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seabm7

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And what is with Korea forcing them to compete over and over?! It's a long season, let them rest already.

Here is the list of reasons why Korean skaters have long seasons.
  • In theory, KSU requires only 2 competitions (ranking and National) for seniors and one additional (JGP selection) for juniors. However, South Korea does not offer summer club competitions, which forces skaters to look for suitable competitions for somewhere else.
  • Winter Festival results are necessary to create a college application portfolio. Figure skaters cannot skip this competition since they compete with athletes from other disciplines for a limited entrance quota.
  • South Korea does not have a varsity league for figure skaters. In lieu of this, schools require skaters to participate in Winter Festival competitions.
 
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Here is an Olympic vlog created by Yoon-gi KWAK, a Beijing silver medalist, featuring Young YOU. Mr. Kwak is teaching Young how to do short-track,


By the way, Korean fans are sure that the girl with a mask at 5:35 is Alysa Liu.
 

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Looks like her to me (since I just saw her masked with YY in the haircut story on Instagram).
 

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Yelim Kim has been added to the cast of an Evening with Champions for the Sunday show,


Her name is now removed from the site. Sigh...
 

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Seoyeong WI posted a message from Eunsoo LIM as an insta story:

Eunsoo lost her personal information to a phishing scheme (someone claimed they were from the instagram company and needed her information to verify the account.). As a result, she cannot control her SNS accounts such as facebook and instagram any more.
 
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Yuna KIM attended Dior Fall Collection presented at Seoul,

There are four photos. The third one is Yuna and Pietro Beccari, Dior CEO. The last one is Yuna and Maria Grazia Chiuri, the creative director.

I believe this is what Yuna wore.
 
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KSU is doing a level test at Mokdong Ice Rink this weekend
From the person behind the Skating Korea Twitter account - "... i updated today's test results for some of the skaters and the overall national team status for the upcoming season" (screenshots for women, men, ice dance): https://twitter.com/tegomass/status/1525860932173324291

Haein Lee was in Colorado Springs as one of the athlete assistants for USFS' Jump camp, May 12-14 - her photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CdlU2JCrmL1/
 

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Haien Lee's 3A in a Colorado Springs practice (shared by Sandy Rucker Straub who is part of Tammy Gambill's coaching team): https://www.instagram.com/p/CfIBJSkslg6/

Re-posting this Fun TikTok video shared by Sofia Frank (U.S.-born skater representing the Philippines as of this past season) on the ice in Colorado Springs with Young You, Haien Lee, Amber Glenn, Clare Seo & others: https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce42ZkygETC/
 

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Do we know if Haein has moved permanently to Colorado or if she’s just there for the summer (or some other shorter period)?
 

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Ahsun YUN, 15 (4th at 2022 Junior Worlds), recently spent some time in the Toronto area working with Ghislain Briand and Mitchell Islam: https://www.instagram.com/p/CfRxrmDL25U/
Clip of her practicing 3A & 4T on a pole harness: https://www.instagram.com/p/CfRyvXdLGRk/

Yelim Kim skated to "One Day I'll Fly Away" from Moulin Rouge (her 2019-20 exhibition music; fan cam tweeted in 2 parts) - the Korean text machine translates to "Masters Competition Demonstration" [Mokdong Ice Rink on June 26]: https://twitter.com/MMmangococonut/status/1537439720518864896
 
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Ahsun YUN, 15 (4th at 2022 Junior Worlds), recently spent some time in the Toronto area working with Ghislain Briand and Mitchell Islam: https://www.instagram.com/p/CfRxrmDL25U/
Clip of her practicing 3A & 4T on a pole harness: https://www.instagram.com/p/CfRyvXdLGRk/

Yelim Kim skated to "One Day I'll Fly Away" from Moulin Rouge (her 2019-20 exhibition music; fan cam tweeted in 2 parts) - the Korean text machine translates to "Masters Competition Demonstration" [Mokdong Ice Rink on June 26]: https://twitter.com/MMmangococonut/status/1537439720518864896
doesn't Ghislain Briand work at TCC ?
 

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This is great - Korea has an entry in all 7 JGP events, which means that each of these teams could get 2 placements if they're able. That would be really exciting!
And they have two entries for Jr Worlds next year - should be very competitive!
 

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And they have two entries for Jr Worlds next year - should be very competitive!

Somebody pls remind me - when does the JrGP begin? (I found it - see below.) It can’t come quickly enough! It’s almost August…we’re halfway through July!

I found this:

August 24 in Courchevel, France! 🇫🇷
 

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JGP Selection competition results via skatingkor's Twitter account (ETA - scroll down the Twitter posts for final standings/protocol sheets):

Junior Women: https://twitter.com/skatingkor/status/1551143264803225600
2 JGP assignments: Jia Shin, Chaeyeon Kim, Minsol Kwon, Heesue Han, Minchae Kim
1 JGP assignment: Seojin Youn, Yujae Kim, Siwoo Song, Jihyun Hwang

ETA:
Jia Shin's "Oceana" FS: https://twitter.com/skatingkor/status/1551112921459179522
Chaeyeon Kim's "Poeta" FS: https://twitter.com/skatingkor/status/1551113137981636608
Minsol Kwon's "Cats" FS: https://twitter.com/skatingkor/status/1551109770924400640

Junior Men: https://twitter.com/skatingkor/status/1551142324826243073
2 JGP assignments: Minkyu Seo, Younghyun Cha
1 JGP assignment: Jaekeun Lee

Junior Dance: https://twitter.com/skatingkor/status/1551143101854584834
2 JGP assignments: Lim/Quan, Kim/Lee, Son/Choi
ETA link to watch Lim/Quan's "Danse Macabre" FD: https://twitter.com/skatingkor/status/1551130892562829312
 
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I've edited some video links into my post above.

2022 Winter Universiade Selection Competition
Mens event
Qualified for Universiade: Sihyeong Lee, Younghyun Cha, Jaeseok Kyeong
Final results (scroll down for protocol sheets): https://twitter.com/skatingkor/status/1551142046672605189

Universiade Selection Competition
Womens event
Qualified for Universiade: Yelim Kim, Dabin Choi, Siwon Lee
Final results (scroll down for protocol sheets): https://twitter.com/skatingkor/status/1551141883325317120

ETA that @ptvvibezz posted the 2022-23 program music of Yelim Kim in the Programs/Choroegraphers thread as follows:
SP: Mercy by Hilary Hahn
FS: Summer of '42 OST
 
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Rather curious that selection rounds for the JGP (begins August 2022) and Universiade (begins January 2023) would be scheduled on the same date.
Props to Younghyun Cha for doing programmes within a couple hours back-to-back.
 

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^^^ I saw the news late last night and thought Yuna's engagement deserved its own thread :):
 

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Re-posting this article from the Challenger Series thread - info from All that Sports, the management company of Yelim Kim, Haein Lee, and Jia Shin (assigned to JGPs #3 & 6):

Yelim Kim will start her season at U.S. International Classic while Haein Lee will be at Ondrej Nepela.
Machine translated excerpts:
Kim's new short program song for this season is 'Mercy' by Max Richter, a British composer.
As a free program, she chose the soundtrack for the film 'Summer of '42'. The choreography is the work of David Wilson (Canada), who is well known as 'Kim Yuna's choreographer' for both short and free programs.
Through her management sign, All That Sports, Kim Ye-lim revealed, "These songs were selected after long discussions with her choreographer to give a new feeling away from the style she has shown so far."
She continued, "The point is the unique movements that feel foreign in the short program, and the emotional expressions that change according to the rising music in the free program," she explained about her program.
Hae-in Lee, who won the silver medal at the 2022 ISU Four Continents Championships, chose 'Storm', composed by Canadian figure skater Eric Radford, for the short program, and the choreography was choreographed by Tom Dickson of the United States. Lee Hae-in's pre-program music is familiar to many people, the musical 'The Phantom of the Opera', and the choreography was performed by Shae-Lynn Bourne (Canada).
Lee Hae-in said, "This season, I worked with foreign choreographers for the first time. Working abroad was both tense and unfamiliar, but I felt it was a new challenge, so I gained confidence and learned a lot."
..."The short program was selected after consulting with the choreographer because I liked the atmosphere of the music.
Regarding the [free]-program, "Phantom of the Opera has been a song I've wanted to do for a long time. In particular, I paid attention to the movements and expressions to capture the love and courage of the main character, Christine," said Lee Hae-in. I will try my best to make it happen,” she said.
Jia Shin, who won the Junior World Championship medal [silver] for the first time in 16 years since Yuna Kim, has a new short program called “The Giving,” composed by American singer-songwriter Michael Smith, and a free program, composed by Italian composer Roberto Caciapaglia. I chose the 'Tree of life suite' ... Both programs are the work of choreographer Shin Ye-ji.
Shin Jia said, "The music for this season's program was decided by the recommendation of the choreographer and coach. The short program tried to express the melody with gentle movements using the arms in a sparkling and cute atmosphere." "The [free] program is different from the short program. As it is a magnificent and mysterious music that contradicts each other, I focused on equipping myself with the power to lead the acting by using a large body.”
 
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