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South Korea’s Choi Dabin reacts after competing in the figure skating team event women’s single skating short program during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

From The Korea Herald:

South Korean ladies figure skater Choi Da-bin in her Olympic debut finished 7th after earning a score of 131.49 (a new personal best) in her free skate. She is the first South Korean figure skater to finish in the top 10 of this event after 2-time Olympian Yuna Kim.

She was nerveless on her Olympic debut. She was hardly affected by the flaws at the beginning of her routine and ended up breaking her personal highs in all three segments — short program, free program and overall points.

After her performance, a flood of bouquets and dolls was thrown onto the ice from the home crowd in celebration of the teenage skater’s first Olympics.

“I made some mistakes in the program, but I’m still happy that I finished my Olympics,” said Choi. “I’ve gone through many difficulties throughout the season. But my family, friends, coaches and mother have supported me and encouraged me to stay on ice.”

She lost her mother due to cancer last year but she still made it to the Olympics.

“If she were here, she would have given me a warm hug,” she said, with tears in her eyes. “All my family members supported me a lot. I want to say thank you to my dad as well.”

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South Korea’s Choi Dabin competes in the women’s single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

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South Korea’s Choi Dabin competes in the women’s single skating free skating of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)