Kanako Murakami

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Kanako Murakami
2012 WFSC 07d 1067 Kanako Murakami.JPG
Murakami at the 2012 World Championships
Personal information
Full name Kanako Murakami
Country represented Japan
Born (1994-11-07) November 7, 1994 (age 19)
Naka-ku, Nagoya
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Coach Machiko Yamada, Mihoko Higuchi, Shae-Lynn Bourne
Choreographer Pasquale Camerlengo, Marina Zueva, Mihoko Higuchi
Former choreographer Machiko Yamada
Skating club Chukyo University
Former skating club GPT SC
Training locations Nagoya
Began skating 1999
World standing 7 (As of 25 January 2014)[1]
Season's bests 7 (2012–2013)[2]
10 (2011–2012)[3]
10 (2010–2011)[4]
14 (2009–2010)[5]
19 (2008–2009)[6]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 196.91
2014 Four Continents
Short program 66.64
2013 Worlds
Free skate 132.18
2014 Four Continents
Japanese name
Kanji 村上 佳菜子
Kana むらかみ かなこ

Kanako Murakami (村上 佳菜子 Murakami Kanako?, born November 7, 1994) is a Japanese figure skater. She is the 2010 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, 2014 Four Continents champion, the 2013 Four Continents bronze medalist, 2010 World Junior champion, 2009 JGP Final champion, and a four-time Japanese national medalist (bronze in 2011, 2012; silver in 2013, 2014),

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In the 2005–2006 season, Murakami competed at the 2005–2006 Japan Novice Championships in the Novice B category, which is the lower of the novice levels. She won the silver medal.[7] This silver medal earned her a trip to compete in the spring competition, the Gardena Spring Trophy, which she won on the novice level.[8]

In the 2006–2007 season, Murakami competed at the 2006–2007 Japan Novice Championships in the Novice A category and placed 7th.[9]

In the 2007–2008 season, Murakami competed at the 2007–2008 Japan Novice Championships in the Novice A category and placed 5th.[10]

2008–2009 season[edit]

Murakami debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix. She won the bronze medal at her first event in Madrid, Spain.[11] At her second event, in Sheffield, England, she won the competition.[12] She was the 4th qualifier for the 2008-2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final.[13]

Prior to the JGP Final, Murakami competed at the 2008–2009 Japan Junior Figure Skating Championships, which served both as the junior national championships and the qualifier for the Japanese team to the World Junior Championships. Murakami placed 7th in the short program and won the free skate to take the bronze medal,[14][15] which earned her an invitation to compete at the 2008–2009 senior national championships. However, as Japan had earned only two berths to the 2009 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Murakami did not qualify.

At the JGP Final, she placed 2nd in the short program and 3rd in the free skate to place 4th overall.[16] Following the Final, Murakami competed at the 2008–2009 Japan Championships, where she placed 7th in the short program, 8th in the free skate, and 7th overall.[17]

2009–2010 season[edit]

In the 2009–2010 season, Murakami competed on the 2009–2010 ISU Junior Grand Prix and won both her events to qualify for the 2009–2010 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. At the 2009–2010 Japan Junior Championships, she won both segments of the competition to win the title overall.[18] The win qualified her for the 2009–2010 Japan Championship, where she placed fifth overall, behind Mao Asada, Akiko Suzuki, Yukari Nakano, and Miki Ando. She was assigned to compete at the 2010 World Junior Championships, where she won the title after placing second in the short program and first in the free skate.

2010–2011 season[edit]

Murakami moved up to the senior ISU Grand Prix for the 2010–2011 season. Her assignments for the 2010–2011 ISU Grand Prix season were the 2010 NHK Trophy and the 2010 Skate America.

At the 2010 NHK Trophy she placed second in the short program with 56.10 points behind Carolina Kostner, and fifth earning 94.06 in the free skate to capture the bronze medal with 150.16 points. During both programs, she landed a triple toe triple toe combination cleanly.

At the 2010 Skate America she placed second in the short program with 54.75, after singling her double axel. She placed 2nd in the free skate behind Rachael Flatt. During the free skate she earned 110.18 to take the gold medal with 164.93.

Murakami qualified for the 2010–2011 Grand Prix Final. She placed third in the short program with 61.47 points and second in the free skate with 117.12. Overall she won the bronze medal totalling 178.59 points.

2011–2012 season[edit]

For the 2011–2012 season, Murakami was assigned to the Cup of China and the Trophee Eric Bompard. At the 2011 Cup of China, Murakami earned a total of 150.20 points to finish sixth overall, and at the 2011 Trophee Eric Bompard, she placed fourth overall with a total of 161.31 points.

Murakami earned her second consecutive bronze medal at the 2011 Japan Figure Skating Championships, and was named to the national team that will compete at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships.[19] She competed at the 2012 ISU Four Continents Championships and finished 4th overall. Murakami then competed and finished 5th at the 2012 World Championships. She was part of the ladies' team representing Japan at the 2012 ISU World Team Trophy. She placed 3rd in the short program but 8th in the free skate and finished 6th overall.

2012–2013 season[edit]

Kanako started her season with bronze at the 2012 Skate Canada and finished 4th at her next event, the 2012 Cup of Russia. Murakami placed second at the 2012 Japan Nationals.[20] Murakami won the bronze medal in her third appearance at the 2013 Four Continents with fellow Japanese medalists Mao Asada and Akiko Suzuki taking the gold and silver medal respectively. Murakami finished 4th at the 2013 World Championships setting a personal best score of 189.73 points.

2013–2014 season[edit]

Murakami finished 4th at her first Grand Prix event of the season, the 2013 Cup of China, and then 7th at the 2013 Rostelecom Cup. At Nationals, she finished second behind Akiko Suzuki. At this event, she earned a short program score of 67.42, a free skate score of 135.10, and a combined total of 202.52.[21] Murakami then won the 2014 Four Continents setting a new personal best overall score of 196.91 points, as well as a personal best in the free skate with 132.18 points.

Endorsements and public life[edit]

Murakami is sponsored by Adidas Japan,[22] Brother Industries, All Nippon Airways, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., and Nippon Menard Cosmetic Co., Ltd, in addition to several local companies.[23]

Following her win at the 2010 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Murakami has taken part in many local events including the first pitch ceremony of Chunichi Dragons, a professional baseball team based in Nagoya.[24]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[25]

  • Catgroove
    by Parov Stelar
  • Libella Swing
    by Parov Stelar
  • Swing Bop

2012–2013
[26]
2011–2012
[27]
2010–2011
[28]
2009–2010
[29]
2008–2009
[30]
  • Diablo Rojo
    by Rodrigo y Gabriela
  • Selections
    by Jose Luis Encinas
  • Vamos A Bailar
    by Gipsy Kings

Competitive highlights[edit]

Murakami performs her free skate to The Mask of Zorro in the 2010 NHK Trophy.
Results[31]
International
Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 12th
Worlds 8th 5th 4th 10th
Four Continents 4th 3rd 1st
Grand Prix Final 3rd
GP Bompard 4th
GP Cup of China 6th 4th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd
GP Rostelecom 4th 7th
GP Skate Canada 3rd
GP Skate America 1st
Asian WG 1st
Ice Challenge 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 1st
JGP Final 4th 1st
JGP Croatia 1st
JGP Great Britain 1st
JGP Poland 1st
JGP Spain 3rd
Challenge Cup 1st J.
Gardena 1st N.
Mladost Trophy 2nd Sp.[32]
National
Japan Champ. 7th 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd
Japan Junior 3rd 1st
Japan Novice 7th 5th
Team events
World Team 1T/6P
Japan Open 1T/5P
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
Levels: Sp. = Spring girls; N. = Novice; J. = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Murakami's gold medal at the 2010 Skate America

(Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.)

Senior results[edit]

2013–2014 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 24-30, 2014 2014 World Championships 10
60.86
10
111.58
10
172.44
February 20–21, 2014 2014 Winter Olympic Games 15
55.60
12
115.38
12
170.98
January 21–25, 2014 2014 Four Continents Championships 1
64.73
1
132.18
1
196.91
December 20–23, 2013 2013–2014 Japan Championships 3
67.42
2
135.10
2
202.52
November 22–24, 2013 2013 Rostelecom Cup 9
49.24
4
113.22
7
162.46
November 1–3, 2013 2013 Cup of China 4
57.33
4
108.62
4
165.95
October 5, 2013 2013 Japan Open 6
102.15
2012–2013 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 13–17, 2013 2013 World Championships 3
66.64
7
123.09
4
189.73
February 8–11, 2013 2013 Four Continents Championships 3
64.04
3
116.99
3
181.03
December 20–24, 2012 2012–2013 Japan Championships 5
57.26
2
126.41
2
183.67
November 9–11, 2012 2012 Rostelecom Cup 6
56.78
3
109.56
4
166.34
October 26–28, 2012 2012 Skate Canada International 4
56.21
4
111.83
3
168.04
2011–2012 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 18–22, 2012 2012 ISU World Team Trophy 3
63.78
8
95.84
6
159.62
March 26–31, 2012 2012 World Championships 2
62.67
5
112.74
5
175.41
February 7–12, 2012 2012 Four Continents Championships 3
63.45
5
105.87
4
169.32
December 22–26, 2011 2011–2012 Japan Championships 1
65.56
6
107.13
3
172.69
November 18–20, 2011 2011 Trophee Eric Bompard 4
55.77
4
105.54
4
161.31
November 4–6, 2011 2011 Cup of China 4
53.09
7
97.11
6
150.20
2010–2011 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 24 – May 1, 2011 2011 World Championships 10
54.86
7
112.24
8
167.10
February 3–5, 2011 2011 Asian Winter Games 1
54.48
1
122.56
1
177.04
December 24–26, 2010 2010–2011 Japan Championships 3
61.50
3
126.02
3
187.52
December 9–12, 2010 2010–2011 ISU Grand Prix Final 3
61.47
2
117.12
3
178.59
November 11–14, 2010 2010 ISU Grand Prix Skate America 2
54.75
2
110.18
1
164.93
October 22–24, 2010 2010 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy 2
56.10
5
94.06
3
150.16

Junior results[edit]

2009–2010 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 8–14, 2010 2010 World Junior Championships Junior 2
59.00
1
106.47
1
165.47
December 25–27, 2009 2009–2010 Japan Championships Senior 5
60.28
5
116.33
5
176.61
December 3–6, 2009 2009–2010 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 2
59.52
1
101.01
1
160.53
November 21–23, 2009 2009–2010 Japan Junior Championships Junior 1
58.96
1
106.89
1
165.85
Oct. 28, 2009 – Nov. 1, 2009 2009 Ice Challenge Senior 1
59.40
1
111.01
1
170.41
October 7–11, 2009 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Croatia Junior 1
59.74
1
95.18
1
154.92
September 9–12, 2009 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Poland Junior 1
56.16
1
104.69
1
160.85
2008–2009 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
Februar 4 – 8, 2009 2009 International Challenge Cup Junior 1
48.16
1
87.98
1
136.14
December 25 – 27, 2008 2008–2009 Japan Championships Senior 7
55.74
8
92.09
7
147.83
November 23–24, 2008 2008–2009 Japan Junior Championships Junior 7
48.94
1
94.55
3
144.15
December 11–14, 2008 2008–2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 2
51.04
3
90.59
4
141.63
October 15–18, 2008 2005 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Great Britain Junior 1
55.52
2
98.32
1
153.84
September 24–29, 2008 2008 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Spain Junior 2
46.58
3
80.29
3
126.87

Novice results[edit]

2005–2006 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 29–31, 2006 2006 Gardena Spring Trophy Novice 1
39.55
1
66.51
1
106.06

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ISU World Standings for Single & Pair Skating and Ice Dance : Ladies". International Skating Union. December 25, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2012/2013 : Ladies". International Skating Union. April 13, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2011/2012 : Ladies". International Skating Union. March 31, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2010/2011 : Ladies". International Skating Union. April 30, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2009/2010 : Ladies". International Skating Union. March 27, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "ISU Judging System – Season Bests Total Scores 2008/2009 : Ladies". International Skating Union. April 18, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ 2005–2006 Japan Novice Championships (Novice B)
  8. ^ 2005–2006 Gardena Spring Trophy (Novice)
  9. ^ 2006–2007 Japan Novice Championships (Novice A)
  10. ^ 2007–2008 Japan Novice Championships 2007–2008 Japan Novice Championships (Novice A)
  11. ^ 2008–2009 Junior Grand Prix Madrid Cup
  12. ^ 2008–2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix John Curry Memorial
  13. ^ 2008–2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix Standings (Ladies)
  14. ^ 2008–2009 Japan Junior Championships
  15. ^ http://wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/sports/skate/figure-japan2008/index.html
  16. ^ 2008–2009 Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix Final
  17. ^ 2008–2009 Japan Championships
  18. ^ Japan Junior Figure Skating Championships 2009
  19. ^ http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111226f1.html
  20. ^ "Japan Figure Skating Championships 2012". Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  21. ^ "2013–2014 Japan Figure Skating Championships". 
  22. ^ http://adidas.jp/blog/20110706-164356.html
  23. ^ Kanako is supported by about 30 companies
  24. ^ Season-opening game!
  25. ^ "Kanako MURAKAMI: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 24, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Kanako MURAKAMI: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Kanako MURAKAMI: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 21, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Kanako MURAKAMI: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 15, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Kanako MURAKAMI: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 7, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Kanako MURAKAMI: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 28, 2009. 
  31. ^ "Competition Results: Kanako MURAKAMI". International Skating Union. 
  32. ^ 12th Mladost Trophy: Spring Girls – Results

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