Wakaba Higuchi

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Wakaba Higuchi (Japanese: 樋口新葉) is a Ladies Singles Slater who represents Japan. She was born January 2, 2001, in Tokyo, Japan.
Wakaba is 1.53 m (5 ft 0 in) tall and trains in Tokyo. She began skating in 2004 and is coached by Koji Okajima.
She is the 2019 Japanese National silver medalist.




Biography

ISU Biography

Ice Network (archived June 2018) Biography

Wikipedia Page

JSF Biography (in Japanese)

Rinkresults: http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=3386

Tracings Page

Social Media

Twitter Account

Instagram Account (Private)

Instagram Account (Public)

Snapchat Username: wakabahiguchi


updated 23 February 2020

Personal Bests since 2018-19 season

http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs_pb_00014149.htm


TypeScoreCompetition
Personal Best Total Score207.46ISU Four Continents Championships 2020
Personal Best Score Short Program72.95ISU Four Continents Championships 2020
Personal Best Score Free Skating134.51ISU Four Continents Championships 2020





Historical Personal Bests
Prior to Season 2018-19

TypeScoreCompetition
Personal Best Total Score217.63ISU CS Lombardia Trophy 2017
Personal Best Score Short Program74.26ISU CS Lombardia Trophy 2017
Personal Best Score Free Skating145.30ISU World Team Trophy 2017


Competitive Programs and Videos


2019-20 Season
SP: "Bird Set Free" by Sia; choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne
FS: "Poeta En El Puerto" by Vicente Amigo; "Nada Puede Dormir" by Vicente Amigo; "Poeta En El Mar" by Vicente Amigo; "Poeta En El Viento" by Vicente Amigo; "Barrio San Miguel" by Gino D’Auri; choreo. by Massimo Scali
EX: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"by Tom Eyen, Henry Krieger, performed by Jennifer Hudson, choreo. by Jeffrey Buttle

2020 Four Continents
SP: no video found
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm6GF9OzA9o
Gala: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shyBml5UV2A

2019 Japanese Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Glo6p8lHnM
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv-DxKcRE0w

2019 Internationaux de France
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tP6q4otdsQ
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwuZ-3C0vnQ
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMIlyE34Vs0

2019 Skate America
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQwFTpY_JlY
FS:

2019 Lombardia Trophy
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQwFTpY_JlY
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxbyQ-v0gOQ

2018-19 Season
SP: "Energia" by Sofi Tukker; choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne
FS: "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi; choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne
EX: "Hallelujah" performed by Pentatonix; choreo. by Risa Mochizuki

2019 Challenge Cup
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eva2nAhn-I
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q49eNkGuoMQ

2018 Japanese Nationals
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tAWBGJHr0M
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJj9x6nidyo

2018 Skate Canada
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i-QJiUo6CA
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5NHrqYE0Sk

2018 Autumn Classic
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6FI9J41xXc

2017-2018 Season
SP: "Gypsy Dance" (from Don Quixote) by Ludwig Minkus; choreo. by Massimo Scali
FS: "Skyfall" by Adele; choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne
EX: "Hallelujah," performed by Pentatonix

2018 World Championships
SP:
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z487TH77AE

2017 Japanese National Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_ZNSzqwgg4
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPMjeYtLdqA

2017 Grand Prix Final
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbLUyuJZhXQ
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl8txwXxeQs
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj_d3xN8pRo

2017 Rostelecom Cup
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B40eJnqJx8
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV0BBYTN8qg
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaTzI5NvWDM

2017 Cup of China
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cvo4VZ4fXw
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx9gAs1lgrQ
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpHB0_EXtMk

2017 Lombardia Trophy
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpPPJLV-i7s

2016-2017 Season
SP: "La Cena" (La Califfa) by Ennio Morricone; choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne
FS: Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; choreo. by Massimo Scali
EX: "Byakuyako" by Stin Kono; choreo. by Nanami Abe

2017 World Team Trophy
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytzyFAcy7q4
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W90Hol1EbQg

2017 World Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyHjF-IM6r0
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qALlzoGOmX4

2016 Japanese National.Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT_iV5axurc

2016 NHK Trophy
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ft9Gwza8Rs
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U82z5_sZrIs

2016 Trophee de France
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v71VJsjhGJY
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxYaEZrlnr8

2016 Japan Open
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4iK5TKlR34

2015-2016 Season
SP: "Mambo Fantasy" by Aldemaro Romero, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
FS: "The Mask of Zorro" by James Horner, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
EX: "You Can't Stop the Beat" (from Hairspray), All About That Bass performed by Meghan Trainor

2016 World Junior Championships
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf7IWm1Ihf0
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uk5YtG2Vqc
EX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W7vBCUJlZA

2015 JGP Linz
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnGpPG4AhKM

2015 JGP Zagreb
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jByfkkKVmlk
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFVDnlvLZig

2014-2015 Season
SP: "Beloved Czardas" by Vittorio Monti, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
LP: "Piano Concerto in F" by George Gershwin, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
EX: "Somewhere Only We Know" performed by Lily Allen

2015 World Junior Championships
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AZW-bO04L4

2014 JGPF
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TenHRZ-Hu9I
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C40Gkyag06k

2014 JGP Dresden
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwiYwZzovZc

2014 JGP Ostrava
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiG4-HdJSt8
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcJzQoFXZVI

2013-2014 Season
SP: "Beloved Czardas" by Vittorio Monti, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
LP: Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
EX: "Beloved Czardas" by Vittorio Monti, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe


2012-2013 Season
SP: "City Lights," "The Reel Chaplin: A Symphonic Adventure Part 2" by Charlie Chaplin, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe
LP: Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus, choreo. by Noriko Sato, Nanami Abe

2013 Challenge Cup Novice
SP;: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNaA4G2qtZk
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81D3rqT6UAg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utrD8WRJPKs

2011-2012'Season

2012 Val Gardena Spring Trophy
SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V0kiDriF0Y
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5IYwTLvSZQ

2012 Debs Challenge Cup
FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e4x7tcwP0s


Competitive History

COMPETITIONSPLPFINAL
2019-2020​
2020 Four Continents5 (72.95)5 (134.51)4 (207.46)
2019 Japanese Nationals4 (68.10)2 (138.51)
2 (206.61)
2019 Internationaux de France5 (64.78)7 (109.34)6 (174.12)
2019 Skate America3 (71.76)6 (109.56)6 (181.32)
2019 CS Lombardia Trophy9 (52.33)8 (112.04)8 (164.37)
2018-2019
2019 Challenge Cup4 (62.70)2 (123.54)3 (186.24)
2018 Japanese Nationals4 (72.63) 7 (125.00) 5 (197.63)
2018 Skate Canada 2 (66.51)7 (114.78)6 (181.29)
2018 Autumn Classic International4 (57.54)2 (109.47)2 (167.01)
2017-2018
2018 World Championships8 (65.89)2 (145.01)2 (210.9)
2017 Japanese Nationals4 (68.93)5 (138.03)4 (206.96)
2017 Grand Prix Final5 (73.26)6 (128.85)6 (202.11)
2017 Cup of China2 (70.53)2 (141.99)2 (212.52)
2017 Rostelecom Cup3 (69.60)3 (137.57)3 (207.17)
2017 Lombardia Trophy1 (74.26)2 (143.37)2 (217.63)
2016-2017
2017 World Team Trophy5 (71.41)3 (145.30)1 (team) (216.71)
2017 World Championships9 (65.87)12 (122.18)11 (188.05)
2016 Four Continents Championships10 (58.83)9 (113.22)9 (172.05)
2016 Japanese Nationals3 (68.74)4 (130.75)2 (199.49)
2016 NHK Trophy5 (62.58)4 (122.81)4 (185.39)
2016 Trophée de France5 (65.02)3 (129.46)3 (194.48)
2016 Japan Open-5 (116.99)1 (team)
2016 Lombardia Trophy1 (66.66)3 (112.20)1 (178.86)
2015-2016
2016 World Junior Championships5 (58.08)2 (125.65)3 (183.73)
2015 Japanese National Championships3 (67.48)3 (127.87)2 (195.35)
2015 Japanese Junior National Championships1 (66.83)1 (122.40)1 (189.23)
2015 Junior Croatia Cup1 (60.77)2 (114.29)2 (175.06)
2015 Junior Cup of Austria8 (46.55)4 (110.24)5 (156.79)
2014-2015
2015 World Junior Championships3 (61.27)2 (124.30)3 (185.27)
2015 Japanese National Championships3 (64.35)3 (117.47)3 (181.82)
2014 Junior Grand Prix Final5 (60.37)3 (117.72)3 (178.09)
2014 Japanese Junior National Championships1 (63.98)1 (123.97)1 (187.95)
2014 Junior Pokal der Blauen Schwerter1 (58.99)1 (117.15)1 (176.14)
2014 Junior Czech Skate5 (52.75)1 (116.93)2 (169.68)
2014 Asian Trophy2 (57.05)1 (109.85)1 (166.90)
2013-2014
2014 International Challenge Cup1 (40.35)1 (90.74)1 (131.09)
2013 Japanese Junior National Championships19 (42.37)6 (100.44)8 (142.81)
2013 Asian Trophy3 (31.73)1 (72.57)1 (104.30)
2012-2013
2013 International Challenge Cup1 (41.30)1 (75.13)1 (116.43)
2012 Japanese Junior National Championships6 (51.20)9 (91.88)7 (143.08)
2012 Asian Trophy1 (43.06)2 (64.49)2 (107.55)
2011-2012
2012 Gardena Spring Trophy1 (45.56)1 (63.51)1 (109.07)



Original Post by solar on March 10, 2015​
I think Wakaba's had a FANTASTIC Junior debut season, and I'm so excited to see where she develops in the future! Her speed across the ice and powerful jumps are simply outstanding, and I hope she goes for the 3A sometime in the future!

Also this is my first post in the forum after lurking for quite a while! :laugh: I'm glad I can start her fan-fest page!

 
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I like this girl's huge jumps and speed. I hope she will get better chorography next season.
 

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I am waiting for this thread for soooo long... thank you, I used to try to find Team Japan fan thread to post my appreciation of wakababy.:eek::
wakababy is very cute:yes:
 

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also, I have read across figure skating boards that, general perception of wakababy's performance is that it make people feels good. perhaps not the best choreo. but it make people feels good!
another thing is that, I started to detect some facial expression range of wakababy, her LP and ex, she makes some really dramatic faces in LP, but ex, it just really feels music face, nothing cheesy.
 

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I agree with the better choreography for next season. I think with this season, we've been able to know more about her skating style and what music choices/choreography would work for her. It would be cool if she skated to some really powerful or dramatic music! I think she could pull it off.
 

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I agree with the better choreography for next season. I think with this season, we've been able to know more about her skating style and what music choices/choreography would work for her. It would be cool if she skated to some really powerful or dramatic music! I think she could pull it off.

By the way, welcome to Golden Skate!
 

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Thank you! I've been lurking on the forums for about a year haha :) probably too intimidated to post anything until now!
 

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Thank you! I've been lurking on the forums for about a year haha :) probably too intimidated to post anything until now!

Post often and long! Don't worry, our bark is worse than our bite. :biggrin:
And back to Wakaba, I loved her reaction to her FS score in the kiss and cry.

Happy at the high score, and then, Oh NO! I'm not first. She's got a very transparent personality.
 

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Post often and long! Don't worry, our bark is worse than our bite. :biggrin:
And back to Wakaba, I loved her reaction to her FS score in the kiss and cry.

Happy at the high score, and then, Oh NO! I'm not first. She's got a very transparent personality.

Thank you! I'm excited to meet new people :)

And I completely agree! When she doesn't nail her programs you can see that she's visibly upset. I felt kind of bad for her when she saw her placement after the free skate.
 

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thanks for starting the thread and welcome, great 1st post!! i like her a lot too, she is so daring when skating, she looks at you (judges) and dare them not to like her, she needs to control her emotions after she make mistakes during the program but at the same time that what makes her breath of fresh air, wishing good luck to her for next season ans hoping for better programs :cheer:
 

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I wonder...who will be the most suitable choreographer to bring out Wakaba's artistic side?
 

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I'm not usually one to call myself a "fan" of someone so young, and with such a short career so far.
But Wakaba is pretty exceptional...

Her technical skating skills are spectacular by any standards, not just "for a junior" - especially her speed and attack, and huge jumps. She is already getting level 4's on her steps and spins. Her exhibition routine shows that she is also very capable of skating with grace and elegance too.

But it takes "something more" than just good skating to make me a fan. There are many skaters who I admire for their skill, yet they don't really interest me enough to be a "fan". And some who are frankly lacking in skill, yet they have what it takes to me make me a fan!

I think Wakaba has both the skating skills and that extra "something". It's hard to define what that something is, but part of it is her personality - she seems ambitious, determined, fiercely competitive, and quite self-confident (amazing for someone so young, and born into Japanese culture). She seems cheerful and outgoing, and I like what I've seen of her attitude. I also find her skating fun and enjoyable to watch, she makes me smile and laugh and go "wow".

It's way too early to predict how her career will go - but it looks very promising so far! Great results this year - Junior National champion... bronze medals at the Junior Grand Prix Final, Japan Nationals, and the Junior World Championships - and really, I think she deserved the silver at World's.

I saw her free skate at the GPF in Barcelona, you can see some of my photos --> HERE
She is a such a dynamo! Shame we didn't arrive in time for the junior short programs... :-/

I'm looking forward to seeing how she does next season - especially after reading this:
"I haven't been able to train any quads because I've had so many competitions, but I'm really working hard on the triple Axel. At the moment, I'm about a quarter of a rotation short." (source)

PS. Loved the banners for Wakaba at Worlds: "Super Sonic Girl" :-D
 
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She has been certainly on my watch list since the JGPF in Barcelona. :cheer:
 

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Tom Dickson?

Tom Dickson's program for Satoko this season is wonderful and I think it's one of the best programmes of the season. AFAIK, Coach Mie Hamada's students (including Satoko and Marin Honda) work with Tom Dickson regularly. But I'm less familiar with Wakaba's coach and if he has the connection.

Jeff Buttle as the choreographer will be interesting!
 

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It is reported from twitter that Wakaba is attending a local/regional competition this weekend. It was rumored that she might be debuting her new SP, as in the entry list, her SP music number was not indicated. It is now reported by local audiences that her new SP is (possibly) to a mambo, latino style of music. She starts the program with Stsq, followed by 2 spins, and it seems all jump passes are arranged in the 2nd half of the program. The unofficial score is 61.77.

Adding: links to the news
http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20150404/fgr15040419490001-n1.html

From the news, it is confirmed that the number is indeed her new SP. It also says Wakaba is considering including 2 types of 3-3 jumping passes (out of 3Lz/3T/3L) in her FS, and possibly if she could, adding 3A to the free in the 2nd half of the new season.
 
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