Nobunari Oda

Nobunari Oda
Nobunari Oda

Oda at the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard
Personal information
Full name Nobunari Oda
Country represented  Japan
Born March 25, 1987 (1987-03-25) (age 24)
Takatsuki, Osaka
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Coach Lee Barkell
Noriko Oda
Former coach Nikolai Morozov
Choreographer Sébastien Britten
Former choreographer Lori Nichol
David Wilson
Nikolai Morozov
Skating club Kansai University SC
Current training locations Osaka
Barrie (Canada)
Began skating 1990
World standing 3 (As of 16 June 2011 (2011 -06-16))[1]
Season's bests TBD (2011–2012)[2]
4 (2010–2011)[3]
6 (2009–2010)[4]
5 (2008–2009)[5]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 244.56
2006 NHK Trophy
Short program 87.65
2009-2010 GPF
Free skate 163.33
2009 Trophée Eric Bompard
Japanese name
Kanji 織田 信成
Kana おだ のぶなり
Rōmaji Oda Nobunari

Nobunari Oda (織田 信成 Oda Nobunari?, born March 25, 1987 in Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese figure skater. He is the 2006 Four Continents Champion, the 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, the 2005 World Junior Champion and the 2008 Japanese National Champion.[6]


Personal life

Oda says he is the 17th direct descendant of Oda Nobunaga,[7] a daimyo during Japan's Sengoku period who conquered most of Japan.

In April 2010, Oda married his longtime girlfriend, Mayu (Marriage in Japan);[8] their son, Shintaro, was born on October 1, 2010.[9] Originally scheduled for April 23, 2011, the wedding was postponed due to the rescheduling of the World Championships.[10]

When he finishes his skating career, Oda wants to become a school teacher.[11]


Oda trains in Osaka, Japan with Noriko Oda and in Barrie, Ontario with Lee Barkell.[12] He trains in Canada three or four times a year for 1½ months at a time,[13] at the Mariposa School of Skating. He also formerly trained in Hackensack, New Jersey under coach Nikolai Morozov. Oda is known for his jumps and his smooth flow across the ice with deep knee bend.[14]

Early career

In the 2001–2002 season, Oda placed 4th at the Japan Junior Championships. He was invited to compete at the senior Japan Championships, where he placed 16th.

Oda made his Junior Grand Prix debut on the 2002–2003 ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. He won the silver medal in Slovakia behind Russian Alexander Shubin, who would go on to win the Junior Grand Prix Final that season. Oda finished 7th at the event in Italy. He won the bronze medal at Japan Junior Championships and was invited to the senior Japan Championships, where he placed 4th.

In the 2003–2004 season, Oda won two medals on the 2003-2004 Junior Grand Prix and qualified for his first and only time to the Junior Grand Prix Final, where he placed 8th. He placed 2nd at Junior Championships and qualified for the team to the 2004 World Junior Championshps, where he placed 11th. He placed 5th at the Japan Championships.

In the 2004–2005 season, Oda again competed on the 2004-2005 Junior Grand Prix circuit and won the bronze medal in Ukraine behind compatriot Yasuharu Nanri and American Dennis Phan, both of whom would go on to medal at the Junior Grand Prix Final. Oda won the Japan Junior Championships and won the bronze medal at Japan Championships. He went on to win the 2005 World Junior Championshps.

2005–2006 season

He turned senior for the 2005-2006 Olympic year, when he was guaranteed a senior Grand Prix assignment after he won the World Junior Championshpis. Oda made a splash immediately as a senior, winning the bronze medal at his first event and winning the 2005 NHK Trophy over favorites Daisuke Takahashi and reigning world bronze medalist Evan Lysacek. Oda qualified for the 2005–2006 Grand Prix Final and placed fourth.

Oda was proclaimed the winner of the Japan Championships ahead of Takahashi, until a glitch in the computer software was discovered and he fell to second place; he had done too many combinations. The Japanese federation decided to split the international assignments between Oda and declared-winner Daisuke Takahashi, sending Oda to the 2006 World Championships, and Takahashi to the Olympics, in as much as Japan had only one spot for each competition after the withdrawal of Takeshi Honda from the 2005 World Championships and Takahashi's 15th place finish at that competition. Oda placed fourth at his first World Championships, earning Japan two spots to the 2007 Worlds.

2006–2007 season

The following season, Oda placed 1st at 2006 Skate America over American Evan Lysacek, and he finished 2nd at the 2006 NHK Trophy to compatriot Daisuke Takahashi. He qualified for the Grand Prix Final and won the bronze medal. At the Japan Championships, Oda won the silver medal for the second consecutive year. He went on to compete at the 2007 Winter Universiade in Torino, Italy, where he won the silver. At the 2007 World Championships, held in Tokyo, Oda once again performed too many combinations and placed 7th overall.


On July 26, 2007, Oda was arrested by the Osaka prefectural police for driving his moped[15] under the influence of alcohol.[16][17] No life had ever been at risk,[18] and Oda apologized for this infraction.[19] Due to this incident, Oda was quickly removed from the cast of an upcoming ice show in Japan.[19]

On August 2, 2007, the Japan Skating Federation, itself wracked by scandal,[20] announced that it had suspended Oda from national competition until the end of October and from international competition and exhibitions[21] until the end of December,[22][23][24] effectively withdrawing him from his two Grand Prix assignments (Skate Canada and Trophée Eric Bompard), while allowing him to compete at Nationals and try to earn a spot to the 2008 World Championships.[25] The federation also sentenced Oda to perform community service.[20] Oda accepted the punishment meted out by the federation,[26] and paid the fine of ¥100,000.[27]

2008–2009 season

After sitting out the 2007–2008 Grand Prix season, Oda announced his withdrawal from the Japan Championships on December 24, 2007, citing mental stress.[28][29]

Oda switched coaches to Nikolai Morozov in the summer of 2008. He began the 2008–2009 season at the 2008 Nebelhorn Trophy, which he won. He went on to the 2008 Karl Schäfer Memorial, which he also won. Oda was assigned to the 2008 NHK Trophy, and won that as well. Oda was not eligible for a second Grand Prix assignment and therefore could not qualify for the Grand Prix Final.

Oda won at the Japan Championships in December 2008. He, thus, qualified for the 2009 Four Continents and the 2009 World Championships, where he finished 4th and 7th respectively. He landed his only quad (toe) of the season at Worlds.[11]

2009–2010 season

Oda at the 2009 Grand Prix Final.

Oda was assigned to the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard and to the 2009 Cup of China in the 2009-2010 Grand Prix season. He won both of his Grand Prix events and was the top qualifier for the Grand Prix Final, where he claimed the silver medal behind Evan Lysacek. At the 2010 Japanese National Championships Oda won the silver medal behind Daisuke Takahashi. That placement earned him a spot to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2010 World Championships.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Oda scored 84.85 in the short program. In the free skate, he experienced a fall resulting from a broken lace, and was given three minutes to fix his boot with a two-point penalty.[30] Upon resuming the long program, Oda landed a final double Axel and scored 153.69 in that segment of the event, ultimately placing 7th overall in men's singles.[31] Oda then moved on to the 2010 World Championships, where he was considered a medal contender. However, he had a terrible short program in which he performed only single jumps and thus failed to qualify for the free skating portion of the event.[32]

Oda left his coach, Nikolai Morozov, at the end of the 2009-10 season,[8] returning to former coach Lee Barkell.[33]

2010–2011 season

For the 2010-2011 ISU Grand Prix season, he was assigned to the 2010 Skate Canada International and to the 2010 Skate America. He won the silver medal at both events, finishing behind Patrick Chan at Skate Canada and Daisuke Takahashi at Skate America. He qualified for the 2010–2011 Grand Prix Final where he won the silver medal. At the 2011 World Championships, he was second after the short program but dropped to sixth overall after the long program in which he did an extra triple toe, resulting in a loss of about 13 points.[34]

In May 2011, Oda was diagnosed with a partial tear of his left patella tendon in his left knee, requiring six weeks of complete rest.[35]

2011–2012 season

Oda began his season at 2011 Cup of China.


Oda performs an Ina bauer during his exhibition at the 2008 NHK Trophy.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2011–2012[12] Memphis Soul Stew
by King Curtis
choreo. by Sebastien Britten
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
by Michel Legrand
choreo. by Sebastien Britten
I Can See Clearly Now
2010–2011 Storm
by Yoshida Brothers
Piano Concerto 1 & 2
by Edvard Grieg
I Could Have Danced All Night
2009–2010[36] Totentanz, Dance of Death
by Franz Liszt
arranged by Maksim Mrvica
Charlie Chaplin
Music Medley
from Charlie Chaplin Soundtrack
Austin Powers Medley
Soundtrack by George S. Clinton
2008–2009 Masquerade
by Aram Khachaturian
Warsaw Concerto
by Richard Addinsell
by Giacomo Puccini
2007–2008 Masquerade
by Aram Khachaturian
Mission Impossible
Soundtrack by Danny Elfman

Around The World
by Red Hot Chili Peppers

2006–2007 Fly Me to the Moon
by Bart Howard
Symphony No.4
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Mission Impossible
Soundtrack by Danny Elfman
Fly Me to the Moon
Vocal Version
by Bart Howard
2005–2006 The Marriage of Figaro
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Barber of Seville
by Gioachino Rossini
Soundtrack by Keiichi Suzuki
by Alice in Chains
2004–2005 Super Mario Brothers
Koji Kondo
Soundtrack by Keiichi Suzuki
by Alice in Chains
2003–2004 Cinema Paradiso
Soundtrack by Ennio Morricone
The Rock
Soundtrack by
Nick Glennie-Smith, Hans Zimmer
and Harry Gregson-Williams
Toast of the Town
by Mötley Crüe
Rhythm Delivery
by Joe Jackson
Cinema Paradiso
by Josh Groban
2002–2003 El Cunbanchero
by Felix Guerrero
The Mask of Zorro
by James Horner
Toast of the Town
by Mötley Crüe
Rhythm Delivery
by Joe Jackson
2001–2002 El Cunbanchero
by Felix Guerrero
The Mask of Zorro
by James Horner

Competitive highlights

Oda (center) with the other medalists at the 2009 Cup of China.
Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12
Winter Olympic Games 7th
World Championships 4th 7th 7th 28th 6th
Four Continents Championships 1st 4th
World Junior Championships 11th 1st
Japanese Championships 16th 6th 5th 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd
Japanese Junior Championships 4th 3rd 2nd 1st
Grand Prix Final 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd
Cup of China 1st 2nd
Trophée Eric Bompard 1st 7th
NHK Trophy 1st 2nd 1st
Skate America 1st 2nd
Skate Canada 3rd 2nd
Karl Schäfer Memorial 1st
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
Winter Universiade 2nd 1st
Junior Grand Prix Final 8th
Junior Grand Prix, USA 4th
Junior Grand Prix, Ukraine 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Japan 3rd
Junior Grand Prix, Slovakia 2nd 2nd
Junior Grand Prix, Italy 7th
Mladost Trophy 1st
  • Oda did not compete in the 2007–2008 season.


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