New JPN Pair: Narumi Takahashi & Ryuichi Kihara

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  1. ks777

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    Kihara is 5'9", how tall is takahashi?
     
  2. flowerpower

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    The skater who competed pairs with Jean-Sebastien Fecteau of Canada? Is she coaching in Japan now?
     
  3. jjane45

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    Isn't ice time always a problem in Japan, especially for pairs teams?

    Any speculations on possible abroad training centers? US? Canada? :saint:
     
  4. Akira Andrea

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    This is an article in “Saga Shinbun” in Japan.
    Translating to English from Japanese

    JSF decided Ryuichi Kihara as the new partner of Narumi Takahashi.
    January 30th, 2013 JST

    In January 30th, Japan Skating Federation announced that they decided Ryuichi Kihara (Chukyo University) who participated to 2011 Junior Worlds as the new partner of Narumi Takahashi (Kinoshita Club) of Pair.
    Takahashi won the bronze medal in 2012 Worlds with Canadian Marvin Tran, but canceled the combination of Pair with him in Last December because of the difference of directionality.

    The new pair which was born is expected as the war potential of the group competition which is adopted in the Sochi Winter Olympics, and Takahashi said, "I feel very happy to be able to resume the practice of the pair". Kihara said, "I would like to do my best so as to be able to participate to the International competition as soon as possible".

    The article:
    JSF decided Ryuichi Kihara as the new partner of Narumi Takahashi.
    http://www.saga-s.co.jp/news/global/corenews.0.2388561.article.html


    This is an article in “Asahi Shinbun” in Japan
    Translating to English from Japanese.

    Narumi Takahashi formed a new pair with Ryuichi Kihara.
    January 30th, 2013 JST

    In January 30th, Japan Skating Federation announced that they decided Ryuichi Kihara (20, Chukyo University) as the partner of Narumi Takahashi (21, Kinoshita Club), who won the third place and got the medal for the first time for Japan in the Pair of the Worlds in last season.
    In last December, Takahashi canceled the combination with Marvin Tran (Canada) who won the medal with her.

    Kihara is the player of Single, was the 12th place in Japan National in last season and was the the 10th place in 2011 Worlds. As for the body height, Kihara is 174 cm and Takahashi is 146 cm. Kihara said, "I am anxious, too, because I have not an experience of the Pair, but I would like to practice it utilizing my experience so far".

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    Narumi Takahashi formed a new pair with Ryuichi Kihara.
    http://www.asahi.com/sports/update/0130/TKY201301300098.html
     
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  5. Zemgirl

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    If he's 5'9'', I think he's taller than Tran. Takahashi is 1.46m, I think that's about 4'10''.
     
  6. flowerpower

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    Tran is listed at 175 cm (ISU) and Kihara at 174 cm (JSF) , so both are 5'9"<ish>, if the bios are right.
     
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    I never thought of Sato, but Jason Dungjen taught her some Pairs, and they performed together. Thank you for the news!
     
  10. Ziggy

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    Ehhhhh I guess there's bad blood between them and Gauthier then. :(

    I am very disappointed because I think that Gauthier+Marcotte is the best pairs team there is.

    I guess Sato/Dungjen will coach and Camerlengo/Krylova will choreograph?
     
  11. morqet

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    Is there any update on Narumi's injury? Any idea if she's recovered enough to begin training properly with him? Could be crucial if they're hoping to be ready to compete at Nebelhorn to try to get the Olympic spot.
     
  12. Andrey aka Pushkin

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    This is an article in &#8220;Mainichi Shinbun&#8221; in Japan.
    Translating to English from Japanese.

    Takahashi/Kihara pair learns from Yuka Sato coach
    January 30th, 2013 JST.
    By Tatsuya Haga

    In January 30th, Japan Skating Federation announced formally that Narumi Takahashi (21, Kinoshita Club) who had canceled the combination of Pair with Marvin Tran (Canada) forms the new combination with Ryuichi Kihara (20, Chukyo University).
    They are going to utilize U.S. Detroit as their training base and learn to both coaches of Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen who form together the conjugal Pair as professional.

    According to HIdehito Ito, the director of Figure Skating of the said Federation, Kihara seems to have participated to the meeting for experiencing the Pair Skating which was held in Chukyo University two years before. Takahashi who coached him then seems to have been eager, saying, "I would like to form the Pair with him by all means because I felt a good fit to him", and he seems to have replied to it in this year.
    They train in Detroit for two months from February and are going to aim at getting the qualification to participate to Sochi Olympics in the final Olympic qualifying competition in September. Director Ito said, "Although there is an aspect not to find that it doesn't attempt together actually, too, we would like to make them strengthen aggressively because a pair among the Japanese was formed specially".

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    Takahashi/Kihara pair learns from Yuka Sato coach
    http://mainichi.jp/sports/news/20130131k0000m050012000c.html
     
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  14. kirkbiggestfan

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    Sato/Dungjen makes a lot of sense on paper. Jason was a brilliant pair skater and a good coach. Having a Japanese coach in the US will help the process.
    They chose busy coaches though. (Alissa and Jeremy are not going to Worlds and their season is over)
     
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  15. kylet3

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    I know Yuka and Jason are busy coaches but I actually think this will be a good fit for them, Yuka was a singles skater, but her and Jason did do some shows and pro-ams and I was extremely impressed with her ability to pick it up just like that (their throws were :swoon: worthy), granted she was already a world champion, but I think she will be able to help Kihara transition into pairs, and hopefully they can pick it up and do well. Would like to see them compete at the Olympics.
     
  16. Ziggy

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    They are definitely the "it" coaches at the moment but they have so many skaters, I wonder whether they will be able to devote a lot of their time to T/K.

    And they haven't produced any pair teams yet so their ability in this regard is a big unknown.
     
  17. Erin

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    Jason coached the Hartsells when they won the National title in 1999 - I remember because it seemed like a bit of a fun twist that Jason was coaching the team that beat Ina & Zimmerman, who were "supposed" to win, after Ina dumped him for Zimmerman. That said, Jason was part of a coaching team that included Johnny Johns, who has lots of experience with pairs coaching, so it's hard to say how much of the credit goes to Jason.
     
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    And he is also co-coaching Berton/Hotarek.
     
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    Translating to English from Japanese

    January 30 th, 2013 JST

    Good news

    Hello!

    My new partner was decided.
    It is Ryuichi Kihara of Chukyo university.

    I have known Kihara well, because I used to have been to the international competitions together with him many times since the Junior ages.
    I'm very glad that I can aim at the world together with him in Pair this time.
    For the last three months after the surgical operation, I sometimes had spicy times, but could restart like this thanks to your mental support.
    Really, thank you very much.

    Please support the pair Ryuichi Kihara / Narumi Takahashi from now on.

    Narumi

    The official blog of Narumi Takahashi"The fairy on the Ice"
    http://ameblo.jp/narumi-takahashi/
     
  20. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Bumping this thread back up now that Takahashi/Kihara have debuted their SP at Lombardia Trophy in Italy today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DLmRpk7BwI
    7 Narumi TAKAHASHI / Ryuichi KIHARA JPN 47.98 26.26 21.72 5.58 5.08 5.67 5.58 5.25 0.00 #10 (they made the SP minimum TES for the Olympics)

    Pairs FS is tomorrow and there is a live stream - more info here: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?89233-Live-stream-of-2013-Lombardia-Trophy-from-Italy

    Re-posting from The Ice thread (shows took place in Japan in late July):
    Scheduled competitions this fall: Nebelhorn Trophy (Olympic qualifying) next week and 2 Grand Prix events - NHK Trophy & Rostelecom Cup.
     
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    Yay for them! Congrats to get the minimum Worlds TES. Hoping they keep doing their best in their FS.:cheer2:
     
  22. leapfrogonice

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    Congratulations to them on their progress. It will be interesting to see whether their appearance at the Olympics can or will inspire other young skaters in Japan to pursue pairs.
     
  23. hanca

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    One would have thought that common sense would push Japanese single skaters to pursue pairs. Logically, if you are number 6-10 Japanese man and there are such strong skaters as Takahashi, Oda, Kozuka, Hanyu, Mura etc, one should think how overcrowded it is currently in the men category and start looking into ladies number 5-10 for a lady in similar position. A few years (1-2) trying to gel together and hurray, you have a ticket to 4CC and worlds (as long as you meet the qualifying scores) which you would never get so quickly if you waited the queue in the singles category. You can't wait forever until someone retires and it becomes less crowded. The clock is ticking...
     
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  24. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Takahashi/Kihara scored 90.05 in the FS at Lombardia Trophy today and attained the Olympic minimum TES - video filmed from the stands: http://youtu.be/5Zx9B5HmOJ8
    They finished 7th overall (138.03) - on to Nebelhorn!
     
  25. analia

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    The problem is most Japanese single skaters are too short and thin even for their very small ladies. Kihara is definitely not built to be a pairs skater.
     
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    Kihara might not be built to be a Pairs skater, but after being in Pairs for eight months, he and Takahashi made not only the Olympic TES minimums in their first Senior B, but also the World TES minimums, exceeding the World TES FS minimum by almost 6.5 points. I know he had an experienced partner, but he's going to get to go to Championships within a year of having started Pairs.
     
  27. centerpt1

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    Kihara has done very well in a short amount of time. I really didn't think it was possible to come so far. (I still miss Takahashi/ Tran, though)
     
  28. hanca

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    There are shorter men skaters even from other countries. Szolkovy is not very tall, Brubaker neither. I am not saying that every male skater should become a pair skater, but even within Japanese men there will be some slightly taller and among ladies some smaller ladies.
     
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  29. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    I think the main obstacle is that any JPN pair team that is formed is "forced" to train abroad due to the lack of elite level pair coaches, and unless promising prospective pairs are funded by the federation (or are financially independent), this can get very expensive!
     
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  30. robinhood

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    Kihara is not short for Narumi...but he needs to develop a lot of upper body strength. You just have to compare the guy with the rest of competitors. Male pair skaters are muscle GI Joes