The Ice King Hanyu is set to return to the ice

The two-time World and Olympic champion plans to skate the entire ‘Fantasy on Ice’ schedule in Japan

FILE PHOTO: 2022 Beijing Olympics - Figure Skating - Men Single Skating - Short Program - Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China - February 8, 2022. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan reacts after his performance. REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: 2022 Beijing Olympics - Figure Skating - Men Single Skating - Short Program - Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China - February 8, 2022. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan reacts after his performance. REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel/File Photo

After sending shockwaves through the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, Hanyu Yuzuru is set to return to the ice for the Fantasy on Ice show this Friday at the Makuhari Convention center in Chiba, Japan.

Hanyu has been conspicuously silent since his return from the Olympics in February.

His failed attempt to land his much-anticipated, first-ever quadruple axel in competition left him off the Beijing podium after winning gold in both the Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 Games.

The 27-year-old pulled out of last month’s World Championships in Montpellier, France due to a lingering right ankle issue which caused him to miss much of the 2021 Grand Prix season. His eight month layoff in the lead up to the Olympics saw him miss both The NHK and Rostelecom Cup.

With his ankle problems now behind him, Hanyu has committed to participate in all four stops of the Fantasy on Ice tour in Japan: Makuhari, Chiba May 27-29; Nagoya June 3-5; Kobe June 17-19 and Shizuoka June 24-26.

Hanyu’s fellow Olympians, Sakamoto Kaori, Higuchi Wakaba, and Kawabe Mana, will join him for the performances.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Figure Skating - Men Single Skating - Free Skating - Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China - February 10, 2022. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan in action. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
2022 Beijing Olympics - Figure Skating - Men Single Skating - Free Skating - Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China - February 10, 2022. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan in action. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

During his press conference following the Olympics, Hanyu was uncertain about his future. However, he hinted that he could still participate at the Milano Cortina 2026 Games.

“If you ask me whether these were my last Games, I don’t know. The Olympics is a special place, one of a kind. It’s a competition, a challenge.

“There’s no other place like that for a figure skater. There is a part of me that does want to skate here again.”

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