But after watching Kim's free skate Thursday, after watching her shatter another world record, after watching her own an intriguing and gifted field, you're left to wonder if any country, any gender, any living thing with eyeballs would dare stop staring at this 19-year-old phenom.
When the Pacific Coliseum public-address announcer introduced Kim as the gold winner during the medal ceremony, a man in the crowd screamed, "I love you!"
She made Korea proud. She made her sport proud. She made any casual observer who paid attention an instant fan of women's figure skating.
So, the most-debated question of any Olympics has an answer now. Who should be the face of these Games?
Kim, for certain.
Not Lindsey Vonn, not Apolo Ohno, not Bode Miller.
Remember her name, and never forget how she dazzled the 2010 Winter Olympics. Remember her astounding agility, and never forget the tears she shed while gliding off the ice this night.