Women’s singles figure skating hopefuls Kim Yoo-sung (Pyeongchon Middle School) and Han Hee-soo (Sunil Girls’ Middle School) will look to win their first medals at the first round of the 2023 International Ice Skating Union (ISU) Figure Junior Grand Prix.먹튀검증
Kim Yoo-seong and Han Hee-soo will be looking to earn their first international podiums at the Grand Prix event in Bangkok, Thailand, starting on Thursday (Feb. 24).
Kim Yoo-sung is the identical twin sister of Kim Yoo-jae (Pyeongchonjung), who finished fourth at last year’s Junior World Championships, and earned two tickets by placing fourth at the Korean Junior Grand Prix qualifier last month.
Kim is known for his high technical skills. He made waves at the qualifiers last month when he landed a clean triple axel over three and a half laps.
Yoo Young, Kim Yoo Jae, and Kim Yoo Sung are the only female singles players in Korea who can perform triple axels.
However, their physical strength and performance stability are considered to be areas of improvement.
Han Hee-soo, who finished fifth in the qualifiers, also received two tickets and has applied to compete in the event.
Their biggest competition will be Japan’s Ami Nakai.
Nakai is Japan’s top figure hopeful after winning bronze at last year’s Junior World Championships.
The men’s singles pair of Shin Min-kyu (Kyungshin) and Kim Ji-nee and In-moo (Gyeonggi Ice Dance Federation) will also compete.
There will be a total of seven Junior Grand Prix events this season. Athletes can compete in a maximum of two events, and their scores will be combined to determine their final ranking.
The top six (teams) in the men’s and women’s singles, ice dance and pairs events will compete in the Junior Grand Prix Final.
The Junior Grand Prix Final will take place from December 7-10 in Beijing, China.
The Junior Grand Prix is open to athletes aged 13 to 19, with male ice dancers and pair skaters up to 21 years of age.
Athletes from Russia and Belarus, who were banned for their involvement in the invasion of Ukraine, will not compete this season.
South Korea will send nine women’s singles, five men’s singles and one ice dance team to the Junior Grand Prix Series.
“Future of Korean Figure” Shin Jia (Youngdongjoong), who took first place in the women’s singles at last month’s selection, will compete at the second event in Linz, Austria, on August 30 and the fifth event in Budapest, Hungary, on September 20.
Shin has been training intensely in Japan ahead of the start of the new season.