Everything Yuna tries, she hits in this practice. She is not packing the jumps in. She looks relaxed, almost a bit - dare I say - bored.
YuNa always seems to look serene, which might mean something or nothing. By contrast, legendary gymnast Olga Korbut was so expressive that she could have acted out a complete story in a silent movie. It's just a difference in personality or, as you suggest, in upbringing.
That's my girl! Cool as a cucumber on the outside, brimming with passionate intensity on the inside.
But as karne has started to point out: 'I'd have a lot more respect for her if she could actually be bothered to show up to her own Nationals and EARN her place on the international teams, rather than just being handed it.' and
'Plushenko is one of the greatest figure skaters of all time. He still goes to Russian Nationals every year to EARN his place on the team.'
It's only logical to approach those statements with examples of when Plushenko didn't participate at Nationals and still legitimately got sent. Nobody is disputing that Plu fairly earned his spot and just as he played by the rule of russian skating federation to skip nats (for whatever reason) and still get a spot by sending in applications, notices beforehand etc., yuna followed the rules of the korean skating federation and got her spot just as fairly earned.
I'm sure karne has his/her reasons to 'not respect yuna as much', but the fact that she didn't participate at Nats 2011 won't be one of them, since she didn't to anything, the greatest skater of all time - plush - didn't also do.
Unfortunate that this thread went from insightful and objective comments to straight trollery in some instances.
From reading through the posts my guess is some people don't like the fact that Yu-Na is a very good competitor who rarely makes a mistake big enough to knock her off the top. I get that. Oftentimes dislike is bred from success: you want your favorite, Skater A, to win yet Skater B always seems to come out on top. Chances are at some point you'll get annoyed with Skater B which is understandable.
Yu-Na comes out on top 9 times out of 10. I can admit sometimes I disagree with the scores she receives (at times they seem too high) but never once have I disagreed with the outcome of her winning. I think it's very fair to say that Yu-Na has earned everything she's accomplished. I can't think of one instance where the validity of one of her wins can be called into question.
So people may be annoyed with her winning all of the time, which as I said is understandable especially if you are rooting for someone else to win...but no one can (legitimately) dispute the fact that she deserved to win. To me that means you may not like her, but you have to respect her.
Yuna is the same -- not necessarily much facial expression, but her movements say it all.
I thought she was very humble. She could have been a total jerk about it by saying something like, "I knew I could come back here and win easily so I did." It's a jerk thing to say but it's not like it wouldn't be true! Instead she was very respectful by saying she hoped to do her best and that her main intention in competing was to gain Korea the spots it needed for Sochi.
And sorry that Yuna took gold away from your favorite skater. But name one skater in World 2013 who could've beat Yuna with their performance.
What's done is done. Stop with your nonsense.
The question is not intended to be cheeky, it's intended to be a valid question of "do you know her well enough to know that she truly wasn't thrilled or do you just not like the cool facade which could be part of her upbringing or culture"? What attitude? I thought she was a gracious winner, didn't see her rubbing people's faces in it or acting arrogant. Most complaints typically stem from skaters who are overly emotional and/or snarky (Kerrigan, Baiul, etc).
Executing the technical feats in time with the rhythm of the music is a larger part of the score, although still only about 10% (more for ice dance).
The fact that skating allows for emotional connection with the audience during the performance, especially on TV since most spectators are not close enough to see facial expression very well if at all, is a plus in terms of popularity.
Ultimately, though, the sporting contests are about the technical execution and not so much about the emotional connection with the audience. The thrill that the sport offers spectators is dazzling technical feats.
Sometimes athletes just need to focus internally on what they're doing technically in order to do it successfully.
And some athletes are just temperamentally introverted. Despite the performance component, this is very true of figure skating. After all, it's an individual sport and takes a lot of internal focus for years of training to develop the necessary skills. (Even more true when figures were part of the equation.
And that's why Yuna still scored so high at 2013 Worlds, even though you didn't see much emotion written on her face. As another poster brilliantly put it, her very body movement made it seem like her soul was oozing from her.
I think, actually, the ability to establish an emotional connection WITHOUT the assistance of theatrical facial expressions demonstrates a higher degree of artistic capability. Yuna truly does become the program; it's almost as if the music is coming FROM her rather than TO her.