Takahito Mura

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Japanese name
Kanji 無良崇人
Kana むら たかひと
Takahito Mura
2014 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Takahito Mura IMG 3894.JPG
Mura at the 2014–15 Grand Prix Final
Personal information
Country represented Japan
Born (1991-02-11) February 11, 1991 (age 24)
Matsudo, Chiba, Japan
Home town Nagoya
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Coach Takashi Mura
Former coach Hiroshi Nagakubo, Yoriko Naruse, Naoki Shigematsu
Choreographer Jeffrey Buttle, Charlie White
Former choreographer Jamie Isley, Tom Dickson, Nanami Yoshida, Eiji Iwamoto
Skating club Hirota SC
Former skating club Chukyo University
Training locations Okayama
Began skating 1994
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 255.81
2014 Skate Canada
Short program 86.28
2014 NHK Trophy
Free skate 173.24
2014 Skate Canada

Takahito Mura (無良 崇人 Mura Takahito?, born February 11, 1991) is a Japanese figure skater. He is the 2014 Four Continents champion, 2014 Skate Canada International champion, and 2012 Trophée Éric Bompard champion. Nationally, he is a two-time Japan Championships bronze medalist (2009, 2013) and 2008 Japan Junior champion.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Takahito Mura was born in Matsudo, Chiba, Japan. His father, Takashi, competed internationally in both singles and pairs, and his mother also competed in figure skating.[2] In 2013, he married his wife and had a daughter, Kanna.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Mura placed fifth at the 2006 World Junior Championships. He won two medals on the Junior Grand Prix circuit in 2006 and qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final, where he placed just off the podium. He made his senior international debut at the 2008 Finlandia Trophy, which he won.

Mura won his first senior Grand Prix medal, gold, at the 2012 Trophée Éric Bompard. In the 2013-14 season, he was assigned to the 2013 Skate Canada and 2013 NHK Trophy.[5] He placed tenth and sixth at his events. Mura finished sixth at the Japanese Nationals and was assigned to the 2014 Four Continents Championships where he won the gold.

In the 2014–15 season, Mura took silver at an ISU Challenger Series event, the Lombardia Trophy, before winning gold at his first GP assignment of the season, the 2014 Skate Canada International. His next assignment was the 2014 NHK Trophy, where he placed third overall, qualifying for the 2014–15 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, in Barcelona, Spain.

At the Grand Prix Final, Mura finished last in the short program and fourth in the free skate, ending fifth overall. He competed in the 2014–15 Japan Figure Skating Championships, where he finished 5th. When Tatsuki Machida retired from figure skating, Mura was named as his replacement to represent Japan at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships, along with Yuzuru Hanyu and Takahiko Kozuka. He was also selected to represent Japan at the 2015 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, where he finished seventh. At the World Championships, Mura finished in 16th place.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2015-2016
[6][7]
2014–2015
[4][8]


2013–2014
[9]
  • Shogun

2012–2013
[10]
  • Shogun
2011–2012
[11]
  • Neutron Star Collision
    by Muse
2010–2011
[12]
  • Slow Dancing in the Big City
2009–2010
[13]
2008–2009
[14]
2007–2008
[15][16]

2006–2007
[17]
  • Art on Ice
    by Edvin Marton
  • KA
    by René Dupéré
2005–2006
[18]
  • Violin Concerto

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[19]
Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015-16
Worlds 15th 8th 16th
Four Continents 5th 8th 1st 7th
Grand Prix Final 5th
GP Bompard 1st
GP NHK Trophy 5th 6th 6th 3rd TBD
GP Skate America TBD
GP Skate Canada 8th 10th 1st
CS Lombardia 2nd
Challenge Cup 1st
Finlandia 1st 1st
Merano Cup 1st
Nepela Trophy 2nd
NRW Trophy 4th
Triglav Trophy 1st
Asian Games 2nd
International: Junior, Novice[19]
Junior Worlds 5th 8th 19th
JGP Final 4th
JGP Germany 3rd
JGP Hungary 2nd
JGP Poland 8th
JGP Romania 3rd
JGP Slovakia 5th
JGP Taiwan 3rd
Skate Helena 1st N.
Mladost Trophy 1st N. 2nd N.
National[20]
Japan Champ. 8th 5th 3rd 10th 5th 5th 3rd 6th 5th
Japan Junior 13th 12th 2nd 2nd 1st
Team events
World Team
Trophy
3rd T
(5th P)
3rd T
(4th P)
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/sports/skate/figure-japan2008/index.html
  2. ^ Flade, Tatjana (March 11, 2012). "Mura gains consistency". Golden Skate. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ フィギュア無良が結婚 3月の世界選手権代表 (in Japanese). Sportsnavi. April 24, 2013. Archived from the original on April 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (December 21, 2014). "Takahito Mura skates for his family". Golden Skate. 
  5. ^ "Entries Men 2013/14 - All 6 Events". ISU. 
  6. ^ Russell, Susan D. (April 22, 2015). "News Briefs From Around The Globe". International Figure Skating. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ Xiong, Wei. "Japanese stars debut programs at 'Dreams on Ice'". Icenetwork. Icenetwork. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Takahito MURA: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Takahito MURA: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Takahito MURA: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Takahito MURA: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Takahito MURA: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Takahito MURA: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 8, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Takahito MURA: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 11, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Takahito MURA: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 29, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Takahito MURA: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Takahito MURA: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 17, 2007. 
  18. ^ "Takahito MURA: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 16, 2006. 
  19. ^ a b "Competition Results: Takahito MURA". International Skating Union. 
  20. ^ "無良 崇人/MURA Takahito" (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation. Archived from the original on November 2, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Takahito Mura at Wikimedia Commons