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Following a disappointing fourth-place finish at last month’s Four Continents Championships in California, Japan champion Kaori Sakamoto didn’t dwell on her result, but rather went right back to work to prepare for this month’s world championships in Saitama.

Benoit Richaud, Sakamoto’s choreographer, whose stock is rising as fast as his prized pupil, came to Japan last week and spent four days working with her to refine her free skate to “The Piano.”

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