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Jack Gallagher

Jack Gallagher is the sports editor of The Japan Times. Named a top 10 columnist by the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work in 2004, he has been a sports journalist in Japan for more than 15 years. He has covered numerous events both domestically and internationally, including the Super Bowl, World Cup and Olympics. He was previously an executive in public relations in both the NBA and NFL Europe. He is a native of San Jose, Calif., and a graduate of the University of Southern California.

For Jack Gallagher's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sumoto wins Riga JGP as coach gets emotional

| Sep 12, 2017

Sumoto wins Riga JGP as coach gets emotional

This was more like it. After consecutive weeks of bringing home a solitary bronze medal, Mitsuki Sumoto gave Japan its first gold of the Junior Grand Prix season with a comeback victory at the Latvia JGP in Riga on Saturday, while Rika Kihira collected a ...

Yamashita shines on ice in Salzburg JGP event

| Sep 5, 2017

Yamashita shines on ice in Salzburg JGP event

Mako Yamashita's favorite color appears to be bronze. Or maybe the number she likes best is three. It sure seems that way on both counts. For the third straight Junior Grand Prix in the past two seasons, the 14-year-old earned the bronze medal when she finished third ...

Takino takes bronze in Junior Grand Prix debut

| Aug 29, 2017

Takino takes bronze in Junior Grand Prix debut

Riko Takino, a 15-year-old from Osaka, gave Japan its first medal of the Junior Grand Prix campaign with a bronze at the season-opener in Brisbane, Australia, over the weekend. Takino was third after the short program, and maintained that position to earn a spot on ...

Murakami aiming for spot on Olympic team

| Aug 15, 2017

Murakami aiming for spot on Olympic team

Earlier this month veteran skater Daisuke Murakami competed in and won the club competition at the Philadelphia Summer International in Aston, Pennsylvania. That was good news for the 26-year-old Murakami, who missed nearly all of last season with a broken right foot. Murakami, who is ...

Kihira shines as Japan skaters sweep titles

| Aug 8, 2017

Kihira shines as Japan skaters sweep titles

Japanese skaters dominated at the Asian Open Trophy last week in Hong Kong in the first event of the long Olympic season. How comprehensive were the victories for the Hinomaru? Japan swept the titles in the senior women (Kaori Sakamoto), senior men (Keiji Tanaka), junior women ...

Sakamoto, Shiraiwa start season in Hong Kong

| Aug 1, 2017

Sakamoto, Shiraiwa start season in Hong Kong

Fasten your seat belt. Stow your baggage underneath the seat in front of you. Put your seat and tray table in the upright position. It's time for takeoff of the Olympic season. That's right, it may be the middle of the summer, but the road to Pyeonchang begins ...

Iwano set to compete in Junior Grand Prix series

Jun 23, 2017

Iwano set to compete in Junior Grand Prix series

Moa Iwano, one of Japan's top novice skaters the past two seasons, has been selected to participate in the upcoming Junior Grand Prix series, The Japan Times has learned. A skating source confirmed that the 13-year-old Iwano was chosen from among a group of several ...

Hanyu set for Cup of Russia, NHK Trophy

| May 30, 2017

Hanyu set for Cup of Russia, NHK Trophy

The annual release of the Grand Prix assignments by the ISU traditionally signals the start of the new skating campaign. It came last Friday, so the Olympic season has officially begun. With Yuzuru Hanyu being both the defending Olympic and world champion, Shoma Uno having ...