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    Rika Hongo

    Japanese figure skater Rika Hongo (Japanese: 本郷理華) was born September 6, 1996, in Sendai, Japan.

    Links:
    ISU bio page
    Icenetwork bio page
    Tracings.net entry
    Wikipedia entry
    Instagram
    Wait...What!!! (fun ISU interview)
    Rika Hongo 'grateful' for opportunites (GoldenSkate article)

    Medal Table:

    2012-13 Season
    JGP France 2nd
    Japanese National Championships, Junior 3rd

    2013-14 Season
    JGP Belarus 3rd
    Triglav Trophy 1st
    Japanese National Championships, Junior 1st

    2014-15 Season
    Asian Trophy 1st
    Finlandia Trophy 3rd
    Rostelecom Cup 1st
    Four Continents 3rd
    Japanese National Championships 2nd

    2015-16 Season
    Finlandia Trophy 1st
    Cup of China 2nd
    2016 Four Continents 3rd


    Competitive Programs:
    2012-13 - Samson and Delilah Short Program, Swan Lake Free Skate
    2013-14 - Don Quixote Short Program, Miss Saigon Free Skate
    2014-15 - Le Corsaire Short Program, Carmen Free Skate
    2015-16 - Incantation(from Quidam) Short Program, Reel Around The Sun Free Skate

    Exhibition Programs:
    Don Quixote
    Thriller



    Personal Best Total Score 199.15 ISU World Championships 2016
    Personal Best Score Short Program 69.89 ISU World Championships 2016
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 129.97 ISU GP Audi Cup of China 2015


    Complete Competitive History
    COMPETITION SP FS TOTAL PLACEMENT
    2012 JGP Croatia 45.93 95.04 140.97 5th
    2012 JGP France 53.16 96.22 149.38 2nd
    2013 Japan Nationals, Junior 55.47 103.87 159.34 3rd
    2013 Japan Nationals 56.61 115.82 172.43 5th
    2013 Junior Worlds 52.15 90.47 142.62 9th
    2013 JGP Mexico 48.09 99.48 147.57 4th
    2013 JGP Belarus 50.10 94.87 144.97 3rd
    2014 Japanese Nationals, Junior 52.84 110.28 163.12 1st
    2014 Japanese Nationals 59.25 117.06 176.31 6th
    2014 Junior Worlds 51.47 106.41 157.88 8th
    2014 Triglav Trophy 57.71 95.61 153.32 1st
    2014 Asian Trophy 57.91 110.98 168.89 1st
    2014 Finlandia Trophy 52.11 101.60 153.71 3rd
    2014 Skate Canada 59.10 112.37 171.47 5th
    2014 Rostelecom Cup 59.85 118.15 178.00 1st
    2014 GPF 61.10 115.03 176.13 6th
    2014 Japanese Nationals 66.70 121.93 188.63 2nd
    2015 Four Continents 61.28 116.16 177.44 3rd
    2015 Worlds 62.17 122.41 184.58 6th
    2015 Finlandia Trophy 65.75 121.70 187.45 1st
    2015 Cup of China 65.79 129.97 195.76 2nd
    2015 Rostelecom Cup 63.45 115.67 179.12 5th
    2015-16 Japanese Nationals 68.39 124.89 193.28 4th
    2016 Four Continents 64.27 117.51 181.78 3rd
    2016 World Championships 69.89 129.26 199.15 8th
    2016 Team Challenge Cup 60.43 122.15 182.58 3rd (Team)


    Complete Video Catalog



    2015-16
    SP "Incantation" from Cirque Du Soleil (Quidam]
    FS Riverdance by Bill Whelan (Reel Around the Sun)

    2016 Team Challenge Cup SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikr-TduysmI
    SP Interview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AOcc_jOBgY
    2016 Team Challenge Cup FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6jPpvHoAb8

    2016 Worlds SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2QEVvKRLI8
    2016 Worlds FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQlb-P7Vvkg

    2016 Four Continents SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVsfoTNsFFo
    2016 Four Continents FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx9Fdj_vLV8

    2015-16 Japanese Nationals SP
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3j...onals-sp_sport
    2015-16 Japanese Nationals FS
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3j...onals-fs_sport

    2015 Rostelecom Cup SP; HD by sabinfire
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8TUj_ecgwU
    2015 Rostelecom Cup FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZAJknZN9XU

    2015 Cup of China SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Oci3rNERg0
    2015 Cup of China FS; HD by sabinfire
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2rCKxE6Vek

    2015 Finlandia Trophy SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHdrJzkK7qU
    2015 Finlandia Trophy FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b5X8Pb1lf8



    2014-15
    SP Le Corsaire by Adolphe Adam and Leon Minkus
    FS Carmen by Georges Bizet

    2015 Worlds SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hYnJyyWEQo
    2015 Worlds FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD9fke641Co

    2015 Four Continents SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3HIE7iwcXk
    2015 Four Continents FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz-lFF8sXDA

    2014-15 Japanese Nationals SP
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2d...onals-sp_sport
    2014-15 Japanese Nationals FS
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2d...onals-fs_sport

    2014 GPF SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHfKDaXKmCs
    2014 GPF FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGVQbW-qa8o

    2014 Rostelecom Cup SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxZlgzLsFlQ
    2014 Rostelecom Cup FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr_S5H6-kPM

    2014 Skate Canada SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPYNkWDWqXY
    2014 Skate Canada FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec5Slv0le_Q

    2014 Finlandia Trophy SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMjag6bsrKg
    2014 Finlandia Trophy FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icxuUvLZRBw

    2013-14
    SP Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus
    FS Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel Schönberg

    2014 Junior Worlds SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv0NYP6nzJY
    2014 Junior Worlds FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psMAPQZVK7U

    2013 JGP Cup of Mexico SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=695V7hPwTWM
    2013 JGP Cup of Mexico FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVmgOTzlIaw

    2013 JGP Minsk SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F58-YVYelPc
    2013 JGP Minsk FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLKqmfqvuIY


    2012-13
    SP Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns
    FS Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

    2013 Junior World Championships SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0ZIPkITI64
    2013 Junior World Championships FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR9EnQ9eu5U

    2012 JGP Croatia SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMulIpE9H24
    2012 JGP Croatia FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVu6Xsg7zYc

    2012 JGP Courchevel SP
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jidrs9BDZCI
    2012 JGP Courchevel FS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGyl-jhM4co


    Exhibitions


    2016 Team Challenge Cup - "Let's Get Loud" by Jennifer Lopez
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCmHAYI9fLM

    2015 Friends on Ice
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctsEns_ro6c

    2015 Four Continents EX
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3x...2015-4cc_music

    2015 Jan.performance of Thriller
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdxSUnyumBA

    2015 Medalists on Ice
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3j...2015-moi_sport

    2014 Medalists on Ice
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2d...t-on-ice_sport

    2014 Rostelecom Cup Gala - Don Quixote
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf-gsaSkcz8

    2013 Dream on Ice
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujzo34S5fv8

    2013 JGP Minsk, Belarus Cup Gala
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EqVnCPrAqs



    Golden Skate Articles

    Feb. 2016 - Japan’s Satoko Miyahara strikes gold in Taipei
    Satoko Miyahara of Japan finally struck gold at the 2016 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships .....Rika Hongo again won the bronze.

    Nov. 2015 - Rika Hongo: ‘Not where I want to be yet’
    Japan’s Rika Hongo kicked off her 2015-16 season by winning two titles before the Grand Prix (GP)...

    Dec. 2014 - Rika Hongo ‘grateful’ for opportunities
    Following the retirement of Akiko Suzuki and Mao Asada’s decision to take time off competitive skating, Japan,..


    Articles and Media


    Video interviews

    2014 GPF Interview with Yulia Lipnitskaia after the SP
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2c...2014-gpf_sport

    2014 Japanese Nationals -Rika Hongo and Daisuke Murakami
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2c...E4%BB%8B_sport

    Jan. 2016 - Interview
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2f...ka-hongo_sport

    Articles


    Nov. 2015 -Asada takes ladies title in return to Grand Prix Hongo takes silver at 2015 Cup of China

    Oct. 2015 - Hongo, Menshov claim gold at Finlandia Trophy

    Oct. 2015 -Weaver, Poje top dance field at Finlandia Trophy Ladies results after SP

    June 2015 - Rising stars of Asia: Sky's the limit for 'lucky' Hongo

    Feb. 2015 -Edmunds rallies during free to take ladies crown Hongo wins bronze at 2015 Four Continents.

    Nov. 2014 - Chock, Bates clinch first trip to Grand Prix Final Hongo qualifies for 2014 GPF

    Oct. 2014 - Tuktamisheva opens commanding lead at Finlandia

    Oct. 2013 -Team USA runs off with three golds from [JGP] Belarus Hongo wins bronze.


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    A big congratulations to her for her gold medal at the 2014 Rostelecom Cup! Way to go Rika! You nailed it!
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 05-31-2016 at 11:05 PM.

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    Congratulations Rika! You showed you have the mentality of a champion by skating flawlessly knowing the gold medal is within reach. I know you are in good hands with Akiko mentoring you. Looking forward to seeing more great skates from you.
    Last edited by Maria Victoria; 11-15-2014 at 08:00 AM. Reason: remove typo

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    Yes, good idea! I thought of making one too. She is very strong mentally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adelia View Post
    Yes, good idea! I thought of making one too. She is very strong mentally.
    ITA. Her focus really came across in the FS. She has quickly moved up to become one of my favorite women. I hope she'll do well at Nationals

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    She was really loving it and the end of her freeskate today! I think her basic skating is very good, and I hope she does well.

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    I'm so happy to have found out she won a medal, and a gold one at that! She is like the next Shizuka, another cool beauty!

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    She needs to work on her posture though, that's really the only major issue I have with her skating.

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    There are too many ladies that I love already and now I have to add Rika to that list! What will I do when they are all going to be in the same competition? Honestly, I think I'll go nuts while rooting for them and wishing victory to each. Skating gods, have mercy!

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    I already posted most of this at the Ladies LP Rostelecom thread, but it can serve double duty here with a few changes.

    Congratulations Rika Hongo on a true upset win with the highest PCS and tech score.

    Rika impressed me the most in the LP because she gave every ounce of energy and guts she had to deliver a clean performance to the best of her ability. I noticed a few nice flourishes such as a high leg kick coming out of her first jumping pass. Her movements and steps also seemed more fluid and crisp than I had seen in her previous skates. I really liked her interpretation, flair, steps and movements in this program and thought she attacked it with good speed and height on the jumps, except the spins at the very end when she was running out of steam. It's wonderful to be surprised "out of the blue" by a skater for whom you have no expectations for.
    Last edited by gotoschool; 11-16-2014 at 07:18 AM.

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    She definitely needed a fan thread! This season is her senior debut, and what great results so far:

    1st at Triglav
    1st at Asian Open
    3rd at Finlandia
    5th at Skate Canada (good result considering the rest of the field)
    ...and now a Grand Prix gold medal from Rostelecom Cup!

    Japan was starting to looking a bit short of top-level senior ladies, with so many retirements this year - but Rika has really risen to the challenge. She has made visible progress since Finlandia just a few weeks ago - it seems she has gained confidence with each successive competition, and has put more passion and expression into her performances each time.

    I hope she can continue to improve, stay consistent, and do well at Nationals - it would be great to see her sent to 4CC and/or Worlds. I don't think she's going to threaten Murakami or Miyahara just yet, but Haruka Imai is in danger of missing out (even though she made big improvements too, last season)...!

    My photos of Rika from Finlandia are HERE. In the practices there she seemed diligent and hard working. And off-ice she seemed cheerful, unassuming, sweet. Perhaps a little shy, but that might just be a natural reaction to some strange British guy talking to her in broken Japanese LOL.
    Last edited by YesWay; 11-15-2014 at 03:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YesWay View Post
    She definitely needed a fan thread! This season is her senior debut, and what great results so far:

    1st at Triglav
    1st at Asian Open
    3rd at Finlandia
    5th at Skate Canada (good result considering the rest of the field)
    ...and now a Grand Prix gold medal from Rostelecom Cup!

    Japan was starting to looking a bit short of top-level senior ladies, with so many retirements this year - but Rika has really risen to the challenge. She has made visible progress since Finlandia just a few weeks ago - it seems she has gained confidence with each successive competition, and has put more passion and expression into her performances each time.

    I hope she can continue to improve, stay consistent, and do well at Nationals - it would be great to see her sent to 4CC and/or Worlds. I don't think she's going to threaten Murakami or Miyahara just yet, but Haruka Imai is in danger of missing out (even though she made big improvements too, last season)...!

    My photos of Rika from Finlandia are HERE. In the practices there she seemed diligent and hard working. And off-ice she seemed cheerful, unassuming, sweet. Perhaps a little shy, but that might just be a natural reaction to some strange British guy talking to her in broken Japanese LOL.
    Thanks for sharing your photos! I was having trouble choosing a favorite, but then that last pic really took the cake. She looks so cute off the ice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unite View Post
    I'm so happy to have found out she won a medal, and a gold one at that! She is like the next Shizuka, another cool beauty!
    Well she and Shizuka (along with Yuzuru) come from Sendai. Wonder what's in the water there.

    Levity aside, I'm thinking also how the earthquake may have affected her...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unite View Post
    Haha! What a great find!

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    She saw a great opportunity and just nailed her performance! Good job for her! This will definitely boost her confidence on the ice!

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