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in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan is a Japan Figure skater. He is the 2006–2008 Japan, the 2008 Four Continents Champion, and the 2007 World silver medalist. He represented Japan.

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Daisuke Takahashi FS-2007/2008 Japanese Nats Daisuke Takahashi 2008 4CC exhibition + encore
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CareerEdit

Takahashi began figure skating when he was 8 years old. Because a skating rink was built near his house, he went to watch skaters at the rink with his mother and therefore enrolled in the figure skating club. His mother intended to let him enroll in the Ice hockey club, but he didn't like the protective gear of ice hockey. Because a figure skating club practiced close to the ice hockey club, he chose figure skating instead.

Takahashi had an excellent junior career, winning Junior Worlds in 2002, in his first (and only) time at that competition. Takahashi is the first Japanese man to win the World Junior Championships.

The following season, he turned senior, and his ascent slowed. Takahashi struggled with consistency and in the first few years of his senior career. He went into the 2005 World Figure Skating Championships, the event which would qualify Olympic spots to the 2006 Winter Olympics, as the reigning Four Continents bronze medalist. He was the second Japanese man on the team, after Takeshi Honda. However, after Honda was forced to withdraw due to injury, it fell on Takahashi to qualify spots to the Olympics for Japan. Takahashi placed 15th, qualifying only one spot for the Japanese men.

In the 2005–2006 season, Nobunari Oda emerged as a challenger for the Olympic spot. Oda and Takahashi both had very good Grand Prix seasons. At the 2005-2006 Japanese nationals, however, Oda was declared the winner, but his gold medal was revoked when an error with the scoring machinery was found out. Takahashi was awarded the gold. The Japanese Skating Federation split the international assignments and gave Takahashi a spot to the Olympics and Oda a spot to Worlds. At the Olympics, Takahashi was in a medal position, but had a poor long program and placed 8th overall.

In the 2006–2007 competitive season, Takahashi won a silver medal at Skate Canada International, then gold at the NHK Trophy. He qualified for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and placed second, although he was ill. He won the Japanese National title for the second year in a row, and then went on to the Winter Universiade in Torino, Italy and won that event as well. At the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships he performed the skate of his life in front of his home country and ended up winning the silver medal. This was the first silver medal for Japan in the men's event at Worlds.

Following that season, Takahashi was ranked first in the World. However, over the summer the ISU tweaked their scoring criteria and he fell to second. This was in part because Takahashi was ranked ahead of Brian Joubert, who had swept the season. Takahashi had been placed above due to his winning the Winter Universiade, a competition for which Joubert was not eligible because Joubert is not a university student.

In the 2007–2008 season, he won his Grand Prix Events and placed 2nd in Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. A few weeks later, he won his third Japan and was selected for the 2008 Four Continents Champion and the 2008 World Championships. Takahashi won the 2008 Four Continents Champion, scoring a new record in the free skate (175.84) and in the total score (264.41) under the ISU Judging System. He was considered a favorite heading into the 2008 World Championships but finished off the podium after a disappointing free skate in which he fell on his second quad toe attempt, stumbled on a triple Axel and loop, and performed an extra combination which did not count towards his points total.

Takahashi was originally assigned to the 2008 Cup of China and the 2008 NHK Trophy for the 2008-9 Grand Prix season. He withdrew from the Cup of China due to a knee injury suffered in practice. It was later reported that Takahashi would undergo surgery to repair ligament damage and his right miniscus and will miss the entire 2008-9 season.

Coaching changeEdit

Takahashi is a student at Kansai University, along with Nobunari Oda. For several years, he split his time between Hackensack, New Jersey, where he trained under coach Nikolai Morozov, and Osaka, where he trains under coach Utako Nagamitsu. In May 2008, Takahashi announced that he would be parting ways with Morozov. In May 2008, Nikolai Morozov explained the split by stating that he could no longer coach Takahashi because of problems with Takahashi's new agent.

ProgramsEdit

Daisuke Takahashi - 2006 Skate Canada

Takahashi at the 2006 Skate Canada International.

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Season Short Program Long Program Exhibition
2008-2009 "Eye"
by COBA
"Ocean Waves"
by George Winston
TBA
2007-2008 "Swan Lake Hip Hop version"
Tchaikovsky remix
"Romeo and Juliet"
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
"Bachelorette"
by Björk
2006-2007 "Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35"
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
"The Phantom of the Opera" Soundtrack
by Andrew Lloyd Webber
"El Tango De Roxanne"
from Moulin Rouge!
2005-2006 "El Tango De Roxanne"
from Moulin Rouge!
"Piano Concerto No. 2"
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
"Nocturne"
by Secret Garden
2004-2005 "Nyah"
from Mission: Impossible II
by Hans Zimmer

"Sabre Dance"
from Gayane
by Aram Khachaturian

"Concierto de Aranjuez"
by Joaquín Rodrigo
"Nocturne"
by Secret Garden
2003-2004 "Nyah"
from Mission: Impossible II
by Hans Zimmer
"Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"
"Variation on a Theme of Paganini"
"Desert Rose"
by Sting (musician)
2002-2003 "Symphony No. 4 (Glass)"
by Philip Glass
"Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" Soundtrack
by John Williams
"What a Wonderful World"
by Joey Ramone

Competitive highlightsEdit

2007 NHK Trophy Men's Podium

Takahashi (center) with other medalists at the 2007 NHK Trophy podium.

Post-2004Edit

Event 2004–2005 2005–2006 2006–2007 2007–2008 2008–2009
Winter Olympic Games 8th
World Championships 15th 2nd 4th
Four Continents 3rd 1st
Japan 6th 1st 1st 1st
Winter Universiade 1st 1st
Grand Prix Final 3rd 2nd 2nd
NHK Trophy 3rd 1st 1st
Skate America 1st 1st
Skate Canada International 2nd
Trophee Eric Bompard 11th
  • WD= Withdraw
  • Takahashi did not compete in the 2008–2009 season.

Pre-2004Edit

Event 1999–2000 2000–2001 2001–2002 2002–2003 2003–2004
World Championships 11th
Four Continents 13th 6th
World Junior Championships 1st
Japan 5th 4th 3rd
Japan 3rd 4th 1st
NHK Trophy 8th
Skate Canada International 7th
Trophee Eric Bompard 5th
ISU Junior Grand Prix Final 4th
ISU Junior Grand Prix Final 1st
ISU Junior Grand Prix Final 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Ukraine 8th
Junior Grand Prix, Ukraine 9th

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