Ryuichi Kihara

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Ryuichi Kihara
2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki Miu Suzaki Ryuichi Kihara 2018-11-03 16-06-10.jpg
Kihara with Suzaki in 2018
Personal information
Country representedJapan
Born (1992-08-22) August 22, 1992 (age 26)
Ichinomiya, Aichi
ResidenceTōkai, Aichi
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
PartnerMiu Suzaki
Former partnerNarumi Takahashi
CoachYuka Sato
Jason Dungjen
Sergei Petrovski
Former coachHiroshi Nagakubo
Y. Naruse
M. Kawaume
Yuko Hongo
Masako Ogino
ChoreographerMarina Zueva
Former choreographerYuko Hongo
Skating clubKinoshita Club
Former skating clubChukyo University
Training locationsBloomfield Hills, Michigan
Former training locationsNagoya
Toyota, Aichi
Began skating1996
ISU personal best scores
Combined total157.27
2018 Four Continents
Short program57.74
2018 Winter Olympics
Free skate100.32
2018 Four Continents

Ryuichi Kihara (木原 龍一, Kihara Ryūichi, born August 22, 1992) is a Japanese figure skater. As a single skater, he is a two-time bronze medalist on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series and the 2010–11 Japanese Junior silver medalist. In 2013, he began competing in pairs with Narumi Takahashi. They became two-time Japanese national champions (2014, 2015) before parting ways. In 2015, he teamed up with Miu Suzaki.

Career[edit]

Single skating[edit]

Kihara began learning to skate in 1996.[1] He finished 10th at the 2011 World Junior Championships. He competed in singles through January 28, 2013.

Partnership with Takahashi[edit]

On January 30, 2013, the Japanese skating federation confirmed that Kihara would compete in pair skating with Narumi Takahashi, the 2012 World bronze medalist, and they would be coached by Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen.[2][3] They trained in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.[4] They represented Japan together at the 2014 Olympics and placed 19th.

The pair split in March 2015.[5]

2016–2017 season: New partnership with Suzaki[edit]

In June 2015, Japanese media reported that Kihara had teamed up with former single skater Miu Suzaki, with whom he would continue to train in Michigan.[6] In December, they received the bronze medal at the Japan Championships. They did not appear internationally in their first season together.

2016–2017 season[edit]

After winning their first international medal (bronze) at the Asian Open Trophy in early August 2016 in Manila, Suzaki/Kihara took silver at the Japan Championships in December. Ranked 12th in the short program and 14th in the free skate, they finished 13th overall at the 2017 Four Continents Championships, held in February in Gangneung, South Korea.

2017–2018 season[edit]

Suzaki/Kihara began their season with silver at the Asian Open Trophy in August 2017. Making their Grand Prix debut, they finished 8th at the 2017 NHK Trophy in November.

2018–2019 season[edit]

In October 2018, Suzaki/Kihara placed 10th at the 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy. They placed 8th at the 2018 Grand Prix Helsinki, their first GP event of the season. They also placed 8th at the 2018 NHK Trophy, their second GP assignment.

Programs[edit]

With Suzaki[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–2019
2017–2018
[1]
2016–2017
[8]

With Takahashi[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2014–2015
[9]
  • That's Entertainment
  • Love is Here to Stay
  • I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
2013–2014
[4]

Single skating[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2012–2013
2011–2012
[10]
2010–2011
[11]
  • Tango De Los Exilados
    by Walter Taieb
2009–2010
[12]
  • The Man in the Iron Mask
    by Nick Glennie-Smith

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

Pair skating with Suzaki[edit]

International[13]
Event 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 21st
World Champ. 24th
Four Continents 13th 8th
GP Finland 8th
GP NHK Trophy 8th 8th
CS Finlandia Trophy 10th
Asian Open Trophy 3rd 2nd
National[14]
Japan Champ. 3rd 2nd 1st

Pair skating with Takahashi[edit]

International[15]
Event 2013–14 2014–15
Winter Olympics 18th
World Championships 17th 19th
Four Continents Champ. 10th
GP Rostelecom Cup 7th
GP NHK Trophy 7th
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 7th
Lombardia Trophy 7th
Nebelhorn Trophy 11th
National[16]
Japan Championships 1st 1st
Team events
Winter Olympics 5th T
T = Team result

Single skating[edit]

International[17]
Event 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12
Challenge Cup 7th
International: Junior[17]
Junior Worlds 10th
JGP Austria 10th
JGP Belarus 9th
JGP Estonia 4th
JGP Germany 3rd
JGP Poland 3rd
New Zealand WG 2nd J
National[18]
Japan 12th 12th
Japan Junior 16th 9th 8th 2nd 3rd
J = Junior level

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Miu SUZAKI / Ryuichi KIHARA: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Skater Takahashi pairs up with Kihara". Jiji-Daily Yomiuri. January 31, 2013. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013.
  3. ^ フィギュア:高橋・木原の新ペア、佐藤有香コーチに師事 [Takahashi / Kihara pair skating team learns from Yuka Sato]. Mainichi (in Japanese). January 30, 2013. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Narumi TAKAHASHI / Ryuichi KIHARA: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014.
  5. ^ "羽生 フィギュア国別対抗戦出場決定!最高の演技で締める". Yahoo Japan (in Japanese). March 31, 2015. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "木原龍一は須崎海羽、クリス・リードは村元哉中とペア" (in Japanese). sponichi.co.jp. June 18, 2015. Archived from the original on June 19, 2015.
  7. ^ "木下グループ presents スターズ・オン・アイス 2018 (Special)". TBS 2. 21 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Miu SUZAKI / Ryuichi KIHARA: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Narumi TAKAHASHI / Ryuichi KIHARA: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ryuichi KIHARA: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 3, 2012.
  11. ^ "Ryuichi KIHARA: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011.
  12. ^ "Ryuichi KIHARA: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 27, 2009.
  13. ^ "Competition Results: Miu SUZAKI / Ryuichi KIHARA". International Skating Union.
  14. ^ "須﨑 海羽/SUZAKI Miu 木原 龍一/KIHARA Ryuichi" (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation. Archived from the original on November 24, 2017.
  15. ^ "Competition Results: Narumi TAKAHASHI / Ryuichi KIHARA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 6, 2017.
  16. ^ "髙橋 成美/TAKAHASHI Narumi 木原 龍一/KIHARA Ryuichi" (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation. Archived from the original on March 19, 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Competition Results: Ryuichi KIHARA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  18. ^ "木原 龍一 KIHARA Ryuichi" (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation. Archived from the original on May 24, 2013.

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