Sapporo AWG champion Choi Da-bin. © Yonhap NewsOlympic Games News
Date : 05 Jan 2018
Seoul, Korea, January 5, 2018: The Korean national Olympic figure skating qualifying is going down to the wire, with a total of three spots in the men's and women's singles at stake for next month’s PyeongChang Winter Games, reports Yonhap News. The Korea Figure Skating Championships, also the third and final leg of the qualification for PyeongChang, will take place from Friday to Sunday at Mokdong Ice Rink in Seoul.
The combined scores after the three qualifying events will determine who gets to represent the host nation on home ice at PyeongChang. South Korea will send one male skater and two female skaters in the singles, and the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games champion Choi Da-bin is well in control of the women’s qualifying competition after two rounds.
Choi leads comfortably with 350.16 points, meaning the battle is on for second spot between Kim Ha-nul (333.35) and An So-hyun (319.93). Choi, Kim and An are all looking to make their Olympic debuts next month, following the retirement after Sochi 2014 of the figure skating legend Kim Yu-na.
Former national champion Lee June-hyoung leads the men’s qualifying event with 459.12 points, 27.54 points ahead of teen sensation Cha Jun-hwan.
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