Keiji Tanaka

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Keiji Tanaka
2012-12 Final Grand Prix 2d 035 Keiji Tanaka.JPG
Tanaka in 2012
Personal information
Country representedJapan
Born (1994-11-22) November 22, 1994 (age 24)
Kurashiki, Okayama
Home townKurashiki, Okayama
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
CoachUtako Nagamitsu, Yusuke Hayashi
ChoreographerMassimo Scali
Former choreographerKenji Miyamoto, Nanami Abe
Skating clubKurashiki University
Training locationsKurashiki
Began skating2002
World standing15 (2017–18)
21 (2016–17)
25 (2015–16)
47 (2014–15)
38 (2013–14)
35 (2012–13)
34 (2011–12)
63 (2010–11)
ISU personal best scores
Combined total260.31
2018 Four Continents
Short program90.68
2018 Four Continents
Free skate169.63
2018 Four Continents

Keiji Tanaka (田中 刑事, Tanaka Keiji, born November 22, 1994) is a Japanese figure skater. He is the 2016 NHK Trophy bronze medalist, 2017 Winter Universiade silver medalist, 2011 World Junior silver medalist, and a two-time Japanese national silver medalist (2016, 2017).


Tanaka began skating in 2002.[1] He trains in Osaka and Kurashiki under coaches Utako Nagamitsu and Yusuke Hayashi.[2]

2010–2011 season[edit]

Tanaka won the bronze medal at the Junior Grand Prix in Romania and placed 6th in his second JGP event in the U.K. He finished 9th at the Japan Junior Championships. At the World Junior Championships, he placed 6th in the short program and first in the long program to win the silver medal.

2011–2012 season[edit]

Tanaka won two medals on the JGP series and qualified for his first JGP Final, where he finished 6th. He finished 2nd at the Junior National Championships. He was 7th in his second trip to the World Junior Championships.

2012–2013 season[edit]

Tanaka won silver at one JGP event and finished 4th in another, qualifying for his second JGP Final, where he placed 6th again. After receiving the junior national bronze medal, he was selected to compete at the 2013 World Junior Championships but withdrew due to injury.[citation needed]

2013–2014 season[edit]

Tanaka won two gold medals during the 2013–14 JGP series and qualified for his third JGP Final. He finished 4th after placing 1st in the short program and 4th in the free skate. He won his first junior national title and was selected to go to the 2014 World Junior Championships, where he once again finished in 7th place.

2014–2015 season[edit]

Tanaka received one Grand Prix assignment, the 2014 Cup of China, where he placed 8th. He finished 8th at the 2014-15 Japanese National Championships and second at the Gardena Spring Trophy later that season.

2016–2017 season[edit]

During the Grand Prix series, Tanaka placed 7th at the 2016 Rostelecom Cup and won the bronze medal at the 2016 NHK Trophy. He received silver at the Japan Championships, in December 2016. In February 2017, he took silver at the Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

2017–2018 season[edit]

Tanaka finished 8th at the 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy after placing 4th in the short program and 9th in the free skate. He received two Grand Prix assignments, 2017 Rostelecom Cup and 2017 Cup of China. He withdrew from the first event due to a muscle injury in his right hip-pelvic area.[3] In December, Tanaka won his second National silver medal,[4] and was named to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships.

At the 2018 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Tanaka set new personal bests in the short program, free skate and overall, finishing 4th.[5] He placed 18th at the 2018 Winter Olympics, 20th in the short and 15th in the free.[6]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition

  • Federico Fellini films
    by Nino Rota
  • Spirited Away
    by Joe Hisaishi
  • Primavera Porteña
    by Astor Piazzolla
    choreo. by Massimo Scali
  • Afro Freak
    by Arts
  • La traviata
    by Giuseppe Verdi
    choreo. by Massimo Scali
  • Instinct Rhapsody
    by Ikuko Kawai
    choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
  • Afro Freak
    by ARTS
    choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
  • The Untouchables
    by Ennio Morricone
    choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
  • Violentango
    by Astor Piazzolla

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

Event 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 18th
Worlds 19th 13th
Four Continents 17th 6th 13th 4th
GP Cup of China 8th 7th
GP Finland 8th
GP France 8th
GP Rostel. Cup 7th WD
GP NHK Trophy 5th 3rd
CS U.S. Classic 2nd 10th
CS Ondrej Nepela 8th 3rd
Universiade 2nd
Asian Open 2nd 1st 1st
Cup of Nice 7th 3rd
Gardena Trophy 2nd
Triglav Trophy 2nd
International: Junior[15]
Junior Worlds 2nd 7th 7th
JGP Final 6th 6th 4th
JGP Australia 2nd
JGP Austria 3rd
JGP Czech Rep. 1st
JGP Romania 3rd
JGP Slovakia 1st
JGP Slovenia 4th
JGP U.K. 6th
Asian Trophy 1st J
Japan Champ. 8th 11th 7th 7th 8th 8th 4th 2nd 2nd
Japan Junior 16th 8th 6th 6th 9th 2nd 3rd 1st
Japan Novice 2nd
J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ a b "Keiji TANAKA: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (August 31, 2011). "Tanaka aims for top junior podiums". Golden Skate. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  3. ^ "Figure skating: Tanaka injures pelvic muscle, to miss Rostelecom Cup". Kyodo News. October 16, 2017. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017.
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  7. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 12, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "木下グループ presents スターズ・オン・アイス 2018 (Special)". TBS 2. 21 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 22, 2014.
  12. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 7, 2013.
  13. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012.
  14. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011.
  15. ^ a b "Competition Results: Keiji TANAKA". International Skating Union.
  16. ^ "田中 刑事/TANAKA Keiji" (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Keiji Tanaka at Wikimedia Commons