Am I the only one who was surprised by Yuna Kim's flowing tears on the medal stand at Worlds? I really wasn't expecting that reaction from her. I found myself wondering about it. Was she upset because she didn't really want to be competing in the first place? Or was it because she really DID want to skate, and win, and was just very disappointed with silver?
If she didn't really want to compete, then why did she come? And if she really wanted to win, then why didn't she commit herself to this season more fully by competing at 4CC or possibly performing her programs at an exhibition beforehand (even just a small rink exhibition might have helped). And why did she find this competition "the hardest" of her career, as she said afterward?
It's funny, I feel like Yuna is a bit of an enigma. I don't really understand what motivates her or makes her tick as a skater or as a person. Once, she said that she has "more bad memories than good" regarding skating. And she certainly doesn't seem to enjoy the stress or pressure of competing. Yet, she returned this year to skate at Worlds. Why? I just feel like there are a lot of unknowns with her. Why was her split with Orser so bitter? Does she really like competing, or not? Does she like show skating, or would she actually like to be doing something else entirely with her life (like Michelle Kwan)? What does she like to do off the ice? I feel like her press interviews are unrevealing on most subjects.
As a figure skating fan, I'm definitely glad that Yuna competed at Worlds. I for one thought her skating was excellent. Yes, she had technical mistakes, and both programs needed more refinement and finish. However, I really felt a new maturity and depth to her presentation, and I thought she looked fantastic as well. I'm sorry for her sake that she was unhappy with the competition. I do hope we see her again next year--if that's what she really wants.