Tae Ok Ryom / Ju Sik Kim (PRK) competed at the Olympic Qualifying event in Oberstdorf (GER) and clinched a berth for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the Pair Skating event for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Ryom and Kim took the 6th place in the final standings to secure the 3rd spot out of five available positions for the Olympic Winter Games.
The Pyongyang natives finished fifth after the Short Program on Thursday putting them in a qualification position heading into the Free Skating on Friday. Today, during the Free Skating session, they took the 6th position for an overall 6th place adding a total score of 180.09.
Tae Ok Ryom and Ju Sik Kim skated to “A Day in the Life” by Paul McCartney, John Lennon and performed by Jeff Beck for the Short Program and to “Je suis qu'une chanson” by Diane Justler, performed by Ginette Reno for their Free Skating. They are coached by Hyon Son Kim and choreographed by Julie Marcotte.
The winners of the Nebelhorn Trophy Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov (RUS) had already secured their spot at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2017. 16 Olympic Pair Skating spots were up for grabs during the World Championships and an additional five spots were available in Oberstdorf.
At the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Pair Skating event will start on February 14, 2018 at the Gangneung Ice Arena.
Further information on the Pair Skating competition is Oberstdorf will be published shortly.