Yu Na Kim, can she still medal??
Yu Na Kim participated in the 'Korea’s 88th Winter Sports' as she's recovering from the injury. The performance she put on was sub-par, I'm starting to worry about her conditioning due to lack of training.
According to 'Michelle K', Yu Na only landed a 3flip, a single axel and fell on the 3lutz combo in the short program; in the long program, she did a bit better. She landed a 3f+2t, 2A, 3lutz+2toe+2loop, 3s, 2A, popped a 3toe, fell on another 3toe.
Poor girl, she's already had lots of injuries. The following photo is even more depressing and a bit humorous. It shows her physician gave Yu Na a bunch of very thick books on how to continue her physical theraphy when she's being discharged from the hospital.
Can she still medal?? There are still more than 20 days left. I certainly won't count her out yet. Before GPF, she also had severe back pain, but managed to pull off a huge upset.
But still, her conditioning is sort of very discouraging so close to the worlds. What's your opinion?
Last edited by iloveaxel; 02-26-2007 at 10:11 PM.
I busted out laughing when I first saw the title of this thread cause I was like, not again- not another one of these doom and gloom threads.
I'm not ready to count her out- let's just put it that way. Yes, she can still medal. Maybe she's weaker than Asada and therefore has less of a shot at WINNING...but she can still medal. Will she? may be somewhat questionable in light of this article (given that it could sap her confidence) but she definitely still can. Never fear Kim fans
It's worrisome because one of the reports said she had trouble with the camel, which is probably her best spin.
I just hope she's going to Worlds because she can/wants to, not because she feels pressure from her federation/fans. Her long-term health is more important than a medal here.
if it's bad enough she may end up pulling out, though.
All Hail Queen Yu-Na!!!!!!
She may end up winning the gold for all we know.
It's going to be a three-way battle between: Mao Asada, Yu-Na Kim, and Kimmie Meissner
If Miki Ando skates like she did at Skate America she will almost certainly medal, and has a shot at gold, particularly with Worlds in Japan which will benefit the scores to both Asada and Ando relative to Kim and Meissner.
Originally Posted by SailorGalaxia518
All Hail Queen Yu-Na!!!!!!
Oh yeah, I forgot about her.
Originally Posted by slutskayafan21
Miki Ando most definitely could be the spoiler
Here's a video of the free skate.
I'm not that worried about the jumps...I think she won't have that much trouble getting her timing back (especially since it's the triple toe that's the problem). What's more alarming is that it looks like she couldn't do a layback or a camel at the beginning...she did do a Biellmann spiral and a camel position in her final combination spin, so maybe it'll be better by Worlds.
I really hope she isn't rushing her body.
Thanks so much, do u have her SP link?
Originally Posted by mizu_iro
She's such a beautiful skater regardless.
Her jumps are so light in that video. I have no idea how she does it - there is almost no height to the jumps and she doesn't rotate very vast...and yet by the time she lands all the rotations are there. It's magical, really.
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
She's exquisite but watching her skate injured is a bit nerve-wracking. I wish they would just let her wait until the next worlds.
OTOH - what a lovely version of butt-spin (? Sandhu's move) she does at the very end. Her arms are like tendrils winding around the column of her legs - they really make it lovely. I nominate her for the GS "Bad Move Done Best" award.
I love Kim's skating but with the injury and lack of training, I doubt we will see her win the gold. I think U.S.A.'s Kim will take the gold again. She is the most consistant under pressure and I think Asada and Miki will both destruct under the pressure of skating on home ice.
I would love to see Kim take the gold because with all the injuries she has had, I think her career will be cut short.
I think Asada has shown to a certain extent that she can handle pressure- at least the non-stifling type, lol. NHK- needing to win to make the GPF, and at Japanese nationals. But of course she'll be under a new kind of microscope and we really can't tell how she'll handle it. Same with Kimmie, going in as the defending world champ (even though as a "non-favorite"). But I still think Kim has a chance to MEDAL, as the thread title pleads. I think she has a shot at winning still, although not as big a shot perhaps as before. I'm counting no one out.
Originally Posted by Fozzie Bear
This makes me wonder whether the GP competitions are really not too burdensome for most skaters. Multiple competitions that could wear out the body, all for a GP final finish, that, no matter how good it may be, could never be worthy incurring an injury.
I think Yuna's GP win was a momentous victory because she faced the top skaters in the world to get there. It might have been best for her to skip some of the events and nurture her body instead of putting up with an injury for a GP prize that no one outside of the skating world cares about.
but how does SHE feel about her accomplishment? THAT's the question we should be asking. An SA or SC title may not be important to US but it might be to THEM...of course, not as big as a world title or national title but still probably a big deal nonetheless.
(except for those skaters with big egos- no names )