South Korean figure women’s singles prospect Kim Chae-yeon (Surigyo) took first place at the 31st Nepella Memorial, an International Ice Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series event.

Her teammate Lee Hae-in (Sehwa Girls’ High School) took silver, while Yoo Yoo-young finished fifth.

Kim scored 70.89 points in the technical elements (TES), 63.95 points in the artistic elements (PCS) and a total of 134.84 points in the free skate at the event held in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 30 March (KST).

She added to her short programme score of 67.42 the previous day for a total of 202.26 points.

This competition was part of the Challenger Series, which is one level below the Grand Prix Series.

Kim Chae-yeon, Lee Hae-in and Yu-young competed in the event to keep fit and check their skills ahead of the 2023-2024 ISU Figure Senior Grand Prix Series, which starts next month.

Kim, who won bronze at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final in December last year, earned 0.92 GOE on her first task, a double axel, and added 1.77 GOE with a perfect triple lutz-triple toe loop combination jump.

Kim’s subsequent triple loop and triple salchow earned her a GOE of 1.18 and 1.03 respectively, and she continued her flawless performance with a flying change foot combination spin, which was performed at the highest level of difficulty, Level 4.

During her first jump task of the second half, a triple flip-double toe-loop-double loop combination jump, which carries a 10 per cent penalty, she was deducted 2.12 points for an attitude (careful use of the edge) on the triple flip and a quarter landing (jump rotation short of the 90-degree level).

Kim immediately followed up with a clean triple lutz-double axel sequence jump that earned her a GOE of 1.06 points.

After executing the subsequent step sequence as a level 4 and connecting it with a correo sequence, Kim was once again judged to be under-attended and under-rotated (when the rotation of the jump is more than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees) on her triple flip solo jump.

Kim finished her performance with a flying camel spin and a change foot combination spin, both at level 4.

Lee, the silver medallist at the World Championships in March this year, scored a TES of 61.88 and a PCS of 63.14 in her free skate for a total of 125.02 points, adding to her short programme score of 66.08 the previous day to finish second with a total of 191.10 points.

Lee received an Attention for her first task, a triple flip-double axel sequence jump, and a downgrade (a jump lacking more than 180 degrees of rotation) for her second task, a triple lutz-triple toeloop combination jump, which resulted in a 2.60-point deduction.

After landing the double loop and triple salco stably and executing the flying change foot combination jump as a level 4 and the step sequence as a level 3, Eugene earned a GOE of 1.06 on the first jump task of the second half, a triple lutz-double toe loop-double loop combination jump.

After being penalised 0.32 points for an attendance on her subsequent triple flip, Lee landed her double axel cleanly and finished her performance with a flying camel spin (level 4) followed by a correo sequence and a change foot combination spin (level 4).

She received a TES of 60.71, a PCS of 58.21 and a total of 117.92 points for her free skate.

She combined her short programme score of 63.88 from the previous day to finish fifth with a total score of 181.80. 파워볼분석

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