World Figure Skating Championships: Skaters to Watch

Daisuke Takahashi
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Daisuke Takahashi

Japan

Takahashi would have been the home-nation star of the world championships, but the tragedy that struck Japan forced the event to be moved from Tokyo to Moscow. He's the reigning world champion and the only 2010 Olympic men's medalist competing this season, but he's far from a stand-alone favorite. Takahashi placed third at the Japanese championships and fourth at the Grand Prix Final.

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