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Kao Miura Going for Gold at World Junior Championships, 2026 Olympics

Miura made it clear that he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Yuzuru Hanyu, the superstar he looked up to as a young boy, and win the Olympic gold medal.



Kao Miura in a January 2022 file photo (AP/via KYODO)

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CALGARY, Canada ― It has been a coming-of-age season for Kao Miura, so to speak, yet he is still only 17 years old. The young boy who came up as a powerful jumper has blossomed into a polished and talented all-around skater.

Following practice in the main rink on Tuesday afternoon, February 28, Miura spoke to JAPAN Forward in an exclusive interview and discussed his goals for this season and the future, and cited the skating legend whom he admired as a youth.

Miura enters the World Junior Championships having won the Four Continents Championships in Colorado in mid-February in impressive fashion. He said he is slowly rounding into shape here.

"Yesterday's practice was good, but today the performance was not so good," Miura stated in the Canadian province of Alberta. "But my condition is not bad. I still have two more days to train and I am confident."

The men's short program will be held on Thursday afternoon.

I asked the Tokyo native what were the keys to his success this campaign.


"At the beginning of the season, I came down with the [COVID-19] infection," Miura recalled. "While I was sick, my fellow competitors got good results. Their performance and results motivated me.

"In the Grand Prix series (Skate America, Skate Canada) I was able to get second place at both," Miura continued. "These results inspired me even more."

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Author: Jack Gallagher

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