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.
Muramoto and Reed at the 2018 Winter Olympics
|Born||March 3, 1993|
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Former partner||Chris Reed, Hiroichi Noguchi|
|Coach||Marina Zueva, Oleg Epstein, Massimo Scali, Johnny Johns|
|Former coach||Mie Hamada, Yamato Tamura|
|Choreographer||Marina Zueva, Massimo Scali|
|Former choreographer||Jamie Isley, Kenji Miyamoto|
|Skating club||Arctic Edge FSC |
Kinoshita Club Tokyo
|Former skating club||Kobe |
|Training locations||Canton, Michigan|
|Former training locations||Osaka|
|ISU personal best scores|
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career
- 3 Programs
- 4 Competitive highlights
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Kana Muramoto was born on March 3, 1993, in Akashi, Hyōgo, Japan. She is the younger sister of former figure skater Satsuki Muramoto. In 2011, she graduated from Canadian Academy, an international school in Kobe, Japan.
Muramoto began learning to skate in 1998. Through the 2013–2014 season, she competed in ladies' singles, coached by Mie Hamada and Yamato Tamura. She won the silver medal at the 2011 Triglav Trophy and bronze at the 2011 Crystal Skate of Romania.
2015–2016 season: Debut of Muramoto/ReedEdit
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.
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.  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. 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.
|Season||Short dance||Free dance||Exhibition|
|Ryuichi Sakamoto medley|
|Ray Charles medley||Poeta medley
|Robert Stolz medley
|Season||Short dance||Free dance|
|Season||Short program||Free skating|
Ice dance with ReedEdit
|GP NHK Trophy||7th||WD||9th||WD|
|GP Skate America||8th||7th|
|CS U.S. Classic||2nd||3rd|
|WD = Withdrew |
T = Team result; P = Personal result.
Medals awarded for team result only.
Ice dance with NoguchiEdit
|Cup of Nice||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|
- "Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
- "Reunited". Instagram. Instagram. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
- "CA Review Fall 2011". Issuu. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
- "Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 29, 2018.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
- "Kana MURAMOTO: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011.
- "Kana MURAMOTO / Hiroichi NOGUCHI: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015.
- "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)
- Flade, Tatjana (2 December 2017). "'Cherry blossom' time for Japan's Muramoto and Reed". Golden Skate.
- "Athlete Profile - Kana MURAMOTO". pyeongchang2018.com. 2018-06-19. Archived from the original on April 20, 2018.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
- "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.
- Binner, Andrew (September 26, 2019). "Daisuke Takahashi forms new figure skating team with Kana Muramoto". Olympic Channel.
- "木下グループ presents スターズ・オン・アイス 2018 (Special)". TBS 2. 21 April 2018.
- "Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
- "Competition Results: Kana MURAMOTO / Chris REED". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 9, 2018.
- "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)
- "Competition Results: Kana MURAMOTO / Hiroichi NOGUCHI". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 18, 2016.
- "Competition Results: Kana MURAMOTO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014.
- "Muramoto Kana". Japan Skating Federation. Archived from the original on May 29, 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
- "Japan Skating Federation Official Results & Data Site". Japan Skating Federation. Retrieved December 25, 2011.