Having captured the national title for the last two years, Satoko Miyahara, the reigning Grand Prix Final silver medalist, did not succumb to the pressure of defending her title. The 2015 World silver medalist topped the ladies field in Japan once again, while two-time World Junior bronze medalist, Wakaba Higuchi, and this year’s Nebelhorn Trophy champion, Mai Mihara, finished in second and third place, respectively.
The three-time Japanese national champion struggled with under-rotations earlier this year at her Grand Prix assignments, where she placed second and third. She hopes to address the quality of her jumping passes going into the second half of the season.
“I need to make sure I can fully rotate my triples at all times,” said the 18-year-old from Kyoto. “I am working on my consistency so that I can do my best, even though I am not feeling 100 percent physically.”
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