Yuzuru Hanyu attempts quad axel and wins sixth Japanese national title

The 2022 Japanese Figure Skating Championships culminated on Sunday with the men’s discipline – and history was created. Two-time Olympic and two-time World champion Yuzuru Hanyu began his free skate program with a quad axel attempt – unable to fully rotate the jump but avoiding a fall. Unfortunately, the element was downgraded by the judges.Continue reading “Yuzuru Hanyu attempts quad axel and wins sixth Japanese national title”

Kaori Sakamoto wins second Japanese national title; Misato Komatsubara and Tim Koleto win fourth consecutive

The first medals were given out at the 2022 Japanese Figure Skating Championships today – Kaori Sakamoto celebrated her second national title in the women’s discipline, while Misato Komatsubara and Tim Koleto won their fourth consecutive gold medals in ice dance. A national champion during the 2018-2019 season, Kaori Sakamoto finally returned to the topContinue reading “Kaori Sakamoto wins second Japanese national title; Misato Komatsubara and Tim Koleto win fourth consecutive”

Yuzuru Hanyu leads after short program at Japanese Nationals

On Friday, Yuzuru Hanyu made his highly anticipated season’s debut and earned a massive score as he leads Japan’s strong men’s field after the short program at the Japanese Championships. The five-time national champion opened his routine with a quad Salchow, which received an additional 4.57 grade of execution points, and later completed a quadContinue reading “Yuzuru Hanyu leads after short program at Japanese Nationals”

Kaori Sakamoto leads after short program at Japanese Nationals

At this season’s Japanese Championships – taking place through this weekend in Saitama – Kaori Sakamoto claimed the lead of the women’s discipline after the short program, while Misato Komatsubara and Tim Koleto lead the ice dance discipline after the rhythm dance. Six women received scores in the seventies and are separated by less thanContinue reading “Kaori Sakamoto leads after short program at Japanese Nationals”

Schedule and participants of the 2022 Japanese Championships

The 2022 Japanese Figure Skating Championships are scheduled to take place from December 22 to 26 in Saitama. SCHEDULE (local time zone; time zone converter) Thursday; December 23 14:50 – Ice Dance, Rhythm Dance16:22 – Women, Short Program Friday; December 24 15:30 – Pairs, Short Program16:22 – Men, Short Program Saturday; December 25 15:00 – Ice Dance,Continue reading “Schedule and participants of the 2022 Japanese Championships”

Rika Kihira will miss Japanese Championships

On Monday, it was revealed that reigning two-time Japanese national champion Rika Kihira has withdrawn from the 2022 Japanese Championships – this is due to a right ankle injury. The 19-year-old figure skater was diagnosed with an osteochondral injury in the right ankle last July and has missed all competitions this season, including both assignmentsContinue reading “Rika Kihira will miss Japanese Championships”

ISU Grand Prix Final cancelled

For the second consecutive season, the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Final will not take place as scheduled – from December 9 to 12 in Osaka, Japan – due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ISU has officially postponed the competition after being informed by the Japan Skating Federation about the inability to host theContinue reading “ISU Grand Prix Final cancelled”

Anastasia Zinina replaces Isabeau Levito in ISU Junior Grand Prix Final

On the updated list of participants at the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix Final, first alternate Anastasia Zinina has been added to the junior women’s event in place of Isabeau Levito – who has withdrawn due to an injury. 2021 U.S. junior national champion Levito qualified to the Final having won the secondContinue reading “Anastasia Zinina replaces Isabeau Levito in ISU Junior Grand Prix Final”

ISU Grand Prix Final planned to go ahead in bubble

The International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Final continues to be planned to take place on schedule from December 9 to 12 in Osaka, Japan but in a bubble format. Following the decision by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to prohibit entry into Japan for foreigners starting at midnight on November 30 – due toContinue reading “ISU Grand Prix Final planned to go ahead in bubble”

Japan closes borders to foreigners ahead of ISU Grand Prix Final

The International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Final is scheduled to take place from December 9 to 12 in Osaka, Japan; however, the latest news regarding the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 might put the event in jeopardy. On Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that entry into Japan will be prohibited for foreignersContinue reading “Japan closes borders to foreigners ahead of ISU Grand Prix Final”