Cha Jun-hwan, Shin Jia top men’s and women’s short programs at Chairman’s Trophy

Korean figure men’s singles standout Cha Jun-hwan (Korea University) led the way in the short program at the 2023 KB Financial National Men’s and Women’s Figure Skating Championships.

Cha finished first in the men’s single short program with a total score of 86.28 points, including 45.11 technical elements (TES), 42.17 artistic elements (PCS) and one deduction, at the Uijeongbu Indoor Ice Center in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi-do, on Feb. 2.

The winner of three ISU Junior Grand Prix events this season, Min Seong-kyu (Kyungshin Jung), finished second with 82.81 points, followed by Lim Joo-heon (Surigyo-79.41 points), who qualified for the Grand Prix Final after winning one gold (six events) and one silver (four events) in the ISU Junior Grand Prix series.

The event served as both the first selection for the national team and the selection of a contingent for the 2024 International Ice Skating Union (ISU) Four Continents Championships in Shanghai, China, next January.

After withdrawing from the fifth edition of the ISU Senior Grand Prix due to a right ankle injury, Cha was forced to compete in the event despite being in poor physical condition.

As the last of the 10 competitors to perform, Cha landed his first jump, a quadruple salco (9.70 base score), on his hips, which resulted in a penalty of one point and a 4.85 GOE.

After catching his breath, Cha landed a clean triple lutz-triple loop combination jump (base score 10.80) for a GOE of 1.53 points, and then upped his score by executing a flying camel spin to level 4.

Cha earned a GOE of 1.76 for her triple axel (base score of 8.80), which she performed in the extra credit section, and closed out her performance with a change foot sitspin, change foot combination spin, and step sequence, all executed at the highest difficulty level of Level 4.

Earlier in the ice dance rhythmic dance, Lim Hae-na and Quan Yeh, the only other competitors, earned a combined score of 69.17 points with a TES of 39.71 and a PCS of 29.46.

In the women’s single short program, Shin Jia (Yeongdong) led the way with a TES of 38.16, a PCS of 32.72 and a deduction of 1 for a total of 69.88 points.

Kim Chae-yeon (SURIGO – 67.21 points) took second place, 2.67 points behind Shin, while Wee Seo-young (SURIGO – 65.75 points) finished third.

Shin Jia started her performance with a triple flip-triple toe-loop combination jump and executed cleanly until her double axel, but a fall on her flying sitspin cost her points. 메이저사이트

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