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Sofia Frank ends 4CC debut at 16th place


Sofia Frank closed her 2022 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships debut, scoring a combined 139.26 for a 16th place finish in the women’s singles event, Saturday evening (Manila time) at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia.

Boosted by a good score from the short, the 16-year-old upstart had a chance to pull herself inside the upper half of the rankings with a solid performance during the night, but instead encountered some rough times on the ice.
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At the first glance, Frank finally nailed her opening triple lutz-triple toe loop combination and the succeeding triple flip jump, but the judges saw that she under-rotated on the toe loop of the combo and the flip. She then had some problem with a later double axel, which she instead ended up doing a single.

Nonetheless, a decent triple loop and some positive GOE marks on her spins and choreography sequence ended up giving her a total of 40.90, eight points behind her personal best of 48.92.

The program components also suffered from the nervy start to her program, costing her some points and finally seeing her take high 5’s in all criteria of the said portion of the score. Frank ultimately added 46.62 into her technical elements for the above total.

Mai Mihara of Japan cemented her domination of the tournament with another gold in the free skate, and took the overall gold with a total of 218.03. This result is way ahead of final podium’s silver medalist Lee Haein of South Korea’s 213.52.

Another South Korean in Kim Yelim took the bronze despite slipping into fourth place in the free skate. She took 209.91 points in total.

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