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    Kaori Sakamoto

    Kaori Sakamoto (坂本花織) is a Ladies' figure skater who represents Japan. She was born on 9 April 2000 in Kobe, Japan.

    She is the 2018 Four Continents champion, a two-time Skate America silver medalist (2017, 2018), the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki bronze medalist, the 2019 Japanese national champion, and the 2018 Japanese national silver medalist. She placed 6th at the 2018 Winter Olympics and 5th at the 2019 World Championships. Earlier in her career, Sakamoto won bronze medals at the 2017 World Junior Championships and the 2016 Junior Grand Prix Final.

    She is coached by Sonoko Nakano and Mitsuko Graham and is choreographed by Benoit Richaud. She trains in Hyogo but considers Kobe her hometown. Kaori started skating in 2004 and likes swimming and making origami when she is not skating.

    Last updated on 15 April 2019 by Mohacz


    Biographical information
    ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00014151.htm
    Wikipedia page: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaori_Sakamoto
    Olympic profile: https://www.olympic.org/kaori-sakamoto
    Rinkresults.com entry: http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=887

    Personal Best Scores under +5/-5 GOE

    SP 76.95 ISU World Team Trophy 2019
    FS 146.70 ISU World Team Trophy 2019
    TS 223.65 ISU World Team Trophy 2019

    Personal Best Scores under +3/-3 GOE

    SP 73.18 XXIII Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018
    FS 142.87 ISU Four Continents Championships 2018
    TS 214.21 ISU Four Continents Championships 2018


    Programs and Videos
    2018/2019
    SP: "From My First Moment" by Charlotte Church
    FS: "The Piano" soundtrack ("The Embrace" / "The Scent of Love" / "Deep Into The Forest") by Michael Nyman / "Tree of Life Suite: Wild Side" by Roberto Cacciapaglia; choreo. by Benoît Richaud
    Ex1: "Don't Tell Mama" (from "Cabaret") by John Kander & Fred Ebb performed by The West End Orchestra & Singers
    Ex2: "I Will Follow Him" ("Sister Act") by W. Goldberg

    2019 World Team Trophy2019 World Championships2019 Four Continents Championships2019 Japan National Championships2018/19 GP Final Vancouver2018 GP Helsinki2018 GP Skate America2018 Japan Open2018 CS Lombardia Trophy
    2017/2018
    SP: "Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig Van Beethoven; choreo. by Benoît Richaud
    FS: "Amélie" OST ("La Valse d'Amélie" (Orchestral version) / "On The Wire" / "The Drowned Girl") by Yann Tiersen; choreo. by Benoît Richaud
    Ex1: "Primavera Porteña" by Ástor Piazzolla performed by Kazuma Miura
    Ex2: "Amélie" by Yann Tiersen; choreo. by Benoît Richaud
    Ex3: "The Color Purple" by Quincy Jones; choreo. by Massimo Scali
    Ex4: James Bond 007 medley: "Diamonds Are Forever" (Main Title) performed by Shirley Bassey / "The Name's Bond... James Bond" by Nicholas Dodd

    2018 Coupe du PrintempsXXIII Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 20182018 Four Continents Championships2018 Japan National Championships2017 ISU GP Skate America2017 GP Rostelecom Cup2017 CS US International Classic2017 Asian Open Trophy
    2016/2017
    SP: "The Artist" by Ludovic Bource; choreo. by Massimo Scali
    FS: "The Color Purple" by Quincy Jones; choreo. by Massimo Scali
    Ex: "Primavera Porteña" by Ástor Piazzolla performed by Kazuma Miura

    World Junior Championship 20172016/17 Japan National Championships2016/17 JGP Final Marseille2016 JGP Yokohama2016 JGP St.Gervais
    2015/2016
    SP: "Malagueña" by Ernesto Lecuona; choreo. by Masashiro Kawagoe
    FS: "The Color Purple" by Quincy Jones; choreo. by Massimo Scali

    2016 Youth Olympic Games Lilehammer2015 JGP Torun, Poland2015 JGP Riga Cup2015 Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy
    2014/2015
    SP: "Dark Eyes" by Florian Hermann; choreo. by Masashiro Kawagoe, Sonoko Nakano, Yukina Ota
    FS: "Ouverture" (from "Romeo and Juliet") by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; choreo. by Masashiro Kawagoe, Sonoko Nakano, Yukina Ota

    2015 World Junior Championship2014 JGP Nagoya TV Cup
    2013/2014
    SP: "Anything Goes" by Cole Porter; choreo. by Masashiro Kawagoe
    FS: "Aladdin" by Alan Menken; choreo. by Masashiro Kawagoe
    2013 JGP Czech Republic2013 Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy
    SP: no video found
    FS: no video found
    Ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCo-wBMyl-c

    Competitive History
    Rows in azure ---> Japanese regional competitions

    Short program Free skating Total
    Competition Category Score Pos. Score Pos. Score Pos.
    2018/2019
    2019 World Team Trophy (individual / team) Senior 76.95 3 146.70 3 223.65 3 / 2
    2019 World Championship Senior 76.86 2 145.97 5 222.83 5
    2019 Four Continents Championships Senior 73.36 2 133.43 4 206.79 4
    2018/19 Japan National Championships Senior 75.65 2 152.36 2 228.01 1
    2018/19 GP Final Vancouver Senior 70.23 4 141.45 4 211.68 4
    2018 GP Helsinki Senior 57.26 7 140.16 2 197.42 3
    2018 GP Skate America Senior 71.29 2 142.61 2 213.90 2
    2018 Japan Open Senior

    130.28 2

    2018 CS Lombardia Trophy Senior 49.91 9 130.94 2 180.85 4
    2017/2018
    2018 Coupe du Printemps Senior 73.27 1 129.29 2 202.56 2
    XXIII Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 Senior 73.18 5 136.53 6 209.71 6
    2018 Four Continents Championships Senior 71.34 2 142.87 1 214.21 1
    2017/18 Japan National Championships Senior 73.59 1 139.92 4 213.51 2
    2017 GP Skate America Senior 69.40 2 141.19 2 210.59 2
    2017 Western Section Championships Senior 67.58 1 118.96 2 186.54 1
    2017 GP Rostelecom Cup Senior 68.88 4 125.12 5 194.00 5
    2017 Kinki Regional Championships Senior 68.84 1 132.31 1 201.15 1
    2017 CS U.S. International Figure Skating Classic Senior 56.82 5 112.30 4 169.12 4
    2017 Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy Senior 63.70 1 112.41 1 176.11 1
    2016/2017
    World Junior Championship 2017 Junior 67.78 3 127.76 3 195.54 3
    2016/17 Japan National Championships Senior 63.36 6 120.64 9 184.00 7
    2016/17 GP Final Junior 64.48 2 111.85 4 176.33 3
    2016/17 Japanese Junior National Championships Junior 67.45 1 124.52 2 191.97 1
    2016 Western Section Championships Junior 66.25 1 127.34 1 193.59 1
    2016 Kinki Regional Championships Junior 64.87 2 116.32 3 181.19 3
    2016 JGP Yokohama Junior 65.66 1 122.15 2 187.81 1
    2016 JGP St.Gervais Junior 64.12 2 114.74 2 178.86 2
    2015/2016
    2016 Youth Olympics Junior 56.25 5 98.98 6 155.23 6
    2015/16 Japan National Championships Senior 53.90 17 111.60 12 165.50 13
    2015/16 Japan Junior National Championships Junior 58.96 5 111.76 6 170.72 5
    2015 JGP Torun, Poland Junior 56.89 3 101.55 4 158.44 4
    2015 JGP Riga Cup Junior 58.75 3 112.20 2 170.95 2
    2015 Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy Senior 39.64 3 99.36 3 139.00 3
    2014/2015
    2015 World Junior Championship Junior 58.72 4 107.53 6 166.25 6
    2014/15 Japan National Championships Senior 57.81 7 109.65 6 167.46 6
    2014/15 Japan Junior National Championships Junior 57.35 4 111.47 3 168.82 2
    2014 Western Section Championships Junior 58.95 2 90.44 9 149.39 5
    2014 Kinki Regional Championships Junior 55.45 1 110.17 1 165.62 1
    2014 JGP Nagoya TV Cup Junior 52.70 6 93.46 7 146.16 7
    2013/2014
    2014 Challenge Cup Junior 54.98 1 98.89 2 153.87 1
    2013/14 Japan National Championships Senior 56.29 9 95.56 16 151.85 15
    2013/14 Japan Junior National Championships Junior 47.14 8 101.64 4 148.78 6
    2013 Western Section Championships Junior 55.81 2 108.34 2 164.15 1
    2013 JGP Czech Skate Junior 52.80 7 93.69 6 146.49 6
    2013 Kinki Regional Championships Junior 51.17 1 99.46 1 150.63 1
    2013 Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy Junior 53.20 1 102.28 1 155.48 1
    2012/2013
    22nd Triglav Trophy 2013 Advanced novice 37.64 2 77.51 2 115.15 2
    2012/13 Japan Junior National Championships Junior 46.56 13 92.96 7 139.52 9
    2012/13 Japan Novice National Championships Advanced novice

    90.28 1

    2012 Kinki Regional Championships Advanced novice

    91.16 1
    2011/2012
    2011/12 Japan Novice National Championships Advanced novice

    73.95 5

    2011 Kinki Regional Championships Advanced novice

    71.30 1

    Galas
    March 2019 - Stars On Ice 2019 ("I Will Follow Him") - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0H-8T_qgKQ
    December 2018 - MOI 2018 (Medalist On Ice) - "Cabaret" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrANUjKsyrY
    September 2018 - The Ice 2018 (Aichi) - Alina Zagitova & Kaori Sakamoto "The Battle" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n072zGetCwo
    August 2018 - The Ice 2018 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CfNR77je1U
    July 2018 - DOI 2018 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLvEoyPCmjw
    June 2018 - Fantasy On Ice 2018 (Kobe) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBosZfGi1H0
    May 2018 - Stars On Ice 2018 - "Primavera porteña" and interview - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdulHiv0XuA
    May 2018 - PIW - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM_9-hmVAC8
    April 2018 - Stars On Ice 2018 - "The Artist" -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8mws0vFmAk
    March 2018 - The Legends - "The Color Purple" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RpHOpvdm8o
    July 2017 - Dreams On Ice 2017 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INI49GSpvNw
    MOI (Medalist On ice) 2016 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuTeTC9HhbQ
    2016 DOI - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wJQ29rWjOI

    Articles and Interviews
    23 December 2018 - GS article "Sakamoto shakes it up at Japanese Nationals; win’s first title" - https://www.goldenskate.com/2018/12/...s-first-title/
    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/...oto-shine-ice/
    26 January 2018 - GS article "Sakamoto leads ladies to Japanese sweep at Four Continents" by Paula Slater - https://www.goldenskate.com/2018/01/...inents-ladies/
    18 October 2016 - GS article "Kaori Sakamoto: “I need to work harder” by Wei Xiong - https://www.goldenskate.com/2016/10/kaori-sakamoto/
    Last edited by Mohacz; 04-15-2019 at 10:31 AM. Reason: 2019 WTT update

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    Congratz Kaori with her silver medal! Her jumps very solid and huge.

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    she improved a lot this season.
    she looks to have more power, stable and skating skills is nice.

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    Congratulations on winning the Junior National title for the first time!

    Her jumps are so so so huge with great speed and power. I'm looking forward to see Kaori at Junior Grand Prix Final!

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    I want to revive this thread, congratulations to Kaori for JWC bronze and outstanding programs . Her jumps are to die for and she improved so much this season.
    Good luck in Seniors next year!

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    I love her jumps and speed!

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    Congrats to Kaori! I was more happy for her than other medalists Me too, I really love the way she jumps!

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    beautiful skate! beautiful skater!

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    Kaori's 3F is the best in the field :D

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    Many many congrats to Kaori for winning the bronze medal at JWC! Very solid two clean skates, esp. not breaking down on pressure to skate the dead last in the Free!

    I echo every comments above; her jumps and speed are to die for! What I do love more, however, is she's improved in the area of presentation and skating itself so much every time I saw her at competitions. Mai Mihara in this regard, too. Just amaging and a joy to watch skaters from Team Kobe this season. Kudos to skaters and their coaches Sonoko Nakano and Mitsuko Graham!

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    I really love Kaori jumps, so powerful and soft, her presentation is improving too!!

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    Kaori was one of my favourites this season. Her explosive jumps, incredible speed, good energy, and her smile are all things to fall in love with. I'm so excited to see her next season.

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    Congrats Kaori for bronze medal!
    She was flying over the ice with those big jumps, great performance.

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    She has jumps that many senior men would die for. She's said many times that Akiko Suzuki is her inspiration. I'm sure her presentation will continue to improve. I look forward to seeing her in the senior circuit next season.

    She is also a very funny and charming girl off the ice.

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    Kaori's new FS "Ameli" choreographed by Benoît Richaud
    https://youtu.be/CNTzCYiYNKM

    I actually went to see Dreams on Ice, and loved her program most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeko666 View Post
    Kaori's new FS "Ameli" choreographed by Benoît Richaud
    https://youtu.be/CNTzCYiYNKM

    I actually went to see Dreams on Ice, and loved her program most.
    ahhh lucky you!!! i love the program a lot too

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    Kaori's new SP filmed by @boredjdc on Twitter (reposted with permission) - https://twitter.com/boredjdc/status/893427401291579392

    I absolutely love it, they've found music that suits her down to the ground, and the 2A on the music is my absolute favourite!!

    Score: 36.70 + 27.00 = 63.70 - rank 1 after SP (Yuna Shiraiwa is just over 1 point behind).

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneFlutzAway View Post
    Kaori's new SP filmed by @boredjdc on Twitter (reposted with permission) - https://twitter.com/boredjdc/status/893427401291579392

    I absolutely love it, they've found music that suits her down to the ground, and the 2A on the music is my absolute favourite!!

    Score: 36.70 + 27.00 = 63.70 - rank 1 after SP (Yuna Shiraiwa is just over 1 point behind).
    Totally agree - great choice of music and choreography for her, and I see what you mean about that 2A right on the music...!

    Wow. An instant favourite.

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    Kaori's SP on YouTube (choreographed by Kenji Miyamoto)
    https://youtu.be/aauzbmY0aZ0

    FS
    https://youtu.be/WkLeAl6UBhU

    EX "Moonlight Sonata"
    https://youtu.be/qBEL52j5ExI

    I'm so glad to see her mature as a performer .

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    Kaori scored 201.15 points in a local competition. Some footage from the 10 second to 30 second mark in the following video:

    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x645wki

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