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Wakaba Higuchi (born January 2, 2001) is a Japanese figure skater. She is two-time World Junior bronze medalist (2015 & 2016), the 2014-15 JGP Final bronze medalist, a two-time Japanese national silver medalist (2017 & 2017), the 2015 Japanese national bronze medalist, and the 2016 Trophée de France and 2017 Rostelecom Cup bronze medalist.

Personal Life Edit

Wakaba's hobbies include watching movies and listening to music.

Career Edit

2015-16 Season Edit

Wakaba's first event of this season was at 2015 JGP Austria in Linz. She ranked eighth in the short program after missing a combo jump, doubling a triple, and losing the axis to a spin. During the freeskate, she popped two jumps, but managed to rank fourth due to her high technical and program component scores. This put her in fifth place overall.

At Wakaba's second Junior Grand Prix event, 2015 JGP Croatia, she led the short program by 0.25 points. She placed second in the freeskate after popping a triple flip, and this put her in second place overall, behind Marin Honda. Unlike the previous season, she did not qualify for the JGP Final.

Wakaba won 2016 Japan Junior Championships, and placed second at 2016 Japan Championships, behind Satoko Miyahara. These placements qualified her for Junior Worlds.

At 2016 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, she placed fifth in the short program after falling on a jump. In the freeskate, she placed second after a clean performance and received the highest technical score. This put her in third place overall, and she won her second consecutive Junior Worlds bronze medal.

2014-15 Season Edit

Wakaba's first Junior Grand Prix event was at 2014 JGP Czech Republic in Ostrava. She placed fifth in the short program after doubling two jumps. The freeskate, however, was free of mistakes, and she led it by 1.73 points. This put her in second place overall, behind Evgenia Medvedeva.

Wakaba's next Junior Grand Prix event was at 2014 JGP Germany. She led the short program by 3.68 points, and the freeskate by 7.67. This put her in first place overall, with an 11.35 point lead. She subsequently qualified for the JGP Final.

During the short program at the 2014-15 JGP Final, she ranked in fifth, only ahead of Miyu Nakashio. In the freeskate, she popped a triple toe loop, but was able to manage third place in the freeskate and overall.

Later that season, Wakaba won 2015 Japan Junior Championships, and received the bronze medal at 2015 Japan Championships. These results qualified her for Junior Worlds.

At 2015 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Wakaba placed third in the short program. In the freeskate, Wakaba received the highest technical score and placed second, behind Evgenia Medvedeva. This put her in third place overall.

Programs Edit

Season Short Program Freeskate
2017-2018
2016-2017
2015-2016
2014-2015
2013-2014
2012-2013
2011-2012

Exhibitions Edit

Season Music
2017-2018 (Performed by Pentatonix)
2016-2017
2015-2016
2014-2015
2013-2014

ISU Results Edit

(Season bests highlighted in bold) Edit

2017-18 Season
Date Competition Level SP FS Total
November 3 - 5 2017 Cup of China
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Senior 2

70.53

2

141.99

2

212.52

October 20 - 22 2017 Rostelecom Cup
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Senior 3

69.60

3

137.57

3

207.17

September 13 - 16 2017 Lombardia Trophy
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Senior 1

74.26

2

143.37

2

217.63

2016–17 Season
Date Competition Level SP FS Total
April 20 - 23 2017 World Team Trophy
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Senior 5

71.41

3

145.30

3

216.71

March 27 - April 2 2017 World Championships
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Senior 9

65.87

12

122.18

11

188.05

February 14 - 19 2017 Four Continents Championships
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Senior 10

58.83

9

113.22

9

172.05

November 25 - 27 2016 NHK Trophy
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Senior 5

62.58

4

122.81

4

185.39

November 11 - 13 2016 Trophée de France
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Senior 5

65.02

3

129.46

3

194.48

September 8 - 11 2016 Lombardia Trophy
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Senior 1

66.66

3

112.20

1

178.86

2015–16 Season
Date Competition Level SP FS Total
March 14 - 20 2016 World Junior Championships
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Junior 5

58.08

2

125.65

3

183.73

October 7 - 11 2015 JGP Croatia
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Junior 1

60.77

2

114.29

2

175.06

September 10 - 13 2015 JGP Austria
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Junior 8

46.55

4

110.24

5

156.79

2014–15 Season
Date Competition Level SP FS Total
March 2 - 8 2015 World Junior Championships
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Junior 3

61.27

2

124.30

3

185.27

December 11 - 14 2014-15 JGP Final
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Junior 5

60.37

3

117.72

3

178.09

October 1 - 4 2014 JGP Germany
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Junior 1

58.99

1

117.15

1

176.14

September 3 - 6 2014 JGP Czech Republic
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Junior 5
52.75
1

116.93

2

169.68

August 7 - 10 2014 Asian Open Trophy
TPE
Junior 2

57.05

1

109.85

1

166.90

2013–14 Season
Date Competition Level SP FS Total
March 6 - 9 2014 International Challenge Cup
NED
Novice 1

40.35

1

90.74

1

131.09

August 8 - 11 2013 Asian Open Trophy
THA
Novice 3

31.73

1

72.57

1

104.30

2012–13 Season
Date Competition Level SP FS Total
March 6 - 9 2013 International Challenge Cup
NED
Novice 1

41.30

1

75.13

1

116.43

August 7 - 12 2012 Asian Trophy
TPE
Novice 1

43.06

2

64.49

2

107.55

2011–12 season
Date Competition Level SP FS Total
April 13 - 15 2012 Gardena Spring Trophy
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Novice 1

45.56

1

63.51

1

109.07

Medal Record (In Chronological Order) Edit

Type Competition Season Level
Silver 2017 Cup of China 2017-18 Senior
Bronze 2017 Rostelecom Cup 2017-18 Senior
Silver 2017 Lombardia Trophy 2017-18 Senior
Gold 2017 World Team Trophy 2016-17 Senior
Silver 2017 Japan Championships 2016-17 Senior
Bronze 2016 Trophée de France 2016-17 Senior
Gold 2016 Japan Open 2016-17 Senior
Gold 2016 Lombardia Trophy 2016-17 Senior
Bronze 2016 World Junior Championships 2015-16 Junior
Silver 2016 Japan Championships 2015-16 Senior
Gold 2016 Japan Junior Championships 2015-16 Junior
Gold 2016 Japan Eastern Section 2015-16 Junior
Silver 2015 JGP Croatia 2015-16 Junior
Gold 2016 Tokyo Regional 2015-16 Junior
Bronze 2015 World Junior Championships 2014-15 Junior
Bronze 2015 Japan Championships 2014-15 Senior
Bronze 2014-15 JGP Final 2014-15 Junior
Gold 2015 Japan Junior Championships 2014-15 Junior
Silver 2015 Japan Eastern Section 2014-15 Junior
Gold 2014 JGP Germany 2014-15 Junior
Silver 2014 JGP Czech Republic 2014-15 Junior
Gold 2014 Asian Open Trophy 2014-15 Junior
Gold 2014 International Challenge Cup 2013-14 Novice
Gold 2014 Japan Novice Championships 2013-14 Novice
Gold 2014 Tokyo Regional 2013-14 Novice
Gold 2013 Asian Open Trophy 2013-14 Novice
Gold 2013 International Challenge Cup 2012-13 Novice
Silver 2013 Japan Novice Championships 2012-13 Novice
Gold 2013 Tokyo Regional 2012-13 Novice
Silver 2012 Asian Trophy 2012-13 Novice
Gold 2012 Gardena Spring Trophy 2011-12 Novice
Bronze 2012 Japan Novice Championships 2011-12 Novice
Silver 2012 Tokyo Regional 2011-12 Novice

Small Medal Record (Awarded at ISU Championships Only) Edit

Type Competition Season Program Level
Silver 2016 World Junior Championships 2015-16 Freeskate Junior
Silver 2015 World Junior Championships 2014-15 Freeskate Junior
Bronze 2015 World Junior Championships 2014-15 Short Program Junior

Social Media Edit

Instagram: w_akababy_hi

Snapchat: wakabahiguchi

Twitter: @wakawakaskate

Sources Edit

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakaba_Higuchi

https://www.statsonice.com/skater/Wakaba/Higuchi/

https://www.statsonice.com/skater/Kaichinihonbashigakuen/Wakaba.Higuchi/

http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00014149.htm

http://www.isuresults.com/ws/ws/wsladies.htm

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