Hwang Jung-yul finishes fifth in Junior GP debut

Thirteen-year-old figure skating hopeful Hwang Jung-yul (Sang Myung-jung) finished fifth in her first International Ice Skating Union (ISU) Figure Skating Junior Grand Prix.

Hwang earned a total score of 111.33 points, including 58 technical points (TES), 54.33 artistic points (PCS) and one deduction, in the women’s single free skate at the fourth ISU Figure Skating Junior Grand Prix of the 2023-2024 season in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday.

Combined with her short program score of 61.09, Hwang finished the competition in fifth place with a final total of 172.42 points.

Born in 2010, the young up-and-comer finished seventh in the women’s singles at the Junior Grand Prix Trials in July. She qualified for the ISU Junior Grand Prix stage this season and placed fifth in her debut.

Hwang attempted the first task, a triple toe-loop + triple toe-loop combination jump, but fell on the ice. She made up for her earlier mistake by landing a clean triple lutz + double toe loop + double loop combination jump. On the double axel, she used her base to land a triple toe loop on the follow-up jump.

On the second half of the jump, which is worth 10% extra points, there were fewer underrotated (jump rotation more than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees) triple lutzes. In the triple flip + double axel sequence, the first jump was scored as an Attention (!) (note the use of an incorrect skate edge) and the double axel was scored as a quarter landing (a jump rotation short of the 90-degree level). The final jump, a triple salco, was done without a mistake.

In the non-jumping elements, the flying change foot combination spin, flying camel spin, and change foot combination spin all received a level 4, the highest possible rating. For the correo sequence, she earned one performance point (GOE).

Her teammate Han Hee-soo (15, Sunil Girls’ Middle School) placed 11th with a score of 145.65.

Shimada Mao (JPN), the reigning female 안전놀이터 figure junior champion, won the event. She put on a dominant performance to win the gold medal with 213.86 points.

Kim Ji-nee-Inamu (Gyeonggi Ice Dance Federation) scored 72.35 points in the ice dance free dance. With a final total of 120.9 points, Kim finished the competition in 10th place.

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