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[ICE TIME] Shoma Uno Shows Why He Is a Cut Above the Rest

His triumph at the NHK Trophy was a powerful reminder that Shoma Uno is the No. 1 men's skater on the planet, and that's why he'll defend his world title.

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Shoma Uno displays his gold medal and the men's trophy after winning the 2022 NHK Trophy on November 19 in Sapporo. (Kyung Hoon Kim/REUTERS)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website.

SAPPORO ― Shoma Uno illustrated why he is the world champion with his comeback victory at the NHK Trophy on Saturday night, November 19. The three-time Olympic medalist landed four quadruple jumps in his free skate. 

Afterward, he spoke about what motivates him to keep going following his triumph here.

"I always want to train and improve myself and that's been the drive for me to continue to skate," Uno stated. "That's why I set the standards higher and higher, and this year the bar has become much higher than last season. 

"When you keep on setting a higher bar, along the way, I realized, especially in the past two years, that it doesn't always go well. It never does go as you plan."

Uno continued to expound on his vision of competitive skating.

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"Sometimes you make mistakes, sometimes you stumble, but you need to continue to have that will to improve," Uno commented.

Read the full story on SportsLook.

Author: Jack Gallagher

The author is a veteran sports journalist and one of the world's foremost figure skating experts. Find articles and podcasts by Jack on his author page, here, and find him on Twitter @sportsjapan.

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