Sota Yamamoto

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YAMAMOTO Sōta (Kana: やまもと そうた; Kanji: 山本 草太) is a Men’s Singles skater who represents Japan. He was born on 10th January 2000 in Kishiwada, Ōsaka, Japan.

He is the 2018 CS Asian Open Trophy champion, the 2014 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist, 2015 Junior World Championships bronze medalist, and 2019 US Classic and Finlandia Trophy silver medalist.

His most recent coach is Yasunori Onishi, his previous coaches are Hiroshi Nagakubo, Yoriko Naruse and Miho Kawaume. In early 2020 he was briefly coached by Yuusuke Hayashi before switching to Onishi.

Are there any Sota fans here?



May 2016 Update by mikaboo


Biographical Info

ISU Bio:
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00013831.htm

Federation Bio:
https://skatingjapan.or.jp/figure/player/detail.php?id=kFttigayOgY=

Rink Results Bio:
http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=724

Stats On Ice Bio:
https://www.statsonice.com/skater/sotayamamoto/

Tracings Bio:
http://tracings.net/yama-sota.html

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


Social Media

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/sota0110/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/so_ta0110


Personal Best Scores

ISU Personal Best Scores for Sota Yamamoto:

http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs_pb_00013831.htm

Personal Best Total Score240.11CS U.S. International Figure Skating Classic 2019
Personal Best Score Short Program92.81CS Finlandia Trophy 2019
Personal Best Score Free Skating157.23CS U.S. International Figure Skating Classic 2019


Competition History and Videos


2020-21 season programs

SP: Dark Eyes
LP: Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story by Randy Edelman

Provisional result list for 2020/21:
- Chubu regionals: SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJdX8AU3Xys , FS (with interview): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsItf3tEQoc
- Japan Open (FS-only event): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOa9WeWEUjw
- West Japan sectionals: SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJdX8AU3Xys , FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXp-e6tuP50

+5 / -5 Grade Of Execution System
DateCompetitionLevelSPFSTotalGala
PosScorePosScorePosScore
2019–20 Season
SP: East of Eden by Lee Holdridge. Choreo by Pasquale Camerlengo
FS: In This Shirt by The Irrepressibles. Choreo by Pasquale Camerlengo
Gala: You're Beautiful by James Blunt
(from PIW, plus interview): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43GpxRam5Pk
18-22 Dec. 2019Japan ChampionshipsSenior1368.16
Interview
7152.33
Interview
7220.49
22-24 Nov. 2019NHK Trophy 2019Senior774.885151.396226.27gala
11-13 Oct. 2019Finlandia Trophy 2019Senior192.816130.432223.24victory ceremony
19-21 Sep.2019US International Classic 2019Senior382.882157.232240.11
10-12 Aug. 2019Gensan Summer Cup 2019Senior267.502140.182207.68
2018–19 Season
SP: Air on the G String by J.S. Bach
FS: Nobunaga Concerto by Taku Takahashi
Gala: "Anthem" from Chess, performed by Josh Groban
21–24 Feb. 2019Challenge CupSenior182.241171.631253.87Gala
Medal Ceremony
20–24 Dec. 2018Japan ChampionshipsSenior1071.958140.749212.69
09–11 Nov. 2018NHK TrophySenior674.985138.426213.40Gala
05–07 Oct. 2018Finlandia TrophySenior872.1610133.639205.79
04–05 Aug. 2018Asian Open TrophySenior657.921141.001198.92Medal Ceremony, Ceremony full

+3 / -3 Grade Of Execution System
DateCompetitionLevelSPFSTotalGala
PosScorePosScorePosScore
2017–18 Season
SP: Anthem
FS: Jekyll and Hyde
Exhibition Gala: Love Theme by Joseph Calleja
16–18 Mar. 2018Coupe du PrintempsSenior669.045128.775197.81Gala
21–24 Dec. 2017Japan ChampionshipsSenior872.8810135.399208.27
02–05 Nov. 2017Western Section ChampPionshipsSenior462.245132.945195.18
29 Sep. – 01 Oct. 2017Chubu Regional ChampionshipsSenior433.05476.014109.06
2016–17 Season
2015–16 Season
SP: Poeta by Vicente Amigo; choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
FS: Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
12–21 Feb. 2016Youth Olympic GamesJunior173.07
Fan Cam 1
Fan Cam 2
3142.451215.52
24–27 Dec. 2015Japan ChampionshipsSenior1162.925152.236215.15Gala
09–13 Dec. 2015ISU Junior Grand Prix FinalJunior372.854132.463205.31
21–23 Nov. 2015Japan ChampionshipsJunior170.421142.981213.40
31 Oct. – 03 Nov. 2015Western Section ChampionshipsJunior163.771139.821203.59
23–26 Sep. 2015ISU Junior Grand Prix Copernicus StarsJunior175.161157.261232.42
02–05 Sep. 2015ISU Junior Grand Prix Colorado SpringsJunior265.113138.573203.68
2014–15 Season
SP: Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninov; choreo. by Yuko Hongo
FS: Lorelei by Raúl di Blasio; choreo. by Yuko Hongo
02–08 Mar. 2015ISU Junior World ChampionshipsJunior769.993145.463215.45
25–29 Dec. 2014Japan ChampionshipsSenior767.196139.616206.80
10–14 Dec. 2014ISU Junior Grand Prix FinalJunior176.143136.983213.12
22–24 Nov. 2014Japan ChampionshipsJunior267.811134.69
News
2210.72
31 Oct. – 03 Nov. 2014Western Section ChampionshipsJunior166.512124.591191.10
24–27 Sep. 2014ISU Junior Grand Prix Tallinn CupJunior266.422136.282202.70
20–23 Aug. 2014ISU Junior Grand Prix CourchevelJunior365.662130.142195.80Gala
2013–14 Season
SP: Tenchijin by Michiru Oshima; choreo. by Yuko Hongo
FS: Lorelei by Raúl di Blasio; choreo. by Yuko Hongo
14–16 Mar. 2014Coupe du PrintempsJunior165.241112.711177.95
20–23 Dec. 2013Japan ChampionshipsSenior1165.9019104.7214170.62
22–24 Nov. 2013Japan ChampionshipsJunior362.2810103.825166.10
01–04 Nov. 2013Western Section ChampionshipsJunior553.613119.923173.53
27–29 Sep. 2013Chubu Regional ChampionshipsJunior259.112111.582170.69
28–31 Aug. 2013ISU Junior Grand Prix Riga CupJunior1156.1512100.0811156.23
2012–13 Season
FS: Soundtracks from “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” by Randy Edelman
27–31 Mar. 2013Triglav TrophyAdvanced Novice145.20176.491121.69
17–18 Nov. 2012Japan ChampionshipsJunior1147.324112.29
News
4159.61
26–28 Oct. 2012Japan ChampionshipsAdvanced Novice195.51195.51
05–08 Oct. 2012Kinki Regional ChampionshipsAdvanced Novice276.06276.06
07–12 Aug. 2012Asian Figure Skating TrophyAdvanced Novice139.78
Photos
1 2 3 4
272.042111.82Interview
2011–12 Season
04–08 Apr. 2012Triglav TrophyNovice142.00
Photos
1 2 3
169.41
Photos
1 2 3 4 5
1111.41Podium
Awards
1 2
25–27 Nov. 2011Japan ChampionshipsJunior1441.621090.9811132.60
28–30 Oct. 2011Japan ChampionshipsAdvanced Novice290.88290.88
08–10 Oct. 2011Kinki Regional ChampionshipsAdvanced Novice290.28290.28
22–26 Aug. 2011Asian Figure Skating TrophyAdvanced Novice139.48344.20283.68


Ice Show Videos

EventProgram
Prince Ice World 2019You're Beautiful by James Blunt
Nagoya Figure Skating Festival 2016Poeta by Vincente Amigo
Dreams on Ice 2015Poeta by Vincente Amigo
The ICE 2014Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninov
World Team Trophy Gala 2013Thunderbirds by Barry Gray


Videos of other competitions

2017 Chubu Regionals
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x64kmbu

2016 High School Championships
FS highlights & Interview: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/sports/skate/archive/2016012501/index.html

2014 Junior High School Championships
SP highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dS7wSRT5Ng&t=39s
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi2C0ZvWnrM


Articles and Interviews

Interview collection on Sota’s recovery - December 18, 2017
https://www.walkerplus.com/article/131458/
(in Japanese)

Yamamoto chosen as JOC's "Next Symbol Athlete" - March 29, 2016
http://www.joc.or.jp/news/detail.html?id=7334
Translation

Sota Yamamoto: broken ankle - March 14, 2016
https://web.archive.org/web/20160313003924/http://jwc2016debrecen.hu/en/sota-yamamoto-broken-ankle/

Interview after JGP Colorado Springs - October 15/16, 2015
Part 1: http://sports.yahoo.co.jp/column/detail/201510130004-spnavi
Translation
Part 2: http://sports.yahoo.co.jp/column/detail/201510130006-spnavi
Translation

Sota Yamamoto sets sights on Junior World title - August 29, 2015
http://www.goldenskate.com/2015/08/sota-yamamoto/

Pigeon Post - Team Nagakubo interview after 2015 Summer Cup - August 9/10, 2015
http://pigeon-post.net/interviews/2015SummerCup_teamNAGAKUBO.html
Translation


Other miscellaneous info. & videos
Rinkai Sports Center competition event (fall 2020) - 'Dark Eyes' in old Poeta costume

The only known video where we see a glimpse of Sota's high school life and baby pics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtCHOwq8Ayo

NHK 2019 press conference, Sota forgets what the question was (what he admires about Yuzuru), is helped by Koshiro and Yuzuru :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0IGIojO-SA

Sota getting choreography in the US (in Japanese)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=577qF0W-ZCc

Talkshow with Shizuka Arakawa (spring 2019), about school and skating (with English subtitles!):
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Sota's story up to Challenge Cup 2019 (in Japanese)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sctku9yxo8I

various short comeback story programs in Japanese:
https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x6xdk2h (translated on the bottom of p.20 of this fanfest)
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6wx48n
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6wvxu9

'High Five on Ice' program (in Japanese, up to Nationals 2018)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf-T2IE5d6Y

'Midori's Room' - fun question/answer segment after NHK 2018, starring Sota, Shoma and Hiroaki
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Wx_WX2S-Og

'Kenji's Room' talkshow (pre-2018/19 season. All 3 in Japanese, translations are on p.19 of this fanfest)
part 1 - https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6tgpmq
part 2 - https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6tt265
part 3 - https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6u8uzi

Sota’s return after his injuries (first half and end of video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RUNy9mVSx0

Costume designer for Poeta and Piano Concerto (2015-2016)
http://www.mu-costume.com/profile-mucostume.html

Shoma and Sota on the cover of World Figure Skating Magazine NEXT (Special Edition) - April 2015
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71ISohQt5XL.jpg

Sota getting lessons from Nobunari Oda
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSqW2erO5lY
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlQYLm17XyA
 
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Maria Victoria

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Jan 10, 2014
Are there any Sota fan here?

Sota Yamamoto 2015 Worlds Jr Bronze medalist. Congrats!

I am. :) I think Sota has a large upside and showed at Jr. Worlds that he could be steady when others had faltered. He also appears to have quite a personality; there is so much "boy" in him. He has been often compared to his idol Yuzuru, and it is not hard for me to see why. And from a video I saw, the link of which I had posted in the TJ fanfest thread, he has already landed a quad in practice. Just turned 15 btw two months ago.
 

Caustica

Final Flight
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Feb 9, 2014
I like him too! First noticed him on the JGP circuit this season. He and Shoma are so adorable together.
 

Caustica

Final Flight
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Feb 9, 2014
I thought his EX today was very nice! Link The spread-eagle bit was just like Yuzuru's SP hahah.
 

juuryokunashi

On the Ice
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Aug 12, 2014
Just when I thought my stanning of Team Japan junior men would (and should) stop with Shoma, Sota comes along. ~_~ I love the kid.

I however can't wait for the time when he gets out of the 'he's just like Yuzuru' comparisons because I believe he'll be able to develop his own skating style and technique, especially now that he's getting more media attention, and, more than likely, better funding from the JSF due to his showing this season.
 
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Interspectator

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Just when I thought my stanning of Team Japan junior men would (and should) stop with Shoma, Sota comes along. ~_~ I love the kid.

I do however can't wait for the time when he gets out of the 'he's just like Yuzuru' comparisons because I believe he'll be able to develop his own skating style and technique, especially now that he's getting more media attention, and, more than likely, better funding from the JSF due to his showing this season.

He gets the comparison (as Shoma does with Daisuke) because of he is such fan-boy. Which is very cute.
But yes, I actually see him going along a different path in his skating. I like his cheeriness. I like his speed. :yes:
 

HanDomi

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Feb 27, 2014
Kurt in CBC said that Sota jumped to Yuzuru's closet and took one of his costumes :laugh2: :laugh2:

I really , really enjoyed Sota exhibition program. I see a lot potential in him. Let's wait and see when he will get quad in competition.
 

Becki

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Nov 28, 2011
Sota does remind me of Yuzuru! I see a future World Champion in him too, along with Shoma :p
 

Rissa

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Dec 11, 2014
I think he needs to project more and also some better choreography (and costumes)

I like his costumes. This sort of costumes is why I love watching figure skating. Normal rules don't apply, and he does look good in them. :)

He's so very young but enjoyable to watch. I hope he'll keep improving and realize all that potential.
 
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Crossover

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While I hardly regard myself as a fan of Sota yet, I think you would ejony this gif which I think is one of the funniest moments in the Junior World Championships 2015.

Sota can join to a boy band :biggrin:
 

juuryokunashi

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I remember Machiko Yamada did the commentary for Nagoya fs festival last year which Sota was part of, and she said that he actually has more potential than Yuzuru at the same age.

I actually agree--not putting Yuzuru down, but he won gold at Jr Worlds when he was 15, but only after 2 tries. This is Sota's first Jr Worlds outing, and he got bronze. Also considering the depth and progression of figure skating these days, it's easy to see that the younger generations will more than likely exceed the achievements of their predecessors.

Back to Sota, though: from an interview/special feature on TV I gleaned that he wants to 'perfect' his 3A first before putting quads in his programs? Suffice to say I just want all the best for Sota (and Shoma) considering the hype that's been built up around them by the Japanese media.
 

matmuh

what are levels anyway
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I actually agree--not putting Yuzuru down, but he won gold at Jr Worlds when he was 15, but only after 2 tries. This is Sota's first Jr Worlds outing, and he got bronze. Also considering the depth and progression of figure skating these days, it's easy to see that the younger generations will more than likely exceed the achievements of their predecessors.

Back to Sota, though: from an interview/special feature on TV I gleaned that he wants to 'perfect' his 3A first before putting quads in his programs? Suffice to say I just want all the best for Sota (and Shoma) considering the hype that's been built up around them by the Japanese media.

to be fair, when yuzuru attended his 1st junior worlds he was just 14 (just turned 14 at december) and when he won he was same age as Sota now and he was much more expressive than sota . successes of older generations encourages younger generations to raise the bar set before them. not saying this to put sota down, i enjoy him even though he has many weaknesses aside from jump :laugh: good luck to him for the next season and for the rest of his career :cheer:
 

Rissa

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Dec 11, 2014
Sota seems eligible for senior circuit now. With all the comparisons to Yuzuru, it makes me wonder if he'll switch to adult so soon as well. Probably not, though, since there are still junior titles for him to be won, although Jin Boyang is not going to make winning them easy.
 

Plumededragon

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Sota seems eligible for senior circuit now. With all the comparisons to Yuzuru, it makes me wonder if he'll switch to adult so soon as well. Probably not, though, since there are still junior titles for him to be won, although Jin Boyang is not going to make winning them easy.
According to the info, unlike Shoma, Sota is staying in the Junior circuit for one more year. A right choice, I think. And you're right, Jin will not make things easy for him, and thanks goodness for that. To have high-skilled rivals is one of the best ways to motivate yourself and make progress. :yes:
 

matmuh

what are levels anyway
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boyang is 17 already, i would be surprised if he doesnt turn senior next year :scratch: but you never know :laugh: but regardless of boyang sota is gonna have enough rivals
 
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