You Young Wins Korea's 1st Medal in 11 Years at Four Continents Championships

  • By Choi Soo-hyun

    February 10, 2020 10:18

    You Young won the silver medal at the International Skating Union's Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on Saturday.

    You became the first Korean to win a medal at the annual championships in 11 years, since Kim Yu-na won a gold medal in 2009.

    She earned her personal-best 149.68 points in the free skate with a clean triple axel jump. With 73.55 points in the short program, her combined score of 223.23 points also beat her previous best.

    Rika Kihira of Japan won the gold medal with 232.34 points.

    You Young (left) poses for a picture with Kim Yu-na on the podium after winning the silver medal at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on Saturday.

    Kim attended the awards ceremony as a presenter, and hugged and congratulated You. It was a significant moment for You, who started figure skating after seeing Kim perform at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

    You has performed remarkably this year, winning her third consecutive national title and the gold medal at this year's Winter Youth Olympics. She has made the difficult triple axel jump a feature of her routine, boosting her international competitiveness.

    While Russian female figure skaters have been sweeping medals with quadruple jumps, You started practicing the triple axel last year. She is the only Korean female figure skater to land a triple axel, and only You and Kihira attempted the jump at the event.

    You's goal is to land a quadruple jump at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

    "I hope to become a figure skater who leads and represents Korean figure skating like Kim Yu-na," she said.

    In the men's single event, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan earned 187.60 points in the free skate on Sunday and topped the podium with a combined score of 299.42 points. Hanyu, who returned to the program that he performed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, set a world record in the short program with 111.82 points, but fell way short of his personal best of 212.99 points in the free skate.

    Korea's Cha Jun-hwan finished fifth with an overall score of 265.43 points after earning 175.06 points in the free skate. He set new personal bests for both the combined total and free skate. He placed sixth in the same event last year, the highest finish for a Korean male figure skater.

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