Yes, it's him. And I agree re his great job fixing Satoko's jumps. Before going to Ilia, her jmps were like long jumps of track & field; sorry I can't describe it very well in English but, to me she used to try 'horizontally skipping further on the ice', instead of 'going up' in the air in order to rotate jumps, you know. But ever since she went to Ilia last summer, she stopped 'spinning herself around in the air and, though her jumps may be still tiny, was able to 'jump' finally. If he could fix her jump technique, I do have a faith in him that he too can fix Shoma's flutz and 3A problems. Let's stay hopeful, shall we?
Originally Posted by Alain
As for Shama's height, his bio says 155cm as of January 2014: http://www.weed-inc.com/shoma/profile/profile.html. Maybe he is close to 160cm now? Height is not such a big deal as far as Shoma is concerned, I believe. I saw him compete at the last season's J-Nats live. He was tiny on the ice, of course, compared to other senior skaters, but once the music got started and he started his skating, he made the ice rink look 'smaller' to audience thanks to his overall good speed and his charismatic whole body movements. Just like Daisuke. (OTOH, there were a number of skaters who were older and much taller than Shoma, but they did make the rink look 'wider' to me actually, you know.)
An old tv show featuring Shoma, from around January 2010
The reporter visits Shoma's school, and Shoma says he's in 6th grade. The reporter tells him he's tiny for a 6th grader and Shoma says he is about 132 cm tall. Then the reporter asks where he's headed and Shoma says he's going at the rink to train. They both go to the rink, where Shoma shows the reporter his jumps and a step sequence.
After they show footage from the 2009 Junior Nationals, the reporter follows Shoma home, where Shoma's dad joins the interview. The reporter asks Shoma when did he start skating, and Shoma tells him he began at the age of 5. Shoma's dad says he practiced at the same rink as Mao.
Mao says Shoma is cute and tiny, but he is very skilled at skating. She says she'd like to have a younger brother like him (not sure about this part, but I think it's something like that).
The reporter asks Shoma what does he want to do as a skater in the future, and Shoma says his dream is to go to the Olympics. His dad says skating boots are expensive - the blades & the shoes cost about 20,000 yen ($195)
Then the reporter asks Shoma which skater does he like most, and he says it's Daisuke Takahashi. The reporter says he has a message for him, and it's from Daisuke. He puts on a DVD and it's a video of Daisuke saying
"Hello Shoma-kun, this is Daisuke Takahashi. Your skating style is very charming and I really like it, so please continue to work hard. It would be nice if we could compete together one day so hurry up, improve and compete with me! Please give your best!"
Shoma tells the reporter he is happy, and in turn sends a message to Daisuke saying "Please give your best at the Olympics!"
My Japanese is poor and rusty so fluent speakers are free to correct mistakes.
Shoma and Yuhana Yokoi met up with JSF President Seiko Hashimoto and Hideaki Omura, the governor of Aichi Prefecture. Shoma and Yuhana will compete at the JGP Nagoya TV Cup.
And here's Shoma's Asian Open result for the SP
He's in 1st with a fall on his 3A (but it was rotated!) and he got an edge call (again, but he got a ! and a -0,23 GOE so this may mean he's been working on fixing it).
Here's his SP. His lutz edge has gotten much better and it seems like he doesn't hammer into his flip as much as before! Very nice entries into his elements.
Originally Posted by NMURA
Thanks for sharing the video ioanap. Your Japanese is excellent except the price of boots and blades are 20万円=200,000 yen (and they last for about 6months)
Originally Posted by ioanap
I just want to add that Shoma and his dad said that he started figure skating because Mao would play with him. He was initially going to do ice hockey.
It was good to see Shoma's father and have hope that Shoma could grow as tall as his dad who looks to be about average height. Hard to tell since he's standing near a baseball player.
Loved it Good luck to him tomorrow!
Originally Posted by jimeonji
Oh, I thought so! I was not sure about the kanji and couldn't hear what his dad said either so thank you for correcting
Originally Posted by mikaboo
Very nice SP from Shoma. To bad about the fall on the 3A, great transitions and his footwork is very impressive.
Looking forward to seeing his LP!
Shoma won Asian Open with a total score of 223.15!
Here's the protocol for his LP (c)
He underrotated and fell on his 3A but the rest of the program was perfect! He executed a 4T and got +1.67 GOE for it.
Yaay for Shoma! I hope there would be videos of the LP soon. Is this his senior debut?
Originally Posted by foruiz
Congrats to Shoma, great start to his season and good for him on his beautifully landed 4T!
Shoma's senior international debut was in March 2014 at the Gardenia Spring Trophy held in Italy, which he won.
Congratulations to Shoma!
Here is his FS thanks to the uploader.
I'm feeling like a proud mother again. I love his FS except that last music was kinda ??
And it's difficult to tell if he really rotated his 4t or not.
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Really solid performance. So proud of him.
Still... Is it just me or the music is kinda...random?