Figure skating star Hanyu plans record jump

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 17: Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan competes during the Men’s Single Free Program on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Figure skating superstar Yuzuru Hanyu has already set the next high goals after his Olympic victory in Pyeongchang.

As the 23-year-old Japanese declared on Tuesday, he wants to be the first athlete in the competition to create a fourfold Axel. This is his “dream”. The oldest of the six basic jumps has so far only jumped in up to three and a half turns.

But that’s not the limit for Hanyu. Even a five-fold jump sees the world champion in the realm of possibility: “There are studies that show that a man has the potential.”

With his Olympic victory in South Korea Hanyu was the first individual runner since the US legend Dick Button (1948 and 1952), who won the gold medal twice in succession in the Olympic Games. Only in Pyeongchang, the Japanese had made his comeback after a ligament injury suffered in November in the ankle.

As Hanyu now announced, he was also handicapped at his gold coup in Pyeongchang. “To be honest, if I compare the situation with my ankle with the worst time today, the pain has only improved by 20 to 30 percent,” he said. “Yet I made it through the use of painkillers, the gold medal to win.”

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