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Choi Da-bin performs her free skate during the Korea Figure Skating Championships at Mokdong Ice Rink in Seoul on January 7, 2018. © Yonhap

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Sapporo AWG champion Choi qualifies for PyeongChang

Date : 08 Jan 2018

Seoul, Korea, January 7, 2018: A pair of teenage figure skaters qualified for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics in the ladies' singles on Sunday, reports Yonhap News. Sapporo 2017 Asian Winter Games champion Choi Da-bin, 17, and Kim Ha-nul, 15, will represent the host country next month after finishing one-two in the Olympic trials that wrapped up at Mokdong Ice Rink in Seoul on Sunday.

At the Korea Figure Skating Championships, the third and final leg of qualifying events, Choi finished with 190.12 points for a total of 540.28. Kim scored 176.92 points to reach 510.27 overall in the qualifying stage and grab the last spot available for South Korea in the ladies' singles.

The 2017-2018 season has been a struggle for Choi on and off the ice. Her mother passed away in June, and the grief-stricken Choi even contemplated skipping the Olympic trials. But she battled on and dedicated her performance on Sunday to her late mother.

"Looking back on recent months, I've gone through so much," she said. "I am glad I've been able to overcome them. My mom is on my mind right now. If she were still here, she would have been more excited and thrilled than anyone else."

On the ice, Choi has been dealing with foot pains, caused by a loose pair of boots. She entered this weekend's combination with two different boots and said she'd keep them on for the Olympics. Her left boot is from two years ago, and the right boot was used last year.

Cha Jun-hwan, 16, earned the one place in the men’s competition after overtaking long-time leader Lee June-hyoung.




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