It's getting on my nerves to listen and see the media here in Korea chanting the praises of her to be honest. It's getting more and more ridiculous. Sorry it's been just a couple days since she got her gold but I feel like it's been forever 'cause so many commercials and so on.
Someone in here said like, she would have been thrilled that she wasn't getting massacred by Korean or something. That would have never happened. Our love for her is unconditional!
Just to give you a preview of the LOLz in the video:
"Next time, Kim Yuna, you have to get a gold, a silver and a bronze, all at the same time! ... Next time, a custom medal for Kim Yuna! ... She gonna use a secret weapon, taekwondo, ... so do a triple loop, back flip, kick in the air, break wood, punch someone in the face, then land. Her medal is gonna be like platinum, a little bit of diamond, sprinkle a little ice on top, bulgogi, and a Mercedes Benz, and pull it together and make a necklace." OMG, I'm still ROTFL.
as an south korean who who is an international student in america, i can tell you all from experience that yuna is a big deal...and that is an understatement. she is one of the biggest celebrities in south korea, and her face is seen everywhere on billboards, posters, ads, buses, subways, you name it. even the top american athlete or star can't compare.
the main reason for her fame is that she worked so hard in an obscure sport in korea and has excelled in it. for koreans, overcoming such odds and becoming a globally dominant figure is a source of national pride. koreans have a cultural view in which they consider themselves all a family. for example, when a person will refer to his own mother, he says 우리 엄마 which means our mother. so anything in which koreans receive recognition on the international level brings so much national pride that they will support her as their own daughter or sister.
take for example, world cup 2002. the south koreans co-hosted it with japan but did much better than their rivals (colonization of the korean peninsula has fueled a lot of animosity with japan) and made it to the final four, something unheard of from an asian country. park ji sung is also considered valuable for his position in the greatest football team in the world, manchester united, and park tae hwan who won south korea's first olympic gold and silver from swimming endured lots of pressure and support form his country. global brand names such as samsung, lg, and hyundai are also sources of national pride as well as korean stars who are popular all over asia due to the hallyu wave, which is essentially the love of korean pop culture in other asian countries (look up tvxq, boa, rain, and others).
thus, the idea that yuna excels on an international level makes her even more appealing. however, i also think that marketing strategies and timing has fueled the phenomena and made it what it is today. in a country where looks are emphasized more than they should be, her photogenic looks and charming personality (which unfortunately has, at times, taken a back seat to her looks) has made her even more marketable. the companies that sponsor her acknowledged the benefits of putting her in commercials and ads, which have been displayed all of seoul and the rest of korea. this has increased her exposure and made her even more famous. as more people recognize who she and realize her accomplishments, they follow her career and expect wins since she has become one of the best skaters in the world.
Just for kicks, some friends and I talked in loud voices about figure skating and a few South Koreans (and there are lots in my country who study English) turned when they heard her name.
If anyone has a clip of the ladies medal podium, please provide a link. I unfortunately was unable to view it. Thanks. I would think someone in Korea must have it.
Have not had chance to read whole thread yet, sorry. I find Yu-Na so delightful, that the adulation she is receiving does not surprise me. However, I worry for her because the pressure on her is just more than any athlete should have to bear.
No one lives forever. No one is young forever. No one can win forever. I can only hope that Yu-Na will some day be able to retire happily into "legend" status, both at home and abroad.
CoP has not, thus far, pleased me, in general, for multiple reasons. The only "bad" thing I can say about Yu-Na, is that she makes CoP look good. She shows that it can work, that a lady skater can execute a programme that is beautiful and satisfying to watch, while racking up more than enough points for gold. That, in itself, appears to justify CoP. Unfortunately, few single skaters can duplicate that feat.
When watching Yu-Na, I cannot help "forgiving" her for raising the bar so high that it is airborne, because I love watching her so very, very much.
Totally irrelevant, but I wonder how South Koreans think of Michelle Kwan other than how she's Yuna's idol.
But yeah, those anti-fans in Korea are just so interesting to me. In the U.S. if you don't like someone...you just don't listen to their music or watch their movies. Somehow in trying to do their anti- videos or whatever they actually end up listening to their music more than that artist's fans. (Like SNSD or Girls Generation, for instance).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interne...#Dog_Poop_Girl) That's why that list of famous people in Korea without antis is very short and the people must have a squeaky clean image to not have antis.