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
Country represented Japan
Former country(ies) represented United States (until end of 2006–07 season)
Born (1991-01-15) January 15, 1991 (age 25)
Kanagawa, Japan
Residence Los Angeles, California
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Coach Frank Carroll
Kumiko Sato
Former coach Tammy Gambill
Nikolai Morozov
Choreographer Lori Nichol
Former choreographer Jeffrey Buttle, Nikolai Morozov
Skating club Aomori FSC
Training locations Los Angeles, California
Began skating 2000
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 256.47
2015 Four Continents
Short program 83.47
2015 Grand Prix Final
Free skate 173.61
2015 Four Continents
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. He is the 2014 NHK Trophy champion, 2011 Ondrej Nepela Memorial champion, and 2009 Japan Junior bronze medalist.

Earlier in his career, he represented the United States, winning a bronze medal on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series and the 2006 U.S. junior national pewter medal. In 2011, Murakami became the first to land the quad salchow jump in the men's category at the Japan Championships.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Daisuke "Dice"[1] Murakami was born on January 15, 1991 in Kanagawa, Japan.[2] His family moved to the United States in 2000 after winning a green-card lottery to become US residents.[3]

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

Career[edit]

For the United States[edit]

Murakami began skating at age ten, soon after moving to the U.S.[4][5] He began competing on the juvenile level in 2001.[citation needed]

Representing the U.S., Murakami made his international debut in April 2004 at the Triglav Trophy, where he won the novice men's title. He received his first ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) assignments in autumn 2004. In the 2006–07 season, he won the bronze medal at his JGP event in Mexico.

For Japan[edit]

Murakami made no international appearances during the 2007–08 season due to his switch to Japan. He was released at the start of the following season but could not compete at his first JGP assignment, in Mexico, due to a paperwork problem.[6] He placed fourth at his next JGP event, in South Africa.

Making his senior international debut, Murakami placed 7th at the 2009 Finlandia Trophy and 9th at his first Grand Prix event, the 2009 NHK Trophy. In 2010, he parted ways with his coach, Nikolai Morozov, and relocated to Los Angeles, California to work with Frank Carroll.[7] He won the bronze medal at the 2011 Winter Universiade in Turkey.

The following season, Murakami won gold at the 2011 Ondrej Nepela Memorial and 2011 Merano Cup. He finished sixth at the 2011 Skate America and 2011–12 Japanese Nationals.

Murakami began the 2012–13 season by winning the silver medal at 2012 Ondrej Nepela Memorial. He dislocated his right shoulder during competition at the 2012 NHK Trophy, forcing him to withdraw from the event.[8] He also withdrew from the 2012–13 Japanese Nationals due to his recovery,[9] but came back to finish the season with a bronze medal at the 2012 Triglav Trophy.

In the 2013–14 season, Murakami won both the Tokyo Regionals and the Eastern Sectionals.[10][11] He then won the silver medal at 2013 Merano Cup. He came in tenth at the 2013–14 Japanese Nationals and finished the season with a gold medal at the Coupe du Printemps in Luxembourg.

On August 12, 2014, it was announced that Murakami had been selected as a host pick at the 2014 NHK Trophy.[12] In September, he placed third in the 2014 U.S. International Classic at Salt Lake City, Utah.[13] In November, he won the men's single event at the NHK Trophy, beating three skaters who qualified for the Grand Prix Final.[8] At the 2015 Four Continents Championships in Seoul, Korea, he set personal best scores in all segments; he placed third in the free skate and fourth overall.[14][15]

Murakami was awarded the bronze medal at the 2015 Trophee Eric Bompard after placing third in the short program. The second day of competition was cancelled due to the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2016–17
[16]
2015–16
[2][17][18][19]
2014–15
[21][22][23]

2013–14
[24]
2012–13
[25][26]
  • Die in Your Arms
2011–12
[27]
2010–11
[28]
2009–10
[29]
2008–09
[30]
2007–08
2006–07
[31]
2005–06
[4]
2004–05
2003–04
2002–03

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Results for Japan[edit]

International[32]
Event 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16
Four Continents 4th
GP Final 6th
GP NHK Trophy 9th WD 1st
GP Skate America 5th 6th
GP Skate Canada 3rd
GP Bompard 3rd
CS U.S. Classic 3rd
Finlandia Trophy 7th 5th
Merano Cup 1st 2nd
Printemps 1st 1st
Nepela Memorial 1st 2nd
Triglav Trophy 2nd 3rd
Universiade 3rd
International: Junior[32]
JGP South Africa 4th
Challenge Cup 1st J
National[33]
Japan Champ. 5th 19th 7th 6th WD 10th 7th 7th
Japan Junior 5th 3rd
Team events
Japan Open 1st T
5th P
J: Junior level; WD: Withdrew

Results for the United States[edit]

International: Junior or novice[32]
Event 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07
World Junior Champ. 11th
JGP China 11th
JGP Chinese Taipei 4th
JGP Mexico 3rd
Triglav Trophy 1st N
National[32][34]
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Novice Men's Free". U.S. Figure Skating. Retrieved January 23, 2015.  (Photo caption)
  2. ^ a b "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ Stevenson, Alexandra (September 15, 2006). "Mroz Leaps from 11th to Second; Murakami Finishes Third at JGP Mexico". U.S. Figure Skating. 
  4. ^ a b Mittan, Barry (April 25, 2006). "Japan's Loss is America's Gain". Skate Today. 
  5. ^ "Daisuke Murakami: "To pop up on the top of the podium was like a cherry on top"". Figureskating-Online. Archived from the original on January 23, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (September 16, 2008). "Hughes back in Boston to start fall semester". IceNetwork.com. 
  7. ^ Walker, Elvin (May 2, 2011). "Daisuke Murakami Flying High". International Figure Skating. Archived from the original on May 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Tamura, Akiko (November 29, 2014). "Murakami turns in dream free to take NHK gold". Ice Network. 
  9. ^ "男子の村上、全日本選手権欠場/フィギュア" [Murakami, male, withdraws from Japan Championships / Figure skating]. SanSpo.com (in Japanese). December 12, 2012. Archived from the original on February 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "男子 - 最終結果" (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation Official Results & Data Site. 2013. 
  11. ^ "男子 - 最終結果" (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation Official Results & Data Site. 2013. 
  12. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2014/15 - Men" (PDF). International Skating Union. August 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Protocol of the 2014 U.S International Figure Skating Classic" (PDF). International Skating Union. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Competition Results: Daisuke MURAKAMI". International Skating Union. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Protocol of the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships® 2015" (PDF). International Skating Union. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  16. ^ "今シーズン、... プログラム" [This season, ... program] (Instagram) (in Japanese). July 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ Kirk, Jenny; Lease, Dave [The Skating Lesson] (May 7, 2015). "Les Miserables" (Facebook). 
  18. ^ Xiong, Wei (June 12, 2015). "Japanese stars debut programs at 'Dreams on Ice'". IceNetwork. 
  19. ^ "今シーズンプログラム(FS)" [This season program (FS)]. Official website of Daisuke Murakami (in Japanese). July 19, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Stars on Ice Japan Tour 2016 - 滑走順&曲目" [Program list]. Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (in Japanese). Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 6, 2015. 
  23. ^ Kuryu, Atsuko (December 10, 2014). "NHK Trophy 2014". Absolute Skating. Archived from the original on January 22, 2015. 
  24. ^ "13-14シーズン 村上 大介|フィギュアスケート|スポーツナビ" [13-14 season Daisuke Murakami | Figure skating | Sports Navi]. sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 11, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. 
  26. ^ Kuryu, Atsuko; Misasagi, Sei (October 9, 2012). "Friends On Ice 2012". Absolute Skating. Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 25, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 29, 2009. 
  30. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. 
  31. ^ "Daisuke MURAKAMI: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 20, 2007. 
  32. ^ a b c d "Competition Results: Daisuke MURAKAMI". International Skating Union. 
  33. ^ "Daisuke Murakami" (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation. 
  34. ^ "Daisuke Murakami". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on June 26, 2006. 

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