Takahiko Kozuka is a figure skating athlete competing in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 for Japan.

Career Highlights
2006 world junior champion, two-time Japanese silver medalist

2009-10 Music
Short Program
: Bold as Love by Jimi Hendrix
Free Skate: Guitar Concerto by Michael Kamen & Tomoyasu Hotei

Takahiko Kozuka made a splash when he won Skate America over Americans Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir. Of his first Grand Prix title, Kozuka says he was "really surprised, like a dream. I couldn't believe it!" Considered a medal contender at the 2009 Worlds, Kozuka finished a solid sixth.

As a young skater Kozuka said that his coaching team made him practice compulsory figures, which has translated into speed and flow throughout his skating today. Kozuka says that he had to skate with his arms out, balancing coins on the tops of his hands while skating figures, and that if he made it through without the coins falling off, he got to keep them. Though he jokes that he didn't get to keep many, he says that he would save them and buy orange juice out of the rink's vending machines.

Before he takes his opening pose, coach Nobuo Sato rubs Kozuka's back to center his energy. Kozuka says it gives him power for his performance and is something he started when he was a junior skater. The back rub has become a good luck tradition.

Kozuka is studying sports education at Chukyo University, the same university where Mao Asada and Miki Ando are enrolled. Kozuka works for Toyota, one of his sponsors, on occasion and says that he rolls posters and sends postcards.

Kozuka is coached in part by his dad, Tsuguhiko Kozuka, who finished 21st at the 1968 Olympics. His mother was an ice dancer. Kozuka is a big Kurt Browning fan and has videos of the four-time world champion's performances on his cell phone. He loves karaoke and will sing in English or Japanese, even if he doesn't know all of the words. He has turned his autograph into a drawing of a monkey, because he says Miki Ando called him a "little monkey" when he was younger.


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Age: 28 years old
Birthday: February 27, 1989
Height: 5' 7"
Birthplace: Nagoya, Japan
Current Residence: Toyota City, Japan


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