‘Unfortunate jump mistake’ Cha Jun-hwan, 4th place in the final 4 continents… 2 consecutive medal failures

 South Korean men’s figure skating Cha Jun-hwan (22, Korea University) failed to win a medal at the International Skating Union (ISU) Figure Skating Four Continents Championships for the second year in a row.

Cha Jun-hwan scored 83.06 points in technical score (TES) and 84.31 points in art point (PCS) in the men’s single free skating at the ISU Figure Skating Four Continents Championships in the 2022-2023 season held at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, USA on the 12th (Korean time). Deduction) received 166.37 points combined with 1 point.

Cha Jun-hwan, who received a final total of 250.14 points combined with a short program score of 83.77, finished the event in 4th place.

In the free skating, Cha Jun-hwan fell short of this season’s highest score of 174.41 (the 5th NHK Trophy at the ISU Grand Prix).

At the Four Continents Championships last year, he became the first Korean male player to win a gold medal. He challenged for a second consecutive victory this year, but made a mistake in the triple lutz + triple loop combination jump in the short program held on the 10th and finished only in 5th place.

Cha Jun-hwan tried to turn around in free skating, but he faltered on several jumps. He fell on a quadruple안전놀이터 (four rotations) toe loop and left a regret for handling a triple axel as a single.

He won bronze medals at both ISU Grands Prix events this season. Although he did not advance to the final, which is the ‘King of Kings’, he won the President’s Cup ranking match held in December last year and the National Men’s and Women’s Comprehensive Championships last month.

In particular, in the general championships, they achieved 7 consecutive victories, proving that they are the ‘strongest in Korea’. At the Four Continents Championships, Cha Jun-hwan was evaluated as one of the candidates for the championship. However, he failed to clean up both the short program and free skating, and finished the event in 4th place.

Cha Jun-hwan appeared on the ice 18th out of 22 players. He kicked off the race with his all-season pre-skating song, ‘No Time To Die’ from the James Bond 007 series.

The first jumping task, the quadruple salcho, was run cleanly and showed a good start. In this technique, Cha Jun-hwan earned a high performance score of 3.74 points. However, on the ensuing quadruple toe loop, he fell on the ice. Cha Jun-hwan, who got up from his seat, was judged attention (indicated by !, beware of using the wrong jump edge) on the first jump in the triple lutz + triple loop combination jump, which made a mistake in the short program. The triple flip was run without errors and earned an execution score of 1.21.

Cha Jun-hwan challenged to jump in the second half with a 10% bonus. The first single triple axel lost 0.49 points of performance, leaving regrets that it was treated as a single. However, the subsequent triple axel + double axel sequence ran cleanly and was given a performance score of 1.14.

The last jump, a single triple lutz, showed a wit to handle it as a triple lutz + single oiler + triple Salchow. However, Lutz, the first jump, was pointed out as a quarter landing (marked with q: when the number of jump rotations was insufficient at the 90 degree level).

The advantage, the non-jumping element, was perfect. The Flying Camel Spin, Change Foot Combination Spin, Flying Change Foot Combination Spin and Step Sequence all achieved Level 4, the highest level. In the choreo sequence where Inner Bauer stood out, he scored 1.93 points.

Cha Jun-hwan, who finished the game, was out of breath as it was a tournament held at a high altitude.

Lee Si-hyeong (23, Korea University), who competed together, ranked 6th with 227.79 points. Having finished 7th in the event last year, he achieved his personal best result. Kyung Jae-seok (23, Kyung Hee University) received 211.98 points and placed 12th.

The championship was won by Miura Kao (Japan) who received 281.53 points. 31-year-old ‘war veteran’ Keegan Messing (Canada) won the silver medal with 275.57 points. Sato Shun (Japan), who scored 259.14 points, rose to third place.

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