumps and also practiced his short program to music.
The ISU World Figure Skating Championships will mark Hanyu’s first scheduled competition in Japan in 16 months since November 2017 before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February 2018.
Hanyu resumed practicing in January. The men’s short program will be held on the afternoon of March 21.
Source and full English article: The Asahi Shimbun
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