Timothy Koleto (born June 17, 1991) is an American-born Japanese ice dancer. With his wife, Misato Komatsubara, he is the 2018 CS U.S. Classic bronze medalist, the 2018 CS Asian Open bronze medalist, and the 2019 and 2020 Japanese national champion.

Timothy Koleto
2018 Rostelecom Cup Misato Komatsubara Tim Koleto 2018-11-17 16-13-05 (2).jpg
Koleto and Komatsubara at the 2018 Rostelecom Cup
Personal information
Full nameTimothy Koleto
Country represented Japan
Former country(ies) representedNorway
South Korea
Born (1991-06-17) June 17, 1991 (age 28)
Kalispell, Montana, United States
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
PartnerMisato Komatsubara
Former partnerThea Rabe
Yura Min
CoachRie Arikawa
Former coachMarie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer, Igor Shpilband, Adrienne Lenda, Fabian Bourzat, Greg Zuerlein, Barbara Fusar-Poli, Stefano Caruso
Skating clubMontreal International School of Skating
Former skating clubKurashiki FSC
Trondheim SC
SC of Novi
Training locationsMontreal
Former training locationsMilan, Novi, Michigan
Began skating1998
ISU personal best scores
Combined total154.75
2018 CS Asian Open Trophy
Short dance61.45
2020 Four Continents
Free dance99.31
2019 World Team Trophy

Earlier in his career, Koleto competed with Yura Min for South Korea, winning the 2014 national title and placing 10th at the 2014 Four Continents. He also competed with Thea Rabe for Norway.

Personal lifeEdit

Koleto was born June 17, 1991, in Kalispell, Montana.[1] He married Misato Komatsubara in January 2017 in Okayama, Japan.[2][3] He is studying Japanese.[4]

CareerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Koleto began learning to skate in 1998.[1] He placed 6th in the junior men's category at the 2012 U.S. Championships. He dislocated his knee and partially tore his hamstring and lateral collateral ligament while practicing a triple Axel jump in June 2012.[5] During practice in December, he twisted his ankle and tore the tibiofibular ligament.[5]

Partnership with MinEdit

2013–14 seasonEdit

Koleto switched to ice dancing and teamed up with Yura Min in April 2013.[6] They placed 9th at the 2013 Ukrainian Open in December 2013. They were the only senior ice dance team competing at the 2014 South Korean Championships and they won with a score of 105.49. Representing South Korea, the duo placed tenth at the 2014 Four Continents Championships. At the 2014 Bavarian Open, they placed tenth.

2014–15 seasonEdit

They placed eighth at an ISU Challenger Series event, the 2014 CS Nebelhorn Trophy. They finished fifth at their last event together, the International Cup of Nice in October 2014. Igor Shpilband and Greg Zuerlein coached them in Novi, Michigan.[7]

Partnership with RabeEdit

Koleto had tryouts with Norway's Thea Rabe in November 2014 in Lyon, France, and the following month in Novi, Michigan.[8] They agreed to skate together for Norway. In May 2015, Rabe moved to the United States to train with Koleto.[9] Igor Shpilband, Adrienne Lenda, Fabian Bourzat, and Greg Zuerlein coached the team in Novi, Michigan.[10]

2015–16 seasonEdit

After being released by South Korea and sitting out one year, as required by the International Skating Union, Koleto became eligible to compete for Norway beginning October 20, 2015.[8] Making their international debut, Rabe/Koleto won the bronze medal at the Volvo Open Cup in November 2015. They placed 8th at both the Open d'Andorra and the CS Warsaw Cup. Despite qualifying to the 2016 European Championships, they decided to end their partnership a few weeks before the event.[9][11] They were Norway's first-ever ice dancing team.[8]

Partnership with KomatsubaraEdit

2016–17 seasonEdit

Koleto teamed up with Misato Komatsubara following a tryout in Milan in April 2016.[2] They decided to train together in Milan under Barbara Fusar-Poli.[12] They received the bronze medal at the 2016–17 Japan Championships in December 2016.

2017–18 seasonEdit

Making their international debut for Japan, Komatsubara/Koleto placed 8th at the CS Lombardia Trophy in September 2017. They finished 10th at their sole Grand Prix event, the 2017 NHK Trophy. In December, the two won the silver medal at the 2017–18 Japan Championships. They placed 10th at the 2018 Four Continents Championships with a historic personal best score of 138.18. They placed 4th at the 2018 Toruń Cup.

2018–19 seasonEdit

In March 2018, Komatsubara/Koleto announced that they had moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to train under Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, and Romain Haguenauer.[13] They won bronze at both of their ISU Challenger Series events, the 2018 CS Asian Open Trophy and 2018 CS US International Classic. They then competed at two Grand Prix assignments, placing eighth at the 2018 NHK Trophy and eighth at the 2018 Rostelecom Cup.

Following the 2018 Rostelecom Cup, they moved to train in Japan (coached by Rie Arikawa) in order for Koleto to meet a residency requirement for a future citizenship application.[4] At the 2018–19 Japanese Championships, they won the event after placing first in both segments. They placed ninth at the 2019 Four Continents Championships after placing ninth in both segments. Komatsubara/Koleto represented Japan at their first World Championships, held in Saitama, where they placed twenty-first in the rhythm dance, missing the free dance by one ordinal.

To conclude the season, they participated in the 2019 World Team Trophy as part of Team Japan, which won the silver medal, though Komatsubara/Koleto placed sixth of sixth competitors in each of their segments. Komatsubara served as the Japanese team captain.[14]

2019–20 seasonEdit

Initially scheduled to begin the season at the 2019 CS Autumn Classic International, Komatsubara/Koleto withdrew early in the preseason, as a result of Komatsubara having sustained multiple concussions that necessitated time away from training.[15] They later made their season debut at a different Challenger, the 2019 CS Asian Open, where they finished ninth.[16] On the Grand Prix, they were tenth out of ten teams at the 2019 Cup of China, and then withdrew from the 2019 NHK Trophy.

Returning to competition at the 2019–20 Japan Championships, they won their second consecutive national title.[17][18]

ProgramsEdit

With KomatsubaraEdit

Season Rhythm dance Free dance
2019–2020
[19]
2018–2019
[20]
  • Tango: El Sol Sueno
    by Gidon Kremer
  • Tango: Sueno de Barrilete
    by Susana Rinaldi
    choreo. by Marie-France Dubreuil, Romain Haguenauer
Short dance
2017–2018
[1][2]
  • Salsa: Ahora Quien
    by Marc Anthony
  • Rhumba: Ahora Quien
    by Marc Anthony
  • Samba: Samba do Brasil (Radio Remix)
    by Bellini

With RabeEdit

Season Short dance Free dance
2015–2016
[10][8]

With MinEdit

Season Short dance Free dance
2014–2015
[7][5]
2013–2014
[21]
  • Quickstep: Kap'n Kid
  • Foxtrot: Un mate in luca
    by Raphael Gualazzi
  • Quickstep: Kap'n Kid

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series

With Komatsubara for JapanEdit

International[22]
Event 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20
Worlds 21st TBD
Four Continents 10th 9th 11th
GP Cup of China 10th
GP NHK Trophy 10th 8th WD
GP Rostelecom Cup 8th
CS Asian Open 3rd 9th
CS Autumn Classic WD
CS Lombardia Trophy 8th
CS U.S. Classic 3rd
Toruń Cup 4th
National[23]
Japan Champ. 3rd 2nd 1st 1st
Team events
World Team Trophy 2nd T
6th P

With Rabe for NorwayEdit

International[24]
Event 2015–16
CS Warsaw Cup 8th
Volvo Open Cup 3rd
Open d'Andorra 8th

With Min for South KoreaEdit

International[25]
Event 2013–14 2014–15
Four Continents Champ. 10th
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 8th
Bavarian Open 10th
Cup of Nice 5th
Ukrainian Open 9th
National
South Korean Champ. 1st

Men's singlesEdit

National[26]
Event 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13
U.S. Championships 11th N 10th J 6th J
Midwestern Sectionals 4th N 3rd J 1st J 5th
Southwestern Regionals 5th N 7th N 2nd N
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior

Detailed resultsEdit

With Komatsubara for JapanEdit

ISU personal best scores highlighted in bold. Historic (ie before the 2018–19 season) ISU personal best scores highlighted in bold and italicized.

2019–20 season
Date Event SD FD Total
March 16 – 22, 2020 2020 World Championships


February 4 – 9, 2020 2020 Four Continents Championships 11
61.45
10
95.75
11
157.20
December 18–22, 2019 2019–20 Japan Figure Skating Championships 1
63.79
1
99.52
1
163.31
November 22-24, 2019 2019 NHK Trophy WD WD WD
November 8-10, 2019 2019 Cup of China 10
56.60
10
88.75
10
145.35
October 30 - November 3, 2019 2019 CS Asian Open Trophy 9
55.39
9
86.70
9
142.09
September 12–14, 2019 2019 Autumn Classic International WD WD -
2018–19 season
Date Event RD FD Total
April 11–14, 2019 2019 World Team Trophy 6
60.93
6
99.31
2T/6P
160.24
March 18-24, 2019 2019 World Championships 21
60.98
- 21
60.98
February 7-10, 2019 2019 Four Continents Championships 9
54.94
9
94.20
9
149.14
December 20-24, 2018 2018-2019 Japanese Nationals 1
52.21
1
100.39
1
152.60
November 16–18, 2018 2018 Rostelecom Cup 8

52.99

8

90.29

8

143.28

November 9–11, 2018 2018 NHK Trophy 9

59.40

8

94.87

8

154.27

September 12–16, 2018 2018 CS US International Classic 4

53.42

3

89.51

3

142.93

August 1–5, 2018 2018 CS Asian Open Trophy 3

61.28

2

93.47

3

154.75

2017–18 season
Date Event SD FD Total
January 30–February 4, 2018 2018 Toruń Cup 4

58.90

4

88.96

4

147.86

January 22–28, 2018 2018 Four Continents Championships 10

52.45

9

85.73

10

138.18

December 20–24, 2017 2017-2018 Japanese Championships 2

56.65

2

92.82

2

149.47

November 10–12, 2017 2017 NHK Trophy 10

53.83

10

78.58

10

132.41

September 14–17, 2017 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy 9

49.80

6

78.48

8

128.28

2016–17 season
December 22–25, 2016 2016-2017 Japanese Championships 3

51.47

3

73.85

3

125.12

With Rabe for NorwayEdit

2015–16 season
Date Event SD FD Total
November 27–29, 2015 2015 CS Warsaw Cup 8

42.66

8

65.14

8

107.80

November 19–22, 2015 2015 Open d'Andorra 6

47.63

8

61.31

8

108.94

November 4–8, 2015 2015 Volvo Open Cup 4

47.96

4

74.07

3

122.03

With Min for South KoreaEdit

2014–15 season
Date Event SD FD Total
October 15–19, 2014 2014 International Cup of Nice 6

40.04

4

68.84

5

108.88

September 24–27, 2014 2014 CS Nebelhorn Tropy 8

40.10

8

63.36

8

103.46

2013–14 season
Date Event SD FD Total
January 29–February 2, 2014 2014 Bavarian Open 10

44.53

10

65.68

10

110.21

January 22–28, 2018 2014 Four Continents Championships 8

45.12

10

66.11

10

111.23

January 3–5, 2014 2014 South Korean Championships 1

41.64

1

63.85

1

105.49

December 18–20, 2013 2013 Ukrainian Open 8

41.26

10

63.43

9

104.69

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c Calder, Anne (July 7, 2017). "#TeamKoKo: A Journey to Love". ice-dance.com.
  3. ^ Harimaya, Takumi (May 27, 2017). "フィギュアスケート、小松原美里が入籍を報告 お相手はペアを組む選手". Buzzfeed Japan (in Japanese).
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