Skater Kihira Joyful After Grand Prix Final Win

Skater Kihira joyful after Grand Prix Final win

Japanese figure skater Rika Kihira says she is truly happy to have won this year's women's title at the Grand Prix Final in Vancouver, Canada, in her debut season.

The 16-year-old star spoke to reporters on Sunday, the day after besting PyeongChang Olympic champion Alina Zagitova of Russia and other competitors.

Kihira admitted she was tired, but smiled as she recounted her performance, while showing off her gold medal.

She said she tried not to think about the other competitors, and focused on doing her own routine perfectly.

Kihira said she wants to take on the challenge of landing quadruple jumps with a view to winning at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

She noted that her skating right now is not without flaws, but that she has over 3 years to improve.

The teenager said she has only achieved about 10 percent of her aims. She said she has yet to experience skating under heavy pressure and that doing so will probably be a challenge.

Kihira will return to Japan later this week to take part in this month's national championships in Osaka.