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Rika Kihira was born on 21 July, 2002 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan, is a Japanese figure skater. Discover Rika Kihira's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is She in this year and how She spends money? Also learn how She earned most of networth at the age of 18 years old?
|Age||19 years old|
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Rika Kihira Height, Weight & Measurements
At 19 years old, Rika Kihira height is 1.53 m .
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Rika Kihira Net Worth
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|Net Worth in 2021||$1 Million - $5 Million|
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|Net Worth in 2019||Pending|
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In February, Kihira competed at the 2020 Four Continents Championships with countrywomen Higuchi and Kaori Sakamoto. In the short program, she placed first ahead of Bradie Tennell of the United States and training mate You Young of South Korea. She included the triple Lutz for the first time since the Autumn Classic. In the free skate, she popped her first triple axel attempt to a single, the first time she had done so during that season, but performed the rest of the program cleanly and improvised an additional triple-triple combination. She therefore still performed eight triple jumps and for the first time in international competition landed twelve clean triple jumps in one competition. She won the free skate and the overall competition with a new season's best combined total (232.34) ahead of You and Tennell. She became the first singles skater, male or female, to win consecutive Four Continents titles.
At the 2019 Four Continents Championships, Kihira initially "hesitated" at including the triple Axel in the short program, but chose to do so, and singled it. She placed fifth in the short. In the free program, Kihira landed one triple Axel and substituted a double Axel-triple toe loop combination for the second, winning both the free program and the overall championship decisively. She observed: "During this season, I learned how to keep my concentration in my free skating no matter what happens in my short program."
Kihira was one of three Japanese ladies assigned to the 2019 World Championships, held in Saitama, and based on her season up until that point was widely considered the favourite to win the title. In the short program, she once again singled her triple Axel attempt, leaving her in seventh place and outside of the final group of six skaters. She came second in the free skate, earning a silver small medal, landing a clean triple Axel-triple toe loop and falling on her second triple axel. In fourth overall, she was 0.31 points behind bronze medalist Evgenia Medvedeva and 1.27 points behind silver medalist Elizabet Tursynbaeva. It was the only podium Kihira missed in the season, and the only international competition she did not win.
Kihira concluded the season as part of Team Japan at the 2019 World Team Trophy. She landed the triple axel in the short program for only the second time that season, setting another world record of 83.97. However, Kihira fell twice in the free, once on her opening triple Axel, and the other on her triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, placing fifth. Team Japan won the silver medal overall.
Kihira began her season at 2019 CS Autumn Classic International where she ranked both first in the short program and in the free, finishing in first place overall, and landing all three of her planned triple Axels, albeit with once called as underrotated. Kihira stated that she hoped to introduce a quad Salchow into competition later in the season, but had declined to attempt it there as she felt her triple Axel was more stable. While she landed one triple Lutz in her free skate at this event, a persistent ankle problem led her to not attempt any further triple Lutz jumps in competition during the first half of the season.
Her next competition was Skate Canada where she placed first after a clean short program scoring 81.35. In the free skate Kihira stepped out of her first triple Axel but after that had a clean skate. She has earned 148.98 points in the free skate to score 230.33 for both programs and finish second overall behind Alexandra Trusova who landed three quad jumps in her free skate. Kihira stated afterward that Trusova's performance motivated her to work to increase her scoring potential going forward. Competing at the 2019 NHK Trophy, Kihira landed her Axel and combination cleanly but had a poor landing on her triple loop, placing second behind Alena Kostornaia, who also performed a triple Axel and broke Kihira's short program world record. Second in the free skate as well, she won a second silver medal and qualified to the Grand Prix Final. Kihira stated afterward that her ankle continued to be a problem after three months, with the possibility that it might be a tendon issue that would require time away from competition to resolve.
Entering the 2019–20 Japanese Championships as the favourite for the title, Kihira placed first in the short program despite stepping out of her triple Axel and losing levels on one of her spins. She won the free skate commandingly, making only a single error when she underrotated the triple toe loop in her opening jump combination, and took the Japanese national title for the first time ahead of Wakaba Higuchi and Tomoe Kawabata. She indicated that she hoped to reintroduce the triple Lutz into competition for the 2020 World Championships.
Kihira is regarded by analysts to be a complete skater, praised for both her technical and artistic skills. "You can talk about the triple axel all you want, but there is a little bit of everything there," remarked Kurt Browning. Tara Lipinski also noted her all-around ability: "We focus so much on her jumps, which are incredible. But what’s interesting to me is she’s mature beyond her years. She has such a solid base and foundation when it comes to her skating skills and ice coverage and extension."
Kihira is known for her difficult jump layouts. She is the first female skater to land eight fully rotated triples in a program. She has landed triple Axels and triple Axel-triple toe loops in international competition, being one of two ladies who have achieved the latter (the second being Alysa Liu). She was the youngest lady to land the triple Axel in an ISU-sanctioned competition, until Liu. She has also executed a triple Axel-triple toe loop-double toe loop in domestic competition. She is training the quad toe loop and quad Salchow. She first attempted the quad Salchow in competition at the 2019–20 Grand Prix Final during her free skate, fully rotating but falling on the jump.
On the senior level, Kihira won the bronze medal at Japanese Nationals, after placing fifth in the short program and second in the free skate. As she was age-ineligible to compete as a senior, she was sent to the 2018 World Junior Championships, where she placed eighth.
Making her senior debut, Kihira began the season with a gold medal at the 2018 Ondrej Nepela Trophy, an ISU Challenger Series event. Kihira placed first in the short program, despite falling on her triple Axel. She also placed first in the long program with eight fully rotated triple jumps, including a triple Axel-triple toe loop and a solo triple Axel, and set a free skate world record of 147.37 points.
For her senior Grand Prix debut, Kihira was originally assigned only one event. At 2018 NHK Trophy, Kihira was fifth in the short program after underrotating and falling on her triple Axel again. She placed first in the free skate with a solo triple Axel, a triple Axel-triple toe loop, and eight triple jumps in total. She won the gold medal overall. In doing so, she finished ahead of compatriot and reigning Japanese national champion Satoko Miyahara and 2015 World Champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who also performed a triple Axel in her free program. She admitted afterward: "When I finished my short program, I didn’t think I would be up here today. The short program motivated me to be good today."
Due to her results at the 2018 NHK Trophy, Rika was assigned another Grand Prix event. At the Internationaux de France, Kihira singled the triple Axel in the short program, placing third. In the free skate she underrotated her sole triple axel attempt, but still placed first and captured her second Grand Prix gold medal. Kihira stated that she was glad to have won, but was unsatisfied with her performance.
The 2018–19 Grand Prix Final was regarded by many commentators as a contest between Kihira and reigning Olympic champion Alina Zagitova, who had been forced to withdraw from the Ondrej Nepela Trophy earlier due to visa issues. Kihira won the short program with a world record score of 82.51, landing the triple Axel in the short program for the first time that season. She then placed first in the free skate with a score of 150.61 and won the gold medal, despite downgrading and falling on her opening triple axel.
Kihira entered the 2018 Japanese Championships as a favourite to take the national title, but she struggled with boot problems in the competition, and made multiple errors in the short program that left her in fifth place going into the free skate. She placed first in the free skate, her only mistake being a downgraded Euler in her three-jump combination. However, she won the silver medal overall in front of training mate and four-time national champion Satoko Miyahara. The gold medal went to Kaori Sakamoto.
Previously, on the junior level, she won the gold medal at the 2017–18 Japan Junior Championships, won four medals on the Junior Grand Prix series, and finished within the top ten at the 2018 World Junior Championships.
At the 2017 JGP Final, she became the first ever woman to land a triple Axel-triple jump combination in an international competition organized by the International Skating Union. She was the only non-Russian competitor and finished fourth overall, following a popped Axel and an underrotation on another jump.
At the 2016 JGP Slovenia, she became the first woman to land eight clean triples in a free skate. At the 2018–19 Grand Prix Final, she became the second woman after Russian Elizaveta Tuktamysheva to land four clean triples in the short program (the maximum under the Zayak rule). At the 2019 Autumn Classic, she landed the maximum possible twelve triple jumps between both programs, once again becoming the second ever to do so behind Tuktamysheva. She landed all twelve triple jumps cleanly for the first time at the 2020 Four Continents Championships, matching the record of Tuktamysheva and Alena Kostornaia of Russia.
Kihira made her Junior Grand Prix (JGP) debut in the 2016–17 season. In early September, she won the silver medal in Ostrava, Czech Republic, with a total score 0.08 less than Anastasiia Gubanova of Russia. Later that month, she outscored World junior champion Marin Honda by 15.49 points for the gold in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Kihira landed a triple Axel jump in the free skate. She qualified to the 2016–17 JGP Final in Marseille, France, where she finished fourth.
Kihira began learning to skate in 2007. In the 2015–16 season, she competed on the advanced novice level, winning gold at the Triglav Trophy.
Rika Kihira (Japanese: 紀平 梨花 ; born 21 July 2002) is a Japanese figure skater. She is a two-time Four Continents champion (2019, 2020), the 2018–19 Grand Prix Final champion, a two-time Grand Prix champion (2018 NHK Trophy, 2018 Internationaux de France) a two-time Challenger Series champion (2018 Ondrej Nepela Trophy, 2019 Autumn Classic International) a two-time Challenge Cup champion (2019-20), and the 2019–20 Japanese national champion, where she has also won silver (2018–19) and bronze (2017–18). She finished fourth at the 2019 World Championships. Kihira is one of eleven women to have landed the triple Axel jump in an international competition organized by the International Skating Union, and the first ever woman to land a triple Axel-triple toeloop combination.
Kihira was born on 21 July 2002 in Nishinomiya, Japan.