Satoko Miyahara

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Satoko Miyahara
World Championships 2015 – Ladies (Satoko MIYAHARA JPN – Silver Medal).jpg
Miyahara at the 2015 World Championships
Personal information
Native name 宮原 知子
Country represented Japan
Born (1998-03-26) March 26, 1998 (age 19)
Kyoto, Japan
Height 1.49 m (4 ft 10 12 in)
Coach Mie Hamada, Yamato Tamura, Yoko Niino
Choreographer Tom Dickson, Lori Nichol, Jeffrey Buttle, Stéphane Lambiel
Former choreographer Lori Bonviverel, Kenji Miyamoto
Skating club Kansai University SC
Training locations Takatsuki, Osaka
Began skating 2002
World standing 4 (As of 8 May 2017)[1]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 218.33
2016–17 Grand Prix Final
Short program 74.64
2016–17 Grand Prix Final
Free skate 143.69
2016–17 Grand Prix Final

Satoko Miyahara (宮原 知子, Miyahara Satoko, born March 26, 1998) is a Japanese figure skater. She is the 2015 World silver medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Final silver medalist, the 2016 Four Continents champion, and a three-time Japanese national champion (2014–2016).

Personal life[edit]

Miyahara was born on March 26, 1998 in Kyoto, Japan.[2] Her parents are both doctors. Due to her parents' work, she moved with her family to Houston, Texas when she was five years old and had returned to Kyoto by the age of seven.[3] Miyahara learned English during her time in the United States.[4]

On February 13, 2016, Miyahara graduated from Kansai University High School. She has stated her plans to attend Kansai University and major in literature as well as continuing to study English.[5]

Career[edit]

Miyahara began skating while she was living in the United States and came under the guidance of Mie Hamada in Kyoto, Japan at the age of seven.[3]

2011–12 season: Junior international debut[edit]

Miyahara became eligible for junior international competition in the 2011–12 season. She won a silver medal at her Junior Grand Prix debut in Gdańsk, Poland, and finished fifth at her second event in Milan, Italy. Miyahara then won the Japan junior title and placed sixth on the senior level. She was fourth at her first World Junior Championships.

2012–13 season: First senior national podium[edit]

In the 2012–13 season, Miyahara won gold and bronze medals at her JGP events in the United States and Turkey, respectively. Miyahara then won the 2012 Japanese Junior Championships, before placing fifth at the JGP Final in Sochi, Russia.

Miyahara won her first senior national medal, a bronze, at the 2012–13 Japanese Championships, finishing ahead of Akiko Suzuki. She ended her season at the 2013 World Junior Championships where she finished seventh.

2013–14 season: Senior international debut[edit]

Miyahara started the 2013–14 season by winning the Asian Trophy. Debuting on the senior Grand Prix, she finished fifth at the 2013 NHK Trophy, having placed sixth in the short program and fifth in the free skate. At the 2013 Rostelecom Cup, she was sixth in the short program, sixth in the free skate, and fifth overall.

At the 2013–14 Japanese Championships, Miyahara placed fourth in the short, fifth in the free, and fourth overall, behind Akiko Suzuki, Kanako Murakami, and Mao Asada. She was selected to compete at the 2014 Four Continents Championships, where she won the silver medal behind teammate Kanako Murakami after placing fourth in the short and second in the free.

Miyahara finished fourth at the 2014 World Junior Championships — less than a point out of third. She ended her season with a gold medal at the Gardena Spring Trophy.

2014–15 season: World silver medalist[edit]

Miyahara attended a training camp during the summer of 2014 to work with Olympic champion Ilia Kulik on her jumps.[citation needed] She opened the 2014–15 season with a win at the Lombardia Trophy. Competing in the Grand Prix series, she took bronze at the 2014 Skate Canada International after placing fourth in the short program and third in the free skate. She won another bronze medal at 2014 NHK Trophy (fourth in SP, second in FS). With these results, Miyahara was the second alternate for the 2014–15 Grand Prix Final.

At the 2014–15 Japanese Championships, Miyahara placed second in the short and first in the free on her way to her first senior national title. At the 2015 Four Continents Championships, she won silver for the second year in a row, having won the short program and placed second in the free.

Miyahara ranked third in the short, fourth in the free skate, and second overall at the 2015 World Championships, with personal bests in all competition segments. She was awarded the silver medal behind Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. At the 2015 World Team Trophy, she placed fifth individually and third as part of team Japan.

2015–16 season: Four Continents champion[edit]

Miyahara at the 2015 Grand Prix FinalIMG 9316

In the summer of 2015, Miyahara traveled to southern California to work with Ilia Kulik for the second year in a row, aiming to add more power to her jumps.[6] She opened her season on the Challenger Series, winning the 2015 U.S. Classic. Turning to the Grand Prix series, she took bronze at the 2015 Skate America before winning gold at the 2015 NHK Trophy, defeating three-time World Champion Mao Asada. These results qualified Miyahara for her first senior Grand Prix Final. She won the silver medal at the event in Barcelona after placing fourth in the short program and second in the free skate with personal bests in the free skate and combined total.

After repeating as the Japanese national champion, Miyahara went on to win gold at the 2016 Four Continents, achieving personal bests in every portion of the competition. She finished fifth at the 2016 World Championships in Boston, the only event of the season where she finished off the podium.

2016–17 season[edit]

Miyahara opened her season with a gold medal at the 2016 CS U.S. Classic. Turning to the Grand Prix series, she won the bronze medal at the 2016 Skate Canada International, behind Evgenia Medvedeva and Kaetlyn Osmond, and then silver at the 2016 NHK Trophy, behind Anna Pogorilaya. In December, she was awarded the silver medal at the Grand Prix Final in Marseille, being outscored only by Medvedeva. Later that month, she defeated Wakaba Higuchi and Mai Mihara at the Japan Championships to win her third national title.[7]

Due to a stress fracture in her left hip joint, Miyahara withdrew from two February competitions, the 2017 Four Continents Championships and the 2017 Asian Winter Games.[8] To focus on recovery she also decided to withdraw from the 2017 World Championships.[9]

Programs[edit]

Miyahara at the 2015–16 Grand Prix Final podium
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2017–2018
[10]
2016–2017
[11]

2015–2016
[2][14][15]

2014–2015
[17]

2013–2014
[19]
2012–2013
[20][21]


  • Voice of Spring Waltz
    by Johann Strauss II
2011–2012
[22]

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

2011–12 to present[edit]

International[23]
Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17
Worlds 2nd 5th WD
Four Continents 2nd 2nd 1st WD
GP Final 2nd 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 5th 3rd 1st 2nd
GP Rostel. Cup 5th
GP Skate America 3rd
GP Skate Canada 3rd 3rd
CS Lombardia 1st
CS U.S. Classic 1st 1st
Asian Games WD
Asian Trophy 1st
Gardena Trophy 1st
International: Junior and lower levels[23]
Junior Worlds 4th 7th 4th
JGP Final 5th
JGP Italy 5th
JGP Poland 2nd
JGP Turkey 3rd
JGP USA 1st
Asian Trophy 1st J
National[24]
Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17
Japan Champ. 6th 3rd 4th 1st 1st 1st
Japan Junior 1st 1st
Team events
World Team
Trophy
3rd T
5th P
Team Challenge
Cup
3rd T
2nd P
Japan Open 3rd T
2nd P
1st T
2nd P
1st T
2nd P
J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

2007–08 to 2010–11[edit]

International[23]
Event 2007–08 2009–10 2010–11
Asian Trophy 1st N
Triglav Trophy 2nd N[25] 2nd N
Challenge Cup 2nd D[26]
National[24]
Japan Junior Champ. 4th 4th
Japan Novice Champ. 4th
Levels: D = Debs; N = Novice

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.

Senior career[edit]

2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
December 22–25, 2016 2016–17 Japan Championships 1
76.49
1
138.38
1
214.87
December 8–11, 2016 2016–17 Grand Prix Final 3
74.64
2
143.69
2
218.33
November 25–27, 2016 2016 Grand Prix NHK Trophy 3
64.20
2
133.80
2
198.00
October 28–30, 2016 2016 Grand Prix Skate Canada 5
65.24
3
126.84
3
192.08
October 1, 2016 2016 Japan Open - 2
143.39
1T/2P
September 14–18, 2016 2016 CS U.S. Classic 1
70.09
1
136.66
1
206.75
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 22–24, 2016 2016 Team Challenge Cup 3P/1T
73.28
2
145.02
2P/3T
March 28 – April 3, 2016 2016 World Championships 6
70.72
3
139.89
5
210.61
February 16–21, 2016 2016 Four Continents Championships 1
72.48
1
142.43
1
214.91
December 24–27, 2015 2015–16 Japan Championships 1
73.24
1
139.59
1
212.83
December 10–13, 2015 2015–16 Grand Prix Final 4
68.76
2
140.09
2
208.85
November 27–29, 2015 2015 Grand Prix NHK Trophy 1
69.53
1
133.58
1
203.11
October 23–25, 2015 2015 Grand Prix Skate America 3
65.12
3
122.95
3
188.07
October 3, 2015 2015 Japan Open - 2
134.67
1T/2P
September 16–20, 2015 2015 CS U.S. Classic 1
63.48
1
120.16
1
183.64
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 16–19, 2015 2015 World Team Trophy 6
60.52
3
129.12
3T/5P
189.64
March 23–29, 2015 2015 World Championships 3
67.02
4
126.58
2
193.60
February 15–19, 2015 2015 Four Continents Championships 1
64.84
2
116.75
2
181.59
December 26–28, 2014 2014–15 Japan Championships 2
64.48
1
131.12
1
195.60
November 28–30, 2014 2014 Grand Prix NHK Trophy 4
60.69
2
118.33
3
179.02
October 31 – November 2, 2014 2014 Grand Prix Skate Canada 4
60.22
3
121.53
3
181.75
October 4, 2014 2014 Japan Open - 2
131.94
3T/2P
September 18–21, 2014 2014 CS Lombardia Trophy 1
58.12
1
125.78
1
183.90
2013–14 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 29–30, 2014 2014 Gardena Spring Trophy 1
62.18
2
105.04
1
167.22
March 10–16, 2014 2014 World Junior Championships 4
63.57
4
114.12
4
177.69
January 20–26, 2014 2014 Four Continents Championships 4
60.27
2
126.26
2
186.53
December 20–23, 2013 2013–14 Japan Championships 4
66.52
5
125.06
4
191.58
November 22–24, 2013 2013 Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup 6
56.57
6
109.19
5
165.76
November 8–10, 2013 2013 Grand Prix NHK Trophy 6
58.39
5
111.82
5
170.21
August 8–11, 2013 2013 Asian Trophy 1
54.43
1
115.42
1
169.85
  • ISU personal best highlighted in bold

Junior career[edit]

2012–13 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 25 – March 3, 2013 2013 World Junior Championships Junior 6
52.16
8
95.26
7
147.42
December 20–24, 2012 2012–13 Japan Championships Senior 3
60.19
3
120.36
3
180.55
December 6–9, 2012 2012–13 JGP Final Junior 5
49.60
5
108.14
5
157.74
November 17–18, 2012 2012–13 Japan Junior Championships Junior 1
61.31
1
111.37
1
172.68
September 22–24, 2012 2012 JGP Turkey Junior 6
46.62
2
96.74
3
143.36
August 30 – September 1, 2012 2012 JGP United States Junior 1
54.76
1
106.89
1
161.65
August 8–12, 2012 2012 Asian Trophy Junior 2
49.29
1
98.92
1
148.21
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 27 – March 4, 2012 2012 World Junior Championships Junior 4
52.97
6
104.81
4
157.78
December 22–25, 2011 2011–12 Japan Championships Senior 15
47.06
3
116.79
6
163.85
November 25–27, 2011 2011–12 Japan Junior Championships Junior 1
56.76
1
115.41
1
172.17
October 25–27, 2011 2011 JGP Italy Junior 7
44.91
3
98.33
5
143.24
September 15–17, 2011 2011 JGP Poland Junior 2
56.46
2
105.74
2
162.20
2010–11 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
April 4–10, 2011 2011 Triglav Trophy Novice 2
35.32
1
73.07
2
108.39
November 26–28, 2010 2010–11 Japan Junior Championships Junior 10
43.74
4
96.49
4
140.23
August 27–29, 2010 2010 Asian Trophy Novice 1
43.69
1
92.19
1
135.88
2009–10 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 31 – April 4, 2010 2010 Triglav Trophy Novice 4
38.30
2
90.85
2
129.15
November 21–23, 2009 2009–10 Japan Junior Championships Junior 4
48.32
6
82.67
4
130.99

References[edit]

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