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#16 Sports Talk ― Insights On Japanese Figure Skating Success This Season With Jack Gallagher

With exceptional performances in the Junior Grand Prix campaign and a stellar start to the senior events, Japanese figure skating is enjoying a banner season.

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Listen in as sports editor Ed Odeven and Ice Time columnist Jack Gallagher discuss Japan's top performances in the ongoing figure skating season.

The wide-ranging conversation includes Gallagher's analysis of Japanese figure skating Junior Grand Prix winners, including Shunsuke Nakamura, Nozomu Yoshioka and Takeru Kataise on the men's side and Hana Yoshida, Mao Shimada and Ami Nakai in women's competition. His astute observations include opinions on skaters' development curve after Japan missed the past two JGP seasons during the pandemic.

Skate America medalists Kao Miura (men's silver) and Kaori Sakamoto (women's winner) and Skate Canada winners Shoma Uno and Rinka Watanabe are discussed. Also highlighted: the upcoming NHK Trophy, Rika Kihira's comeback from an ankle injury and Uno's career in the aftermath of Yuzuru Hanyu's retirement.

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Author: Ed Odeven

Follow Ed on JAPAN Forward's [Japan Sports Notebook] here on Sundays, in [Odds and Evens] here during the week, and Twitter @ed_odeven

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