was also better than the great Korean figure skaters.
Cha Jun-hwan (21, Korea University) and Lee Hae-in (17, Sehwa Girls’ High School), the ‘signboards’ of men’s and women’s figure skating singles, took the lead in Korea’s silver medal at the 2022-2023 International Skating Union (ISU) World Team Trophy competition.
This competition is a national competition in which athletes from four events, including men’s singles, women’s singles, pairs, and children’s dance, compete.스포츠토토
In the Team Trophy, which ended on the 15th, Korea finished second with 95 ranking points, following the United States (120 points). It beat neighboring Japan (94 points, 3rd place), who was considered a candidate for the championship, by one point and rose to the second highest spot on the podium.
It is no exaggeration to say that Cha Jun-hwan and Lee Hae-in collaborated. Lee Hae-in flew up first. In the women’s single free skating at the previous day’s event, she received a total of 148.57 points with a technical score (TES) of 76.11 points and a artistic score (PCS) of 72.46 points, rising to first place among 12 skaters. After taking first place in the short program on the 13th with a score of 76.90, he broke all personal highs in the free skating, giving Korea 24 ranking points (12 short and 12 free).
Korea ranked last in four events, including pair short program, free skating, ice dance rhythm dance and free dance, but maintained second place until the previous day due to Lee Hae-in’s emergency.
In order to enter the final 2nd place, Cha Jun-hwan’s performance was absolutely necessary. He ranked second (11 points) among 12 players with 101.33 points in the men’s single short program on the 13th.
Participating in the free skating with a heavy responsibility, he perfectly handled the highly difficult quadruple jumps twice, scoring a total of 187.82 points with a TES score of 95.54 points and a PCS score of 92.28 points, taking first place overall.
Lee Si-hyung, who participated in the free skating earlier, was in last place with 124.82 points, but Cha Jun-hwan did his part and scored 12 points.
Cha Jun-hwan and Lee Hae-in scored 47 points together in this competition. It is about half of the total score of 95 points. In the first place, there were many opinions that it was not easy to enter the medal table as Korea was absolutely inferior in other events. However, the signboard of male and female figure skating singles did its job and won a dramatic ‘silver medal’.
In an earlier interview with ISU, Cha Jun-hwan said, “This is the first time our team has participated in this event. I asked my teammates what they thought, and they skated happily and happily,” he said. “On the first day of the competition, we achieved our goal and I am very proud of myself and my team.”
The Korean team will return to Korea on the 17th to prepare for the next season.