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    Sota Yamamoto

    YAMAMOTO Sōta (Kana: やまもと そうた; Kanji: 山本 草太) is a Men’s Singles skater who represents Japan. He was born on 10th January 2000 in Kishiwada, Ōsaka, Japan.

    He is the 2014 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medallist and 2015 Junior World Championships bronze medallist.

    Are there any Sota fans here?


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    Biographical Info

    ISU Bio:
    http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00013831.htm

    Federation Bio:
    https://skatingjapan.or.jp/figure/pl...kFttigayOgY%3D

    Rink Results Bio:
    http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=724

    Stats On Ice Bio:
    https://www.statsonice.com/skater/sotayamamoto/

    Tracings Bio:
    http://tracings.net/yama-sota.html

    Wikipedia:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C5%8Dta_Yamamoto


    Social Media

    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/sota0110/

    Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/so_ta0110


    Personal Best Scores

    ISU Personal Best Scores for Sota Yamamoto:
    http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs_pb_00013831.htm

    +5 / -5 Grade Of Execution System


    +3 / -3 Grade Of Execution System


    The Personal Best and Season Best scores that the ISU uses for a skater only take into consideration certain competitions. For example, they do not take into consideration domestic competitions, such as Sectional, Regional or National Championships.

    The table below takes into consideration all the events that the skater has taken part in. These scores are referred to as “Absolute Personal Best” and “Absolute Season’s Best” so as to distinguish them from the scores recorded by the ISU.

    Absolute Personal Best Score Absolute Season’s Best Score

    The Absolute designations are based purely on the contents of the Competitive History table in this post. If anybody knows of any scores that are not in the table, please let us know, and we will be only too happy to add them in.

    +5 / -5 Grade Of Execution System

    Men Short Programme Free Skate Total
    * Date Competition Score Date Competition Score Date Competition Score
    Major Championships
    Grands Prix 09 Nov. 2018 NHK Trophy 74.98 10 Nov. 2018 NHK Trophy 138.42 09–11 Nov. 2018 NHK Trophy 213.40
    Other International Competitions 22 Feb. 2019 Challenge Cup 82.24 23 Feb. 2019 Challenge Cup 171.63 21–24 Feb. 2019 Challenge Cup 253.87
    National Competitions 22 Dec. 2018 Japan Championships 71.95 24 Dec. 2018 Japan Championships 140.74 20–24 Dec. 2018 Japan Championships 212.69
    Absolute PB 22 Feb. 2019 Challenge Cup 82.24 23 Feb. 2019 Challenge Cup 171.63 21–24 Feb. 2019 Challenge Cup 253.87

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    Men Short Programme Free Skate Total
    * Date Competition Score Date Competition Score Date Competition Score
    Major Championships 13 Feb. 2016 Youth Olympic Games 73.07 07 Mar. 2015 ISU Junior World Championships 145.46 12–21 Feb. 2016 Youth Olympic Games 215.52
    Grands Prix 11 Dec. 2014 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final 76.14 26 Sep. 2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix Copernicus Stars 157.26 23–26 Sep. 2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix Copernicus Stars 232.42
    Other International Competitions 17 Mar. 2018 Coupe du Printemps 69.04 18 Mar. 2018 Coupe du Printemps 128.77 16–18 Mar. 2018 Coupe du Printemps 197.81
    National Competitions 22 Dec. 2017 Japan Championships 72.88 25 Dec. 2015 Japan Championships 152.23 24–27 Dec. 2015 Japan Championships 215.15
    Absolute PB 24 Sep. 2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix Copernicus Stars 75.16 26 Sep. 2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix Copernicus Stars 157.26 23–26 Sep. 2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix Copernicus Stars 232.42

    * = For more information about Personal Best scores, and to find out how the competitions were defined for the purposes of the above table, please see the following post:

    https://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sh...=1#post2144915


    Competition Results and Videos


    +5 / -5 Grade Of Execution System

    2019-2020 season
    SP: East of Eden by Lee Holdridge. Choreo by Pasquale Camerlengo
    FS: In This Shirt by The Irrepressibles. Choreo by Pasquale Camerlengo

    Gensan Summer Cup 2019 - SP 67.50, FS 140.18 , overall 207.68
    US Classic 2019 - SP 82.88, FS 157.23, overall 2nd - 240.11
    Finlandia Trophy 2019 - SP 92.81, FS 130.43, overall 2nd - 223.24, victory ceremony
    NHK Trophy 2019 - SP - 7th - 74.88 , FS - 5th - 151.39, overall 6th - 226.27 , gala

    Date Competition Level SP FS Total Gala
    Pos Score Pos Score Pos Score
    2018–19 Season
    SP: Air on the G String by J.S. Bach
    FS: Nobunaga Concerto by Taku Takahashi
    21–24 Feb. 2019 Challenge Cup Senior 1 82.24 1 171.63 1 253.87 Gala
    Medal Ceremony
    20–24 Dec. 2018 Japan Championships Senior 10 71.95 8 140.74 9 212.69
    09–11 Nov. 2018 NHK Trophy Senior 6 74.98 5 138.42 6 213.40 Gala
    05–07 Oct. 2018 Finlandia Trophy Senior 8 72.16 10 133.63 9 205.79
    04–05 Aug. 2018 Asian Open Trophy Senior 6 57.92 1 141.00 1 198.92 Medal Ceremony, Ceremony full

    +3 / -3 Grade Of Execution System

    Date Competition Level SP FS Total Gala
    Pos Score Pos Score Pos Score
    2017–18 Season
    SP: Anthem
    FS: Jekyll and Hyde
    Exhibition Gala: Love Theme by Joseph Calleja
    16–18 Mar. 2018 Coupe du Printemps Senior 6 69.04 5 128.77 5 197.81 Gala
    21–24 Dec. 2017 Japan Championships Senior 8 72.88 10 135.39 9 208.27
    02–05 Nov. 2017 Western Section Championships Senior 4 62.24 5 132.94 5 195.18
    29 Sep. – 01 Oct. 2017 Chubu Regional Championships Senior 4 33.05 4 76.01 4 109.06
    2016–17 Season
    2015–16 Season
    SP: Poeta by Vicente Amigo; choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
    FS: Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
    12–21 Feb. 2016 Youth Olympic Games Junior 1 73.07
    Fan Cam 1
    Fan Cam 2
    3 142.45 1 215.52
    24–27 Dec. 2015 Japan Championships Senior 11 62.92 5 152.23 6 215.15 Gala
    09–13 Dec. 2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 3 72.85 4 132.46 3 205.31
    21–23 Nov. 2015 Japan Championships Junior 1 70.42 1 142.98 1 213.40
    31 Oct. – 03 Nov. 2015 Western Section Championships Junior 1 63.77 1 139.82 1 203.59
    23–26 Sep. 2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix Copernicus Stars Junior 1 75.16 1 157.26 1 232.42
    02–05 Sep. 2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix Colorado Springs Junior 2 65.11 3 138.57 3 203.68
    2014–15 Season
    SP: Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninov; choreo. by Yuko Hongo
    FS: Lorelei by Raúl di Blasio; choreo. by Yuko Hongo
    02–08 Mar. 2015 ISU Junior World Championships Junior 7 69.99 3 145.46 3 215.45
    25–29 Dec. 2014 Japan Championships Senior 7 67.19 6 139.61 6 206.80
    10–14 Dec. 2014 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 1 76.14 3 136.98 3 213.12
    22–24 Nov. 2014 Japan Championships Junior 2 67.81 1 134.69
    News
    2 210.72
    31 Oct. – 03 Nov. 2014 Western Section Championships Junior 1 66.51 2 124.59 1 191.10
    24–27 Sep. 2014 ISU Junior Grand Prix Tallinn Cup Junior 2 [URL="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNket4GHWwU"]66.42 2 136.28 2 202.70
    20–23 Aug. 2014 ISU Junior Grand Prix Courchevel Junior 3 65.66 2 130.14 2 195.80 Gala
    2013–14 Season
    SP: Tenchijin by Michiru Oshima; choreo. by Yuko Hongo
    FS: Lorelei by Raúl di Blasio; choreo. by Yuko Hongo
    14–16 Mar. 2014 Coupe du Printemps Junior 1 65.24 1 112.71 1 177.95
    20–23 Dec. 2013 Japan Championships Senior 11 65.90 19 104.72 14 170.62
    22–24 Nov. 2013 Japan Championships Junior 3 62.28 10 103.82 5 166.10
    01–04 Nov. 2013 Western Section Championships Junior 5 53.61 3 119.92 3 173.53
    27–29 Sep. 2013 Chubu Regional Championships Junior 2 59.11 2 111.58 2 170.69
    28–31 Aug. 2013 ISU Junior Grand Prix Riga Cup Junior 11 56.15 12 100.08 11 156.23
    2012–13 Season
    FS: Soundtracks from “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” by Randy Edelman
    27–31 Mar. 2013 Triglav Trophy Advanced Novice 1 45.20 1 76.49 1 121.69
    17–18 Nov. 2012 Japan Championships Junior 11 47.32 4 112.29
    News
    4 159.61
    26–28 Oct. 2012 Japan Championships Advanced Novice 1 95.51 1 95.51
    05–08 Oct. 2012 Kinki Regional Championships Advanced Novice 2 76.06 2 76.06
    07–12 Aug. 2012 Asian Figure Skating Trophy Advanced Novice 1 39.78
    Photos
    1 2 3 4
    2 72.04 2 111.82 Interview
    2011–12 Season
    04–08 Apr. 2012 Triglav Trophy Novice 1 42.00
    Photos
    1 2 3
    1 69.41
    Photos
    1 2 3 4 5
    1 111.41 Podium
    Awards
    1 2
    25–27 Nov. 2011 Japan Championships Junior 14 41.62 10 90.98 11 132.60
    28–30 Oct. 2011 Japan Championships Advanced Novice 2 90.88 2 90.88
    08–10 Oct. 2011 Kinki Regional Championships Advanced Novice 2 90.28 2 90.28
    22–26 Aug. 2011 Asian Figure Skating Trophy Advanced Novice 1 39.48 3 44.20 2 83.68


    Ice Show Videos

    Event Program
    Prince Ice World 2019 You're Beautiful by James Blunt
    Nagoya Figure Skating Festival 2016 Poeta by Vincente Amigo
    Dreams on Ice 2015 Poeta by Vincente Amigo
    Nagoya Figure Skating Festival 2015 Love Theme by Joseph Calleja
    The ICE 2014 Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninov
    World Team Trophy Gala 2013 Thunderbirds by Barry Gray


    Videos of other competitions

    2017 Chubu Regionals
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x64kmbu

    2016 High School Championships
    FS highlights & Interview: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/sports/skate...501/index.html

    2014 Junior High School Championships
    SP highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dS7wSRT5Ng&t=39s
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi2C0ZvWnrM


    Articles

    Interview collection on Sota’s recovery - December 18, 2017
    https://www.walkerplus.com/article/131458/
    (in Japanese)

    Yamamoto chosen as JOC's "Next Symbol Athlete" - March 29, 2016
    http://www.joc.or.jp/news/detail.html?id=7334
    Translation

    Sota Yamamoto: broken ankle - March 14, 2016
    https://web.archive.org/web/20160313...-broken-ankle/

    Interview after JGP Colorado Springs - October 15/16, 2015
    Part 1: http://sports.yahoo.co.jp/column/det...0130004-spnavi
    Translation
    Part 2: http://sports.yahoo.co.jp/column/det...0130006-spnavi
    Translation

    Sota Yamamoto sets sights on Junior World title - August 29, 2015
    http://www.goldenskate.com/2015/08/sota-yamamoto/

    Pigeon Post - Team Nagakubo interview after 2015 Summer Cup - August 9/10, 2015
    http://pigeon-post.net/interviews/20...mNAGAKUBO.html
    Translation


    Other miscellaneous info. & videos

    Sota getting choreography in the US (in Japanese)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=577qF0W-ZCc

    Sota's story up to Challenge Cup 2019 (in Japanese)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sctku9yxo8I

    various short comeback story programs in Japanese:
    https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x6xdk2h (translated on the bottom of p.20 of this fanfest)
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6wx48n
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6wvxu9

    'High Five on Ice' program (in Japanese, up to Nationals 2018)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf-T2IE5d6Y

    'Kenji's Room' talkshow (pre-2018/19 season. All 3 in Japanese, translations are on p.19 of this fanfest)
    part 1 - https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6tgpmq
    part 2 - https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6tt265
    part 3 - https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6u8uzi

    Sota’s return after his injuries (first half and end of video)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RUNy9mVSx0

    Costume designer for Poeta and Piano Concerto (2015-2016)
    http://www.mu-costume.com/profile-mucostume.html

    Shoma and Sota on the cover of World Figure Skating Magazine NEXT (Special Edition) - April 2015
    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71ISohQt5XL.jpg

    Sota getting lessons from Nobunari Oda
    Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSqW2erO5lY
    Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlQYLm17XyA
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 06-22-2019 at 09:03 PM. Reason: Change ff owner

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    Quote Originally Posted by umeko_yur1tasukee View Post
    Are there any Sota fan here?

    Sota Yamamoto 2015 Worlds Jr Bronze medalist. Congrats!
    I am. I think Sota has a large upside and showed at Jr. Worlds that he could be steady when others had faltered. He also appears to have quite a personality; there is so much "boy" in him. He has been often compared to his idol Yuzuru, and it is not hard for me to see why. And from a video I saw, the link of which I had posted in the TJ fanfest thread, he has already landed a quad in practice. Just turned 15 btw two months ago.

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    I like him.
    Following his progress with interest.

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    I like him too! First noticed him on the JGP circuit this season. He and Shoma are so adorable together.

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    I thought his EX today was very nice! Link The spread-eagle bit was just like Yuzuru's SP hahah.

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    Just when I thought my stanning of Team Japan junior men would (and should) stop with Shoma, Sota comes along. ~_~ I love the kid.

    I however can't wait for the time when he gets out of the 'he's just like Yuzuru' comparisons because I believe he'll be able to develop his own skating style and technique, especially now that he's getting more media attention, and, more than likely, better funding from the JSF due to his showing this season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juuryokunashi View Post
    Just when I thought my stanning of Team Japan junior men would (and should) stop with Shoma, Sota comes along. ~_~ I love the kid.

    I do however can't wait for the time when he gets out of the 'he's just like Yuzuru' comparisons because I believe he'll be able to develop his own skating style and technique, especially now that he's getting more media attention, and, more than likely, better funding from the JSF due to his showing this season.
    He gets the comparison (as Shoma does with Daisuke) because of he is such fan-boy. Which is very cute.
    But yes, I actually see him going along a different path in his skating. I like his cheeriness. I like his speed.

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    Here is Sota, encouraging Shoma. What nice kids. https://twitter.com/you_he_bar/statu...02479075848192

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    Kurt in CBC said that Sota jumped to Yuzuru's closet and took one of his costumes

    I really , really enjoyed Sota exhibition program. I see a lot potential in him. Let's wait and see when he will get quad in competition.

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    Sota does remind me of Yuzuru! I see a future World Champion in him too, along with Shoma :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbiespectator View Post
    Here is Sota, encouraging Shoma. What nice kids. https://twitter.com/you_he_bar/statu...02479075848192
    Sota is like a Shoma fan boy sometimes.

    Now I can't wait to watch Sota improve. So much potential. I especially like his jumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wakabuno View Post
    I think he needs to project more and also some better choreography (and costumes)
    I like his costumes. This sort of costumes is why I love watching figure skating. Normal rules don't apply, and he does look good in them.

    He's so very young but enjoyable to watch. I hope he'll keep improving and realize all that potential.
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    While I hardly regard myself as a fan of Sota yet, I think you would ejony this gif which I think is one of the funniest moments in the Junior World Championships 2015.

    Sota can join to a boy band

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    Quote Originally Posted by inside edges View Post
    Well, he's got the attitude!

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    That moment came at Japan Nationals too so I was waiting for it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wakabuno View Post
    I remember Machiko Yamada did the commentary for Nagoya fs festival last year which Sota was part of, and she said that he actually has more potential than Yuzuru at the same age.
    I actually agree--not putting Yuzuru down, but he won gold at Jr Worlds when he was 15, but only after 2 tries. This is Sota's first Jr Worlds outing, and he got bronze. Also considering the depth and progression of figure skating these days, it's easy to see that the younger generations will more than likely exceed the achievements of their predecessors.

    Back to Sota, though: from an interview/special feature on TV I gleaned that he wants to 'perfect' his 3A first before putting quads in his programs? Suffice to say I just want all the best for Sota (and Shoma) considering the hype that's been built up around them by the Japanese media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juuryokunashi View Post
    I actually agree--not putting Yuzuru down, but he won gold at Jr Worlds when he was 15, but only after 2 tries. This is Sota's first Jr Worlds outing, and he got bronze. Also considering the depth and progression of figure skating these days, it's easy to see that the younger generations will more than likely exceed the achievements of their predecessors.

    Back to Sota, though: from an interview/special feature on TV I gleaned that he wants to 'perfect' his 3A first before putting quads in his programs? Suffice to say I just want all the best for Sota (and Shoma) considering the hype that's been built up around them by the Japanese media.
    to be fair, when yuzuru attended his 1st junior worlds he was just 14 (just turned 14 at december) and when he won he was same age as Sota now and he was much more expressive than sota . successes of older generations encourages younger generations to raise the bar set before them. not saying this to put sota down, i enjoy him even though he has many weaknesses aside from jump good luck to him for the next season and for the rest of his career

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    Sota seems eligible for senior circuit now. With all the comparisons to Yuzuru, it makes me wonder if he'll switch to adult so soon as well. Probably not, though, since there are still junior titles for him to be won, although Jin Boyang is not going to make winning them easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moria Polonius View Post
    Sota seems eligible for senior circuit now. With all the comparisons to Yuzuru, it makes me wonder if he'll switch to adult so soon as well. Probably not, though, since there are still junior titles for him to be won, although Jin Boyang is not going to make winning them easy.
    According to the info, unlike Shoma, Sota is staying in the Junior circuit for one more year. A right choice, I think. And you're right, Jin will not make things easy for him, and thanks goodness for that. To have high-skilled rivals is one of the best ways to motivate yourself and make progress.

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    boyang is 17 already, i would be surprised if he doesnt turn senior next year but you never know but regardless of boyang sota is gonna have enough rivals

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