Japan’s Shimada feels stronger after tough senior debut season

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On a sunny day in July, Japan's Koshiro Shimada is practicing skating skills, jumps, and his programs in Telfs, Austria, during a summer training camp of the Skating School of Switzerland. He is working hard, but enjoying what he is doing and sharing a laugh with training mates and listening attentively to what coaches Stéphane Lambiel and Robert Dierking tell him. The atmosphere is pleasant and productive.

Following some ups and downs this past season, the 2018-19 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist is highly motivated. He can't wait to get out on to the ice to compete and show his new programs. Like many other skaters, while he knows that competitions are uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic this season, the 18-year-old is nevertheless working hard and preparing.

Shimada already has three new programs – two competitive programs and an exhibition number – and is excited about them.

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Thank you for your article about Koshiro! Wonderful to hear that he is maturing into a fine young man and stronger athlete. I enjoyed watching him as a junior and look forward to seeing him compete again.
 

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This article was very enjoyable. You can actually follow through his growth in life and in skating. Thanks!
 

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Koshiro's programs sound wonderful. Looking forward to seeing them. Hopefully someone will do a video clip this weekend at the exhibition they 'll be having at the skating school...He seems to have adjusted really well to training abroad.
 
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