Korean figure skating women’s singles ‘next-generation ace’ Shin Ji-ah ranked first in the short program of the 5th competition of the International Skating Union Figure Skating Junior Grand Prix in the 2023-2024 season.

Shin Ji-ah took the lead in the women’s short program at the competition held in Budapest, Hungary today (22nd), receiving 66.25 points, including 36.85 technical points and 29.40 artistic points.

Ji-ah Shin, who beat second-place finisher Ayumi Shibayama of Japan by 4.6 points, will challenge for her gold medal through her free skating performance on the evening of the 23rd, Korean time.

Shin Ji-ah won the 2nd Junior Grand Prix competition that ended on the 2nd, so if she performs ‘golden’ in the 5th competition, she will be confirmed to participate in the ‘Junior Grand Prix Final’ held in Beijing, China in December this year.

The Junior Grand Prix Final is a ‘King of Kings’ match in which only the top 6 players from the Junior Grand Prix series in one season participate.레고토토

Ji-ah Shin jumped her first jumping task, a triple flip-triple toe loop combination jump, to the melody of ‘Enchanted Waltz’, the background music for her short program, but unfortunately, she was judged to have insufficient rotation, and her performance score was deducted by 1.29 points.

Shin Ji-ah, who earned a GOE of 0.99 points in the following double axel, perfectly performed a triple lutz in the extra point section following a flying sit spin, earning a GOE of 2.11 points.

Shin Ji-ah handled both the change foot combination spin and step sequences at the highest level of difficulty, level 4.

Kim Yoo-seong, a junior national team member who also competed, received 60.03 points in the short program and ranked 6th.

Kim Yu-sung, who won the silver medal in the first competition last month, is only 1.09 points behind Anna Pecheta, who took third place in the short program of this competition, so she will challenge for her medal through the free skating.

If Kim Yu-sung also places in the medal bracket at this competition, she will have an advantage in advancing to the Grand Prix Final.