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“And after 50 years I see myself in figure skating.” Rika Kihira

Japanese figure skater Rika Kihira gained worldwide fame after winning the 2018 Grand Prix Final in Vancouver. Then she beat the Olympic champion Alina Zagitova, and set a new world record in the short program, before which also belonged to Alina Zagitova.

Kihira burst into the world arena in figure skating, like a bolt from the blue

Rika Kihira was born on July 21, 2002 in Nishinomiya, Japan. Kihira has the simplest family, her mother works in a supermarket, and her father in the office, the girl’s relatives are not involved in sports. Ricky has an older sister, Mo, who began to practice figure skating in her childhood, but subsequently left this sport. Rika began figure skating at the age of five. The girl also did gymnastics, ballet, went to a music school in piano. Ricky’s parents made many sacrifices to give her daughter a decent education and future. In juniors, Kihira did not really shine with results, the girl was 11th, 8th, 4th, but sometimes luck was smiling at the skater and she took gold and silver.

Now Rika Kihira is engaged in figure skating in one of the best schools in Japan, where they “make” champions

The current coach of Ricky Kihira, Mie Hamada, noted that in juniors Rika did not show much hope, and then the strongest in the Hamada group was Marine Honda. But in the 2016/2017 season, at the stage of the Junior Grand Prix in Ljubljana, Rika beat Marine with an advantage of 15.49 points, and won first place. The triple axel, which she performed in the free program, brought success and victory to the girl. In subsequent competitions, the triple axel became Ricky’s main weapon against competitors for the top places, but the girl performed it extremely unstably, and the 2017/2018 season was not particularly successful for the junior.

Already then, in the season 2016/2017, at the junior Grand Prix stage in Slovenia, Rika Kihira made the first application that she is a strong competitor in the fight for medals

In 2018, Kihira moved to adult competitions, having noticeably added both in choreography and in technology. On account of the skater in the season 2018/2019 there are already six gold medals, and one silver. The girl herself explains this success as follows: “In juniors, I played very unstably, there were 11th and 1st places in the same season, of course the tournaments were different. It tempered me. Looking back at my failures, I promised myself that I would improve with each tournament and ride only better, and I won’t allow any more failures. ”

Coach Ricky, Mie Hamada, before the competition sets up the skater is always very positive

Rika carefully monitors her weight, which is 43 kg (with a height of 154 cm), to easily perform complex jumps. At the beginning of 2019, the girl demonstrated in the video The Skating Lesson on Youtube jumps in four turns – salchow and sheepskin coat. In the next season, she intends to perform them in competitions. Her trainer Mie Hamada plans that Rika will be the first adult skater to complete the quad jump in competitions.

Rika Kihira periodically prepares for competitions in the USA with the best specialists in the field of choreography and figure skating

The skater is seriously determined to win further, in particular, in the plans of Kihira, the gold medal of the Olympic Games-2022. This is her main goal. In a television interview on the Japanese channel, the girl shared that she devotes the lion’s share of her time to training, her day starts at three in the morning. Before the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships, the Japanese figure skater even specially trained in the United States with the best specialists in the field of figure skating and choreography. After 50 years, Rika Kihira sees herself in figure skating – the Japanese admitted that in the future she wants to become a good advanced coach.

Ricky Kihira’s day starts at three in the morning. Rika is the ambassador of Red Bull and advertises drinks on her social networks.
Ricky Kihira’s day starts at three in the morning. Rika is the ambassador of Red Bull and advertises drinks on her social networks.

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