World champion Daisuke Takahashi of Japan breezed to victory in the men’s competition at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships Saturday, electrifying the crowd with his precision, power and poise.
Aside from missing a quad toeloop at the beginning of his program, the 24-year-old Takahashi was near perfect, scoring a season’s best 160.51 in the free skate for a total of 244.00, after his dominating performance in Friday’s short program.
Fellow Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu, the 2020 world junior champion, was second with 228.01 after scoring a personal best of 151.58 in the free skate. Jeremy Abbott, the 2009 and 2010 U.S. champion, came in third with 225.71 points. His 148.98 in the free program was his best this season.
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Daisuke Takahashi created history again on Thursday when he was crowned Japan’s first men’s world figure skating champion.
Just weeks after putting Japan on the Olympic men’s podium for the first time with his bronze, the 24-year-old led all the way to seal victory with a near flawless free skate to Nino Rota’s La Strada in the Palavela.
Canada’s Patrick Chan won silver with France’s 2007 world champion Brian Joubert taking bronze, despite both falling during their routines.
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Four years ago at the Turin Games, Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi wore Shizuka Arakawa’s gold medal around his neck as a prank at the athletes’ village. But he suddenly recalled a jinx of “being unable to win a gold medal if you put someone else’s around your neck,” and quickly took it off. That was when Takahashi set his bold target of winning Olympic gold.
No one doubted Takahashi would be a medal contender in Vancouver until he tore ligaments in his right knee in a training accident in October 2008.
Major knee surgery forced him to miss the entire 2008-2009 season, and Takahashi started practicing jumps only last June.
“When I was injured, I never thought I would be standing on this stage, so I am glad I have made it this far,” Takahashi said after winning bronze, the first-ever Olympic figure skating medal by a Japanese man.
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