Orser and Tracy Wilson will try to refine Kihira’s jump arsenal, which includes a quadruple salchow, so she can compete with the Russians.
The list places a priority on results in major competitions, while taking into account mitigating factors like injury, record scores and big moves up the standings.
The organizers went to extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of the skaters and fans in Osaka.
The United States finished second and Japan placed third in the seventh edition of the prestigious event.
Though Chen won again this night, the margin was considerably closer. The pair were separated by just two points after the short program.
Chen holds a slight lead over his top rival, while Russia is in first place after the first day of competition.
Hanyu was leaping especially high on his quads, while Chen was landing his consistently.
Anna Shcherbakova captured her first world title, while Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Alexandra Trusova finished second and third, respectively. Kaori Sakamoto placed sixth overall and Rika Kihira...
Kihira, who skated to “The Fire Within" and received level fours for her spins and step sequence, is in good position to earn her first senior...
The men's winner at this week's world championships in Stockholm will take momentum and a psychological advantage into next year’s Beijing Olympics.