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Uno Shoma defeats Yamamoto Sota to win the NHK Trophy

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Uno Shoma defeats Yamamoto Sota to win the NHK Trophy

World Champion Uno Shoma won his second ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix of the season and eighth overall NHK trophy on Saturday (November 19).

Night leader Yamamoto Sota he was second to the Republic of Korea Junhwan Cha moving up from sixth place to the podium.

As Yamamoto rode last, Uno challenged with a great free skate, landing his first two quads in style.

He then doubled what should have been a quad flip, but the two-time Olympic singles medalist was otherwise excellent at skating to Bach’s “Air on a G String”, nailing a quad toeloop and a quad toeloop-double toeloop combination before hitting a second triple Axel.

The winner of Skate Canada made it on time but put the home fans on their feet and was awarded the season’s best score of 188.10 for a total of 279.76.

Grand Prix de France runner-up Yamamoto made a confident start in the free skate with three quad jumps.

But the 2016 Youth Olympic champion Lillehammer fell in both of Axel’s triple attempts, resulting in reps being subtracted, ruining his chances of victory.

The 22-year-old was only sixth on the day in the free skate with a score of 161.36, but it was enough to keep his second place overall (257.85) and secure a place in next month’s Grand Prix Final in Turin.

Cha moves up three places down make a podium

Junhwan Cha showed a much better jump here after a disappointing short program on Friday dropped him to sixth place.

Korean with a trainer Brian Orser rink, he performed his first two quad jumps with confidence, although he later had to struggle to stay upright as his second triple Axel was noticeably wobbly. But the 2018 PyeongChang Olympian showed great determination and was rewarded with a season-best score of 174.41 for a total score of 254.76 and fourth place.

Tomono Kazuki he struggled with his jumps again, doubling what should have been a quad Salchow early on before falling for the toeloop quad trial, but his individual expression and musical interpretation was a delight to watch once again.

He landed his two Triple Axels solidly and earned a season-high 166.76 to finish fourth with 251.83.

third night Adam Siao Him Fa he had to come out of the opening quad loop and his next triple Axel was far from certain.

The Frenchman’s jumping improved later with a strong quad Salchow followed by a quad toeloop-Euler-double Salchow combination, although he threw a couple of doubles late which would cost him some points.

The 21-year-old from Bordeaux, who beat Yamamoto to win the Grand Prix de France, scored 163.01 for a total of 250.45, trailing behind Tomono in fifth place to advance to the Grand Prix final.

Uno Shoma performs in the short program at the 2022 NHK Trophy in Sapporo

Photo by REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Men’s NHK Trophy Short Program Results:

1. Uno Shoma (Jap) 279.76 (91.66+188.10)
2. Yamamoto Sota (JAP) 257.85 (96.49+161.36)
3. Junhwan Cha (KOR) 254.76 (80.35+174.41)
4. Tomono Kazuki (Japan) 251.83 (85.07+166.76)
5. Adam Siao Him Fa (FRA) 250.45 (87.44+163.01)
6. Matteo Rizzo (Italy) 240.76 (78.57+162.19)
7. Nika Egadze (GEO) 232.86 (84.47+148.39)
8. Stefan Gogolew (CAN) 221.02 (69.01+152.01)
9. Gabriele Frangipani (Italy) 212.31 (68.78+143.53)
10. Konrad Orze? (KAN) 202.69 (73.10+129.59)
11. Maurizio Zandron (Austria) 201.72 (68.21+133.51)
12. Hiwatashi Tomoki (USA) 185.05 (57.18+127.87)

Fournier Beaudry and Soerensen win their first Grand Prix title in ice dancing

Canadian Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen had a weekend to remember as they embarked on a new career in free dance to claim victory in ice dance.

The runners-up at the Grand Prix de France two weeks ago held a narrow lead over many world medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates.

The Americans set their sights on a season-high 124.13 in the free dance for a total of 209.13 – more than six points higher than their winning tally with Skate America.

Fournier Beaudry and Soerensen needed careers to surpass their training partners, and they achieved it with a second brilliant performance in 24 hours.

And despite deducting one point for the extended lift, the Canadians scored 124.75 to enter the free dance with Soerensen, who fought back tears in a kiss-and-cry.

Their total of 210.41 earned them their first Grand Prix win, as well as a place in next month’s Grand Prix Final in Turin.

Another American duo Carolina Green and Michael Parsonsthey finished third with a score of 191.10 ahead of Lithuania Allison Reed and Saulius Ambrulevicius (189.98).

Kana Muramoto and Takahashi Daisuke it dropped from fifth place overnight to sixth, finishing with a score of 178.78.

Komatsubara Misato and Timwho overtook Muramoto and Takahashi for the only Japanese ice dance spot in Beijing 2022 and won the team medal in China, with a total score of 164.30 for ninth place.

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Miura/Kihara triumph in comfortable pairings

Miura Roar and Kihara Ryuichi he set a new career best to take the pairs victory in Sapporo.

After their new personal best in the short program on Friday, the Japanese Beijing 2022 team medalists were a bit out of sync in their parallel jumps, but otherwise their fluidity and exuberance were exciting.

They scored 137.91 for a total win of 216.16, adding to their victory at Skate Canada.

USA Emily Chan and Spencer Akira Howe they were second (187.49) ahead of the Canadian Brooke McIntosh and Benjamin Mimar (175.65) in a field of six.

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