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S. Korean ice dance team on Olympic bubble

2017/09/28 19:48

SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean ice dance tandem of Min Yu-ra and Alexander Gamelin on Thursday found themselves on the bubble for next year's Winter Olympics on home ice.

The duo scored 55.94 points in their short dance to rank seventh among 18 teams at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany. This is the last Olympic qualifying competition, and the top five teams here will each earn a spot for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics for their countries.

The free dance is scheduled for Saturday.

Of the 18 teams in action, two are from Canada and the United States, the two countries that have already secured spots in the Olympics.

Min and Gamelin came into the competition with a personal best combined score of 151.35 points, fourth-highest among all teams this week.

Gamelin, a U.S. native, was granted South Korean citizenship in July.

Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain are the leaders after the short dance with 71.79 points. They were the only team to score more than 70 points.

Kana Muramoto and Chris Reed of Japan are in second place with 62.67 points.

Cecilia Torn and Jussiville Partanen of Finland occupy fifth place with 56.32 points.

South Korean ice dancers Min Yu-ra (L) and Alexander Gamelin perform their short dance routine during the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Sept. 28, 2017. (Yonhap) South Korean ice dancers Min Yu-ra (L) and Alexander Gamelin perform their short dance routine during the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Sept. 28, 2017. (Yonhap)

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