Kenji Miyamoto (figure skater)

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Japanese name
Kanji 宮本 賢二
Kana みやもと けんじ
Kenji Miyamoto
Nakako Tsuzuki & Kenji Miyamoto 2003 NHK Trophy.jpg
Tsuzuki and Miyamoto in 2003.
Personal information
Country represented Japan
Born (1978-11-06) November 6, 1978 (age 39)
Himeji, Hyōgo
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Partner Nakako Tsuzuki, Rie Arikawa
Coach Muriel Zazoui, Pasquale Camerlengo, Romain Haguenauer
Skating club Ryukoku University
Began skating 1988
Retired 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 150.45
2005 Four Continents
Comp. dance 31.13
2005 Four Continents
Original dance 46.09
2005 Four Continents
Free dance 73.23
2005 Four Continents

Kenji Miyamoto (宮本 賢二, Miyamoto Kenji, born November 6, 1978 in Himeji, Hyōgo) is a Japanese figure skating choreographer, coach, and former competitive ice dancer. He skated with Rie Arikawa, winning two Japanese national titles, and then with Nakako Tsuzuki. During his career, he competed at a total of ten ISU Championships.

Career[edit]

Miyamoto began learning to skate in 1988.[1]

Partnership with Arikawa[edit]

He teamed up with Rie Arikawa no later than 1995. After winning the Japanese junior title, they were sent to the 1996 World Junior Championships in Brisbane, Australia, where they finished 22nd. The following season, they placed second at the Japan Junior Championships. They regained their national junior title before placing 16th at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Advancing to the senior ranks, Arikawa/Miyamoto competed at their first Grand Prix events and became the national silver medalists in the 1998–1999 season. They took silver at the Asian Winter Games in South Korea and placed 9th at the 1999 Four Continents Championships in Canada.

In the 2001–2002 season, Arikawa/Miyamoto won their first senior national title and then placed 8th at the Four Continents Championships in Jeonju, South Korea. Making their only World Championships appearance, they qualified to the free dance and finished 24th overall in Nagano, Japan.

Arikawa/Miyamoto repeated as national champions the following season. In February 2003, they won the bronze medal at the Asian Winter Games in Aomori, Japan, and placed 8th at their final competition, the Four Continents Championships in Beijing, China. They were coached by Muriel Zazoui, Pasquale Camerlengo, Romain Haguenauer in Lyon, France.[2]

Partnership with Tsuzuki[edit]

Later in 2003, Miyamoto formed a partnership with Nakako Tsuzuki. During their three-season partnership, they competed together at six Grand Prix events and placed in the top ten at three Four Continents Championships. They were coached by Muriel Zazoui in Lyon, France.[3][4][1]

They both retired from competitive skating following the 2005–2006 season.

Post-competitive career[edit]

Miyamoto became a choreographer for ice shows and competitive skaters. He has choreographed for Shizuka Arakawa, Daisuke Takahashi, Akiko Suzuki, Yuzuru Hanyu, as well as the figure skating anime Yuri on Ice.

Programs[edit]

With Tsuzuki[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
2005–2006
[1]
  • Samba
  • Rhumba
  • Mambo
2004–2005
[4]
  • Charleston
  • Slow foxtrot
  • Quickstep
2003–2004
[3]
  • Boogie-woogie
  • Blues
  • Boogie-woogie

With Arikawa[edit]

Season Original dance Free dance
2002–2003
[2]
2001–2002
[5]

Results[edit]

GP: Grand Prix

With Tsuzuki[edit]

International
Event 03–04 04–05 05–06
Four Continents Championships 9th 8th 8th
GP Cup of Russia 11th 11th
GP NHK Trophy 10th 9th 11th
GP Trophée Éric Bompard 11th
National
Japan Championships 2nd 2nd 2nd

With Arikawa[edit]

International
Event 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03
Worlds 24th
Four Continents 9th 11th 8th 8th
GP Lalique 12th
GP NHK Trophy 9th 9th 9th 11th
GP Sparkassen 9th
GP Skate America 9th
GP Skate Canada 10th
Asian Games 2nd 3rd
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 22nd 16th
National
Japan 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 1st
Japan Junior 1st 2nd 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Nakako TSUZUKI / Kenji MIYAMOTO: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 7, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b "Rie ARIKAWA / Kenji MIYAMOTO: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 8, 2003. 
  3. ^ a b "Nakako TSUZUKI / Kenji MIYAMOTO: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 5, 2004. 
  4. ^ a b "Nakako TSUZUKI / Kenji MIYAMOTO: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 5, 2005. 
  5. ^ "Rie ARIKAWA / Kenji MIYAMOTO: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 12, 2002. 

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