Following a season that featured silver medals at the Olympics and world championships, Japan's Shoma Uno said Sunday his goal for the 2018-2019 figure skating season is about trust.
"I want to make this season all about believing in myself," Uno told a press conference in Tokyo ahead of the ISU Grand Prix Figure Skating season that opens later this month.
"I want to deliver what I have been doing during training and accept both my failure and success, and be able to make use of each experience and build on that as I move toward the next competition," he said.
The 20-year-old will skate to Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in his free program this season. His Grand Prix season opens at Skate Canada International from Oct. 26-28. It's the second stop of the six-event series.
In a video message, Japan's two-time men's Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu revealed that his season's goal is to go at "full power."
"That is in my roots, and what I consider the most important," said Hanyu, who became the first men's back-to-back Olympic champion in 66 years in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February.
In September, Hanyu won the Autumn Classic International, an ISU Challenger Series event held ahead of the Grand Prix season. He will begin his ISU Grand Prix campaign in Helsinki on Nov. 2.
Sixteen-year-old Rika Kihira, who will make her senior debut this season, said she hopes to nail a triple axel when she competes at her first event next month at the NHK Trophy in Hiroshima.
"I want to execute it well and finish the competition smiling," Kihira said of the extraordinarily difficult jump.
It's been reported that when in good form Kihira nails the triple 70 percent of the time in practice.
Competing along with Kihira in Hiroshima will be compatriot Satoko Miyahara, who was fourth at the Pyeongchang Olympics. She will also compete at Skate America, the opening event, starting on Oct. 19.
"For me, this season is about resetting what I have been doing and starting over from scratch," she said. "I want to improve the quality of my jumps."
Figure skaters collect points in their Grand Prix events in a bid to qualify for December's Grand Prix Final in Vancouver.
Last year, Uno was runner-up behind American Nathan Chen in the men's final. Miyahara was fifth in the women's event won by Pyeongchang Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova of Russia.