Two-time World bronze medalist Boyang Jin of China jumped to the lead in the Men’s Short Program at the ISU Grand Prix Gran Premio d’Italia in Turin Friday. Italy’s Daniel Grassl finished second, edging Junhwan Cha of Korea.
Jin hit a quad Lutz-triple toe, quad toe and triple Axel in his routine to “Night Fight” from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” to net 97.89 points.
Boyang Jin of China © International Skating Union (ISU)
“In my last competition my condition was not very good, but here I improved my condition, also with the help of my coaches,” the Chinese skater said.
“They helped me to get into the competition in a more relaxed mood. They told me “don’t be afraid of failures”, and so I felt no pressure here.”
Grassl’s performance to “Nureyev” from the “White Crow” soundtrack featured a quad Lutz, triple Lutz-triple toe and triple Axel. The Italian improved his personal best by 10 points with his score of 95.67 points.
Daniel Grassl of Italy © International Skating Union (ISU)
“I was really excited for today, it was in Torino, I want to thank the (Italian) Federation for hosting the Grand Prix,” said Grassl.
“I'm so happy I skated for the people and I felt them with me, I felt very positive today. I wanted a strong performance and I'm happy about it.”
Skating to “Fate of the Clockmaker” and “Cloak and Dagger”, Korean skater, Cha, landed a quad Salchow, triple Lutz-triple loop and triple Axel to score 95.56 points.
Junhwan Cha of Korea © International Skating Union (ISU)
“I'm really happy about my performance today. I had some mistakes at the Asian Open, but I worked on my programs and made the components better and coming out today I'm satisfied with my program,” the Korean Champion commented.
2018 World bronze medalist Mikhail Kolyada (RUS) fell on his quad toeloop, but is not far behind on 92.30 points. Deniss Vasiljevs (LAT) follows in fifth (85.09 points) while Kazuki Tomono (JPN) rounds up the top six at 83.91 points. 2021 World silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama (JPN) is ranked seventh after making errors on two jumps (80.53).
For full results, see here.