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The Yomiuri Shimbun

Yuzuru Hanyu confers with coach Brian Orser during a training session Tuesday in Toronto.

By Junko Nagai / Yomiuri Shimbun Sportswriter TORONTO — When it comes to the music for his upcoming Olympic season, it will be back to the future for Yuzuru Hanyu.

Hanyu, aiming to become the first skater to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the men’s event in 66 years, announced Tuesday he would skate to the same music in his free program that he used for the 2015-16 season.

Speaking at an open practice session at his training base in Toronto, Hanyu said he will again skate to “Seimei” from the movie “Onmyoji” as he prepares for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that open in six months.

In the 2015-16 season, Hanyu twice rewrote the record for highest score while skating to “Seimei.” One change that he plans for his program this season is to add a fifth quadruple jump.

Hanyu had previously announced that for his short program, he would return to Chopin’s “Ballade No. 1,” which he used both in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

“Both programs are suited to me,” Hanyu said. “I’m comfortable skating to them.”

Regarding defending the Olympic gold he won in 2014 in Sochi, Hanyu said: “I really want to win consecutive titles. If I am selected to the Japan team, I will give everything with the aim of winning the gold medal.”

The Pyeongchang Olympics open on Feb. 9. Speech

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