Figure Cha Jun-hwan Wins Bronze Medal at the Four Continents Championships… Overcoming a nerve injury in the ankle, he won the prize

Cha Jun-hwan (Korea University), Korea’s leading figure skater in men’s single, has won the podium at the Four Continents Championships for the first time in two years after recovering from an ankle injury.

In the men’s single free skate at the 2023-2024 ISU Figure Skating Championships held in Shanghai, China on the 3rd, Cha received 177.65 points, including 91.77 points in technical score (TES) and 85.88 points in art score (PCS).

He ranked third overall with a total of 272.95 points, including 95.30 points in the short program, after Yuma Kagayama (307.58 points) and Sato (274.59 points in Japan).

It is the first time in two years that Cha Jun-hwan has won a medal at the Four Continents Championships since he won a gold medal in 2022. He failed to stand on the podium in fourth place last year.

Cha Jun-hwan, the last of the 24 players to stand on the ice, started acting vigorously in line with the free skating program “The Batman.”

He played the first task, Quadruple Salco, perfectly, scoring 9.70 points in basic and sweeping 3.60 points in performance (GOE).

However, while running the second jump task, quadruple toe loop, he shook on the landing and forgot 2.71 GOE.

In the third triple lutz-triple loop combination jump, attention (caution of edge use) floated, resulting in a 0.76 GOE cut.

After completing the first three jump tasks, Cha Jun-hwan took his breath by playing the flying camel spin to level 4.

After that, he stumbled once again in Triple Lutz, deducting 2.19 points from GOE, and finished the first half with a step sequence (level 4).

It was perfect in the second half when 10% of extra points were added.

He made the triple axel-double axel sequence jump clean, and even the triple axel solo jump and triple flip-single Euler-triple salco combination jump clean.

After playing the change foot combination spin to level 4, he finished with the flying change foot combination spin (level 4) following the core sequence.

This is the first time that Cha Jun-hwan has won a medal at an international major competition in the 2023-2024 season.

He suffered from a right ankle injury ahead of the opening of this season. He felt severe pain as he had problems with his nerve tissue. 꽁머니환전

He finished ninth in the second round of the ISU Senior Grand Prix due to pain, and did not even run in the fifth round.

Cha, who gave up on the Grand Prix series, focused on recovery after returning home. At the first and second selection matches for the national team in the next season held this winter, he lowered the difficulty level of composition and put it off.

Cha Jun-hwan, who won the bronze medal at the Four Continents Championships due to his uncomfortable physical condition, plans to focus more on controlling his condition for the time being and compete in the ISU World Championships in Montreal, Canada next month.

The World Championships is the second most prestigious competition after the Olympics, and Cha Jun-hwan is trying to win a medal for the second consecutive year since last year.

Cha became the first Korean male athlete to win a silver medal at last year’s world championships.

Meanwhile, Lim Joo-heon (Surigo), who participated together on the day, ranked 13th with 211.40 points overall, and Cha Young-hyun (Korea University) ranked 14th with 204.14 points.

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