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”

Kamila Valieva sets world record short program score, Kazuki Tomono leads men’s event at ISU Grand Prix stage in Russia

At the sixth, and final, stage of this season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Series in Russia – the 2021 Rostelecom Cup – a new world record was set by Kamila Valieva; Kazuki Tomono continued a successful season by Japanese men; Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin lead over the reigning World champions; Victoria SinitsinaContinue reading “Kamila Valieva sets world record short program score, Kazuki Tomono leads men’s event at ISU Grand Prix stage in Russia”

Anna Shcherbakova recomposes to land quad flip and win gold, Yuma Kagiyama dominates at the ISU Grand Prix event in France

At the fifth stage of this season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix series in France – the 2021 Internationaux de France – the expected favorites once again found ways to overcome all obstacles and celebrate the top prizes. 2021 World champion Anna Shcherbakova secured her spot at next month’s ISU Grand Prix Final withContinue reading “Anna Shcherbakova recomposes to land quad flip and win gold, Yuma Kagiyama dominates at the ISU Grand Prix event in France”

Diana Davis & Gleb Smolkin lead at Warsaw Cup after rhythm dance, Sota Yamamoto and Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov win gold

This week, Poland hosts the seventh competition of this season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series – the 2021 Warsaw Cup – and on the second day, two sets of medals were awarded. Also, the ice dance event picked up to a fascinating start, and the women’s event – led by Maiia Khromykh – willContinue reading “Diana Davis & Gleb Smolkin lead at Warsaw Cup after rhythm dance, Sota Yamamoto and Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov win gold”

Anna Shcherbakova leads Russian trio at the ISU Grand Prix stage in France, Yuma Kagiyama dominates men’s event

The second to last International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix event began today in France – the 2021 Internationaux de France – and the top performers delivered exciting results throughout: including, a new short program by Anna Shcherbakova, a dominant result by Yuma Kagiyama, an expected first place by Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii, andContinue reading “Anna Shcherbakova leads Russian trio at the ISU Grand Prix stage in France, Yuma Kagiyama dominates men’s event”