The Four Continents Championships are being held in Anaheim, California, starting Thursday – this will be some of the top skating performances this season which ends in about four months, a season that the Japanese women skaters are trying to dominate. The team includes Rika Kihara who is the Grand Prix Final champion, and national champion Karoi Sakamoto as well as Mai Mihara. In a tourney last year, Sakamoto, Mihara and Miyahara took first, second, and third respectively in Taipei. The three will be up against US star Bradie Tennel and South Korean Lim Eun-soo, a contender for titles this year. The Japanese skaters have a friendly rivalry as they are three of the top seeded skaters who can compete with the best Russia has to offer.
Four-time national champion Satoko Miyahara will challenge the best in Germany (Feb 5 to 10) in the Baravarian Open in Oberstdorf. The Japan Skatign Federation announced last month that it has assigned other players to other events on the tour. Last year Wakaba Higuchi won the world silver medal and will compete this year in the Challenge Cup on Feb 21 in The Hague. Japan junior champion Yuhana Yokoi and Yuma Kagiyama will also participate in this event.