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”

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”

Shoma Uno lands four quads to run away with NHK Trophy title, Kaori Sakamoto takes gold in women’s event

On the second day of the fourth stage of this season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix series in Japan – the 2021 NHK Trophy – none of the medal positions changed from the short programs as Japanese figure skaters won gold in the men’s and women’s disciplines, while Russian figure skaters took gold inContinue reading “Shoma Uno lands four quads to run away with NHK Trophy title, Kaori Sakamoto takes gold in women’s event”

Shoma Uno leads at NHK Trophy after short program, Kaori Sakamoto first as no Russians in women’s event

At the fourth stage of this season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix series in Japan – the 2021 NHK Trophy, Japanese figure skaters performed well in their home event – taking the lead in both the men’s and women’s disciplines. Following the withdrawal, due to an injury, by Yuzuru Hanyu – the top remainingContinue reading “Shoma Uno leads at NHK Trophy after short program, Kaori Sakamoto first as no Russians in women’s event”

Kaori Sakamoto and Yuma Kagiyama among leaders at the Asian Open Trophy after first day

The fifth International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series competition of the season – the 2021 Asian Open Trophy – is taking place in Beijing, China and serves as the test event for the 2022 Winter Olympics. After the first day of the event, Japanese figure skaters – Kaori Sakamoto and Yuma Kagiyama – took theContinue reading “Kaori Sakamoto and Yuma Kagiyama among leaders at the Asian Open Trophy after first day”

Kagiyama and Sakamoto dominate at NHK Trophy; Takahashi completes ice dance debut

Leader of the ladies’ event after the short program, 20-year-old Kaori Sakamoto won her first career ISU Grand Prix series event in Japan. Ahead by almost six points heading into the free skate, Sakamoto opened her second routine with a double axel. Skating to music from The Matrix, the 2018 Four Continents champion landed aContinue reading “Kagiyama and Sakamoto dominate at NHK Trophy; Takahashi completes ice dance debut”

Sakamoto and Kagiyama lead after short programs; Muramoto & Takahashi debut

2018 Four Continents Championship winner Kaori Sakamoto took the lead of the ladies’ event after the short program at the final stage of this season’s ISU Grand Prix series. Skating to music by Johann Sebastian Bach, the 20-year-old figure skater landed a double axel, a triple Lutz, and a triple flip-triple toe loop combination toContinue reading “Sakamoto and Kagiyama lead after short programs; Muramoto & Takahashi debut”