Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu will miss next month's ISU World Team Trophy as he has yet to fully recover from an ankle injury, the Japan Skating Federation said Monday.
The 24-year-old, who finished runner-up at the World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama on Saturday, originally sustained the injury to his right ankle when practicing a quad loop during November's Rostelecom Cup in Russia.
"I went all out for the world championships. It's difficult to make my right foot bear even more, and my doctor has told me I need further treatment," he said in a comment released by the federation.
"I want to make a complete recovery as soon as possible and start training ahead of next season," he said.
Hanyu helped Japan win its second World Team Trophy in the 2016-2017 season, when he finished one-two with Uno in the men's free skate.
The World Team Trophy is contested by the six top-ranked ISU member countries and will be held this year from April 11 to 13 at the Marine Messe Fukuoka convention center in southwestern Japan.
This year's six teams are Japan, Russia, the United States, France, Canada and Italy.
Figure skaters Sofia Samodurova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva joined the Russian team at the World Team Championship to be held in Japan. Also, Mikhail Kolyada, Alexander Samarin, Natalya Zabiyako and Alexander Enbert, a sports couple, and Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov’s dance duet will perform at the competitions.
The Federation of Figure Skating in Russia (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) decided on the final application for the World Cup, which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from April 11 to April 14. According to the regulations of the International Skating Union (ISU), each national team has the right to include two athletes in the competitions of women and men single skating, as well as one duet in pair skating and ice dancing. The full list of the Russian national team is as follows:
In total, the tournament will feature skaters of national teams, which are located in the ranking of the ISU in the first six positions. So, the first on the list is the Russian national team, which has in its asset 9038 points. Behind the Russians are the Americans (7752), the Japanese (6991), the French (5541), the Italians (4344) and the Canadians (4217).
At the World Team Championship, which is better known as WorldTeamTrophy, skaters will show short and random programs. In women's and men's singles, athletes will receive from 12 to one point. The ranking is as follows: the winner of the competition receives the highest score - 12, and the skater who finished last - 1. In sports pairs and ice dancing, the rate is different: the winner gets 12 points, and the loser - 7.
According to the results of skates in all disciplines, the total figure is calculated, the sum of which determines the champion team of the tournament.
Traditionally the championship is held in Japan. The first tournament took place in 2009 in Tokyo, after which the Japanese capital took on the World Team Championship four more times.
Team USA is among the six best international figure skating teams and qualified for the World Team Trophy, the International Skating Union announced on Sunday. The event takes place this year April 11-14 in Fukuoka, Japan.
The U.S. is sending Mariah Bell, Bradie Tennell, Nathan Chen, Vincent Zhou, pair team Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc, and ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, U.S. Figure Skating announced Thursday.
Chen and Zhou shared the World Championships podium last week, earning gold and silver in the men’s discipline, respectively. Hubbell and Donohue won their second consecutive ice dance medal, a bronze this year.
The biennial event brings together eight skaters per team, consisting of two men, two ladies, one pair and one ice dance team for a competition similar to the Olympic team event. The U.S. has won two straight bronze medals at the Olympics in the team event, yet has won the World Team Trophy three times.
Fresh off his second world title in Saitama last week, two-time world champion Nathan Chen will return to Japan for the ISU World Team Trophy April 11-14 in Fukuoka.
Chen heads a solid U.S. team that includes fellow 2018 Olympians Vincent Zhou and the ice dance team of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue. Both are also reigning world bronze medalists in their respective events.
Bradie Tennell and Mariah Bell, who finished seventh and ninth, respectively, at worlds, and 2019 U.S. pairs champions Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc round out the American contingent.
Held mostly in odd years since 2009, the World Team Trophy will be contested for the first time outside of Tokyo this year. World Team Trophy is considered the most fun and exciting international assignment for skaters, with athletes sitting in team boxes that they decorate, while wearing elaborate garb to cheer on their teammates in what is typically an individual sport.