Shoma Uno

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Shoma Uno
Shoma Uno Podium 2017 World Championships.jpg
Personal information
Country represented Japan
Born (1997-12-17) December 17, 1997 (age 20)
Nagoya, Japan
Home town Nagoya, Japan
Height 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)
Coach Machiko Yamada
Mihoko Higuchi
Choreographer Mihoko Higuchi
Former choreographer Machiko Yamada
Skating club Toyota Motor Corporation
Former skating club Chukyo U.S.HS
Grand Prix Tokai SC
Training locations Nagoya
Began skating 2002
World standing 2 (2017–18)
2 (2016–17)
5 (2015–16)
21 (2014–15)
39 (2013–14)
44 (2012–13)
77 (2011–12)
Season's bests 2 (2017–18)[1]
2 (2016–17)[2]
5 (2015–16)[3]
9 (2014–15)[4]
41 (2013–14)[5]
46 (2012–13)[6]
55 (2011–12)[7]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 319.84
2017 CS Lombardia Trophy
Short program 104.87
2017 CS Lombardia Trophy
Free skate 214.97
2017 CS Lombardia Trophy

Shoma Uno (宇野 昌磨, Uno Shōma, born 17 December 1997) is a Japanese figure skater. He is the 2018 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time World silver medalist (2018, 2017), a two-time Four Continents medalist (2017, 2018), a three-time Grand Prix Final medalist (2015–2017), the 2017 Asian Winter Games champion, and a two-time Japanese national champion (2016, 2017). Earlier in his career, he became the 2015 World Junior champion, 2014–15 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, and 2012 Youth Olympic silver medalist.

Uno is the first skater to successfully land a quadruple flip in an international competition.[8] He is also the current record-holder for the highest score by a junior in the short program.

Personal life[edit]

Shoma Uno was born December 17, 1997, in Nagoya, Japan.[9] He has a younger brother named Itsuki Uno.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Uno started skating when he was five because of Mao Asada, who talked to him at a skating rink.[10] His figure skating idol is Daisuke Takahashi, and he has stated that he looks up to Yuzuru Hanyu.[10]

Uno won bronze at the Japan Junior Championships of the 2009–2010 season but finished off the podium the next two years.

2011–2012 season: Junior international debut[edit]

Uno made his Junior Grand Prix (JGP) debut in the 2011–2012 season, winning a bronze medal at the JGP Tallinn Cup in Estonia after placing 4th at the event in Poland. At the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics, he won silver in the individual event and gold in the team event. He finished 10th at the 2012 World Junior Championships.

2012–2013 season[edit]

Uno finished 6th at his Junior Grand Prix in Slovenia. At his next JGP event, in Germany, he won the silver medal with personal bests in both programs and a total score of 188.48 points. He finished 7th at the 2013 World Junior Championships.

2013–2014 season: Senior international debut[edit]

Uno competed in his third JGP season, winning the bronze medal in Riga, Latvia, and placing 4th in Tallinn, Estonia. He placed 5th at the 2014 World Junior Championships and won his first international senior competition at the 2014 Gardena Spring Trophy.

2014–2015 season: World Junior champion[edit]

Uno began his season by winning his second senior international competition at the 2014 Asian Trophy. He was assigned to the JGP events in Japan and Croatia. He placed second in Japan and first in Croatia with new personal best scores and qualified for his first JGP Final. He won his first junior national title at the 2014–15 Japan Junior Championships. The following month, he won gold at the JGP Final, placing third in the short program, and winning the free skate while setting junior world records for the free skate and combined total. At the 2014–15 Japan Championships, he placed 3rd in both segments of the competition, winning the silver medal.

Uno made his senior ISU Championship debut at the 2015 Four Continents; he placed second in the short program, fifth in the free skate, and fifth overall, setting personal best scores in all segments. He ended his season by winning the 2015 World Junior Championships, winning the short program with a junior world record score of 84.87 and placing second in the free skate. He became the fifth Japanese man to win the junior world title.[10]

2015–2016 season: First quad flip in international competition[edit]

Uno started his season with a 5th-place finish at the 2015 U.S. Classic, placing 9th in the short program but winning the free skate. He then went on to win the individual event of the 2015 Japan Open, defeating World champions Javier Fernandez, Brian Joubert and Patrick Chan.

Making his senior Grand Prix debut, Uno won the silver medal at 2015 Skate America after placing fourth in the short and first in the free, finishing only 1.52 points behind gold medalist Max Aaron. Uno then made some training changes, saying "During Skate America, I felt that I lacked a bit of stamina so I increased the number of run-throughs in training every day and started to do off-ice stamina training."[11] He placed first in the short program at the 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard. Due to the November 2015 Paris attacks, the free skate was cancelled and the short program standings were deemed the final results. Uno thus became the winner of the event and qualified for the 2015–16 Grand Prix Final in Barcelona. In Spain, he was awarded the bronze medal behind Hanyu and Fernández.

After repeating as the national silver medalist, Uno finished fourth behind Patrick Chan, Jin Boyang and Yan Han at the 2016 Four Continents Championships, having ranked second to Jin in the short program and fifth in the free skate. At the 2016 World Championships in Boston, he placed 4th in the short program, 6th in the long, and 7th overall. At the 2016 Team Challenge Cup, Uno became the first skater to ever land a quadruple flip at an international competition.[8] He landed two quads in his short program, 4F and 4T-3T combination, and scored a personal best of 105.74 points.[12]

2016–2017 season: First national title, World silver medal[edit]

Uno (left) and Yuzuru Hanyu at the 2017 World Championships.

In December 2016, Uno was fourth in the short program with 86.82 points after falling on his quadruple toe loop and failing the combination in the Grand Prix Final. He rallied back in the free skate with a personal best of 195.69 points and placing second in that segment. He placed third overall and won the bronze medal for the second consecutive year, just 0.34 points behind silver medalist Nathan Chen and 11.39 points behind gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu.[13]. Later that month, he won his first national title in Osaka, Japan.[14]

In February, he broke the hundred-point barrier with a score of 100.28 in the short program for the first time in his career at the Four Continents Championships, being the fourth person to do so.[15][16] In the free skate he landed four quad jumps, including his first ever quad loop in international competition and a quad flip, but fell on both his triple axel combinations.[17] He placed 2nd in the short program, 3rd in the free skate and won the bronze medal with a score of 288.05 behind Nathan Chen and Yuzuru Hanyu.

At the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, he set new personal best scores for both the short program with a score of 104.86 and free skate with a score of 214.45, earning the silver medal with the fourth ever highest combined score of 319.31, just 2.28 points behind World Champion Yuzuru Hanyu and 15.73 points ahead of bronze medalist Jin Boyang.[18]

At the final competition of this season, the World Team Trophy in Tokyo, he was able to win a gold medal for Japan with his team mates. He won the short program with 103.53 points and placed second behind team mate Yuzuru Hanyu in the free skate with 198.49 points. He scored a total of 302.02 points, highest in the men's event.

2017–2018 season: Olympic Silver Medal[edit]

Uno began his season winning the gold medal at his challenger series event at the 2017 Lombardia Trophy in Bergamo, Italy while setting new personal bests in all segments. At the 2017 Japan Open, he won the silver medal with his team mates.

Uno won the gold medal at 2017 Skate Canada, placing first in both segments to begin his Grand Prix Series for the season. After returning from the competition on October 31, Uno had suffered a 39 degree high fever and was diagnosed with influenza. [19] In his following competition at 2017 Internationaux de France, he placed second in the short program and first in the free skate to place second overall behind Javier Fernandez. His results qualified him for his third consecutive senior Grand Prix Final, where he won the silver medal only 0.5 points behind Nathan Chen.

At the 2017 Japan Figure Skating Championships, Uno successfully defended his national title.[20] On December 24, 2017 it was announced that Uno would represent Japan at the 2018 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and 2018 World Figure Skating Championships in Milan, Italy.[21][22]

Placing third in the short program and second in the free skate, Uno took silver at the 2018 Winter Olympics, 1.66 points ahead of bronze medallist Javier Fernández of Spain.

At the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships in Milan, Uno had to leave practice only after a few minutes on ice and was carried to a bus on a staff member's back. Upon examination, no serious injury was found, however his skates caused his pain. However, it has been decided that Uno will still compete in the competition. [23] Uno scored 94.26 in the short program, and 179.51 in the free skate, with a total score of 273.77, earning him the silver medal. His result, together with that of Kazuki Tomono secured three spots for Japanese men at he 2019 World Figure Skating Championships to be held in Saitama, Japan

Records and achievements[edit]

Programs[edit]

Uno (left) at the 2017 World Championships podium
Uno (right) at the 2015-16 Grand Prix Final podium
Uno (center)at the 2015 World Junior Championships podium
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–2019
2017–2018
[25]

2016–2017
[9][11]
  • Buenos Aires Hora Cero
  • Balada para un loco
    by Astor Piazolla
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi


2015–2016
[30][31][32]

2014–2015
[33]
  • Violin Sonata No.9
    by Ludwig van Beethoven
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi
  • Don Juan DeMarco
    by Michael Kamen
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi
2013–2014
[34]
  • The Blessed Spirits
    by Vanessa-Mae
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi, Machiko Yamada
  • Steps
    by Secret Garden
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi, Machiko Yamada
  • Tanguera
    by Mariano Mores
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi, Machiko Yamada
2012–2013
[35]
  • Tanguera
    by Mariano Mores
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi, Machiko Yamada
  • Steps
    by Secret Garden
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi, Machiko Yamada
  • Bad Boy Good Man
    by Tape Five
2011–2012
[36]
2010–2011

Competitive highlights[edit]

Uno (right) at the 2016-17 Grand Prix Final podium
Uno (center)at the 2014-15 Junior Grand Prix Final podium

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

International[37]
Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 2nd
Worlds 7th 2nd 2nd
Four Continents 5th 4th 3rd 2nd
GP Final 3rd 3rd 2nd
GP Bompard 1st 2nd
GP Rostel. Cup 2nd
GP NHK Trophy TBD
GP Skate America 2nd 1st
GP Skate Canada 1st TBD
CS Lombardia 1st 1st
CS U.S. Classic 5th
Asian Games 1st
Asian Trophy 1st
Gardena 1st
Printemps 1st
International: Junior[37]
Junior Worlds 10th 7th 5th 1st
Youth Olympics 2nd
JGP Final 1st
JGP Croatia 1st
JGP Estonia 3rd 4th
JGP Germany 2nd
JGP Japan 2nd
JGP Latvia 3rd
JGP Poland 4th
JGP Slovenia 6th
National[38]
Japan Champ. 9th 11th 7th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
Japan Junior 3rd 4th 5th 2nd 2nd 1st
Team events
Olympics 5th T
1st P
Team Challenge
Cup
3rd T
1st P
Japan Open 1st T
1st P
1st T
1st P
2nd T
3rd P
Youth Olympics 1st T
2nd P
World Team
Trophy
1st T
1st P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs are awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals are awarded for team results only. T – team result. P – personal/individual result. Personal bests are highlighted in bold.

2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 19–25, 2018 2018 World Championships 5
94.26
2
179.51
2
273.77
February 14–23, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (men's singles) 3
104.17
3
202.73
2
306.90
February 9–11, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (team event) 1
103.25
5T/1P
January 22–28, 2018 2018 Four Continents Championships 1
100.49
2
197.45
2
297.94
December 21–24, 2017 2017–18 Japan Championships 1
96.83
1
186.47
1
283.30
December 7–10, 2017 2017–18 Grand Prix Final 2
101.51
1
184.50
2
286.01
November 17–19, 2017 2017 Internationaux de France 2
93.92
1
179.40
2
273.32
October 27–29, 2017 2017 Skate Canada International 1
103.62
1
197.48
1
301.10
October 7, 2017 2017 Japan Open - 3
175.45
2T/3P
September 14–17, 2017 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy 1
104.87
1
214.97
1
319.84
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 20–23, 2017 2017 World Team Trophy 1
103.53
2
198.49
1T/1P
302.02
March 29 – April 2, 2017 2017 World Championships 2
104.86
2
214.45
2
319.31
March 10–12, 2017 2017 Coupe du Printemps 1
104.31
1
199.37
1
303.68
February 23–26, 2017 2017 Asian Winter Games 2
92.43
1
188.84
1
281.27
February 14–19, 2017 2017 Four Continents Championships 2
100.28
3
187.77
3
288.05
December 22–25, 2016 2016–17 Japan Championships 2
88.05
1
192.36
1
280.41
December 8–11, 2016 2016–17 Grand Prix Final 4
86.82
2
195.69
3
282.51
November 4–6, 2016 2016 Rostelecom Cup 1
98.59
2
186.48
2
285.07
October 21–23, 2016 2016 Skate America 1
89.15
1
190.19
1
279.34
October 1, 2016 2016 Japan Open - 1
198.55
1T/1P
September 8–11, 2016 2016 CS Lombardia Trophy 1
86.68
2
172.25
1
258.93
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 22–24, 2016 2016 Team Challenge Cup 1
105.74
1
192.92
3T/1P
March 28 – April 3, 2016 2016 World Championships 4
90.74
6
173.51
7
264.25
February 16–21, 2016 2016 Four Continents Championships 2
92.99
5
176.82
4
269.81
December 24–27, 2015 2015–16 Japan Championships 2
97.94
3
169.21
2
267.15
December 10–13, 2015 2015–16 Grand Prix Final 4
86.47
4
190.32
3
276.79
November 13, 2015 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard[nb 1] 1
89.56
cancelled
October 23–25, 2015 2015 Skate America 4
80.78
1
176.65
2
257.43
October 3, 2015 2015 Japan Open - 1
185.48
1T/1P
September 16–20, 2015 2015 U.S. Classic 9
52.45
1
154.96
5
207.41
2014–15 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 2–8, 2015 2015 World Junior Championships Junior 1
84.87
2
147.67
1
232.54
February 9–15, 2015 2015 Four Continents Championships Senior 2
88.90
5
167.55
5
256.45
December 26–28, 2014 2014–15 Japan Championships Senior 3
85.53
3
165.75
2
251.28
December 11–14, 2014 2014–15 JGP Final Junior 3
75.21
1
163.06
1
238.27
November 22–24, 2014 2014–15 Japan Junior Championships Junior 1
82.72
2
128.00
1
210.72
October 8–11, 2014 2014 JGP Croatia Junior 1
74.82
1
152.69
1
227.51
September 11–14, 2014 2014 JGP Japan Junior 2
69.78
2
150.21
2
219.99
2013–14 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 10–16, 2014 2014 World Junior Championships Junior 3
70.67
5
135.83
5
206.50
December 20–23, 2013 2013–14 Japan Championships Senior 6
72.15
7
144.34
7
216.49
November 22–24, 2013 2013–14 Japan Junior Championships Junior 2
71.61
3
134.49
2
206.10
October 22–24, 2013 2013 JGP Estonia Junior 3
67.09
3
130.73
4
197.82
September 28–31, 2013 2013 JGP Latvia Junior 6
58.22
3
117.59
3
175.81
2012–13 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 25 – March 3, 2013 2013 World Junior Championships Junior 7
61.66
6
125.42
7
187.08
December 20–24, 2012 2012–13 Japan Championships Senior 10
67.56
11
131.47
11
199.03
November 17–18, 2012 2012–13 Japan Junior Championships Junior 2
66.21
2
124.37
2
190.58
October 10–13, 2012 2012 JGP Germany Junior 2
63.48
1
125.00
2
188.48
September 26–29, 2012 2012 JGP Slovenia Junior 4
61.42
6
112.92
6
174.34
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 27 – March 4, 2012 2012 World Junior Championships Junior 10
57.71
10
118.21
10
175.92
January 14–16, 2012 2012 Winter Youth Olympics Junior 6
51.52
2
115.63
2
167.15
December 22–25, 2011 2011–12 Japan Championships Senior 7
63.49
10
126.93
9
190.42
November 25–27, 2011 2011–12 Japan Junior Championships Junior 3
61.56
5
111.90
5
173.46
October 12–15, 2011 2011 JGP Estonia Junior 4
56.29
3
118.86
3
175.15
September 14–17, 2011 2011 JGP Poland Junior 8
48.69
3
114.55
4
163.24
2009–10 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
December 25–27, 2009 2009–10 Japan Junior Championships Junior 4
52.95
4
95.09
3
148.04

Notes

  1. ^ Event cancelled due to attacks in Paris.

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