Shin Ji-a Targets Gold After Third Consecutive Silver at World Junior Championships

SEOUL - Shin Ji-a, the 15-year-old figure skating prodigy from South Korea, has secured her third consecutive silver medal at the under-19 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Taipei, showcasing her talent on the international stage yet again. Despite her consistent performance, Shin believes she has the potential to achieve even greater heights.

According to Yonhap News Agency, who set new personal bests in both the short program and the free skate, there remains room for improvement and a stronger desire to clinch the top spot in future competitions.

Shin's overall score of 212.43 points at the championships placed her just behind Mao Shimada of Japan, the gold medalist, by 5.93 points. This rivalry has seen Shimada edge out Shin for the gold in previous encounters, including the 2023 world juniors. However, Shin's victory in the short program at this year's championships fuels her optimism for surpassing her current achievements.

Throughout the season, Shin has demonstrated her prowess by medaling in every competition she entered, which includes winning two gold medals during the International Skating Union Junior Grand Prix season. Her performances have been characterized by confidence and a commitment to excellence, attributes that have served her well on the ice.

The challenge Shin faces against Shimada is significant, particularly in the free skate segment, where Shimada's program includes a quadruple toe loop—a jump Shin currently does not attempt. The inclusion of such a jump could potentially elevate Shin's scores but also increases the risk of injury, a factor she and her coaches will consider carefully in planning her future training regimen.

Shin's latest performance, particularly in the high-pressure environment of skating last in the free skate with a gold medal at stake, underscores her mental toughness and technical skill. Despite not feeling additional pressure, Shin acknowledges the importance of maintaining focus under such circumstances and is pleased with her performance and the resulting score.

Looking ahead, Shin remains optimistic about her prospects, driven by a belief in her ability to eventually outperform her rivals. With more opportunities on the horizon, Shin is determined to capitalize on them with the goal of securing a gold medal, marking her ascent to the pinnacle of junior figure skating.

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