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    Yuna Kim Presented with Academy’s Female Athlete of the Year Award
    http://ussa.edu/publications/news/20...he-year-award/

    Another pic http://www.yunakim.com/UserFiles/Ima...3002063510.jpg

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    Yuna sang this new commercial song and the song is a big hit here in Korea.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDNIj...al_rn-2r-27-HM

    People are remaking the vid with changed lyrics.
    http://cafe.naver.com/dongeurami.caf...rticleid=62838

    There are many things to worry about... study, job, cold, bad weather... something like that, but don't worry, be smart... Even if I am clumsy, I don't worry like Yuna...

    http://serviceapi.nmv.naver.com/flas...6dd4ad13278429
    Last edited by sunny0760; 02-04-2011 at 01:12 AM.

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    Lol, I thought she had won an Academy Award, but then realized that hasn't taken place yet. :D

    Btw, that's the first time I've ever seen her sing, she has a nice voice.

    And the light baby blue dress she's wearing makes me wonder if that's the color of dress she will wear for Gisele? I wish she were competing at 4CC so we could see what her program & costume look like, but it'll make Worlds that more exciting!

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    I was just thinking the other day that the next Bond movie (which is finally moving ahead again yaaaaay) should give Yuna a cameo. Although that's unlikely to result in an Oscar for her.

    Also Patrick should skate to Yuna's cover of Don't Worry Be Happy next time he does a show skate in South Korea.

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    Ahhh, I was just over at youtube looking for past performances of Gisele, and this is what I found:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pusAqg3wgCM (this one's my favorite, really conveys the innocence & beauty, the dress apropos & the flowers in the hair adding that extra special touch!)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNBxpCkN5WI (hmm, though lovely, I think this one's for a more mature skater, whereas the other one's more appropriate for a younger ballerina type skater imho, both gorgeous!)


    And then of course I had to look for Oksana Baiul, whom Yuna Kim reminds me of, she even skated to Oksana's "Meditation from Thais" in a similar style dress: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQIJv...3F34642367807B

    All of these similarities make me wish Yuna would skate to the "Black Swan", just as Oksana has done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6zKfZVurJY (but in Yuna's case I would hope she could skate it with her own natural sensuality combined with fire, make it come alive!)


    Here's hoping to be blown away by Yuna at Worlds, just as she blew me away with her "James Bond 007" routine last year ~ BRAVO!!!! BRAVO!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny0760 View Post

    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 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.
    We who are fans are thrilled with any skating time YuNa gives us, but if she stops tomorrow for any reason, we still have her amazing past achievements. Dick Button always says that a great skater leaves skating better than it was before he/she got there. YuNa certainly fulfills that requirement. She has brought skating to a new level because of the quality of her work, not just her jumps, and she has also changed the skating scene in Asia in general and in Korea in particular. YuNa is so unusual in every way and such a gift to skating that even people who aren't fans of hers ought to see her place in skating history and respect her for it.

    Like you, I hope that she leads a happy and healthy life, and like you I selfishly hope that she spends a long time leading that life as a skater!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    We who are fans are thrilled with any skating time YuNa gives us, but if she stops tomorrow for any reason, we still have her amazing past achievements. Dick Button always says that a great skater leaves skating better than it was before he/she got there. YuNa certainly fulfills that requirement. She has brought skating to a new level because of the quality of her work, not just her jumps, and she has also changed the skating scene in Asia in general and in Korea in particular. YuNa is so unusual in every way and such a gift to skating that even people who aren't fans of hers ought to see her place in skating history and respect her for it.

    Like you, I hope that she leads a happy and healthy life, and like you I selfishly hope that she spends a long time leading that life as a skater!
    Word.

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    Thank you Nadine for all the links! Academy award?

    Gordeeva's lovely as always! Yukari's Gisele is solid too.

    Have you seen Jeremy's Gisele? I love that!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQHqNOAe_Zc(Beautiful music and choreo)

    I guess you already know Kurt's Meditation. Just
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da8HE...layer_embedded

    Even if the music cut is from the same music, there could be so many versions with different feelings each according to skaters or choreographers.

    As Yuna repeatedly mentioned about expressing the character, I think her Gisele would emphasize more dramatic side, telling a story from the perspective of the protagonist.

    Actually, she has sung in many cases but AFAIK, she sang 'on ice' only once in 2008.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwMnEGW9XRQ

    She has much talent as an entertainer. Someday she could also develop a comic style in her performance like Kurt! Why not?
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    Thanks for all the links, folks! Hands down my favorite is Gordeyeva's Gisele. That woman is not subject to the laws of gravity. Her footwork is simply magical. What deliciously subtle choreography; is it Zoueva or Sandra Bezic, I wonder?

    I don't always enjoy Galina's choreography, and this Thais of Oksana's is an example. There are a lot of slouching reaches to brace the leg, as if Oksana is trying to take ballet poses that one can't hold on the ice. The effect is almost choppy. I prefer her Swan Lake short program from the Olympics, which is balletic but not in a way that fights with the ice.

    In fact, somewhere I remember a side-by-side comparison of Oksana with Caryn Kadavy as both skate to the Massenet, and Kadavy is so much more flowing and musical, though of course she doesn't have Baiul's gift for jumps and for reaching the audience. I can't find any videos of her as a pro, though.

    Giselle has so many possibilities for interpretation. I can't wait to see YuNa's. It's a guarantee that (a) it's going to be very different from Katia's and Nikodinov's and (b) it's going to be splendid.

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    Hey everyone. I'm new to Golden.

    I usually just lurk around forums under the veil of anonymity, picking up the latest information & measuring differing opinions, having a laugh or two out of the more ridiculous quibbles, but found this forum irresistible with its well-mannered and knowledgeable members, thought-provoking discussions on the sport and the art, and plethora of well-argued opinions. I'm forever a fan of Grishuk/Platov - they combined everything I love: clean technique, breathtaking speed, transcendence of the moment and complete freedom of motion.

    Yu-na Kim is for me in ladies skating what G/P is in ice dance. She combines gorgeous speed (definitely a factor in performance & technical difficulty) with pristine technique. Her toe-pick jumps have spoiled me to see flaws in almost every other lady's jumps. She has yet to gain "complete freedom" & the artistic heights of the Kween - my childhood hero along with Bismarck - but her connection with the music and audience leaves me hopeful. The first half of her Lark Ascending at 2007 Worlds was pure brilliance. Danse Macabre & Roxanne also join that stratospheric placement.

    I have high, high hopes for her Arirang program. I almost swooned when I heard Oppegard talk about the choreography after her 3Lz-3T where she skates around with "freedom in her movement." Her Giselle should not disappoint, as I expect it to be more a character portrayal the likes of Scheherazade in dynamic, compressed form, rather than your traditional ballet performance (but gosh Katia blows my mind away. Second Olympia's "laws of gravity" comment.)

    Can't wait for Tokyo Worlds! Best wishes for Yu-na!!

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    Welcome, ariceli!

    A great first post; post long, post often!

    I'm always particularly happy when another fan of any ice dancers show up (the few, the proud)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by araceli View Post
    the Kween - my childhood hero along with Bismarck
    I too am excited about Yu Na's new programs. But while we're waiting (and since this is such an open minded board), would you care to say any more about why you love(d) Bismarck so much?

    Oh, and yes, welcome to GS!

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    Welcome, Araceli! Great to have you here at GS.

    Bismarck? This we have to hear. And of course we want to hear more of your comments about both Kim and Kwan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layfan View Post
    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.
    That's what's so awesome/scary. At TEB, she made a major error in the long (no flip) and still posted a 130+ score. Keeping in mind the changes made (no 2A and shorter/less points-giving spiral sequence) that scasore is what a clean Kim could get (clean, not inspired) now. Internationally, no one's come close (Ando's GPF LP was 9 points off)

    But more than that.... after the Olympics, the pressure's gone. She doesn't have the weight of a nation on her shoulders like she did in Vancouver. In many respects, the choice of "Arirang" for her free definitely has a valedictory feel, though. I'd be surprised if she stuck it out until Sochi.

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    http://www.universalsports.com/news/...y+spring+tokyo

    Universal Sports interview posted today.

    She says she has been feeling ready for worlds since December.

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