Japanese Skater Kao Miura Wins Grand Prix Espoo, Secures Spot in Finals


Japanese figure skater Kao Miura won his first figure skating Grand Prix title, securing a spot in the next month’s finals. Miura edged past his teammate Shun Sato with a total of 274.56 points.

Kao Miura Emerges Victorious

Japanese figure skater Kao Miura clinched his first figure skating Grand Prix title at Grand Prix Espoo, Finland, on Sunday. During the free skate, both Miura and his teammate Shun Sato landed three quadruple jumps, with Sato scoring slightly higher. However, Miura’s three-point advantage from Friday’s short program helped him secure the victory with a total score of 274.56 points, narrowly beating Sato’s 273.34 points.

Top Performers in Other Categories

Kévin Aymoz of France managed to claim the bronze after a poor short program, while Jimmy Ma of the United States, initially in third place after the short program, faced setbacks during the free skate, dropping to 11th place overall. Additionally, in the women’s competition, world champion Kaori Sakamoto leads after the short program, while Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States lead in ice dance, and Peng Cheng and Wang Lei of China lead in the pairs category.

Grand Prix Finals Qualification

The Grand Prix Espoo marks the fifth of the six events that determine qualification for next month’s Grand Prix Finals in Beijing, China. The competition serves as a crucial platform for skaters to secure a spot in the prestigious finals, showcasing their remarkable talent and skill.