Chongqing, China

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ISU World and Four Continents competitor Hongyi Chen of China dominated the Ladies Short Program at the ISU Grand Prix Shiseido Cup of China in Chongqing on Friday. Teammates Angel Li and Minzhi Jin follow in second and third place. 

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Hongyi Chen (CHN) captured plenty of hearts with her dominant performance in the Ladies Short Program © International Skating Union (ISU)

Chen delivered a smooth performance to “Cinema Paradiso”, landing a slightly underrotated triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination, a triple flip and a double Axel. The National Champion collected a level four for her flying camel spin and a level three for the other two spins and the footwork. She earned 64.63 points. 

“I am quite satisfied with my performance and I was able to do what I do in my regular practice,” Chen said. “I was a little nervous after not competing in a while and I think I need to get used to the lights and the atmosphere again. It was good that we had two test skates before in my team.”

Li, making her debut at this level, completed a triple Lutz-double toeloop combination, a double Axel and two level-four spins in her routine to “Beethoven’s Five Secrets”. However, she missed the triple flip. Li notched 49.94 points for her Short Program.

“Overall I am happy with my performance, but I made a mistake in my second jump and I need to work harder,” Li said. “I was nervous, especially before the competition. But as soon as my music started, I was able to focus and take one element at a time.”Li Angel GettyImages 1229487274 1

Angel Li was unhappy with a mistake in her routine but stands in second place on Day 1 © International Skating Union (ISU)

Skating to “Bei mir bist du schoen”, Jin, another newcomer to the ISU Grand Prix, produced a triple Salchow-double toeloop combination and double Axel, but she fell on her triple toeloop. The 16-year-old achieved 47.75 points. 

“I missed one jump and I was a little nervous,” Jin said. “This is a new short program and I have not practised it that much. This is my first time at the Cup of China and I am happy to be able to perform at this bigger stage.”GettyImages 1229487417

 Sixteen-year-old Minzhi Jin relishes her chance on big stage © International Skating Union (ISU)

Siyang Zhang (CHN) stands in fourth place on 39.80 points and Lu Zheng (CHN) is ranked fifth on 29.84.

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