Cha Jun-hwan (22, Korea University), who captained the Korean national team at the 2022-2023 International Skating Union (ISU) Figure Skating World Team Trophy, a national competition, showed pride for his teammates.
Cha Jun-hwan said in an interview with the ISU official website after the first day of the Team Trophy held at the Tokyo Gymnasium on the 13th안전놀이터, “We achieved our goal on the first day. I am very proud of my team and myself.”
The men’s single free skating was held on the 15th, and Cha Jun-hwan, who will not compete on the 14th, said, “I want to quickly cheer for our athletes tomorrow (14th).”
On the 13th, the first day of the Team Trophy competition, the Korean national figure skating team collected 39 ranking points and placed second after the United States (50 points).
At the center of Korea’s runner-up was the good performances of star stars Lee Hae-in (18, Sehwa Girls’ High School) and Cha Jun-hwan.
In the women’s single short program, Lee Hae-in performed flawlessly without making a single mistake, earning a total of 76.90 points with a technical score of 41.00 and a PCS of 35.90, ranking first.
Lee Hae-in, who surpassed the previous ISU-certified individual short program record (73.62 points) set at the World Championships last month, also surpassed world championship women’s singles champion Kaori Sakamoto (Japan, 72.69 points).
Cha Jun-hwan also showed ‘clean acting’ and broke through the ‘100 points of dream’. Cha Jun-hwan, who scored 101.33 points with 54.70 points in TES and 46.63 points in PCS, also surpassed his personal best score (99.64 points) recorded at the World Championships last month.
However, Cha Jun-hwan was pushed to second place by America’s “divine” Ilya Malinin (105.90 points).
While Lee Hae-in scored 12 ranking points and Cha Jun-hwan scored 11 points, Lee Si-hyeong (23, Korea University), who competed together in the men’s and women’s singles, added 3 points for 10th place, and Kim Ye-rim (20, Dankook University) added 6 points for 7th place. In Ice Dance Rhythm Dance, Haena Lim (19) and Quanye (22) earned 7 ranking points as they placed last among the 6 groups.
After the first day’s game, Cha Jun-hwan introduced, “Korea is the first team to participate in the trophy. I asked my teammates, ‘What do you think about the team trophy?’
The Korean national team is made up of young players. The Lim Haena-Quanye team will experience the senior stage for the first time through this competition. Jo Hye-jin, who participated in the fair, was born in 2005 and is the same age as Lee Hae-in.
The atmosphere in the Kiss and Cry zone is particularly bright, probably because young players have gathered. After Cha Jun-hwan performed to a medley of Michael Jackson’s dance songs, when we sat in Kiss and Cry Zone, we all danced Michael Jackson’s songs together.
Cha Jun-hwan said, “There are many young skaters in our team. Especially for our ice dance team, the team trophy is the senior debut stage.” “We will be the youngest team in this team trophy.