Figure Skater Kim Ye-lim Wins Back-to-Back Titles in Challenger Series

  • By Choi Soo-hyun

    October 11, 2022 12:58

    Figure skater Kim Ye-lim has earned two consecutive wins at the International Skating Union's Challenger Series.
    Kim won a gold medal with a combined score of 213.97 points at the Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland on Sunday. She scored 142.09 points in the free skate after 71.88 points in the short program the previous day to beat her previous personal best in total score (209.91 points) and free skate (140.98 points).
    Last month, she won the U.S. International Classic, another event in the Challenger Series, a senior-level competition ranked below the ISU Grand Prix series.
    Kim Ye-lim performs her free skating program at the Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland on Sunday. /AP-Yonhap
    "I was very nervous before the competition, and I'm relieved that it went well," Kim said. "I thought a lot about things that I needed to improve after the U.S. International Classic. I will work on my weaknesses that I found this time and in last month's event so that I can show a better performance in the upcoming Grand Prix events."
    Kim will compete on the third leg of the season's Grand Prix series that starts on Nov. 4 in Angers, France and in the fifth leg, which opens on Nov. 19 in Sapporo, Japan.
    In Saturday's men's singles at the Finlandia Trophy, Cha Jun-hwan took gold with a combined score of 253.20 points. He scored 162.14 points in the free skate and 91.06 points in the short program.
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