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    Rika Kihira

    Rika Kihira (Japanese: 紀平 梨花) is a Ladies' figure skater who represents Japan. She was born on July 21, 2002 in Nishinomiya, Japan.

    She is the 2020 and 2019 Four Continents champion, the 2019 Japanese National champion, the 2018 Grand Prix Final champion, 2018 NHK Trophy champion, 2018 Internationaux de France champion, 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy champion, the 2017–18 Japan Junior national champion, senior 2017 national bronze medalist, and senior 2018 national medalist. She finished fourth at the 2019 World Championships.

    Kihira is one of eleven ladies competitors to land the triple Axel jump in an international competition. She is the first ever woman to land a triple axel + triple jump combination in an international competition organized by the International Skating Union

    PROFILES

    JSF Profile: http://skatingjapan.or.jp/national/d...athlete_id=621

    ISU Profile: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00054891.htm

    Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rika_Kihira

    Rinkresults: http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=10279

    Statsonice: https://www.statsonice.com/skater/rikakihira/

    SOCIAL MEDIA

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rikaskate0721/


    Updated 14 July 2020

    RECORDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

    Holds a ladies' technical scoring record of 87.17 points in the free skate, (previously held by Alexandra Trusova.)

    Set the ladies' record of the new +5 / -5 GOE (Grade of Execution) system for the free program with a score of 147.37 points at the 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy, previously held by Alexandra Trusova (Russia).

    First lady to land a triple Axel + triple toe loop at the 2017–18 Junior Grand Prix Final.

    The youngest lady to land a triple Axel at the 2016 JGP Slovenia (14 years 54 days).

    Second lady to land two triple axel jumps in the same program (2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy) behind Mao Asada.

    First lady to land 8 triple jumps in the free skate (3A, 3Lz+3T, 3Lo, 2A+3T, 3F+2T+2Lo, 3S, 3Lz) at the 2016 JGP Slovenia.

    Second junior lady to land a triple axel behind Mao Asada.



    PROGRAMS

    2019-2020
    SP: "Breakfast in Baghdad" by Youn Sun Nah; choreo by Shae-Lynn Bourne
    FS: "O Virtus Sapientae" by Maya Beiser; "Beirut Taxi" by Alexandre Desplat; "Wings of The Eagle" by Uttara-kuru; "Caravans on the Move" by Mike Batt; "Mother Tongue" by Dead Can Dance; "Sacred Stone" by Sheila Chandra; "In A Moment Of Greatness" by Larry Groupé;" ("International Angel of Peace," Program title given by Tom Dickson); choreographed by Shae-Lynn Bourne, Tom Dickson, and Cathy Reed

    2018-2019

    SP: "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy; choreographed by David Wilson
    FS: "Beautiful Storm" by Jennifer Thomas; choreographed by David Wilson, Tom Dickson, and Cathy Reed

    2017-2018
    SP: "Kung Fu Piano" by The Piano Guys; choreographed by Tom Dickson
    FS: "La Strada" by Nino Rota; choreographed by Jeffrey Buttle

    2016-2017
    SP: "Tzigane" by Maurice Ravel; choreographed by Jeffrey Buttle
    FS: "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin; choreographed by Tom Dickson

    2015-2016
    SP: "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss II
    FS: "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin



    Personal Best Total Score 233.12 ISU Grand Prix Final 2018/19
    Personal Best Score Short Program 83.97 ISU World Team Trophy 2019
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 154.72 ISU GP NHK Trophy 2018



    MEDAL RECORD:

    SENIOR:

    GOLD 2020 International Challenge Cup
    GOLD 2020 Four Continents Championships
    GOLD 2019 All Japan Championships
    SILVER 2019 NHK Ttrophy
    SILVER 2019 Skate Canada
    GOLD 2019 Autumn Classic
    GOLD 2019 Four Continents
    SILVER All Japan Championships 2018
    GOLD 2018–19 Grand Prix Final
    GOLD 2018 Internationaux de France
    GOLD 2018 NHK Trophy
    GOLD 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy
    BRONZE All Japan Championships 2017


    JUNIOR:


    Bronze All Japan Championships 2017
    Bronze JGP Italy 2017
    Silver ISU JGP Riga Cup 2017 Riga Junior
    Gold Asian Open FS Trophy 2017 Hong Kong Junior
    Silver 2016 JGP Czech Republic 2016-17 Junior
    Gold 2016 Triglav Trophy 2015-16 Novice
    Gold 2016 Japan Novice Championships Novice
    Gold 2016 Kinki Regional 2015-16 Novice
    Bronze 2015 Kinki Regional 2014-15 Novice

    COMPETITION RESULTS AND VIDEOS
    Videos linked under scores


    SENIOR

    2019/2020 Season

    Competition SP FS Total Gala
    2020 International Challenge Cup 74.27 1st 156.38 1st 230.65 1st
    2020 Four Continents 81.18 1st 151.16 1st 232.34 1st X
    2019–20 Japan Championships 73.98 1st 155.22 1st 229.20 1st
    2019–20 Grand Prix Final 70.71 6th 145.76 4th 216.47 4th
    2019 NHK Trophy 79.89 2nd 151.95 2nd 231.84 2nd
    2019 Skate Canada International 81.35 1st 148.98 2nd 230.33 2nd X
    2019 Japan Open 144.76 3rd 2 Team
    2019 Autumn Classic International 78.18 1st 145.98 1st 224.16 1st



    2018–19 season


    Competition SP FS Total Gala
    2019 World Team Trophy 83.97 1st 138.37 5th 2 Team/4 Personal
    222.34
    2019 World Championships 70.90 7th 152.59 2nd 223.49 4th
    2019 Challenge Cup 66.44 2nd 141.90 1st 208.34 1st
    2019 Four Continents Championships 68.85 5th 153.14 1st 221.99 1st
    2018–19 Japan Championships 68.75 5th 155.01 1st 223.76 2nd
    2018–19 Grand Prix Final 82.51 1st 150.61 1st 233.12 1st
    2018 Internationaux de France 67.64 2nd 138.28 1st 205.92 1st
    2018 NHK Trophy 69.59 5th 154.72 1st 224.31 1st
    2018 Western Sectionals (senior) 73.41 1st 125.30 1st 198.71 1st
    2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 70.79 1st 147.37 1st 218.16 1st

    JUNIOR

    2017/2018 Season

    Competition SP FS Total Gala
    2018 World Junior Championships 63.74 4th 111.51 9th 175.25 8th
    2017–18 Japan Championships 66.74 5th 141.29 2nd 208.03 3rd
    2017−18 JGP Final 66.82 4th 125.63 4th 192.45 4th EX
    2017–18 Japan Junior Championships 57.89 6th 135.57 1st 193.46 1st
    2017-18 Western Sectionals (junior) 63.28 1st 131.92 1st 195.20 1st
    2017 JGP Italy 66.72 2nd 119.09 3rd 185.81 3rd
    2017 JGP Latvia 55.05 6th 125.41 2nd 180.46 2nd
    2017 Asian Open Trophy 60.26 1st 122.80 1st 183.06 1st ex


    2016–17 season


    Competition SP FS Total Gala
    2016−17 JGP Final 54.78 5th 120.38 4th 175.16 4th
    2016–17 Japan Junior Championships 58.86 4th 94.87 14th 153.73 11th
    2016-17 Western Sectionals (junior) 59.86 5th 118.74 3rd 178.60 3rd
    2016-17 Kinki Regional (junior) 64.44 3rd 130.74 1st 195.18 1st
    2016 JGP Slovenia 65.93 2nd 128.31 1st 194.24 1st
    2016 JGP Czech Republic 66.78 1st 118.73 2nd 185.51 2nd


    2015–16 season


    Competition SP FS Total Gala
    25th Triglav Trophy 2016 27.28 5th 82.53 1st 109.81 1st
    2015–16 Japan Junior Championships 53.38 8th 89.53 15th 142.9 11th
    2015-16 Japan Novice Championships 100.53 1st
    2015-16 Kinki Regional (Adv. Novice) 94.55 1st
    2015 Asian Open FS Trophy (Adv. Novice) 29.57 8th 70.33 4th 99.90 5th
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    Good Luck Rika

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    rooting for her to win so she can go to JGPF!!!

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    I like that she skates happy. So when I watch her I feel happy too.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSUEb85kiys
    Rika's winning FS , congratulations for the first JGP title and yay for the 3A

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    Triple axel as clean as a whistle. WOW Congrats!!!

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    Congratulations to the first 3A landing in competition and the first JGP gold medal!


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    you know what that cam angle really shows how much speed she goes into 3A. it is really a 3A caliber magnificent feel.

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    I predict Rika to be the first junior lady to get over 200 points.

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    This is the 3A the lady field needs to be pushed forward!! I am fed up with tano and ribbon and backloading tricks.

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    watched Rika's every jump in super-slow-mo. checked take-off and landing. There are no doubt about them at all. I like Rika's flip cos she used similar tech as Yuna
    I also like Rika's big smile

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    Congratulations to Miss "Air Japan"!

    Sensational triple axel, so clean and effortless...

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    Victory ceremony , Girls are so sweet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_UfXCAZM78

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    That was a nice 3A. It had real power behind it, rather than just quick rotation. She didn't seem like she stalked it too much either... just here we go, and bam. Nice to finally see.
    Last edited by liv; 09-24-2016 at 05:10 PM.

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    I was sooo impressed with Rika's 3a...
    It is not stalked at all :D

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    YEEEEEEEEEESSSS!!! so happy for her, not only did she qualify for JGPF but she did in an amazing way!! hopefully next time will be even better, i know she got all +GOE for her jumps but some of the landings can be even better!!
    btw i love the placement of her elements, feels very balanced

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    What a fabulous 3A! It was so exciting to see another skater make history

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    https://twitter.com/moekihira_812/st...43599752622080
    Rika's 4T attempt, its ur but its just second day she has been practicing it, the girl really has power

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    good attempt!

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