Mai Mihara

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Mai Mihara
Internationaux de France 2018 - Mai Mihara.jpg
Personal information
Native name三原 舞依
Country representedJapan Japan
Born (1999-08-22) 22 August 1999 (age 20)
Kobe, Japan
Home townKobe, Japan
Height1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
CoachSonoko Nakano
Mitsuko Graham
Marie Shimizu
ChoreographerDavid Wilson
Former choreographerYuka Sato
Massimo Scali
Marina Zueva
Yukina Ota
Kawagoe Masahiro
Skating clubSysmex FSC
Former skating clubKobe Port Island FSC
Training locationsKobe, Japan
Began skating2008
World standing6 (2018–19)[1]
7 (2017–18)
21 (2016–17)
83 (2015–16)
133 (2014–15)
181 (2013–14)
Season's bests13 (2018-19)[2]
10 (2017-18)[3]
3 (2016-17)[4]
23 (2015-16)[5]
75 (2014-15)[6]
66 (2013-14)[7]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total209.22
2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy
Short program70.94
2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy
Free skate141.97
2019 Four Continents

Mai Mihara (三原 舞依, Mihara Mai, born 22 August 1999) is a Japanese competitive figure skater. She is the 2017 Four Continents champion, 2018 Four Continents Silver Medalist, 2019 Four Continents Bronze Medalist[8], 2018 Internationaux de France silver medalist, 2016 CS Nebelhorn Trophy champion, and 2016–17 Japanese national bronze medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Mihara was born on 22 August 1999 in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.[9][10]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Mihara began skating in 2007.[11] In the 2012–13 season, she won the bronze medal in the Novice A category at the Japanese Novice Championships and placed 8th at the Japan Junior Championships.

2013–2014 season[edit]

During the 2013–14 season, Mihara debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) circuit, placing fifth in Minsk, Belarus. After winning the Japanese national silver medal on the junior level, she finished her season by placing twelfth on the senior level at the Japan Championships.

2014–2015 season[edit]

Mihara started her season by placing sixth at her JGP event in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She then placed seventh at the Japan Junior Championships and ninth at the Japan Championships.

2015–2016 season[edit]

Mihara made her senior international debut in early August 2015, winning the Asian Open ahead of Riona Kato. She was awarded silver medals at her JGP events, in Bratislava, Slovakia and Linz, Austria, and qualified for the 2015–16 JGP Final in Barcelona.

Mihara placed eighth at the 2015–16 Japanese Junior Championships and sixth at the JGP Final. She was diagnosed with arthritis in December, following the JGP Final.[12][13]

2016–2017 season: Four Continents champion[edit]

In September, Mihara competed at her first Challenger Series competition, the 2016 CS Nebelhorn Trophy. Ranked second in the short program and first in the free skate, she won the gold medal ahead of Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. Her Grand Prix debut came the following month at the 2016 Skate America. She was awarded the bronze medal, behind American skaters Ashley Wagner and Mariah Bell, after placing second in the short and third in the free. She finished fourth at her next Grand Prix assignment, the 2016 Cup of China.

In December 2016, Mihara took bronze at the Japan Championships, having ranked fifth in the short and second in the free. In February 2017, she placed fourth in the short and first in the free at the Four Continents Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, outscoring Canada's Gabrielle Daleman by 3.94 points for the gold medal.[14]

In March 2017, Mihara competed at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Ranked fifteenth in the short program after doubling and falling on a planned triple flip, Mihara ranked fourth in the free skate and climbed to fifth overall. In April, she competed as part of Team Japan at the 2017 World Team Trophy. She achieved a personal best of 72.10 points in the short program and then scored a Japanese national record of 146.17 points in the free skate. She finished second behind Medvedeva and 0.83 ahead of compatriot Wakaba Higuchi while Team Japan won the gold medal.

2017–2018 season: Four Continents silver[edit]

Mihara won silver at the 2017 CS Autumn Classic International. She placed fourth at both of her Grand Prix assignments, 2017 Cup of China and 2017 Internationaux de France. After a fifth-place finish at the 2017-18 Japan Figure Skating Championships she was assigned to the 2018 Four Continents Championships. At the championships, she was third in the short program behind countrywomen Satoko Miyahara and Kaori Sakamoto. After a second-place finish in the free skate, and mistakes from Miyahara, Mihara rose to second place overall.

2018–2019 season: Winter Universiade champion[edit]

Mihara won silver at the 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy. On the Grand Prix, she first competed at the 2018 NHK Trophy, the most hotly-contested ladies' event on the Grand Prix that year. She was third in the short program, but dropped to fourth in the free skate and overall despite making only one error, a jump underrotation.[15] She then narrowly placed second at the 2018 Internationaux de France, slightly behind compatriot Rika Kihira. Mihara said she was unsatisfied with her free skate in France, but that "overall, it was a good experience for me and I will continue to practice to gain more confidence."[16]

At the 2018 Japan Championships, Mihara placed third in both programs, finishing fourth overall. She was again assigned to the Japanese team for the Four Continents Championships.[17] Competing at Four Continents, she underrotated her opening combination jump to place eighth in the short program. She described this as an error she would not normally make even in practice.[18] Mihara then placed second in the free skate, winning the bronze medal overall, her third consecutive Four Continents podium finish.[19] Mihara concluded her season at the 2019 Winter Universiade, where she won the ladies singles' title.[20]

2019–2020 season[edit]

Poor health forced Mihara to withdraw from both of her Grand Prix assignments, the 2019 Skate Canada International and 2019 Cup of China.[21]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–2019

[22]

The Mission
by Ennio Morricone
choreo. by David Wilson

2017–2018
[24] [25]

The Mission
by Ennio Morricone
choreo. by David Wilson


2016–2017
[9]


2015–2016
[11]
2014–2015
[26]
  • Giselle
    by Adolphe Adam
    choreo. by Marina Zueva, Yukina Ota,
    Kawagoe Masahiro
2013–2014
[27]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Mihara at the 2017 Four Continents podium

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[28]
Event 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Worlds 5th
Four Continents 1st 2nd 3rd
GP Cup of China 4th 4th WD
GP France 4th 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 4th
GP Skate America 3rd
GP Skate Canada WD
CS Autumn Classic 2nd
CS Nebelhorn 1st 2nd
Asian Open 1st
Printemps 1st
Universiade 1st
International: Junior[28]
JGP Final 6th
JGP Austria 2nd
JGP Belarus 5th
JGP Slovakia 2nd
JGP Slovenia 6th
Asian Open 2nd
Gardena 1st
Challenge Cup 4th
National[10]
Japan 12th 9th 3rd 5th 4th
Japan Junior 8th 2nd 7th 8th
Japan Novice 3rd A
Team events
World Team
Trophy
1st T
2nd P
Japan Open 2nd T
2nd P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
Levels: A = Novice A; J = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Senior level[edit]

Mihara at the 2016 Skate America.

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals are awarded for team results only. T – team result. P – personal/individual result. Bolded scores reflect a personal best.

2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
7-9 March 2019 2019 Winter Universiade 1
75.92
2
144.76
1
220.68
7-10 February 2019 2019 Four Continents Championships 8
65.15
2
141.97
3
207.12
20–24 December 2018 2018–19 Japan Championships 3
72.88
3
147.92
4
220.80
23–25 November 2018 2018 Internationaux de France 1
67.95
3
134.86
2
202.81
9–11 November 2018 2018 NHK Trophy 3
70.38
5
133.82
4
204.20
26–29 September 2018 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 3
70.94
2
138.28
2
209.22
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
16–18 March 2018 2018 Coupe du Printemps 2
72.98
1
142.51
1
215.49
22–28 January 2018 2018 Four Continents Championships 3
69.84
2
140.73
2
210.57
21–24 December 2017 2017–18 Japan Championships 7
64.27
3
140.40
5
204.67
17–19 November 2017 2017 Internationaux de France 4
64.57
5
137.55
4
202.12
3–5 November 2017 2017 Cup of China 7
66.90
3
139.17
4
206.07
7 October 2017 2017 Japan Open - 2
147.83
2T/2P
20–23 September 2017 2017 CS Autumn Classic 2
66.18
2
132.84
2
199.02
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
20–23 April 2017 2017 World Team Trophy 3
72.10
2
146.17
1T/2P
218.27
29 March – 2 April 2017 2017 World Championships 15
59.59
4
138.29
5
197.88
15–19 February 2017 2017 Four Continents Championships 4
66.51
1
134.34
1
200.85
22–25 December 2016 2016–17 Japan Championships 5
65.91
2
132.26
3
198.17
18–20 November 2016 2016 Cup of China 3
68.48
4
122.44
4
190.92
21–23 October 2016 2016 Skate America 2
65.75
3
123.53
3
189.28
22–24 September 2016 2016 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 2
63.11
1
125.92
1
189.03

Junior level[edit]

Mihara at the 2015–16 JGP Final
2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
10–13 December 2015 2015–16 JGP Final Junior 6
56.01
6
110.24
6
166.25
21–23 November 2015 2015-16 Japan Junior Championships Junior 15
49.08
7
111.04
8
160.12
9–12 September 2015 2015 JGP Austria Junior 1
63.55
2
118.50
2
182.05
19–22 August 2015 2015 JGP Slovakia Junior 3
60.81
2
118.55
2
179.36
5–8 August 2015 2015 Asian Open Trophy Senior 1
53.92
1
105.08
1
159.00
2014–15 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
23–24 March 2015 2015 Gardena Spring Trophy Junior 1
52.67
1
113.89
1
166.56
26–28 December 2014 2014–15 Japan Championships Senior 13
53.23
9
105.58
9
158.81
22–24 November 2014 2014–15 Japan Junior Championships Junior 6
53.47
8
101.13
7
154.60
27–30 August 2014 2014 JGP Slovenia Junior 9
44.68
4
97.81
6
142.49
2013–14 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
6–9 March 2014 2014 International Challenge Cup Junior 9
38.01
1
99.05
4
137.06
20–23 December 2013 2013–14 Japan Championships Senior 20
45.51
8
106.99
12
152.50
22–24 November 2013 2013–14 Japan Junior Championships Junior 2
53.19
5
100.66
2
153.85
25–28 September 2013 2013 JGP Belarus Junior 9
45.94
4
95.88
5
141.82
8–11 August 2013 2013 Asian Open Trophy Junior 2
48.97
2
96.06
2
145.03
2012–13 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
17–18 November 2012 2012-13 Japan Junior Championships Junior 11
47.53
8
92.61
8
140.14

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Mai Mihara at Wikimedia Commons