Inspired by undisputed figure skating king Yuzuru Hanyu leading Japan to a 1-2 finish in the men's competition, up-and-coming skater Kaori Sakamoto has vowed a similar effort when the women's singles get under way at the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Wednesday.
Sakamoto said she was "electrified" by Hanyu's injury comeback that saw him become the first back-to-back men's gold medalist in 66 years ahead of silver medal winner Shoma Uno on Saturday.
"I was electrified by Hanyu-kun and Shoma-kun and thought to myself I have to really push myself now, too," the 17-year-old Sakamoto told reporters Tuesday after working out on the practice rink at Gangneung Ice Arena.
"I think I am in good shape," said Sakamoto, who briefly returned to Japan to tune up for the women's singles after taking part in the team competition free skate here.
Sakamoto was forced to chase points after underrotating a triple flip at the start of her first performance in Pyeongchang. She placed fifth, and Japan went on to finish last of the five teams that reached the final, the same result it achieved in Sochi four years ago.
"In the team event, I lost it little by little after messing up my first jump," said Sakamoto. "I have realized how important the first jump is and have been practicing in Japan with the aim of absolutely making sure I nail those jumps in both the short and free skates."
"The key will be to keep my composure," added the reigning Four Continents champion.
Sakamoto admitted her legs were quivering during the team competition but she is confident there will not be as many nerves in the singles.
"Kana (Muramoto) from the ice dance pair told me that the atmosphere is a bit different from the team competition. I don't know what the vibe will be like but I don't think I will be as nervous as I was in the team event and I don't think I will get the shakes," said Sakamoto, who will skate 19th in the short program.
"I won't be shaken if the person skating before me is awesome like I was in the team event. I will give it my very best shot."
Four-time national champion Satoko Miyahara finished fourth for Japan in the team event short skate and also briefly returned home to practice.
"My condition is improving and I want to pull out all the stops," said Miyahara, who, like Sakamoto, is making her Winter Olympic debut.
"I haven't made any particular changes since the team event but I have been practicing mindful, as usual, of not underrotating my jumps."
"My salchow has been sometimes good and sometimes not so good, but it has been better since coming here and it is just a case of jumping well in the competition. I have done what I have to do and it is a case of now or never."
World champion Evgenia Medvedeva, who topped the women's team event short program with a world-record score of 81.06 points, and fellow Olympic Athlete from Russia Alina Zagitova both looked sharp in Tuesday's practice.