Rika Kihira


"Efforts tell lies, but it will not be in vain."
Record Breaker
Feb 10, 2015
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


JSF Profile: http://skatingjapan.or.jp/national/detail.php?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/


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

Updated 14 July 2020


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.


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


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

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

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

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

Personal Best Total Score233.12ISU Grand Prix Final 2018/19
Personal Best Score Short Program83.97ISU World Team Trophy 2019
Personal Best Score Free Skating154.72ISU GP NHK Trophy 2018



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


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

Videos linked under scores


2019/2020 Season

2018–19 season


2017/2018 Season

2016–17 season

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 5th118.74 3rd178.60 3rd
2016-17 Kinki Regional (junior)64.44 3rd130.74 1st195.18 1st
2016 JGP Slovenia 65.93 2nd128.31 1st194.24 1st
2016 JGP Czech Republic 66.78 1st 118.73 2nd185.51 2nd

2015–16 season

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"Efforts tell lies, but it will not be in vain."
Record Breaker
Feb 10, 2015
Good Luck Rika :clapper::dance:


what are levels anyway
Record Breaker
May 2, 2014
rooting for her to win so she can go to JGPF!!! :cheer:


All Hail the Queen
Record Breaker
Oct 31, 2014
Congratulations to the first 3A landing in competition and the first JGP gold medal!



Record Breaker
Aug 1, 2013
you know what that cam angle really shows how much speed she goes into 3A. it is really a 3A caliber magnificent feel.:dev2:


Match Penalty
Feb 13, 2014
This is the 3A the lady field needs to be pushed forward!! I am fed up with tano and ribbon and backloading tricks.


Record Breaker
Aug 1, 2013
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:biggrin:
I also like Rika's big smile:biggrin:


Match Penalty
Aug 17, 2016
Congratulations to Miss "Air Japan"! :yahoo:

Sensational triple axel, so clean and effortless... :luv17:


Record Breaker
Oct 12, 2015
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.
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what are levels anyway
Record Breaker
May 2, 2014
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 :luv17:


I got cat class and I got cat style
Feb 10, 2014
What a fabulous 3A! It was so exciting to see another skater make history