Photo/IllutrationFigure skater Yuzuru Hanyu checks his basic movements during the public workout in Toronto on Aug. 30. (Hironobu Yamashita)

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TORONTO--With two gold medals around his neck, figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu seemingly has no more mountains to climb.

But the Japanese superstar has set his sights this season on another lofty accomplishment: becoming the first man in the world to successfully land a quadruple axel in competition.

“I cannot practice that jump every day because it is a high-impact activity,” he said as he held a public workout in Toronto, where he is based, on Aug. 30. “But I want to complete it successfully in the coming season.”

In February, the 23-year-old became the first man in 66 years to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating golds at the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea.

The coming season starts with changes to regulations on jumps in single free skates and other technical rules for international figure skating competitions.

That rendered his world records--112.72 points in the short program in the Autumn Classic International 2017, 223.20 points in the free program in the World Figure Skating Championships 2017 and the total score of 330.43 points in the Grand Prix Final 2015--as marks in the past.

“Although I cannot compete to break my own records any more, I will continue to do figure skating while having fun,” he said.

His right ankle that he injured before the Pyeongchang Olympics is slowly recovering, and he said he practices a quadruple axel, which is four and a half rotations, when he thinks he is fit enough to attempt one.