Daisuke Murakami (figure skater)

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Daisuke Murakami
Daisuke Murakami at 2010 SkateAmerica.jpg
Daisuke Murakami at 2010 Skate America
photo by David Carmichael
Personal information
Full name Daisuke Murakami
Country represented Japan
Former country(ies) represented United States (until end of 2006–2007 season)
Born (1991-01-15) January 15, 1991 (age 23)
Kanagawa, Japan
Residence Los Angeles, California
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Coach Frank Carroll
Kumiko Sato
Angela Nikodinov
Former coach Tammy Gambill
Nikolai Morozov
Choreographer Lori Nichol
Former choreographer Nikolai Morozov
Skating club Aomori FSC
Training locations Los Angeles, California
Began skating 2000
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 246.07
2014 NHK Trophy
Short program 79.68
2014 NHK Trophy
Free skate 166.39
2014 NHK Trophy
Japanese name
Kanji 村上 大介
Kana むらかみ だいすけ

Daisuke "Dice" Murakami (村上 大介 Murakami Daisuke?, born January 15, 1991, in Kanagawa) is a Japanese figure skater who previously represented the United States in international competition. He is the 2011 Ondrej Nepela Champion, 2009 Japanese Junior bronze medalist and the 2006 U.S. Junior pewter medalist. In 2011, Murakami became the first to land the quad salchow jump in the mens category at the Japan National Championships.

Personal life[edit]

The Murakami family moved to the United States in 2000 from Japan after winning a green-card lottery to become US residents.[1] Daisuke, nicknamed "Dice", began skating soon after.

Murakami is a two-time recipient of the Michael Weiss Foundation scholarship, which is a scholarship program created to help young American figure skaters.


Murakami began skating at age ten.[2] He began competing on the Juvenile level in 2001.

2010-2011 Season[edit]

Murakami parted ways with his coach Nikolai Morozov, and relocated to work with Frank Carroll in Los Angeles. He then won the bronze medal at Winter Universiade in Turkey.

2011-2012 Season[edit]

Murakami won his first 2011 Ondrej Nepela following another win at 2011 Merano Cup. He then finished 6th at Skate America and finished 6th at Japan National Figure Skating Championships.

2012-2013 Season[edit]

Murakami began his 2012-2013 season by winning the silver medal at 2012 Ondrej Nepela. During competition at the NHK Trophy, Murakami dislocated his right shoulder forcing him to withdraw from the event. He then withdrew from the Japan National Figure Skating Championships for recovery, but came back to finish the season with a bronze medal at the Triglav Trophy.

2013-2014 Season[edit]

Murakami began his season by winning Tokyo Regionals and Western Sectionals. He then won the silver medal at 2013 Merano Cup. Murakami came in 10th at the Japan National Figure Skating Championships. Murakami won the gold medal at Printemps, in Luxembourg.

2014-2015 Season[edit]

On August 12, it was announced that Murakami had been selected as a host pick at the 2014 NHK Trophy.[3]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Once Upon A Time In Mexico
    by Robert Rodiguez
  • Bolero for Violin and Orchestra
    by Walter Taieb

Competitive highlights[edit]

Results for Japan[edit]

Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
GP NHK Trophy 9th WD 1st
GP Skate America 5th 6th
CS U.S. Classic 3rd
Finlandia 7th 5th
Merano Cup 1st 2nd
Printemps 1st
Ondrej Nepela 1st 2nd
Triglav Trophy 2nd 3rd
Universiade 3rd
International: Junior[10]
JGP South Africa 4th
Challenge Cup 1st J.
Japan Champ. 5th 19th 7th 6th WD 10th
Japan Junior 5th 3rd
J. = Junior level; WD = Withdrew

Results for the United States[edit]

International: Junior[10]
Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
World Junior Champ. 11th
JGP China 11th
JGP Chinese Taipei 4th
JGP Mexico 3rd
Triglav Trophy 1st N.
U.S. Championships 2nd N. 4th J. 15th
Pacific Coast Sectionals 2nd N. 6th J. 1st J. 2nd
Southwestern Regionals 1st N. 2nd J. 1st J.
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior


  1. ^ Mroz Leaps from 11th to Second; Murakami Finishes Third at JGP Mexico
  2. ^ Mittan, Barry (April 25, 2006). "Japan’s Loss is America’s Gain". SkateToday. 
  3. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2014/15 - Men". August 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 29, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 20, 2007. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Competition Results: Daisuke MURAKAMI". International Skating Union. 

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