Tag Archives: World Junior champion

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

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.


Ice skating blades

Adelina Sotnikova

19 Dec

Adelina Sotnikova is a Russian figure skater. Adelina Sotnikova started her 2012 / 2013 season with a silver medal at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany. Her first Grand Prix event of the season was the 2012 Skate America. Adelina’s 3 Loop-2 Toeloop-2 Loop jump combination received no points because it was deemed an invalid element. She did won the bronze medal overall behind the American figure skaters Christina Gao and gold medalist Ashley Wagner.

At the 2012 Rostelecom Cup, she finished 5th. Adelina Sotnikova is the 2011 World Junior champion, 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, 2012 Youth Olympics silver medalist, and a three-time (2009, 2011, 2012) Russian National champion.

Adelina Sotnikova  past 2011–2012 season in brief:

According to ISU age rules, Adelina was eligible for the senior Grand Prix circuit during the 2011–2012 season, although not for senior ISU Championships. She was assigned to two Grand Prix events, the 2011 Cup of China and 2011 Rostelecom Cup. She intended to begin her season at the 2011 Ondrej Nepela Memorial but withdrew after a leg injury caused her to miss a month of off-season training. She won the bronze medal at Cup of China and at Rostelecom Cup, to become the first alternate for the ladies’ event at the Grand Prix Final.

Adelina Sotnikova then competed at the 2011 Golden Spin of Zagreb and won the gold medal. At the 2012 Russian Championships, she placed first in the short program and second in the long program, to win her third national title. She then competed at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games and won the silver medal. At the 2012 World Junior Championships, she won the bronze medal behind teammate Julia Lipnitskaia and U.S. skater Gracie Gold. Adelina was named into the Russian team for the 2012 ISU World Team Trophy.  Where she finished fourth overall and posted a season’s best in her free skate of 113.57 points.


We wish Adelina Sotnikova a wonderful 2012/2013 season.