Tanaka in 2012
|Born||November 22, 1994|
|Home town||Kurashiki, Okayama|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Coach||Utako Nagamitsu, Yusuke Hayashi|
|Former choreographer||Kenji Miyamoto, Nanami Abe|
|Skating club||Kurashiki University|
|Training locations||Kurashiki |
|World standing||15 (2017–18) |
|ISU personal best scores|
2018 Four Continents
2018 Four Continents
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. In December, Tanaka won his second National silver medal, 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. He placed 18th at the 2018 Winter Olympics, 20th in the short and 15th in the free.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|GP Cup of China||8th||7th|
|GP Rostel. Cup||7th||WD|
|GP NHK Trophy||5th||3rd|
|CS U.S. Classic||2nd||10th|
|CS Ondrej Nepela||8th||3rd|
|Cup of Nice||7th||3rd|
|JGP Czech Rep.||1st|
|Asian Trophy||1st J|
|J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew|
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