Muramoto and Takahashi rewrite ice dancing history

Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi achieved the best result of a Japanese pair in ice dancing on Friday when they finished second at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.

Takahashi, a bronze medalist in men’s figure skating at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and his partner Muramoto placed second in the free dance with 109.48 points and 181.91 overall after also finishing second the day before in the rhythm dance.

Caroline Green and Michael Parsons of the US won at 200.59 after dominating both segments and another US pair of Christina Carreira and Anthony Panomarenko took third at 175.67.

Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi of Japan compete in the Ice Dance Free Dance during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on January 21, 2022. (International Skating Union/Getty/ Kyodo)

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The Japanese pair produced the best performance by a Japanese duo in only their second season of training, skating at “La Bayedere”.

“Achieving a result attracts attention and interest in this discipline. I am happy that we have become the catalyst for this,” said Takahashi, 35. “A podium was beyond my imagination last season (when he started ice dancing).”

“There is joy in becoming a silver medalist, but there is also frustration. We will gain confidence before the world championships (in March).”

The duo missed out on a spot at the Beijing Olympics, but their goal of a top-10 finish at the world championships is now a realistic goal.

“It wasn’t a satisfying performance in either the rhythm dance or the free dance, but it’s really nice to get the best result from a Japanese guy, even though there were some mistakes,” said Muramoto, 28 years old. “We think we can do a lot more.”

Kazuki Tomono is second in the men’s after posting a personal best 97.10 in the short program. The 23-year-old landed two quadruple jumps, salchow and toeloop, in the process.

His compatriot Kao Miura, 16, also landed the same jumps clocking a personal best 88.37 to place third. They chase leader Cha Jun Hwan after the South Korean scores 98.96.

“I was able to put on a pass-worthy performance despite that feeling of tension. I was just happy,” Tomono said.

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