Korean skaters daz­zle Phl coun­ter­parts

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By KRISTINA VIL­LANUEVA

Kim Hae­jin and three other Korean fig­ure skat­ing national team mem­bers daz­zled the crowd in the gala ex­hi­bi­tion of the Dream Pro­gram with Korean Fig­ure Skaters at the Mall of Asia Skat­ing Rink in Pasay yes­ter­day.

Kim joined chore­og­ra­pher Shin Yeaji, Kim Sena and Choi Whi in the opener be­fore per­form­ing their in­di­vid­ual rou­tines to the de­light of the crowd in the event held to pro­mote the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games slated Feb. 9-25 and March 9-18, re­spec­tively, in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“Through this event, I hope many peo­ple will be in­ter­ested in the Olympic Games,” said Kim, also Korea’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the 2014 Sochi Win­ter Olympic Games.

The four­some then con­ducted a one­hour work­shop with 28 young Filipino skaters rang­ing from seven to 19 years old, some are mem­bers of the Philip­pine Skat­ing Union.

The 20-year-old Kim, who suf­fered a fall af­ter her first jump in her rou­tine but re­cov­ered grace­fully to the cheers of the crowd, shared an ad­vice to the young skaters whom she praised for their en­thu­si­asm to learn.

“It can’t al­ways be per­fect on the ice rink stage be­cause there will be ac­ci­dents. But if you will be pa­tient and I think they will be, you will achieve your goals. Prac­tice makes per­fect,” she said.

“There are a lot of good skaters there. They en­joyed skat­ing very much. I know that (Michael Martinez) is a Filipino skater. So I think they could also com­pete on a high level,” she added. National team mem­ber Sofia Guidote trea­sured the op­por­tu­nity to learn from for­mer Win­ter Olympian Kim and the other prom­i­nent Korean fig­ure skaters as she is set to de­fend her ju­nior national crown in the Philip­pine National Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onship on Nov. 26-27.

“It was such an honor. She taught me how to move and ex­tend more. I re­ally had a lot of fun. It was a good ex­pe­ri­ence and I learned a lot of new things. This will help me in my per­for­mance on how I do my steps,” said the 15-yearold Guidote.

Korean singer and ac­tor Thun­der, who served as host of the event, also en­cour­aged the Filipinos to visit Korea and watch the Games.

Kim Hae­jin

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