Tag Archives: World Figure Skating Championships

Daisuke Takahashi

26 Dec

Daisuke Takahashi is second at the 2013 Japanese Men’s Figure Skating Champion ships. With only 3 available spots on the Japanese Men’s world team and 6 strong competitors, Japan Nationals can be considered the most important competition for the men this season. Takahashi fell short in the short program, coming in second with more than 9 points behind Yuzuru Hanyu. Although Daisuke Takahashi came back and beat Hanyu for first in the long program, it was not enough to claim the champion title. Despite coming in 2nd, he has secured his spot for the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships held in Takahashi’s current hometown and the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.

At the 2012-2013 Grand Prix Final, Daisuke Takahashi made history again as the first Japanese man to win a gold medal in the event, an addition to his previous accomplishment of being the first Japanese man to medal at the event in 2005.The 2012 Grand Prix Final took place in Sochi, Russia at the planned 2014 Winter Olympics rink. Takahashi placed first in the short program and third in the free skate and won his first GPF gold medal. He is also the first Japanese man ever to win a gold medal at the Grand Prix Final.

Daisuke Takahashi music selection for the 2012/2013 season:

Short program

Rock’n’Roll medley (Hard Times) by Noble “Thin Man” Watts

The Stroll by Lawson Haggart Rockin’ Band

Rudy’s Rock by Bill Haley & The Comets

Free skating

Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo

Exhibition

Primavera Porteña by Quint Elle composed by Ástor Piazzolla

Sweat by Snoop Dogg (David Guetta remix)

Daisuke Takahashi represented Japan at the 2006 Winter Olympics and at the 2010 Winter Olympics. His bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics was the first Olympic medal for Japan in the men’s singles event. He was also the first Asian man to win a World title at the 2010 World Championships, a two-time (2007, 2012) World silver medalist, a two-time (2008, 2011) Four Continents Champion, and a five-time (2006-2008, 2010, 2012) Japanese national champion.

Wishing Daisuke Takahashi a successful 2012/2013 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.