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Japanese figure skating icon Yuzuru Hanyu was “shocked” after making a shaky start to the defense of his Olympic crown on Tuesday while Californian-born teenage freestyle skier Eileen Gu won a thrilling gold for China on her Games debut.

Reigning champion Hanyu has won the past two Olympic titles and his showdown with American triple world champion Nathan Chen is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in Beijing.

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