IFS Magazine, December, 2010 article.
"Yu-Na Kim Loving Life in LA"
by Susan D. Russell
IFS Magazine page 10, December 2010 issue
- The transition to LA has been positive, Yu-Na thought it would be different there, but nothing has changed since well, she still trains a lot. Oh, but it's hotter there.
- Yu-Na said about East West, "We asked Michelle if I could train there, and she said absolutely. It was very easy." Yu-Na is enjoying East-West. She believes that Peter will be a "strong mental support" to her and she has faith in him.
- Peter Oppegard is delighted to be coaching Yu-Na. "I am impressed with Yu-Na's disciplined and dedicated approach to her work. Her demeanor is always respectful and unassuming. Yu-Na is a wonderful addition to the rink. Her presence is an inspiration to the younger athletes that look up to her."
- Michelle Kwan is thrilled that Oppegard is coaching Yu-Na. "Peter is the perfect choice. He really cares about the skater, and I have no doubt that he will think of all the things that are important to making her the best skater she can be."
- Yu-Na mentions having trained with Evan, Mirai, and Caroline (does Mirai train at East West part time? I had no idea.), and talented younger skaters.
- Yu-na says she is not planning on Four Continents 2011 because she doesn't think she will be ready.
- Confirmation that David did both her programs, and confirmation that Worlds 2011 is her goal.
- Yu-Na was "really surprised" as the great reaction of the Los Angeles audience for ATS LA, because she wasn't sure how they would react, and they're usually calm at competitions. She said all the skaters felt that way about the reaction, and everyone had fun.
And the magazine has many pics taken during ATS LA :
Wonder if many Yuna fans already know this but I never knew that Yuna wanted to be a singer, an Olympic championa and a MATHEMATICIAN when she was 14.
Sep. 10th, 2004 articel(I was not interested in this promising junior skater then and most Koreans didn't know her so I have never read this articel until yesterday) :
Sorry I cannot translate this article but it is so, so interesting.
- Solving equations were so much fun to her. Her favorite subject was mathematics because it was most 'neat.' She could not go to school everyday because she always had to train until midnight but she wanted to study well and actually studied well. She hit the books almost all the time when she was not training. She got the second best grades in her class!
- Fun loving girl who wanted to play and to eat some snacks like pizza with friends but those small desires did not always come true.
- She confessed that whenever she felt skating was too much for her, she went to her mom to protest, crying. "I hate myself being such a crybaby. Feel sorry for hardworking mom. But if I continue to win like this time(GPS junior), she will forget her being heartbroken."
- The article points out that Yuna's main strength is jumps and weaknesses are (lack of) flexibility and facial expression. "(laughing) I am not like a princess so I cannot make an expression pretending to be pretty."
^ is that a young Yuna in that pic?
Is Yu-Na still in college? I remember an article awhile back that she had failed some courses.
We are living in a world where each individual pretty much specializes in one area; only if a person is as good at his/her area as the way Yuna is good at skating, no matter what field the person is in.
12 year old Yuna's 3Lz, 3F, 3R, 3T and 3S are TEXT BOOK JUMPS...all SENIOR LADIES want to achieve !
It must be a gift...to achieve the technique at 12 years and 3 months.
That's the kind of achievement that the word prodigy was coined to define. No wonder this kid's been the talk of skating since she showed up. And amazing that she showed up in a country that had no skating tradition to speak of. These little miracles happen in sports, the arts, and science sometimes--some homegrown genius just appears. Isn't it grand?
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That's a great point, csunny. (By contrast, look at Caroline Zhang, who would be a lot further along now if her jump technique weren't so faulty and her skating so slow!) I'll applaud YuNa's early coaches along with you. They didn't let YuNa take shortcuts that would lead to short-term results but undermine her progress in the long run. She had nothing to unlearn as she grew taller and took on full-length senior programs. I also felt the same thing about Michelle, whose work with Frank Carroll made her a meticulous technician as well as artistically superior. Thanks for reminding us of the importance of careful early training.