Rika Hongo

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Rika Hongo
2014 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Rika Hongo IMG 2379.JPG
Hongo in December 2014
Personal information
Native name 本郷理華
Country represented Japan
Born (1996-09-06) September 6, 1996 (age 21)
Sendai, Japan
Home town Nagoya
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Coach Hiroshi Nagakubo, Yoriko Naruse, Miho Kawaume
Choreographer Shae-Lynn Bourne
Former choreographer Akiko Suzuki, Kenji Miyamoto, Miho Kawaume, Yuko Hongo
Skating club Howa Sports Land Skating Club
Training locations Nagoya
Began skating 2001
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 199.15
2016 Worlds
Short program 69.89
2016 Worlds
Free skate 129.97
2015 Cup of China

Rika Hongo (Japanese: 本郷理華, born September 6, 1996) is a Japanese figure skater. She is a two-time (2015–16) Four Continents bronze medalist, 2014 Rostelecom Cup champion, 2015 Finlandia Trophy champion, and 2014–15 Japanese national silver medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Rika Hongo was born on September 6, 1996 in Sendai, Japan.[1] Her mother, Yuko, is a former figure skater.[2] Her father is from the United Kingdom.[3] In 2015, Hongo attended Chukyo University.[4]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Hongo began skating in 2001.[1] She moved to Nagoya at age nine to train under coach Hiroshi Nagakubo.[5] Shizuka Arakawa was named as an influence in a 2006 report.[5]

2012–2013 season[edit]

Hongo debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series in the 2012–13 season. She won a silver medal in Courchevel, France and placed fifth in Croatia. Along with Satoko Miyahara, she was selected to represent Japan at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Milan, Italy. Hongo placed seventh in the short program, tenth in the free skate, and finished ninth overall.

2013–2014 season[edit]

Hongo started the 2013–14 season with a fourth-place finish at JGP Mexico and then won a bronze medal at JGP Belarus. At the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, she placed eleventh in the short program, seventh in the free skate, and eighth overall. Making her senior international debut, Hongo won gold at the 2014 Triglav Trophy, her final event of the season.

2014–2015 season[edit]

Hongo began the 2014–15 season with gold at the Asian Open and then bronze at the 2014 Finlandia Trophy, an ISU Challenger Series event. Making her senior Grand Prix debut, she finished fifth at the 2014 Skate Canada International after placing fifth in the short program and free skate. At her second Grand Prix event, the 2014 Rostelecom Cup, Hongo won the gold medal ahead of Russia's Anna Pogorilaya by 4.57 points after placing second in the short program and winning the free skate.[6] Hongo was first alternate to the Grand Prix Final[7] and was later called on to compete after qualifier Gracie Gold withdrew with a foot injury. She finished sixth overall after placing fifth in the short and free programs.

At the Japan Championships, Hongo won the short program and placed second in the free skate, winning the silver medal behind Satoko Miyahara and earning her first medal at Japanese Nationals. At the 2015 Four Continents, she placed third in the short and long programs, capturing the bronze medal behind gold medalist Polina Edmunds and silver medalist Miyahara.

Hongo made her senior worlds debut at the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai, where she earned personal bests in all segments of the competition. She finished sixth overall after placing fifth in both segments.

2015–2016 season[edit]

Hongo began her season by winning both segments in a domestic competition called the Summer Cup, held in Shiga prefecture, Japan. Two months later, she outscored Yulia Lipnitskaya by 15.12 points to win gold at a Challenger Series event, the 2015 CS Finlandia Trophy, where she obtained a personal best total score of 187.45 points. Hongo then won silver at 2015 Cup of China, but placed fifth at 2015 Rostelecom Cup, and as a result, did not qualify for the Grand Prix Final.[8] She placed 4th at the Japan Championships.

Ranked 4th in the short and 5th in the free, Hongo came away with the bronze medal at the 2016 Four Continents in Taipei, behind Satoko Miyahara and Mirai Nagasu. She finished 8th at the 2016 World Championships in Boston.

2016–2017 season[edit]

Hongo finished 4th at the 2016 CS Autumn Classic International and 6th at her first GP event of the season, 2016 Skate Canada International. She placed 5th at both of her December competitions, the 2016 Cup of China and the Japan Figure Skating Championships.

Hongo replaced the injured Satoko Miyahara at the 2017 Four Continents Championships, finishing 10th.[9]

2017–2018 season[edit]

Hongo began her season with a silver medal at the 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2017–2018
[10]
2016–2017
[1]
  • Carmina Burana
    by Carl Orff
    choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne

2015–2016
[12][13][14]
  • Reel Around The Sun
    by Bill Whelan
    choreo. by Kenji Miyamoto
2014–2015
[15]

2013–2014
[16]
2012–2013
[17]

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

International[18]
Event 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18
Worlds 6th 8th 16th
Four Continents 3rd 3rd 10th
GP Final 6th
GP Cup of China 2nd 5th
GP Rostelecom 1st 5th
GP Skate Canada 5th 6th 6th
GP NHK Trophy 7th
CS Autumn Classic 4th
CS Finlandia 3rd 1st
CS Ondrej Nepela 2nd
Asian Games 4th
Asian Open 1st
Printemps 1st
Triglav Trophy 1st
International: Junior[18]
Junior Worlds 9th 8th
JGP Belarus 3rd
JGP Croatia 5th
JGP France 2nd
JGP Mexico 4th
National[19]
Japan Champ. 5th 6th 2nd 4th 5th 6th
Japan Junior 3rd 1st
Team events
Team Challenge
Cup
3rd T
7th P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result; Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.

Senior career[edit]

2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
21–24 December 2017 2017–18 Japan Championships 3
70.48
8
127.14
6
197.62
10–12 November 2017 2017 NHK Trophy 4
65.83
7
122.00
7
187.83
27–29 October 2017 2017 Skate Canada 6
61.60
6
114.74
6
176.34
21–23 September 2017 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 2
66.49
2
123.49
2
189.98
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
29 March – 2 April 2017 2017 World Championships 12
62.55
18
107.28
16
169.83
10–12 March 2017 2017 Coupe du Printemps 1
59.27
1
103.29
1
162.56
23–26 February 2017 2017 Asian Winter Games 2
60.98
4
100.39
4
161.37
15–19 February 2017 2017 Four Continents Championships 9
59.16
13
108.26
10
167.42
22–25 December 2016 2016–17 Japan Championships 2
69.20
6
125.08
5
194.28
18–20 November 2016 2016 Grand Prix Cup of China 6
63.63
6
118.12
5
181.75
28–30 October 2016 2016 Grand Prix Skate Canada 4
65.75
8
105.44
6
171.19
29 September – 1 October 2016 2016 CS Autumn Classic International 4
60.33
4
110.01
4
170.34
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
28 March – 3 April 2016 2016 World Championships 7
69.89
8
129.26
8
199.15
16–21 February 2016 2016 Four Continents Championships 4
64.27
5
117.51
3
181.78
24–27 December 2015 2015–16 Japan Championships 2
68.39
4
124.89
4
193.28
20–22 November 2015 2015 Grand Prix Cup of Russia 6
63.45
5
115.67
5
179.12
6–8 November 2015 2015 Grand Prix Cup of China 2
65.79
1
129.97
2
195.76
9–11 October 2015 2015 CS Finlandia Trophy 1
65.75
1
121.70
1
187.45
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
23–29 March 2015 2015 World Championships 5
62.17
5
122.41
6
184.58
15–19 February 2015 2015 Four Continents Championships 3
61.28
3
116.16
3
177.44
26–28 December 2014 2014–15 Japan Championships 1
66.70
2
121.93
2
188.63
11–14 December 2014 2014–15 Grand Prix Final 5
61.10
5
115.03
6
176.13
14–16 November 2014 2014 Grand Prix Cup of Russia 2
59.85
1
118.15
1
178.00
31 October – 2 November 2014 2014 Grand Prix Skate Canada 5
59.10
5
112.37
5
171.47
9–12 October 2014 2014 CS Finlandia Trophy 3
52.11
3
101.60
3
153.71
7–10 August 2014 2014 Asian Trophy 1
57.91
2
110.98
1
168.89

Junior career[edit]

2013–14 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
2–6 April 2014 2014 Triglav Trophy Senior 1
57.71
1
95.61
1
153.32
10–16 March 2014 2014 World Junior Championships Junior 11
51.47
7
106.41
8
157.88
20–23 December 2013 2013–14 Japan Championships Senior 7
59.25
6
117.06
6
176.31
22–24 December 2013 2013–14 Japan Junior Championships Junior 3
52.84
1
110.28
1
162.12
25–28 September 2013 2013 Junior Grand Prix Belarus Junior 5
50.10
5
94.87
3
144.97
4–7 September 2013 2013 Junior Grand Prix Mexico Junior 6
48.09
3
99.48
4
147.57
2012–13 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
25 February – 3 March 2013 2013 World Junior Championships Junior 7
52.15
10
90.47
9
142.62
20–24 December 2012 2012–13 Japan Championships Senior 6
56.61
4
115.82
5
172.43
17–18 November 2012 2012–13 Japan Junior Championships Junior 3
55.47
3
103.87
3
159.34
22–25 October 2012 2012 JGP France Junior 3
53.16
2
96.22
2
149.38
3–6 October 2012 2012 JGP Croatia Junior 6
45.93
4
95.04
5
140.97
2010–11 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
November 26–28, 2010 2010–11 Japan Junior Championships Junior

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rika HONGO: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "19歳の新星が主役の座を狙う!浅田真央を追いかける、絶好調・本郷理華にも注目!". GUTSPOSE. 2015-11-07. 
  3. ^ "2位の18歳、本郷 「まだ足りない」 ジャンプ回転不足". 産経新聞. 2014-12-28. 
  4. ^ "本郷理華選手が優勝、日野龍樹選手は6位入賞 フィンランドで行われたフィンランディア杯". 中京大学. 2015-10-15. 
  5. ^ a b ""荒川静香のリンク" 金夢見る少女がピンチ". テレビ朝日. 2006-03-24. 
  6. ^ http://www.isuresults.com/results/gprus2014/CAT002RS.HTM
  7. ^ Kondakova, Anna (December 1, 2014). "Rika Hongo 'grateful' for opportunities". Golden Skate. 
  8. ^ Xiong, Wei (November 24, 2015). "Rika Hongo: 'Not where I want to be yet'". Golden Skate. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Rika HONGO: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ Ge, Misha (May 27, 2017). "Not sure how many times i said "Again ! Repeat !" for those dancing parts, maybe 20 times or more, but she done a good job on working hard on them. The music she requested me, at first i though was a big challenge for her, but im very glad and satisfied for her hard work to take this challenge and to see her spirit of improving in it. #RikaHongo #Soon #DreamsOnIce" (Instagram). 
  12. ^ "Rika HONGO: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 28, 2016. 
  13. ^ Xiong, Wei (June 12, 2015). "Japanese stars debut programs at 'Dreams on Ice'". IceNetwork. 
  14. ^ Xiong, Wei (June 26, 2015). "Rising stars of Asia: Sky's the limit for 'lucky' Hongo". IceNetwork. 
  15. ^ "Rika HONGO: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Rika HONGO: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Rika HONGO: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 26, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "Competition Results: Rika HONGO". International Skating Union. 
  19. ^ "本郷 理華/HONGO Rika" (in Japanese). Japan Skating Federation. Archived from the original on November 1, 2014. 

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