The ice show 'Nagoya Figure Skating Festival' was held in Nagoya on the 5th, and new star Rika Kihira (16 = Kankyo KFSC) skated in the beginning of 2019.
Showcasing the exhibition song "Faded" with new shoes after the All Japan Championship last December. It boiled in three rotation Saluko, two turns and half. "I want to perform acts that can update my best vest, I want to be a strong player in big competitions." The pursuit of strength was a New Year's oath.
From the 16th to the 27th this month, at a training camp in Colorado, USA, she receives guidance from Tom Dixon. Next month there will be the Four Continents Championship (USA) and in March she will participate in the world championships held in Saitama which is this season's biggest goal.
Although she was busy, she went to the Hirota shrine in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, when she had New Years Day and New Year's Day to rest, and said that she drew a good luck at the Japanese fortune telling.
Rika Kihira completed a flawless free routine Friday to win the women's individual title at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championship.
The 16-year-old, who was fifth after Friday's short program, was all but perfect in her free skate at the Honda Center that included a triple axel and seven other triple jumps.
The judges gave the reigning Grand Prix Final winner 153.14 points for a total of 221.99. She finished 14.53 points ahead of Kazakhstan's Elizabet Tursynbaeva, who took second after registering the third-best free skate total of 139.37.
Despite heading into her maiden World Figure Skating Championships as one of the favorites, ascendant star Rika Kihira said Monday her priority was a performance with "no mistakes."
Having already won the Four Continents Championship and Grand Prix Final in an outstanding debut season on the senior international circuit, the 16-year-old Japanese will contest the worlds for the first time from Wednesday in Saitama near Tokyo.
One of only a handful of women with the triple axel in her arsenal, Kihira landed the jump without a hitch during practice at Saitama Super Arena before giving the meet's venue her seal of approval.
"The condition of the ice is really good, and I think there will be a nice atmosphere in the arena," she said.
"It's my first world championships, and it's at such a big arena, so I might feel a little nervous," Kihira said. "(But) I'm not really thinking about the pressure, I'm just focusing on what I have to do."
"I think I have a chance of winning the championship if I perform the short program and the free routine well, so I just want to think about doing a performance with no mistakes."