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Tomoki Hiwatashi made his competitive debut in Japan at the NHK Trophy last month before an appreciative crowd. Though he finished a disappointing 10th, fans had a chance to see the young American’s potential firsthand.

Hiwatashi’s story is unique. Born in the United States to Japanese parents from Kobe, he has never lived in Japan, yet speaks the language fluently (with a Kansai dialect), while competing for the U.S.

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