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    Will Korea try to get Denis Ten for 2018?

    I think it's more than realistic that Korea will try to get Denis to compete for them in 2018. He is part of the Korean minority in Kazakstan, with rich pro-independence for Korea history in his family. Plus, he will be only 24. It'll probably be very easy for him to gain citizenship. This could become really interesting, IMO.

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    Would that be something? Then if Yuna Kim could be persuaded to come back on more time…

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    I seriously doubt it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daphna View Post
    I think it's more than realistic that Korea will try to get Denis to compete for them in 2018. He is part of the Korean minority in Kazakstan, with rich pro-independence for Korea history in his family. Plus, he will be only 24. It'll probably very easy for him to gain citizenship. This could become really interesting, IMO.
    No. Denis Ten is already a hero in Kazakhstan after winning silver in Worlds last year
    he had banquet attended by President of Kazakhstan Mr. Nazarbayev
    now he won bronze in the Olympics, he will be like a national hero

    chances of representing Korea = negative
    plus Kazakhstan is already rich in oil

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    No. He is successful and doing fine in Kazakhstan and going to Korea would be a major downgrade. They have poor support for their athletes compared to others to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daphna View Post
    I think it's more than realistic that Korea will try to get Denis to compete for them in 2018. He is part of the Korean minority in Kazakstan, with rich pro-independence for Korea history in his family. Plus, he will be only 24. It'll probably be very easy for him to gain citizenship. This could become really interesting, IMO.
    I hope not. He's a very well respected athlete and beloved citizen in Kazakhstan. He is ethnically Korean, but even his parents are not Korean natives. And I've read that he is promoting figure skating in his country and had a successful ice show of his own there last year.

    To this Korean fan, it's a tempting idea you're presenting, since he's a young and accomplished skater. But he's on a right track already, and I don't feel he would be happier as a person or get better support from the Korean fed if he become a naturalized Korean.

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    Three letters - LOL. Korea doesn't support figure skaters at all.. I doubt they would go out of their way to recruit him nor Ten will accept the offer. Yuna's medals are hers, not Korea's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Would that be something? Then if Yuna Kim could be persuaded to come back on more time…
    Ahahaha. I love her, but I really hope not. Let the girl retire. I'd wager she has had more than enough of all of this.

    (But sadly, I can see that happening. :()

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    IIRC, he doesn't speak Korean, so I don't think he has much connection with South Korea to begin with.

    btw, there are quite some ethnic Korean or Chinese living in central Asia for centuries, they are not really the new transplants as we may think here.

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    Although it would be good for Korea, I doubt he'll go since if he becomes a citizen of S.Korea he will be required to enlist. He would only be exempted if he earns Gold at Asian games or any medal at the Olympics.

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    IIRC correctly singles switching countries have to take 2 years off before representing their new country. Not a good plan for him I'd say

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Would that be something? Then if Yuna Kim could be persuaded to come back on more time…
    Realism aside, that scenario would certainly put the fear of God into more than a few Team Event contenders.

    And if Korea could steal a decent pairs or dance team from some country with an excess of bounty (hey, Russia, how about a large transfer fee for Ilinykh and Katsalapov? ), you'd have an instant gold medal contender right there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daphna View Post
    I think it's more than realistic that Korea will try to get Denis to compete for them in 2018. He is part of the Korean minority in Kazakstan, with rich pro-independence for Korea history in his family. Plus, he will be only 24. It'll probably be very easy for him to gain citizenship. This could become really interesting, IMO.
    Where did that come from? He has no ties to Korea other than family history.

    It would also make absolutely zero sense. Kazakh athletes - at least at his level - get incredible support from the government.

    Quote Originally Posted by Robeye View Post
    Realism aside, that scenario would certainly put the fear of God into more than a few Team Event contenders.

    And if Korea could steal a decent pairs or dance team from some country with an excess of bounty (hey, Russia, how about a large transfer fee for Ilinykh and Katsalapov? ), you'd have an instant gold medal contender right there!
    South Korea has a very decent Junior Ice Dance team and a potentially promising Senior Ice Dance team. They should be fine by 2018. A pair program is what they need now.

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    I don't think he will country hop! South Korea is getting so much from Kim Yuna. He would be in her shadow and be nothing. Even retired Kim Yuna will be a million Michelle Kwans in South Korea. And that's what Yuna is to South Korea. A million Michelle Kwans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post

    South Korea has a very decent Junior Ice Dance team and a potentially promising Senior Ice Dance team. They should be fine by 2018. A pair program is what they need now.
    Hee, also realism aside, I would like to see this. Assemble your best team skate member ever.

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