Rika Kihira defends title at Four Continents

Figure Skating Feb 8, 2020

Rika Kihira defends title at Four Continents

Rika Kihira won the women's free skate on Saturday to capture the Four Continents title for the second consecutive year. The 17-year-old Kihira, who was in first place after the short program, landed a triple axel as part of a combination jump and received 151.16 ...

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 ...

Japan skaters struggle at Skate America

Figure Skating | ICE TIME Oct 24, 2019

Japan skaters struggle at Skate America

by Jack Gallagher

The senior Grand Prix season began in disappointing fashion last weekend with Japan being shut out of the medals. The Hinomaru's best showing was Kaori Sakamoto's fourth-place finish in the women's singles at Skate America. Russia's Anna Shcherbakova won in impressive fashion with a total of ...

Skate America kicks off GP season

Figure Skating | ICE TIME Oct 17, 2019

Skate America kicks off GP season

by Jack Gallagher

The senior Grand Prix season gets underway on Friday with Skate America in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, which is hosting its first-ever GP event. Japan will be looking for multiple medals in the women's competition, with a strong team of Kaori Sakamoto, ...