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”

Alexandra Trusova withdraws from NHK Trophy

Next weekend, Japan will host the fourth stage of this season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix series – the 2021 NHK Trophy; however, 2021 World bronze medalist Alexandra Trusova will not participate. The Russian figure skater did not fly to Tokyo this weekend, as she is recovering from an injury, and will withdraw fromContinue reading “Alexandra Trusova withdraws from NHK Trophy”

Yuzuru Hanyu withdraws from NHK Trophy due to injury

On Thursday, it was announced that two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu has suffered an ankle ligament injury and has withdrawn from the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix series event in Japan – the 2021 NHK Trophy, scheduled to take place from November 12 to 14. The 26-year-old decorated figure skater said, “I’ve beenContinue reading “Yuzuru Hanyu withdraws from NHK Trophy due to injury”

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”

Schedule and participants at NHK Trophy

The final event of this season’s ISU Grand Prix series will take place in Kadoma, Osaka, Japan this weekend. Due to the many changes because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the competition will not feature a pairs’ event. Also, all but one participant are Japanese – the lone non-Japanese figure skater being Young You ofContinue reading “Schedule and participants at NHK Trophy”