Why did Yu-Na Kim arrive late in Sochi?
Most top skaters have arrived in Sochi, but Yu-Na just did today.
Didn't she need enough time to adjust to the new place?
Anyone knows why she came this late?
Is that part of her winning strategy?
I'm excited to watch her perform.
It adds to her air of mystery and intimidates the other skaters, even more so than if she were there and crushing her rivals like ants during the practice sessions. It also doesn't give her would-be rivals the opportunity to get used to her presence.
Good conjecture but let's not have the mass misguided by a guess. First of all, it is still one week before her first competition in the 20th. Arriving one week earlier gives her more than enough time to adapt to the environment. Consider that for other international competitions it is common for skaters to even arrive one or two days before. Yuna is not Yulia. She has been to numerous places all over the world for all kinds of competition for more than half of her life.
Originally Posted by CarneAsada
Not to mention that she had a better environment to practice in Seoul rather than in Sochi where she would have limited time to use the rink and have to share with other competitors. She simply took more time to train in a more controlled environment.
Also, the short and speed skaters left for Sochi so Yuna pretty much had the whole national training facility to herself the past week. There is an air of mystery surrounding Yuna which could be to her advantage.....
I believe it's simply a matter of practicality.
Yuna didn't compete at team event, and as far as I know, Korea hasn't rent any training base unlike Japan(in Ukraine I heard?), Canada(in Germany), Russia(in Moscow) ect. (Does anybody know where the US skaters train?)
So Yuna can only use the ice along the official practice schedule and that's why she stayed in Korea as long as possible to maintain her training.
Of course this is just my understanding and there could be other reasons.
Six Point Zero
She's actually pretty early relative to the only event she's participating in (individual ladies). Many skaters arrived early for the games because of the team event.
Also, I read somewhere that because most Olympic Korean athletes left early for Sochi, she had more ice time to herself in her training rink. So it was very valuable for her to stay in Seoul and take advantage of that. Also, unlike other countries Korea didn't rent any local rink for their figure skaters.
IMO, Yuna's mystery makes the ladies individual event even more exciting.
Cause she's not Russian...mmkay
^Hee, okay, I laughed.
She doesn't have to participate in the team skate -- well, I guess she doesn't get to, because Korea has only female singles on account of her and no other figure skaters to speak of, other than two lady skaters she's bringing along, so her country doesn't qualify -- so there's no reason to come early. Everyone else, including Caro, whose country isn't as racked up with as skaters like as Russia, US, and Japan, participated in the team skate, so they had to be here earlier.
If I remember correctly, in the last Olympics, Mao and Yuna arrived around the same time in the middle of the Olympics, not at the very beginning, because there was no team event. Can anyone verify that or am I imagining it?
I'm not sure whether not participating in the team helped her or not. Not so good for PCS, and she can't get used to the ice as quickly this way. I'm sure there's plus and minus.
Yeah, what CarneAsada said. (by the way, your screen name always makes me hungry. )
Originally Posted by CarneAsada
The pros and cons of team event in Yuna's words:
Pros: You have a chance to get used to the ice and perform before the individual event.
Cons: Every competition is added stress. It could affect your condition for the individual event. If you have a bad competition at the team event, it could psychologically affect you.
One Japanese TV show had interviewed Yuna's friend recently and she said " It is rare that Yuna is healthy these days.".
For her last performance, she probably know what she needed to do.
I will miss her after her real retirement.
That interview by her friend was done before 2013 World championship event. Despite of her physical condition, she won by hugh margin. Her mental strength is just amazing!
Originally Posted by shizuzzang
CarneAsada, You're latino by chance?
Originally Posted by gourry
Thank you for the comments. No, I am not Latino, but I was a bit hungry when I registered at GS.
Originally Posted by ArgieFan