National figure skaters perform at high level at Cup of China
Home favorite Jin Boyang defended his title at the 2020 Shiseido Cup of China in Chongqing on Saturday, as Peng Cheng and Jin Yang dominated the event’s podium for the first time.
Skating to “House of the Rising Sun”, two-time world bronze medalist Jin delivered a fairly complete performance, scoring his new personal best of 186.95 in freestyle and 290.89 overall to win the title.
The 23-year-old landed a solid Lutz quad and a quadruple double toe to draw applause from staff and coaches inside the stadium behind closed doors. He then did a triple Axel triple Salchow combination.
Jin used more of his strength in the second half of the program and hit the second quadruple toe. The only fall came when he was attempting a triple Lutz-triple toe, but overall the routine was almost solid.
“I am very satisfied. I practiced this show for two weeks and performed better than expected,” said the defending champion.
“But honestly, it wasn’t my best performance. I will try to be more stable and confident on the ice. I will work harder on my jumps. I hope my demonstration will be smoother and more beautiful on the ice. to come up.”
Quadruple and current national champion Yan Han gained 172.25 points thanks to his near flawless skating performances at the “La La Land” selections and 264.81 in total for the silver medal. Teenage skater Chen Yudong placed third with a total of 226.21 points.
Although Olympic finalists Sui Wenjing and Han Cong skipped the event, veterans Peng Cheng and Jin Yang made the pairs competition a high-quality affair.
Opening with solid triple Salchows side by side in their routine to the music of the “Cloud Atlas” soundtrack, the same as that of their last season, the duo skated better and more relaxed than yesterday in the program. short.
Despite the only mistake when Peng doubled her jump on the toe curls, the 2020 Four Continents silver medalists executed an excellent triple twist, throwing a triple loop and throwing a triple Salchow. They set a new personal best of 148.28 for first place in freestyle and 223.90 overall for the podium.
“We spent a lot of time on our jumps,” said Peng, who won second place with Jin in the Grand Prix and Four Continents Championships final last season.
Peng, who competed in the Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, said the lack of competition under the pandemic had not greatly affected his preparation for Beijing 2022.
“I’m so grateful that we can still have normal training, and I’m so lucky that we can still have big competitions like the China Cup,” Peng said. “The pandemic has affected most of the athletes around the world, and we are lucky, so I will do my best to prepare for the Beijing Olympics.”
Zhao, a former pairs Olympic champion with Shen Xue, said the duo had put a lot of effort into their jumps and their exposure had reached a new level.
“Peng Cheng and Jin Yang executed their plan very well and improved their riding skills,” he said. “They learned the new programs quickly and showed good skills.”
The women’s singles competition saw the victory of Chen Hongyi in the free dance event.
Skating to the famous Chinese song “I Have the Strength to Fly,” Chen opened his routine with a triple Lutz-single Euler-triple Salchow before a triple Toe loop-double Loop combination.
Despite a few mistakes, the 18-year-old skater recorded 121.90 points in free dance and a total of 186.53 points to place first in her second Cup of China.
“I totally agree with my performance today, although some moves did not meet my expectations,” Chen said. “I still have a lot of details to improve.”
Speaking about the new program, Chen said that she learned some moves from Yang Liping, a famous contemporary Chinese dancer. “Some [of the] the gestures were designed from his peacock dance, ”Chen said.
Teenage skater Li Angel won the silver medal with a total of 148.33 points, while Jin Minzhi won bronze with 135.43 points.
Chinese Wang Shiyue and Liu Xinyu also won the ice dance title on Saturday.
Dancing to “Black Swan,” Wang and Liu scored 122.61 points for leading the free dance and collected an unbeatable total of 206.84 points.
“We have changed some [of the] movements due to my hand injury. The showcase will be even brighter when I am fully recovered, ”said Liu, who had hand surgery two months ago.
“We only trained for three weeks and we did it today,” Wang said with satisfaction.
Wang said she was very excited about the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. “I can dance in front of my audience. I have to do my best!” she said.
Wang’s compatriots Chen Hong and Sun Zhuoming performed well in the free dance to score 115.69 points. They won the silver medal with a total of 192.26 points. Third place went to fellow Chinese Ning Wanqi and Wang Chao.
(CGTN’s Meng Qingsheng contributed to the story.)
Source (s): Xinhua News Agency