Kana Muramoto (村元 哉中, Muramoto Kana, born March 3, 1993) is a Japanese ice dancer. With Chris Reed, she is the 2018 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 2017 Asian Winter Games silver medalist, and a three-time Japanese national champion (2016–2018). They competed in the final segment at five ISU Championships and the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Kana Muramoto
Photos – Olympics 2018 – Dance (MURAMOTO Kana REED Chris JPN – 15th Place) (10).jpg
Muramoto and Reed at the 2018 Winter Olympics
Personal information
Country representedJapan
Born (1993-03-03) March 3, 1993 (age 26)
Akashi, Hyōgo
Home townKobe
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
PartnerDaisuke Takahashi
Former partnerChris Reed, Hiroichi Noguchi
CoachMarina Zueva, Oleg Epstein, Massimo Scali, Johnny Johns
Former coachMie Hamada, Yamato Tamura
ChoreographerMarina Zueva, Massimo Scali
Former choreographerJamie Isley, Kenji Miyamoto
Skating clubArctic Edge FSC
Kinoshita Club Tokyo
Former skating clubKobe
Training locationsCanton, Michigan
Former training locationsOsaka
Began skating1998
ISU personal best scores
Combined total164.38
2018 Worlds
Short dance65.65
2018 Worlds
Free dance98.73
2018 Worlds

Personal lifeEdit

Kana Muramoto was born on March 3, 1993, in Akashi, Hyōgo, Japan.[1] She is the younger sister of former figure skater Satsuki Muramoto.[2] In 2011, she graduated from Canadian Academy, an international school in Kobe, Japan.[3]


Early careerEdit

Muramoto began learning to skate in 1998.[4] Through the 2013–2014 season, she competed in ladies' singles, coached by Mie Hamada and Yamato Tamura.[5] She won the silver medal at the 2011 Triglav Trophy and bronze at the 2011 Crystal Skate of Romania.

In the 2014–2015 season, Muramoto began appearing in ice dancing with Hiroichi Noguchi.[6] The two placed fourth at the 2014 Tallinn Trophy and took the bronze medal at the Japan Championships.

2015–2016 season: Debut of Muramoto/ReedEdit

On June 17, 2015, Muramoto and Chris Reed announced that they would compete together, coached by Marina Zueva, Oleg Epstein, and Massimo Scali in Canton, Michigan.[7]

Making their international debut, Muramoto/Reed placed 7th at the 2015 NHK Trophy in November. The following month, they won the Japanese national title. In January 2016, the duo took silver at the Toruń Cup in Poland. They placed 7th at the 2016 Four Continents Championships in February in Taipei, Taiwan. In March, they placed 16th in the short dance, 14th in the free dance, and 15th overall at the 2016 World Championships in Boston, Massachusetts.

2016–2017 seasonEdit

Muramoto/Reed won silver at the 2016 CS U.S. Classic in September, and placed 8th at the 2016 Skate America in October. They withdrew from their November Grand Prix event, the 2018 NHK Trophy. After winning their second national title, the duo took bronze at the 2017 Toruń Cup.

In February, Muramoto/Reed placed 9th at the 2017 Four Continents Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, and won silver at the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan. In March, they placed 23rd in the short dance at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. As a result, they did not advance to the final segment and missed qualifying for the Olympics.

2017–2018 season: Pyeongchang OlympicsEdit

Muramoto/Reed began their season in September, taking bronze at the 2017 CS U.S. Classic. At the end of the month, they competed at the 2017 Nebelhorn Trophy, the final qualifying opportunity for the Olympics. The two won the silver medaland secured an Olympic spot for Japan. In November, they appeared at a pair of Grand Prix events, finishing 9th at the 2018 NHK Trophy and 7th at the 2017 Skate America. [8] They then won their third national title, outscoring the silver medalists by nearly 17 points.

In January, Muramoto/Reed won the bronze medal at the 2018 Four Continents Championships in Taipei, Taiwan. In February, they competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.[9] They placed 15th in the short dance, 13th in the free dance, and 15th overall. The following month, they finished 11th at the 2018 World Championships in Milan, Italy.

2018–2019 season: End of Muramoto/ReedEdit

Muramoto/Reed were assigned to the 2018 NHK Trophy and 2018 Rostelecom Cup. However, on August 9, 2018, Japanese news media reported that they had ended their partnership, and that Muramoto planned to search for a new partner.[10]

2020–2021 seasonEdit

In September of 2019, it was announced that Muramoto had formed a new partnership with former Japanese singles skater Daisuke Takahashi, with plans to debut in the fall of 2020.[11]


With ReedEdit

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
Ryuichi Sakamoto medley[12]
Ray Charles medley Poeta medley
  • Poeta en el Puerto
  • Amor Dulce Muerte
  • Nada Puede Dormir
  • Poeta en el Viento
    by Vicente Amigo
Robert Stolz medley
  • Waltz: Wiener Café
  • March: Olympiamarsch
  • March: UNO-Marsch
    by Robert Stolz

With NoguchiEdit

Season Short dance Free dance

Ladies' singlesEdit

Season Short program Free skating

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Ice dance with ReedEdit

Event 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 15th
Worlds 15th 23rd 11th
Four Continents 7th 9th 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 7th WD 9th WD
GP Skate America 8th 7th
GP Rostelecom WD
CS Nebelhorn 2nd
CS U.S. Classic 2nd 3rd
Asian Games 2nd
Toruń Cup 2nd 3rd
Japan Champ. 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 5th
World Team
1st T
5th P
WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result.
Medals awarded for team result only.

Ice dance with NoguchiEdit

Event 2014–15
Tallinn Trophy 4th
Japan Championships 3rd

Ladies' singlesEdit

Event 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14
Challenge Cup 7th
Crystal Skate 3rd
Cup of Nice 4th
Merano Cup 7th
Triglav Trophy 2nd
International: Junior[17]
JGP Belarus 3rd
JGP France 17th
Japan 17th 10th 10th 17th
Japan Junior 8th 12th
Japan Novice 4th 2nd 4th
East Japan 4th J 5th J 4th J 8th 4th
Kinki 2nd B 1st B 2nd A 2nd A 1st J 1st J 2nd 2nd 2nd
Levels: A = Novice-A; B = Novice-B; N = Novice; J = Junior


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  2. ^ "Reunited". Instagram. Instagram. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  3. ^ "CA Review Fall 2011". Issuu. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  4. ^ a b "Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 29, 2018.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  5. ^ a b "Kana MURAMOTO: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011.
  6. ^ "Kana MURAMOTO / Hiroichi NOGUCHI: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "木原龍一は須崎海羽、クリス・リードは村元哉中とペア". Sponichi (in Japanese). Sponichi. June 18, 2015. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  8. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (2 December 2017). "'Cherry blossom' time for Japan's Muramoto and Reed". Golden Skate.
  9. ^ "Athlete Profile - Kana MURAMOTO". pyeongchang2018.com. 2018-06-19. Archived from the original on April 20, 2018.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  10. ^ "アイスダンス平昌五輪代表 村元哉中とクリス・リードがペア解消「方向性の違い」". sponichi.co.jp (in Japanese). August 9, 2018. Archived from the original on August 9, 2018.
  11. ^ Binner, Andrew (September 26, 2019). "Daisuke Takahashi forms new figure skating team with Kana Muramoto". Olympic Channel.
  12. ^ a b "木下グループ presents スターズ・オン・アイス 2018 (Special)". TBS 2. 21 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  14. ^ "Competition Results: Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "村元 哉中 クリス リード" [MURAMOTO Kana / Chris REED] (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation. Archived from the original on August 9, 2018.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  16. ^ a b "Competition Results: Kana MURAMOTO / Hiroichi NOGUCHI". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 18, 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Competition Results: Kana MURAMOTO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014.
  18. ^ "Muramoto Kana". Japan Skating Federation. Archived from the original on May 29, 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  19. ^ "Japan Skating Federation Official Results & Data Site". Japan Skating Federation. Retrieved December 25, 2011.

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