Keiji Tanaka

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Keiji Tanaka
Photos – World Championships 2018 – Men (Keiji TANAKA JPN – 13th Place) (2).jpg
Tanaka in 2018
Personal information
Country representedJapan
Born (1994-11-22) November 22, 1994 (age 25)
Kurashiki, Okayama
Home townKurashiki, Okayama
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
CoachUtako Nagamitsu, Yusuke Hayashi
ChoreographerKenji Miyamoto, Massimo Scali
Former choreographerNanami Abe
Skating clubKurashiki University
Training locationsKurashiki
Osaka
Began skating2002
World standing18 (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).

Career[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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, saying "I'm going to try not to think about it too much."[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]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2019–2020
[11]
2018–2019
[12]
2017–2018
[13]


2016–2017
[1]
  • Spirited Away
    by Joe Hisaishi
2015–2016
[15]
  • Primavera Porteña
    by Astor Piazzolla
    choreo. by Massimo Scali
  • Afro Freak
    by Arts
2014–2015
[16]
  • La traviata
    by Giuseppe Verdi
    choreo. by Massimo Scali
2013–2014
[17]
  • Instinct Rhapsody
    by Ikuko Kawai
    choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
2012–2013
[18]
  • Afro Freak
    by ARTS
    choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
2011–2012
[19][2]
  • The Untouchables
    by Ennio Morricone
    choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
2010–2011
[20]
  • Violentango
    by Astor Piazzolla

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

International[21]
Event 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Olympics 18th
Worlds 19th 13th 14th
Four Continents 17th 6th 13th 4th 7th
GP Cup of China 8th 7th 5th
GP Finland 8th
GP France 8th
GP NHK Trophy 5th 3rd
GP Rostelecom Cup 7th WD
GP Skate Canada 3rd
CS U.S. Classic 2nd 10th 1st
CS Ondrej Nepela 8th 3rd
Universiade 2nd
Asian Open 2nd 1st 1st
Cup of Nice 7th 3rd
Gardena Trophy 2nd
Triglav Trophy 2nd
International: Junior[21]
Junior Worlds 2nd 7th 7th
JGP Final 6th 6th 4th
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 J
National[22]
Japan Champ. 8th 11th 7th 7th 8th 8th 4th 2nd 2nd 3rd TBD
Japan Junior 16th 8th 6th 6th 9th 2nd 3rd 1st
Japan Novice 2nd
Team events
World Team Trophy 2nd T
5th P
J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

Detailed results[edit]

Senior level[edit]

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 in bold.

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
18-22 December 2019 2019-20 Japan Championships
TBD


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
Date Event 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
Date Event 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, 2017 2017 Asian Trophy 2
68.75
1
151.33
1
220.08

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Keiji TANAKA: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (August 31, 2011). "Tanaka aims for top junior podiums". Golden Skate. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  3. ^ "Figure skating: Tanaka injures pelvic muscle, to miss Rostelecom Cup". Kyodo News. October 16, 2017. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017.
  4. ^ http://www.jsfresults.com/non_responsive_toppage.htm?figure_top.htm%2CNational/2017-2018/fs_e/nationals/index.htm
  5. ^ http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1718/fc2018/CAT001RS.HTM
  6. ^ http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1718/owg2018/CAT001RS.HTM
  7. ^ "Figure skaters Marin Honda, Keiji Tanaka injured in traffic accident in Canada". Mainichi Shimbun. October 25, 2019.
  8. ^ Slater, Paula (October 26, 2019). "Japan's Yuzuru front-runner at 2019 Skate Canada". Golden Skate.
  9. ^ Slater, Paula (October 27, 2019). "Hanyu takes first Skate Canada gold in Kelowna". Golden Skate.
  10. ^ Slater, Paula (November 9, 2019). "Boyang Jin wins first Grand Prix gold on home ice". Golden Skate.
  11. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2019/2020". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 12, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "木下グループ presents スターズ・オン・アイス 2018 (Special)". TBS 2. 21 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  16. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 23, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  17. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 22, 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  18. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 7, 2013.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  19. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  20. ^ "Keiji TANAKA: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  21. ^ a b "Competition Results: Keiji TANAKA". International Skating Union.
  22. ^ "田中 刑事/TANAKA Keiji" (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Keiji Tanaka at Wikimedia Commons