Michael Marinaro (born January 7, 1992) is a Canadian pair skater. Since 2014, he has skated with Kirsten Moore-Towers. Together they are two-time Canadian national champions (2019–20). Competing internationally, they are two-time Four Continents medallists (silver in 2019, bronze in 2020), and have won medals on both the Grand Prix and Challenger series, including gold at the 2019 Nebelhorn Trophy and the 2017 U.S. International Classic. The two represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Michael Marinaro
Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro at 2017 Cup of China.jpg
Moore-Towers and Marinaro at the 2017 Cup of China
Personal information
Country representedCanada
Born (1992-01-07) January 7, 1992 (age 28)
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
PartnerKirsten Moore-Towers
Former partnerMargaret Purdy, Lindsi Disper
CoachBruno Marcotte
Former coachRichard Gauthier, Sylvie Fullum, Kris Wirtz, Kristy Wirtz, Scott Rachuk, Alison Purkiss
ChoreographerJulie Marcotte
Former choreographerMark Pillay, Alison Purkiss
Skating clubPoint Edward SC
Former skating clubCPA St-Leonard, Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club, Competitive Skating Center of Strathroy
Training locationsOakville
Former training locationsMontreal
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Komoka
Strathroy
Began skating1994
ISU personal best scores
Combined total211.05
2019 Four Continents
Short program76.36
2020 Four Continents
Free skate138.59
2019 CS Nebelhorn Trophy

With former partner Margaret Purdy, he is the 2013 World Junior silver medallist and 2010 Canadian national junior champion.

Personal lifeEdit

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

Early careerEdit

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 PurdyEdit

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-TowersEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 to train under Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte.[3]

2015–16 seasonEdit

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 seventh 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 eighth at the event in Boston.

2016–17 seasonEdit

 
Moore-Towers and Marinaro at the 2017 Canadian Championships

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 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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.

Competing on the Grand Prix, Moore-Towers/Marinaro won the bronze medal at the 2018 Skate Canada International, only 0.15 points behind silver medallists Peng Cheng / Jin Yang of China. Moore Towers remarked "it's hard to lose the silver medal on a fraction of a point."[15] At their second event, the 2018 NHK Trophy, they placed third after the short program, but a rougher free skate dropped them to fourth place, 0.83 points behind bronze medallists Alexa Scimeca Knierim / Chris Knierim of the United States. Marinaro said they were "disappointed with how this turned out."[16]

The two were heavy favourites going into the 2019 Canadian Championships, and prevailed, winning both the short and free programs decisively.[17][18]

Moore-Towers/Marinaro won the short program at Four Continents, earning a gold small medal, by skating a clean program while rival teams, China's Peng/Jin and Sui Wenjing / Han Cong, both fell.[19] They placed second in the free skate, and won the silver overall, only 0.06 points behind gold medallists Sui/Han. They received a negative Grade of Execution on their second lift that accounted for the points difference. Moore-Towers described it as "a little bit bittersweet", but that they were happy at the progress they had made.[20]

Competing at the 2019 World Championships, Moore-Towers/Marinaro placed fifth in the short program, despite Marinaro putting a hand down on their side-by-side jump.[21] They placed eighth in the free skate, and dropped to seventh place overall, in consequence of errors on both side-by-side jumps by Marinaro and Moore-Towers putting a hand down on a throw jump. She remarked: "Unfortunately, today was not our day."[22] The two concluded the season as part of Team Canada at the 2019 World Team Trophy, where they placed fourth among the six pairs teams, and Team Canada finished fifth overall.[23]

2019–20 seasonEdit

Following the decision by coach Bruno Marcotte to relocate to Oakville, Moore-Towers and Marinaro opted to follow Marcotte, partly because it allowed them to be closer to their hometowns in Ontario. They dedicated much of the summer training period to reworking their technique on the triple twist, hoping to achieve greater amplitude.[24] In their first event of the season, the Nebelhorn Trophy, they won the gold medal with first-place finishes in both segments.[25]

For their first Grand Prix, Moore-Towers/Marinaro were assigned to the 2019 Skate Canada International, placing second in the short program with a new personal best.[26] In the free skate, Marinaro made errors on both side-by-side jumps, but the team remained in second place, winning their first Grand Prix silver.[27] At the 2019 NHK Trophy, Moore-Towers/Marinaro placed second in the short program despite a side-by-side spin error from Marinaro.[28] They were second in the free skate as well, taking their second silver medal of the season and qualifying to the Grand Prix Final for the first time in their partnership.[29] Competing at the Grand Prix Final in Torino, they were sixth of the six teams in the short program after Moore-Towers fell on their throw and Marinaro stepped out of his side-by-side jump.[30] They skated cleanly in the free skate other than Marinaro having an unusual fall after performing their throw Salchow, placing fourth in that segment and rising to fifth place overall.[31]

Entering the 2020 Canadian Championships as the favourites to defend their title, they placed first in the short program despite Moore-Towers stepping out of her triple toe loop jump.[32] She singled the beginning of her planned three-jump combination in the free skate as well, but the two skated cleanly otherwise, and won the free skate and their second national title.[33]

Skating a clean program, Moore-Towers/Marinaro won the short program at the Four Continents Championships for the second consecutive year, placing ahead of a similarly clean Peng/Jin and reigning World champions Sui/Han, who erred by performing only a double throw.[34] They struggled in the free skate, with Moore-Towers singling their intended triple Salchow for the second straight competition, and Marinaro falling in a transition. Fourth in the free skate behind Sui/Han, Peng/Jin and Calalang/Johnson, they won the bronze medal overall. Moore-Towers said afterward "we've been practicing really well and it’s become apparent that we need to translate what we do in training into how we perform at competitions."[35]

ProgramsEdit

With Moore-TowersEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2019–20
[24]
2018–19
[36]
2017–18
[37]
2016–17
  • Hardrock Hotel
    by Mae Boren Axton and Tommy Darden
2015–16
[1][38]
  • If I Can't Have You
    by Etta James
    choreo. by Julie Marcote
2014–15
[8][39]
  • It's a Man's Man's Man's World
    performed by Joshua Ledet

With PurdyEdit

 
Purdy and Marinaro at the 2011 Canadian Championships
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–14
[4][40]
2012–13
[41]
2011–12
[42][43]

  • Who Wants to Live Forever
    by Queen
  • The Show Must Go On
    by Queen
2010–11
[44]
  • Fuente y Caudal
    by Paco de Lucía
2009–10
[2][45]
  • Here, There and Everywhere
    by The Beatles
  • Something
    by The Beatles

Competitive highlightsEdit

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

With Moore-TowersEdit

International[46]
Event 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Olympics 11th
Worlds 8th 6th 7th TBD
Four Continents 9th 7th 2nd 3rd
GP Final 5th
GP Cup of China 3rd
GP NHK Trophy WD 4th 2nd
GP Rostelecom 7th WD
GP Skate Canada 6th 3rd 3rd 2nd
GP France 7th
GP Skate America 6th
CS Autumn Classic 2nd
CS Finlandia Trophy 2nd
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
CS U.S. Classic 3rd WD 1st
National[47]
Canadian Champ. 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 1st 1st
Team events
World Team
Trophy
4th T
4th P
5th T
4th P
WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result.
Medals awarded for team result only.

With PurdyEdit

International[48]
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[48]
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
JGP USA 1st
National[4]
Canadian Champ. 2nd P 3rd N 1st J 9th 6th 5th 5th
Levels: P = Pre-novice; N = Novice; J = Junior

Detailed resultsEdit

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only. Current ISU personal bests highlighted in bold. Historical ISU personal bests highlighted in italics.

With Moore-TowersEdit

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
4–9 February 2020 2020 Four Continents Championships 1
76.36
4
125.44
3
201.80
13–19 January 2020 2020 Canadian Championships 1
73.73
1
141.94
1
215.67
4–8 December 2019 2019–20 Grand Prix Final 6
67.08
4
130.91
5
197.99
22–24 November 2019 2019 NHK Trophy 2
71.21
2
137.28
2
208.49
25–27 October 2019 2019 Skate Canada International 2
75.50
2
132.99
2
208.49
25–28 September 2019 2019 CS Nebelhorn Trophy 1
71.76
1
138.59
1
210.35
2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
11–14 April 2019 2019 World Team Trophy 4
68.38
3
131.84
5T/4P
200.22
18–24 March 2019 2019 World Championships 5
73.08
8
126.94
7
200.02
7–10 February 2019 2019 Four Continents Championships 1
74.66
2
136.39
2
211.05
13–20 January 2019 2019 Canadian Championships 1
71.47
1
131.28
1
202.75
9–11 November 2018 2018 NHK Trophy 3
67.70
4
121.96
4
189.66
26–28 October 2018 2018 Skate Canada International 3
71.26
3
129.67
3
200.93
4–7 October 2018 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy 3
66.52
1
127.41
2
193.93
20–22 September 2018 2018 CS Autumn Classic International 2
64.73
2
111.59
2
176.32
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
19–25 March 2018 2018 World Championships 10
70.49
4
133.84
6
204.33
14–25 February 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 13
65.68
9
132.43
11
198.11
8–14 January 2018 2018 Canadian Championships 3
68.28
3
141.57
3
209.85
24–26 November 2017 2017 Skate America 7
59.97
4
127.84
6
187.81
3–5 November 2017 2017 Cup of China 4
62.52
3
132.00
3
194.52
13–17 September 2017 2017 CS U.S. International Classic 1
65.76
2
123.00
1
188.76
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
20–23 April 2017 2017 World Team Trophy 3
69.56
4
130.09
4T/4P
199.65
15–19 February 2017 2017 Four Continents Championships 5
70.89
7
121.46
7
192.35
16–22 January 2017 2017 Canadian Championships 3
70.69
3
128.05
3
198.74
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
28 March – 3 April 2016 2016 World Championships 10
66.06
8
124.84
8
190.90
18–24 January 2016 2016 Canadian Championships 4
59.67
4
123.91
4
183.58
20–22 November 2015 2015 Rostelecom Cup 7
51.97
7
106.78
7
158.75
30 October – 1 November 2015 2015 Skate Canada International 3
63.17
3
111.68
3
174.85
16–20 September 2015 2015 CS U.S. International Classic 2
57.22
3
102.86
3
160.08
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
9–15 February 2015 2015 Four Continents Championships 7
59.30
9
101.40
9
160.70
19–25 January 2015 2015 Canadian Championships 4
61.08
4
119.40
4
180.48
21–23 November 2014 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard 7
51.07
6
108.06
7
159.13
31 October – 2 November 2014 2014 Skate Canada International 6
53.79
6
105.03
6
158.82

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External linksEdit

  Media related to Michael Marinaro at Wikimedia Commons