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Figure skating star Hanyu thrills fans with jumps in Chiba ice show

Yuzuru Hanyu perfoms in an exhibition show during the Pyeongchang Olympics on Feb. 25, 2018. (Mainichi)

CHIBA -- Figure skating star Yuzuru Hanyu captivated fans at an ice show here on May 25 as he performed jumps in public for the first time since the February 2018 Pyeongchang Games, highlighting his recovery from an ankle injury.

At the opening of his performance, Hanyu performed a triple axel and went on to pull off another triple axel and a triple toe loop toward the end of his skate to a song performed by Chemistry, a popular duo who appeared at the show as guests.

The show marked the first time for Hanyu to perform jumps in public in 89 days, following his Feb. 25 exhibition skate at the Pyeongchang Olympics, where he won the gold medal to become the first male figure skater in 66 years to win golds at two consecutive Olympics.

After the games, Hanyu performed in a show in the Tokyo suburban city of Chofu on April 13, but did not pull of any jumps during that performance as he was still recovering from an injury to his right ankle.

During an interview after his latest show, Hanyu said, "I can now perform triple axels, salchow jumps and toe loops."

Hanyu revealed he has selected music for his next season's short program and free skating, but said that he "would like to refrain" from identifying the music.

(Japanese original by Chisa Fukuda, Sports News Department)

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