Kaori Sakamoto

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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.

Updated 27 March 2020 by dorispulaski
Previously 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​

TypeScoreCompetition
SP76.95ISU World Team Trophy 2019
FS146.70ISU World Team Trophy 2019
TS223.65ISU World Team Trophy 2019

Personal Best Scores under +3/-3 GOE​

TypeScoreCompetition
SP73.18XXIII Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018
FS142.87ISU Four Continents Championships 2018
TS214.21ISU Four Continents Championships 2018


Programs and Videos​


2019/2020
SP: "No Roots" by Alice Merton; choreo by Shae-Lynn Bourne
FS: "Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino mix) (from “The Matrix” soundtrack) by Rob Dougan; "Only for Hacker" by Fawkesakes; "Chateau" (from “The Matrix Reloaded” soundtrack) by Rob Dougan; choreo by Benoit Richaud

2020 Four Continent
2020 Japanese Championships
2019 Internationaux de France
2019 Skate America
2019 Nepala Trophy
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 Trophy
2019 World Championships
2019 Four Continents Championships
2019 Japan National Championships
2018/19 GP Final Vancouver
2018 GP Helsinki
2018 GP Skate America
2018 Japan Open
2018 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 Printemps
XXIII Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018
2018 Four Continents Championships
2018 Japan National Championships
2017 ISU GP Skate America
2017 GP Rostelecom Cup
2017 CS US International Classic
2017 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 2017
2016/17 Japan National Championships
2016/17 JGP Final Marseille
2016 JGP Yokohama
2016 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 Lilehammer
2015 JGP Torun, Poland
2015 JGP Riga Cup
2015 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 Championship
2014 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 Republic
2013 Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy
Competitive History
Rows in azure ---> Japanese regional competitions​

Short programFree skatingTotal
CompetitionCategoryScorePos.ScorePos.ScorePos.
2019/2020
2020 Four ContinentsSenior73.074129.728202.795
Japanese Championships 2019Senior69.953118.317188.266
Internationaux de France 2019Senior64.086135.164199.244
Skate America 2019Senior73.252129.224202.474
27th Ondrej Nepela TrophySenior59.974134.452194.422
2018/2019
2019 World Team Trophy (individual / team)Senior76.953146.703223.653 / 2
2019 World ChampionshipSenior76.862145.975222.835
2019 Four Continents ChampionshipsSenior73.362133.434206.794
2018/19 Japan National ChampionshipsSenior75.652152.362228.011
2018/19 GP Final VancouverSenior70.234141.454211.684
2018 GP HelsinkiSenior57.267140.162197.423
2018 GP Skate AmericaSenior71.292142.612213.902
2018 Japan OpenSenior

130.282

2018 CS Lombardia TrophySenior49.919130.942180.854
2017/2018
2018 Coupe du PrintempsSenior73.271129.292202.562
XXIII Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018Senior73.185136.536209.716
2018 Four Continents ChampionshipsSenior71.342142.871214.211
2017/18 Japan National ChampionshipsSenior73.591139.924213.512
2017 GP Skate AmericaSenior69.402141.192210.592
2017 Western Section ChampionshipsSenior67.581118.962186.541
2017 GP Rostelecom CupSenior68.884125.125194.005
2017 Kinki Regional ChampionshipsSenior68.841132.311201.151
2017 CS U.S. International Figure Skating ClassicSenior56.825112.304169.124
2017 Asian Open Figure Skating TrophySenior63.701112.411176.111
2016/2017
World Junior Championship 2017Junior67.783127.763195.543
2016/17 Japan National ChampionshipsSenior63.366120.649184.007
2016/17 GP FinalJunior64.482111.854176.333
2016/17 Japanese Junior National ChampionshipsJunior67.451124.522191.971
2016 Western Section ChampionshipsJunior66.251127.341193.591
2016 Kinki Regional ChampionshipsJunior64.872116.323181.193
2016 JGP YokohamaJunior65.661122.152187.811
2016 JGP St.GervaisJunior64.122114.742178.862
2015/2016
2016 Youth OlympicsJunior56.25598.986155.236
2015/16 Japan National ChampionshipsSenior53.9017111.6012165.5013
2015/16 Japan Junior National ChampionshipsJunior58.965111.766170.725
2015 JGP Torun, PolandJunior56.893101.554158.444
2015 JGP Riga CupJunior58.753112.202170.952
2015 Asian Open Figure Skating TrophySenior39.64399.363139.003
2014/2015
2015 World Junior ChampionshipJunior58.724107.536166.256
2014/15 Japan National ChampionshipsSenior57.817109.656167.466
2014/15 Japan Junior National ChampionshipsJunior57.354111.473168.822
2014 Western Section ChampionshipsJunior58.95290.449149.395
2014 Kinki Regional ChampionshipsJunior55.451110.171165.621
2014 JGP Nagoya TV CupJunior52.70693.467146.167
2013/2014
2014 Challenge CupJunior54.98198.892153.871
2013/14 Japan National ChampionshipsSenior56.29995.5616151.8515
2013/14 Japan Junior National ChampionshipsJunior47.148101.644148.786
2013 Western Section ChampionshipsJunior55.812108.342164.151
2013 JGP Czech SkateJunior52.80793.696146.496
2013 Kinki Regional ChampionshipsJunior51.17199.461150.631
2013 Asian Open Figure Skating TrophyJunior53.201102.281155.481
2012/2013
22nd Triglav Trophy 2013Advanced novice37.64277.512115.152
2012/13 Japan Junior National ChampionshipsJunior46.561392.967139.529
2012/13 Japan Novice National ChampionshipsAdvanced novice

90.281

2012 Kinki Regional ChampionshipsAdvanced novice

91.161
2011/2012
2011/12 Japan Novice National ChampionshipsAdvanced novice

73.955

2011 Kinki Regional ChampionshipsAdvanced novice

71.301

Galas​


October 2019 - 迅 by 月詠-TSUKUYOMI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFB3Ss06ZO4

August 2019 -The Ice- "No Roots"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgLBWmQla5c

September 2018 - The Ice 2018 (Aichi) - Alina Zagitova & Kaori Sakamoto "The Battle" -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n072zGetCwo

August 2018 - The Ice 2018 - "From My First Moment" by Charlotte Church
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CfNR77je1U

July 2018 - DOI 2018 - The Piano soundtrack by Roger Woodward
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLvEoyPCmjw

May 2018 - Stars On Ice 2018 - "Primavera porteña" and interview -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdulHiv0XuA

May 2018 - PIW - "Primavera porteña"
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 - Amélie soundtrack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INI49GSpvNw

MOI (Medalist On ice) 2016 - "Primavera porteña"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuTeTC9HhbQ

2016 DOI - "The Artist"
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/sakamoto-shakes-it-up-at-japanese-nationals-wins-first-title/

16 October 2018 - Cheerful Personality Helps Kaori Sakamoto Shine on Ice"
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports...l-personality-helps-kaori-sakamoto-shine-ice/

26 January 2018 - GS article "Sakamoto leads ladies to Japanese sweep at Four Continents" by Paula Slater -
https://www.goldenskate.com/2018/01/2018-four-continents-ladies/

18 October 2016 - GS article "Kaori Sakamoto: “I need to work harder” by Wei Xiong -
https://www.goldenskate.com/2016/10/kaori-sakamoto/
 
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sneakers

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

Crossover

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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!
 

Marin

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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. :luv17:
Good luck in Seniors next year!
 

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

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

I echo every comments above; her jumps and speed are to die for! :rock: 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. :yes: Mai Mihara in this regard, too. Just amaging and a joy to watch skaters from Team Kobe this season. :cool: Kudos to skaters and their coaches Sonoko Nakano and Mitsuko Graham! :clap:
 

marlet

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

randomfan

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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! :clapper:
She was flying over the ice with those big jumps, great performance. :clap:
 

mikeko666

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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. :luv17:
 

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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).
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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