6th place → gold medal… Lee Hae-in, figure skating 4 continents championship female ‘first win’ since Kim Yuna
Lee Hae-in (Sehwa Girls’ High School) achieved the feat of winning the gold medal at the International Skating Union (ISU) Four Continents Championships for the first time in 14 years since Kim Yu-na.
She finished the short program in 6th place, but she made a comeback in the free skating clean.
Lee Hae-in scored a total of 141.71 points with a technical score (TES) of 74.96 points and an art score (PCS) of 66.75 points in the women’s single free skating at the 2023 ISU Figure Skating Four Continents Championships held at Broadmoor World Arena in Springs, Colorado, USA on the 11th (Korean time). did.
Lee Hae-in, who was only 6th out of 23 in the short program with 69.13 points the day before, earned the highest score in her free skating with a ‘clean program’ that neatly succeeded in all 13 performance tasks that day. Combining the short program and free skating, she scored a total of 210.84 points and succeeded in her flip, and she won the gold medal.
Lee Hae-in wrote her history of becoming a Korean gold medalist in women’s singles at this event 14 years after Kim Yuna at the 2009 Vancouver Games.
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Lee Hae-in, who was the first performer in the last group of free skating, moved her body to the theme song of the musical ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.
Lee Hae-in, who got off to a fresh start by earning 1.14 GOE (execution points) in the first jump, the double axel-triple toe loop combination jump (base score 7.50 points), followed by triple lutz-triple toe loop combination jump (base score 10.10 points), triple loop (base score 4.90 points) and triple Salchow (base score 4.30 points) also won GOE by 1.35 points, 1.05 points, and 0.86 points, respectively, and moved closer to the medal.
Lee Hae-in, who completed the flying camel spin and flying change foot combination spin at the highest level of level 4, performed triple lutz-double toe loop-double loop (basic score 9.79 points) and triple flip (basic score 5.83 points) with 10% additional points in the second half of the performance. ) and double axel (basic score of 3.63 points).
The sten sequence and change foot combination spin were also performed at level 4, and he completed another clean performance following the short program the day before.
After finishing his performance, Lee Hae-in expressed his joy by raising his arms and smiling brightly.
Lee Hae-in was also lucky, as Isabeau Levito (USA), who placed second in the short program the day before, withdrew due to poor physical condition.
In Korean women’s figure skating, after Kim Yu-na, Yu-young won a silver medal at the Seoul event in 2020, and Lee Hae-in and Kim Ye-rim won silver and bronze medals at the Tallinn event in Estonia in 2022, respectively.
Lee Hae-in, the silver medalist of the last competition, changed the color of her medal to ‘gold’ after one year, clearly indicating that she is one of the female figure skating aces following ‘post-Kim Yu-na’.
Korea proved itself to be a powerhouse in women’s figure skating through this event, with Kim Ye-rim, who was first in the short program, coming in second with a score of 209.29 including free skating and winning her silver medal. Kim Chae-yeon also ranked fourth with 202.39 points, following Chiba Monet (Japan, 204.98 points).