Ryuichi Kihara

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Ryuichi Kihara
2013 Nebelhorn Trophy Narumi TAKAHASHI Ryuichi KIHARA IMG 6860.JPG
Personal information
Country represented Japan
Born (1992-08-22) August 22, 1992 (age 24)
Ichinomiya, Aichi
Residence Tōkai, Aichi
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Partner Miu Suzaki
Former partner Narumi Takahashi
Coach Yuka Sato
Jason Dungjen
Sergei Petrovski
Former coach Hiroshi Nagakubo
Y. Naruse
M. Kawaume
Yuko Hongo
Masako Ogino
Choreographer Marina Zueva
Former choreographer Yuko Hongo
Skating club Kinoshita Club
Former skating club Chukyo University
Training locations Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Former training locations Nagoya
Toyota, Aichi
Began skating 1996
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 141.41
2013 Rostelecom Cup
Short program 49.54
2013 NHK Trophy
Free skate 92.77
2013 Rostelecom Cup

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. With former partner Narumi Takahashi, he is a two-time Japanese national pairs skating champion (2014, 2015).


Kihara finished 10th at the 2011 World Junior Championships. He competed in single skating through January 28, 2013.

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.[1][2] They trained in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.[3] They represented Japan together at the 2014 Olympics and placed 19th. The pair split in March 2015.[4]

In June 2015, it was announced that Kihara had teamed up with former single skater Miu Suzaki, with whom he would continue to train in Michigan.[5][6]


With Suzaki[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • Out of the Garage
    by Daniel Pamberton
  • Mission Impossible

With Takahashi[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • That's Entertainment
  • Love is Here to Stay
  • I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
  • Samson and Delilah
    by Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Les Misérables
    by Claude-Michel Schoenberg

Single skating[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
  • Tango De Los Exilados
    by Walter Taieb
  • The Man in the Iron Mask
    by Nick Glennie-Smith

Competitive highlights[edit]

Pair skating with Takahashi[edit]

Event 2013–14 2014–15
Winter Olympics 18th
Worlds 17th 19th
Four Continents 10th
GP Rostelecom Cup 7th
GP NHK Trophy 7th
Lombardia Trophy 7th
Nebelhorn Trophy 11th 7th
Japan Champ. 1st 1st
Team events
Winter Olympics 5th (T)
GP = Grand Prix; TBD = Assigned
T = Team result

Single skating[edit]

Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
Challenge Cup 7th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 10th
JGP Austria 10th
JGP Belarus 9th
JGP Estonia 4th
JGP Germany 3rd
JGP Poland 3rd
New Zealand WG 2nd J.
Japan Champ. 12th 12th
Japan Junior 16th 9th 8th 2nd 3rd
JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level


  1. ^ "Skater Takahashi pairs up with Kihara". Jiji-Daily Yomiuri. January 31, 2013. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b "Narumi TAKAHASHI / Ryuichi KIHARA: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hanyu figure Country tournament particiatpion decision! Tighten the best performance (Japanese)". Yahoo Japan. March 31, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ryuchi Kihara Begins New Partnership". Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved 17 June 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". Sponichi. Sponichi. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Narumi TAKAHASHI / Ryuichi KIHARA: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. 
  8. ^ "Ryuichi KIHARA: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ryuichi KIHARA: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Ryuichi KIHARA: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 27, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "Competition Results: Narumi TAKAHASHI / Ryuichi KIHARA". International Skating Union. 
  12. ^ "Competition Results: Ryuichi KIHARA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2011-10-17. 

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