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We at Japan Skates believe in listening to you, our readers, and trying our best to bring you the kind of features that interest you.  Readers have asked us to talk with Yu-Na Kim and her coach Brian Orser, Canadian champion Patrick Chan, skaters who compete for other Asian countries, and with up-and-coming young skaters.


We hope you enjoy these special interviews.  We certainly enjoyed meeting these great people!


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Mark and Gregg interview Marika Steward

Canadian National Championships - January 24, 2015

From Sendai to Kingston and back, this Japanese-Canadian defines "international"!

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Mark and Gregg interview Eri Nishimura

Canadian National Championships - January 24, 2015

Canada's former Junior Champion talks of fulfilled dreams and fresh goals for the future!

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Mark interviews Eri Nishimura

Thornhill Summer Skate - August 17, 2008

One of Japan's top novice skaters has entered the junior
ranks... and she wants to make waves at Nationals!

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Mark interviews Gracielle Jeanne Tan

Thornhill Summer Skate - August 16, 2008

This erudite pre-med student represents the Philippines
with the Olympics in her sights!

patrick signing autograph Mark interviews Patrick Chan

 Granite Club, Toronto - April 29, 2008

 As Canada's men's champion, is Patrick now the "hunter" or the "hunted"?

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Mark interviews Janet Neil

Skate Canada, Quebec City - November 4, 2007

One of skating's most enthusiastic fans discusses her lifetime love of the sport.

mark and brian orser  Mark and Gigi interview Brian Orser about Yu-Na Kim

 Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club October 24, 2007

 How closely does Yu-Na follow the Japanese ladies team?

Yuki interview