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China's Jin keeps cool on Beaverton ice

The world's fourth-ranked men's skater comes to practice


TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Chinese figure skater Jin Boyang, currently one of the top-ranked mens figure skaters in the world, works on his jumps and routine at the Winterhawks Skating Center in Beaverton on Tuesday. While the rest of the metropolitan area sweltered in a second day of record-high temperatures on Tuesday, Beaverton did its best to keep a member of the world’s figure skating royalty as cool as ice.

Indeed, while the rest of Beaverton went about its business as per usual on Tuesday, going to work, going to school, going shopping and visiting with friends, China's Jin Boyang was in town to work on his already prodigious skating skills at the Winterhawks Skating Center in the Valley Plaza Shopping Center next to Jesuit High School.TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Chinese figure skater Jin Boyang, currently one of the top-ranked mens figure skaters in the world, is known for his jumps. Here, he works out at the Winterhawks Skating Center in Beaverton on Tuesday.

It’s not that Jin has any plans to trade figure skating for hockey and join the Winterhawks. No indeed. Instead, Jin — currently the fourth-ranked men's skater in the world — came to Beaverton to work with Ikaika Young, the lead figure skating coach at Winterhawks Skating Center.

With the Winterhawks on hiatus since their season ended on March 20, the ice was open for Jin — and he made great use of it, speeding from end to end, working on the various jumps, spins and other moves that are part of his competition routine.

While Beaverton might seem to be an obscure location for specialized figure skating training, Jin’s very presence speaks to its value. Jin is the only skater in the world to land a quad lutz-triple toe loop combination in international competition, and he won the bronze medal at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships.

He is also the 2016 Four Continents silver medalist, a three-time (2014-2016) Chinese national champion, and on the junior level, he is the 2015 World Junior silver medalist and the 2013 JGP Final champion.

In addition to his success with the quad lutz-triple toe loop combination, he’s the first skater to have landed four quad jumps in a free skate and six quads in a competition, and the record holder of scoring the most amount of points on one element (the quad lutz-triple toe loop combination).TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Chinese figure skater Jin Boyang, currently one of the top-ranked mens figure skaters in the world, completes a jump during a workout at the Winterhawks Skating Center in Beaverton on Tuesday.