Meet Satoko Miyahara – One of Japan’s Most Promising Figure Skaters

  • Japanese’ love for ice skating helps them produce some of the most successful skaters. Having the culture of good discipline, it is no surprise many of their figure skaters top the world champions’ list. Satoko Miyahara (宮原知子) is one of the best in the country. She is the latest gold medalist of the International Figure Skating Competition 2015 NHK Trophy which was held in Nagano from November 27-29, 2015.

    Who is Satoko Miyahara?

    Satotko Miyahra is a Japanese figure skater who was born in Kyoto on March 26, 1998. Both of her parents are doctors and the family had to move a lot for work. When she was 5 years old, they moved to Houston, Texas. She first experienced ice skating in the USA. After 2 years abroad, they moved back to Kyoto where she started training at a local school. Due to the time spent in America, she also speaks some English.


    Miyahara started trading with a coach at the age of 7 years old, that is also the time she started competing. Since she became eligible for joining the 2011-2012 junior international competition season she won several medals: silver medal at Junior Grand Prix and bronze and gold medals at JGP events in the USA and Turkey, respectively. Her senior career started in 2013-2014 season by winning the Asian Trophy. This was an annual figure skating competition sanctioned by the Asian Skating Union. Her 2015-2016 season started with winning the Lombardia Trophy, the annual international figure skating competition held in Italy.

    2015 NHK Trophy


    The 2015 NHK Trophy was organized by the Japan Skating Federation and skaters had to earn points to qualify for the Grand Prix Finals. This was the last of the six events in the 2015-2016 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Satoko Miyahara finally won the gold medal in the ladies’ section with USA contestant taking the second place and another Japanese taking the third place.

    Satoko is surely one of Japan’s most promising young athletes even though she is still only 17 years old, and the country takes great pride in her medals! Let’s wish Satoko further championship and great success!

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