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Though the spotlight at the NHK Trophy was on the return to the ice of injured Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu and the battle for spots in the Grand Prix Final, the performance of Riona Kato was a revelation.

The 16-year-old finished a very respectable fifth in her senior GP debut, moving up from eighth place after Friday’s short program with an excellent free skate. Her jumping was especially impressive, as she landed seven triples on Saturday to the delight of the crowd at Namihaya Dome.

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