I am not that familiar with the upcoming Japanese skaters, particularly the men.
Assuming Takahashi, Kozuka, Oda are the top 3, who would be 4,5,6 in Japan?
Are there any junior skaters with promise?
The junior skaters are very inconsistent so I can't say much about them yet. But Keiji Tanaka won silver at Junior Worlds and he says he plans to do a quad on the JGP.
for Ishikawa getting NHK. I loved her free skate at this past season's Japanese Nats.
Keiji Tanaka is awesome! IMO he should've won Junior Worlds
I love it so much! Thanks for the link!
Wow, Dai's new SP is amazing!!! I love the preciseness of all of his movements. And his jumps look spot on even in the gala. Great
Tanaka aims for top junior podiums
For fans of Yuzuru Hanyu : http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=80048Competing at Junior Worlds was an important experience for the teenager.
“I was able to watch top skaters which gave me additional motivation,” he noted. “In 2012, I want to come back and take the title.”
And he has a game plan for this goal: “I want to improve not only my jumps, but also other aspects of my skating.”
Tanaka has prepared a new free skate to The Untouchables by Ennio Morricone for the new season. The choreography was done by Kenji Miyamoto. He is keeping the Violentango short program from the past season.
Tanaka is currently scheduled to compete at the JGPs in Brisbane, Australia (Sep 7-11) and Innsbruck, Austria (Sep 28 – Oct 2).
Excellent choreography, his movement is so detailed and so precise.
He continues to surpass himself.
I really hope he can get a consistent 4toe because that's all that is missing now (but even without it, I would have him crush everyone - other than Chan - on PCS).
Risa Shoji's new FS, I absolutely love it! Perfect style for her, and I personally think she was robbed of gold at this JGP, Courtney fell twice in her FS did not present that program nearly as well as Risa did, IMO. Still, nice season debut for Risa, her 3s-2t-2t and 2a-3t combos are huge and made me think of Shizuka. Hope she keeps up the good work!