Double Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu skipped first practice Friday, leaving the ice to his opponents, but there is little doubt he remains focused on completing yet another comeback in his chase for a third World Figure Skating Championships title.

The Japanese superstar finished Thursday’s short program in third place at Saitama Super Arena near Tokyo and must overcome a 12.53-point deficit to beat reigning world champion Nathan Chen of the United States, who scored 107.40…

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