February 16, 2022 10:09
Korean figure skaters You Young and Kim Ye-lim made it to the top 10 in the short program of the women's singles event at the Winter Olympics in Beijing on Tuesday.
You scored 70.34 points to finish sixth, while Kim placed ninth with 67.68 points.
Kamila Valieva of Russia, the best prospect for a gold medal who was cleared to compete despite testing positive for a banned substance, finished first with 82.16 points. Russian skater Anna Shcherbakova came second with 80.20 points, followed by Kaori Sakamoto of Japan with 79.84 points.
You opened with what appeared to be a clean triple axel, but it was later downgraded to a double axel. She followed it with a flawless triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, while nearly two-footing the landing of a triple flip, the final jump of the program, losing points for not having a clear edge on her takeoff. She put in a great performance without any major mistakes, with well-executed spins and step sequence.
Kim also performed a mostly clean program but was marked down on the final triple flip for under-rotating.
The Korean record in the short program is 78.50 points, earned by Kim Yu-na at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The two will compete in the free skate on Thursday.
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