Ambitious Hanyu fancies audacious quintuple jump

By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO, Feb 27 : Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu, the first man in 66 years to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating gold medals, said on Tuesday he would like to successfully land a quintuple jump and break the five-spin barrier. Hanyu, who took gold in men’s singles competition in the just-ended Pyeongchang Olympics, said […]

Japan’s Sakamoto in surprise lead, Olympic Athletes from Russia yet to come

By Elaine Lies and Soyoung Kim GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 21 : Kaori Sakamoto of Japan, in her Olympic debut, skated a clean, lyrical programme to take a surprise lead in the women’s figure skating contest on Wednesday, although a number of medal favourites had yet to skate. The women’s contest is seen largely as […]

Figure skating-Bears rain down from heaven on Hanyu comeback

By Elaine Lies GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 16 : Stuffed bears rained down onto the ice as Japanese figure skating star Yuzuru Hanyu capped his comeback from injury with a brilliant short skate at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday, satisfying delirious fans who had been impatiently awaiting his return. As has become the custom when […]