Shoma's biggest problems is his height (only 138cm).
Plus I don't think he's a talented jumper. He didn't have consistent 2axels until last season. Even for men, the hurdle of the 3A can't be passed without natural talents. It's too early to place much expectations on him.
Well, considering he didn't even have a consistent 2A until last season, he's made a lot of progress this year. His 2A is very consistent now, and he has all the triples up through the lutz. It's true that he doesn't jump especially high, but that may have to do with his height. Maybe when he finally grows a bit taller, he will have more strength and spring in his jumps too. Takahashi and Oda are not tall either, and they are doing very well competitively.
Originally Posted by NMURA
3 Miyabi Oba (7) (2) 99.03 56.79 42.24 0.0 144.21
Holy triple loop, this girl did a 2A-3R combo and got 1.12 GOE. Her solo loop also got good GOE. Now I want to see this combo.
Originally Posted by FlattFan
Her jumps are quite low, but it was rotated IMO.
I found this article today.
There are lots of pictures of Japanese Junior skaters.
I especially love the pictures of the medalists who looked really happy.
Miyabi Oba started skating at the age of 10. She was doing gymnastics for six years before switching to skating. She learned all jumps in 1.5 years.