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Kanako Murakami

27 Dec

Kanako Murakami is the Silver medal winner at the 2013 Japanese national figure skating championships.  Kanako Murakami started her season with a bronze at the 2012 Skate Canada and finished 4th at her next event, the 2012 Cup of Russia.

Her music selections for the 2013 season are:

Short program

Prayer for Taylor


Free skating


A fuego lento

Adios Nonino by Astor Piazzolla



Someone like You

Rolling in the Deep by Adele


Kanako Murakami major achievements to date:

She is the 2010–2011 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, 2010 World Junior Champion, 2009/2010 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, and a 3-time Japanese national medalist (Bronze – 2011, 2012; Silver – 2013), the 2010 Japanese junior national champion, and the 2009 Japanese junior bronze medalist

Basic information of Kanako Murakami:

Representing: Japan

Date of birth: November 7, 1994 in Naka-ku, Nagoya

Height: 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)

Coach: Machiko Yamada, Mihoko Higuchi

Choreographer: Machiko Yamada, Mihoko Higuchi

Skating club GPT SC


Wishing Kanako Murakami a successful 2012/2013 skating season.


Kanako Murakami

Javier Fernández

22 Dec

Javier Fernández the 2012 Skate Canada champion was born April 15, 1991 in Madrid, Spain. Javier Fernández started his season at the 2012 Finlandia Trophy where he picked up the bronze medal. His first Grand Prix event was the 2012 Skate Canada. He won the gold medal, beating defending Skate Canada and World champion Patrick Chan. Fernández became the first Spaniard to win a gold medal in the Grand Prix series. He placed 4th at the 2012 NHK Trophy and qualified for the 2012–2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

In 2011 Javier Fernández Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, the 2010 and 2012 Spanish national champion, and represented Spain at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He became the first Spanish skater to win a Grand Prix medal when he won silver at the 2011 Skate Canada International and the first Spaniard to medal at a Grand Prix Final when he won bronze in 2011.

Javier Fernández selected the following music for the 2012/2013 season.

Short program:

The Mask of Zorro by James Horner

Free skating:

Charlie Chaplin medley

Wishing Javier Fernández a wonderful 2012 / 2013 skating season.

Patrick Chan

21 Dec

Patrick Chan (Patrick Lewis Wai-Kuan Chan) born December 31, 1990 is a 5 time Canadian figure skating champion.

Patrick Chan’s 2012 – 2013 season start. He started his season at the Japan Open where he finished 5th. His first Grand Prix event was the 2012 Skate Canada where he competed as the defending champion. Patrick Chan won the silver medal behind Spanish skater Javier Fernandez. He then competed in the 2012 Cup of Russia where he won the gold medal after placing first in both the short program and the free skate and collecting 262.35 points overall. Chan qualified for the 2012-2013 Grand Prix Final.

Patrick Chan’s 2012 / 2013 season music selections:

Short program: Elegie in E Flat Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Free skating: La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini

Exhibition: ‘Til Kingdom Come by Coldplay

On April 27, 2011, Patrick Chan set a new world record of 93.02 points for the short program. On April 28, 2011, Patrick Chan then set a new world record for his free skate, receiving an overall score of 280.98. In recognition, Patrick Chan was named the recipient of the prestigious Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete. He is the 2011 & 2012 World champion, a two-time (2010 & 2011) Grand Prix Final champion, a two-time (2009 & 2012) Four Continents champion and a five-time (2008–2012) Canadian champion. At the 2010 Canadian Championships, he was nominated to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where Patrick Chan placed fifth in the men’s event.

Wishing Patrick Chan a wonderful 2012/2013 figure skating season.


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Florent Amodio

21 Dec

Florent Amodio the French national skating champion started his season with a 4th place at the Skate Canada competition. Florent Amodio was born May 12, 1990 whom holds the French and Brazilian citizenships. Florent Amodio competed at the 2012 European Championships and won the bronze medal. At the World Championships in his home country, France he finished with a 5th place. Due to the two good placements, Brian Joubert’s 4th place and Florent Amodio 5th place, France now has three spots in the men’s competition for 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.

Music selection from Florent Amodio for the 2012 / 2013 skating season:

Short program:

farrucas by Pepe Romero

Free skating:

Jumpin’ Jack by Sebastien Damiani

Broken Sorrow by Nuttin’ But Stringz

To Build a Home by Cinematic Orchestra

In 2011 Florent Amodio became the European figure skating champion, he is a two-time French national figure skating champion and the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final Champion. Florent Amodio continued working with Morozov, as well as Dumont whenever he was in France. He also worked with Alexei Yagudin on quad toes in the U.S. Winning the 2011 French Masters event in October. In the 2011–12 Grand Prix season, Amodio finished 9th at his first event, the 2011 Skate America. He said it was a turning point for him and he was glad it happened. He was fifth at 2011 Trophee Eric Bompard and announced that he would return to training with former coach Bernard Glesser when he was in France, and spent the time after the Grand Prix Series reworking his programs. In December, Amodio competed at the 2012 French Championships with a new short program to music from the film Tears of the Sun and a reworked free program. He placed 2nd after injuring his back during the free program.

Wishing Florent Amodio a wonderful and successful 2012/2013 skating season.

Tatiana Volosozhar Maxim Trankov

19 Dec

Tatiana Volosozhar-Maxim Trankov the 2012 European champions and the 2012 Skate America gold medalists. Tatiana Volosozhar-Maxim Trankov are a Russian pair skater couple that also jut secured the gold medal in Sochi, Russia ahead of their teammates Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov.

The music choice for the 2012 / 2013 season for Tatiana Volosozhar-Maxim Trankov are:

Short program:                  Love theme from the Godfather

Free skating:                       Violin Muse by lkuko kawai/ Partita for Violin no 2 by J.S. Bach / Chaconne by Tomaso Vitali

Exhibition:                           Opyat’ Metel’ from the Irony of fate 2

Tatiana Volosozhar was born on the 22 May 1986 in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine and Maxim Trankov was born on October 7, 1983.

Together, Tatiana Volosozhar-Maxim Trankov the Russian pair skaters have achieved the following results:

2012 European champion,

Two-time (2011 and 2012) World silver medalist,

2012 Grand Prix Final champions,

2011 Russian national champions,

Gold medalists at the 2011 Skate Canada,

Gold medalists at the 2011 Trophee Eric Bompard,

Maxim Trankov and his former partner Maria Mukhortova achievements:

2008 European silver medalist,

2007 Russian national champion,

2005 World Junior Champion,

Tatiana Volosozhar competed for the Ukraine with her former partner  Petr Kharchenko from 2000 –2004 and with Stanislav Morozov from 2004–2010. She and Morozov are four-time (2005, 2007, 2008, 2010) Ukrainian national champions and finished as high as 4th at the World Championships.

We wish the Russian champion pair skaters Tatiana Volosozhar-Maxim Trankov a fantastic 2012/2013 season.