‘Figure skating general’ Kim Ye-rim (20, Dankook University) is aiming for the gold medal at the Four Continents Championships 14 years after Kim Yu-na.

Kim Ye-rim participated in the women’s single short program at the 2023 International Skating Union (ISU) Four Continents Championships held at Broadmoor World Arena in Springs, Colorado, USA on the morning of the 10th (hereinafter Korean time), with a total score of 72.84 points (39.35 technical points, artistic points). 33.49 points) ranked first among 23 players.

The Four Continents Championship is a competition in which athletes from four continents, including Europe, Asia, America, Oceania and Africa, participate. If Kim Ye-rim, who won a bronze medal at the event last January, continues her rise in her free skating, she could become the first Korean female athlete since Yuna Kim in 2009 to win a gold medal at the Four Continents Championships.

Kim Ye-rim’s impeccable performance Ye-rim Kim, who

entered the game in the 22nd order, started her performance to Max Richter’s ‘Mercy’. Her first jump, she perfectly performed a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, followed by a successful double axel.

Kim Ye-rim, who even performed a flying camel spin (level 4) and triple flip, which was the last jump, performed a step sequence (level 4), a change foot combination spin (level 4), and a sit spin (level 3) like flowing water. She was an act without a single mistake.

With a light heart, she finished the short program and Ye-rim Kim, who was waiting for the results in the Kiss and Cry Zone, clapped for joy the moment her score was announced. She was also number one, but it was a figure that broke her own season high.

In an interview with ISU, Kim Ye-rim said, “She was very nervous before the match, but I’m glad she put on a ‘clean’ performance.” She went on to add that she “focused more on the physical aspect of Springs, Colorado, where (where the stadium is located)메이저사이트 is in the highlands.” She also expressed her determination, “I want to perform well in the free skating and reach the podium with a high score.”

The results of Kim Chae-yeon (17, Suri High School) and Lee Hae-in (18, Sehwa Girls’ High School), who competed in the competition with Kim Ye-rim, were also good. The two players placed 3rd and 6th, respectively, raising expectations for the free skating to be held on the 11th. Kim Chae-yeon said, “This is my second adult competition, and I am happy to perform cleanly. My goal is to do my best in free skating and finish it perfectly.”

On the other hand, Cha Jun-hwan (22, Korea University), the “Korean male figure skater”, stayed in 5th place in the men’s single short program, and a red flag was turned on for his second consecutive win at the Four Continents Championships. He placed 5th with a total score of 83.77 (41.95 technical points, 42.82 artistic points, 1 deduction). It is a score far short of the season high (94.44 points).

Cha Jun-hwan was preparing to perform to Michael Jackson’s suite when the referee suddenly blew his whistle. He pointed out that there was a foreign object on the ice, and Cha Jun-hwan himself picked it up and handed it to the referee.

Could the whistle have been a variable? Cha Jun-hwan, who safely passed the quadruple salchow, the first jump, fell on the ice during the triple rough-triple loop combination jump. At least the flying camel spin (level 4) – triple axel – change foot seat spin (level 4) – step sequence (level 4) – change foot combination spin (level 4) was okay, but the triple axel was judged as ‘quarter landing’ and the score was lowered. Sheared off.

Cha Jun-hwan, who was not satisfied with his short program, showed regret on his face. It was expected that Cha Jun-hwan’s second consecutive victory challenge would be smooth as prominent competitors such as Shoma Uno and Shota Yamamoto (above Japan) did not participate, but as of now, his entry into the medal table cannot be guaranteed. Kyung Jae-seok (22, Kyung Hee University) and Lee Si-hyung (22, Korea University) were ranked 9th and 14th, respectively.

The women’s and men’s single free skating competitions, where the final rankings and colors are decided every month, will start at 10:00 am on the 11th and 10:15 am on the 12th, respectively. Following the short program, free skating competitions can also be watched live through SBS Sports.

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