[ROAD TO BEIJING] Figure skating

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Cha Jun-hwan performs an Ina Bauer in her free skating program at the ISU Four Continents Figure <a class=Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on Sunday. [XINHUA/YONHAP]” src=”https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/data/photo/2022/01/29/dfe0327b-e124-4b3a-be2c-c81c3078b863.jpg”/>

Cha Jun-hwan performs an Ina Bauer in her free skating program at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on Sunday. [XINHUA/YONHAP]

Korea will send four figure skaters to the Beijing Games, marking the first time Korea has qualified for two spots in the men’s competition.

Cha Jun-hwan and Lee Si-hyeong will compete in the men’s event in Beijing, while You Young and Kim Ye-lim will compete in the women’s event. Cha is the only one of the four with experience on the big stage, having finished 15th at the PyeongChang Olympics in 2018. The appearance also made him the youngest skater to ever compete in the men’s events at the Games.

Cha flies to Beijing in great shape, having won Korea’s first-ever men’s gold medal at the 2022 ISU Four Continents Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, last week. Kim Ye-lim won her first women’s singles bronze medal in the women’s tournament at the same event.

Although You did not medal in Estonia, she finished top of the Korean Figure Skating Qualifiers in January, with Kim finishing second. Lee earned his spot after finishing second in the men’s event, well behind Cha in first place.

BY YUN SO-HYANG AND JIM BULLEY [[email protected]]

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