‘Figure skating general’ Kim Ye-rim, first Grand Prix gold since Kim Yuna

If you win the gold medal at the International Skating Union (ISU) Senior Grand Prix, it means that you have risen to the ranks of world-class athletes. It’s that hard to win. In fact, Korea has not produced a winner since Kim Yu-na (retired) in November 2009. Kim Ye-rim (19, Dankook University) overcame this difficult wall for the first time in 13 years and won the final ticket for the King of Kings match.

Kim Ye-rim performs at the NHK Trophy Free Skating at the 2022-2023 ISU Senior Grand Prix 5th Competition held at the Makomanai Ice Arena in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan on the 19th. Sapporo = AP Yonhap News

Kim Ye-rim scored a total of 132.27 points with a technical score (TES) of 66.90 points, an art score (PCS) of 66.37 points, and a deduction of 1 point in the NHK Trophy Free Skating at the 2022-2023 ISU Senior Grand Prix 5th Competition held at the Makomanai Ice Arena in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan on the 19th. and won the gold medal with a final total score of 204.49 points combined with the short program score (72.22 points).

Kim Ye-rim, who won the silver medal in the last 3 competitions, secured 28 Grand Prix points and earned the right to participate in the final regardless of the results of the remaining two Grand Prix competitions.

The Grand Prix Final is a royal match in which the six players with the best results in the Grand Prix series this season compete, and the players from the two Grand Prix competitions are added together to determine the players. 1st place gets 15 points, 2nd place gets 13 points, and 3rd place gets 11 points.

It is the first time since Kim Yu-na (gold medal at the time) in the 2009-2010 season that a Korean player stepped on the women’s singles stage at the Grand Prix Final. Among male singles players, Cha Jun-hwan (bronze medal at the time) in the 2018-2019 season advanced to the finals. The Grand Prix Final will be held in Turin, Italy from the 8th of next month.

Kim Ye-rim, who started acting in line with the soundtrack (OST) of the movie ‘Summer of 42’, successfully performed the triple lutz-triple toe loop combination jump, earning a basic score of 10.10 and a performance score (GOE) of 1.43. After that, she continued her performance smoothly by clearing a double axel and a triple loop jump in succession.

However, in the first jump task in the second half, I had to jump the triple flip-double axel sequence, but I fell down while doing the flip jump and couldn’t attach the double axel. However, Kim Ye-rim calmly continued her next acting. After performing the triple lutz-double toe loop-double loop combination jump cleanly, she minimized her deductions by performing the double axel that she missed prior to the last triple salchow jump. After the game, Kim Ye-rim said, “I tried to ride without being greedy, but I am grateful to win.”

Senior Reporter Hyuntae Choi [email protected]

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