South Korean figure women’s singles “next generation ace” Shin Jia (Yeongdongjoong) topped the short program at the fifth International Ice Skating Union (ISU) Figure Junior Grand Prix of the 2023-2024 season.

The Korean skater scored 36.85 technical elements (TES) and 29.40 artistic elements (PCS) for a total of 66.25 points to lead the women’s short program at the event in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday (Feb. 22).

With a 4.6-point lead over second-ranked Ayumi Shibayama of Japan (61.65), Shinjia will go for the gold in the free skate, which will take place on Wednesday evening.

Having won the second Junior Grand Prix event on February 2, a golden performance at the fifth event will secure her a spot at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Beijing, China, this December.

The Junior Grand Prix Final is a “king of the hill” competition that only the top six performers in the Junior Grand Prix Series compete in.

To the soundtrack of the short program, “Enchanted Waltz,” Shin performed her first jump, a triple flip-triple toe-loop combination jump, but was ruled out of rotation and deducted 1.29 points from her performance score (GOE).

After earning a GOE of 0.99 points on her double axel, she executed a flying sit spin (level 3) followed by a perfect triple lutz in the counting section, earning a GOE of 2.11 points.먹튀검증

She finished her performance with a change foot combination spin and step sequence, both at the highest level of difficulty (Level 4), and her final spin task, a layback spin, also at Level 4.

Fellow ‘twin’ junior international Kim Yoo-sung (Pyeongchonjung) finished sixth in the short program with a score of 60.03.

Kim, who won the silver medal in the first round of the competition last month, will try to win a medal in the free skate as she is only 1.09 points behind Anna Pecchetta (Italy – 61.12), who finished third in the short program.

A medal in the short program will give Kim an advantage in the Grand Prix Final.

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