2021 Worlds: Team Japan at Evening Practice (Yuzuru Hanyu, Shoma Uno, Rika Kihira)
Team Japan took to the evening practice at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships. Get your first look at the free skates of Yuzuru Hanyu, Shoma Uno and Yuma Kagiyama. Rika Kihira, Kaori Sakamoto and Satoko Miyahara practiced their short programs. With the skaters leaving out some of their jumps and spins, it is a great opportunity to evaluate their skating skills, choreography, glide, spins, footwork and overall preparation for the event.
Unfortunately, none of the Japanese skaters are giving interviews until following the competition.
But we can enjoy this shot of Hanyu Yuzuru, for now.
Also in that group was Latvia's Deniss Vasiljevs, and here's what he said in the mixed zone about his practice: "There's been some ups and downs, but I'm very happy to feel the presence of the other skaters I really missed. I really missed this experience."
3:37pm - Alexandra Trusova nails five quadruple jumps Alexandra Trusova could potentially be gearing up for a world championship debut like no other.
The 16-year-old skating under the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FSR) banner here in Stockholm landed five quadruple jumps during this morning's practice session.
The two-time junior world champion nailed a quadruple flip, quadruple Salchow, quadruple Lutz and triple Salchow combination, quadruple Lutz and triple toe loop combination as well as a quadruple toe loop.
Trusova holds the free skate world record score of 166.62 points which she set at Skate Canada 2019 while she was still under former coach Eteri Tutberidze. In May 2020 she switched over to train under two-time Olympic and three-time world champion Evgeni Plushenko.
We asked Trusova if we can expect to see five quad jumps or even a triple Axel in her free program on Friday, she coyly replied:
"I cannot reveal any secrets. I always say that I will reveal everything on the day. So you will have to wait and see." Alexandra Trusova to Olympic Channel
But Plushenko, who was standing in the background, chimed in "You will see everything soon."
Trusova takes to the ice at 10am tomorrow for the Ladies' short program, in the meantime be sure to watch our interview with Plushenko where he talks about helping Trusova achieve her goal of jumping give quads in competition.