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    Yuna Kim's Own Words: "My Life and Future"

    Yuna Kim met her Korean fans in Seoul yesterday and expressed her own plan about her future.

    Major points she made are as follows in a rough translation:
    • I wanted to retire after the 2010 Vancouver but changed my mind later.
    • I have lived under high pressure and fear but am happy now as I can relax after all.
    • It has been a while since I hated skating, but now I feel no regrets. I did it all.
    • Figure skating is the only area about which I have confidence. I know nothing about anything else.
    • I cannot let FS go forever in my life. I'll be a FS leader. I'd like to teach young players. I'll do so as long as I can.
    • I'm qualified to be an IOC committee player member, but I understand getting the position is not guaranteed.
    • I don't want to be a judge, which is merely one of many people, or a choreographer, which I am not talented for.
    • Married in 10 years? Of course! A 34-years-old single will be too late for marriage.
    • My three best performances in both SP and LP were Vancouver, Sochi, and the 2013 World Championships.


    You can search her detailed interview news articles online.

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    I wish her the best in whatever she does So nice that she wants to teach skating , she will be a great teacher if she does .

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    I can't image the pressure put on those skaters by their country!!! The pressure to win...

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    Quote Originally Posted by millie View Post
    I can't image the pressure put on those skaters by their country!!! The pressure to win...
    I agree. It must be unrelenting if the skater is especially good and promising.

    Interesting how YuNa says that skating is the only thing she feels confident about, and that she knows nothing about anything else. That's probably a common feeling with all elite athletes. Dorothy Hamill was quoted somewhere on this board saying that after her skating career ended, she wondered whether she would ever again be best in the world at something.

    I hope YuNa grows to realize, though, that by now she has modeled, sung, and taken part in charitable and diplomatic endeavors, so she's not without potential in many areas.

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    I hate the Asian expectation that if you're not married by late 20's you'll be doomed to eternal spinsterdom

    Even MK marrying at 33 was seen as "late"

    I'm glad Yuna has a bf though

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointyourtoe View Post
    I hate the Asian expectation that if you're not married by late 20's you'll be doomed to eternal spinsterdom

    Even MK marrying at 33 was seen as "late"

    I'm glad Yuna has a bf though
    I know. However, her boyfriend would be 39 by then, 40 in Korean age calculation, so it could be that too... Also, I hear they're taking each other seriously. Who knows if she's being a progressive one and pushing him to propose her before then? Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointyourtoe View Post
    I hate the Asian expectation that if you're not married by late 20's you'll be doomed to eternal spinsterdom

    Even MK marrying at 33 was seen as "late"

    I'm glad Yuna has a bf though
    If you take pregnancy in consideration 20's is certainly better than 30's. Both for males and females. Not sure how much of that is Asian thing or empirical facts, or both.

    Of course it doesn't mean that pregnancy requires marriage or vice versa.

    Why don't she open a shop in North America? She could easily hold a few shows a year with her friends, and maybe even teach young skaters on a seasonal basis (let's say 2 months a year). There will be demands and if not she can still have some semblance of anonymity.

    And what does an IOC committee member do and what are their qualifications? I thought they were simply representatives of each nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointyourtoe View Post
    I hate the Asian expectation that if you're not married by late 20's you'll be doomed to eternal spinsterdom Even MK marrying at 33 was seen as "late"
    That is Yuna's personal opinion. Koreans marry quite late (over 30 on average) or never marry. I guess she said so because she has a boyfriend and wants to marry him eagerly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usethis2 View Post
    Why don't she open a shop in North America? She could easily hold a few shows a year with her friends, and maybe even teach young skaters on a seasonal basis (let's say 2 months a year). There will be demands and if not she can still have some semblance of anonymity.
    I could be wrong, but I get the sense that she really wants to help develop figure skating in her own country.

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    I want to see the Yuna babies (in time, of course )

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArgieFan View Post
    I want to see the Yuna babies (in time, of course )
    They could be golden skaters...^_^
    Note that Yuna's BF is an ice hockey player.

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    I truly hope that if yuna has kids they will just skate as hobby and not as a competitive sport... way too much expectation for them, and it would be quite bad to always be in the shadow of their mother legacy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jace93 View Post
    I truly hope that if yuna has kids they will just skate as hobby and not as a competitive sport... way too much expectation for them, and it would be quite bad to always be in the shadow of their mother legacy...
    Yes, indeed. Often great champions are children of people involved in sports at amateur or low/middle level, but seldom great champions' children can bear the burden their name carries with it.
    Yagudin and Totmianina said that they want their daughter to study and learn music, not to skate competitively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jace93 View Post
    I truly hope that if yuna has kids they will just skate as hobby and not as a competitive sport... way too much expectation for them, and it would be quite bad to always be in the shadow of their mother legacy...
    Who can escape people's over-interest in them if their parent(s) are celebrities? That's their destiny, good or bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jace93 View Post
    I truly hope that if yuna has kids they will just skate as hobby and not as a competitive sport... way too much expectation for them, and it would be quite bad to always be in the shadow of their mother legacy...
    I think golden skaters are born, not taught. Korea never had world-class figure skaters before Yuna not because they were not trained properly but because born skaters didn't have a chance to play.

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