Marin Honda

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Marin Honda
Photos – Junior World Championships 2017 – Ladies Marin HONDA JPN – Silver Medal (21).jpg
Honda in 2017
Personal information
Native name 本田 真凜
Country represented Japan Japan
Born (2001-08-21) August 21, 2001 (age 17)
Kyoto, Japan
Home town Kyoto
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Coach Rafael Arutyunyan
Former coach Mie Hamada, Yamato Tamura
Choreographer Marina Zueva, Jeffrey Buttle
Former choreographer Tom Dickson, David Wilson
Skating club Kansai University SC, Japan Airlines
Training locations Lakewood, California Takatsuki, Osaka
Began skating 2003
World standing 20 (2017–18)
29 (2016–17)
60 (2015–16)
Season's bests 19 (2017–18)[1]
12 (2016–17)[2]
14 (2015–16)[3]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 201.61
2017 Junior Worlds
Short program 68.35
2017 Junior Worlds
Free skate 133.26
2017 Junior Worlds

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 studies and trains at Kansai University Middle School, which has an ice rink.[6] Honda looks up to 2006 Olympic Champion Shizuka Arakawa.[7]

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 6th 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 9th, 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.[8]

2016–17 season[edit]

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 5th in the short program and won the free skate with a junior world record of 128.64 points to place 2nd 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.

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 10th 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 3rd in the free skate to place 5th overall. In her next event at the 2017 Cup of China, she placed 6th in the short program and 5th in the free skate to place 5th overall. At the 2017-18 Japan Nationals, she was sixth in the short and ninth in the free, placing seventh overall. She later competed at the 2018 Challenge Cup, where she was eleventh after the short. She placed second in the free, 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.[9]

Records and achievements[edit]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–2019
[10]
2017–2018
[12][13][14]




2016–2017
[5][17][18]

2015–2016
[4][19]

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[20]
Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
GP Skate America TBD
GP France TBD
GP Cup of China 5th
GP Skate Canada 5th
CS Nebelhorn Trophy TBD
CS U.S. Classic 1st TBD
Challenge Cup 3rd
International: Junior or novice[20]
Junior Worlds 1st 2nd
JGP Final 3rd WD
JGP Croatia 1st
JGP Japan 2nd
JGP Slovenia 2nd
JGP United States 2nd
Asian Trophy 2nd N 3rd N 2nd J 1st J
Bavarian Open 1st N
Coupe du Printemps 2nd N
Triglav Trophy 1st N
Int. Challenge Cup 1st D
National[21]
Japanese Champ. 9th 4th 7th
Japanese Junior Champ. 5th 4th 6th 3rd
Japanese Novice Champ. 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.

2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
October 19–21, 2018 2018 Skate America
TBD


November 23–25, 2018 2018 Internationaux de France
TBD


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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  2. ^ "Seasons Best Score 2016/2017". International Skating Union. 
  3. ^ "Seasons Best Score 2015/2016". International Skating Union. 
  4. ^ a b "Marin HONDA: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d Flade, Tatjana (April 9, 2016). "Japan's Marin Honda sets goal for 2016-17". Golden Skate. 
  6. ^ a b c "本田真凛の実力や学校について!兄と姉妹もすごい!長女と親の職業". Saisin News (in Japanese). December 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ International Skating Union bio
  8. ^ Decool, Mélissa (19 March 2016). "Japan's Marin Honda ends Russia's golden streak". Golden Skate. 
  9. ^ "Masaki Honda is a US base, four years later Mao Asada ex-coach under the former coach" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. March 30, 2018. 
  10. ^ "本田真凜が今季の新プログラム明かす「強い女性を」" [Marin Honda reveals a new program this season "strong women"] (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. July 24, 2018. 
  11. ^ a b c "木下グループ presents スターズ・オン・アイス 2018 (Special)". TBS 2. 21 April 2018. 
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  14. ^ "Marin HONDA: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 10, 2017. 
  15. ^ "本田真凜、今季のSP初披露…タンゴ「ジェラシーとラ・クンパルシータ」」". Sports Hochi (in Japanese). August 5, 2017. 
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