“I couldn’t go to the Beijing Olympics last year, but I trained hard after that. Some people asked me why I was working so hard when I couldn’t go to the Olympics and didn’t have the right to participate in the World Championships, but I thought I would keep doing figure skating, so I decided to train hard. Lee Hae-
in, who had been overshadowed by Kim Ye-rim (20, Dankook University) and Yu-young (19, Suri High School), the twins of Korean women’s figure skating, finally took off in splendor. He scored 74.96 technical points (TES) and 66.75 points art points (PCS) in the women’s single free skating at the 2023 International Skating Union (ISU) Figure Skating Four Continents Championships held at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, USA on the 11th (Korean time). The combined total score was 141.71 points.
She won her gold medal with a final total of 210.84 combined with a short program score of 69.13.
Lee Hae-in, who finished 6th in the short program the day before, performed perfectly in the free skating.
Lee Hae-in, who beat her national teammate and senior Kim Ye-rim (209.29 points), who took the lead in the short program, put on a look of disbelief for a while.
Lee Hae-in won the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix for the second consecutive time in 2019 when he was a junior. For the first time since Kim Yu-na (33, retired), she achieved consecutive victories in the Junior Grand Prix, and advanced to the final, the ‘War of the Kings’, but only finished in 5th place.
After his advance to the senior stage, Lee Hae-in did not achieve remarkable results in international competitions. Last year, he failed to compete in the 2022 Beijing Olympics, which was his personal wish. Lee Hae-in competed with Yoo-young and Kim Ye-rim until the end for two Olympic tickets. However, he finished in the final 3rd place in the selection round and had to commit to the next one.
However, Lee Hae-in did not hesitate. At the Four Continents Championships held ahead of the Olympics, he won a silver medal with his personal best score of 213.52.
He steadily practiced the triple axel to increase his competitiveness in international competitions. He had a good success rate, but was ‘unfinished’ to put into the program. He also had to take care of the perfection of other technologies and components.
He competed in international competitions this season with several jump combinations, but only finished fourth in both Grand Prix events.
In the middle of the season, Lee Hae-in regained stability in the technical composition and melted into the program. He ranked third in the national ranking match for the President’s Cup held in December last year. She also secured a spot at the World Championships last month by retaining third place in the women’s singles at the highly competitive All-Around Championships.
Lee Hae-in, who finished the overall championship, said, “Even after failing to qualify for the Beijing Olympics, I tried to train hard. Some people asked me why I was working so hard when I couldn’t go to the Olympics and didn’t qualify for the world championships.” She added, “Still, I was going to keep doing figure skating, so I tried my best.” 토토사이트
The result of her steady efforts without giving in to the trials that came her way bore fruit with the gold medal at the Four Continents Championships. Ahead of this tournament, Lee Hae-in said through his management company, All That Sports, “I prepared really hard for this year’s contest and got the right to participate, so I want to go there with a happy heart. I will put more meaning into the process than the result and do my best to make it a contest without regrets.” He made up his mind.
In the high-altitude competition, he maintained his fitness until the end of the free skating. Having won a gold medal in the ISU senior major event for the first time in his life, he will return to Korea on the 14th.