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Kihira sets pace at Japan nationals

Figure Skating Dec 19, 2019

Kihira sets pace at Japan nationals

by Jack Gallagher

Rika Kihira took the lead after the women's short program at the Japan Championships on Thursday night at Yoyogi Gymnasium. Kihira, who was the runner-up behind Kaori Sakamoto at the nationals last year, earned a score of 73.98 points. Four-time national champion Satoko Miyahara is ...

Takahashi ready for curtain call

Figure Skating Dec 18, 2019

Takahashi ready for curtain call

by Jack Gallagher

Practice for the Japan Championships began at Yoyogi Gymnasium in Tokyo on Wednesday and Daisuke Takahashi did not disappoint as he heads into his final competition as a singles skater. Takahashi worked on steps and choreography during a run-through of his new short program to ...

Alina Zagitova not planning to retire

Figure Skating Dec 16, 2019

Alina Zagitova not planning to retire

Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova on Sunday responded to media speculation that she is leaving the sport for good, posting on Instagram that she doesn't intend to "stop or retire." The 17-year-old Olympic and world champion told a Russian TV station on Friday that she ...

Alina Zagitova decides to take a break from competition

Figure Skating Dec 14, 2019

Alina Zagitova decides to take a break from competition

Olympic and world champion Alina Zagitova is taking a break from figure skating this winter, the Russian announced abruptly on Friday. The 17-year-old told the Russian TV program "Vremya" that she would not take part in the national championships later this month, which will make ...