I agree with everything you've said but this:
I agree with everything you've said but this:
Last edited by aftertherain; 05-27-2010 at 06:53 PM.
Yes ATR but I think she took just a few classes and yes, she had endorsements but it is a fraction of the commercial work YUNA does. Clearly MK would have rec'd more, many more if she had Oly gold. Although I don't recall seeing Tara/Sarah everywhere but then they did not completely fit the ice princess mold. A little too young for many sponsors. I'm sure Michelle is a millionaire but YUNA is very wealthy, I hear. I hope she continues to help wherever she can. She will be a star all her life, whether she steps on the competitive ice or not. I somehow think she will pursue her singing career along with show skating. Well, Brian and company have hit the motherlode, LOL.
But I always have an impression that her stardom/influence/money she makes are a little/much exaggerated.
I think many Korean stars earned more money for the past few years and she does not live in a "Hollywood" type place. I am sure the same goes to Kwan too. Hollywood top stars' lifestyle, stalkers who follow them, Hollywood type of money is very unique and unusual.
I think Yuna is admired and loved here but don't think Yuna fans' are ruling the internet. I read and hear so many different opinions and ideas about Yuna. Positive/negative. You know Koreans are very Internet friendly.
Anything that comes from the media/internet is exaggerated.
As I said I admire both. Yuna and Michelle are two different skaters.
How can you put down someone who gave up her ordinary life, especially family and friends, in order to solely focus on training?
Last edited by Basics; 05-27-2010 at 11:40 PM.
In terms of celebrity/influence, Yuna is definitely in the A+ category, and probably the biggest celebrity at the moment. There are a few top-tier actresses/idols (e.g. SNSD) that could be considered to be on par with Yuna in terms of stardom, but only Yuna is considered a national hero.
Evan Lysacek in contrast will likely have a few endorsements and maybe get a TV special next year but Americans seem pretty blase about skating these days. I wish she would headline a tour over here. I am hoping Orser/Wilson get it going. I think they will if she goes pro. It may get us over here a big bump. I miss the pro competitions we had, and even some of the silly shows we had in the 90's. Any one here have her email or agents address to suggest she tour North America? LOL Yunabliss, you know where she lives. Seriously, I hope she turns pro and decides to live here part time as she and Michelle could probably revive Champions on Ice. I enjoyed their shows more than SOI format. Too bad for USA fans they went under.
I don't think threads like this are "useless" at all. They give us all a chance to talk about skaters we love. Also, seeing the really expressive writers articulate what makes a skater good can be very enlightening.
As I've said, the really unprecedented level of YuNa's fame in terms of what a skater means to her home country reminds me a lot of the impact of J.K. Rowling. I've spent some time in the world of children's publishing. Experts in that world were bewildered and amazed by Rowling's success. There had never been a situation like Rowling's before--the bookstores opening at midnight for Harry Potter parties when a new book came out, the crowds, the sheer amount of money involved, the record number of copies printed. Generally a children's book sells 10,000 to 50,000 copies in hardcover: hers sold millions in the first printing alone.
YuNa's fame in Korea seems to be at that unprecedented level. It's a result of "perfect storm" conditions:
1. She truly is a great skater, both athletic and artistic
2. She's a gracious and telegenic personality who's come to be at home in the spotlight, so her fame can cross over to things like singing and modeling
3. Korea has never had a contender in international skating before and their first one out of the gate wins Olympic gold
4. There are no other current world-class Korean skaters sharing the spotlight with her (unlike Japan, for example)
5. Her skating doesn't even reflect the work of a Korean coach (the way Russian skaters do with Mishin or Moskvina, for example).
All these factors make her a phenomenon unto herself. Whether she stays in competitive skating or leaves now, she's the kind of star we haven't seen ever, just as J.K. Rowling will remain a unique star whether she ever publishes anything again. The nice thing is that, like Rowling, she has provided opportunities for her colleagues. I can't tell you how many good, obscure children's fantasies got reprinted and noticed because of the "Harry Potter effect," or how many more kids, especially boys, became eager readers because of Rowling. Likewise, suddenly skaters from elsewhere have invitations to skate in lucrative, well-attended shows in Korea. And maybe, as Princess9 suggests, someone smart will get Kim to skate in North America and revitalize shows over here. Heck, they should give Kim a TV special. Who says American viewers are only interested in American headliners? Let them include a few guest stars from here and just give Kim the airwaves. I'd stay home to see it!
All this is not to say that Kim is the greatest skater ever. Every fan has his or her own idea of who "the greatest ever" is, because there's no way to measure it. (Kwan still tops my list, though I am really wowed by Kim in many ways.) But to make another parallel, skaters like Michelle or Dorothy Hamill are often called "America's sweetheart." But someone on here pointed out that Kim is considered "the daughter of Korea." That's a level of meaning that no skater has probably ever achieved in her home country up to now. Maybe it will never happen again.
Last edited by Olympia; 05-28-2010 at 07:04 AM.