Casual fans of Yuzuru Hanyu know what to expect when the figure skating star steps onto the ice.

There will be grace, technique, no shortage of gravity-defying jumps and — of course, under normal circumstances — hundreds of Winnie the Pooh toys and bouquets thrown out to be collected and eventually donated to local hospitals and charities.

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