Three-time ISU Four Continents medallist Mai Mihara of Japan tops the Women’s Short Program at the ISU Four Continents Championships in Tallinn (EST) Thursday and is poised for another medal at the event. Korea’s Haein Lee and Yelim Kim follow in second and third.
Performing to “I Dreamed a Dream”, Mihara landed a triple Lutz-triple toe, a triple flip, double Axel as well as level-four spins and footwork. The 2017 ISU Four Continents Champion set a new personal best with 72.62 points.
Mai Mihara (JPN) © International Skating Union (ISU)
“Well of course my aim and goal is for the gold medal - the small gold medal I have around my neck right now - the larger one,” the 2018 Four Continents silver medallist noted. “In order to have a good result I know I need to have a perfect and clean free program. I hope I can do everything that I plan to do and overcome all the regrets and bitterness I felt at the nationals.”
Lee’s program to “Ave Maria” was highlighted by a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, a triple flip, a double Axel and difficult spins. The 2019 ISU Junior Grand Prix finalist improved her seasons best by six points with a score of 69.97 points.
Haein Lee (KOR) © International Skating Union (ISU)
“I was very nervous today, but I think I did well today so I’m very happy with my performance,” Lee said. “I will talk with my coach and I decide about my triple Axel in my free skating. I want to jump the triple Axel in the free skating.”
Kim hit a triple Lutz-triple toe, double Axel and triple flip in her routine to “Liebestraum”, but the step sequence was rated a level two. The Korean silver medallist earned 68.93 points.
Yelim Kim (KOR) © International Skating Union (ISU)
“It was good, except for some details, some spins and steps, so I’m a little bit disappointed about that,” Kim said. “I have two weeks before the Olympics so I want to do more about spins and steps so that I can get a higher score. This Four Continents is more special, because most Olympic team members are not here, so it’s a very, very good chance for me, so I’m here,” she added.
2020 ISU Four Continents silver medallist Young You (KOR) popped her planned triple Axel, but completed the other elements well to come fourth at 67.86 points. Audrey Shin (USA) finished fifth on 67.20 points. Starr Andrews (USA) came sixth (66.60). 2017 ISU World bronze medallist Gabrielle Daleman (CAN) made two errors on her jumping passes and sits in ninth (59.01 points).
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