Michael Marinaro

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Michael Marinaro
2011 Canadian Championships Margaret Purdy Michael Marinaro.jpg
Purdy/Marinaro at the 2011 Canadian Championships
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1992-01-07) January 7, 1992 (age 22)
Sarnia, Ontario
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Partner Kirsten Moore-Towers
Former partner Margaret Purdy, Lindsi Disper
Coach Kris Wirtz, Kristy Wirtz
Former coach Scott Rachuk, Alison Purkiss
Former choreographer Alison Purkiss
Skating club Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club
Former skating club Competitive Skating Center of Strathroy
Training locations Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Former training locations Komoka
Began skating 1994
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 154.70
2013 Junior Worlds
Short program 53.09
2013 Junior Worlds
Free skate 101.61
2013 Junior Worlds

Michael Marinaro (born January 7, 1992) is a Canadian pair skater. In May 2014, he formed a partnership with Kirsten Moore-Towers. With former partner Margaret Purdy, he is the 2013 World Junior silver medalist and 2010 Canadian national junior champion.


Marinaro began skating at age two.[1] Early in his pairs career, he competed with Lindsi Disper.[1]

Partnership with Purdy[edit]

In May 2007, Marinaro teamed up with Margaret Purdy.[2] In the 2009–10 season, they debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series and won the Canadian junior title. The pair placed eighth in The Hague at their first World Junior Championships.

In the 2011–12 season, Purdy/Marinaro won their first JGP medal — bronze in Latvia — and placed fifth at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Minsk. The following season, they won gold at their two JGP assignments, in the United States and Croatia, and qualified for the JGP Final, where they placed fourth. The pair took silver at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Milan, behind Haven Denney / Brandon Frazier.

In September 2013, Purdy/Marinaro and their coaches moved their training base from Strathroy to Komoka.[3] The pair appeared at two senior Grand Prix events, the 2013 Skate America and 2013 Skate Canada International, finishing eighth at both. After placing fifth at the 2014 Canadians, they were assigned to the 2014 Four Continents and came in sixth. They announced the end of their partnership on May 27, 2014.[4]

Partnership with Moore-Towers[edit]

On June 3, 2014, Skate Canada announced that Marinaro and Kirsten Moore-Towers had formed a partnership, coached by Kris Wirtz and Kristy Wirtz at the Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club in southern Ontario.[5] Moore-Towers said they were adjusting their technique on lifts, stating, "Mike's former partner is much taller than I am, so the technique is a bit different; he has to work in a different way."[6]

For the 2014-2015 Grand Prix season, they were assigned to Skate Canada, where they will be making their international debut, and Trophee Bompard.[7]


With Moore-Towers[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • TBA
    choreo. by Mark Pillay

With Purdy[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition

  • Who Wants to Live Forever
    by Queen
  • The Show Must Go On
    by Queen
  • Fuente y Caudal
    by Paco de Lucía
  • Here, There and Everywhere
    by The Beatles
  • Something
    by The Beatles

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Moore-Towers[edit]

Event 2014–15
GP Skate Canada TBD
GP Trophée Bompard TBD
Canadian Championships
GP = Grand Prix; TBD = Assigned

With Purdy[edit]

Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Four Continents 6th
GP Skate America 8th
GP Skate Canada 8th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 8th 5th 2nd
JGP Final 4th
JGP Austria 10th
JGP Croatia 1st
JGP Czech Rep. 9th
JGP Germany 10th
JGP Latvia 3rd
JGP Poland 7th
JGP UK 10th
Canadian Champ. 2nd PN 3rd N. 1st J. 9th 6th 5th 5th
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix
Levels: PN = Pre-novice; N. = Novice; J. = Junior


  1. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (December 20, 2009). "Canada's Purdy Gives Up Hockey to Skate Pairs". Skate Today. 
  2. ^ a b c "Margaret Purdy / Michael Marinaro: 2013/2014". Skate Canada. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. ;
  3. ^ Pyette, Ryan (September 6, 2013). "Local skaters Margaret Purdy and Michael Marinaro resurrect Kurt Browning’s Casablanca theme". London Free Press. 
  4. ^ "World Junior Medallists Purdy and Marinaro end skating partnership". Skate Canada. May 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Canada’s newest pair team – Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro". Skate Canada. June 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (July 26, 2014). "Detroit postcards: More pair action off ice than on". IceNetwork. 
  7. ^ "2014-15 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Pairs". July 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 7, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 15, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Competition Results: Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 21, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Michael Marinaro at Wikimedia Commons