Fifteen-year-old Midori Ito, Japan's top figure skater, came from behind to capture the women's singles title on November 25, edging out american Debi Thomas in the 1984 International Free Skating Competition.
NHK INTERNATIONAL ICE SKATING TOURNAMENT, TOKYO: NOVEMBER 25:
1. GV & SVs Japan's Midori Ito, the eventual winner, in action in free skating section of event. Finishes then slips 1.22
2. GV Crowd applauds 1.24
3. GV Final scoreboard showing Ito as overall winner 1.35
4. GV & SV s Alexander Fadeev of USSR, eventual winner, in action during his short programme 2.29
5. GV Crowd applauds as he bows 2.35
6. GVs & SVs Nicky Barber and Karen Slater of Britain, the winners of Pairs ice-dancing contest, in action during their original set pattern performance 3.33
7. GV Crowd applauds 3.35
SPORT: ICE SKATING
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Background: TOKYO, JAPAN
Fifteen-year-old Midori Ito, Japan's top figure skater, came from behind to capture the women's singles title on November 25, edging out american Debi Thomas in the 1984 International Free Skating Competition. Although the diminutive Ito slipped and fell during one routine, the judges awarded her top marks for her free-skating performance after placing her third in the short programme on November 23. Thomas, who took the short programme title, finished the contest just two-tenths of a point behind Ito. Another Japanese, Juri Ozawa, picked up third overall prize. In the men's events Soviet competitor alexander Fadeev displayed dazzling form to take the single's title on November 23. His short programme won top marks from the international panel of judges, narrowly defeating Canadian Brian Orser by just one tenth of a point. The pairs' ice dancing prize was awarded to Britain's Nicky Barber and Karen Slater with a tally of 76.3 points; second spot went to Soviet skaters Elena Batanova and Alexei Soloviev, who notched up 77.4 points. A total of forty nine entrants from thirteen countries participated in the three-day event, sponsored by the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK).