Lin Impresses with 10th Place Finish at World Junior Figure Skating Championships

TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN (March 1, 2024) – Lulu Lin of Mississauga, Ont., capped off a fantastic 2024 season on Friday with a 10th place finish in the women’s competition at the 2024 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships taking place in Taipei City, Taiwan. 

Lin, who captured the Canadian junior national title in January, set a new personal best score of 116.59 for her free skate, giving her a sixth-place ranking for that portion of the competition, and a new personal best overall score of 173.71 to finish 10th overall.

“My expectations (for this event) were to do the best that I can, which I did, and it was to skate clean and be calm throughout both programs,” said Lin who at 14-years-old was competing at her first Junior World Championships. “I’m feeling really good, and I’m really excited for next season and what’s to come.” 

Kaiya Ruiter, 17, of Calgary, Alta., skated a strong program as well to finish the competition 21st overall with a total score of 161.19. 

“I enjoy every time I get to do that program. I just wanted to go out and enjoy doing it for one of the last times probably, and I did for sure. It’s been wonderful getting to have experience at both the junior and senior level and I’m excited for what’s to come,” said Ruiter, who cited her senior national title win earlier this season as the highlight of her year. 

Mao Shimada of Japan retained the junior women’s title, she won last year with a total score of 218.36 to win gold. Jia Shin of Korea captured silver (212.43) for the third year in a row, and Rena Uezono of Japan took bronze (194.70) in her junior world championships debut. 

The junior ice dance competition also got underway on Friday and all three of Canada’s teams have qualified for the free dance that takes place on Saturday. Chloe Nguyen of Vancouver, B.C., and Brendan Giang of Burnaby, B.C., had the top result of the day to sit seventh. Layla Veillon and Alexander Brandys of London, Ont., sit 11th, and Alisa Korneva and Kieran MacDonald of Waterloo, Ont., sit 18th 

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