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World’s top figure skaters to light up the Taipei Arena

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Figure skating enthusiasts have something to look forward to this week as the annual International Skating Union Four Continents Figure Skating Championships are scheduled to begin in the capital tomorrow.

The organizer said nearly 100 figure skaters from 15 countries are scheduled to compete at the Taipei Arena between tomorrow and Saturday.

Some are also set to compete at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia next month, including Denis Ten of Kazakhstan, Misha Ge of Uzbekistan, Park So-youn of South Korea, Li Zijun of China and Japan’s Kanako Murakami.

It is difficult to qualify for the championships, so audiences can expect to see some extraordinary performances in Taipei, the organizer said.

Sixteen-year-old Taiwanese figure skater Tsao Chih-i (曹志禕) is the youngest athlete at the championships this year. Tsao is still a high-school student.

Tsao said that it will be his first time competing in the adult division of an international championships. To prepare for the competition, he went for additional training in the US and Shanghai.

“I felt a bit stressed because this is my first time competing with other adult skaters in an international championship, which is also held in my own country, but now I feel more confident after training in the US and Shanghai, which has greatly improved my skating skills,” Tsao said.

Tsao said that he has raised his skill level in both the short and long programs and he hopes to give his best performances at the championships.

Tickets to the championships are free and can be reserved on the official Web site at www.fc2014.com/tw/ticket-reservation.

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