Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 25
  1. #1

    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    29,630
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    42893

    Japan's 2014-15 National Team + news/updates

    Starting a new thread with this official announcement:
    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    Japanese Team 2014-2015 season (official)
    http://skatingjapan.or.jp/image_data...ure_kyouka.pdf

    "Special" Athletes

    Yuzuru Hanyu S1
    Tatsuki Machida S2
    Takahiko Kozuka S3
    Takahito Mura S6

    Kanako Murakami S2
    Satoko Miyahara S4

    Narumi Takahashi/Ryuichi Kihara
    Cathy Reed/Chris Reed S1

    A Athletes

    Keiji Tanaka J1/S8 (aged out of ISU Junior)
    *Shoma Uno J2/S7
    Ryuju Hino J3/S12 (aged out of ISU Junior)

    Haruka Imai S5
    *Rika Hongo J1/S6
    Mariko Kihara J4/S8
    *Mai Mihara J2/S12
    *Yura Matsuda J3/S9

    Emi Hirai/ Marien de la Asuncion S2

    B Athletes

    Yoji Tsuboi S9
    Daisuke Murakami S10
    *Taichi Honda J4/S15
    *Sota Yamamoto J5/S14
    Kazuki Tomono J6
    *Sei Kawahara J7
    *Shu Nakamura J8

    *Miyabi Oba S10
    Miyu Nakashio S11
    *Kaori Sakamoto J6
    *Riona Kato J7
    Wakaba Higuchi N1/J8
    Marin Honda N3/J5 (born August 21, 2001; JGP age-eligible in 2015-16)

    Sumire Suto/Konstantin Chizhikov J1
    Ami Koga/Francis Boudreau-Audet J2


    This year's nationals will be held in Nagano (December 25-29).
    I've added 2013-14 Nationals placements above.

    * = competed on JGP last year and still age-eligible.

    I believe Wakaba Higuchi turned 13 in January 2014 and will be old enough for the JGP?

    Suto/Chizhikov can make their JGP pairs debut this year (Chizhikov is 20 and now eligible to compete in 2014-15 due to the age rule not being passed at the ISU Congress) - their ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00014773.htm
    Last edited by Sylvia; 06-16-2014 at 09:54 PM.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

  2. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    365
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    National Events Schedule

    2014/9/25-28 Kanto Regionals (Karuizawa)
    2014/9/25-28 Chu-Shikoku Kyushu Regionals (Okayama)
    2014/10/3-5 Tohoku-Hokkaido Regionals (Sapporo)
    2014/10/3-5 Chubu Regionals (Aichi)
    2014/10/10-13 Tokyo regionals (Tokyo)
    2014/10/10-13 Kinki regionals (Amagasaki)

    2014/10/24-26 Novice Nationals (Osaka, Kansai University)

    2014/10/30-11/2 Eastern Sectionals (Chiba)
    2014/10/31-11/3 Western Sectionals (Fukuoka)

    2014/11/22-24 Junior Nationals (Niigata)

    2014/12/25-29 Senior Nationals (Nagano)

    Novice nationals is at the home rink of Marin and Miyu Honda.
    The ice arena in Niigata is a newly built one.

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    365
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Mariko Kihara: September 4, 1997
    Kazuki Tomono: May? 1998
    Miyu Nakashio: 1996
    are JGP eligible

    My guess on JGP assignments

    Ladies
    Kihara 2, Higuchi 2, Sakamoto 2, Mihara 2, Matsuda 1, Nakashio 1,
    Yuhana Yokoi 1, Emiri Nagata 1, Yuka Nagai 1?

    Kato is a question mark: JGP?, Challengers series? or Skate America?
    Nagai had a poor season but she's the only junior lady who has the real lutz except Higuchi, also can do the 3Lz-3T. And it looks like she has some strong backing...

    Men
    Uno 2, Yamamoto 2, Kawahara 1 or 2,
    Honda 1 or 2, Tomono 1, Nakamura 1

    Pairs
    Two junior teams can compete

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    20
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Thank you NMURA

  5. #5

    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    29,630
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    42893
    NMURA, is a national team criteria document published online?

    One of the JGP-eligible pairs, Koga/Boudret-Audret, is registered for the Quebec Summer Championships, August 7-10 in Pierrefonds.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    365
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    criteria for national team athletes
    http://www.skatingjapan.or.jp/image_...ENT/2017_2.pdf

    Special athletes
    the top 3 finishers at nationals
    skaters who got two GP assignments at the selection meeting

    A athletes
    4-8 places at nationals or the top 3 at junior nationals
    skaters who got one GP assignment

    B athletes
    9-12 places at nationals or 4-8 places at junior nationals
    skaters who are selected for JGP assignments at the test skate in summer
    a few novices could be added

    Pair skaters and ice dancers are considered their competitiveness regardless of above criteria

  7. #7

    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    29,630
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    42893
    ^^^ Thank you, NMURA.

    GP assignments:

    Yuzuru Hanyu (Cup of China, NHK Trophy)
    Tatsuki Machida (Skate America, TEB)
    Takahiko Kozuka (Skate Canada, Russia)
    Takahito Mura (Canada, NHK)
    Keiji Tanaka (China)

    Kanako Murakami (Cup of China, NHK)
    Satoko Miyahara (Canada, NHK)
    Haruka Imai (America, TEB)
    Rika Hongo (Canada)
    Miyabi Oba (Russia)

    Reed/Reed (SA, NHK)
    Takahashi/Kihara (NHK)

    NHK TBD spots: men (Tanaka or Hino?), ladies, dance (Hirai/de la Asuncion?)
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    365
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Athlete bios are updated
    http://www.skatingjapan.or.jp/nation...hp?sports_id=2

    Wakaba Higuchi
    : the season's goal is to land the triple axel

    Hanyu: do my best in both practice and competitions

    Machida: present the higher and more creative arts of figure skating

    Kozuka: make a start leading to the next stage

    Murakami: qualify for GPF and win a world medal

    Miyahara: make it to GPF and worlds

    Uno: 4th place at nationals

    Kihara: improve techniques in all aspects

    Yamamoto: master the 3A, go to junior worlds

    Oba: make the final flight at nationals, winter universiade

    Sakamoto: present music more gracefully, powerful skating, better posture, try the 3A in competition

    Kato: land jumps consistently, touching performances

    Marin Honda: practice further without making limits

    Takahashi/Kihara: catch up with the world in techniques
    Last edited by NMURA; 07-01-2014 at 06:08 AM.

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    365
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Update July 15
    http://www.skatingjapan.or.jp/nation...hp?sports_id=2

    "Special" Athletes

    Yuzuru Hanyu S1
    Tatsuki Machida S2
    Takahiko Kozuka S3
    Takahito Mura S6

    Kanako Murakami S2
    Satoko Miyahara S4
    Haruka Imai S5

    Narumi Takahashi/Ryuichi Kihara

    Cathy Reed/Chris Reed S1

    A Athletes

    Keiji Tanaka J1/S8 (aged out of ISU Junior)
    *Shoma Uno J2/S7
    Ryuju Hino J3/S12 (aged out of ISU Junior)

    *Rika Hongo J1/S6
    *Mariko Kihara J4/S8
    *Mai Mihara J2/S12
    *Yura Matsuda J3/S9
    *Miyabi Oba S10
    *Riona Kato J7


    Emi Hirai/ Marien de la Asuncion S2

    B Athletes

    Yoji Tsuboi S9
    Daisuke Murakami S10
    *Taichi Honda J4/S15
    *Sota Yamamoto J5/S14
    *Kazuki Tomono J6
    *Sei Kawahara J7
    *Shu Nakamura J8
    *Kento Kajita
    *Hidetsugu Kamata
    *Hiroaki Sato


    *Miyu Nakashio S11
    *Kaori Sakamoto J6
    *Wakaba Higuchi N1/J8
    Marin Honda N3/J5
    *Rin Nitaya
    *Yuhana Yokoi
    *Yuka Nagai


    *JGP eligible

    I'm not sure but Kato might have gotten a GP.

    Other than that, now it's clear who will be sent to JGP.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Italy
    Posts
    183
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    825
    http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNSS...10C14A7000000/

    Hanyu will compete at Finlandia Trophy 2014 (Oct. 10-12).

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    365
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Thanks, Riona Kato got a NHK spot.

  12. #12

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    2,859
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    4691
    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    Thanks, Riona Kato got a NHK spot.
    kato? i am kinda confused?
    all other girls are too young or why did she get this?

  13. #13

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Lima
    Posts
    1,516
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    378
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeschke View Post
    kato? i am kinda confused?
    all other girls are too young or why did she get this?
    I guess with Asada and Suzuki gone, all 3 spots for Worlds are up in the air. Murakami and Miyahara certainly are not unbeatable so the youngster feel is their chance to step up.

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    1,578
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    3946
    Thanks for the update. Any news on NHK men's spot?

  15. #15

    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Planning? No, no. Let's keep it suicidal.
    Posts
    5,013
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    34851
    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    Kozuka: make a start leading to the next stage
    Love the fact he makes it sound like he'd be open to sticking around in case things go well this season. With Chan sitting out this season and Oda retired, I need some stunning depth of edge around the men's field .

    Thank you v. much for the other updates as well .

  16. #16

    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    29,630
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    42893
    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    Riona Kato got a NHK spot.
    Thanks. I had assumed that she was returning to the JGP because she had entered the Junior Ladies event at this past weekend's Los Angeles Open club competition. Riona Kato won with a total score of 147.54 (101.30 in FS).
    Link to her ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00012463.htm (I believe one of her listed coaches, Yukari Kato, is her aunt?)
    I heard Kato landed everything in her FS, including 3F+3T, before falling on her last jump.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

  17. #17
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    365
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by SamuraiK View Post
    I guess with Asada and Suzuki gone, all 3 spots for Worlds are up in the air. Murakami and Miyahara certainly are not unbeatable so the youngster feel is their chance to step up.
    Two spots are decided almost by default. Only one is up for in the air.

    Imai has up and down cycles every two years. Her placements at Nationals are 14th(2008)-6th(2009)-12th(2010)-4th(2011)-14th(2012)-5th(2013). If this pattern continues she will bomb this year and misses even 4CC.

    Hongo has been favored by the JSF in past two years, probably because of coach Nagakubo's influences. Her gaps between domestic and international scores are the widest among Japanese ladies. She is the apparent favorite for the third spot at this point.

    In contrast, Kato was treated rather harshly in last season. I think she was given the TBD spot because this year's NHK trophy is in Osaka. Kato has the technical goods (clearly better than Hongo and Imai) but lacks confidences. She must leave strong impacts there to challenge for the third spot.

    Miyabi Oba won't be a factor without the 3A. She seems to be just aiming for the Winter Universiade.

    The other potential candidates are Yuka Nagai and Mariko Kihara. I think one of them will go to junior worlds along with Higuchi and Sakamoto.

  18. #18
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Helsinki, Finland
    Posts
    3,873
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by mathil View Post
    http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNSS...10C14A7000000/

    Hanyu will compete at Finlandia Trophy 2014 (Oct. 10-12).
    Hopefully Fernandez, too?

  19. #19
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    1,152
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    Thanks, Riona Kato got a NHK spot.
    She deserves it. She's the most well-rounded of the others.

  20. #20
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    365
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaana View Post
    Hopefully Fernandez, too?
    I doubt. Because Japan Open is only one week before Finlandia Trophy. Fernandez should have the offer as the first choice for European men. It's unlikely to do both events. Hanyu never participated Japan Open before but he is definitely necessary this year. In his case, the Finnish organizer could have invited specially with all costs covered.

    I remember Finlandia Trophy was held on the same weekend as Japan Open until last year. They might have changed the schedule in order to invite Hanyu.... it's just a possibility.
    Last edited by NMURA; 07-16-2014 at 04:46 AM.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •