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”

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”

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”

Shoma Uno and Wakaba Higuchi lead Team Blue to victory at 2021 Japan Open

For the second time, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Saitama held an all-Japanese version of the Japan Open team figure skating competition on Saturday. Team Blue’s Shoma Uno and Wakaba Higuchi won the men’s and the women’s events, respectively, and helped their team defeat Team Red by the score of 896.86Continue reading “Shoma Uno and Wakaba Higuchi lead Team Blue to victory at 2021 Japan Open”