Lim Eun-Soo has been one of the breakout stars of the 2018-19 skating season. Eun-Soo moved from Korea to train with Rafael Arutyunyan in April 2018 in Lakewood, California. This fall, she put the skating world on notice by winning gold at the Asian Trophy and silver at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. This is her first interview in English.
Emerging Skater Eunsoo Lim of Korea is ready to take the next step in her career. She has moved up to the senior level this season and has made a few significant changes in her life. The NHK Trophy last week in Hiroshima marked the Grand Prix debut for the 15-year-old and she’ll compete again this week in Moscow at Rostelecom Cup.
In Japan, Lim finished a respectable sixth in what was a strong competition. “For my short, I feel really happy for my program, because I did all elements clean,” Eunsoo said. “I was really ready and well prepared for my long program, but I crashed (on the triple Salchow). I felt it was hard to start, because I had to start right away, because I am the number one (first in the warm up group). So it is hard to fight. But it’s done. I just have to get ready for Moscow. I want to do a clean program,” she added.
Competing at the senior level and at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating this season is a big step forward for Eunsoo. “This is an important season, because this is my first senior season. It is a new experience to compete with the top skaters. I was really excited to compete with all the good skaters at NHK Trophy,” she said. “It’s not just about the ladies, I also watched some men. I think junior and senior is different, it is more mature, grown up. I’m now coming to the senior level and I just try to make my skating more senior, not like a baby. I want to be a storyteller and I’m focusing on that. My goal for this season is just to skate clean programs in every competition.”
This spring the Korean Skater has moved with her mother to the Los Angeles area to train in the group of Rafael Arutunian. “I went to train with Rafael with my team members before and it is really good for me and then I decided to move to Rafael. I really like L.A. Training there is really good, because there are Nathan (Chen, USA) and Michal (Brezina, CZE) and other good skaters. It really helps to train with good skaters, it is pushing and motivating me,” Eunsoo, who is looking up to Ashley Wagner (USA) and 2018 World Champion Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN), shared. However, while Lim enjoys training in Los Angeles, she misses her dad and her little mortise dog that stayed back in Korea.
The teenager always has known what she wants. It was her decision to move to the USA for training and she usually picks the music for her programs herself. This year is no exception, Eunsoo chose music from “Chicago” for her long program, that was choreographed by former Japanese Skater Akiko Suzuki. “I thought it’s good if I do Chicago. It’s upbeat and I like the rhythm,” the 2017 Korean Champion explained. While that was an easy choice for her, it was harder to find something for the Short Program. “I had no idea for the music,” Lim admitted. “Then Yuna (Kim) recommended me two pieces of music. I asked (choreographer) Jeffrey (Buttle) and he chose the same one (that I preferred).” Buttle, the 2008 World Champion from Canada, choreographed the program set to “Somewhere in Time” by John Barry.
The heritage of Kim lives on in Korea with more and more talented young Figure Skaters coming up. “There are a lot of Korean Skaters that are really good. I have my Korean Nationals and it will decide if I can do senior Worlds or Four Continents. So I have to be stronger and getting better, because I have to get my ticket for the competitions. I will prepare to be strong,” Lim concluded.
When she has time off, Eunsoo likes to bake cookies or bread and to prepare snacks. She also enjoys singing. “I like singing, but I am not really good, I am just trying. I think I would like to try to become a singer one day”, she said with a smile. Three things Eunsoo Lim would take if sent to an isolated island: “My skates, my phone and my dog.”
Eun-Soo (15, Han River), a Korean figure skating female single, will challenge the second International Ice Skating Championship (ISU) figure skating Grand Prix competition this season.
Eun-Soo Lim will compete in the Los Telecom Cup Women's Singles Short program at the 5th ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix, which will be held in Moscow, Russia at dawn.
Eun-Soo Lim played in the NHK Trophy for the ISU 2018-2019 Senior Grand Prix fourth round, which ended in Hiroshima, Japan on October 10. He was the first person on the senior grand prix stage to receive ISU's personal best scores for both the short program score (69.78), free skating (126.53) and total score (196.31).
In the Senior Grand Prix, which was challenged for the first time, Eun-Soo Lee was promoted, but had to be satisfied in the final sixth. The NHK Trophy was a major player in the competition. Japan 's anticipated season, Hararika, won 224.31 points in two free skating triple accelerations.
Signboard of the Japanese women's singles Miyahara Satoko wore a silver medal, followed by Elizabeth Tuktami Sheva (Russia), the winner of the first Grand Prix of this season.
Eun-Soo Lim's medal possibility is higher than the 5th contest in comparison with the 4th contest. There were a lot of competitors in the fourth round. In the 5th Olympic Games, the women's single gold medalist PyeongChang 2018 Alina Matorova (Russia) will compete. Unless there is a big difference, Mtoba is a winner. Fierce competition for silver medals and bronze medals is expected.
Mtoba and Yamashita Mako (Japan) Gracie Gold (USA) are the only players in this competition who have a total score of over 200 points. Gold failed to compete in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games after the injury. Last year, I could not stand on the Grand Prix stage with injuries and slumps.