Takeshi Honda

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Takeshi Honda
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Personal information
Country represented Japan
Born (1981-03-23) March 23, 1981 (age 36)
Kōriyama, Fukushima, Japan
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Former coach Doug Leigh
Michelle Leigh
Galina Zmievskaya
Hiroshi Nagakubo
Retired 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 207.78
2003 Skate Canada International
Short program 77.54
2003 Skate Canada International
Free skate 136.62
2003 Skate America

Takeshi Honda (本田 武史 Honda Takeshi?, born March 23, 1981) is a Japanese former competitive figure skater. He is a two-time World bronze medalist (2002, 2003), two-time Four Continents champion (1999, 2003), and six-time Japan national champion.

Personal life[edit]

Takeshi Honda was born on March 23, 1981 in Kōriyama, Fukushima, Japan.[1][2] He plays the piano.[3]

Career[edit]

Honda began short track speed skating at the age of six with his brother and switched to figure skating at nine.[3] At 12, when he entered junior high school, he moved to Sendai to train with Hiroshi Nagakubo.[4] Although he started the training somewhat late, he caught up very quickly and was, at 14, the youngest senior national champion in Japan ever.

In December 1997, Honda left Japan to train with Galina Zmievskaya at the International Skating Center in Simsbury, Connecticut.[5] He represented Japan at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, where he finished 15th. Following the 1998 Skate Canada International, Honda moved to Barrie, Ontario, Canada to work with Doug Leigh.[3] He became the first Four Continents champion in history when he won the inaugural event in 1999.

In 2002, Honda won the bronze medal at the 2002 World Championships and finished in 4th place at the Winter Olympics. He was the first male skater from Japan to medal at the World Championships since Minoru Sano took the bronze in 1977. Honda withdrew from the 2005 World Championships after injuring his ankle in a fall during the qualifying segment.

Honda ended his competitive career and turned to show skating in March 2006. He is also a TV commentator.[6] He resides in Takatsuki city, Osaka to coach Daisuke Takahashi (as a technical coach)[7] and Kansai University Skating club.[6] He also coached Mai Asada.[8]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2005–06
[1][9]
2004–05
[10]

2003–04
[13]
  • Wherever You Will Go
    by The Calling
2002–03
[3][14][15]


  • Wherever You Will Go
    by The Calling
2001–02
[16][17]


2000–01
[19]
  • Mambo Mambo
    by Lou Bega
1999–2000
  • I Could Not Ask For More
    by Edwin McCain
1998–99
  • Doop-Doop
    by Doop

1997–98
1996–97
[22]
  • Tico Tico

Results[edit]

GP: Champions Series/Grand Prix

International[23]
Event 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06
Olympics 15th 4th
Worlds 13th 10th 11th 6th 10th 5th 3rd 3rd WD
Four Continents 1st 5th 2nd 2nd 1st WD
GP Final 5th
GP Lalique 3rd
GP NHK Trophy 4th 9th 6th 2nd 6th 4th 1st 2nd 7th 9th
GP Skate America 6th 7th 2nd 2nd
GP Skate Canada 9th 5th 3rd 5th 1st 3rd 7th 4th
GP Sparkassen 5th
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
Asian Games 1st
International: Junior[23]
Junior Worlds 2nd
National[23]
Japan Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 5th
WD: Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Takeshi HONDA: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 18, 2006. 
  2. ^ Hine, Tommy (February 6, 1998). "Skating Center Athletes". Hartford Courant. 
  3. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (August 6, 2003). "Honda Finds Second Home In Canada". GoldenSkate.com. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ 日本のメダリストのコーチたち~長久保裕編(2) (in Japanese). Sports Hochi. July 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ Hine, Tommy (March 29, 1998). "Honda Makes The Jump". Hartford Courant. 
  6. ^ a b フィギュア本田 コーチ業満喫 [Honda, Figure skater enjoys coaching] (in Japanese). yomiuri. December 12, 2006. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Daisuke Takahashi Fan Forum Profile". 
  8. ^ "Mai Asada profile" (in Japanese). 
  9. ^ "Cutting Edge" pp.90-91
  10. ^ "Takeshi HONDA: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 23, 2005. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Cutting Edge" p.19
  12. ^ "Cutting Edge" p.91
  13. ^ "Takeshi HONDA: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 4, 2004. 
  14. ^ "Takeshi HONDA: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 17, 2003. 
  15. ^ "Takeshi HONDA: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on December 2, 2002. 
  16. ^ "Takeshi HONDA: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 11, 2002. 
  17. ^ "Takeshi HONDA: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 4, 2001. 
  18. ^ a b c d e "Cutting Edge" p.91, 19
  19. ^ "Takeshi HONDA: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 9, 2001. 
  20. ^ 『氷上の貴公子』p.105
  21. ^ 『氷上の貴公子』p.10
  22. ^ Mittan, J. Barry (1997). "Takeshi Honda". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. 
  23. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Takeshi HONDA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Takeshi Honda at Wikimedia Commons