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

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Still recovering from Worlds...

    Starting a new thread with this official announcement:
    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: Jun 16, 2014
  2. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    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. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    Mariko Kihara: September 4, 1997
    Kazuki Tomono: May? 1998
    Miyu Nakashio: 1996
    are JGP eligible

    My guess on JGP assignments

    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...

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

    Two junior teams can compete
  4. shirokjj

    shirokjj Member

    Thank you NMURA :respec:
  5. Sylvia

    Sylvia Still recovering from Worlds...

    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.
  6. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    criteria for national team athletes

    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
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  7. Sylvia

    Sylvia Still recovering from Worlds...

    ^^^ 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?)
  8. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    Athlete bios are updated

    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: Jul 1, 2014
  9. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    Update July 15

    "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. mathil

    mathil Active Member

  11. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    Thanks, Riona Kato got a NHK spot.
  12. Jeschke

    Jeschke #teamtrainwreck #teamschott

    kato? i am kinda confused?
    all other girls are too young or why did she get this?
  13. SamuraiK

    SamuraiK Well-Known Member

    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. kittyjake5

    kittyjake5 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the update. Any news on NHK men's spot?
  15. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    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 :cheer2:.

    Thank you v. much for the other updates as well :).
  16. Sylvia

    Sylvia Still recovering from Worlds...

    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.
  17. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    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. Jaana

    Jaana Well-Known Member

  19. all_empty

    all_empty Well-Known Member

    She deserves it. She's the most well-rounded of the others.
  20. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    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: Jul 16, 2014
  21. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    international assignments announced on July 18th

    Asian Open Trophy
    Shoma Uno
    Rika Hongo
    Riona Kato
    Taichi Honda
    Hidetsugu Kamata
    Miyu Nakashio
    Wakaba Higuchi
    Rin Nitaya

    JGP France
    Sota Yamamoto
    Hiroaki Sato
    Miyu Nakashio
    Rin Nitaya

    JGP Slovenia
    Hidetsugu Kamata
    Mai Mihara
    Yuka Nagai

    JGP Czech Rep
    Taichi Honda
    Sei Kawahara
    Mariko Kihara
    Wakaba Higuchi
    Sumire Suto/Konstantin Chizhikov

    JGP Japan
    Shoma Uno
    Kento Kajita
    Kaori Sakamoto
    Yuhana Yokoi

    JGP Estonia
    Sota Yamamoto
    Ami Koga/Francis Boudreau Audet

    JGP Germany
    Sei Kawahara
    Wakaba Higuchi
    Sumire Suto/Konstantin Chizhikov

    JGP Croatia
    Shoma Uno
    Ami Koga/Francis Boudreau Audet

    US International Classic
    Riona Kato
    Daisuke Murakami

    Lombardia Trophy
    Satoko Miyahara
    Takahito Mura

    Nebelhorn Trophy
    Ryuju Hino

    Ondrej Nepela
    Haruka Imai

    Finlandia Trophy
    Yuzuru Hanyu
    Rika Hongo

    Coupe de Nice
    Keiji Tanaka
    Yoji Tsuboi
    Miyabi Oba
    Emi Hirai/Marien de la Asuncion
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2014
  22. KansaiPJ

    KansaiPJ New Member

    Thank you NMURA! Special thanks for the Asian Open info. I'm thinking of going! :)
  23. icellist

    icellist Active Member

    for the jgp in Japan,

    Doesn't the host get 3 slots in each discipline. are those TBA?
  24. sandra_persch

    sandra_persch Well-Known Member

    If I remember last year correctly they waited for the results of the first assignment before deciding about seconds
  25. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    Yura Matsuda is not included. A chronic underrotater, nevertheless, she's an A-rank skater in the national team. She might get the 3rd spot of JGP Japan. More likely, I guess it will be given to a skater with the best result from 1st and 2nd events. In that case, Mihara or Nagai on good days.

    Only Higuchi is guranteed two events in ladies. It means that she is the JSF's favorite (one to push) of this year. If so, it's a little strange not to do the home JGP. Could be her own choice or some considerations on the JSF side.
  26. Sylvia

    Sylvia Still recovering from Worlds...

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  27. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

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  28. casken

    casken Well-Known Member


    I love that the rule change simply resulted in everyone using the same old overused music, just now with vocals. Gah.
  29. Lara

    Lara It's JJ style!

    :wall: :wall: :wall:
  30. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    Western Japan U-15 FS competition (August 11-14)

    Junior ladies FS

    1. Emiri Nagata 105.53
    2. Kaori Sakamoto 100.09
    3. Mai Mihara 87.64

    Nagata was added the substitute list of JGP Japan. I think she has a very good chance to get the spot along with Sakamoto and Yokoi.

    Novice A ladies FS

    1. Yuna Shiraiwa 97.00
    Mostly clean with 7 triples. This girl is JGP eligible in next season.