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Figure skating: Coach thinks Hanyu's ligament sprained, not torn

Figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu crouches after falling during practice on Nov. 9, 2017, a day before the start of the NHK Trophy competition at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium in Osaka. (Mainichi)

GRENOBLE, France -- Figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu's coach Brian Orser told reporters on Nov. 16 that the Sochi Olympic gold medalist is believed to have sprained, not torn, his right ankle ligament during practice for the NHK Trophy earlier this month.

Orser made clear that this was his personal evaluation, and he has not talked to doctors.

The figure skating superstar has apparently told Orser that he would be returning to Toronto, where he is based, as early as the beginning of next week.

Orser said Hanyu aims to be ready for the national championships and the Pyeongchang Olympics next year. He added that the most important thing for Hanyu is to win gold at the upcoming Winter Games.

The Canadian coach also told reporters that he has been in contact with Hanyu. He says he has told the 22-year-old skater to take care of the injured ankle, and stay strong and positive.

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