Kihira has now qualified for December’s Japan Championships. Elsewhere, the ISU is juggling venues and Russia’s Valieva is back on the ice in a new program.
Hanyu trained to his free skate of “Heaven and Earth” during a 35-minute session in which he tried several times to land the elusive quadruple axel.
“The Olympics are not a recital,” Hanyu said. “It's a place you must win. For that reason, I'll be strongly determined.”
Orser and Tracy Wilson will try to refine Kihira’s jump arsenal, which includes a quadruple salchow, so she can compete with the Russians.
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