Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Korean magic spins gold on ice

Korean magic spins gold on ice

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (August 13, 2011) - The Korean National Anthem rang out three times today at the Medal Ceremony for the KIA Figure Skating at the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games. Korean skaters wowed the crowd on their way to taking Gold in the Junior Men’s, Junior Women’s and the Senior Women’s titles. Australia won Gold in the Senior Men’s event.

At the Dunedin Ice Stadium the darling of the crowd, Min Jeong Kwak (KOR), was a vision of sheer beauty as she skated her way to Gold in the Senior Women’s competition. This high ranking Olympic figure skater wove magic into her every move captivating the crowd with her poise and grace. Her team mate in the Junior Women’s competition, Hae Jin Kim also charmed the crowd with her superb artistry on ice and had an even more emphatic win to take Gold finishing 48 points ahead of the Silver Medal winner Chantelle Kerry from Australia.

In the Men’s Junior competition Dong Won Lee (KOR) was outclassed by David Kranjec (AUS) by just one point in the free skating programme, unfortunately for the Australian his total competition score was not high enough to edge out the Korean from the top podium position.

Jina Kim, a Korean Olympic Committee member, travelling with the Korean team said she was thrilled with her team’s medals. “We are very happy. Korea won a number of medals at the Winter Games in 2009 and we are happy to have returned and repeated our winning form.” Korea will host the Winter Olympics in 2018.

The Senior Men’s Competition was tightly fought with yesterday’s competition leaders jostling for position. Nicholas Fernandez (AUS), who has returned to skating after a year off and who began the day in second place, pulled out a great performance including a personal best for his artistic component and took the Gold from close contender Kiwi Cameron Hems.

Sandra Williamson Ledley, the President of the New Zealand Ice Skating Association and a Judging Official said the international event at the Winter Games has been a fantastic success. “The Koreans have been as outstanding as usual. We love them coming here. It’s fantastic for our skaters and our audiences to see that level of performance.

“For many New Zealand skaters this has been their first opportunity to skate against other countries and many have scored personal bests. The entire event has been brilliant for the sport.”

The full list of medal winners is:

Senior Women: Gold - Min Jeong Kwak (KOR), Silver – Morgan Figgins (NZL), Bronze – Zara Pasfield (AUS). Senior Men: Gold –Nicholas Fernandez (AUS), Silver – Cameron Hems( NZL), Bronze –Andrew Dodds (AUS). Junior Women: Gold – Hae Jin Kim (KOR), Silver –Chantelle Kerry (AUS), Bronze – Taylor Dean (AUS). Junior Men: Gold – Dong Won Lee (KOR), Silver - David Kranjec (AUS), Bronze – Brendan Kerry (AUS). Novice Women: Gold – Iyrin Quigley (NZL), Silver – Eiland Kenyon (AUS), Bronze – Kirsten Hargreaves (AUS). Novice Men: Gold- Alex Dillon (AUS), Silver - Charlton Doherty(AUS), Bronze – Thomas Woodbridge (NZL).

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>


Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland