South Korean men’s figure prospect Lim Joo-heon (Surigyo) topped the short program at the sixth edition of the 2023-2024 International Ice Skating Union (ISU) Figure Junior Grand Prix with a ‘personal best’. Lim scored a combined total of 76.08 points, including 40.90 technical elements (TES) and 35.18 artistic elements (PCS), to take the lead from Edward Appleby (GBR – 71.14 points) and Beck Stromer (USA – 67.58 points) in the men’s single short program on Monday (Feb. 29) in Gdansk, Poland .Lim’s score of 76.08 was 0.70 points better than his previous ISU-sanctioned short program best (75.38), which he set when he won the silver medal at the fourth Junior Grand Prix in Osaka, Japan, on July 15.With Yoon Seo-jin (MU) and Kwon Min-sol (MU) finishing first and third, respectively, in the women’s singles short program at the previous day’s competition, there is a good chance that the Korean men and women will go for the gold, just like Kim Hyun-gyeom (HAN AD) and Shin Jia (YOUNGDONG), who swept the men’s and women’s singles titles at the last five competitions. Lim Joo-heon, who trails Appleby by 4.94 points in the short program, will decide the ‘medal color’ in the 30-minute free skate .Lim has won silver medals in the last four events to earn 13 ranking points, so a podium finish here will put him within striking distance of qualifying for the Grand Prix Final (Beijing, China, December), a “king of the hill” event that will feature the top six performers in the Junior Grand Prix Series this season .In the men’s singles, only three spots are left to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final this season, with Korea’s Kim Hyun-gyeom, Rio Nakata (JPN) and François Pitot (FRA – 28+ ranking points) having already qualified .Lim was ruled to have a quarter landing on her first jump of the day, a triple axel (where the rotation of the jump falls short of the 90-degree level), deducting 1.60 points from her performance score (GOE), but she cruised through her next jump, a triple flip-triple toeloop combination, earning a GOE of 1.36 points .Lim, who executed both her change-footed camel spin and flying sit spin at the highest level, level 4, earned a GOE of 1.35 for her triple lutz in the extra credit section, and finished her performance with a step sequence and change-footed 카지노사이트킹 combination spin at level 4 each.

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