Hiro Yoshida

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10/21/15  •  Articles

Mie Hamada: Coaching a New Generation of Japanese Ladies

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10/03/15  •  Articles

Penny Coomes & Nicholas Buckland

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04/16/15  •  Articles

Ami Koga & Francis Boudreau-Audet

After skating together for just two seasons, Japan’s Ami Koga, 16, and Francis Boudreau-Audet, 21, will make their senior debut at the World Team Trophy. The duo were named to the team following the recent split of Narumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kihara. It...


03/19/15  •  Articles

Quads or Triple Axels? What The Rising Stars Had to Say

Hiro Yoshida asked Shoma Uno and Adian Pitkeev at the press conference after the short about including quads in their short programs at Europeans and Four Continents and having to include the Lutz at World Juniors. Which is more comfortable for each of them...


03/17/15  •  Articles

Kailani Craine: Aussie Teen On The Rise

Kailani Craine is part of a new wave of young skating talent emerging from Australia. Hailing from a nation known worldwide for its love of competitive sport, it is not surprising that the 16-year-old who hails from Newcastle, has unlimited personal ambitions...


03/08/15  •  Articles

Backstage at the 2015 World Junior Championships

Hiro Yoshida caught up with some of the rising stars and their coaches backstage in Tallinn and posed some interesting questions. Here is what they had to say. Nathan Chen landed in fourth but earned the U.S. some valuable real estate. His placement guarantees...


03/07/15  •  Articles

Mackenzie Bent and Garrett MacKeen: Preparing For The Big Leagues

Mackenzie Bent and Garrett MacKeen are one of the few ice dance teams at Junior Worlds to have competed at both the senior and junior levels this season. Hiro Yoshida asked the Canadian duo how they juggled their training and preparation to compete at both...


03/06/15  •  Articles

Elizabet Tursynbaeva: Young Kazak Star On The Rise

Hiro Yoshida caught up with Brian Orser after the ladies free at the World Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia today to talk about his young student, Elizabet Tursynbaeva, who placed 4th. "A year and a half ago her father sent me a YouTube link and...


04/01/14  •  Articles

Final Thoughts From Worlds

With the conclusion of the gala exhibition on Sunday another World Championships came to a close. I am sure it will come as no surprise to anyone that there was a capacity crowd in place for this fabulous show. More than 18,000 spectators attended each day...


03/29/14  •  Articles

Yuzuru Hanyu: Close Call

Friday night at the Saitama Super Arena and once more there was a packed house from the first flight. Everyone wanted to see whether Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan's first male Olympic figure skating champion, could take his first World title, or if the overnight leader...


03/29/14  •  Articles

Dance Final: Mixed Emotions

It felt a bit strange watching the free dance at a World Championships without Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, but oh, what an interesting event it turned out to be. The previous four World titles had been carved up between...


03/29/14  •  Articles

Runaway Victory for Mao Asada

As I watched the ladies free here in Saitama, I could not help but think back to the last post-Olympic Worlds in this nation. There, in Makuhari, Chiba, another neighboring prefecture of Tokyo, a young Japanese skater by the name of Yuka Sato skated off...


03/28/14  •  Articles

Short Dance: Italians Dance Into the Lead

When you cover an event like the World Figure Skating Championships, it's all go, go, go. Whether it's watching the events, heading to the mixed zone to get comments from skaters or attending the press conferences, the schedule is really packed. So with...


03/27/14  •  Articles

Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy: Take Five

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy captured a fifth World title at their 10th World Championship appearance to close out a memorable career. Fittingly enough, it was also with one of their highest scoring programs ever as the Germans accumulated 145.86...


03/27/14  •  Articles

2014 Worlds - Ladies Score Record Highs

It has been quite a while since I have attended a competition in Japan and there have been a couple of things that have struck me so far. The first is that no matter where a skater comes from there are Japanese fans supporting them. The second is that as...


03/26/14  •  Articles

Men Rock the World Stage in Saitama

In Japan, figure skaters are rock stars. If there was ever any doubt about that, it was dispelled by the reception the competitors in the men's short program received tonight at the Saitama Super Arena. In particular, the acclaim that greeted the three Japanese...



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