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Jump Issues Have Shoma Uno Concerned Ahead of Title Defense

Defending men's titlist Shoma Uno isn't pleased with the consistency of his jumps, saying he's in a "really terrible condition" before the world championships.



Shoma Uno
Shoma Uno in a December 2022 file photo. (KYODO)

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SAITAMA ― World champion Shoma Uno expressed worries about his jumps following an early afternoon workout on Tuesday, March 21. 

Uno will attempt to become the first Japanese man to win consecutive world titles when the men's competition begins at the World Figure Skating Championships with the short program on Thursday night at Saitama Super Arena.

The 25-year-old star ran through his free skate to "Air on the G String" during the 35-minute session, but expressed dissatisfaction with the consistency of his jumps recently.

"Although it's often that I know what is wrong, since around last week I keep making the same mistake," Uno was quoted as saying by media in attendance. "I change and try different things, but it probably doesn't alter much."

He added, "I feel like I have to accept that I had to do it (compete) in this situation."

Shoma Uno practices on March 21 at Saitama Super Arena. (KYODO)

Uno, a three-time Olympic medalist, didn't hold back with his self-evaluation.

"I'm in a really terrible condition, but I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen," Uno commented.

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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, and find him on Twitter @sportsjapan.

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