Yeon-Jae Son is a very pretty girl and I don't sniff at her almost winning Bronze at the Olympics if she hadn't made a mistake in the Clubs event...it shows that she does have the talent and potential to back up her hype. I am rooting for her.
1) I don't see your link to the supposed article you cited earlier in the thread. Please post it...? I am the second person to ask this
2) It does not impress me that Yeon Jae was ranked most marketable last year, when YuNa was inactive. That's no evidence for "dethroning"; more like the marketing machine looking for someone to fill the void. Well, too bad, so sad, YuNa is back.
3) When Korean stock markets take a dip while fans watch Yeon Jae during a major event, then perhaps we might consider discussing her as being on the same marketable level as YuNa.
4) The magnitude of Yeon Jae's athletic accomplishments is nowhere near YuNa's. Two-time World champion, reigning Olympic medalist, and YuNa's nerves are the kind that make her unlikely to "drop clubs"...and when she makes no mistakes, she isn't competing for Bronze, it's Gold. I would be thrilled if Korea were to have another athlete of YuNa's caliber but I am skeptical that Yeon Jae is it.
you make it sound like I'm trying to do smear campaign against Yuna , I prefer Yuna to Son anyday
I was just mentioning Yeon Jae as I've seen many ads of her and media coverage in Korea last year
I was referring to this article: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/cult...03900315F.HTML
Also, if anyone is interested, here is the full Individual AA Final of RG at the 2012 Olympics. It's about three hours long; time-consuming, I know, but as someone who doesn't normally watch RG, I watched the whole thing in my spare time without any problems.
You need some survey to know if something's true or not?
Who gets the most money per endorsement deal?
Who is considered #1 in her respective sport?
Yuna is sponsored by some of the top international corporations. She was also with Nike. (I don't remember Son being w/ Nike...)
The companies that grab Son are doing it b/c they cannot grab Yuna. You think LG is happy that their top rival Samsung has Yuna selling their air conditioners?
To me it is silly to cite a poll that was conducted from Nov. 15-Dec. 6, 2012, before YuNa had skated in any competitions for the 1.5 years prior (her NRW comeback SP was skated on Dec. 8) and claim that not only had another athlete "dethroned" YuNa, but that she would continue to do so. Hello, we are in May 2013, not Dec. 2012 so the May article is more relevant to now. Ridiculous hype such as that, coupled with a swipe at how "YuNa fans don't like her" (despite all the YuNa fans here saying it's not the girl/athlete they dislike but the hype fueled by her particular agency) is what is grating on me.
And yes, Yeon Jae was riding off the coattails of the 2012 Summer Olympics. I have no idea how her momentum is supposed to overtake YuNa's leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics.
On another note, Rhythmic Gymnastics is one of the most watchable sports for non-fans. It's really beautiful, and it's one where admirers of pointed toes can see real pointed toes!
Edit: I forgot to thank aftertherain for the link...I will put that on my to-watch list.
Oh, by the way, Figure skating was already voted as the most exciting sports in olympics to watch by far margin in major Korean web portal (Daum). Yuna's just becoming more and more popular every single day towards Olympics in Korea. So I bet you don't need to worry about Yuna dethroned by anyone until then. She will hold even bigger name if she wins 2nd Olympics medal.
Didn't the RG season just start the past March or April? Anyway, looking at her results at the WC these past three years, I'd think that Yeon Jae is making steady progress. 32nd in qualifications at the 2010 Worlds, did not make the final; 14th in qualifications at the 2011 Worlds, 11th in the final; 5th in the qualifications at the 2012 Worlds, 6th in the final. Not everyone can be a Yuna, you know. (Actually, both Yuna and Mao's progressions in the sport from junior to senior level were both remarkable and extraordinary, and certainly not easily duplicated.) If anyone had told Shizuka Arakawa to give up early in her career where she didn't medal at any of her GP events between 1996 and 2002, we wouldn't have had 2004 or 2006.
I hope that we can focus more on figure skating related topic from now on. I really don't want to talk about RG here....