Nobunari Oda is determined to improve his performances

Nobunari Oda

The last season was a difficult one for the Japanese skater Nobunari Oda. He began it at the Cup of China, taking the silver medal. Then Oda finished 7th at Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris. 

After that Nobunari withdrew from the Japanese National Championships due to his left knee injury and was subsequently not named to the team Japan for the 2012 Worlds in Nice, France.

But now he is on the comeback trail with the main goal of qualifying for the 2014 Worlds and ultimately, the 2014 Sochi Olympics. At the beginning of August he performed at the ice show in Kansai Ice Arena and showed a very good physical shape as well as the high level of performance.

“It’s still physically tough for me but I had fun because I think the audience enjoyed it,” Oda told The Asahi Shimbun.

“It recovered sooner than I thought,” he said of his knee, which had recovered enough to land quads by June.

His comeback definitely will not be easy. At the beginning of last season he was a part of “big Japanese three”, which also included Daisuke Takahashi and Takahiko Kozuka. This trio practically always took three spots of Japan for the World Championships.

But the young Yuzuru Hanyu, thanks to his strong performances and results of the last season, firmly established itself among the leaders of the Japanese figure skating.

Nobunari is the only one skater among his main competitors in Japan who don’t have a medal of Worlds. Daisuke Takahashi has one gold and two silver medals while Yuzuru Hanyu has won a bronze in Nice. But Oda is determined to improve his performances and win a world championships medal.

“I want to keep increasing my performance level.” Japanese skater said.

Photo: House of Japan

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