Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara: “It was so tough during practice that the coach jokingly said, ‘If it’s too hard, you can stop and take a break during the pair spin.'”
Translation of Riku Miura’s and Ryuichi Kihara’s comments about competing in the 2024 Four Continents Championships.
original source: hochi.news dd. 3d February
Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara took 2d place at the 2024 Four Continents Championships. Kihara announced suffering from lumbar spondylolysis after participating in the Autumn Classic in Canada in September of last year. The team withdrew from two Grand Prix events and Japanese Nationals at the end of the year. This event marked their first competition in approximately four and a half months.
After the competition, Miura reflected, ‘Although the preparation time for this competition was really short, I’m glad we finished without any injuries.’
Miura and Kihara decided to aim for the Four Continents Championships at the end of December last year, they resumed practicing in the second week of January this year. Thye started to practice their SP two weeks before the competition and the Free Skate the week before. Kihara jokingly mentioned, ‘The Free Program was tough. It was so tough during practice that the coach jokingly said, ‘If it’s too hard, you can stop and take a break during the pair spin.’ I really thought about stopping in the middle of the competition.’
With the World Championships in Montreal, Canada, approaching in March, where they will be defending their title, Miura expressed, ‘There were really a lot of level mistakes in this competition, so I want to reassess that and build up good practices.’
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