Sad Farewell: Nobunari Oda

The Japanese single skaters have made their mark in the last two Olympic cycles. The depth in single skating in Japan is so impressive that we knew that the world will be deprived of 1 or 2 great skaters from both the men and ladies discipline when they made their Olympic team. Even with the maximum 3 berths for the men and the ladies, it was not enough to contain all of the talent in those disciplines from this country.

One skater who retired from the scene quietly before the Olympics was Nobunari Oda – the direct descendant of a famous Japanese warlord who initiated the initiation of the unification of Japan in the Warring States period. In his career, Oda wasn’t a charismatic performer like his fellow teammate, Daisuke Takahashi but Oda’s strengths came in his jumps and his knees. He landed jumps smooth as butter with a gorgeous running back outside edge.

I think my favourite program for Oda is still his Charlie Chaplin LP from the 2009/2010 season. It was a program that showed off his strengths and allowed his fun personality to shine.

I want to limit each of these farewell posts to one video each but I think I have to share this bonus with everyone. I mean, it’s Mario. And figure skating. Done well.

I’m sad to see you go, Nobu.

Which programs did you enjoy from Nobunari Oda? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

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