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    Wakaba Higuchi

    Wakaba Higuchi (Japanese: 樋口新葉) is a Ladies Singles Slater who represents Japan. She was born January 2, 2001, in Tokyo, Japan.
    Wakaba is 1.53 m (5 ft 0 in) tall and trains in Tokyo. She began skating in 2004 and is coached by Koji Okajima.
    She is the 2019 Japanese National silver medalist.




    Biography

    ISU Biography

    Ice Network (archived June 2018) Biography

    Wikipedia Page

    JSF Biography (in Japanese)

    Rinkresults: http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=3386

    Tracings Page

    Social Media

    Twitter Account

    Instagram Account (Private)

    Instagram Account (Public)

    Snapchat Username: wakabahiguchi


    updated 23 February 2020

    Personal Bests since 2018-19 season

    http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs_pb_00014149.htm


    Type Score Competition
    Personal Best Total Score 207.46 ISU Four Continents Championships 2020
    Personal Best Score Short Program 72.95 ISU Four Continents Championships 2020
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 134.51 ISU Four Continents Championships 2020





    Historical Personal Bests
    Prior to Season 2018-19

    Type Score Competition
    Personal Best Total Score 217.63 ISU CS Lombardia Trophy 2017
    Personal Best Score Short Program 74.26 ISU CS Lombardia Trophy 2017
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 145.30 ISU World Team Trophy 2017


    Competitive Programs and Videos


    2019-20 Season
    SP: "Bird Set Free" by Sia; choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne
    FS: "Poeta En El Puerto" by Vicente Amigo; "Nada Puede Dormir" by Vicente Amigo; "Poeta En El Mar" by Vicente Amigo; "Poeta En El Viento" by Vicente Amigo; "Barrio San Miguel" by Gino D’Auri; choreo. by Massimo Scali
    EX: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"by Tom Eyen, Henry Krieger, performed by Jennifer Hudson, choreo. by Jeffrey Buttle

    2020 Four Continents
    SP: no video found
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm6GF9OzA9o
    Gala: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shyBml5UV2A

    2019 Japanese Championships
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Glo6p8lHnM
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv-DxKcRE0w

    2019 Internationaux de France
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tP6q4otdsQ
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwuZ-3C0vnQ
    EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMIlyE34Vs0

    2019 Skate America
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQwFTpY_JlY
    FS:

    2019 Lombardia Trophy
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQwFTpY_JlY
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxbyQ-v0gOQ

    2018-19 Season
    SP: "Energia" by Sofi Tukker; choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne
    FS: "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi; choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne
    EX: "Hallelujah" performed by Pentatonix; choreo. by Risa Mochizuki

    2019 Challenge Cup
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eva2nAhn-I
    EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q49eNkGuoMQ

    2018 Japanese Nationals
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tAWBGJHr0M
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJj9x6nidyo

    2018 Skate Canada
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i-QJiUo6CA
    EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5NHrqYE0Sk

    2018 Autumn Classic
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6FI9J41xXc

    2017-2018 Season
    SP: "Gypsy Dance" (from Don Quixote) by Ludwig Minkus; choreo. by Massimo Scali
    FS: "Skyfall" by Adele; choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne
    EX: "Hallelujah," performed by Pentatonix

    2018 World Championships
    SP:
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z487TH77AE

    2017 Japanese National Championships
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_ZNSzqwgg4
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPMjeYtLdqA

    2017 Grand Prix Final
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbLUyuJZhXQ
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl8txwXxeQs
    EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj_d3xN8pRo

    2017 Rostelecom Cup
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B40eJnqJx8
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV0BBYTN8qg
    EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaTzI5NvWDM

    2017 Cup of China
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cvo4VZ4fXw
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx9gAs1lgrQ
    EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpHB0_EXtMk

    2017 Lombardia Trophy
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpPPJLV-i7s

    2016-2017 Season
    SP: "La Cena" (La Califfa) by Ennio Morricone; choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne
    FS: Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; choreo. by Massimo Scali
    EX: "Byakuyako" by Stin Kono; choreo. by Nanami Abe

    2017 World Team Trophy
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytzyFAcy7q4
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W90Hol1EbQg

    2017 World Championships
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyHjF-IM6r0
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qALlzoGOmX4

    2016 Japanese National.Championships
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT_iV5axurc

    2016 NHK Trophy
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ft9Gwza8Rs
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U82z5_sZrIs

    2016 Trophee de France
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v71VJsjhGJY
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxYaEZrlnr8

    2016 Japan Open
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4iK5TKlR34

    2015-2016 Season
    SP: "Mambo Fantasy" by Aldemaro Romero, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
    FS: "The Mask of Zorro" by James Horner, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
    EX: "You Can't Stop the Beat" (from Hairspray), All About That Bass performed by Meghan Trainor

    2016 World Junior Championships
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf7IWm1Ihf0
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uk5YtG2Vqc
    EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W7vBCUJlZA

    2015 JGP Linz
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnGpPG4AhKM

    2015 JGP Zagreb
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jByfkkKVmlk
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFVDnlvLZig

    2014-2015 Season
    SP: "Beloved Czardas" by Vittorio Monti, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
    LP: "Piano Concerto in F" by George Gershwin, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
    EX: "Somewhere Only We Know" performed by Lily Allen

    2015 World Junior Championships
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AZW-bO04L4

    2014 JGPF
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TenHRZ-Hu9I
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C40Gkyag06k

    2014 JGP Dresden
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwiYwZzovZc

    2014 JGP Ostrava
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiG4-HdJSt8
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcJzQoFXZVI

    2013-2014 Season
    SP: "Beloved Czardas" by Vittorio Monti, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
    LP: Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
    EX: "Beloved Czardas" by Vittorio Monti, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe


    2012-2013 Season
    SP: "City Lights," "The Reel Chaplin: A Symphonic Adventure Part 2" by Charlie Chaplin, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
    LP: Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe

    2013 Challenge Cup Novice
    SP;: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNaA4G2qtZk
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81D3rqT6UAg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utrD8WRJPKs

    2011-2012'Season

    2012 Val Gardena Spring Trophy
    SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V0kiDriF0Y
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5IYwTLvSZQ

    2012 Debs Challenge Cup
    FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e4x7tcwP0s


    Competitive History

    COMPETITION SP LP FINAL
    2019-2020
    2020 Four Continents 5 (72.95) 5 (134.51) 4 (207.46)
    2019 Japanese Nationals 4 (68.10) 2 (138.51)
    2 (206.61)
    2019 Internationaux de France 5 (64.78) 7 (109.34) 6 (174.12)
    2019 Skate America 3 (71.76) 6 (109.56) 6 (181.32)
    2019 CS Lombardia Trophy 9 (52.33) 8 (112.04) 8 (164.37)
    2018-2019
    2019 Challenge Cup 4 (62.70) 2 (123.54) 3 (186.24)
    2018 Japanese Nationals 4 (72.63) 7 (125.00) 5 (197.63)
    2018 Skate Canada 2 (66.51) 7 (114.78) 6 (181.29)
    2018 Autumn Classic International 4 (57.54) 2 (109.47) 2 (167.01)
    2017-2018
    2018 World Championships 8 (65.89) 2 (145.01) 2 (210.9)
    2017 Japanese Nationals 4 (68.93) 5 (138.03) 4 (206.96)
    2017 Grand Prix Final 5 (73.26) 6 (128.85) 6 (202.11)
    2017 Cup of China 2 (70.53) 2 (141.99) 2 (212.52)
    2017 Rostelecom Cup 3 (69.60) 3 (137.57) 3 (207.17)
    2017 Lombardia Trophy 1 (74.26) 2 (143.37) 2 (217.63)
    2016-2017
    2017 World Team Trophy 5 (71.41) 3 (145.30) 1 (team) (216.71)
    2017 World Championships 9 (65.87) 12 (122.18) 11 (188.05)
    2016 Four Continents Championships 10 (58.83) 9 (113.22) 9 (172.05)
    2016 Japanese Nationals 3 (68.74) 4 (130.75) 2 (199.49)
    2016 NHK Trophy 5 (62.58) 4 (122.81) 4 (185.39)
    2016 Trophée de France 5 (65.02) 3 (129.46) 3 (194.48)
    2016 Japan Open - 5 (116.99) 1 (team)
    2016 Lombardia Trophy 1 (66.66) 3 (112.20) 1 (178.86)
    2015-2016
    2016 World Junior Championships 5 (58.08) 2 (125.65) 3 (183.73)
    2015 Japanese National Championships 3 (67.48) 3 (127.87) 2 (195.35)
    2015 Japanese Junior National Championships 1 (66.83) 1 (122.40) 1 (189.23)
    2015 Junior Croatia Cup 1 (60.77) 2 (114.29) 2 (175.06)
    2015 Junior Cup of Austria 8 (46.55) 4 (110.24) 5 (156.79)
    2014-2015
    2015 World Junior Championships 3 (61.27) 2 (124.30) 3 (185.27)
    2015 Japanese National Championships 3 (64.35) 3 (117.47) 3 (181.82)
    2014 Junior Grand Prix Final 5 (60.37) 3 (117.72) 3 (178.09)
    2014 Japanese Junior National Championships 1 (63.98) 1 (123.97) 1 (187.95)
    2014 Junior Pokal der Blauen Schwerter 1 (58.99) 1 (117.15) 1 (176.14)
    2014 Junior Czech Skate 5 (52.75) 1 (116.93) 2 (169.68)
    2014 Asian Trophy 2 (57.05) 1 (109.85) 1 (166.90)
    2013-2014
    2014 International Challenge Cup 1 (40.35) 1 (90.74) 1 (131.09)
    2013 Japanese Junior National Championships 19 (42.37) 6 (100.44) 8 (142.81)
    2013 Asian Trophy 3 (31.73) 1 (72.57) 1 (104.30)
    2012-2013
    2013 International Challenge Cup 1 (41.30) 1 (75.13) 1 (116.43)
    2012 Japanese Junior National Championships 6 (51.20) 9 (91.88) 7 (143.08)
    2012 Asian Trophy 1 (43.06) 2 (64.49) 2 (107.55)
    2011-2012
    2012 Gardena Spring Trophy 1 (45.56) 1 (63.51) 1 (109.07)



    Original Post by solar on March 10, 2015
    I think Wakaba's had a FANTASTIC Junior debut season, and I'm so excited to see where she develops in the future! Her speed across the ice and powerful jumps are simply outstanding, and I hope she goes for the 3A sometime in the future!

    Also this is my first post in the forum after lurking for quite a while! I'm glad I can start her fan-fest page!

    Last edited by dorispulaski; 02-24-2020 at 08:26 PM. Reason: 2020 Four Continents

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    I like this girl's huge jumps and speed. I hope she will get better chorography next season.

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    I am waiting for this thread for soooo long... thank you, I used to try to find Team Japan fan thread to post my appreciation of wakababy.
    wakababy is very cute

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    also, I have read across figure skating boards that, general perception of wakababy's performance is that it make people feels good. perhaps not the best choreo. but it make people feels good!
    another thing is that, I started to detect some facial expression range of wakababy, her LP and ex, she makes some really dramatic faces in LP, but ex, it just really feels music face, nothing cheesy.

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    She's wonderful. She makes me smile.

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    I agree with the better choreography for next season. I think with this season, we've been able to know more about her skating style and what music choices/choreography would work for her. It would be cool if she skated to some really powerful or dramatic music! I think she could pull it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyri_mids View Post
    I agree with the better choreography for next season. I think with this season, we've been able to know more about her skating style and what music choices/choreography would work for her. It would be cool if she skated to some really powerful or dramatic music! I think she could pull it off.
    By the way, welcome to Golden Skate!

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    Thank you! I've been lurking on the forums for about a year haha probably too intimidated to post anything until now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyri_mids View Post
    Thank you! I've been lurking on the forums for about a year haha probably too intimidated to post anything until now!
    Post often and long! Don't worry, our bark is worse than our bite.
    And back to Wakaba, I loved her reaction to her FS score in the kiss and cry.

    Happy at the high score, and then, Oh NO! I'm not first. She's got a very transparent personality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbiespectator View Post
    Post often and long! Don't worry, our bark is worse than our bite.
    And back to Wakaba, I loved her reaction to her FS score in the kiss and cry.

    Happy at the high score, and then, Oh NO! I'm not first. She's got a very transparent personality.
    Thank you! I'm excited to meet new people

    And I completely agree! When she doesn't nail her programs you can see that she's visibly upset. I felt kind of bad for her when she saw her placement after the free skate.

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    thanks for starting the thread and welcome, great 1st post!! i like her a lot too, she is so daring when skating, she looks at you (judges) and dare them not to like her, she needs to control her emotions after she make mistakes during the program but at the same time that what makes her breath of fresh air, wishing good luck to her for next season ans hoping for better programs

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    I wonder...who will be the most suitable choreographer to bring out Wakaba's artistic side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cohkaix View Post
    I wonder...who will be the most suitable choreographer to bring out Wakaba's artistic side?
    Tom Dickson?

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    Jeffrey Buttle?

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    I'm not usually one to call myself a "fan" of someone so young, and with such a short career so far.
    But Wakaba is pretty exceptional...

    Her technical skating skills are spectacular by any standards, not just "for a junior" - especially her speed and attack, and huge jumps. She is already getting level 4's on her steps and spins. Her exhibition routine shows that she is also very capable of skating with grace and elegance too.

    But it takes "something more" than just good skating to make me a fan. There are many skaters who I admire for their skill, yet they don't really interest me enough to be a "fan". And some who are frankly lacking in skill, yet they have what it takes to me make me a fan!

    I think Wakaba has both the skating skills and that extra "something". It's hard to define what that something is, but part of it is her personality - she seems ambitious, determined, fiercely competitive, and quite self-confident (amazing for someone so young, and born into Japanese culture). She seems cheerful and outgoing, and I like what I've seen of her attitude. I also find her skating fun and enjoyable to watch, she makes me smile and laugh and go "wow".

    It's way too early to predict how her career will go - but it looks very promising so far! Great results this year - Junior National champion... bronze medals at the Junior Grand Prix Final, Japan Nationals, and the Junior World Championships - and really, I think she deserved the silver at World's.

    I saw her free skate at the GPF in Barcelona, you can see some of my photos --> HERE
    She is a such a dynamo! Shame we didn't arrive in time for the junior short programs... :-/

    I'm looking forward to seeing how she does next season - especially after reading this:
    "I haven't been able to train any quads because I've had so many competitions, but I'm really working hard on the triple Axel. At the moment, I'm about a quarter of a rotation short." (source)

    PS. Loved the banners for Wakaba at Worlds: "Super Sonic Girl" :-D
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    She has been certainly on my watch list since the JGPF in Barcelona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meoima View Post
    Tom Dickson?
    Tom Dickson's program for Satoko this season is wonderful and I think it's one of the best programmes of the season. AFAIK, Coach Mie Hamada's students (including Satoko and Marin Honda) work with Tom Dickson regularly. But I'm less familiar with Wakaba's coach and if he has the connection.

    Jeff Buttle as the choreographer will be interesting!

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    It is reported from twitter that Wakaba is attending a local/regional competition this weekend. It was rumored that she might be debuting her new SP, as in the entry list, her SP music number was not indicated. It is now reported by local audiences that her new SP is (possibly) to a mambo, latino style of music. She starts the program with Stsq, followed by 2 spins, and it seems all jump passes are arranged in the 2nd half of the program. The unofficial score is 61.77.

    Adding: links to the news
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20...490001-n1.html

    From the news, it is confirmed that the number is indeed her new SP. It also says Wakaba is considering including 2 types of 3-3 jumping passes (out of 3Lz/3T/3L) in her FS, and possibly if she could, adding 3A to the free in the 2nd half of the new season.
    Last edited by cohkaix; 04-04-2015 at 07:05 PM. Reason: Adding news link

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    Good luck Wakaba-chan.

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    Any chance a video of this will turn up?

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