‘Like Yuna at the Olympics’… Lee Hae-in, brings out a ‘biggie’ to laugh at the stage of dreams

Lee Hae-in, who won a medal at the International Skating Union (ISU) Figure Skating World Championships for the first time since Kim Yu-na, announced her plans for the next season and the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics as soon as she won.

The triple axel, a high wall for female athletes, is key to the plan.

After winning the silver medal with a total score of 220.94 points in the women’s single free skating at the 2023 ISU Figure Skating World Championships, which ended on the 24th at Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, Lee Hae-in said, “I will focus more on preparing for the next season without thinking about winning the World Championships.” .

After Kim Yuna, who won the gold medal in 2013, she became a Korean medalist at the Figure Skating World Championships in 10 years, but she is not satisfied and is talking about moving towards her final goal.

The stage Lee Hae-in aims for is, of course, the Olympics that will take place three years later. He suffered the pain of having to watch on TV as he missed her entry ticket to Yoo Young and Kim Ye-rim in the selection match for the national team at the Beijing Olympics last year. The Olympic stage is more precious and desperate.

Although she won a silver medal this time, the road to the podium until the Olympics is long and difficult. First of all, it is necessary to pass the domestic selection competition. Her juniors, such as Shin Ji-ah, who won the silver medal at the Junior World Championships for two consecutive years, and Kim Chae-yeon and Kwon Min-sol, who won the Junior Grand Prix series last year, are chasing her, so even Lee Hae-in cannot relax.

Even if they win a ticket and go to the Olympics, Japanese athletes are still alive. Also, this is also a variable as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is expected to grant participation as a neutral country to Russian athletes who are under international sanctions.

To break through such difficulties, Hae-in Lee’s ‘secret’ is a triple axel that jumps forward in the air and turns three and a half turns. Lee Hae-in said, “I want to try the triple axel jump next season.”

Unlike the basic score of 3.30 points for a double axel that jumps forward and lands after turning two and a half laps, the triple axel that adds one lap is 8.00 points, which is three times the basic score compared to a double axel. 카지노

At the World Championships, Lee Hae-in performed the double axel solo jump once each in the short program and free skating, and the double axel-triple toe loop combination jump (basic score 7.50 points) once. However, even if Lee Hae-in changes his two double axel solo jumps to a triple axel, it is equivalent to adding nearly 10 points to the basic score alone.

Considering that Lee Hae-in’s 220.94 points in this competition is her personal best, even if she properly mounts the triple axel, she can easily exceed 230 points. Last year’s Beijing Olympic bronze medalist Kaori Sakamoto received a total score of 233.13 points, so it is not an exaggeration to say that the triple axel is a task that will help her compete in the Olympics as well as medal.

However, in women’s figure skating, the triple axel is such a difficult skill that only about 20 players have succeeded, and even though Lee Hae-in has been practicing for several years, she is still in a state where she has not been able to pull it off properly in real life.

Among Korean players, only one Yoo-Young, who placed 5th in the Beijing Olympics, has landed properly in an actual match. ‘Figure Queen’ Yuna Kim also couldn’t run her triple axel during her active career.

However, it is not an exaggeration to say that her installation of a triple axel is an unavoidable task for Lee Hae-in, as a high-level jump ‘boom’ is taking place in female figure skating after Kim Yuna. Lee Hae-in also knows this well and revealed her commitment to her triple axel in the thrilling moment of winning the silver medal at the world championships.

If his three-and-a-half-round jump increases the success rate, it is expected that he will have a chance to laugh at the Olympic Games, the stage of dreams for figure skaters.

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