Daisuke Takahashi confirms music for skating return

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In case you hadn’t heard: Daisuke Takahashi is back.

The Japanese figure skater was the first man from his country to win an individual Olympic medal in the sport when he took bronze at Vancouver 2010.

He retired after seeing compatriot Yuzuru Hanyu take gold at Sochi 2014.

But now, four years on, he’s ready to compete once more.

Music choices

The 32-year-old’s comeback season will start on 5 October, IFS Magazine reports.

He’s scheduled to compete at the Kinki Regional Championships in his native country.

Now, Takahashi has revealed his music choices for the coming year.

He will skate his short program to The Sheltering Sky, composed by his compatriot Ryuichi Sakamoto.

David Wilson, who has worked with Takahashi in the past, choreographed the program.

Takahashi told the Olympic Channel: “It is something that allows me to imagine myself.”

The Japanese’s free skate program for the coming season was designed by Benoit Richaud.

It is set to Pale Green Ghosts by John Grant, an alternative rock musician.

According to IFS Magazine, Richaud wrote to Takahashi to offer his services in choreographing a program for the skater.

“It’s strong, a song that takes you over,” Takahashi said to the Olympic Channel.

“I haven’t used that kind of song before, so for me and my skating, this is something new for me.”

Past selections

Takahashi competed in three Olympic Winter Games, winning bronze at Vancouver 2010.

At Turin 2006, his debut Games, the then-19-year-old skated to El Tango de Roxanne from the film Moulin Rouge for his short program.

Takahashi’s long program in Italy was set to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor.

Four years later, Takahashi went with a composition named Eye by Japanese musician coba (Yasuhiro Kobayashi), placing third in the short program. His chose the score from Italian film La Strada, composed by Nino Rota, for his free skate.

And in his last Olympics, at Sochi 2014, Sonatina for Violin in C-sharp minor provided the background to his short program.

For his free skate, Takahashi opted for a Beatles medley, featuring Yesterday, Come Together, In My Life, and The Long and Winding Road.

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Author: ZK Goh
Olympic Channel news producer/reporter. All-round sports nerd.