There is a recent interview of Yuna Kim.
She will be still skating after 10 years...
Right. Yuna has always made it clear that she will continue to be involved in the sport of figure skating, although she has seemingly limitless options in Korea. Figure skating is her passion. It's her way of life.
I honestly hope Yuna Kim not only competes at Worlds, but all the way up to Sochi in 2014. She's so far ahead of all the other girls in the world (verified by her record that won't be touched for a long time) that I think she can afford not to do any GPs (ala Michelle Kwan), skip her Nationals for obvious reasons, though it might be good to use it as a runthrough of whatever new program that she has that year, and only compete at Worlds once a year (or 4CC as a run up to Worlds to get her new programs out there). As long as she maintains her skating skills, including big beautiful 3/3 combos., she can't be touched. She's a natural when it comes to the PCS, she doesn't have to work at it, ala Oksana Baiul.
Save on her body by doing only Worlds once a year (with a Nationals or 4CC skate thrown in for good measure, to get her programs out there). If she keeps this up I'd love to see her become at least a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist to match Katarina Witt's record. Her once-in-a-lifetime talent is too good to be relegated to shows, et al. I would love for her to stay eligible, so all the other girls get a chance to skate against her, learn from it, and remember decades later that they skated against the greatest of them all in the 21st century. Jmho.
Btw, I'm looking forward to her Giselle program, but I hope in the future she skates to the "Black Swan"; she is the Black Swan.
I agree that her talent comes along maybe once in a lifetime, and it would be great if she could stick around for awhile so we can see as much of it as possible. Even people who root for another skater should realize that what they're seeing in YuNa isn't showing up again anytime soon. And just imagine: at her age, she could even get better!
Olympia, that's why I'm thrilled Yuna hasn't retired too. I just want to see her skating forever. Her new programs sound so intriguing. It'll be amazing if she performs them perfectly at the world championships, her first time out with them. Then again, that's pretty much exactly what she did at TEB last year.
Again, only a prime Mao Asada has any chance to challenge Kim.
Kim is not invincible, though. We've seen that she can occasionally come apart in the FS. But the judges love to give her scores near 80 for her SP. that's where she's most dangerous.
She's phenomenal, she's the only one who could take the GP off, Nationals, et al, and come back and win.
And the judges love her for a reason, she's the best there's ever been, she truly has it all. The only way for her not to win is for her to make a mistake, so she's her own worst enemy. But after seeing how she rose to the occasion at the Olympics, this woman could do anything.
I'm a fan, even though she may not be one of my all-time favorites, I'm a fan. And I look forward to the best female skater in the history of the modern era coming back at Worlds!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YUNA KIM, THE TRUE QUEEN!!!!!!!
'Couldn't' do a triple loop and 'don't need' to do one are quite different things.
Yuna did not put in a 3loop during the Olympic season to ensure she has better consistency and minimise chances of making mistakes. While it might be known as her weaker jump, Yuna has successfully done triple loops before in competition, like her beautiful 3loop for Miss Saigon in '08 where even Tat exclaimed what a beautiful loop that was in the Russian broadcasting.
No skater doesn't have weakness, they are only human. IMHO it is height of brilliance that should count the most towards a memorable legacy, it is BOTH an art and a sport after all, where even just about one performance at the right time can make the difference. Length of time may be part of measurement but hardly the ONLY measurement when assessing one's legacy.
Particularly today's COP is far more demanding on the athelet's body than ever before, and this may translate into shorter career life span than it had been.
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These skaters are athletes who work so hard with high cost in every sense and usually make less money than the athletes in other sports do. Long live this highly dangerous, demanding, dirty, political and beautiful sports!“I have the X-rays of an 80-year-old man,’’ Bradley said.
I think Yuna already has had quite a long, splendid career which will be long remembered even if she is never to come back to the competition from now on. Selfish me wants to see her bring 3 loop back to her program and have a bit more (slightly) pointed toe because I am sick of hearing those oexcessive, constant criticism by her naysayers. However, how long she will compete depends soley on her decision. She could do anything that she wants to do and I hope whatever decision it is, she will lead a happy and healthy life.
Well, according to news articles, she is expected to participate in activities to vie for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after Worlds in March. Again, she could do anything.
Last edited by sunny0760; 01-31-2011 at 09:02 AM.