Injury-hit Champ Yuzuru Hanyu Faces Challenges Heading Towards 2018 Games
Defending Olympic figure skating gold medallist Yuzuru Hanyu said Thursday that a slow recovery from his injuries is preventing him from resuming practice, with less than two months until the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Hanyu has been off the ice for nearly five weeks on doctors’ orders to nurse his damaged right ankle ligaments, after injuring…
“The original diagnosis was that I would be in full health in three to four weeks,” Hanyu said in a statement.
“I am also experiencing inflammation in my tendon and bone so that the pace of recovery is not fast,” he said.
Hanyu fell and twisted his right ankle while attempting the ultra-tough quadruple Lutz during practice on the eve of the NHK Trophy, the fourth leg in the six-event ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.