I can see ‘Queen Yuna’ in Lee Hae-in
Lee Hae-in (17, Sehwa Girls’ High School), a female figure skater, is familiar with the adjective ‘Korea’s second’ when she was a junior. She won the 3rd and 6th competitions of the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix in 2019-2020, becoming the first Korean athlete since Yuna Kim to win the Junior Grand Prix twice.
Lee Hae-in also recorded her second Korean record at the 2023 Four Continents Championships last month. She placed 6th in the short program with 69.13 points, but with a perfect performance in the free skating토토사이트, she received 141.71 points, exceeding 140 points, and won the championship with a total score of 210.84 points.
This upward trend continued at the World Championships as well. In the women’s single short program at the 2023 ISU Figure Skating World Championships held in Saitama, Japan on the 22nd, Lee Hae-in received her highest score of 73.62 points, ranking second after Kaori Sakamoto (22, Japan) with 79.24 points.
In the history of Korean figure skating, world championship medals are also the exclusive property of Yuna Kim. From 2007 to 2013, Yuna Kim won two gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals in this event. After Kim Yu-na, Yoo-young (18) ranked fifth last year, the highest ranking.
It is highly likely that Lee Hae-in will again set the second Korean record in this tournament. This is because Russia, which had reigned as the strongest country in women’s singles in the aftermath of the Russia-Ukraine War, could not participate.
In particular, Lee Hae-in made up for the sluggishness of the short in the free race in the last four continents and won the championship. In this World Championship, he showed good performance in the short, so if he shows perfect acting in the free, a come-from-behind victory is possible. Lee Hae-in said, “I tried to carry on the confidence I gained from the Four Continents Championships.”