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2023 WTT: Japanese team announced


Record Breaker
Jun 21, 2003

For Daisuke Takahashi, it's the first competition of its kind in 10 years. He last participated in 2012 while skating in the singles discipline.

"Normally, as a competitive athlete, you're on your own, but as a team, you get a lot of energy from the other members," reflected Takahashi. "The American athletes are very strong in all categories. However, our Japanese team, we want to contribute our best in ice dance as well, of course, including the World champions. If things go smoothly for us, I think we might definitely win."

The 37-year-old also expressed his admiration for Ilia Malinin's quadruple Axel.

"I dared to do the quad Axel once in my single skating career when I was training under Nikolai (Morozov)," he shared. "That was well before my surgery. When I fell, I thought I was going to die, so I gave up," he laughed.