‘Figure skating general’ Kim Ye-rim (20, Dankook University) took the lead in the short program.
Kim Ye-rim scored 39.35 technical points (TES) and 39.35 artistic points (PCS) in the women’s single short program at the ‘2023 International토토사이트 Skating Union (ISU) Four Continents Championships’ held at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, USA on the morning of the 10th (Korean time). It received 33.49 points for a total score of 72.84 points.
Receiving the highest score of her own season, Kim Ye-rim was ranked first out of 23 players in her field.
Kim Ye-rim, who started her performance to Max Richter’s ‘Mercy’, successfully landed her first triple lutz-triple toe loop combination jump with ease. Kim Ye-rim, who also performed the double axel, received a level 4 in the flying camel spin. Even in the second half, she showed her near-perfect performance, neatly landing a triple flip at the end of her jump.
Kim Ye-rim won a bronze medal last season at the Four Continents Championships, where players from continents other than Europe compete. She placed first in the short, which allowed her to also try her gold medal this time around. The only Korean female athlete to win a gold medal in this competition is Kim Yu-na (retired, 2009), the “Queen of Figure Skating.”
After the match, Kim Ye-rim said on the ISU website, “I was very nervous before the match, but I’m glad she performed close to clean.” She continued, “(even in the free skating), she wants to get a good score with good performance and climb to the podium” and expressed her determination and desire.
On the other hand, Kim Chae-yeon (Suri High School) ranked 3rd (70.86 points), and Lee Hae-in (Sehwa Girls’ High School), who won the silver medal in the competition last year, was ranked 6th (69.13 points). Cha Jun-hwan (22, Korea University), who was aiming for a second straight victory, made a mistake in the men’s short program and ended up in 5th place.