Choi Da-bin

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Choi Da-bin
CHOI Dabin KOR – 7th Place (19).jpg
Personal information
Native name
Country representedSouth Korea South Korea
Born (2000-01-19) January 19, 2000 (age 18)
Seoul, South Korea
Home townNamyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
ResidenceSeoul, South Korea
Height1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
CoachShin Hea-sook
Former coachLee Eun-hee, Christa Fassi, Ghislain Briand, Chi Hyun-jung
ChoreographerKenji Miyamoto
Former choreographerTetsuya Nakajima, Nikita Mikhailov, David Wilson, Pasquale Camerlengo
Training locationsTaeneung, South Korea
Began skating2004
World standing18 (As of 10 February 2018)[1]
Season's bests18 (2017–18)[2]
24 (2016–17)[3]
33 (2015–16)[4]
40 (2014–15)[5]
41 (2013–14)[6]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total199.26
2018 Winter Olympics
Short program67.77
2018 Winter Olympics
Free skate131.49
2018 Winter Olympics
Choi Da-bin
Hangul
최다빈
Hanja
崔 多彬
Revised RomanizationChoe Dabin
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Tabin

Choi Da-bin (born January 19, 2000) is a South Korean figure skater. She is the 2017 Asian Winter Games champion and a 5-time South Korean national medalist (three silver, two bronze). She has placed in the top-ten at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the 2017 World Championships, the Four Continents Championships (2016, 2017, 2018). Earlier in her career, she won two bronze medals during the 2015–16 ISU Junior Grand Prix series in Austria and Latvia. She has placed in the top-ten at the World Junior Championships (2014, 2015).

Personal life[edit]

Choi was born on January 19, 2000, in Seoul.[7] As of February 2017, she is a student at Suri High School.[8]

Choi's mother died on June 26, 2017 while battling cancer. [9] Choi has said that her mother was her biggest supporter and fan. Her 2017-18 season short program 'Papa Can You Hear Me?' is dedicated to her.

In appearance, many people think Choi looks like Chinese singer Meng Meiqi.

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: Junior international debut[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]

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: Two JGP medals and senior international debut[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 eighth 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: Winter Asian Games champion[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.[10] She also changed coaches, deciding to join Lee Eun-hee.[8] She placed fifth 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.[10][11] South Korea also selected Choi to replace the injured Kim Na-hyun at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.[11] She would place tenth in Finland, allowing her country to send two ladies' single skaters to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and 2018 World Championships in Milan.

2017-2018 season: 2018 Winter Olympics[edit]

Choi began the season competing at the 2017 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy, placing fourth. At the first of her two assignments on the 2017-18 Grand Prix circuit, the 2017 Cup of China, she placed a disappointing ninth, hampered by a foot injury. She subsequently withdrew from her second Grand Prix event at the 2017 Skate America as a result of the injury.[12]

Choi and Kim Ha-nul were selected to compete at both the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships in Milan, Italy. They were joined by Park So-youn for the 2018 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei.

At the Four Continents Championships, Choi just missed the podium, coming in fourth just behind Japan's Satoko Miyahara. Choi reverted to her Doctor Zhivago free skate program for this and all subsequent competitions for the season, citing the difficulty in performing its replacement to the standard she desired.[13]

Choi received a standing ovation for her short program at the Olympics, including from South Korea's Yuna Kim. She set personal bests in both the short program and free skate, and finished seventh overall.[14] Her short program for the season, set to "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" was dedicated to her mother, who had passed away shortly before the South Korean qualifying event. Choi commented following her performance in the team event: "I am very thankful to my mother, who is watching me from Heaven."[15]

After skating the short program at the 2018 World Championships, Choi was compelled to withdraw due to equipment failure.[16]

Programs[edit]

Choi performing her gala program "Jeongseon Arirang Rapsody" at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Choi performing a Biellmann spin during her free skate "Andante spianato" at the 2015 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018–2019
[17]
2017–2018
[18][19]




  • Jeongseon Arirang Rapsody[23]

2016–2017
[7][10][24][25]

2015–2016
[26]
2014–2015
[27]
2013–2014
[28]
2012–2013
2011–2012

Competitive highlights[edit]

2013–14 to present[edit]

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

International[29]
Event 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 7th
Worlds 14th 10th WD
Four Continents 8th 5th 4th
GP Cup of China 9th
GP NHK Trophy 9th WD
GP Skate America WD
GP Skate Canada 7th WD
CS Finlandia 9th
CS Ondrej Nepela 4th 4th WD
CS Tallinn Trophy 8th
CS U.S. Classic 4th
Asian Games 1st
Asian Trophy 2nd
International: Junior[29]
Junior Worlds 6th 9th
JGP Austria 3rd
JGP Belarus 4th
JGP France 5th
JGP Japan 4th
JGP Latvia 3rd
JGP Mexico 5th
Asian Trophy 3rd J 2nd J
Triglav Trophy 1st J
National[29]
South Korea 4th 2nd 2nd 4th 2nd
Team events
Olympics 9th T
6th P
Levels: J = Junior
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result.

2007–08 to 2012–13: Pre-junior international debut[edit]

International: Novice[29]
Event 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13
Asian Trophy 1st N 1st N
National[29]
South Korean 16th N 8th N 2nd N 12th J 3rd 3rd
Levels: J = Junior; N = Novice

Detailed results[edit]

Senior level[edit]

At team events, medals awarded for team results only.

2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
November 9–11, 2018 2018 NHK Trophy
TBD
October 26–28, 2018 2018 Skate Canada International
TBD


2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 19–25, 2018 2018 World Championships 21
55.30
WD
WD
February 14–23, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (ladies' singles) 8
67.77
8
131.49
7
199.26
February 9–12, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (team event) 6
65.73
9T
January 22–28, 2018 2018 Four Continents Championships 5
62.30
4
127.93
4
190.23
January 5–7, 2018 2018 South Korean Championships 4
64.11
2
126.01
2
190.12
November 3–5, 2017 2017 Cup of China 9
53.90
9
112.09
9
165.99
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 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 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 World Championships 16
56.02
15
103.90
14
159.92
February 16–21, 2016 2016 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 level[edit]

2015–16 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
September 9–13, 2015 2015 JGP Austria Junior 4
57.27
3
115.11
3
172.38
August 26–30, 2015 2015 JGP 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 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 JGP Japan Junior 7
52.66
3
105.94
4
158.60
August 20–24, 2014 2014 JGP 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 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 JGP Belarus Junior 11
45.18
2
98.51
4
143.69
September 4–8, 2013 2013 JGP 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]

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  3. ^ "Seasons Best Score 2016/2017". International Skating Union.
  4. ^ "Seasons Best Score 2015/2016". International Skating Union.
  5. ^ "Seasons Best Score 2014/2015". International Skating Union.
  6. ^ "Seasons Best Score 2013/2014". International Skating Union.
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  9. ^ "[부고] 최다빈(피겨스케이팅 선수) 모친상" [[Mourning notice] Figure Skater Choi Da-bin's Mother Passed Away]. Sports Naver (in Korean). June 27, 2017.
  10. ^ 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.
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  14. ^ Slater, Paula (February 23, 2018). "Zagitova edges out Medvedeva for Olympic gold". Golden Skate.
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  16. ^ Communication No. 28 from ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2018
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  20. ^ "All That Skate 2018". All That Sports. Archived from the original on May 18, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  21. ^ [김연아 아이스쇼] 최다빈 - 물랑루즈 OST (Television production) (in Korean). Seoul Broadcasting System. May 22, 2018. Event occurs at 30 sec.
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  25. ^ 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).
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