Yuzuru Hanyu withdraws from NHK Trophy due to injury

Yuzuru Hanyu at the 2021 ISU World Team Trophy on April 16, 2021. (Photo by Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images)

On Thursday, it was announced that two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu has suffered an ankle ligament injury and has withdrawn from the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix series event in Japan – the 2021 NHK Trophy, scheduled to take place from November 12 to 14.

The 26-year-old decorated figure skater said, “I’ve been doing my best for the NHK Trophy, but I’m very disappointed that I was injured in just one fall.” Hanyu also stated, “Now I aim to stand on the ice as soon as possible, and control the pain on the ice. I will do my best to rehabilitate and shorten the time to return to the competition level. “

Only a couple of days prior, Hanyu appeared on Japanese television and spoke about attempting a quad axel. He said, “My biggest desire is to land a quad axel at the NHK Trophy. I am aiming for a technical set that exceeds my current limit, and I want to show a performance that will make people feel something.”

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