Keiji Tanaka

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Keiji Tanaka
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Tanaka in 2018
Personal information
Country represented Flag of Japan.svg Japan
Born (1994-11-22) November 22, 1994 (age 26)
Kurashiki, Okayama
Home townKurashiki, Okayama
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
CoachUtako Nagamitsu
Yusuke Hayashi
Choreographer Kenji Miyamoto
Massimo Scali
Former choreographer Nanami Abe
Skating clubKurashiki FSC
Former skating club Kurashiki University
Training locationsKurashiki
Osaka
Began skating2002
World standing 18 ( 2018–19 )
15 ( 2017–18 )
21 ( 2016–17 )
25 ( 2015–16 )
47 ( 2014–15 )
38 ( 2013–14 )
35 ( 2012–13 )
34 ( 2011–12 )
63 ( 2010–11 )
ISU personal best scores
Combined total258.84
2019 World Team Trophy
Short program89.05
2019 World Team Trophy
Free skate169.91
2019 Skate Canada

Keiji Tanaka (田中 刑事, Tanaka Keiji, born November 22, 1994) is a Japanese figure skater. He is the 2016 NHK Trophy bronze medalist, 2019 U.S. Classic champion, 2017 Winter Universiade silver medalist, 2011 World Junior silver medalist, and a two-time Japanese national silver medalist (2016, 2017).

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Career

Tanaka began skating in 2002. [1] He trains in Osaka and Kurashiki under coaches Utako Nagamitsu and Yusuke Hayashi. [2]

2010–2011 season: Silver at Junior Worlds

Tanaka won the bronze medal at the Junior Grand Prix in Romania and placed sixth in his second JGP event in the U.K. He finished ninth at the Japan Junior Championships. At the World Junior Championships, he placed sixth in the short program and first in the long program to win the silver medal.

2011–2012 season

Tanaka won two medals on the JGP series and qualified for his first JGP Final, where he finished sixth. He finished second at the Junior National Championships. He was seventh in his second trip to the World Junior Championships.

2012–2013 season

Tanaka won silver at one JGP event and finished 4th in another, qualifying for his second JGP Final, where he placed sixth again. After receiving the junior national bronze medal, he was selected to compete at the 2013 World Junior Championships but withdrew due to injury.[ citation needed ]

2013–2014 season

Tanaka won two gold medals during the 2013–14 JGP series and qualified for his third JGP Final. He finished fourth after placing first in the short program and fourth in the free skate. He won his first junior national title and was selected to go to the 2014 World Junior Championships, where he once again finished in seventh place.

2014–2015 season

Tanaka received one Grand Prix assignment, the 2014 Cup of China, where he placed eighth. He finished eighth at the 2014-15 Japanese National Championships and second at the Gardena Spring Trophy later that season.

2016–2017 season: National silver medal

During the Grand Prix series, Tanaka placed seventh at the 2016 Rostelecom Cup and won the bronze medal at the 2016 NHK Trophy. He received silver at the Japan Championships, in December 2016. In February 2017, he took silver at the Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

2017–2018 season: Pyeongchang Olympics

Tanaka finished eighth at the 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy after placing fourth in the short program and ninth in the free skate. He received two Grand Prix assignments, 2017 Rostelecom Cup and 2017 Cup of China. He withdrew from the first event due to a muscle injury in his right hip-pelvic area. [3] In December, Tanaka won his second National silver medal, [4] and was named to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Four Continents Championships and the 2018 World Championships.

At the 2018 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Tanaka set new personal bests in the short program, free skate and overall, finishing fourth. [5] He placed eighteenth at the 2018 Winter Olympics after placing twentieth in the short and fifteenth in the free. [6] He ended the season with a thirteenth-place finish at the World Championships.

2018–2019 season

Again beginning the season at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy, Tanaka won the bronze medal. He placed eighth at both of his two Grand Prix assignments, the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki and the 2018 Internationaux de France. At the Japanese National Championships, he won the bronze medal behind Shoma Uno and Daisuke Takahashi. He placed seventh at the 2019 Four Continents Championships, and fourteenth at the 2019 World Championships.

2019–2020 season

Tanaka began his season at the 2019 U.S. Classic, where he won the gold medal.

Tanaka's first Grand Prix assignment was the 2019 Skate Canada International in Kelowna. Whilst traveling from a training session at the arena, Tanaka and fellow Japanese skater Marin Honda were in a car accident that led to both being briefly hospitalized. Tanaka was left with a sore knee. [7] Tanaka was fifth in the short program after tripling a planned quad Salchow and managing only a double toe loop as part of his combination jump. [8] He skated a new personal best in the free skate, despite two jump errors, and won the bronze medal. [9] Tanaka was fifth at the Cup of China, his second Grand Prix. [10]

At the 2019–20 Japan Championships, Tanaka placed fourth in both programs to place fourth overall. He was nevertheless assigned to Japan's team for the 2020 World Championships over bronze medalist Yuma Kagiyama who was assigned to the World Junior and the Four Continents championships. [11] [12] The World Championships were subsequently cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. [13]

2020–2021 season

Tanaka was assigned to compete at the 2020 NHK Trophy on the Grand Prix, as part of an all-Japanese men's field in light of the ongoing pandemic limiting international travel. He was fourth in the short program after multiple jump errors. [14] He was fifth in the free skate, but remained in fourth place overall. [15]

Programs

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2020–2021
2019–2020
[16]
2018–2019
[17]
2017–2018
[18]


2016–2017
[1]
  • Spirited Away
    by Joe Hisaishi
2015–2016
[20]
  • Primavera Porteña
    by Astor Piazzolla
    choreo. by Massimo Scali
  • Afro Freak
    by Arts
2014–2015
[21]
  • La traviata
    by Giuseppe Verdi
    choreo. by Massimo Scali
2013–2014
[22]
  • Instinct Rhapsody
    by Ikuko Kawai
    choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
2012–2013
[23]
  • Afro Freak
    by ARTS
    choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
2011–2012
[24] [2]
  • The Untouchables
    by Ennio Morricone
    choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
2010–2011
[25]
  • Violentango
    by Astor Piazzolla

Competitive highlights

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International [26]
Event04–0505–0606–0707–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20 20–21
Olympics 18th
Worlds 19th13th14thC
Four Continents 17th6th13th4th7th
GP Cup of China 8th7th5th
GP Finland 8th
GP France 8th
GP NHK Trophy 5th3rd4th
GP Rostelecom Cup 7thWD
GP Skate Canada 3rd
CS U.S. Classic 2nd10th1st
CS Ondrej Nepela 8th3rd
Asian Open 2nd1st1st
Challenge Cup 2nd
Cup of Nice 7th3rd
Gardena Trophy 2nd
Triglav Trophy 2nd
Universiade 2nd
International: Junior [26]
Junior Worlds 2nd7th7th
JGP Final 6th6th4th
JGP Australia 2nd
JGP Austria 3rd
JGP Czech Rep. 1st
JGP Romania 3rd
JGP Slovakia 1st
JGP Slovenia 4th
JGP U.K. 6th
JGP USA 2nd
Asian Trophy 1st
National [27]
Japan Champ. 8th11th7th7th8th8th4th2nd2nd3rd4thTBD
Japan Junior 16th8th6th6th9th2nd3rd1st
Japan Novice 8th B3rd B2nd A2nd A
Team events
Olympics 5th
World Team Trophy 2nd T
5th P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew; C = Cancelled

Detailed results

Senior level

Small medals for short and free programs are awarded only at ISU Championships.At team events, medals are awarded for team results only. T – team result. P – personal/individual result.Current ISU world bests highlighted in bold and italic. Personal bests are highlighted inbold.

2020–21 season
DateEvent SP FS Total
27–29 November 2020 2020 NHK Trophy 4
76.57
5
138.95
4
215.52
2019–20 season
DateEvent SP FS Total
February 20–23, 20202020 Challenge Cup 3
75.54
2
165.64
2
241.18
18-22 December 2019 2019–20 Japan Championships 4
80.90
5
171.54
4
252.44
8–10 November 2019 2019 Cup of China 7
74.64
5
158.98
5
233.62
25–27 October 2019 2019 Skate Canada 5
80.11
3
169.91
3
250.02
September 17–22, 2019 2019 CS U.S. International Classic 2
88.76
1
161.20
1
249.96
2018–19 season
DateEvent SP FS Total
April 11–14, 2019 2019 World Team Trophy 4
89.05
6
169.79
2T/5P
258.84
February 7–10, 2019 2019 Four Continents Championships 7
83.93
6
167.61
7
251.54
December 21–24, 2018 2018–19 Japan Championships 4
79.32
2
157.13
3
236.45
23–25 November 2018 2018 Internationaux de France 8
79.35
8
136.97
8
216.32
November 2–4, 2018 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki 7
80.60
9
126.22
8
206.82
19–22 September 2018 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 3
77.53
4
144.39
3
221.92
2017–18 season
DateEvent SP FS Total
March 19–25, 2018 2018 World Championships 14
80.17
12
156.49
13
236.66
February 14–23, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (men's singles) 20
80.05
15
164.78
18
244.83
February 9–11, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (team event)
5
148.36
5T/5P
January 22–28, 2018 2018 Four Continents Championships 3
90.68
5
169.63
4
260.31
December 21–24, 2017 2017–18 Japan Championships 2
91.34
2
175.81
2
267.15
November 3–5, 2017 2017 Cup of China 4
87.19
8
159.98
7
247.17
September 21–23, 2017 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 4
75.81
9
121.37
8
197.18
August 2–5, 20172017 Asian Trophy 2
68.75
1
151.33
1
220.08

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