Photo/IllutrationFellow skaters give Shoma Uno a lift for a photo opportunity in Laval, Canada, on Oct. 28. (Fumitaka Onishi)

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LAVAL, Canada--Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno decided not to hold in his emotions anymore, a strategy that helped propel him to victory in the second competition of figure skating’s Grand Prix Series.

After placing second in the short program, Uno rallied in the free skate to win the Skate Canada International competition held in the Canadian province of Quebec on Oct. 27.

“By nature, I am not that calm, and I really hate to lose,” Uno told reporters on Oct. 28. “I thought I should stop holding back my emotions and start expressing them as I feel. I was disappointed in my short program, so I fired myself up for the free program.”

Uno, who won the silver medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, said he always strives to be perfect but acknowledged it is “quite difficult.”

“I hope to limit my mistakes to one per program at the most, and give performances that I can later say, ‘Well, that was reasonably good,’” Uno said.

He also said there will likely be changes and improvements to the routines of his programs.

“I started discussing the order of jumps in the short program with my coach,” Uno said. “But nothing has been decided yet, so I cannot give any details.”

He did point out one area for improvement.

“If I can increase the success rate of the (quadruple) salchow jump, I can be more confident in performing the program,” he said.