Shin Ji-ah (16, Yeongdong Middle School) is a single figure skater for the women’s single at the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics (Gangwon 2024). Born in 2008, she is young, but she already has virtually no “enemy” in Korea. She won her second consecutive victory at the 78th National Men’s and Women’s Figure Skating Championships and the second round of national team selection held at the indoor ice rink in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province on the 7th.마카오토토주소
She has made remarkable achievements in international competitions since 2022. She won a silver medal at the 2022 Junior World Championships. This is her first medal in 16 years since Kim Yu-na. She won gold medals in two consecutive ISU Junior Grand Prix events this season, and silver medals in two consecutive Grand Prix finals. This is also the first time in 18 years since Kim Yu-na. The nickname “Little Kim Yu-na” follows Shin Ji-na.
“I was really nervous about the championship,” Shin told Sports Seoul about 10 days before the opening of 2024 in Gangwon Province. “I was so happy to get a good result by overcoming the tension,” Shin said. “I am so honored to be nicknamed ‘Little Kim Yu-na’ and thank you for inviting me. But I don’t feel pressured.” “I have looked for (a video of Kim Yu-na). Yu-na has many things to learn from her expressive abilities and jumps. I learned a lot from her jumps. I also learned a lot from her acting in the program.”
Due to the International Skating Union’s age restrictions, players cannot play in the international senior league until the 2026 Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo Olympics. The rules could have been cold-hearted. “It’s a shame, but I think it’s not a bad idea to go up to the senior level after experiencing a lot at junior level,” she said with a smile.
Shin will perform at 2024 in Gangwon Province, which kicks off on July 19. She will compete in the short program at Gangneung Ice Arena on July 28. She will take part in the gold medal in the free skating competition on July 30. Mao Zedong is a strong contender in Japanese figure skating. “It is a great honor to participate in the competition. I will do my best to show good programs,” Shin said.
She is also related to the Gangneung Ice Arena, where figure skating takes place. Six years ago, when she was 10 years old, the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics took place. At that time, she visited Gangneung Ice Arena with her parents. She dreamed of participating in the Olympics by watching figure skating events in person. As time passed, she became a runner representing women’s figure skating and stood on the Gangneung Ice Arena.
“I was 10 years old, but I don’t remember much because I was too young,” Shin said with a smile. “It feels so new to play in person at the stadium that I saw back then, and I still can’t believe it,” Shin said with excitement. “More than anything, I want to show good performance to my fans as it is a home-based competition. My strength is jumping. I have some anxiety, but I am confident to some extent. I will do my best to show you a clean game as much as I want,” Shin said with a bright smile.