Satoko Miyahara

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Satoko Miyahara (Miyahara Satoko; Kana: みやはらさとこ; Kanji: 宮原知子) is a Ladies Singles skater who represents Japan. She was born on 26th March 1998 in Kyoto, Japan.

Satoko is the 2015 World Silver Medalist and 2018 World Bronze Medalist, 2014-2017 National Champion, 2016 Four Continents Champion, and the 2015 & 2016 Grand Prix Final Silver Medalist. She is a four-time Japanese champion.

How to pronounce Satoko Miyahara's name
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVvgtGgnWAc


Biographical information

ISU Bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00012461.htm

JSF Bio: http://skatingjapan.or.jp/national/detail.php?athlete_id=210

Icenetwork Bio (archive):
https://web.archive.org/web/20180630082012/http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/profile/satoko_miyahara

Wikipedia Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satoko_Miyahara

Social media

Official blog: https://ameblo.jp/satoko-miyahara/


Personal Best Total Score219.71ISU GP Skate America 2018
Personal Best Score Short Program76.08ISU GP NHK Trophy 2018
Personal Best Score Free Skating145.85ISU GP Skate America 2018


Personal Best Total Score222.382018 Olympic Games
Personal Best Score Short Program75.942018 Olympic Games
Personal Best Score Free Skating146.442018 Olympic Games




COMPETITIVE HISTORY

UPDATED FEBRUARY 2020
Video Links under placings



2019-2020
SP Music: Yalla, Tabla & Percussion Solo - Egyptian Disco (Buddha Bar edit) by Zwirek, Bashir Abdel Aal, David Visan
FS Music: Theme of Schindler's List, Prelude in C sharp minor

COMPETITIONSPFSTOTALGALA
Bavarian Open 20201 (66.11)1 (125.91)1 (192.02)
Japanese National Championships 20192 (70.11)6 (121.32)4 (191.43)
Rostelecom Cup 20196 (63.09)4 (129.33)4 (194.42)X
Cup Of China 20192 (68.91)2 (142.27)2 (211.18)
Japan Open 2019-4 (134.94)2 (team)
US International Skating Classic 20191 (74.16)2 (130.14)1 (204.30)


2018-2019
SP Music: "Song for the Little Sparrow" by Abel Korzeniowski
FS Music: "Invierno Porteno" by Astor Piazzolla

COMPETITIONSPFSTOTALGALA
World Championships 20198 (70.60)6 (145.35)6 (215.95)X
Bavarian Open 20192 (67.79)1 (136.77)1 (204.56)
Japanese National Championships 20181 (76.76)4 (146.58)3 (223.34)
Grand Prix Final 20186 (67.52)6 (133.79)6 (201.31)
NHK Trophy 20182 (76.08)2 (143.39)2 (219.47)
Skate America 20181 (73.86)1 (145.85)1 (219.17)
Japan Open 2018-3 (127.99)1 (team)
US International Skating Classic 20181 (67.53)1 (133.70)1 (201.23)


2017-2018
SP Music: "Memoirs of a Geisha" by John Williams
FS Music: "Madama Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini

COMPETITIONSPFSTOTALGALA
World Championships 20183 (74.36)3 (135.72)3 (210.08)
Olympic Games 2018 Individual Event4 (75.94)4 (146.44)4 (222.38)
Olympic Games 2018 Team Event 4 (68.95)--
Four Continents Championships 20181 (71.74)3 (135.28)3 (207.02)X
Japanese National Championships 20172 (73.23)1 (147.16)1 (220.39)X
Grand Prix Final 20173 (74.61)4 (138.88)5 (213.49)X
Skate America 20171 (70.72)1 (143.31)1 (214.03)X
NHK Trophy 20176 (65.05)6 (126.75)5 (191.80)X


​2016-2017
SP Music: "Musetta's Waltz" from "La Boheme" by Giacomo Puccini
FS Music: "The Planets" by Gustav Holst & "Star Wars" OST

COMPETITIONSPFSTOTALGALA
Japanese National Championships 20161 (76.49)1 (138.38)1 (214.87)X
Grand Prix Final 20163 (74.64)2 (143.69)2 (218.33)X
NHK Trophy 20163 (64.20)2 (133.80)2 (198.00)X
Skate Canada 20165 (65.24)3 (126.84)3 (192.08)X
Japan Open 2016-2 (143.39)1 (team)X
US International Skating Classic 20161 (70.09)1 (136.66)1 (206.75)


2015-2016
SP Music: "Firedance" by Bill Whelan
FS Music: "Un Sospiro" by Franz Liszt
COMPETITIONSPFSTOTALGALA
Team Challenge Cup 20163 (73.28)2 (145.02)2 (218.30)*X
World Championships 20166 (70.72)3 (139.89)5 (210.61)X
Four Continents Championships 20161 (72.48)1 (142.43)1 (214.19)X
Japanese National Championships 20151 (73.24)1 (139.59)1 (212.83)X
Grand Prix Final 20154 (68.76)2 (140.09)2 (208.85)X
NHK Trophy 20151 (69.53)1 (133.58)1 (203.11)X
Skate America 20153 (65.12)3 (122.95)3 (188.07)X
Japan Open 2015-2 (134.67)1 (team)
US International Skating Classic 20151 (63.48)1 (120.16)1 (183.64)


*total score not counted

2014-2015
SP Music: "The Magic Flute" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
FS Music: "Miss Saigon" OST by Claude-Michel Schoenberg
COMPETITIONSPFSTOTALGALA
World Team Trophy 20156 (60.52)3 (129.12)3 (189.64)X ; X
World Championships 20153 (67.02)4 (126.58)2 (183.60)X
Four Continents Championships 20151 (64.84)2 (116.75)2 (181.59)X
Japanese National Championships 20142 (64.48)1 (131.12)1 (195.60)X
NHK Trophy 20144 (60.69)2 (118.33)3 (179.02)X
Skate Canada 20144 (60.22)3 (121.53)3 (181.75)X
Japan Open 2014-2 (131.94)3 (team)
Lombardia Trophy 20141 (58.12)1 (125.78)1 (183.90)



2013-2014
SP Music: "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" OST by Ryuichi Sakamoto
FS Music: "Poeta" by Vincente Amigo
COMPETITIONSPFSTOTALGALA
Gardena Spring Trophy 201462.18105.041 (164.22)
World Junior Championships 20144 (63.57)4 (114.12)4 (177.69)X
Four Continents Championships 20144 (60.27)2 (126.06)2 (186.53)X
Japanese National Championships 20134 (66.52)5 (125.06)4 (191.58)X
Rostelecom Cup 20136 (56.57)6 (109.19)5 (165.76)X
NHK Trophy 20136 (58.39)5 (111.81)5 (170.21)X
Asian Trophy 20131 (54.43)1 (115.42)1 (169.85)



2012-2013
SP Music: "Voice of Spring Waltz" (Frühlingsstimmen Walzer) by Johann Strauss Jr./ “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens
FS Music: "Romeo and Juliet" and "Adagio"
COMPETITIONSPFSTOTALGALA
World Junior Championships 20136 (52.16)8 (95.26)7 (147.42)X
Japanese National Championships 20123 (60.19)3 (120.36)3 (180.55)
Junior Grand Prix Final 20125 (49.60)5 (108.14)5 (157.74)X
Japanese Junior National Championships 20121 (61.31)1 (111.37)1 (172.68)
Junior Grand Prix Bosphorus 20126 (46.62)2 (96.74)3 (143.36)
Junior Grand Prix Lake Placid 20121 (54.76)1 (106.89)1 (161.65)
Junior Asian Trophy 20122 (49.29)1 (98.92)1 (148.21)



2011-2012
SP Music: "Por Una Cabeza" from the "Scent of a Woman" OST by Thomas Harris
FS Music: "Mother Goose Suite" by Maurice Ravel
COMPETITIONSPFSTOTALGALA
World Junior Championships 20124 (52.97)6 (104.81)4 (157.78)X
Japanese National Championships 201115 (47.06)3 (116.79)6 (163.85)
Japanese Junior National Championships 20111 (56.76)1 (115.41)1 (172.17)
Junior Grand Prix Walter Lombardi 20117 (44.91)3 (98.33)5 (143.24)
Junior Grand Prix Baltic Cup 20112 (56.46)2 (105.74)2 (162.20)



2010-2011
COMPETITIONSPFSTOTAL
Novice Triglav Trophy 201135.3273.072 (108.39)
Japanese Junior National Championships 201010 (43.74)4 (96.49)4 (140.23)
Japanese Novice A National Championships 2010-2 (83.96)2 (83.96)
Kinki Regionals (Novice A) 2010-1 (83.68)1 (83.68)


2009-2010
COMPETITIONSPFSTOTAL
Novice Triglav Trophy 201038.3090.852 (129.15)
Japanese Junior National Championships 20094 (48.32)6 (82.67)4 (130.99)
Japanese Novice A National Championships 2009-4 (75.25)4 (75.25)
Kinki Regionals (Novice A) 2009-3 (75.93)3 (75.93)



2008-2009
COMPETITION SP FS TOTAL
Japanese Novice B National Championships 2008-1 (63.38)1 (63.38)
Kinki Regionals (Novice B) 2008-1 (62.36)1 (62.36)



2007-2008
COMPETITIONSPFSTOTAL
Japanese Novice B National Championships 2007-1 (66.03)1 (66.03)
Kinki Regionals (Novice B) 2007-3 (52.81)3 (52.81)


EXHIBITION PROGRAMS

Exhibition to "One More Try" at THE ICE 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6SdoYbH4w8

Exhibition to "Hernando's Hideaway" with Stephane Lambiel at Fantasy on Ice 2016
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4jvjvg_faoi2016-nagano-satoko-miyahara_sport

Exhibition to "Bang Bang Bang" by Big Bang with Japanese Champion and coach Yamato Tamura at Friends on Ice 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_6BtneqHDM

Exhibition to “The Man I Love” at 2015 World Championships. March 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwKbK4rFY4k

Exhibition to "Let Her Go" by Jasmine Thompson at the 2014 Skate Canada
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Dv8jrIOb4

Exhibition to "Solace" by Vanessa Mae at the 2013 NHK Trophy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAo9kmLX7HQ

Exhibition to "Sympathique" by Pink Martini at the 2012 World Team Trophy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIp3vkQCyww

Exhibition to "Por Una Cabeza" at the 2011 World Dream Skaters On Ice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPebyU62D6Y

Exhibition to the "Pink Panther" at the 2008 Ageon Cup gala
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT_Yw_jtJ0w

Interview from 2012 – in Japanese but fun clips of her skating
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmI93q3-XSI


Golden Skate Articles

Japan's Satoko Miyahara strikes gold in Taipei, February 2016:
http://www.goldenskate.com/2016/02/4ccs-ladies/

Japan's Miyahara gains confidence, February 2016:
http://www.goldenskate.com/2016/02/satoko-miyahara-2/

I Still Have a Long Way to Go, June 2015:
http://www.goldenskate.com/2015/06/satoko-miyahara/

2012 JGP Lake Placid Recap, September 2012:
http://www.goldenskate.com/2012/09/2012-jgp-lake-placid-recap/


Golden Skate Threads

Underrotations affecting PCS – A Study of Satoko
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?55829-Underrotations-affecting-PCS-A-study-of-Satoko

Thoughts on Satoko Miyahara's skating
http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?60035&p=1459655#post1459655


Other Articles

Satoko Miyahara, Shoma Uno and a surprise guest lead host nation to victory in Japan Open, October 2016
http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2016/10/436602.html

Miyahara shows humility in dismantling ladies field, September 2016
http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2016/09/17/201945804

'Nervous' Miyahara outclasses ladies field in SLC, September 2016
http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2016/09/16/201747272/nervous-miyahara-outclasses-ladies-field-in-slc

Hanyu, Medvedeva favored for figure skating gold, March 2016
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/hanyu-medvedeva-favored-figure-skating-gold-020741114.html

Hanyu, Miyahara go for double gold at Worlds, March 2016
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/...-miyahara-go-double-gold-worlds/#.VvpptvmUfz_

Miyahara primed for a run at first world title, February 2016
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/...ra-primed-run-first-world-title/#.VsyazPmUclK

Yuzuru Hanyu and Satoko Miyahara win National Championships, December 2015
http://aramajapan.com/news/yuzuru-hanyu-and-satoko-miyahara-win-national-championships/53463/

Satoko Miyahara: Japan's Leading Lady, December 2015
http://www.ifsmagazine.com/articles/32824-satoko-miyahara-japan-s-leading-lady

Miyahara outshines Asada to remain champion, December 2015
http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/12/27/160527558

Yuzuru Hanyu 1st, Satoko Miyahara 2nd, Shoma Uno 3rd at Grand Prix Final, December 2015
http://aramajapan.com/news/yuzuru-h...-2nd-shoma-uno-3rd-at-grand-prix-final/53171/

Shoma Uno places 2nd, Satoko Miyahara 3rd at Skate America, November 2015
http://aramajapan.com/news/shoma-uno-places-2nd-satoko-miyahara-3rd-at-skate-america/51650/

Miyahara rises to occasion, collects first title, December 2014
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/.../miyahara-rises-occasion-nabs-national-title/
 
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BounceAround

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I love that she expresses the music with her skates!
 
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chasingpolaris

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I started to pay attention to her after watching her 4CC SP this year. Just love the way she moves on the ice, though her jumps lack height and aren't that pleasing to my eyes. However her lightness and gracefulness just moves me.

Super happy for her LP at Skate Canada. Just wonderful! Great start for the season!
 

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Satoko really won me over this season with her "Miss Saigon" free program. I think she has a real chãnce to ẅin Japanese Nationals this December, and I am saying that as a Kanako fan.
 

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I love that she expresses the music with her skates! She deserves a fan thread. :)
Not just with her skates, but especially her arms down to the very tip of her fingers. I don't use the word "exquisite" very often, but there you go. I think her LP is a wonderful package for her. :)

She's also going to NHK?
 

BounceAround

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Not just with her skates, but especially her arms down to the very tip of her fingers.

I completely agree with you! I just emphasized the skates because that's the aspect that matters the most to me, and I feel that skaters often attempt to compensate for a lack of expression with the skates by doing extra upper-body movement. I know that's something I was guilty of :). She will be at NHK. I'm excited to see her.
 

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I'm so utterly taken with this girl. Her musicality kills me, in the best way possible. I've always enjoyed her and rooted for her since her junior debut, but this year she has become so amazingly expressive that I'm turning into an uber. Everybody is so critical of her small jumps and even for BEING small, but I don't care. Because for me, I don't even need her to jump at all - the rest of her skating is THAT good.

A revisit of her junior debut SP. This first made me a fan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAuD9PJqq5g
 

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I loved her Miss Saigon LP. :yes: I'm a wee bit worried about the packaging her team went with for the SP, but she's very promising, and I look forward to seeing more of her.

And it's always great to watch someone who can spin both directions.
 

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I also liked the "Miss Saigon" program and yes, she's very musical. :clap:

Did anyone else think Tara sounded too critical of Satoko? Can't remember the exact words, but there was something in the tone of her voice that sounded unnecessarily harsh. :scratch:
 

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What did Tara say, do you have the link? I watched the Euro sport so I don't know about NBC.

Anyways I just love Satoko'a Miss Saigon. Best choreography of this season so far. She did even better than Japan Open. Very wonderful. I might sound critical towards her but overall I love her LP very much. Not so much about her SP, I wish they changed the dress for her.

I wonder about Satoko's coach. How they work on her jumps. I've read somewhere that her jumps has not much height because of the technique and it can be fixed (her toe peick or something like that).

Mie Hamada's students are elegant but weak at jumps, but Satoko has been sent to Kulik's training camp, together with Shoma to work on her jumps for the past summers. She also went to Colorado, probably to work on choreography and refine her musical interpretation. Can her jumps get higher? I assume she doesn't have much elevation because her muscles are tiny, but then I'm no jump expert.
Ms Hamada seems to be humble and aware of her strength and weakness as a coach and I love that she's open to letting her students working with other specialists to work on their weak areas. She also said that Satoko wasn't the most skilled student in her class, but she's the most hardworking student she's ever had and the only time Hamada ever saw her cry is when she had to finish practice early because of her mother's job . You can tell from previous seasons that Satoko's musicality didn't come naturally and she really had to work hard for that. Satoko has won me over since her "Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence".
 

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She's like Akiko Suzuki in a small body. I notice that Satoko's still wearing braces. From my observation, shy tiny girls like Satoko will look very beautiful in their 20s. Let's see if my prediction comes true :).
 

thoakun

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Btw, is NHK ladies the most competitive event of this season? There'll be Zijun, Alena, Adelina, Polina, Gracie and Satoko. 6 talented skaters, only 3 medals up for grabs :eek:
 

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Btw, is NHK ladies the most competitive event of this season? There'll be Zijun, Alena, Adelina, Polina, Gracie and Satoko. 6 talented skaters, only 3 medals up for grabs :eek:

Plus Kanako.

It's going to be interesting and exciting for sure. I think if Satoko fixes her lip / flutz and her URs, there is a chance of her earning a medal there and at Nats. Heck, she might even win gold at Nats, which is what I'm predicting.
 

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Plus Kanako.

It's going to be interesting and exciting for sure. I think if Satoko fixes her flutz and her URs, there is a chance of her earning a medal there and at Nats. Heck, she might even win gold at Nats, which is what I'm predicting.

At this point, she might be the favourite for Nats. She's my second favorite jp lady after Wakaba :) But isn't her problem lipping rather than flutzing? Her lip isn't too bad either.
 

chasingpolaris

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^ In SC, it was lip. I'm thinking back to a couple years back when she had the flutz problem in JGP. Should probably clarify that in my post though. Thanks!
 
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