The figure skaters who qualified for Japan's 2014 Olympic team smile together in the above photo after a press conference which took place after the All Japan Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena on December 23, 2013 in Saitama, Japan.
Ryuichi Kihara, Tatsuki Machida, Yuzuru Hanyu, Daisuke Takahashi, Chris Reed
Narumi Takahashi, Kanako Murakami, Mao Asada, Akiko Suzuki, Cathy Reed
Meet the 2014 Japanese Women Olympic Figure Skaters:
- Mao Asada
Mao Asada is one of the most highly recognized athletes in Japan. She won silver at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, is the 2008 and 2010 World Figure Skating Champion, and is a six-time Japanese national figure skating champion. She placed third at the 2014 All Japan Figure Skating Championships.
- Akiko Suzuki
Akiko Suzuki won the 2014 All Japan Figure Skating Championships and won bronze at the World Figure Skating Championships in 2012. She placed 8th at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
- Kanako Murakami
Kanako Murakami placed 4th at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships. She placed second at the 2014 Japanese national championships which earned her a spot on the 2014 Japanese Olympic Figure Skating Team.
Meet the 2014 Japanese Olympic Male Figure Skaters:
- Daisuke Takahashi
Daisuke Takahashi won bronze at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. He also won the 2010 world figure skating title. He is the first male figure skater from Japan to win an Olympic medal and he also is the first Asian male figure skater to win a world figure skating championship. Although he placed 5th at the 2014 Japanese national figure skating championships, he was still awarded a spot on Japan's 2014 Olympic figure skating team based on his highly successful past figure skating record.
- Yuzuru Hanyu
Yuzuru Hanyu won the men's Japanese title in 2013 and 2014 and also won the 2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, defeating three-time World Figure Skating Champion Patrick Chan. Some say, Hanyu might win the Olympic gold medal in Sochi. He is also the 2010 Junior World Figure Skating Champion and won the bronze medal at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships. He trains under coach Brian Orser in Toronto, Canada.
- Tatsuki Machida
Tatsuki Machida is the 2013 Skate America champion and the 2013 Rostelecom Cup champion. He qualified for the 2014 Japanese Olympic Figure Skating Team based on his second place finish at the 2014 All Japan Figure Skating Championships.
Meet the Japanese 2014 Olympic Ice Dancers:
- Cathy Reed and Chris Reed
Cathy and Chris Reed were born in the USA and live and train in New Jersey. Their father is American, but their mother is Japanese. Although they won the US Novice Ice Dance title in 2006, the siblings decided to compete for Japan. They have won the Japanese ice dancing title five times and competed in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Meet the 2014 Japanese Olympic Pair Skaters:
- Narumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kihara
Narumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kihara train in Detroit, USA under world and Japanese figure skating champion Yuka Sato and with Sato's husband, Jason Dungien. Takahashi and Kihara competed in the Olympic Figure Skating Team Trophy event in addition to the individual Olympic pair skating event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Takahashi placed third at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships, with another partner, Mervin Tran. That medal was the first time Japan won a medal at "Worlds" in pair skating.