Yuna Kim - 2013 version
Yuna clearly has time to get her mojo back, do the difficult combos and get the best choreographers who packaged her-showed off her strengths, disregarded weakness. Before World results, would you bet your bottom dollar she would repeat as Oly Champion. Betting windows close before ladies skates begin. She's not my fave skater of past or present. I like her skating, innocent Yuna the philanthropist mucho. I love she could become anything in S Korea after skating is done. Poweful Asian female leaders with Yuna's good heart are so needed-there and here. So I adore what I know of her persona. She for me has skating issues I dislike.
So while I would vote for skaters I prefer if they skate well in London (currently adore Caro's programs, like Mao's, like Ashley, want Akiko to get her due-two great programs), I see Yuna being able to rotate her 3x3's, having rep judging.and ability to comply with picky tech callers-perfect edges and rotation by next year. Her lack of a big time coach is an issue imo.
Several fitst timers will give up under Oly stress. Likely half these top 10 ladies will fall apart. Yuna has cooly done it once already- Oly gold. I hope others don't fall apart, but at least on TV I enjoy Ashley now and love the new Caro.Will they melt in Olympics? Russian babies all interesting but? Pressures to podium in homeland at first Oly games. Mao and Caro are Oly vets where quite cool. Even if I don't want Yuna to win (I just wanna see a newbie or past gold loser like mao or Caro get the golden goose. I see Akiko as amazing in every way. I'd love to see her win if deservedif she earn it), Love Akiko's programs this year.
I'd almost bet money on Yuna if injury were not always possible. Right now technically Mao has the superior layout, so she could beat Yuna at London, but I see Sochi as Yuna's to lose. She will match anyones game jumpwise by then or am I wrong? And her PCS will be inflated(shouldn't be). Other than her speed, ice coveragem huge 3x3's, I find many areas lacking. I preferred Joannie/Mao at times in those days. there are many reasons dozens counting other ladies, etc why yuna is a able to realistically tie Kat Witt's Olympic record.
But I really want to know if others would bet if they could - Something tells me she will again jump her way along with hi PCS to top spot. I'd like to hear from ubers ad non -ubers alike on their opinion. I bet Yuna will repeat as Oly Champion by 5 points. I don't see her clobbering Mao or Caro this time. She is a veteran who will fight harder for this crown than the first. Without benefit of 2013 world cup, I bet Yuna repeats. Everyone your thoughts?
Stay in her shadow
If Yuna keeps her current layout, i wouldnt even bet a penny on her win at Sochi. But if she brings her loop, and tweaks her combinations here and there, along with superior choreography, i would bet my bottom dollar on her win.
May I ask which areas do you think Yuna lacks?
I personally think she lacks flexibility which I think it's one of the reasons why her programs doesnt have a silky flow.
She has time to perfect he loop. I know she will upgrade. She needs a tougher intl coach-a shame she broke bridges. A journalist wrote she was beautiful from waist up. Her legs can't be hidden, her club foot appearance-flexed foot-unpointed toes, call it what you will, are so unnatractive-the lines are not there, and yes, her spins, spirals-ladies layback matter hugely to me-as much as giant jumps that are better than many males. But judges in the flesh live see things I cannot and overscored her bigtime. Yes, deserved win, but it was not a horse race and Mao was fab. Huge gap -ridiculous in Vancouver.
I see her winning next year because her jumps and clever packaging/great programs from Wilson won the day and why not again? Rep points will be there.
Yuna with big combos plus mostly clean plus great programs plus packaging equals gold. She'll be nervous but she can handle it. Mentally only Mao is close. And Olympics is mental game. Who coaches her? She needs to come to USA and hire Frank. Her coach siti worries me, even though she was little kid with them. Why not back at Kwan's rink with Karen Kwan/Oppegard? It would be amazing if she went to Nicks. Ashley would be doing up the ante every day. Or What about Artunian? I think she needs to up her profile and do a full schedule next year. I'd hate to see her do poorly-and Korea would really be down on her. I'd love to see her with any coach-a European coach-just something to get her back into limelight and with top coaches. She may have made the MK mistake.
I may rue my words after this week, but I think she can win Sochi, even with the wonderkind there.
Yeah if she puts in the work next season and competes a GP or 2 so we could see the programs and consistency....I would definitely put money on her!
But if she treats next year like 2011 worlds, there is no way!
Long live the Queen!
Notwithstanding her lack of flexibility, Yuna has the perfect body and figure for a figure skater. Long arms, long legs, well-proportioned, with just the right balance of athleticism and elegance.
Just like any truly great athlete, I don't think Yuna is going to Sochi just to do well. She is going there to win, period. And I sure wouldnt bet against her.
Simply the best.
When Yuna shows off 2a-3t-2t combo out of long spread eagle movement like nothing right now, even when that combo can't belong to her current layout hence no need for doing it, I think there's a good possibility that she would bring 3loop back just to showcase her gorgeous 2a-3t.