‘Perfect Clean Acting’ Lee Hae-in, Gold Medal at ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

 achieved a ‘reverse electrode’ after clearing her disappointment in the short program in Shenzhen.

Lee Hae-in participated in the women’s single free skating at the 2023 International Skating Union (ISU) Four Continents Figure Skating Championships held at the Broadmoor World Arena in Springs, Colorado on the 11th (hereinafter Korean time), with a total score of 141.71 points (technical score 74.96 points, 66.75 points in art).

Although she seemed to be moving away from her medal rights the day before she finished the short program (69.13 points) in 6th place, she gave a flawless performance in the free skating. With a final total of 210.84 points, she beat Kim Ye-rim (20, Dankook University, 209.29 points) by 1.55 points and won the gold medal. Isabo Levito (USA), who was expected to compete for the title by placing second in the short program, did not participate in the free skating event due to poor physical condition.

Free skating, which was generally a struggle, was different for Hae-in Lee.

Athletes who were in good condition the day before, including Kim Ye-rim, who took first place in the short program, left little regret in the free skating the next day. On the other hand, Lee Hae-in, who needed a lot of points, performed better than in the short program.

Lee Hae-in, who started the match to the music of the musical ‘Phantom of the Opera’, performed the first jump, a double axel + triple toe loop combination jump, neatly. She also perfected the triple lutz + triple toe loop combination jump. In addition, he passed the first four jumps without mistakes, including the triple loop and triple salchow.

Lee Hae-in performed the flying camel spin and flying change foot combination spin with the highest level of difficulty (level 4), followed by the choreo sequence (level 1) and triple lutz-double toe loop-double loop-triple flip-double axel.

When he finished the final jump as he wanted, Lee Hae-in’s face was also full of confidence. Lee Hae-in, who finished her performance with a step sequence (level 4) and a change foot combination spin (level 4), showed a satisfied expression.

Having won a silver medal at this event last year, he is the first gold medalist at a major event hosted by the ISU. Looking at the Four Continents Championships alone, it is the first ‘women’s single’ gold medal in 14 years since Kim Yu-na in 2009 메이저놀이터as a Korean female athlete.

Kim Ye-rim and Kim Chae-yeon also propaganda… A tournament where they gained a lot

Unfortunately, Kim Ye-rim, who missed the gold medal, cried because of her mistake. The jumps at the beginning of the game, such as double axel + triple toe loop – triple lutz + triple toe loop, were fine, but as we entered the second half, in the triple lutz + double toe loop + double loop combination jump, ‘under rotated’ (the number of jump rotations was more than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees) If not enough) was judged.

On top of that, in the triple Salchow, there were fewer errors overall than in the short program, such as only doing two laps and not avoiding a deduction. Compared to the previous day, it was definitely a performance that left a sense of regret. In the end, she finished third in the free skating.

‘Short program 3rd place’ Kim Chae-yeon (17, Surigo) also finished 5th in the free skating, recording a final total of 202.39 points, and was pushed by Chiba Moe (Japan, 204.98 points) to mark 4th place. Her medal win had to be postponed to a later opportunity.

Nevertheless, the fact that there were as many as three players in the ‘Top 10’, and that there were two players who entered the medal table, was a clear achievement. In particular, it was not easy to manage physical strength because Colorado, where the tournament was held, was located at a high altitude, but the players overcame it on their own.

Meanwhile, Cha Jun-hwan (Korea University), Kyung Jae-seok (Kyunghee University), and Lee Si-hyung (Korea University), who competed in the men’s singles, will have a free skating match on the morning of the 12th. While Cha Jun-hwan stayed in 6th place in the short program and the red flag was turned on for his second consecutive victory in the competition, it remains to be seen whether he will make up for it in the free skating.

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