Choi Da-bin

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Choi Da-bin
Junior World Championships 2015 – Ladies (Da Bin CHOI KOR – 9th Place).jpg
Choi at the 2015 Junior Worlds
Personal information
Native name
Country represented South Korea South Korea
Born (2000-01-19) January 19, 2000 (age 17)
Seoul, South Korea
Residence Seoul, South Korea
Height 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Coach Lee Eun-hee
Former coach Christa Fassi
Ghislain Briand
Chi Hyun-jung
Choreographer Nikita Mikhailov,
Pasquale Camerlengo,
Tetsuya Nakajima
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 191.11
2017 Worlds
Short program 62.66
2017 Worlds
Free skate 128.45
2017 Worlds
Choi Da-bin
Hangul 최다빈
Hanja 崔 多彬
Revised Romanization Choe Dabin
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Tabin

Choi Da-bin (born January 19, 2000) is a South Korean figure skater. She is the 2017 Asian Winter Games champion, a four-time South Korean national medalist (two silver, two bronze). She has placed in the top ten at 2017 World Figure Skating Championships, 2017 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and twice (2014, 2015) at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships. She won two bronze medals during the 2015–16 ISU Junior Grand Prix series, in Austria and Latvia.

Personal life[edit]

Choi was born on January 19, 2000, in Seoul.[1] As of February 2017, she is a student at Suri High School.[2]

Choi's mother died on June 26, 2017.[3]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

As a nine-year-old, Choi won the novice silver medal at the 2010 South Korean Nationals. Competing on the senior level, she won bronze medals at the 2012 and 2013 Nationals.

2013–2014 season[edit]

In the 2013–14 season, Choi debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series, finishing fourth and fifth at her two events. At the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, she placed ninth in the short program, sixth in the free skate, and sixth overall setting a new personal best score of 162.35 points.

2014–2015 season[edit]

Choi at 2015 Junior Worlds

In the 2014–15 season, Choi finished fourth and fifth at her JGP events in France and Japan. At the 2015 South Korean Nationals, she placed second in both programs to win silver behind Park So-youn. At the 2015 World Junior Championships, she placed ninth in the both programs, and ninth overall, thus securing two spots for her country at the 2016 edition.

2015–2016 season[edit]

In the 2015–16 season, Choi won her first JGP medals, taking bronze in Riga, Latvia, and Linz, Austria. Making her senior international debut, Choi finished 8th at the 2015 CS Tallinn Trophy. At the 2015 KSU President Cup Ranking Competition, she won her first gold medal at a national competition. At the 2016 Four Continents Championships in Taipei, Taiwan, she placed 8th with personal bests in the free skate and total scores.

2016–2017 season[edit]

Making her senior Grand Prix debut, Choi placed 7th at the 2016 Skate Canada International and 8th at the 2016 NHK Trophy. She placed fourth at the 2017 South Korean Championships. She changed her short program music from Qué rico el mambo into Steven Universe and La La Land in the middle of the season.[4] She also changed coaches, deciding to join Lee Eun-hee.[2] She placed 5th at the 2017 Four Continents Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, improving her personal best scores in all categories.

Called up to replace the injured Park So-youn at the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, Choi won her country's first-ever figure skating gold medal at the event.[4][5] South Korea also selected Choi to replace the injured Kim Na-hyun at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.[5] She would place 10th in Finland, allowing her country to send two ladies' single skaters to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and 2018 World Championships in Milan.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2017–2018
[6][7]

2016–2017
[1][4][8][9]

2015–2016
[10]
2014–2015
[11]
2013–2014
[12]
2012–2013
2011–2012

Competitive highlights[edit]

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

2011–12 to present[edit]

International[13]
Event 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18
Worlds 14th 10th
Four Continents 8th 5th
GP Cup of China TBD
GP NHK Trophy 9th
GP Skate America TBD
GP Skate Canada 7th
CS Finlandia 9th
CS Ondrej Nepela 4th 4th
CS Tallinn Trophy 8th
CS U.S. Classic 4th
Asian Games 1st
Asian Trophy 2nd
International: Junior, Novice[13]
Junior Worlds 6th 9th
JGP Austria 3rd
JGP Belarus 4th
JGP France 5th
JGP Japan 4th
JGP Latvia 3rd
JGP Mexico 5th
Asian Trophy 1st N 1st N 3rd J 2nd J
Triglav Trophy 1st J
National[13]
South Korean 3rd 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd 4th
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
Levels: J = Junior; N = Advanced novice

2007–08 to 2010–11: Pre-international debut[edit]

National[13]
Event 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
South Korean 16th N 8th N 2nd N 12th J
Levels: J = Junior; N = Novice

Detailed results[edit]

Senior[edit]

2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
October 6–8, 2017 2017 CS Finlandia Trophy 10
52.06
9
106.47
9
158.53
September 21–23, 2017 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy 4
56.62
3
122.31
4
178.93
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 27–April 2, 2017 2017 ISU World Championships 11
62.66
7
128.45
10
191.11
February 23–26, 2017 2017 Asian Winter Games 1
61.30
1
126.24
1
187.54
February 15–19, 2017 2017 ISU Four Continents Championships 6
61.62
4
120.79
5
182.41
January 6–8, 2017 2017 South Korean Championships 4
60.19
3
121.29
4
181.48
November 25–27, 2016 2016 NHK Trophy 11
51.06
9
114.57
9
165.63
October 28–30, 2016 2016 Skate Canada 8
53.29
6
112.49
7
165.78
September 28–October 2, 2016 2016 CS Ondrej Nepela Memorial 10
48.01
2
112.61
4
160.62
September 14–18, 2016 2016 CS U.S. Classic 3
58.70
5
94.29
4
152.99
August 4–7, 2016 2016 Asian Open Trophy 2
51.71
1
108.56
2
160.27
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 28 – April 3, 2016 2016 ISU World Championships 16
56.02
15
103.90
14
159.92
February 16–21, 2016 2016 ISU Four Continents Championships 10
56.79
6
116.92
8
173.71
January 8–10, 2016 2016 South Korean Championships 2
60.32
2
116.97
2
177.29
November 17–22, 2015 2015 CS Tallinn Trophy 13
43.74
7
102.18
8
145.92

Junior[edit]

2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
September 9–13, 2015 2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Austria Junior 4
57.27
3
115.11
3
172.38
August 26–30, 2015 2015 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Latvia Junior 4
57.21
3
111.08
3
168.29
2014–15 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
April 15–19, 2015 2015 Triglav Trophy Junior 1
56.61
1
109.39
1
166.00
March 2–8, 2015 2015 ISU World Junior Championships Junior 9
54.32
9
102.06
9
156.38
January 5–9, 2015 2015 South Korean Championships Senior 2
54.04
2
106.76
2
160.80
September 17–21, 2014 2014 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Japan Junior 7
52.66
3
105.94
4
158.60
August 20–24, 2014 2014 ISU Junior Grand Prix, France Junior 7
46.04
5
91.47
5
137.51
August 6–10, 2014 2014 Asian Open Trophy Junior 3
55.55
2
101.40
2
156.95
2013–14 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 10–16, 2014 2014 ISU World Junior Championships Junior 9
53.69
6
108.66
6
162.35
January 1–5, 2014 2014 South Korean Championships Senior 10
50.38
3
108.26
4
158.64
September 25–29, 2013 2013 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Belarus Junior 11
45.18
2
98.51
4
143.69
September 4–8, 2013 2013 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Mexico Junior 7
47.48
5
94.75
5
142.23
August 8–11, 2013 2013 Asian Open Trophy Junior 3
48.68
3
92.40
3
141.08
2012–13 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 2–6, 2013 2013 South Korean Championships Senior 2
53.21
3
99.88
3
153.09
August 7–12, 2012 2012 Asian Open Trophy Novice 2
42.52
1
70.29
1
112.81
2011–12 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
January 12–16, 2012 2012 South Korean Championships Senior 4
44.20
2
97.26
3
141.46
August 22–26, 2011 2011 Asian Open Trophy Novice 1
39.50
3
48.70
1
88.20
  • Personal bests highlighted in bold.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Da Bin CHOI: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Park, So-young; Kang, Yoo-rim (February 27, 2017). "With a bit of luck and lot of hard work, Choi Da-bin rises to the top". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "[부고] 최다빈(피겨스케이팅 선수) 모친상" [[Mourning notice] Figure Skater Choi Da-bin's Mother Passed Away]. Sports Naver (in Korean). June 27, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Kang, Hyun-kyung (February 27, 2017). "Underdog skater achieves stunning victory". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Yoon, Hyung-jun (February 27, 2017). "Figure Skating Has a New Star in Choi Da-bin". The Chosun Ilbo. 
  6. ^ 이, 석무 (July 20, 2017). "최다빈, 새 프로그램 공개...'쇼트는 애절, 프리는 다양함'". Sports Naver (in Korean). 
  7. ^ "피겨 최다빈, 새 프리프로그램으로 시즌 첫 국제대회 출격". KBS (in Korean). September 4, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Da Bin CHOI: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ Никита Михайлов/Nikita Mikhaylov*Official group (March 9, 2017). "Среди участниц Мария Сотскова и корейская фигуристка Dabin Choi (Дабин Чой), которым Никита Михайлов поставил короткие программы" [Among the participants Maria Sotskova and Korean skater Dabin Choi, for whom Nikita Mikhaylov made the short program] (VK) (in Russian). 
  10. ^ "Da Bin CHOI: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 17, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Da Bin CHOI: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Da Bin CHOI: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Competition Results: Da Bin CHOI". International Skating Union. 

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