Hongo's shot at Grand Prix Final in doubt

| Nov 24, 2015

Hongo's shot at Grand Prix Final in doubt

Rika Hongo jeopardized her chance to make the Grand Prix Final for the second straight year after struggling through a poor free skate at the Cup of Russia in Moscow on Saturday. Hongo was the defending champion in the event and entered the free ...

Nagai, Murakami display fine form at Skate Canada

| Nov 3, 2015

Nagai, Murakami display fine form at Skate Canada

It was another successful event for Team Japan at Skate Canada in Lethbridge, Alberta, last weekend. The Hinomaru took home three of the six singles medals on offer with a pair of surprising performances from senior debutante Yuka Nagai and veteran Daisuke Murakami. Nagai, ...

Lack of strength only thing holding Miyahara back

| Oct 27, 2015

Lack of strength only thing holding Miyahara back

“Exquisite performance, beautiful skating skills, lovely likeness. When she lands the jumps it’s as though the blades are kissing the ice. It’s so soft. Hardly any sound.” There was high praise for Satoko Miyahara’s free skate at Skate America on Saturday from a Eurosport2 ...

Shiraiwa joins Mao, Ando in record books with victory

| Oct 6, 2015

Shiraiwa joins Mao, Ando in record books with victory

“So sophisticated, so sensitive, so young, so incredible.” Yuna Shiraiwa received high praise after her free skate from announcer Ted Barton on the International Skating Union’s broadcast of the Junior Grand Prix in Logrono, Spain, on Friday night. Shiraiwa made history there when she ...

Blatter's stain on game proving very lame

| Sep 29, 2015

Blatter's stain on game proving very lame

“Blatter is a dead man walking … “ That is how the email I received from investigative journalist Andrew Jennings began back in July. This was days before the award-winning author was set to testify before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on corruption in international ...