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in Kyoto is a Japanese figure skater. She is the 2003 World Junior Champion and the 2004 Four Continents Champion. She announced her retirement from competitive skating on November 26, 2008, retiring due to injury.

BiographyEdit

Ota won the bronze medal at the 2000-2001 Japan Junior Figure Skating Championships.

In the 2001-2002 season, Ota made her Junior Grand Prix debut on the 2001-2002 Junior Grand Prix. She won her event in Bulgaria and placed 4th at the event in Sweden to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final, where she placed 6th. She won a second bronze medal at the 2001-2002 Japan Junior Championships, which qualified her for the 2002 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. She placed 9th at that competition.

In the 2002-2003 season, Ota competed on the 2002-2003 Junior Grand Prix circuit. She won both her events to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final, which she won. She placed fourth at the 2002-2003 Japan Figure Skating Championships and qualified for the 2003 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. She won the World Junior Championships.

In the 2003-2004 season, Ota made her senior international debut. She competed on the Grand Prix of Figure Skating. She placed 4th at the 2003 Skate Canada and 6th at the 2003 NHK Trophy. At the 2003-2004 Japan Figure Skating Championships, Ota placed fifth. She competed at the 2004 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and won the event after placing third in the short program and second in the free skate.

In the 2004-2005 season, Ota competed again on the senior international circuit. She placed 7th at the 2004 Skate America.

Ota missed the 2005-2006 season due to injury.

In the 2006-2007 season, Ota began competing again. She placed 12th at the 2006-2007 Japan Figure Skating Championships.

In the 2007-2008 season, Ota competed at the 2007 Golden Spin of Zagreb international competition and placed 7th. At the 2007-2008 Japan Figure Skating Championships, she placed 7th.

Ota withdrew from events to qualify for the 2008-2009 Japan Championships before they began. She announced her retirement from competitive skating on November 26, 2008, her 22nd birthday, retiring due to injury. Following her retirement, she has skated professionally in ice shows.

Programs Edit

Season Short Program Free Skating Exhibition
2007-2008 Madame Butterfly
by Giacomo Puccini
Concierto de Aranjuez
by Joaquín Rodrigo
2006-2007 Swan Lake
by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
El amor brujo
by Manuel de Falla
Anytime, Anywhere
by Sarah Brightman
2005-2006 Anytime, Anywhere
by Sarah Brightman
2004-2005 Tzigane
by Maurice Ravel
Madame Butterfly
by Giacomo Puccini
Anytime, Anywhere
by Sarah Brightman
2003-2004 Picasso's Dance
Omotai
from Between Black and White
Daphnis and Chloe
by Maurice Ravel
Last Dance (song)
by Donna Summer
2002-2003 Danse macabre
by Charles Camille Saint-Saëns
Turandot
by Giacomo Puccini
performed by Vanessa-Mae
Twilight Waltz
by Takashi Kako
2001-2002 Poeta
by Vicente Amigo
Turandot
by Giacomo Puccini
performed by Vanessa-Mae
2000-2001 Tango
from Cirque du Soleil
West Side Story
by Leonard Bernstein

Competitive highlights Edit

Event/Season 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2006-07 2007-08
World Junior Champion 9th 1st
Four Continents Champion 1st
Japanese Championships 4th 5th 12th 7th
Japanese Championships 11th 6th 3rd 3rd
Skate America 7th
NHK Trophy 6th
Skate Canada 4th
Golden Spin of Zagreb 4th
Junior Grand Prix 6th 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Italy 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Italy 1st
Junior Grand Prix, Sweden 4th
Junior Grand Prix, Sweden 1st
  • Ota did not compete in the 2005-2006 season.


ReferencesEdit

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