Aki Sawada has been one of the most exciting figure skaters in Japan for several years. Born in Osaka on October 7, 1988, she has been a member of the Gaidainishi Skating Club in Kyoto since 1995. She first garnered national attention in 2001-02 when she became the Japanese novice champion. Currently, the legendary Japanese coach Mie Hamada is her full-time trainer.
Aki had a successful run on the Junior Grand Prix circuit and was one of three ladies selected for the prestigious national team at the 2004 and 2005 World Junior Championships. In national competitions, she has performed the triple Axel, but she cannot be described solely as a jumper: Aki has breathtaking artistic flair and delivers complete, well-rounded routines in competition.
Internationally, Aki has medalled in Junior Grand Prix events in Hungary, the Ukraine and Japan, qualified for the 2004 Junior Grand Prix Final in Helsinki. and won the silver medal at the 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final in the Czech Republic. She also placed high at the 2005 and 2006 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. In December 2005, Aki gained national prestige in winning the Japanese national junior championship.
In 2006-07, Aki became a member of the Japan 'A' team and received Grand Prix assignments. Prior to the season she sat down with Japan Skates for an exclusive interview. Her top result that season was an impressive fifth place finish at Cup of Russia. 2007-08 saw her compete at Trophée Eric Bompard. Both years, she finished in the top ten at the All-Japan championships. In 2008-09, she was not a member of the national team, but finished a strong 11th at the All-Japan. She competed in 2009-10 at the Asian Winter Games and the All-Japan, at which she finished 19th. In the 2010-11 seasons, Aki was 22nd at the All-Japan.
Aki is very friendly, and gladly takes time to meet her fans. She is also interested in intellectual pursuits; she enjoys reading and immerses herself in Korean language and literature. We at Japan Skates look forward to seeing this outgoing and confident young lady compete for years to come.