Daniel Samohin .
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Daniel Samohin proved why he is regarded as the future of winter sports in Israel on Friday, claiming a historic gold medal for the country in the men’s event at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.
Performing to the theme music from Sherlock Holmes, Samohin rose from ninth place after the short program to first overall with a personal best free program score of 165.38 points.
The 18-year-old, who nailed a quad toe-triple toe, quad Salchow, a solo quad toe as well as a triple Axel and three more triples, finished with a total score of 236.65 points, giving Israel its first World Junior Championship medal of any color.
“I can’t believe this. I’m very happy and very excited,” said Samohin, who is based in California.
“Everyone worked really hard and I’m really happy that I managed to do it. There are a lot of great skaters here so I couldn’t be sure that I’d be first. It’s pretty crazy to come from almost 10th place to the top three. It’s really great, for Israel it is amazing,” added the teenager, who finished in seventh place at the senior European Championships earlier this year.