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Nobunari Oda

21 Dec

Nobunari  Oda, born March 25, 1987 in Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan is a Japanese figure skater. Nobunari Oda 2012 / 2013 season started great as he won the Nebelhorn Trophy.

His music selections for the 2012 / 2013 season are:

Short program:

The New Moon in the Old Moon’s Arms

Free skating:

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas

Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel


New York, New York performed by Frank Sinatra

Nobunari Oda is the 2006 Four Continents Champion, the 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, the 2005 World Junior Champion and the 2008 Japanese National Champion. Nobunari Oda began his season at 2011 Cup of China, winning the silver medal. He was 7th at 2011 Trophee Eric Bompard. He withdrew from his national championships due to his left knee injury. No surgery was required but he needed time to heal. Nobunari Oda was subsequently not named to the team for the 2012 World Championships.

Wishing Nobunari Oda a good 2012/2013 skating season.


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Takahito Mura

21 Dec

Takahito Mura born February 11, 1991 in Matsudo City is a Japanese figure skater. Despite popping a triple flip and getting a deduction for one of his routines, ice skater Takahito Mura from Japan graced his way to a gold medal last Saturday at the Trophee Bompard Paris Grand Prix at the Paris-Bercy Arena.

He is the 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard champion, a two-time Finlandia Trophy champion, and the 2010 Triglav Trophy champion. Nationally, he is the 2009 Japanese senior bronze medalist and 2008 junior national champion. Mura won gold – his first senior Grand Prix medal – at the 2012 Trophée Eric Bompard.

Takahito Mura music selection for the 2012/2013 skating season.

Short program:

Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona

Free Skating:



Talking in the Moon by Bruno Mars

Wishing Takahito Mura a wonderful 2012 / 2013 skating season.


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Tatsuki Machida

19 Dec

Tatsuki Machida is a Japanese figure skater born March 9, 1990 in Kanagawa. Tatsuki Machida won his first senior Grand Prix medal, bronze, at the 2012 Skate America. He also won his first senior GP title at the 2012 Cup of China, where he beat former World champion Daisuke Takahashi. Tatsuki Machida is having a great start for the 2012/2013 figure skating season.

Other accomplishments are the 2010 Four Continents silver medalist, the 2012 Cup of China champion, the 2012 Skate America bronze medalist, and the 2007 Japanese Junior national champion.

In 2011, he moved to the U.S. to train at Lake Arrowhead, California’s Ice Castle, where he works mainly with Anthony Liu.

The music choices for the 2012 season for Tasuki Machida are:

Short Program: F.U.Y.A. by C2C

Free skating:      The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky

We wish the Japanese figure skater Tatsuki Machida a good 2012/2013 season.


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Takahiko Kozuka

18 Dec

Takahiko Kozuka, born February 27, 1989 is a Japanese figure skater. Takahiko Kozuka began the 2012–2013 season by winning the gold at the 2012 Skate America and then won silver at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup.

Takahiko Kozuka was entered to the 2011 Skate America and 2011 NHK Trophy for the 2011–12 Grand Prix season, and he won the bronze medal at Skate America and the silver medal at NHK Trophy. He earned the silver medal at the 2011 Japanese national figure skating championships, thus qualifying for a spot on the Japanese team for the 2012 World Championships, where he finished 11th.

Takahiko Kozuka finished the 2011 World’s as a silver medalist and is the Japanese national champion. Let’s see if the 2012/2013 season will continue as strong as it started, we wish Takahiko Kozuka the very best for this coming season.


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Yuzuru Hanyu

18 Dec

Yuzuru Hanyu is a Japanese figure skater and was born December 7, 1994 in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. In April 2012, Yuzuru Hanyu switched coaches to Brian Orser in Toronto, Canada. It was reported he would make frequent trips to Toronto and continue to attend high school in Sendai. After moving to Canada, Yuzuru Hanyu increased his on-ice training to 3-4 hours a day, up from 1-2 hours .

International Competition results for Yuzuru Hanyu in the 2012/2013 season

Finlandia Trophy 2012 Espoo 2012                                                                             1.

ISU GP Hilton HHonors Skate America 2012 Kent / Seattle WA     2012       2.

ISU GP NHK Trophy 2012 Myiagi 2012                                                                      1.

ISU Grand Prix Final 2012/13 Sochi 2012                                                                 2.

He is the 2012 World bronze medalist, the 2010 World Junior Champion, the 2011 Four Continents silver medalist, the 2009-10 Junior Grand Prix Final Champion, a two-time Japanese junior national champion, and the current world record holder for the short program.

Yuzuru Hanyu began his season at the Finlandia Trophy, winning the gold medal. He landed two quadruple jumps, a quad toe and a quad salchow, in his free skate; it was the first time he had a landed the latter jump in competition. Hanyu won the silver medal at his first Grand Prix event of the season, the Skate America. At his second event, the NHK Trophy, he scored 95.32 in the short program, a new world record, and went on to win the gold medal in his hometown. Hanyu qualified for the Grand Prix Final in Sochi.

Yuzuru Hanyu began the 2011–12 season with a win at the Nebelhorn Trophy. He placed first in both the short program and the free skate, for a combined total score of 226.26 points. For the 2011–12 Grand Prix series, he was assigned to the 2011 Cup of China and the 2011 Rostelecom Cup. He finished 4th at the Cup of China, then won the Rostelecom Cup with a new personal best score to qualify for his first senior Grand Prix Final, where he placed fourth. Hanyu then won the bronze medal at the 2011–2012 Japan Championships, earning a spot on the Japanese team for the 2012 World Championships. In his senior Worlds debut, Hanyu was seventh in the short program but placed second in the free skate. He won the bronze medal overall with a total score of 251.06 points, behind gold medalist Patrick Chan of Canada and silver medalist, his team mate, Daisuke Takahashi of Japan.

Wishing Yuzuru Hanyu  and his new coach Brian Orser a very good 2012/2013 season.

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Mao Asada

16 Dec

Mao Asada is the 2013 Japanese champion figure skater her 6th national title. Mao Asada began the 2012–2013 season at the Japan Open, performing to Swan Lake. She won gold at her two Grand Prix events, the 2012 Cup of China and the 2012 NHK Trophy, qualifying her to the 2012–2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Asada finished first at the Grand Prix Final, placing first in both the short program and long program.

2012 / 2013 music selection for Mao Asada

Short program

I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin

Free skating

Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Mary Poppins


Mao Asada basic information:

Date of birth:                         25.09.1990

Place of birth:                       Nagoya, Aichi

Height:                                     162 cm

Coach:                                      Nobuo Sato, Kumiko Sato

Choreographer:                   Tatiana Tarasova, Lori Nicol


Mao Asada past results:

She is the 2010 Winter Olympic silver medalist where she became the first woman to land three triple axel jumps in the same competition

Second place at the Olympic winter games 2010

1st at the GP Rostelecom Cup 2011 in Moscow

1st at the GP Cup of China 2012 in Shanghai

1st at the GP NHK Trophy 2012 in Sendai

2 x World champion (2008 & 2010)


Wishing Mao Asada a very good and successful season.



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