You Young (Hangul: 유영; born May 27, 2004) is a South Korean figure skater. She is the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics champion in the ladies’ single, 2019 Philadelphia Summer International champion, and a four-time South Korean national champion (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020). She became the youngest ever national champion of South Korea at age 11, surpassing the previous record set by Yuna Kim who won at age 12 in 2003. She is also the first Korean lady to successfully land a triple axel in international competition, and the first Korean lady to achieve the gold medal in the Ladies’ Single held at the Winter Youth Olympics.

You Young
You Young.jpg
Personal information
Native name
Country representedSouth Korea South Korea
Born (2004-05-27) May 27, 2004 (age 15)
South Korea
ResidenceGwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
CoachTammy Gambill, Mie Hamada, Yamato Tamura
Former coachTom Zakrajsek, Lee Eun-hee, Shin Hea-sook, Ghislain Briand
ChoreographerShae-Lynn Bourne, Tom Dickson
Former choreographerMarina Zueva, Tracy Wilson, Shin Yea-ji
Training locationsColorado Springs, United States
Former training locationsTeaneung, South Korea
Began skating2010
Season's bests9 (2019-20)[2]
33 (2018–19)[3]
45 (2017–18)[4]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total217.49
2019 Skate Canada
Short program78.22
2019 Skate Canada
Free skate141.25
2019 CS U.S. Classic
You Young
Hangul
유영
Hanja
劉永
Revised RomanizationYu Yeong
McCune–ReischauerYu Yŏng

On the Junior level, You won bronze medal at the 2018 JGP Slovakia and finished within the top ten at the World Junior Championships for two consecutive years (2018, 2019).

You is the eleventh woman to successfully land a triple axel jump in international competition,[5] and the third woman internationally to successfully land four triple jumps in a short program - the maximum number allowed - after Japan's Rika Kihira and Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. She currently holds the fourth highest technical element score for the short program in the ladies’ field, only after Japan’s Rika Kihira and Russia’s Alena Kostornaia and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. You remains as the first and only female skater to have had landed the triple axel in the Youth Olympics, accomplishing this feat in the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics, alongside her achievement of ending Russia’s consecutive streak of attaining the gold medal in the Ladies figure skating field held at the Youth Olympics.

Personal lifeEdit

You Young is the third child and only daughter of her father, You Il-jin, who runs a business in Indonesia, and mother, Lee Sook-hee. She moved to Indonesia at the age of two because of her father's business, and spent her youth in Singapore.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

You Young began skating after watching Yuna Kim's victory at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Though maintaining South Korean nationality, she was raised in Singapore and trained under various coaches and competed in the Singapore National Figure Skating Championships from 2011 to 2013.

One of her coaches was Singapore-based Zhang Wei, a former Chinese national ice dancer who won gold with partner Wang Rui at the 1999 Asian Winter Games, who she trained with for a six-month period in 2012. Zhang said her talent was evident even then and told TODAY: "She's not the most talented athlete I've coached. But her jumps, explosive energy, flexibility and coordination were very good then, and it is very rare that you get all these qualities in one athlete, particularly at that age." He is confident that You has what it takes to become a future world and Olympic champion. On his advice, You returned to South Korea with her mother in March 2013 to further her development as the training environment is better.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

2015–2016 season: National titleEdit

In January 2016, You Young won the gold medal at the 2016 South Korean Figure Skating Championships, becoming the youngest ever national champion of South Korea at age 11, surpassing the previous record set by Yuna Kim who won at age 12 in 2003.

In March, You won the gold medal at novice level of the Cup of Tyrol.

2016–2017 seasonEdit

In November 2016, You won the silver medal at novice level of the Tallinn Trophy behind Alena Kanysheva of Russia.

In January 2017, she finished fifth at the 2017 South Korean Figure Skating Championships mainly because of a fall in the short program.

2017–2018 season: Junior international debutEdit

You debuted on the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) series in September 2018, placing fourth at JGP Croatia in Zagreb. In October, she placed fifth at JGP Italy in Egna.

In January 2018, she won the gold medal at the 2018 South Korean Figure Skating Championships, earning her second national title.

In March, You finished ninth at the 2018 World Junior Championships.

2018–2019 season: Third national titleEdit

In August 2018, You began competing on the JGP series, winning the bronze medal at JGP Slovakia in Bratislava, behind Russians Anna Shcherbakova and Anna Tarusina. It was her first and only JGP medal. She then placed fourth at JGP Canada in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

After earning her third national title, You was assigned to the 2019 World Junior Championships. After a poor short program that left her in eleventh place, You rose to sixth place overall with a stronger free skate. She commented "I’ve no regrets, I did my best."[13]

2019–2020 season: Senior international debutEdit

You opened her season at the 2019 Philadelphia Summer International, where she won the gold medal. You debuted on the Challenger series, winning the bronze medal at the 2019 CS Lombardia Trophy after she placed second in the short program and third in the free program. One week later You won the silver medal at another Challenger, the 2019 CS U.S. Classic.

Making her senior Grand Prix debut at the 2019 Skate Canada International, You successfully landed a ratified triple Axel in the short program. She noted that this was a moment she had been working toward for three years.[14] In the free skate, she fell on another triple Axel attempt, and came fourth, but her total was enough for the bronze medal, after Rika Kihira and Alexandra Trusova.[15][5] You's success at Skate Canada led to her being given a second Grand Prix assignment, the 2019 Cup of China, where she placed fourth.[16] At the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, she placed first in the short program, a little less than 2 points ahead of Ksenia Sinitsyna of Russia. She won the free skate by over 12 points, and won the title overall.

Skating techniqueEdit

You has landed the triple axel, triple axel-triple toeloop, and quadruple lutz during practice.

You successfully landed her first triple axel in competition during the Challenger Series at the 2019 Lombardia Trophy in Italy.

You is known to land difficult jump combinations. As of the 2019-2020 season, she actively competes with the triple axel, triple lutz-triple toeloop combination, triple lutz-euler-triple salchow sequence, and the double axel-triple toeloop combination.

ProgramsEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2019–2020
[17]

2018–2019
[1]

2017–2018
[18][19]

2016–2017
  • Scott & Fran's Paso Doble
    (from Strictly Ballroom)
    performed by David Hirschfelder
    & The Bogo Pogo Orchestra
2015–2016
2014–2015

Romeo and Juliet:

Competitive highlightsEdit

 
You (center) at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics podium with Ksenia Sinitsyna (left) and Anna Frolova (right).

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[22]
Event 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Worlds TBD
Four Continents TBD
GP Cup of China 4th
GP Skate Canada 3rd
CS Lombardia 3rd
CS U.S. Classic 2nd
Philadelphia 1st
International: Junior[22]
Junior Worlds 9th 6th
Youth Olympics 1st
JGP Canada 4th
JGP Croatia 4th
JGP Italy 5th
JGP Slovakia 3rd
Bavarian Open 1st
Children of Asia 1st
Tallinn Trophy 1st
International: Advanced novice[22]
Asian Open 2nd 1st
Cup of Tyrol 1st
Tallinn Trophy 2nd
National[22]
South Korea 6th 1st 5th 1st 1st 1st
YOG Qualifier 1st
Levels: N. = Advanced novice; J. = Junior

Detailed resultsEdit

Senior levelEdit

Personal best highlighted in bold.

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
January 3–5, 2020 2020 South Korean Championships 1
76.53
1
143.67
1
220.20
November 8–10, 2019 2019 Cup of China 7
61.49
4
130.32
4
191.81
October 25–27, 2019 2019 Skate Canada 2
78.22
4
139.27
3
217.49
September 17–22, 2019 2019 CS U.S. Classic 4
58.04
1
141.25
2
199.29
September 13–15, 2019 2019 CS Lombardia Trophy 2
70.47
3
130.42
3
200.89
July 31 – August 3, 2019 2019 Philadelphia Summer International 2
64.87
1
128.61
1
193.48

Junior levelEdit

Personal best highlighted in bold.

2019–20 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 10–15, 2020 2020 Winter Youth Olympics Junior 1
73.51
1
140.49
1
214.00
2018–19 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 4–10, 2019 2019 World Junior Championships Junior 11
55.62
5
123.20
6
178.82
February 13–15, 2019 2019 Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games Junior 1
71.39
3
134.43
1
205.82
February 5–10, 2019 2019 Bavarian Open Junior 1
68.24
1
127.26
1
195.50
January 11–13, 2019 2019 South Korean Championships Senior 1
67.68
1
130.95
1
198.63
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2018 2018 Tallinn Trophy Junior 1
50.17
1
113.50
1
163.67
September 12–15, 2018 2018 JGP Canada Junior 4
60.66
4
111.19
4
171.85
August 22–25, 2018 2018 JGP Slovakia Junior 3
64.45
4
119.53
3
183.98
2017–18 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 5–11, 2018 2018 World Junior Championships Junior 9
59.79
8
111.99
9
171.78
January 5–7, 2018 2018 South Korean Championships Senior 1
69.53
1
135.15
1
204.68
October 11–14, 2017 2017 JGP Italy Junior 5
60.42
4
117.28
5
177.70
September 27–30, 2017 2017 JGP Croatia Junior 5
53.81
3
109.61
4
163.42
2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 6–8, 2017 2017 South Korean Championships Senior 6
58.71
2
122.17
5
180.88
November 19–27, 2016 2016 Tallinn Trophy Novice 3
36.49
1
90.40
2
126.89
August 4–7, 2016 2016 Asian Open Trophy Novice 1
46.03
1
91.10
1
137.13
2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 9–13, 2016 2016 Cup of Tyrol Novice 1
46.72
1
88.03
1
134.75
January 8–10, 2016 2016 South Korean Championships Senior 1
61.09
1
122.66
1
183.75
August 5–8, 2015 2015 Asian Open Trophy Novice 4
33.38
1
80.71
2
114.09
2014–15 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 5–9, 2015 2015 South Korean Championships Senior 6
52.15
7
97.14
6
149.29

Awards and recognitionEdit

Year Awards
2016 21st Coca-Cola Sports Awards: Rookie of the Year[23]
Korean Skating Union Merit Player Award Ceremony: Best Newcomer Award[24]
Sports Marketing Award Korea: Promising Female Athlete[25]
Gyeonggi Newspaper Sports Athlete Award: Most Valuable Player[26]
2017 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics: the 1st torch bearer in South Korea[27]

ReferencesEdit

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