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 representedCanada
Born (1992-01-07) January 7, 1992 (age 26)
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
PartnerKirsten Moore-Towers
Former partnerMargaret Purdy, Lindsi Disper
CoachBruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier, Sylvie Fullum
Former coachKris Wirtz, Kristy Wirtz, Scott Rachuk, Alison Purkiss
ChoreographerJulie Marcotte
Former choreographerMark Pillay, Alison Purkiss
Skating clubCPA St-Leonard
Former skating clubKitchener Waterloo Skating Club, Competitive Skating Center of Strathroy
Training locationsMontreal
Former training locationsKitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Komoka
Began skating1994
ISU personal best scores
Combined total204.33
2018 World Championships
Short program70.89
2017 Four Continents
Free skate133.84
2018 World Championships

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.

Personal life[edit]

Michael Marinaro was born on January 7, 1992 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.[1]

Early career[edit]

Marinaro began skating as a two-year-old at Point Edward Skating Club in Sarnia before relocating to Strathroy at age 15.[2][3] Early in his pairs career, he competed with Lindsi Disper.[2]

Partnership with Purdy[edit]

In May 2007, Marinaro teamed up with Margaret Purdy.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] Moore-Towers said that 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."[8]

2014–15 season[edit]

Having received two 2014–15 Grand Prix assignments,[9] Moore-Towers/Marinaro placed sixth at the 2014 Skate Canada International and seventh at the 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard. They were fourth at the 2015 Canadian Championships and ninth at the 2015 Four Continents.

In March 2015, the pair relocated to Montreal, Quebec.[3]

2015–16 season[edit]

Moore-Towers/Marinaro began the 2015–16 season with a bronze medal at the 2015 U.S. International Classic – their first Challenger Series event. Competing in the Grand Prix series, they won bronze at the 2015 Skate Canada International and placed 7th at the 2015 Rostelecom Cup. During the short program at the Canadian Nationals, the two clipped blades as they began the twist lift, resulting in a hard fall.[10] They finished fourth for the second year in a row. On March 11, Moore-Towers/Marinaro were added to Canada's team for the 2016 World Championships after Julianne Séguin / Charlie Bilodeau withdrew due to injury.[11] They finished 8th at the event in Boston.

2016–17 season[edit]

Moore-Towers sustained a concussion during training in Montreal on August 3, 2016; as the pair practiced a jump combination, she fell in Marinaro's path and he collided with her head.[12][3] The pair withdrew from their Grand Prix assignments, the 2016 Rostelecom Cup and 2016 NHK Trophy. They returned to competition at the 2017 Canadian Championships, where they placed third. At the 2017 Four Continents Championships, they placed seventh. They finished the season at the 2017 World Team Trophy event, where both they and the Canadian team placed fourth.

2017–18 season[edit]

Moore-Towers and Marinaro began the season at the US International Classic, where they won the gold medal. On the Grand Prix circuit, they placed sixth at the 2017 Skate America event and won bronze at the 2017 Cup of China. They again placed third at the 2018 Canadian Championships, qualifying them for a spot on the Canadian team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They placed eleventh at the Winter Olympics pairs competition.

Their season ended in dramatic fashion at the 2018 World Championships, where a disastrous short program from Séguin and Bilodeau resulted in Moore-Towers and Marinaro being the only Canadian pairs team to qualify for the free skate, having placed tenth in the short program despite Moore-Towers having an ankle injury that had impeded training for the World Championships. It was necessary for them to place no lower than tenth in order to qualify Canada for two pairs spots at the next year's world championships, placing additional pressure. The pair skated a new personal best, resulting in a fourth-place finish in the free skate and a sixth-place overall finish that also represented a personal best combined score. Moore-Towers commented: "We had a tough couple of weeks leading into this competition with not much training to rely on. We didn't have that same confidence, so this is a testament to how hard we worked all season."[13]

2018–19 season[edit]

Following the retirements of Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford and Dylan Moscovitch / Liubov Ilyushechkina, and the breakup of the team of Seguin/Bilodeau, Moore-Towers and Marinaro became the most prominent remaining Canadian pairs team.[14] They competed in two Challenger events, winning silver at both the Autumn Classic and Finlandia Trophy.


With Moore-Towers[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–19 [15]
2017–18 [16]
  • Hardrock Hotel
    by Mae Boren Axton and Tommy Darden
  • If I Can't Have You
    by Etta James
    choreo. by Julie Marcote
  • It's a Man's Man's Man's World
    performed by Joshua Ledet

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]

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

With Moore-Towers[edit]

Event 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 11th
World Champ. 8th 6th
Four Continents 9th 7th
GP Cup of China 3rd
GP NHK Trophy WD 4th
GP Rostelecom Cup 7th WD
GP Skate Canada 6th 3rd 3rd
GP Trophée Bompard 7th
GP Skate America 6th
CS Autumn Classic 2nd
CS Finlandia Trophy 2nd
CS U.S. Classic 3rd WD 1st
Canadian Champ. 4th 4th 3rd 3rd
Team events
World Team
4th T
4th P
WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result.
Medals awarded for team result only.

With Purdy[edit]

Event 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14
Four Continents 6th
GP Skate America 8th
GP Skate Canada 8th
International: Junior[27]
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 P 3rd N 1st J 9th 6th 5th 5th
Levels: P = Pre-novice; N = Novice; J = Junior


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  3. ^ a b c Bridge, Terry (January 24, 2017). "Sarnia skater earns first senior pairs national medal despite having next to no competitive season". Sarnia Observer.
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  11. ^ "Liam Firus, Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau withdraw from 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships". Skate Canada. March 11, 2016.
  12. ^ Smith, Beverley (January 20, 2017). "Moore-Towers and Marinaro, their broken Hallelujah".
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  19. ^ "Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 24, 2014.
  20. ^ "Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 22, 2013.
  21. ^ "Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012.
  22. ^ "Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011.
  23. ^ "Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 7, 2011.
  24. ^ "Margaret PURDY / Michael MARINARO: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 15, 2010.
  25. ^ "Competition Results: Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO". International Skating Union.
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External links[edit]

Media related to Michael Marinaro at Wikimedia Commons