I am not a figure skater so I don't know how advanced he is but can someone tell me if he is pretty good for his age? I think he is like 8 or 9yrs old.
This kid is so adorable! For a 8-9 year old, he has very good presentation skils, musicality, spins, footwork sequences, basic skating skills, and a full arsenal of double jumps (except for axel). His head is so big relative to his body, that it's amazing he can spin at all in positions that require his head off-center (layback; variation of sit). He has a leg-wrap tendency in his jumps, and his free leg often doesn't have good extension, including toe-picking for the toe jumps, so hopefully his coach can work these things out with him in the near future. Other than that, he's great!
I found another clip about him, including interview (in Japanese, alas) and practice -- it's crazy what crowded conditions under which he trains, I guess skating's really gotten popular in Japan!
Talk about hyping youngsters, though, Japan definitely has USA beat -- the poor kid looked downright miserable in some of the interviews.
What I like about him is that he is musical. He didn't miss a beat and the music was not background which it could have been. That in itself makes me an immediate fan. His tech will definitely improve there is good signs for that. He may be World Champ at 15.
Last edited by morninglight; 05-29-2007 at 11:39 PM.
Thanks for the link to his website. He's so cute, and his little brother is really cute too! He is apparently 9, and has only been skating for 4 years. His recent scores are twice as high as those he got last year! Amazing, he's come so far so quickly. Hopefully things go smoothly for him in the next few years. We are always hearing about these amazing young ladies who burst onto the world stage at 12, 13, 14, but somehow we rarely see young men with such talent at a similar age. Maybe he'll prove an exception!
Thank you feraina, for your clip, too!
Originally Posted by feraina
His coach, Ms. Yamada, says that he is so adorable and artistic.
-The boy received chocolate from 21 people on the Valentine’s Day.
-Mao and he played together on the rink and that’s how he started to learn FS.
-He wants to become an Olympic medalist if he is lucky enough.
-He also wants to become a medical doctor to help his sick family.