Any chance Yu-Na Kim competes in Pyeongchang 2018?
Yu-Na says Sochi will be her last place of competition. But she, still young, can be fabulous in performance in just 4 years and she can benefit greatly from the home advantage. So, why not competing again?
She's already done everything she needs to prove. In fact, she doesn't even need a 2nd gold to prove she's one of the best of all time. Winning on home ice would be great, but I anticipate an increase in the level of female skaters over this next quadrennial now that 3-3 has become the standard, 3-3 done cleanly will become the standard and Kim will be pressed to repeat any former glory.
Originally Posted by Andre Smith
I am predicting she is there to compete. And she will do well but not medal.
That would be beyond cool, but I think Yuna will be far too busy serving on various councils and committees, coordinating media coverage, and in general being the face of the Pyeongchang Olympics. Not to mention lighting the torch.
Oh criminy - let her get through Sochi before you start speculating.
I honestly think there is a good chance she will. I do think it is far more likely she is there than many skaters who havent 100% officially announced their retirement yet such as:
Davis & White
Capellini & Lanotte
Suzuki (or maybe she did formally announce retiring, I didnt hear if she did)
Barazova & Larionov
Kavaguti & Smirnov
Denney & Coughlin
and many others
If there is no competing she's on the ice giving flowers to medalists
Yuna is the eqivalent of the female Plushenko
she can almost come back at any given quadrennial
Can we just get through the ladies' event next week before asking these kinds of questions (again)?
Any chance Belousova/Protopopov could make a comeback for Almaty 2022? I think they still have so much to give!
Given that Akiko(28, 29 next month) and Caro(27) is still very much in medal contention this Olympic, I am sure YNK can be physically fit in 2018 as well. AND I BET there will be some politicking attemps made by P'Chang Olympic preparation committee and the Korean skating federation to get Yuna compete again. The real question is if she can find motivation to come back from supposed retirement. In that regard, Mao will have much more reasons to come back if she doesn't win OGM this time around.
It seems to me that she doesn't have a lot of motivation right now (it's more like a sense of duty perhaps?) so I can't imagine her having enough to do a comeback in four years.
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She's battled a lot of nagging injuries. I think we'll see her there in some other capacity.
Agreed. I'm sure at some point she will strongly consider it like Kwan did for 2010, but will ultimately decline. I don't think it is very fun for anyone to face the pressure of being expected to win every event that you enter, and her age and injuries will add to the list of challenges over the next four years.
Originally Posted by desertskates
Pardon me for being a possible figure skating idiot, but she's only 23. I think she can take a medal on home turf.