Shingo Nishiyama

Shingo Nishiyama (西山 真瑚, Nishiyama Shingo, born January 24, 2002) is a Japanese ice dancer. With his former skating partner, Utana Yoshida, he is a two-time Japanese national junior ice dance champion (2019, 2020) and a 2020 Winter Youth Olympics champion in the team event.

Shingo Nishiyama
2020-01-15 Medals Ceremonies (2020 Winter Youth Olympics) by Sandro Halank–143.jpg
Personal information
Native name西山 真瑚
Country represented Japan
Born (2002-01-24) January 24, 2002 (age 19)
Tokyo, Japan
Home townTokyo
ResidenceToronto, Canada
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Former partnerUtana Yoshida
CoachAndrew Hallam
Tracy Wilson
Joey Russell
Rie Arikawa
Former coachBrian Orser
Ghislain Briand
Yutaka Higuchi
Masahiro Kawagoe
ChoreographerAaron Lowe
Megan Wing
Romain Haguenauer
Former choreographerDavid Wilson
Kenji Miyamoto
Masahiro Kawagoe
Noriko Sato
Skating clubWaseda University
Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club
Former skating clubMeguro Nihon University High School
Training locationsToronto
Began skating2008
ISU personal best scores
Combined total149.61
2020 Junior Worlds
Short dance56.43
2019 JGP United States
Free dance99.21
2020 Winter Youth Olympics

Personal lifeEdit

Shingo Nishiyama was born on January 24, 2002 in Tokyo, Japan. He has an older sister. Nishiyama's favorite subjects in school are Japanese history and world history.[1] He attended Hinode Gakuen, a correspondence school recommended by fellow Japanese ice dancer Aru Tateno.[1] Nishiyama was accepted into Waseda University's School of Human Sciences to study sports education and psychology, as he wants to become a skating coach.[2][3] He is related to Japanese ballerina Akane Takada through his mother's side and has worked with her on improving body movement.[4][2]

Nishiyama has admired Yuzuru Hanyu since he was in elementary school.[3]


Early careerEdit

Nishiyama began skating in 2008 at the age of six, at the suggestion of his first coach Masahiro Kawagoe, who saw him attending a lesson at Citizens' Plaza in Shinjuku, Tokyo.[1][3] He previously trained with Yutaka Higuchi in Tokyo, and qualified to compete at the Japan Championships each year. He was invited to skate in the gala at the 2013 World Team Trophy as the Japanese national novice champion in the same season.

Nishiyama moved to Canada alone at age 14 to train with Brian Orser, Tracy Wilson, and Ghislain Briand at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, despite not knowing the language.[5] After he suffered a hip injury in the fall of 2018 and was unable to practice jumps, another coach at the club, Andrew Hallam, suggested that he consider switching to ice dance.[4] Despite Nishiyama's initial reluctance to switch disciplines, he drew inspiration from Japanese sprinter Dai Tamesue's book to adjust his mindset.[3]

Nishiyama teamed up with Utana Yoshida in early 2019 after a tryout arranged by the Japan Skating Federation in fall 2018, and she moved to train with him and his coaches at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club in Canada in February 2019.[4] He continues to train singles simultaneously with ice dance.

2019–2020 seasonEdit

In their first season as a partnership, Yoshida/Nishiyama placed sixth at both 2019 JGP United States and 2019 JGP Italy. They then won gold at the Western Sectional and advanced to the 2019–20 Japan Junior Championships, where they again won gold, ahead of Ayumi Takanami / Yoshimitsu Ikeda. As a result, Yoshida/Nishiyama were assigned to the 2020 World Junior Championships and the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics.[6][7] They were invited to skate in the gala at the 2019 NHK Trophy as junior national champion.

At the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics, Yoshida / Nishiyama placed sixth in the ice dance event with a new personal best, following a sixth-place rhythm dance and a fourth-place free dance.[8] They were chosen by draw to be part of Team Courage for the mixed-NOC team event, alongside singles' skaters Arlet Levandi of Estonia and Ksenia Sinitsyna of Russia and pairs team Alina Butaeva / Luka Berulava of Georgia.[9] Yoshida/Nishiyama won the free dance portion of the team event, ahead of both the silver and bronze medalists from the individual ice dance event, to help Team Courage win the gold medal.[9]

Yoshida/Nishiyama set a goal of being in the top ten at the 2020 World Junior Championships.[4] They placed twelfth in Tallinn.[10]

2020–2021 seasonEdit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Junior Grand Prix, where Yoshida/Nishiyama would have competed, was cancelled. In November, they won their second consecutive junior national title at the 2020–21 Japan Junior Championships.

Yoshida/Nishiyama announced their split in January 2021.[11] Nishiyama indicated that he would continue in ice dance, rather than returning to singles.


With YoshidaEdit

Yoshida/Nishiyama at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics
Season Rhythm dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Hip Hip Chin Chin


Men's singlesEdit

Season Short program Free skating

Competitive highlightsEdit

JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With YoshidaEdit

International: Junior[14]
Event 19–20 20–21
Junior Worlds 12th
Youth Olympics 6th
JGP Italy 6th
JGP United States 6th
Bavarian Open 6th
Japan Junior Champ. 1st 1st
Team events
Youth Olympics 1st T
1st P
T = Team result; P = Personal result.
Medals awarded for team result only.

Men's singlesEdit

Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Japan Junior 25th 17th 16th 9th 9th
Japan Novice 2nd B 1st B 3rd A 4th A

Detailed resultsEdit

With YoshidaEdit

Junior resultsEdit

Yoshida / Nishiyama at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics
Yoshida/Nishiyama at the 2019 JGP United States
2020–21 season
Date Event RD FD Total
November 21–23, 2020 2020–21 Japan Junior Championships 1
2019–20 season
Date Event RD FD Total
March 2–8, 2020 2020 World Junior Championships 13
February 3–9, 2020 2020 Bavarian Open 6
January 10–15, 2020 2020 Winter Youth Olympics – Team 1
January 10–15, 2020 2020 Winter Youth Olympics 6
November 15–17, 2019 2019–20 Japan Junior Championships 1
November 1–4, 2019 2019–20 Japan Western Sectional 1
October 2–5, 2019 2019 JGP Italy 7
August 28–31, 2019 2019 JGP United States 6


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kuryu, Atsuko (April 14, 2018). "Shingo Nishiyama thrives at the Cricket Club". Absolute Skating.
  2. ^ a b Yokoi, Hiromi (January 16, 2020). "ユース五輪で金…アイスダンス西山真瑚は17歳でカナダ一人暮らし" [Gold at the Youth Olympics ... ice dancer Shingo Nishiyama lives alone in Canada at the age of 17] (in Japanese). Kobunsha. Archived from the original on March 2, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Asano, Yumi (May 13, 2020). "フィギュアのアイスダンス界に新星、羽生結弦に憧れる早稲田大・西山真瑚" [Waseda University's rising ice dance star who admires Yuzuru Hanyu: Shingo Nishiyama] (in Japanese). 4years.
  4. ^ a b c d Tamura, Akiko (September 6, 2019). "日本のアイスダンス界に新星! 15歳吉田唄菜&17歳西山真瑚。" [A rising star in the Japanese ice dance world! 15-year-old Utana Yoshida & 17-year-old Shingo Nishiyama.] (in Japanese). Number.
  5. ^ "Japan's ice dancers Nishiyama and Yoshida inspired by club-mate Hanyu". International Olympic Committee. January 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2020" (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation. December 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "2019/20 フィギュアスケート国際競技会派遣選手" [2019/20 Figure Skating International Competition Dispatched Athletes] (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation. November 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "Russian ice dancers live up to golden expectations". International Olympic Committee. January 13, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Barker, Philip (January 15, 2020). "Team Courage wrap up Lausanne 2020 figure skating in style". Inside the Games.
  10. ^ "ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships Results – Junior Ice dance". International Skating Union.
  11. ^ Nishiyama, Shingo (January 18, 2021). "Thank you for supporting Utana and me. Today, there is an important announcement. Utana and I decided to separate into our own pathways" (Instagram).
  12. ^ "2020 Dreams on Ice" (in Japanese). TBS. September 13, 2020.
  13. ^ "Utana YOSHIDA / Shingo NISHIYAMA". International Skating Union.
  14. ^ a b "Utana YOSHIDA / Shingo NISHIYAMA: Competition Results". International Skating Union.
  15. ^ "Shingo Nishiyama". Stats on Ice.

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