Breaking the ice from Shanghai to Boston: PH’s Gamez and Korovin earn ticket to world championship glory

Team Philippines represent at the 2024 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai, China. In photo (L-R): Alexander Korovin, Isabella Gamez, Sofia Frank and Edrian Celestino.

Team Philippines once again impressed the world with outstanding performances on the ice at the prestigious International Skating Union (ISU) Four Continents Figure Skating Championships (4CC) in Shanghai, China.

The remarkable figure skating duo, Isabella Gamez and Alexander Korovin, secured the 11th position at the esteemed ISU 4CC held from January 30 to February 4 at the Shanghai Pudong Development (SPD) Bank Oriental Sports Center. Their impressive technical element scores, combining results from last year’s World Championships in Saitama, Japan, and the free skating event at the ISU 4CC, were 29.30 and 46.45 respectively, securing their place in the 2025 World Figure Skating Championship. This world championship stages a significant role in the qualification for the Milano Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy.

Dynamic skating duo Isabella Gamez and Alexander Korovin continue to skate their way to success ranking 11th in the prestigious ISU 4CC held at SPD Bank Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China.
(Photo courtesy from Getty Images by Annice Lyn)

In addition to the remarkable achievements of Filipino talents at the esteemed ISU 4CC, Filipino-Canadian Edrian Celestino finished strong with a score of 180.31 points, ranking 18th in the men’s individual figure skating segment. Celestino had also competed in the ISU Challenger Series Autumn Classic, where he placed 10th in September 2023.

Ranking 18Th out of 27 at the men’s individual figure skating is Filipino-Canadian Edrian Celestino qualifying to the Worlds next month. (Photo courtesy from Getty Images by Annice Lyn)

In the women’s individual figure skating segment, two-time Philippine national champion Sofia Frank placed 19th with 134.79 points. Frank is scheduled to compete next at the Jr. World Figure Skating Championship in Taipei, Taiwan, celebrating her 3rd year representing the Philippines.

Daughter of former Filipino beauty queen Precious Tongko, Sofia Frank ranks 19th out of 26 at the women’s individual figure skating. Frank qualifies to compete at the Jr. World Figure Skating Championships which she has been Philippine representative in event for 3 years now.
(Photo courtesy from Getty Images by Annice Lyn)

With the recent conclusion of the continental championships, Team Philippines are ready to take on to their next journey making a great impact on young Filipino figure skaters. Sending best wishes to all incredible skaters on their next competitions.

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