Kawabe Mana, who is representing Japan in figure skating at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, will be free skating to YOSHIKI's "Miracle" on February 17 CST.
Originally written and composed in Italian by YOSHIKI as a classical song, "Miracle" is also used as the opening song to his band X Japan’s live shows. In 2018, a collaboration version was released with world-famous soprano Sarah Brightman. The combination of the majestic, beautiful melody with Brightman's powerful singing voice brought "Miracle" to Top 10 Classical Music charts in 15 countries.
Last night, YOSHIKI posted a New York Times article on his Twitter account. He touched upon the problems occurring in the Olympic figure skating world, saying, "Hope everything goes well for everyone." In addition, he sent out some "miracle power" with the following statement: "There has been a lot of big news about the Beijing 2022 Olympic figure skating competitions here in the United States. To all the Japanese athletes, I am supporting you from America. Mana Kawabe will be free skating using 'Miracle', a song which I composed. I would be happy if 'Miracle' could provide her with strength."
Songs composed by YOSHIKI have been used by a number of championship skaters. In 1993, US athlete Ito Midori performed using X Japan's "Rose of Pain," while Asada Mai performed to "Amethyst." From 2015 to 2016, Murakami Daisuke used "Anniversary," which is a congratulatory song for the tenth anniversary of His Majesty the Emperor's coronation. Tamura Yamato, who represented Japan at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, is known to be a big fan of X Japan, and loves to use both "Kurenai" and "Amethyst" for his performances.