Teen figure skater looking to make history in Canada

December 3, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 4 (Yonhap) — Having already made a fair bit of history, South Korean teen figure skater Cha Jun-hwan will try to do more of the same in Canada this week.

Cha, 17, will be the lone South Korean representative at the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Vancouver. The men’s short program is scheduled for Friday, followed by the free skate on Saturday.

Only the top six skaters from each discipline after six ISU Grand Prix competitions — men’s singles, women’s singles, pairs and ice dance — have qualified for the Grand Prix Final.

Cha is the first South Korean male skater to reach the Grand Prix Final, and the first from the country of any gender to qualify for this event since Kim Yu-na in 2009.