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Riku Miura & Ryuichi Kihara


On the Ice
Dec 7, 2018
Riku Miura (Japanese: 三浦 璃来 Miura Riku) and Ryuichi Kihara (Japanese: 木原 龍 Kihara Ryūichi) are Pairs skaters representing Japan. Riku was born on 17 December 2001 in Takarazuka, Japan, and Ryuichi was born on 22 August 1992 in Tokai, Japan.
They teamed up in August 2019 and are coached by Bruno Marcotte, Meagan Duhamel, and Brian Shales, in Oakville, Canada.

Together, they are the 2023 World champions, the 2022-23 GPF champions, the 2022 and 2024 World silver medalists, the 2022 Olympic bronze medalists in the Team Event, the 2022 Skate Canada and 2022 NHK Trophy champions; they have qualified to the 2022-23 GPF.

They are also the 2021 Skate America silver medalists, the 2021 NHK Trophy bronze medalists, the 2021 Autumn Classic champions, the 2019-20 Japanese national champions and placed 10th in their first World Championships together (2021). They also won a bronze medal with Team Japan at the 2021 World Team Trophy. They placed 7th at the 2022 Winter Olympics in the individual event.

Previously, Riku competed with Shoya Ichihashi. They were three-time Japanese Junior National Champions (2016-2018) and winners of the 2017 Mentor Torun Cup (junior category). They also placed in top 10 in the 2018 Four Continents and 2018 Junior World Championships.

Previously, Ryuichi competed with Miu Suzaki with whom he was a two-time Asian Open Trophy medalist and the 2018 Japanese champions. They also competed at the Four Continents Championships and on the Grand Prix series. He is also a two-time Olympian.

ISU Bio:

Riku: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riku_Miura
Ryuichi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryuichi_Kihara

Rink Results:
Riku: http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=12290
Ryuichi: http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=2020

Golden Skate media profile:

Social Media:
Riku's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/riku9111/
Ryuichi's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kihara_ryuichi/
Ryuichi's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryuichi_kihara

Fan Fests with Previous Partners:
Riku/Shoya: https://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?79477-Riku-Miura-amp-Shoya-Ichihashi
Ryuichi/Miu: https://goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?76716-Miu-Suzaki-amp-Ryuichi-Kihara

Personal Best Total Score222.16ISU World Championships 2023
Personal Best Score Short Program80.72ISU World Championships 2023
Personal Best Score Free Skating144.352024 World Championships

Programs and Videos:
SP: "I Put A Spell on You," performed by Kandace Springs. Slotkin, Hawkins (with a Moonlight Sonata mash-up)
FS: "Une chance qu'on s'a" by Celine Dion, Jean-Pierre Ferland; choreo by Julie Marcotte

SP: "You’ll Never Walk Alone" by Elvis Presley, Marcus Mumford, Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein ll & Richard Rodgers
FS: "Atlas: Two" by Sleeping At Last; choreo by Julie Marcotte

SP: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, performed by Kathryn Dawn Lang
FS: Woman by Shawn Phillips

2021 NHK Trophy
SP: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=frLaMQbgHxQ
FS: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zzHMQuyEyUQ

2021 Skate America
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NShwg_8Sbxw&t=3s
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuqQQzNLPmE

2021 Autumn Classic
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ81xBCvpYs

SP: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, performed by Kathryn Dawn Lang
FS: Woman by Shawn Phillips

2021 World Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlY9CdkzxpQ
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q6n4AtL3Y4
Ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1bhczeoin4

SP: "Wayward Sisters" (from "Nocturnal Animals" soundtrack) by Abel Korzeniowski; choreo by Allie Hann McCurdy, Valerie Saurette
FS: "Fix You" by Coldplay; choreo by Allie Hann McCurdy, Valerie Saurette
EX: "A Million Reasons" by Lady Gaga

2020 Four Continents:
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOtgevftFBw
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFq0pACBgGM
2020 Four Continents
All events may be viewed here, even in the US

2019 Japanese Nationals
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHM73g8PjM8

2019 ISU GP NHK Trophy (geoblocked in US)
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOjs5cw_fVY
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To8K3WImNqo
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYgM5BL15rY

Competitive History


2019 MOI- "Million Reasons" and Encore FS

Articles, News and other Misc. Items:

An interview from before NHK: https://www.walkerplus.com/trend/matome/article/213163/
An English translation is provided by kokomo on Twitter [URL]https://twitter.com/kokomadekokomo/status/1198717501137289216

Programs and Videos with their previous partners:


SP: "Cry Me a River;" choreo by Julie Macotte (SP), Valerie Saurette (FS)
FS: "Warsaw Concerto" by Richard Addinsel; choreo by Julie Macotte (SP), Valerie Saurette (FS)

2019 Japanese Nationals
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4tHwXXz1dk
2018 JGP Richmond, Canada
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntqmtIff6cQ
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYrBDh9DK1g
2018 JGP Linz, Austria
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqe2t5YmN5g
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNT2vTq54sI

SP: "Miss Saigon" by Claude-Michel Schoenberg
FS: "Warsaw Concerto" by Richard Addinsel

2018 Junior World Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3QNKTDNb8E
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJURBX3mBUU
2018 Four Continents Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d82qeyZxXs8
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htzFLIu1wwo
2018 Japanese Junior Nationals
SP: no video found
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjrs6ODhgBY
2017 JGP Baltic Cup Gdańsk, Poland
SP: no video found
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YPeUctKyQU
2017 JGP Riga Cup, Latvia
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl4eO_nZi6c
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7qYWOQr0Qw

SP: "Miss Saigon" by Claude-Michel Schoenberg
FS: Charlie Chaplin medley
Ex: "Sun & Moon" / "Why God Why"

2017 Junior World Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-PkL4Dnzw8
FS: no video found
2017 Mentor Toruń Cup
Ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZdqVNGkQ58


SP: "Malagueña"
FS:"Turn To Stone" by Ingrid Michaelson; choreo. by Yuka Sato & Jeremy Abbott

2019 Japanese Nationals
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EsuG4lb81M
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxsk2KffMss

SP: "Yuri on Ice" by Taro Umebayashi
FS: "Romeo and Juliet" by Nino Rota
Ex: "Yuri on Ice" by Taro Umebayashi

2018 Japanese Nationals
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_undediYtxM
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HLdi0ryfsI

SP: "Out of the Garage" by Daniel Pemberton / "Mission: Impossible"
FS: "Star Wars" by John Williams ("Duel of the Fates" and "Across the Stars")

2017 Four Continents
FS: https://youtu.be/bCXD_3sOwl8

2017 Japanese Nationals
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ5eQ-r8oEo

SP: no info found
FS: Star Wars" by John Williams ("Duel of the Fates" and "Across the Stars")

2016 Japanese Nationals
SP: no video found
FS: no video found

Original Post by GoneWithTheWind

I really enjoyed watching Riku and Ryuichi compete at the 2019 NHK trophy, and what an achievement to see them achieve a 5th place in their first international competition together. It was lovely to see them so happy in the Kiss and Cry and clearly enjoying skating together during the competition and the exhibition gala. I wanted to open a Fan Fest for them as they have great potential, and I'm sure many others would like a place to show their support for Riku and Ryuichi!
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Record Breaker
Dec 25, 2012
For just a few months training together, I was astounded at how well they performed and how 'right' they worked together.
There's potential here. :luv17:
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Gazing at a Glorious Great Lakes sunset
Record Breaker
Aug 12, 2014
Riku and Ryuichi were such a joy to watch at NHK!:love::luv17::love: They were really one of the highlights of this event for me. I mean, in this sport, where GP participants usually have tension and expectations for themselves, to see a pair exude the pure happiness of a good performance and such joy in skating was just a great bonus. I have re-watched them! and I watched their video from Nationals too ... Riku has a new hairdo, new make-up. :) Is it okay to share the link of their skate from Japanese nationals, or not?


Gazing at a Glorious Great Lakes sunset
Record Breaker
Aug 12, 2014
thank you, Doris. I wasn't sure, since the link is from the GS competition thread. I appreciate the clarification from one of our esteemed administrators.

Here's it is, although I realize now that there's a link to the program already in the OP. Well, at least I'm calling attention to it. It's a lovely skate.


Flying Feijoa

On the Ice
Sep 22, 2019
Do Riku and Ryuichi have many fans at home? Seems like the Japanese public is normally more interested in singles, so I wonder if domestic media realise just what a treasure this team is...
They're amazingly well-rounded: better SBS jumps than many top teams, great quality lifts and throws, that soft flowing kneebend characteristic of Japanese skaters, plus great chemistry and a distinctive style to boot :)


Team Gorgeous Cacti!
Record Breaker
May 2, 2015
I don't know about Japanese fans, but I personally am thrilled Japan finally has a really good Pairs team! :hap10: I watch M/K with real pleasure! I could never understand why Japansese Fed could invest so much in Singles, but not Pairs or ID. It was good idea to send them overseas to Canada, they do really good job with them :)


Dec 5, 2015
Congrats to RikuRyu on their first place SP! I think training abroad is really paying off for them. I look forward to watching their SP.
They are were so delightful! I like their skating but I love their seemingly supportive and positive relationship. Japan is fortunate to have such a wonderful pairs team. Thanks to them, Japan has a shot at an Olympics team medal!
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On the Ice
Dec 7, 2018

Gorgeous SP from Riku and Ryuichi at Skate America! The lift was especially strong and they were thrilled to achieve a new SB. They're in 3rd place going into the free, and have about a 4 point lead over 4th place at the moment. Fingers crossed they have a clean FS and perhaps manage to win their first GP medal :cheer: