Figure hopeful Kim Yoo-sung takes ‘surprise second’ in first short at Junior Grand Prix

Figure skating’s “twin” junior national team member Kim Yoo-sung (Pyeongchonjung) took a “surprise” second place in her debut at a major international event.

Kim scored 35.93 technical elements (TES), 27.11 artistic elements (PCS) and a total of 63.04 points in the women’s single short program at the first round of the 2023 International Ice Skating Union (ISU) Figure Junior Grand Prix in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday (Feb. 24) to finish second behind Ami Nakai (67.49 points).

Nakai is a Japanese figure hopeful who won bronze at last year’s Junior World Championships, and the gap between the two is 4.45 points.

Kim will look to win his first Junior Grand Prix medal in the free skate at the same venue on Friday.

He executed his first half perfectly.

He landed a clean double axel in his first performance, followed by a clean triple flip-triple toe-loop combination jump to earn a performance score of 1.21 (GOE).

The first nonjumping task, a flying sit spin, earned a Level 4, the highest level of difficulty.

The first jump of the second half was disappointing. She received an Attention to Edge, earning a GOE of 0.08 points.

She deferred her change foot combination spin to a level 4, her step sequence to a level 3, and her layback spin to a level 4.

Kim Yoo-sung is the identical twin of Kim Yoo-jae (Pyeongchonjung), who finished fourth at last year’s Junior World Championships.

He made waves at the Korean Junior Grand Prix Trials last month when he landed a clean triple axel over three and a half laps.

Han Hee-soo (Sunil Girls’ Middle School), who competed in the same event, finished sixth with 55.29 points.

In the men’s single short program, Lee Min-kyu (Kyungshin University) finished fifth with 67.40 points. 토토사이트

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