From the news it looks like Orser was not even in the equation of the split. Yuna won the Gold and simply moved on, what to do in Toronto anymore. And she will have more oportunities and offers in the new place probably, besides as a 20 year old, LA sounds exciting!
I'm not sure if this has been mentioned yet but...
Credit: Aunt Joyce's Ice Cream Stand and any other picture site
Looks like Peter's going to be cracking down on Yu-na's lines and extensions which is great news to me.
If true - regarding line and extension - then i am seriously excited!!!
Last edited by Layfan; 10-06-2010 at 10:02 PM.
I am well aware that Yuna has said she intended to compete at Worlds 2011. I believe she was sincere when she made those statements. But that event has yet to happen. I stand by my previous statement: I do not believe we will see her again at eligible competition. If Worlds rolls around and she shows up and competes, I will be happy to return to this thread, eat my words and say "I was wrong."
As to why she didn't just declare retirement, I can think of 2 reasons right away, either alone or in combination: 1) Yuna herself was undecided at the time whether to continue with eligible or clean-break and announce the end. This is where family dynamic (esp Mama) may come into play, but we don't really know. 2) Business Strategy. Often it works in your favor to keep people guessing a while as to your next moves.
As to why she feels she needs a coach...plenty of skaters that turn pro still use one or more coaches, as developing one's skating always needs a fresh pair of eyes and advice. No matter how good you are. Taking on Oppegard--or anybody else--as a coach is not by itself a reliable determinant of intention to stay eligible or not. And I think it would be a mistake to assume that Yuna is looking to re-create with Oppegard, the dynamic that existed between herself and Orser over the last few years.
As to why she moved to L.A. I said it before. If you wish to be able to deal more directly with the Sports and Entertainment world as to setting up shows, dealing with agents, etc., then L.A. is the most logical place to set up your base. Not New York, not Toronto, and most definitely not Seoul. There has also been an underlying assumption on this forum that all YNK's commercial venture options lie strictly in the skating world--such as producing/headlining live ice shows. That assumption might not hold up over time, and she may wish (and have opportunities) to expand beyond that into movies and television, for starters.
As to much of my previous post (and this one) being speculation, of course. So what? That's what this forum is for. I don't see any other poster here with a direct pipeline into Yuna's head, so all of us are speculating. Just some with more logic than others.
Last edited by bigsisjiejie; 10-06-2010 at 10:15 PM.
Time after time Yu-Na said she would go to the Worlds, and I don’t understand why some find it so hard to believe. Why would she prepare competitive programs if she’s not sincere? It’s definitely a good thing for the sport if she keep competing as we know that she, along with other fine skaters, is capable of drawing more new fans to the sport. Oppegard said in the interview that he accepted the job since Yu-Na seemed still motivated. Why not take her words at face value and see what happens.
I think most people believe she's not truly committed to Worlds (or any other eligible skating) because of her "poor" showing at Worlds right after the Olympics and her slow start to getting programs and running around doing other ventures right now.
Well, it's totally up to Yuna whether she wants to reach a new level of greatness, or slip into mediocrity as tends to happen to many OGMs as they lose motivation.
Kristi did not become "mediocre" when she turned Pro and many think her skating continued to grow in her Pro career.
Yuka, G&G, Kulik, Kurt, etc showed some fantastic skating and programs after retiring from eligible competitive skating.
I suspect whatever Yuna does in the future there will be nothing half-assed or mediocre about her efforts.
If she competes and fails then it's risky indeed, it will ruin her reputation, etc. But I will applaud her like any other skaters. At least the girl has guts.
If she retires then she can do whatever she wants.