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Yuzuru Hanyu will attempt to become the first Japanese to win consecutive world titles this week after a most unusual past few months. The Olympic champion has been training without coach Brian Orser since the Japan nationals in December.

The collision with Yan Han at the Cup of China and surgery for a bladder issue after the nationals have combined to throw off Hanyu’s practice schedule and keep him in Japan when he would have normally returned to his base in Toronto.

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