Son Yeon-jae Starts Winter Training Early to Polish New Programs

Son Yeon-jae Son Yeon-jae

Rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae left for winter training in Russia on Friday, where she will continue polishing her new programs ahead of the Moscow Grand Prix on Feb. 28.

This is a big year for Son as she hopes to win a gold medal at the Incheon Asian Games that begin in September.

She decided to begin training two weeks earlier this year in order to perfect the new programs she adopted in November in all four disciplines of hoop, ball, ribbon, and club. Son also selected new musical accompaniment, choosing "Don Quixote" for hoop, Mark Minkov's "You Don't Give Up on Love" for ball, "Bahrain" for ribbon and Patrizio Buanne's "Luna Mezzo Mare" for club.

Son said she is happy with all of the new changes. "Since I'm older than most of the other elite gymnasts, we tried to pick programs that highlight my maturity, and tried to connect all the technical elements in one big movement to make the program feel packed for one minute and a half," she said.

"I will master the new programs as soon as possible. As the biggest goal right now is to perform well at the Incheon Asian Games, I will gain more experience and work on the programs to that end."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 13, 2014 09:44 KST