South Korean figure skating men’s and women’s singles standouts Cha Jun-hwan
(22-Korea University) and Lee Hae-in (18-Sehwa Girls’ High School) took first place in the short program at the Shanghai Trophy 2023.
Cha earned a combined score of 91.80 points, including a technical score (TES) of 49.80 and an artistic
score (PCS) of 42.00, to take first place out of six competitors in the men’s single short program on Wednesday in Shanghai, China.
Cha, who finished sixth last weekend at the Nepella Memorial, an International Ice Skating Union (ISU)
Challenger Series event, had a relatively steady jump on the day.
Cha was ruled to have a quarter-landing (when a jump’s rotation falls short of the 90-degree level) on the
first task, a quadruple salchow. However, it didn’t hurt his performance score (GOE).
She then landed a quadruple toe-loop-double toe-loop combination jump solidly, earning a base score of 10.80 and a GOE of 1.71.
Cha performed her Flying Camel Spin at the highest difficulty level, Level 4, and executed a triple axel
without a mistake in the second half of her routine, which is worth 10 percent extra points.
Cha finished her performance with a change foot sitspin (level), a change foot combination spin (level 4), and a step sequence (level 3).
Cha, who is competing in the second and fifth ISU Figure Senior Grand Prix events this season, has been
competing in lower-level events to get a better feel for the sport.
Lee, who is also gaining experience before competing in the third and sixth Grand Prix events, took first
place in the women’s single short program with a score of 69.57 points, including 36.45 TES and 33.12 PCS.
After executing her first task, a double axel, flawlessly and earning a GOE of 0.99, Lee was penalized 0.35
GOE for a quarter-landing on her next jump, a triple lutz-triple toe-loop combination.
After performing her Flying Camel Spin to Level 4, she was disappointed to receive an Attention to Edge
on her triple flip in the scoring section.
He finished his performance with a sit spin (level 3), a change foot combination spin (level 4) and a step