Mako Yamashita

Mako Yamashita (Japanese: 山下 真瑚; born December 31, 2002) is a Japanese figure skater. She is the 2018 Skate Canada silver medalist and a two-time medalist at the ISU Challenger Series. On the junior level, she is the 2018 World Junior bronze medalist, a four-time medalist on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series, and the 2017–18 Japanese junior national silver medalist.[4]

Mako Yamashita
Photos – Junior World Championships 2018 – Ladies (Medalists) (4).jpg
Yamashita at the 2018 Junior Worlds
Personal information
Native name山下 真瑚
Country representedJapan Japan
Born (2002-12-31) December 31, 2002 (age 18)
Nagoya, Japan
Home townNagoya, Japan
Height1.51 m (4 ft 11+12 in)
CoachMachiko Yamada
Mihoko Higuchi
ChoreographerMachiko Yamada
Mihoko Higuchi
Skating clubChukyo High School SC
Former skating clubGrand Prix Tokai SC
Training locationsNagoya
Began skating2009
Season's bests15 (2018–19)[1]
24 (2017–18)[2]
33 (2016–17)[3]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total203.06
2018 Skate Canada
Short program66.30
2018 Skate Canada
Free skate136.76
2018 Skate Canada
Medal record

Personal lifeEdit

Yamashita was born on 31 December 2002 in Nagoya, Japan.

CareerEdit

2016–2017 seasonEdit

Yamashita won two bronze medals at the ISU Junior Grand Prix series.

2017–2018 seasonEdit

In September 2017, Yamashita won the bronze medal at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Salzburg, Austria behind Anastasia Tarakanova (Russia) and Lim Eun-soo (South Korea). She then won the silver medal at her next JGP event, held in Zagreb, Croatia, behind Sofia Samodurova (Russia).

 
Yamashita at the 2018 World Junior Championships podium

In March 2018, Yamashita won the bronze medal at the 2018 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

2018–2019 season: Senior debutEdit

In August 2018, Yamashita won the bronze medal at the 2018 CS Asian Trophy, behind Lim Eun-soo and Yuna Shiraiwa. In September, she also won the bronze medal at the 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy, behind Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Sofia Samodurova.

In October, Yamashita debuted on the ISU Grand Prix series in the 2018–19 season. She won the silver medal at 2018 Skate Canada behind Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, and ahead of Evgenia Medvedeva, the 2018 Olympic silver medalist. She then competed at 2018 Rostelecom Cup where she placed seventh.

2019–2020 seasonEdit

Yamashita began the season with a sixth place at the 2019 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial. She finished twelfth out of twelve skaters at the 2019 Skate America.[5] Yamashita fared better at the 2019 NHK Trophy, where she placed fifth.[6]

At the 2019–20 Japanese Championships, Yamashita was fifth in the short program, but dropped to eleventh place overall after finishing sixteenth in the free skate.[7]

2020–2021 seasonEdit

Yamashita was invited to be a part of Team Red at the Japan Open after the withdrawal of Marin Honda.[8] Competing domestically, she placed sixth at Western Sectionals.[9]

With the COVID-19 pandemic prompting the ISU to assign the Grand Prix based primarily on geographic location to limit international travel, Yamashita was assigned to compete at the 2020 NHK Trophy as part of a field of Japanese skaters and South Korea's You Young. She placed third in the short program.[10] In the free skate, Yamashita attempted a quad Salchow in international competition for the first time, landing it with a full downgrade, as well as making errors on two other jumps. She dropped to fifth place overall.[11]

Yamashita placed thirteenth at the 2020–21 Japan Championships.

ProgramsEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2020–2021
[12]
2019–2020
[13][14]
2018–2019
[15]
  • Una voce poco fa
    by Gioachino Rossini
    choreo. by Mihoko Higuchi

2017–2018
[16]
2016–2017
[17]
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
    performed by Maksim Mrvica
2015–2016

Competitive highlightsEdit

 
Yamashita (right) with Alexandra Trusova (center) and Alena Kostornaia (left) at the 2018 World Junior Championships podium

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

International[18]
Event 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20 20–21
GP NHK Trophy 5th 5th
GP Rostelecom 7th
GP Skate America 12th
GP Skate Canada 2nd
CS Asian Open 3rd
CS Lombardia 3rd
CS Ondrej Nepela 6th
International: Junior[18]
Junior Worlds 3rd
JGP Austria 3rd
JGP Croatia 2nd
JGP Estonia 3rd
JGP Japan 3rd
Asian Open 4th
National[19]
Japan Champ. 10th 6th 11th 13th
Japan Junior 9th 16th 2nd
Japan Novice 15th B 3rd B 14th A 2nd A
Team Events
Japan Open 2nd T
1st P
TBD = Assigned
T = Team Result; P = Personal Result; Medals awarded for team result only.
Levels: A = Novice A; B = Novice B

Detailed resultsEdit

Senior levelEdit

2020–21 season
Date Event SP FS Total
December 24–27, 2020 2020–21 Japan Championships 4
67.28
13
118.28
13
185.56
November 27–29, 2020 2020 NHK Trophy 3
67.56
7
118.57
5
186.13
2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
December 18–22, 2019 2019–20 Japan Championships 5
66.64
16
104.11
11
170.75
November 22–24, 2019 2019 NHK Trophy 5
65.70
5
123.55
5
189.25
October 18–20, 2019 2019 Skate America 12
46.21
11
96.19
12
142.40
September 19–21, 2019 2019 CS Nepela Memorial 7
55.99
6
107.55
6
163.54
2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
December 20–24, 2018 2018–19 Japan Championships 9
62.94
5
134.20
6
197.14
November 16–18, 2018 2018 Rostelecom Cup 9
51.00
7
110.22
7
161.22
October 26–28, 2018 2018 Skate Canada International 3
66.30
2
136.76
2
203.06
September 12–16, 2018 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy 5
55.33
3
126.89
3
182.22
August 1–5, 2018 2018 CS Asian Open Trophy 6
50.97
3
112.48
3
163.45

Junior levelEdit

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

2017–18 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 5–11, 2018 2018 World Junior Championships Junior 3
66.79
3
128.38
3
195.17
December 21–24, 2017 2017–18 Japan Championships Senior 15
57.80
10
125.54
10
183.34
November 24–26, 2017 2017–18 Japan Junior Championships Junior 1
65.13
2
124.90
2
190.03
September 27–30, 2017 2017 JGP Croatia Junior 2
65.22
2
110.53
2
175.75
August 31–September 2, 2017 2017 JGP Austria Junior 3
64.49
3
116.55
3
181.04
August 2–5, 2017 2017 Asian Open Trophy Junior 4
54.45
4
114.35
4
168.80
2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
November 18–20, 2016 2016–17 Japan Junior Championships Junior 22
42.28
12
97.53
16
139.81
September 28 – October 2, 2016 2016 JGP Estonia Junior 2
62.65
3
121.41
3
184.06
September 7–11, 2016 2016 JGP Japan Junior 2
64.86
4
117.57
3
182.43
2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
November 21–23, 2015 2015–16 Japan Junior Championships Junior 12
51.40
9
107.81
9
159.21
October 23–25, 2015 2015–16 Japan Novice Championships Novice 2
99.91
2
99.91
  • Personal best highlighted in bold.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Season Best Score 2018/2019". International Skating Union.
  2. ^ "Seasons Best Score 2017/2018". International Skating Union.
  3. ^ "Seasons Best Score 2016/2017". International Skating Union.
  4. ^ "Mako Yamashita". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  5. ^ Slater, Paula (October 20, 2019). "Shcherbakova of Russia captures gold at Skate America in Grand Prix debut". Golden Skate.
  6. ^ Slater, Paula (November 23, 2019). "Kostornaia wins second consecutive Grand Prix gold in Sapporo". Golden Skate.
  7. ^ Gallagher, Jack (December 21, 2019). "Rika Kihira displays confidence, elegance en route to first senior national title". Golden Skate.
  8. ^ "Japan Open 2020". TV Tokyo. September 29, 2020.
  9. ^ "2020 JAPAN OPEN & NATIONALS UPDATE". International Figure Skating.
  10. ^ Slater, Paula (November 27, 2020). "Sakamoto soars to lead at NHK Trophy". Golden Skate.
  11. ^ Slater, Paula (November 28, 2020). "Sakamoto claims ladies' title at 2020 NHK Trophy". Golden Skate.
  12. ^ "Mako YAMASHITA: 2020/2021". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 18, 2020.
  13. ^ "Mako YAMASHITA: 2019/2020". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 19, 2019.
  14. ^ "山下 真瑚 | スケート∞リンク ~フジスケ~". フジテレビ (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  15. ^ "Mako YAMASHITA: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019.
  16. ^ "Mako YAMASHITA: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 23, 2017.
  17. ^ "Mako YAMASHITA: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 21, 2017.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  18. ^ a b "Competition Results: Mako YAMASHITA". International Skating Union.
  19. ^ "Mako Yamashita". statsonice.com. Retrieved 2017-09-20.

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