TUFS Student Places Second at 92nd Japan Collegiate Ice Skating Championship

January 22, 2020

TUFS student TANIZAKI Yuki (School of International and Area Studies, Middle East Studies/Arabic studies, first year) placed second in the Rhythm Dance category of the Figure Skating division at the 92nd Japan Collegiate Ice Skating Championship, which was held from January 4-7 at the Nippon Paper Industries Ice Arena in Kushiro City, Hokkaido. Tanizaki competed in a pair with TAKEI Sumire (Tokyo Medical and Dental University), and together they gave a beautiful performance.

<Thoughts on Winning – Tanizaki Yuki>

I feel honored to have been able to stand on the winners’ podium at such a big competition. I am thankful for those who have supported me, for the teachers who changed my exam dates for me, and for my partner who practiced with me, even though I could not practice much due to my studies. Within the figure skating division, rhythm dance is not an individual nor a group category, but rather a couple category, so there are many aspects that have to be taken into account such as personal relationships, compatibility and practice schedule adjustments. However, these challenges make you feel twice the sense of accomplishment after competing, which is the real pleasure of this category.
I hope I can use this opportunity to spark interest for a figure skating club at TUFS.
We lost first place by 1.88 points, but if the opportunity to compete again arises, I hope to win.
Thank you for all the support.