[Newsian = Editor Ki Young-no]The 2022 ISU Figure Skating Four Continents Championships held at the Tondirava Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia on the 23rd. In the men’s singles free skating, South Korea’s promising player, Cha Jun-hwan, received 174.26 points, including 86.48 TES (TES), 88.78 (PCS), and 1 point deduction. In the short program held the day before, the score was 98.96. Cha earned a total of 273.22 points, beating Japan’s Tomono Kazuki (268.99 points) and Miura Kao (251.07 points) to win the championship. The Four Continents Championships have been held annually since 1999 on four continents, including Asia, America, Africa, and Oceania, except for Europe.
This is the first time a Korean athlete has won a gold medal at the Four Continents Championships since Yuna Kim at the 2009 Vancouver Games.
Cha Jun-hwan was the first male athlete to win a medal (gold medal). Cha Jun-hwan finished fifth at the 4 Continents Championships held in Korea in 2020.
Men’s figure skating powerhouses such as the United States and Japan sent out second-class athletes who could not qualify for the Beijing Olympics in this tournament.
With the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as an opportunity, European male figure skating pride Favier Fernandez of Spain and Patrick Chen of Hong Kong descent from Canada have retired and are undergoing a generational change.
At the Beijing Winter Olympics, Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, who is aiming for a third consecutive trophy, and Nathan Chen, a Chinese athlete from the United States, who is a master of the quadruple jump, will be aiming for a gold medal.
Besides Cha Jun-hwan, there are some players who are pursuing Yuzuru Hanyu and Nathan Chen.
Shoma Uno of Japan is shorter than a female figure skater (1m 58cm), but she has excellent jumping skills and has good expressiveness to the point where she succeeded in a four-turn flip jump for the first time. He also defeated Yuzuru Hanyu in a domestic competition in Japan.
Jin Jin Yang of host country China is the world’s first jump master who opened the era of ‘four-round jump’. His strength is a bit lacking, but he makes up for it with his jumping technique.
China is looking forward to Jin Jin-yang’s medal right as the host country has an advantage in this Beijing Olympics.
Chinese-American athlete Vincent Zhou surprised officials by making his first successful quadruple luts at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. I’ve been practicing jumping for 4 years, so I’m curious to see what kind of image it will show at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Cha won the gold medal at the Four Continents Championships, but after running his first jump task, the quadruple toe loop, he fell on the ice because of an unstable landing. It was judged as underrotated (when the number of rotations was not more than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees), and the performance score (GOE) was reduced by 3.80 points, and one point was also deducted.
However, if we do not repeat the same mistake at the Beijing Olympics and clean all performances in the short program and free skating, surprising results are possible.