Kazuki Tomono

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TOMONO Kazuki (Kana: ともの かずき; Kanji: 友野一希) is a Men’s Singles skater who represents Japan. He was born on 15th May 1998 in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Coached by Taijin Hiraike, Yukako Sugita and Misha Ge, Kazuki is the Japan Junior Nationals 2016, Junior Men's champion, and the 2018 Rostelecom Cup bronze medalist. He is currently a 3rd year student, enrolled in the Sports Health Science Department at Doshisha University.

PROFILE

ISU: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00013803.htm

JSF: http://www.skatingjapan.or.jp/national/detail.php?athlete_id=328

Rinkresults: http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=3384

Stats On Ice: https://www.statsonice.com/skater/kazukitomono/

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuki_Tomono

Wikipedia (Japanese): https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/友野一希

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/naniwatomono

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/k0515ki/

Updated 11 May 2020


ISU PERSONAL BEST SCORES
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs_pb_00013803.htm


Personal Best Total Score251.05ISU Four Continents Championships 2020
Personal Best Score Short Program88.22ISU Four Continents Championships 2020
Personal Best Score Free Skating162.83ISU Four Continents Championships 2020


PROGRAMS & VIDEOS

2019-2020
SP: The Hardest Button to Button (Wayne McGregor's Chroma version); Choreography by Phillip Mills
FS: Moulin Rouge; Choreography by Misha Ge
EX: Freaks by Timmy Trumpet and Savage; Choreography by Misao Sato

2020 Four Continents
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9h7GA0TtKQ
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ButjWkZ2iNs

2019 Japanese Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJuZqmmQyWk
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlhtV8IVNqM

2019 Rostelecom Cup
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AST4ZoKMiAU
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuV9tEfZ30M

2019 Skate America
FS: https://youtu.be/XWs_1qaj5XU (geoblocked in US)
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuCiNNgizhk

2019 Lombardia Trophy
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7q0u2VfZrg
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnGusIF5ubQ

2018-2019
SP: Tema d'amore (Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso) by Ennio Morricone; Performed by Ikuko Kawai; Choreography by Misha Ge
FS: Reel Around the Sun; Caoineadh cu Chulainn; Riverdance by Bill Whelan; Choreography by Misao Sato
EX: Daft Punk Medley by Pentatonix; Choreography by Misao Sato

2019 Winter Universiade
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzVQOg0v9PM
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJao1pZHIbo

2018 Japanese Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P1ZtgffGf4
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-IWfQ2eTOE

2018 Skate Canada
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT42vgtxqsU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk2unYWts-k

2018 Lombardia Trophy
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C16Tawl8mBs
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OseWSjcMq0E

2017- 2018
SP: Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) by Pablo de Sarasate; Performed by Taro Hakase; Choreography by Misao Sato
FS: West Side Story Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Choreography by Misao Sato

2018 Coupe de Printemps
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL-tTeuE-C0
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FEVBF80kWc

2018 World Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuyEvPv93eE
FS: https://youtu.be/1TiIVbnX2Rs?t=9076

2017 Japanese Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP1CAtQOsSk
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_PCY2trpes

2017 NHK Trophy
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jC4orl8WJE
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsFSa0vgpNs
Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5uRUGLjJqQ

2016-2017
SP: Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven / The Fifth by David Garrett; Choreography by Misao Sato
FS: An American In Paris by George Gershwin; Choreography by Misato Sato
EX: Enter The Dragon Theme by Lalo Schifrin
EX: We Are the Champions by Queen
EX: 犬のおまわりさんの運命 (Inu no Omawarisan no Unmei=The Police Dog’s Fate) by Ludwig van Beethoven, Megumi Onaka; Arrangement by Tetsuro Sugiura; Performed by SUGITETSU

2016 Senior Nationals
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx7Lhy8Im4A
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=370XvF_kRFw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6roKNS9m5k4

2016 Junior Nationals
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ms4SPf_HY8

2016 JGP Yokohama
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xhYkTavgCY
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_Hy7-bwWtY

2016 JGP Ljubljana
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLrWH5D1hMU
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1LegFsl_qM


2015-2016
SP: Japanese Doll by Mizuho Osawa / Ito-dama by Kaoru Wada; Choreography by Tadayuki Takahashi, Misao Sato
FS: Devdas by Ismail Darbar, Nusrat Badr, Monty Sharma / Muthu by A.R. Rahman; Choreography by Misao Sato
EX: Enter The Dragon Theme by Lalo Schifrin

2016 Junior World Championships
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YApI9gMaoS0

2015 Japanese Nationals
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5D4Kjmmbxw
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMIG2NKdecQ

2015 JGP Riga
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-yaB4C-Hg8
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YQuCvQCyss

2013-2015
FS: Diablo Rojo by Rodrigo y Gabriela

2008-2012
炎のベートーベン (Honoo no Beethoven"="Beethoven's Flame") Choreography by Taijin Hiraike

2007
Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian; Choreography by Taijin Hiraike
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5iVGogxhGM


COMPETITIVE HISTORY​


CompetitionLevelSPFSOverall
2019-20
2020 Four ContinentsSenior7 (88.22)7 (162.83)7 (251.05)
Japan Championships 2019Senior11 (73.06)4 (171.63)6 (244.69)
Cup of Russia 2019Senior7 (80.98)7 (156.56)8 (237.54)
Western Section Championships 2019Senior6 (65.14)1 (149.41)1 (214.55)
Skate America 2019Senior8 (75.01)4 (154.71)5 (229.72)
Kinki Regional Championships 2019Senior4 (64.32)1 (140.71)3 (229.72)
Lombardia Trophy 2019Senior11 (61.69)6 (141.39)7 (203.08)
2018 -19
Winter Universiade 2019Senior7 (81.16)6 (151.75)6 (232.91)
Four Continents Championships 2019Senior12 (74.16)12 (132.25)12 (206.41)
Japan Championships 2018Senior7 (73.09)3 (154.37)4 (227.46)
Cup of Russia 2018Senior4 (82.26)3 (156.47)3 (238.73)
Western Section Championships 2018Senior2 (83.27)2 (149.73)2 (233.00)
Skate Canada 2018Senior8 (81.63)10 (139.20)9 (220.83)
Kinki Regional Championships 2018Senior3 (70.94)1 (135.86)1 (206.80)
Lombardia Trophy 2018Senior5 (75.47)5 (141.27)5 (216.74)
2017 -18
World Championship 2018Senior11 (82.61)3 (173.50)5 (256.11)
Coupe du Printemps 2018Senior3 (74.11)1 (153.73)2 (227.84)
Japan Championships 2017Senior5 (78.16)5 (153.05)4 (231.21)
NHK Trophy 2017Senior6 (79.88)7 (152.05)7 (231.(3)
Western Section Championships 2017Senior2 (72.10)2 (156.33)2 (228.43)
Kinki Regional Championships 2017Senior2 (63.10)1 (146.96)1 (210.06)
U.S. International Figure Skating Classic 2017Senior8 (69.88)5 (155.42)5 (225.30)
2016 -17
World Junior Championship 2017Junior14 (68.12)7 (143.26)9 (211.28)
Japan Championships 2016Senior6 (67.63)5 (148.92)5 (216.55)
Japan Junior Championships 2016Junior1 (71.77)1 (136.08)1 (207.85)
Western Section Championships 2016Junior1 (65.44)3 (117.73)2 (201.40)
Kinki Regional Championships 2016Junior1 (72.44)1 (128.96)1 (201.40)
JGP Ljubljana Cup 2016Junior5 (68.96)3 (133.61)3 (202.57)
JGP Yokohama 2016Junior6 (66.47)3 (145.57)4 (212.04)
2015 -16
World Junior Championship 2016Junior20 (58.33)12 (121.28)15 (179.61)
Japan Championships 2015Senior12 (62.51)17 (111.21)16 (173.72)
Japan Junior Championships 2015Junior3 (63.53)3 (119.66)2 (183.19)
Western Section Championships 2015Junior4 (59.00)3 (123.42)3 (182.42)
Kinki Regional Championships 2015Junior1 (62.94)1 (120.89)1 (183.83)
JGP Riga Cup 2015Junior11 (51.78)13 (96.15)13 (147.93)
2014-15
Coupe du Printemps 2015Junior2 (48.46)1 (108.69)2 (157.15)
Japan Championships 2014Senior20 (51.38)18 (99.97)18 (151.35)
Japan Junior Championships 2014Junior4 (58.38)4 (118.85)4 (177.23)
Western Section Championships 2014Junior5 (55.34)3 (166.83)3 (166.83)
Kinki Regional Championships 2014Junior3 (52.09)Cancelled
Typhoon
2013 -14
Challenge Cup 2014Junior5 (51.72)2 (107.28)2 (159.00)
Japan Championships 2013Senior20 (47.98)17 (107.32)20 (155.30)
Japan Junior Championships 2013Junior7 (53.88)5 (111.87)6 (165.75)
Western Section Championships 2013Junior9 (47.78)5 (109.79)5 (157.57)
Kinki Regional Championships 2013Junior3 (48.44)1 (100.29)1 (148.73)
2012 -13
Japan Junior Championships 2012Junior20 (40.91)7 (103.99)10 (144.90)
Western Section Championships 2012Junior7 (50.50)4 (108.91)4 (159.41)
Kinki Regional Championships 2012Junior3 (45.41)2 (147.98)2 (147.98)
2011 -12
Japan Junior Championships 2011Junior11 (43.47)9 (97.63)9 (141.10)
Western Section Championships 2011Junior8 (45.65)6 (102.79)7 (148.44)
Kinki Regional Championships 2011Junior4 (40.26)1 (95.37)2 (135.63)
Asian Figure Skating Trophy 2011Junior5 (36.49)6 (115.52)6 (115.52)
2010 -11
Japan Junior Championships 2010Junior12 (45.44)15 (82.11)15 (127.55)
National Novice 2010Adv.Nov.3 (76.48)
Kinki Regional Championships 2010Adv.Nov.3 (71.50)

GALA, ICE SHOW and MISCELLANEOUS COMPETITION VIDEO

Prince Ice World 2019 in Yokohama Freaks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7YZNsbCMyI

Dreams on Ice 2018 Cinema Paradiso
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uwy6MQmXvQ

Dreams On Ice 2017 West Side Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCxm9zKZCjw (FujiTV)

ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2017 Gala Enter The Dragon Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFarpZcrQpo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlRoN_3zcgE

Stars On Ice-Japan 2017 We Are the Champions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt2S2l9A88s

Medalists On Ice 2016 犬のおまわりさんの運命 (Inu no Omawarisan no Unmei=The Police Dog’s Fate) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18rlnLWY9aQ

ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2016 Gala Enter The Dragon Theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YApI9gMaoS0&t=17s

Japan Inter Junior High School Meet 2014 Diablo Rojo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgC1q4Wey2g

OTHER VIDEOS AND VIDEO INTERVIEWS

Fuji TV SPORTS "2019-2020 New Season Challenge"
https://youtu.be/9O1mMlPeXNM

Sports Bull Vol.9 THE STARS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZExWfcfY18

Interview by John Wilson Blades
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIkBQ-4cz9Y

Shizuka Arakawa Friends+a
Part 1 https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6rpn92
Part 2 https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6rprrs

Figure Skate TV! 2017.02.11 - Report on Japan Inter High School Meet 2017 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5bfckp (Kazuki's segment at 3:36)

Both Sides 2016
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x56f3e4 (Full version) (Kazuki and Koshiro Shimada feature at 10:31)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDPRw4nXQT0 (Kazuki and Koshiro cut)

Medalists On Ice 2016 - Interview with Singles skaters representing Japan at WJC and WC 2017 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x56e96p (Junior segment at 16:24)
 
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Thanks for starting the thread. I was pretty impressed by his improved consistency last season, particularly his performance at the first jgp. Hope he can sneak on the olympic team this season.
 

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I wanted to create a Fan Fest thread for Kazuki in anticipation of his Senior debut season. Upon seeing him perform in his first JGP (Riga 2015) I was impressed by his interesting music choices and performance style, the way he aggressively attacked his elements and fought through his troubled jumps. IMO, his greatest strength as a skater is his tenacity, and I believe his skating will continue to improve because of this.


I apologize for the crude OP. I'm just not skilled enough to insert those nifty tables to keep all the info organized and concise. Any feedback, assistance with extra information and links that I'm missing will be greatly appreciated. :thank:
 

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It appears Kazuki's first competition of this season will be the Gensan Summer Cup. This local tournament will be held on August 10-13, at the Shiga Prefectural Ice Arena. The Senior Men's SP is scheduled for Friday Aug. 11, from 2:55pm-3:35pm JST, the FS for Saturday Aug. 12, from 2:35pm-3:30pm JST. As is often the case with local competitions in Japan, the Senior Men's group is quite small with only seven entries in this event.
Time schedule (Japanese)
Entries (Japanese)

Kazuki won the Junior Men's division of the Gensan Summer Cup 2016.

Looking forward to live reports from the arena regarding his SP music, costumes and program layouts.
Good Luck to him on his first competition of the 2017-2018 season. :cheer:
 

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Congratulations to Kazuki for his 1st place finish in the Senior Mens division at Gensan Summer Cup! :clap::hap10:

The competition debut of his new SP (Zigeunerweisen) was a bit rough with an invalid jump (popped 4S to 2S) and a Level 1 camel spin (that darn SP camel spin is back to haunt me! :p).
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20170811-01870632-nksports-spo
However, according to this fan report https://twitter.com/Matsu10_4/status/895899402119684096 he did execute a beautiful 3A and a bonus half 3F-3T(2ft) scoring 61.99 for his SP.

Though both of Kazuki's FS 4S attempts (one obviously a missed combo) were messy, he still managed 140.48, for a total score of 202.27.
Judging by this report https://twitter.com/Matsu10_4/status/896254425693421569 his planned FS jump layout is looking to be 4S-2T?, 4S, 3A-3T, 3A-2T-2Lo, 3Lo, 3S, 3Lz, 3F.
He only managed a 3A-2T (for his second 3A combo) during his FS but jumped a nice 3A-2T-2Lo during the 6 minute warm-up. https://twitter.com/Matsu10_4/status/896241188549738496

Some fun photos of Kazuki (with his big box of beef :laugh:) and medalists Koshin Yamada (2nd) and Taichi Honda (3rd) with Gensan mascot, "Genchan".
https://twitter.com/online_on_ice/status/896275856510681089

Another article: https://www.nikkansports.com/sports...m_medium=social&utm_campaign=nikkansports_ogp

I'm still hoping for some sparkles on that FS costume~
 

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The 2017.09.09 episode of Figure Skate TV! included a short (approximately 7 1/2 minutes) segment showing Kazuki working with Misao Sato on choreography for his new SP. Parts of his SP and FS performed at Gensan Summer Cup was also shown. Kazuki's feature starts at 22:32 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x605jas
 

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I love Zigeunerweisen, that was also a music I liked for han yan when he skated to it back in juniors. Looking forward to his senior debut, praying for his consistency!
 

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Congratulations to Kazuki on his new PBs (SP 69.88, FS 155.42, Total 225.30) earned at US International FS Classic! :clap: He placed 8 in the SP, 5th in the FS and an impressive 5th overall.

Link to the Men's SP and FS results page (judges scores included) at icenetwork site: http://www.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2017/26189/results.html

First, I just have to say that I love both of his programs this season! :luv17: EDIT: (though his WSS music cuts are...a lot~)

Though the jumps didn't go perfectly as planned, Kazuki still managed to rotate and stand up on his SP 4S. He also remained focused and fought through the FS, improvising three jump combinations to keep his BV as high as possible.
But as usual, it was his delivery of the choreography that moved me the most. I was so happy to see his musicality and performance ability being praised by others as well.
That SP FCSp tho...:drama:

Overall, I feel this was a successful competition for him and a strong start to his season. Hoping he continues to build on the momentum set by this event.

SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIQtjipmMIk&t=301s (Thank you to the uploader for both videos!)
Still questioning the decision to replace the planned/usual 3F-3T with a 3Lz-3T . Since last season, 3Lz in combination was only executed in case of emergencies due to issues with his Lutz edge.
Glad for the updated costume. I find this one to be much more flattering on him than the one he wore at Summer Cup.

FS: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x60xh2s
Loving the transition (3 turns?) into 3Lo and Russian Split jump? into 3F (here an emergency 3F-2T). The latter was executed smoother at Summer Cup.


Pretty~ https://twitter.com/online_on_ice/status/908994553822158848


Edit: I've been working on this post for over 7hrs! Kept losing everything and having to start over. :hslap:
 

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Congratulations to Kazuki on his new PBs (SP 69.88, FS 155.42, Total 225.30) earned at US International FS Classic! :clap: He placed 8 in the SP, 5th in the FS and an impressive 5th overall.

Link to the Men's SP and FS results page (judges scores included) at icenetwork site: http://www.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2017/26189/results.html

First, I just have to say that I love both of his programs this season! :luv17:

Though the jumps didn't go perfectly as planned, Kazuki still managed to rotate and stand up on his SP 4S. He also remained focused and fought through the FS, improvising three jump combinations to keep his BV as high as possible.
But as usual, it was his delivery of the choreography that moved me the most. I was so happy to see his musicality and performance ability being praised by others as well.
That SP FCSp tho...:drama:

Overall, I feel this was a successful competition for him and a strong start to his season. Hoping he continues to build on the momentum set by this event.

SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIQtjipmMIk&t=301s (Thank you to the uploader for both videos!)
Still questioning the decision to replace the planned/usual 3F-3T with a 3Lz-3T . Since last season, 3Lz in combination was only executed in case of emergencies due to issues with his Lutz edge.
Glad for the updated costume. I find this one to be much more flattering on him than the one he wore at Summer Cup.

FS: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x60xh2s
Loving the transition (3 turns?) into 3Lo and Russian Split jump? into 3F (here an emergency 3F-2T). The latter was executed smoother at Summer Cup.


Pretty~ https://twitter.com/online_on_ice/status/908994553822158848


Edit: I've been working on this post for over 7hrs! Kept losing everything and having to start over. :hslap:

Thanks for the post! I thought Kazuki did really well.
 

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Kazuki was very enjoyable. And the Salt Lake City altitude makes it a tough place for a season opener! He held up well though. I haven't seen him in a while. Goodness, he is all legs! Love his musicality. I want to watch his programs again as soon as I have time!
 

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Kazuki was very enjoyable. And the Salt Lake City altitude makes it a tough place for a season opener! He held up well though. I haven't seen him in a whle. Goodness, he is all legs! Love his musicality. I want to watch his programs again as soon as I have time!

With him looking so winded at the end of the SP, I was concerned about his stamina going into his fast paced FS. Relieved he was able to execute most of his elements decently while keeping his energy up throughout the program .

His "legginess" is just an illusion created by his costuming+skates.:laugh: Kazuki and Shoma are virtually the same height with (what looks to me) similar leg to body ratio. Kazuki is just more slender in build, similar to Tatsuki Machida.
 

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Very surprised he and Sho are the same height. Looks like he is higher waisted, but maybe it does have to do with the costume. Congratulations to him for a very good senior debut.
 

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Just now caught up with his US classic skates...I too am loving the music choices and programs. Very nice start to the season- his score is higher than Mura, Murakami, and Tanaka's after the challengers. He's posing a serious challenge for the 3rd spot.
 

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A belated report on Kazuki's results from Kinki Regionals.

Unfortunately, he started this competition with another rough SP, doubling his 4S and stepping out on both the 3A and 3T of his 3F-3T. Reports from the arena mentioned that he didn't seem like himself during a troubled 6 minute warm-up. He scored 63.10 and was in 2nd after the SP.
http://www.jsfresults.com/National/2017-2018/fs_e/block5/data0103.pdf
https://twitter.com/online_on_ice/status/916652908447334400 Kazuki and Taichi Honda reacting to their SP scores. :laugh:

Luckily, his FS went a bit better.
After jumping multiple 4S and 4S-2T during warm-up, Kazuki then managed to open his program with his first successful 4S-2T landed in competition. :yes2:
Regrettably, he popped the following 4S attempt but IMO the quad combo was a step in the right direction. He placed 1st in the FS with a TSS of 146.96 and 1st overall with 210.06.
http://www.jsfresults.com/National/2017-2018/fs_e/block5/data0105.pdf
http://www.jsfresults.com/non_respo....htm,National/2017-2018/fs_e/block5/index.htm
https://twitter.com/online_on_ice/status/917378742237802496 Kazuki with Shu Nakamura (2nd) and Taichi Honda (3rd)

Before West Japan Sectionals happening next month, Kazuki will be participating in the West Japan Student Championships happening this weekend.
Good Luck to him!
 

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So much excitement with the sudden, last minute announcement of Kazuki filling in for Daisuke Murakami at NHK Trophy (Get better quickly, Dice!).
This situation reminds me of Junior Worlds 2016 when Kazuki was asked to replace injured Sota :cry:, only two days before leaving for Hungary. (Kazuki talks about this during his appearance on Kenji no Heya)
Hopefully, he's not too tired from West Japan Sectional last weekend where he scored SP 72.10, FS 156.33, Total 228.43 and placed 2nd to Ryuju Hino.

West Japan Sectional Results
Men's SP Judges Scores
Men's FS Judges Scores

As I've already mentioned, Kazuki was recently a guest on Kenji Miyamoto's program Kenjiの部屋 (Kenji no Heya=Kenji's Room). He was featured in three episodes, originally aired on October 17th, 24th and 31st.
Unfortunately, I am unable to find links to video however, for anyone who is interested and able to read Japanese (or care to struggle with Google Translate=me) majority of the questions and answers from each episode have been transcribed to the JSPORTS site.

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

I wanted to share a part from episode 1 that stuck with me. When Kazuki was asked which overseas skaters he admires (loose translation), he quickly answered Patrick Chan. He then mentioned that he also liked American skaters. If I remember correctly, Kenji and I believe a staff member started throwing out names like Nathan and Adam Rippon to which Kazuki politely agreed. But when Jason Brown's name came up Kazuki got super excited saying how he really liked Jason and Joshua Farris. To think that he almost had a chance to compete with Patrick, Joshua and Jason at NHK.

It seems that Akio Sasaki has been added to Kazuki's ISU bio as a coach (though his name appears to be misspelled).
https://twitter.com/mork_sk1/status/928190347938709504
I started reading articles about and watching videos of Sasaki's performances after learning he used to be coached and choreographed by Misao Sato.
Fans are curious to see if Coach Sasaki will join Kazuki and Coach Hiraike in the Kiss & Cry.

Fingers and toes crossed for Kazuki to deliver two strong and impressive performances at NHK Trophy. :cheer:
But most of all I hope he has an enjoyable competition and is left with positive memories of his Grand Prix debut.
 

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Wow, such a performance today and no ovations here? /JK ;) / Well, after seeing Kazuki's SP, I am a new fan! I've never seen him before, but his program was the highlight of today's Men's event for me, along with Sergei's. So much vivacity and musicality and energy; I loved it, the step and choreo sequences in particular (and the ending!). Big congrats on making the top 6. Hopefully this is just the beginning for him on the biggest stage! I hope he keeps this SP next season as well, it's really good and sways the crowd.
And congrats to Kazuki on his western sectionals silver! And to Ryuju on gold, my other big favorite. I may be the only one, but Tomono actually reminds me of Hino a bit with his impish smile.
 

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So happy for Kazuki that he had a skate he could be proud of. Looking forward to seeing his FS! He is definitely making his presence known!!!
 

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Congrats on a beautiful LP! It wasn't perfect, but I was very impressed by how he expressed his music, and the step sequence in particular. Plus, he fought for it. All in all, I think he made quite a statement for himself and made many notice him for the first time. Go, Kazuki, good luck in your future competitions! I hope to see him in them more often from now on. :]
 

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Congrats on a great senior GP debut! His improvement in consistency the past year has been impressive. Love his programs this year and he performs them well. And best of all, PBs!
 

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A belated congratulations to Kazuki on a solid GP debut at NHK Trophy and his new PBs!
I was so excited to see him finally achieve a 70+ (almost 80!) SP score in an ISU recognized competition.
I know he's disappointed about the 4S attempts at the beginning of his FS but should really be proud of the way he managed to recover and perform the rest of his program.
Loved the new costumes!

SP
BS1
Russian Eurosport 2
British Eurosport 2
Olympic Channel
Qazsport
SP review and interview

FS
NHKG
Russian Eurosport
RaiSport
FS review and interview

EX
BS1
CCTV

Akiko's room

Thank you to all the uploaders!
 

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Kazuki will be skating first in the final Men's SP warm up group at Nationals. :hap57:
Best of Luck to my boy!!! :cheer::cheer2::party2::party::dance3::dance::hap10:
I just know he's aiming for that podium! (~because he's always aiming for the podium :laugh:...even when he knows it's a bit of a stretch~)
 

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Yes, best of luck to Kazuki in the SP! And to Keiji and Ryuju and Sota as well. I like them all. It would be great of he got on the podium, but he's still quite young so I won't despair if he doesn't. A mistake-free program would be enough to make me happy. :)
 

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Kazuki's Nationals SP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urmfidoRrPE&t

I'm always so nervous prior to Kazuki's SP since he's generally not a strong SP skater. This was not as good as NHK but IMO still a nice performance.
I'm glad he didn't pop his 4S but honestly surprised Amano called it rotated (Edit: That -3T also looked UR :slink:). It also bothers me that Kazuki is starting to pre-rotate his 4S so much (I swear it wasn't so obvious in the past). I'd just hate to see him get bashed for it like certain other Japanese skaters.
Also, only Level 2 StSq again but 3F-3T seems more consistent (he'd often double his -3T) and his FCsp is looking less awkward...or maybe I'm just getting used to it?:laugh:
Anyway, Good Luck to him in the FS! :cheer2: As usual, no matter how the jumps go I just want him to enjoy and sell his performance~
 

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Congrats to Kazuki on his silver at Coupe du Printemps! I hope he's not too tired at Worlds this week. In the videos, Kazuki seemed quite relaxed & having fun - I wonder if it's related to the fact that he knows the real big challenge is yet before him. Anyway, good luck at Worlds! :]
Links to his CdP performances:
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjeGLhVhtT4
FP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFcqZpYL06Y
gala (his old 2015-16 SP): https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=4FEVBF80kWc
 

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Good Luck, Kazuki!
Praying he'll skate a clean SP and qualify for the FS~

EDIT: After almost an entire season of StSq2, I was relieved to see him finally earn StSq4 in both of his programs at Coupe du Printemps. Hoping he'll do the same at Worlds.


I've been so busy lately but will definitely make some time after Worlds to update this thread's OP. :)
 

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Good Luck, Kazuki!
Praying he'll skate a clean SP and qualify for the FS~

EDIT: After almost an entire season of StSq2, I was relieved to see him finally earn StSq4 in both of his programs at Coupe du Printemps. Hoping he'll do the same at Worlds.


I've been so busy lately but will definitely make some time after Worlds to update this thread's OP. :)

Joining you in wishing Kazuki well, and thanks for the update. Great avatar & title there, btw :D
 

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Congratulations, Kazuki! Great skate he can be proud of, and a great introduction onto the biggest stage. Good luck in the free!
 

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I had never seen him skate before today and I loved it! I was totally sold on his expression.

I guess we add him to the ever-growing list of members of Team Japan I cheer for no matter what :laugh:
 
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