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New JPN Pair: Narumi Takahashi & Ryuichi Kihara

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by NMURA, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

  2. victoriaheidi

    victoriaheidi New Member

    Yay! So happy to hear that she has a new partner. I loved T/T, but sadly, I don't think Japan was very willing to support his citizenship quest.
  3. RFOS

    RFOS Well-Known Member

    :cheer: Glad to hear she has a partner and I hope it works out well! :)
  4. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

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  5. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    It will be interesting to find out where and with whom they will train. I assume this has not yet been revealed?
  6. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    My kind of skater -- hobby of visiting old castles!

    Given how quickly some of the other new pairs teams have managed to jell, perhaps we can see them in Sochi if they can qualify at Nebelhorn. (And I'm guessing they will be Japan's entry for pairs in the team event, but it still seems unclear as to whether or not that puts you on the "real" Olympic team.)
  7. midori

    midori Well-Known Member

    The news was not even officially announced but just leaked by someone, according to the articles.
  8. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    By "real" do you mean qualified for the Pairs event, too? I suspect if all goes well they'll try for one of the remaining 4 spots at Nebelhorn. Otherwise Japan can appoint them for the Team Event (assuming there are no minimum scores for appointed skaters, or if there are, that T/K make them).

    Best of luck to them!
  9. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    In this kind of article, "related person" (&#38306;&#20418;&#32773;) definitely means JSF officials. Kihara couldn't land the 3A at National Sports Festival (as expected), and his PCS was quite low compared to Nationals and other skaters. I had a hunch that THEY are advising him to give up singles careers and concentrate on pairs.
  10. SamuraiK

    SamuraiK Well-Known Member

  11. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    If he doesn't have pairs experience, it might take a while for him to get up to competition standard. James/Cipres are probably the most similar pairing to this one (though Narumi has more pairs experience than Vanessa did at the beginning of that partnership) and we saw that it took them a while.

    Anyway, good luck to them. I hope Mervin Tran will find a good partner quickly, too.
  12. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    Unless he actively dislikes Pairs, he could treat this as an experiment subsidized by the Japanese Federation, and if he's even competent, it's a trip to the Olympics, if only for the SP in the team event. Chances are, if they're sent to Montreal, he'll be able to work on his singles skills on the side.
  13. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

    Best of luck to Narumi & Ryuichi as they begin their partnership. And hopefully he'll be able to adapt to pairs skating quite well.
  14. kylet3

    kylet3 Well-Known Member

    I certainly wish them the best and hope to see them qualify for Sochi! Just looking at the YouTube video, I know it's from a couple years ago, he looks to be quite small, I know Narumi is quite the tiny lady herself but hopefully he can really work on his strengthening and conditioning and qualify a spot for Japan. I hope Mervin can continue on in his capacity as well.
  15. iarispiralllyof

    iarispiralllyof Active Member

    I hope I don't come off as petty, but I can't help but feel bitter about this

    Good for her, I suppose. Now she'll have a chance at competing at the Olympics
  16. kirkbiggestfan

    kirkbiggestfan Well-Known Member

    He is about the same size as Tran. Obviously, a very good single skater.
    I would be surprised to see them train in Montreal, since Gauthier put Tran and Takahashi together and the JSF kinda forced a breakup.
  17. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    Hiroshi Nagakubo, the coach of Akiko Suzuki and Kihara, is a former pairs skater himself and he represented Japan at the 1972 Olympics.
  18. orientalplane

    orientalplane Mad for mangelwurzels

    I wish this new pairing well and look forward to seeing them. :)
  19. Eislauffan

    Eislauffan Well-Known Member

    Where do you know this from? My sources, quite reliable ones, state the opposite: JSF was trying very hard to keep Takahashi/Tran together, but she wanted to end the partnership.

    But I am happy to hear that Narumi found a new partner and I hope the same happens for Mervin soon.
  20. kirkbiggestfan

    kirkbiggestfan Well-Known Member

    I jumped into conclusion then. I knew she wanted out. I thought that the fed was behind it.
  21. easilydistracte

    easilydistracte Geezette

    Best of luck to this new team. Will be interesting to see how quickly he'll be able to develop pairs skills and how quickly they'll be able to develop their partnership. I wish them all the best!
  22. pani

    pani Well-Known Member

    Who will be there coach?
  23. iarispiralllyof

    iarispiralllyof Active Member

    Was it motivated by a desire to go to the Olympics or was it personal? Sorry if I'm prying..
  24. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    I misunderstood and thought the Japanese Federation did not want to continue supporting them as a pair, because he was unlikely to be granted citizenship.

    It's interesting that they are supporting her, given their investment in T/T, even if she went against their wishes. I know it is in their best interest to have a Pairs team in Sochi, either appointed for the Team Event or qualified at Nebelhorn, but it might have just been decency on their part.
  25. midori

    midori Well-Known Member

  26. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    Good luck to them both. I'll love seeing Narumi in competition again. As much as I loved her with Tran, I understand the desire to try and get to the Olympics.
  27. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    So he does not have any pairs experience?
  28. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

  29. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    I watched Ryuichi Kihara live at one of the JGPs (or maybe twice even).

    He was a solid jumper with jumps up to 3lutz/3toe being consistent but didn't have a 3axel. Given he level of skating in Japan, pairs is definitely the way go.

    I have one problem with this however. IIRC, his basics weren't great and he was really wooden and expressionless.

    Takahashi/Tran's biggest strength was stunning choreography, executed beautifully. That's not something Kihara is capable of. Hopefully he can improve but I imagine that for now, they will look like Stojko skating with Kostner or something. :p

    Now the biggest question: Who will they train with?

    I really really hope they continue to work with Gauthier and Marcotte.

    But there might be bad blood maybe if Narumi decided to dump Mervin?

    Thanks for clearing that, Eislauffan. People were jumping into conclusions too quickly.

    It's only understandable that Narumi would want to compete at the Olympics.

    He never competed as a pairs skater, no. Whether he dabbled at it at some point, no idea but given the lack of pair skating in Japan, probably not.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2013
  30. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    Kihara is a student of Chukyo University which owns ice rinks for figure skating (main and sub). The JSF is using them as training bases for designated Team athletes. It also has accommodations for skaters and coaches. They can train there. As for the coach, probably Utako Wakamatsu is available. Kihara's coach Nagakubo has some pairs experiences around the time of Sapporo Olympics. He might be some help.

    Nevertheless, it would be better to train abroad since they need short term achievements. They can concentrate more on skating in somewhere with lesser diversions. Although I don't know about Kihara's English ability, as long as he needs to rely on Narumi to communicate, their intimacy will increase.