Figure Shin Jia scores 201.33 points to win the second Junior GP.Koon Min-sol, third
The next ace of women’s singles figure skating, Shin Jia (YEONGDONG), won her first title of the season at the second International Ice Skating Union (ISU) Figure Junior Grand Prix of the 2023-2024 season.
The Korean skater earned a total score of 130.95 points in the women’s single free skate with a technical score (TES) of 69.42 and a performance score (PCS) of 61.53, with no deductions, on Sunday (Feb. 2) in Linz, Austria.
After scoring 70.38 points in the short program the previous day, Shin’s combined free skate totaled 201.33 points, making her the only skater in the field to reach the 200-point mark and secure the top spot on the podium.
It was a perfect victory, with a whopping 32.96 points separating her from second-place finisher Haruna Murakami of Japan (168.37).
Although she was unable to surpass her career-high (206.01 points), it was a great start to the season with a win in her first Junior Grand Prix event.
It was the second Junior Grand Prix Series gold medal for Shin, who won the third Junior Grand Prix event of the 2022-2023 season in September last year.
Her teammate Kwon Min-sol (Mok Dong-joong), who finished eighth in the short program (50.10 points) the previous day, earned 115.83 points in the free skate to jump to third place with a total score of 165.93 points to take the bronze medal.
Shin got off to a good start, landing her first jump task, a double axel, with ease, to the tune of British singer Birdie’s “Not about angels,” which was the background music for the freeskating program.
After executing a triple loop jump and a triple salco to perfection, Shin completed a clean triple flip-double toe-loop-double loop combination jump before finishing her first half with a change foot combination spin (level 4).
For her first jump of the second half, which is worth 10% extra points, Shin attempted a triple lutz-triple toe-loop combination jump, earning a GOE of 1.35.
After a shaky landing on her triple flip, which deducted 1.06 GOE points, she immediately connected a triple lutz to a double axel sequence, but a quarter landing (when a jump’s rotation falls short of the 90-degree level) cost her 0.59 GOE points.
However, Shinjia finished her “golden run” with a Flying Camel Spin (Level 4) followed by a Correo sequence and a Flying Camel Change Foot Combination Spin (Level 4) for the highest score.
“I’m very happy with my performance in the short program, and I’m glad that I was able to finish the competition well despite some mistakes in the free skate,” Shinjia told All That Sports after the competition.
After the competition, Shin will travel to Japan to continue her training before competing in the fifth edition of the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Budapest, 먹튀검증 Hungary from February 20-23.