Cup of China gold medalist Hongyi Chen is flanked by Angel Li, left, who took silver, and bronze medalist Minzhi Jin © International Skating Union (ISU)
ISU World and Four Continents competitor Hongyi Chen of China scored a runaway victory with 38 points to spare at the ISU Grand Prix Shiseido Cup of China in Chongqing Saturday. Angel Li (CHN) took the silver medal and Minzhi Jin (CHN) secured the bronze.
Skating to the Chinese song “I Have the Strength to Fly”, Chen was in a class of her own. She opened with a triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination followed by a triple toe-double toe, triple loop, triple Lutz and slightly two-footed triple flip-double toe. Her spins and footwork all merited a level four. The only error came when Chen popped an Axel. The 18-year-old earned 121.90 points for the Free Skating for a total score of 186.53 points.
“I am not completely satisfied,” Chen said afterwards. “I regret that I did not go for the triple-triple in my second jumping pass and I missed one Axel. I felt a little tired. I want to improve my technical difficulty and my performance skills. Before coming here, I adjusted the programs, the elements, the steps to find what suits me best. My next competition will be in December, so there is still some time to improve.”
Hongyi Chen finished 38 points clear of her nearest rival to collect the Ladies gold medal in the Cup of China © International Skating Union (ISU)
Li’s performance to “Song for the Little Sparrow” and “La terre vue du ciel” was highlighted by a triple Lutz-double toe, triple toe-double toe as well as another triple toe and level-four spins. She only missed a triple Lutz. The 15-year-old from Shanghai scored 98.39 points for the Free Skating to accrue a total of 148.33.
“I regret that I fell on my second triple Lutz,” Li said. “When I get back home I will focus on my physical strength. It was a unique opportunity for me to compete here and I tried my best. I learned a lot.”
Fifteen-year-old Angel Li (CHN) took the silver medal © International Skating Union (ISU)
Jin landed a triple toe-double toe combination, a triple toe as well as two double Axels in her routine to “Fiamme” by Roberto Cacciapaglia, but she singled a Salchow. The 16-year-old was ranked fourth in the Free Skating with 87.68 points but held firmly on to third place overall with a total 135.43 points.
“I also made a small mistake and popped a jump, but overall I performed up to my level,” Jin said. “In the future, I would like to bring the full package and also improve my skating skills.”
Minzhi Jin (CHN) secured the bronze despite finishing fourth in the Free Dance in Chongqing © International Skating Union (ISU)
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ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2020
- 2020 Guaranteed Rate Skate America, Las Vegas (USA) – October 22-24
- Shiseido Cup of China, Chongqing (CHN) – November 6-8
- Rostelecom Cup, Moscow (RUS) – November 20-22
- NHK Trophy, Osaka (JPN) – November 27-29
- ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final – Beijing (CHN)postponed
The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final that was to be held as an Olympic Test Event on December 10-13 has been postponed. The ISU, in consultation with all stakeholders and considering the pandemic developments, is evaluating the continuation of the 2020/21 season, in particular the re-scheduling possibilities for the important Olympic Test Events.
About ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series
The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series started in 1995 (previously known a s the ISU Champions Series) and consists of six invitational international senior events and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Due to the current situation, the usual selection criteria do not apply. Please see the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating page for further information.