16° at worlds 2017
10° at Four Continents 2017
5th at Nationals
Bronze Medalist at Four Continents 2015 & 2016
8th place at World Championship 2015
Rika Hongo was born on September 6, 1996 in Sendai, Japan. Like Hanyu, she has been renamed Cinderella by many. She is one of a few skaters deemed dangerous for competition. With speed and elegance, she is able to command the audience and the judges into applause. Within a few months, her skills of presenting and executing elements prove more difficult even throughout the same season. In 2006, she sat next to Shizuka Arakawa in the parade of victors to symbolize the new future of Japan. She started the 2015-16 season off with a bang by reaching almost 200 points in his first GP of the season!