Yukari Nakano

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Yukari Nakano
Yukari Nakano Podium 2008 Skate America.jpg
Nakano at the 2008 Skate America.
Personal information
Full name Yukari Nakano
Country represented Japan
Born (1985-08-25) August 25, 1985 (age 29)
Kōnan, Aichi
Home town Yokohama
Height 1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
Former coach Nobuo Sato
Machiko Yamada
Mihoko Higuchi
Naoko Ozuka
Former choreographer Marina Zoueva
Kumiko Sato
Kenji Miyamoto
David Wilson 
Lea Ann Miller
Mihoko Higuchi
Skating club Shinyokohama Skate Center
Began skating 1991
Retired March 2010
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 177.40
2008 Worlds
Short program 62.08
2008-2009 GPF
Free skate 116.30
2008 Worlds

Yukari Nakano (中野 友加里 Nakano Yukari?, born August 25, 1985 in Kōnan, Aichi) is a Japanese former competitive figure skater. She is the 2006 Four Continents silver medalist, 2003 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 2005-2006 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, the 2007 Asian Winter Games champion, and a three-time (2007, 2008, 2010) Japanese bronze medalist. Nakano is one of five female skaters to perform a triple axel in international competition.

Personal life[edit]

Nakano was born on August 25, 1985 in Konan City.

In 2004, Nakano entered Waseda University in Tokyo, where she attended the Graduate School of Human Sciences. Shortly after her retirement from figure skating in March 2010, she received her Master's Degree and is currently working for Fuji Television Network, Incorporated.

Career[edit]

Nakano started skating in 1991 at the Grand Prix Tokai Figure Skating Club, where Machiko Yamada was coaching. Nakano met Midori Ito there, who inspired her to take her skating seriously.

Nakano won two ISU Junior Grand Prix events and earned the silver medal at the 2002 World Junior Championships.

At her first senior international event, the 2002 Skate America, she became the third female skater in the history of the sport to land a triple axel in an ISU sanctioned competition, and the first to have done so in ten years.[1][2][3] She went on to land a triple axeldouble toe loop combinations at the 2002 Japanese Nationals, the West Japan Championships 2002, and the Kanto Gakusei Freeskating Championships 2004.

Nakano performs a donut spin at the 2007 Cup of Russia

Nakano won her first Grand Prix medals in her fourth season on the circuit – bronze at the 2005 Skate Canada International and gold at the 2005 NHK Trophy. She qualified for the Grand Prix Final where she took the bronze. She landed triple Axels in five consecutive competitions in 2005 (Yamanashi Kokutai 2005,[4] Kanto Gakusei Freeskating Championships,[5] Tokyo Figure Skating Championships,[6] Skate Canada International, and Asian Figure Skating Championships).[7] At the 2005 Skate Canada, she became the first woman to land an triple axel under the ISU Judging System in ISU Senior level competition.[8] She placed 5th at the 2005-2006 Nationals, missing a berth on the Olympic team. After that, she won medals at every Grand Prix event she entered. At the World Championships she finished 5th in 2006, 5th in 2007 and 4th in 2008.

In the 2008-2009 season, Nakano won the silver medal at the 2008 Skate America and the bronze at the 2008 NHK Trophy. She qualified for the 2008–2009 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, where she placed fifth. At the 2008–2009 Japan Figure Skating Championships, Nakano led after the short program but three of her jumps were downgraded in the free skate, resulting in her placing 6th in the long program and 5th overall. She did not qualify for the 2009 World Team.

Nakano was assigned to the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard and to the 2009 NHK Trophy for the 2009-2010 Grand Prix Series. She won the bronze medal at the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard and finished fourth at the 2009 NHK Trophy. Although she won the bronze medal at the 2009-2010 Japan Figure Skating Championships, she was not assigned to the 2010 Olympic team; fourth place finisher Miki Ando was awarded the first Olympic spot due to her highest placement as a Japanese female skater in the 2009-2010 Grand Prix Final along with gold and silver Japanese medalists Mao Asada and Akiko Suzuki.

Nakano retired from competitive skating in March 2010 due to an injury to her left shoulder.[citation needed]

Triple axel and signature moves[edit]

In her regional competition at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season, Nakano landed her first clean triple axel in two years. She consistently attempted the triple axel that season, being credited with it at the 2007 Skate Canada International,[9] 2007 Cup of Russia,[10] and the 2007-2008 Grand Prix Final.[11]

Nakano's signature move is the donut spin. She is also known for her leg wrap when she jumps.

Programs[edit]

Nakano performs her free skate to Capriccio Espagnol at the 2008 World Championships.
Nakano performs her exhibition to Aria at the 2007 Cup of Russia.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2009–2010
[1]

2008–2009
[12]

2007–2008
[13]

2006–2007
[14]

2005–2006
[15]
2004–2005
[16]
2003–2004
[17]
  • Etude No. 12 in C minor
    "Revolutionary" Op. 10-12
    by Frédéric Chopin
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi
2002–2003
[18]
  • Prayer for Taylor from Freedom
    by Michael W. Smith
    choreo. by David Wilson
  • Oui, pour ce soir...
    je suis Titania, Mignon
    by Ambroise Thomas
    choreo. by David Wilson
  • Nocturne
    (from Songs from a Secret Garden)
    by Rolf Lovland
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi
2001–2002
[19]
  • Happy Valley
    by Vanessa-Mae
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi
2000–2001
[20]
  • Perhaps Love
    by John Denver
    performed by James Galway
    choreo. by David Wilson
  • Happy Valley
    by Vanessa-Mae
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi
1999–2000
  • Flute Battle
    by Cusco
    choreo. by David Wilson

Competitive highlights[edit]

Results[21]
International
Event 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
Worlds 5th 5th 4th
Four Continents 3rd 6th 11th 2nd
Grand Prix Final 3rd 5th 5th
GP Cup of China 11th 2nd
GP Cup of Russia 8th 2nd
GP Lalique/Bompard 6th 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 1st 3rd 3rd 4th
GP Skate America 7th 8th 2nd
GP Skate Canada 11th 3rd 2nd
Universiade 1st
Asian Games 3rd 1st
Asian Champ. 1st 1st
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 7th 4th 2nd
JGP Final 5th 3rd 5th
JGP Bulgaria 3rd
JGP Canada 4th
JGP China 1st
JGP Japan 2nd 2nd
JGP Mexico 1st
Triglav Trophy 1st N.
National
Japan Champ. 8th 5th 6th 7th 6th 5th 3rd 3rd 5th 3rd
Japan Junior 11th 1st 2nd
Japan Novice 9th 1st
Team events
Japan Open 3T / 4P
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; N. = Novice level
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Post-2002[edit]

2009–2010 season
Date Event SP FS Total
December 25–27, 2009 2009-2010 Japanese National Championships 2
68.90
3
126.83
3
195.73
November 5–8, 2009 2009 NHK Trophy 3
54.92
5
97.43
4
152.35
October 15–18, 2009 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard 2
59.64
3
106.06
3
165.70
2008–2009 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 18–28, 2009 2009 Winter Universiade 4
52.70
1
101.93
1
154.63
December 25–27, 2008 2008–2009 Japan Figure Skating Championships 1
67.26
6
105.34
5
172.60
December 10–14, 2008 2008–2009 ISU Grand Prix Final 3
62.08
6
99.85
5
161.93
November 27–30, 2008 2008 NHK Trophy 5
54.82
3
112.60
3
167.42
October 23–26, 2008 2008 Skate America 3
57.46
2
115.07
2
172.53
2007–2008 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 17–23, 2008 2008 World Figure Skating Championships 3
61.10
4
116.30
4
177.40
December 26–28, 2007 2007–2008 Japan Figure Skating Championships 4
61.16
3
123.15
3
184.31
December 13–16, 2007 2007–2008 ISU Grand Prix Final 4
59.78
5
113.18
5
172.96
November 22–25, 2007 2007 Cup of Russia 2
60.50
3
112.27
2
172.77
November 1–4, 2007 2007 Skate Canada International 4
55.94
2
113.49
2
169.43
2006–2007 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 19–26, 2007 2007 World Figure Skating Championships 7
60.62
6
108.30
5
168.92
January 28 - February 4, 2007 2007 Asian Winter Games 2
57.36
1
105.02
1
162.38
December 27–29, 2006 2006–2007 Japan Figure Skating Championships 3
63.34
2
116.38
3
179.72
November 30 - December 3, 2006 2006 NHK Trophy 3
56.86
3
104.07
3
160.93
November 9–12, 2006 2006 Cup of China 2
54.90
2
96.37
2
151.27
2005–2006 season
Date Event QR SP FS Total
March 19–26, 2006 2006 World Figure Skating Championships 4
27.79
6
59.62
6
108.24
5
195.65
January 23–26, 2006 2006 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships - 3
53.53
1
107.96
2
161.49
December 23–25, 2005 2005–2006 Japan Figure Skating Championships - 5
61.46
5
114.20
5
175.66
December 16–18, 2005 2005–2006 Grand Prix Final - 4
56.04
3
105.78
3
161.82
December 1–4, 2005 2005 NHK Trophy - 2
56.22
2
102.44
1
158.66
October 27–30, 2005 2005 Skate Canada International - 4
49.84
3
99.70
3
149.54
2004–2005 season
Date Event QR SP FS Total
February 14–20, 2005 2005 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships - 9
45.17
12
76.57
11
121.74
January 12–22, 2005 2005 Winter Universiade - 4 4 4
December 24–26, 2004 2004–2005 Japan Figure Skating Championships - 7
49.08
6
98.40
6
147.48
November 11–14, 2004 2004 Cup of China - 11
38.76
9
78.18
11
116.94
October 28–31, 2004 2004 Skate Canada International - 11
37.58
10
76.10
11
113.68
2003–2004 season
Date Event QR SP FS Total
January 19–25, 2004 2004 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships - 5 6 6
December 25–27, 2003 2003–2004 Japan Figure Skating Championships - 8 7 7
November 20–23, 2003 2003 Cup of Russia - 7
44.68
8
83.00
8
127.68
October 23–26, 2003 2003 Skate America - 10
44.20
7
87.90
8
132.10
2002–2003 season
Date Event QR SP FS Total
February 10–16, 2003 2003 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships - 3 3 3
February 1–8, 2003 2003 Asian Winter Games - 3 3 3
December 20–22, 2002 2002–2003 Japan Figure Skating Championships - 5 5 6
November 14–17, 2002 2002 Trophée Lalique - 8 6 6
October 24–27, 2002 2002 Skate America - 8 6 7

Pre-2002[edit]

2001–2002 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
March 3–10, 2002 2002 World Junior Figure Skating Championships Junior 2 3 2 2
December 21–23, 2001 2001–2002 Japan Figure Skating Championships Senior - 4 5 5
December 13–16, 2001 2001–2002 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior - 4 4 5
November 24–25, 2001 2001–2002 Japan Junior Figure Skating Championships Junior - 4 2 2
November 15–18, 2001 2001–2002 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Japan Junior - 2 2 2
September 13–16, 2001 2001–2002 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Bulgaria Junior - 3 4 3
2000–2001 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
February 25 - March 4, 2001 2001 World Junior Figure Skating Championships Junior 5 5 4 4
December 14–17, 2000 2000–2001 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior - 3 3 3
November 25–26, 2000 2000–2001 Japan Junior Figure Skating Championships Junior - 1 1 1
October 12–15, 2000 2000–2001 ISU Junior Grand Prix, China Junior - 5 1 1
September 14–17, 2000 2000–2001 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Mexico Junior - 1 2 1
1999–2000 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
March 5–12, 2000 2000 World Junior Figure Skating Championships Junior 3 4 9 7
December 24–26, 1999 1999–2000 Japan Figure Skating Championships Senior - 10 7 8
November 18–21, 1999 1999–2000 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Japan Junior - 5 2 2
September 29 - October 3, 1999 1999–2000 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Canada Junior - 4 4 4
1998–1999 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
April 7–11, 1999 Triglav Trophy Novice 1 1 1
October 30 - November 1, 1998 Japan Junior Figure Skating Championships Junior 16 9 11
  • QR = Qualifying round; SP = Short program; FS = Free skating.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "2002 Skate America - Figure Skating Highlights". GoldenSkate.com. 2002-10-29. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  3. ^ Mittan, Barry (2002-11-02). "Triple Axel Makes Nakano a Contender". GoldenSkate. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  4. ^ "Nakano Finished 11th at 4CC". WasedaSports.com. 2005-02-23. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Nakano Won Again at the Competition. Showed Her New Choreography". WasedaSports.com. 2005-05-28. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Tokyo Figure Skating Championships 2005 Judges Scores". Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  7. ^ "Nakano Won at the Asian Championships". Figure Skating News. 2005-11-17. Retrieved 2007-09-11. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Skate Canada 2005 ISU Judges Scores". Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  9. ^ "2007 Skate Canada Ladies Free Skating Protocol" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  10. ^ "2007 Cup of Russia Ladies Free Skating Protocol" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  11. ^ "2007-2008 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Ladies Free Skating Protocol" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  12. ^ "Yukari NAKANO: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 6, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Yukari NAKANO: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Yukari NAKANO: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 26, 2007. 
  15. ^ "Yukari NAKANO: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 13, 2006. 
  16. ^ "Yukari NAKANO: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005. 
  17. ^ "Yukari NAKANO: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2004. 
  18. ^ "Yukari NAKANO: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 28, 2003. 
  19. ^ "Yukari NAKANO: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 12, 2002. 
  20. ^ "Yukari NAKANO: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 8, 2001. 
  21. ^ "Competition Results: Yukari NAKANO". International Skating Union. 

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