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He came, he skated, he conquered. It was a huge risk, turning up at the Olympic Winter Games to defend his title after not having competed for three months.
But Yuzuru Hanyu, never one to back down from a challenge, came prepared.
It took just two and a half minutes for any doubts about his physical condition to be dispelled, as he delivered yet another brilliant display of unrivaled determination in the short program in PyeongChang.