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Inspired by Rio Games, skater Hanyu to aim for 2nd straight gold at Pyeongchang

Yuzuru Hanyu, center, holds his Guinness World Records certificate in Tokyo, on Aug. 22, 2016. (Mainichi)

(Sponichi) -- Sochi Olympic figure skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu said he was inspired by the Rio Games that came to a close on Aug. 22 (Japan time), expressing his determination to win his second consecutive gold in the Pyeongchang Olympics just a year and a half away.

"I'll have to work hard and follow the examples (of the Japanese athletes at Rio). I need to bring home a good (gold) medal," Hanyu told reporters at the Guinness World Records certification ceremony in Tokyo on Aug. 22. He received three Guinness certificates for the world record he set for the highest number of points at the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona in December last year.

Hanyu revealed at the ceremony that he is thinking of using an up-tempo, stylish song for this season's short program. He scored the highest points in the short program at last year's Grand Prix Final with Chopin's Ballade No. 1 and has used this classic the past two seasons, but Hanyu is set to give his routine a makeover. On his free skating program, meanwhile, Hanyu said, with a grin, "I can't comment yet."

The 21-year-old skater took six weeks off to rest after the world championships in April due to a Lisfranc ligament injury in his left foot. He then spent two weeks on rehabilitation and when he resumed practice he "didn't even try single jumps." While there are concerns about his delayed start to his practice, which is not usual for the defending Olympic champion in previous seasons, he did not seem concerned, saying that his practice has been on track.

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