Marin Honda

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Marin Honda
Marin Honda - GPS FRA 2018.jpg
Personal information
Native name本田 真凜
Country represented Japan
Born (2001-08-21) August 21, 2001 (age 18)
Kyoto, Japan
Home townKyoto
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
CoachRafael Arutyunyan, Takeshi Honda
Former coachMie Hamada, Yamato Tamura
ChoreographerLori Nichol, Shae-Lynn Bourne
Former choreographerMarina Zueva, Jeffrey Buttle, Tom Dickson, David Wilson
Skating clubJapan Airlines
Former skating clubKansai University SC
Training locationsIrvine, California
Former training locationsTakatsuki, Osaka
Lakewood, California
Began skating2003
World standing20 (2017–18)
29 (2016–17)
60 (2015–16)
Season's bests19 (2017–18)[1]
12 (2016–17)[2]
14 (2015–16)[3]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total201.61
2017 World Junior
Short program68.35
2017 World Junior
Free skate133.26
2017 World Junior

Marin Honda (本田 真凜, Honda Marin, born August 21, 2001) is a Japanese figure skater. She is the 2016 World Junior champion, the 2017 World Junior silver medalist, the 2015–16 Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, and the 2016–17 Japanese Junior National bronze medalist. She is the former junior world record holder for the free program.

Personal life[edit]

Marin Honda was born on August 21, 2001 in Kyoto, Japan,[4] the third born of five children. She has an elder brother, Taichi, an elder sister, Maho, and two younger sisters, Miyu and Sara.[5] With the exception of Maho, all of her siblings are figure skaters, and Miyu is also a popular child actress in Japan.[5] Honda previously studied and trained at Kansai University Middle School, which has an ice rink.[6] In 2018, Honda moved to California with her brother, Taichi, to train with Rafael Arutyunyan. Honda is a member of team RF and looks up to 2006 Olympic Champion Shizuka Arakawa.[7] She will enroll in Meiji University's School of Political Science and Economics in spring 2020.[8]

Career[edit]

Honda began skating at the age of two after following her older brother, Taichi, into figure skating.[6]

Beginning in the 2011–12 season, Honda stood on the podium at four consecutive Japanese Novice Championships, with a gold medal in 2012–13. She placed 5th at the Japan Junior Championships in 2013–14 and 4th the following season, training at Kansai University Middle School's ice rink.[6] Her Lutz and flip are hindered by hallux valgus.[5]

2015–16 season: World Junior Champion[edit]

Honda debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) circuit in the 2015–16 season. Ranked first in the short program and fourth in the free skate, she came away with the silver medal at the JGP in Colorado Springs, Colorado, having finished behind Yuna Shiraiwa by a margin of 8.06 points. She won gold at her second JGP event, in Zagreb, Croatia, after placing third in the short and first in the free — outscoring Wakaba Higuchi by 6.16 points. These results qualified her for the 2015–16 JGP Final in Barcelona. In November, Honda placed sixth at the 2015-16 Japanese Junior Championships.

At the 2015–16 JGP Final in Barcelona, Honda won the bronze medal behind Russia's Polina Tsurskaya and Maria Sotskova.

Making her debut at the Japan Championships on the senior level, Honda finished ninth, and was named in Japan's team to the 2016 World Junior Championships in Debrecen. Ranked second in the short program and first in the free skate, she was awarded gold in Hungary, ahead of Russia's Maria Sotskova and teammate Wakaba Higuchi.[9]

2016–17 season[edit]

Honda (left) with teammate, bronze medalist Kaori Sakamoto, at the 2017 World Junior Championships.

Honda began her season with a gold medal at the 2016 Asian Trophy. She was assigned to the JGP events in Japan and Slovenia. In her first event at JGP Yokohama, she placed fifth in the short program and won the free skate with a junior world record of 128.64 points to place second overall. In her next event at JGP Ljubljana, she won another silver medal, qualifying her for her second JGP Final. However, she withdrew from the Final, citing illness. In November, she won the bronze medal at the Japan Junior National Championships.

Honda at the 2017 World Junior Championships podium.

She placed fourth overall at her second senior Japan National Championships and was assigned to compete at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Taipei. She ranked second in both segments, setting new personal bests and was awarded the silver medal behind gold medalist Alina Zagitova and ahead of bronze medalist Kaori Sakamoto. [10]

2017–18 season: Senior debut[edit]

Honda began her senior debut with a gold medal at the 2017 US Classic in Salt Lake City. She competed in her first team event at Japan Open and won the silver medal with her teammates.

Honda made her senior Grand Prix debut at the 2017 Skate Canada. She was tenth in the short program after falling in her triple Lutz-triple toe combination and popping her planned double Axel into a single but managed place third in the free skate to place fifth overall. In her next event at the 2017 Cup of China, she placed sixth in the short program and fifth in the free skate to place fifth overall. At the 2017-18 Japan Nationals, she was sixth in the short program and ninth in the free skate, placing seventh overall. She later competed at the 2018 Challenge Cup, where she was eleventh after the short program. She placed second in the free skate, winning the bronze medal.

On March 30th, she announced she was changing coaches to Rafael Arutyunyan and was moving to the US to live and train full-time.[11]

2018–19 season[edit]

Honda began her season in September at 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, where she placed sixth. In October, she competed at her first Grand Prix event of the season, 2018 Skate America, where she was fourth in the short program and placed eighth overall. She then competed at her second Grand Prix event in November, 2018 Internationaux de France, where she placed fourth in the short program and finished sixth overall. At the 2018 Japanese National Championships in December, she was eighteenth after the short program and placed fifteenth overall.

2019–20 season[edit]

Honda began the season at the 2019 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, where she placed fifth. Initially assigned to only one Grand Prix, Honda was subsequently added to the 2019 Skate Canada International roster following the withdrawal of Mai Mihara. Whilst traveling from the arena in Kelowna, she and fellow Japanese skater Keiji Tanaka were involved in a car crash. Honda was cleared to compete despite injuries to her right shin and forehead, and wore a support brace throughout, saying "I decided to compete and I'm going all the way to the end."[12] Honda was tenth in the short program after doubling a planned triple flip and underrotating the second part of her jump combination, but rose to sixth place after skating a stronger free skate with scaled-down content.[13] She was seventh at the 2019 Cup of China.[14] She ended the season with an eighth-place finish at the Japanese Championships.

Records and achievements[edit]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2020–2021
[15]
2019–2020
[7]
2018–2019
[16]
2017–2018
[18][19][20]




2016–2017
[5][23][24]

2015–2016
[4][25]

2014–2015
  • Madame Butterfly
    by Giacomo Puccini
2013–2014
2012–2013
2011–2012
  • Il Tema Della Fatta
    from Pinocchio
    by Nicola Piovani
  • La Strada
    by Nino Rota

Competitive highlights[edit]

Honda (center) with Maria Sotskova (left) and Wakaba Higuchi (right) at the 2016 World Junior Championships podium

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

International[26]
Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
GP Cup of China 5th 7th
GP France 6th
GP Skate America 8th
GP Skate Canada 5th 6th
CS Nebelhorn 6th 5th
CS U.S. Classic 1st
Challenge Cup 3rd
International: Junior[26]
Junior Worlds 1st 2nd
JGP Final 3rd WD
JGP Croatia 1st
JGP Japan 2nd
JGP Slovenia 2nd
JGP U.S. 2nd
Asian Open 2nd 1st
International: Advanced Novice
Asian Open 2nd 3rd
Bavarian Open 1st
Coupe Printemps 2nd
Triglav Trophy 1st
International: Basic Novice
Challenge Cup 1st
National[27]
Japan 9th 4th 7th 15th 8th
Japan Junior 5th 4th 6th 3rd
Japan Novice 2nd B 1st B 3rd A 2nd A
Team events
Japan Open 2nd T
5th P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew;
T = Team Result; P = Personal Result. Medals awarded for team result only
Levels: J = Junior; N = Advanced novice; D = Debs

Detailed results[edit]

Senior level[edit]

Honda at the 2017 Cup of China.

At team events, medals are awarded for team results only. T – team result. P – personal/individual result.

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
December 18–22, 2019 2019–20 Japan Championships 6
65.92
8
115.42
8
181.34
November 8–10, 2019 2019 Cup of China 6
61.73
7
106.36
7
168.09
October 25–27, 2019 2019 Skate Canada International 10
59.20
6
120.06
6
179.26
September 25–28, 2019 2019 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 6
58.08
5
115.93
5
174.01
2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
December 20–24, 2018 2018–19 Japan Championships 18
52.75
15
111.48
15
164.23
November 23–25, 2018 2018 Internationaux de France 4
65.37
6
123.24
6
188.61
October 19–21, 2018 2018 Skate America 4
62.74
9
95.30
8
158.04
September 26–29, 2018 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 7
56.66
4
122.23
6
178.89
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 22–25, 2018 2018 Challenge Cup 11
48.21
2
111.98
3
160.19
December 21–24, 2017 2017–18 Japan Championships 6
66.65
9
126.72
7
193.37
November 3–5, 2017 2017 Cup of China 6
66.90
5
131.42
5
198.32
October 27–29, 2017 2017 Skate Canada International 10
52.60
3
125.64
5
178.24
October 7, 2017 2017 Japan Open - 5
133.41
2T/5P
September 13–17, 2017 2017 U.S. Classic 1
66.90
1
131.52
1
198.42

Junior level[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. Previous ISU world best highlighted in bold. ISU Personal best highlighted in bold.

2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 13–19, 2017 2017 World Junior Championships Junior 2
68.35
2
133.26
2
201.61
December 22–25, 2016 2016–17 Japan Championships Senior 4
67.52
5
128.59
4
196.11
November 18–20, 2016 2016–17 Japan Junior Championships Junior 2
64.96
6
111.37
3
176.23
September 21–25, 2016 2016 JGP Slovenia Junior 4
57.79
2
120.96
2
178.75
September 7–11, 2016 2016 JGP Japan Junior 5
55.47
1
128.64
2
184.11
August 4–7, 2016 2016 Asian Open Trophy Junior 3
57.26
1
116.41
1
173.67
2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 14–20, 2016 2016 World Junior Championships Junior 2
66.11
1
126.87
1
192.98
December 24–27, 2015 2015–16 Japan Championships Senior 11
58.23
9
113.39
9
171.62
December 10–13, 2015 2015–16 JGP Final Junior 3
63.69
3
114.95
3
178.64
November 21–23, 2015 2015–16 Japan Junior Championships Junior 7
54.65
5
114.23
6
168.88
October 7–10, 2015 2015 JGP Croatia Junior 3
57.92
1
123.30
1
181.22
September 2–5, 2015 2015 JGP United States Junior 1
61.05
4
95.39
2
156.44
August 2–5, 2015 2015 Asian Open Trophy Junior 1
48.47
3
84.21
2
132.68
2014–15 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
February 11–15, 2015 2015 Bavarian Open Novice 1
40.49
1
81.23
1
121.72
November 22–24, 2014 2014–15 Japan Junior Championships Junior 7
53.09
2
114.83
4
167.92
August 22–24, 2014 2014 Asian Open Trophy Novice 4
38.96
2
87.18
3
126.14
2013–14 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 14–16, 2014 2014 Coupe du Printemps Novice 2
34.34
1
71.37
2
105.71
November 22–24, 2013 2013–14 Japan Junior Championships Junior 13
45.81
2
104.24
5
150.05
August 8–11, 2013 2013 Asian Open Trophy Novice 1
36.92
2
62.61
2
99.53
2012–13 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 27–31, 2013 2013 Triglav Trophy Novice 1
42.73
1
82.03
1
124.76
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 8–11, 2012 2012 International Challenge Cup Debs 1
32.77
1
64.76
1
97.53

References[edit]

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