March 16, 2017 11:12
Figure skater Cha Jun-hwan set a new personal best in the short program of men's singles at the International Skating Union World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Taipei on Wednesday.
His score of 82.34 points puts him second after Dmitri Aliev of Russia, who earned 83.48 points. Cha's previous personal best in short program was 79.34 points from the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Yokohama, Japan in October last year.
No Korean man has ever won a medal at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Kim Yu-na holds the only Korean medal for her 2006 win in ladies' singles.
Clearly aware of the high stakes, Cha has taken his training very seriously. After he won the National Figure Skating Championships in January, he immediately left for Canada for training.
He worked closely with coach Brian Orser to add a quadruple jump in free skate, an essential move to advance his career.
He also worked to better his artistic skills, a quality already among his strengths.
"For the last two months, I focused on improving artistic interpretation and mastering choreography," Cha said. "I'm happy my efforts seemed to pay off."
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