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    Haejin Kim (2010 South Korean Gold Medalist).. does anyone have more info about her?

    With Yu-Na not at the 2010 South Korean Championships this year, Haejin Kim took the gold medal... (something I was clueless about , assuming it was "mini-yuna" Min-Jung Kwak since she was South Korea's other Olympic skater). But no, Haejin Kim took the Gold at the ripe old age of... 12! Looking at the protocol sheets... she gave out a demanding performance too, especially for a 12 year old...

    Short Program

    3F
    3Lz+2T
    FCSp3
    SlSt3
    SpSq4
    LSp4
    2A
    CCoSp4

    Long Program
    SpSq4
    3F
    3Lo
    CCoSp4
    3Lz
    ------- half
    3Lz+2T
    LSp4
    2A
    FCSp3
    3Lo+2T+2Lo
    3T
    SlSt3
    (The second 3Lo and 3T of the LP were downgraded, but other than that, all slightly positive GOES for every other element in her SP and LP.)

    She has only skated at the South Korean National Championships... I tried searching for a video of her skate on YouTube, no luck. Does anyone have any other information on this young lady or a video of her recent skating? Those are some impressive marks for anyone, let alone someone who is 12! I wonder if the next skating phenom is on the rise....

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    Thanks! She's quite impressive for a 12 year old. At this point I think Min-Jung Kwak is better (cleaner technique, faster, better spins and flexibility) but Kwak is also 3 years older than this girl so who knows what Haejin will be like in 3 years!

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    Thank you so much! She is a very talented girl/young lady. I believe she will be age eligible for 2014 Sochi.. though it would probably be one of her first international competitions if she is. She has 4 years to polish her technique, work on spins, etc... she has a lot of potential to be quite a skating sensation in a few years. Hopefully Yu-Na's OGM will inspire her even more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bethissoawesome View Post
    Thank you so much! She is a very talented girl/young lady. I believe she will be age eligible for 2014 Sochi.. though it would probably be one of her first international competitions if she is. She has 4 years to polish her technique, work on spins, etc... she has a lot of potential to be quite a skating sensation in a few years. Hopefully Yu-Na's OGM will inspire her even more!
    Her teammate So-yeon Park (I'm not sure about the spelling) is also a skater to watch out for. I think they are same age.

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    It'll be interesting when the day comes that we see Flatt, Nagasu, Zhang and Wagner fending off the youth of Haejin Kim, So-yeon Park, Elizaveta Tukt. and Adelina Sotnikova.....and, at 12, that day could be in Sochi. Verry interesting.

    ETA: While I haven't focused on them a whole lot, seeing as our top ladies are 16 themelves, I could see Gao, Kiri Baga and Kawamura being the next American stars...but, as we learn time after time, ice is slippery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pista04 View Post
    It'll be interesting when the day comes that we see Flatt, Nagasu, Zhang and Wagner fending off the youth of Haejin Kim, So-yeon Park, Elizaveta Tukt. and Adelina Sotnikova.....and, at 12, that day could be in Sochi. Verry interesting.

    ETA: While I haven't focused on them a whole lot, seeing as our top ladies are 16 themelves, I could see Gao, Kiri Baga and Kawamura being the next American stars...but, as we learn time after time, ice is slippery.
    Kawamura? She finished like 2nd to last at nationals this year, it appears she has lost almost all her triples since having a growthspurt. She is very flexible though and has a nice 2a and presence on the ice, hope she can get her jumps back!

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